razor sharp acidity that mellows out significantly the next day — a month ago
Tasted blind. Medium gold color. Oxidative nose. Notes of citrus and baked apples, with a little caramel. Rich in the mouth. Modest fruit, light acidity. You can tell this has the stuffing of a great Montrachet, but clearly this bottle had more age than it should. I guessed “a poorly stored 92 Leflaive”. The 86 Niellon next to it looked 13 yrs younger rather than its 13 yrs older. Sadly the pox got this one. — 10 days ago
The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage is bright and vivid, with aromas of dark wild berries, fresh flowers, dark olives, white pepper and a gorgeous saline character that all takes shape as this unwinds in the glass. On the palate this is medium-bodied with a wonderful velvety texture backed by a racy core that shows a wonderful combination of acidity and minerality that leads up the the mouthwatering finish. This continues to become more compelling as it sits in the glass, and its freshness makes it appealing today, however it should go on to evolve beautifully over the course of the next decade. — 2 days ago
Reddish with some amber. Delicate nose, or maybe so sitting next to a Beaucastel that is like smelling salts. Notes of black cherry, red rose, some sappy fruit and a little earth. Nicely balanced in the mouth, better than I expected for the vintage. Not great but not bad. — 3 days ago
Tasted blind. Reddish tawny. Attention grabbing nose. Notes of black cherry, earth, anise, tar, roses. Complex in the mouth. Has a spice in it that distinguishes it from the Giacosa next to it. Refined and well made wine. Guessed 82 Giacosa Villero Barolo. Great stuff! — 10 days ago
A glimmer of hope for well priced natural wine from California. Combe Chenin is deep with personality. Ripe with plenty of residual acid, there is spiced pineapple, quince, basil, and earthy mushrooms. Terrific and underpriced ($20) and will probably retail for $31 next year. — 5 days ago
En Magnum. This is how this wine needs to be enjoyed, from Magnum right about now over the next one or two years. Coravin a couple of glasses and this one that is first a blackberry and tar and saddle leather monster for the first 15 me minutes then turns into a Bush's baked beans, smoked pipe tobacco, hint of savory. Then turns into a grilled ribeye and baked potato with bacon bits. This is not usually my style, but I think because it is a little bit of both at the same time really makes this one a very intriguing wine. Need to start buying gear field a little bit more!! — 2 days ago
Decided to go in with the Coravin for a glass of this gorgeous Napa Bordeaux blend.
Showing black fruits, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full bodied, smooth and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry, spicy and fruity on the palate.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel, although still young and will be better in the next 10 years.
Good by itself or with food.
Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of her time.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 10 days ago