11.7% Sweet. — 15 days ago
This is the Hinterberg Pinots bottling, a blend of 5 mixed white and red Pinots. The grapes all receive skin contact. A light purple cloudy rose color. Nose and palate are predominately red berry, sour pomegranate and mint. + acidity. Funky. Interesting juice but qpr is off. — 9 days ago
My first experience with Tegan’s Chardonnay and I nerded out on this one. The fruit for this wine was the last harvest from the “Chuy” vineyard, a dry-farmed mountain vineyard at 1000ft elevation with 45yr old vines. It was particularly fun for me because Ketan Mody also harvested Chardonnay from Chuy in 2018 to make a one-off Chardonnay under his Beta label. Both are delicious expressions of the variety. My notes on this one below:
Popped and poured. A very brilliant color reminds me of a yellow diamond and beautifully transparent with medium viscosity. On the nose, kumquat, passion fruit, and lime. Slightly reductive. On the palate, tropical fruit and saline minerals with the silkiest of textures. Medium+ acid helps deliver a long, satisfying finish. Lovely now but could probably cellar for a bit too. If only I had been allocated more than one bottle. — 10 days ago
First off, just look at that color. Mesmerizing! A beautiful shade of clear deep red with almost no bubbles. At this point it’s reminiscent of a nice liqueur. A subdued nose featuring strawberries and sweet cherries. Plenty of smokiness and a little nearly stale bread.
Deep, rich, and almost nectar like. It’s such a delightful pour. 70/30 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, with 10% of the Pinot vinified as still red wine from Verzenay. Disgorged in 2010 and still showing well. The acidity has certainly mellowed out making it exceedingly smooth.
The smoke travels to the palate but never overwhelms. Herbs really take charge here along with more autolytic notes. Yeast and whole almonds. The fruit grows more ripe as it evolves in the glass. A nice bit of ginger on the long and persistent finish. A rare, aged treat for me and one that definitely did not disappoint. — 3 days ago
A bright light straw color in the glass. Sparse bubbles that seem to dissipate rather quickly. The nose opens as shy at first before developing into a bountiful peach harvest. There is a whiff of brioche bread but it comes and goes quickly. Plenty of citrus notes to be found especially as time goes on.
All first press juice from Grand Cru plots in Avize, Oger, and Cramant. Vines that go back thirty years. A zero dosage Blanc de Blancs is right up my alley. Despite the no dosage, there’s a distinct lack of zip here, along with a touch more sweetness than one would expect. Restrained acidity but a really nice mouthfeel. Disgorged in January of 2018 after being bottle aged for 18 months.
Smooth and easygoing in the mouth. A little off dry. Chalk and slate initially. Orchard fruit thereafter. Green apples abound along with almond slivers. Perfect as an apéritif. Exceedingly pleasant. — 19 days ago