Raats was an interesting visit from all our others. Raats is considered a small producer in the 8th ranked wine producing country in the world.
Raats buys the majority of their fruit. The vines around their tasting room, they work but, do not own. They produce their wines at another producer’s facility. It’s a daunting expense starting a Cellar Door or Winery. Custom wine crush facilities are a trend not just in Napa but, other parts of the world as well. In this particular case, it saves the owner enough money to drive the very nice cars parked outside their tasting room, one a Ferrari.
This is their no wood/oak Chenin Blanc.
The nose shows; soft tones of wet wool, peach, white, lemon, dry green herbs, grapefruit, chalkiness, volcanic minerals & yellow flowers.
The body is round, full and beautiful. Soft wet wool, peach, white, green melon, a little sour lemon, dry green herbs, grapefruit, chalkiness, palate pressing medium intensity volcanic minerals & yellow flowers. Nice round acidity and a well balanced, polished finish.
Photos of; the view from their tasting room, lots of beautiful original artworks from famous local artists...a few of them the Uncle of our host, examples of some of the soil structures around their tasting room vines and their upstairs tasting room.
— 11 days ago
This is an easy drinking sauvignon blanc. Do I rate this sub 90? No way. Do I rate this more than a 90? No way. This wine has a lot of lemon rind in the nose, and that translates to the palate. Also a little bit of dried herb. There is a nice, sharp, bracing acidity that is consistent throughout. This is made to be sipped poolside all summer long without thinking about it. I was thinking about saving it for that exact thing, yet I was a little bit premature! — 3 days ago
White peach, lemon, green apple acidity, almond oil, mineral finish. Good stuff. — 5 days ago
Lemon in color with a light golden tint.
Fruity nose with lemons, citrus, light oak, vanilla, spices, yellow pears, red apples, sea salt and spices.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, earth, green vegetables, light wood and black pepper.
Medium finish with limes and bitter almonds.
This Single Vineyard, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with nice balance. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
A good wine to have by itself or with food. Good for the pool too.
Needs 20 minutes to open up properly and better when properly chilled.
I had it by the pool with light appetizers.
13.4% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 5 days ago
After all the Cimarossa reds I’ve enjoyed, I figured it was time I gave this a fair shake. Only time I’ve had this was while visiting the winery a year or so ago, but it was just a splash. Hay/straw color in the glass, with quite the savory aromatics...lots of sea salt and guava. Reminds me a bit of the Addax SauvBlanc (though more filtered). Limestone, melon and just a kiss of sweet tropical fruit on the palate. The finish is a very solid balance of fruit and savory/herbal notes. Acidity is medium and certainly a more full/round version of Cali SB. Consensus? I love every. single. wine. that Cimarossa offers. — 6 days ago
Part of the Wine Nerd Herd festive gathering was a SB luncheon which this bottle was a part of. Graciously provided by @Eric LaMasters , thank you. I visited this bottle several times looking for how it would find its sense of place. Came across with a bit to much acid in the beginning then after a few hours I got this grassy somewhat oily texture that seemed to be the end of its development. Would like to try in another year. — 5 days ago
After our Cellar tasting we took some of the tasting room wines and went up to Anthony & Olive’s house for lunch. It was a pleasure to finally meet Olive. She is a; sweetheart, a great host and amazing cook. This was the best meal we had in the trip.
We started off with some freshly baked focaccia bread and this Sauvignon Blanc that again was my favorite on the trip.
It’s pleasant to drink. Beautiful citrus and tropicals, excellent gentle minerality, no grassy notes, green bean or NZ style cat pee. Just great body, structure, fruit, gentle minerality, perfect acidity and nicely polished finish. Nothing out of balance or overdone. For those that say they don’t like Sauvignon Blanc (they’re out there, I’ve met them) this bottling might change your mind.
Photos of; the view from Anthony & Olive’s terrace back onto their property, Anthony & I in deep wine discussion (what a pleasure to get to know and an amazing treasure trove of South African wine knowledge), the view from their dining room looking out to their terrace and one of the vineyards. — 5 days ago
The2018 Gabrielskloof Elodie - The Landscape Series is 100% Chenin.
The nose reveals; very ripe; white peach, lemon curd, pineapple, lime, vanilla, light honeysuckle, green apple skin, tropical melons with yellow flowers, yellow lilies and spring flowers.
The body full, lush & round. The minerality almost gives it a tannin presence. It’s a heavy powdery palate costing. Very ripe; white peach, lemon curd, pineapple & lime. Vanilla notes, light honeysuckle, green apple skin, tropical melons, mid volcanic minerals and powdery chalkiness, just a touch of white spice. with yellow flowers, yellow lilies and spring flowers. The acidity is round and beautiful. The rich, ripe, lush, elegant finish is delicious.
Photos of; Gabrielskloof courtyard, tasting lounge and our tasting area and front entrance sign. — 8 days ago
The 2018 ‘Anciennes Vignes’ Sancerre is a beautiful new wine by Cottat. The aromatic range is really good from nutty and earthy undertones to wet stone and pink grapefruit blossom aromas that meld in the glass. The weight is fantastic as bright citrus oil and green apple connect with the lovely earthy tones of the wine. This finishes exceedingly long. A fantastic effort, this is best enjoyed in its youth while the brightness remains, although this has the rich texture to cellar over the next five plus years. Drink 2019-2025- 92 — 5 days ago