Who knew they made great wine in the Lehigh Valley? This is the top grape in the region according to the producer. Shockingly good. Ripe berries, delicious soil, and well balanced. Will be buying again. Thanks to Peggy @ Earth for hooking it up. A very nice first Pennsylvanian wine for me. — 9 days ago
Light reddish tawny. Sweet Bing cherry nose. Also notes of raspberries, rhubarb, wet soil, sois bois, some kirsch and some spice. Ethereal and complex in the mouth. Rich and round. In a perfect place right now. No signs of this on any sort of decline yet. Burgundy at its absolute best... and as one of the boyz said tonight, "bottles like this... it's the pinnacle of Burgundy!" (Bday 7 of 13) — 4 months ago
Topping the night off with the pinnacle. A Grange from 1999, made during an era that it was still produced in a regular bottle and a reasonable price. It was a mature version of the Saint Henry we had earlier that evening. Extreme dense in flavor, powerful and strong oak vanilla notes. Dark fruit soaked in cigar box and oh so smooth. 21 years old. Don’t take too much time drinking it and don’t decant it. It peaks in about 30-60 minutes. — 2 months ago
In my cellar since mailing list drop. Quite a bit of sediment so decanted and poured. Fabulous fruit and color. Very savory and lasted at this pinnacle for an hour. — 5 months ago
Classic example of wine tastes better when you are enjoying the view of the vineyard, the story being told by the winemaker. We purchased this wine in Italy and schlepped back home only to find the merlot to be mediocre a year later. This wine is supposed to the the pinnacle of Radikon empire (made by father of current winemaker Sasha). — 18 days ago
Waitrose. Absolutely lovely. Bold SB flavours, but still with a zesty limey edge to it. — 4 months ago
Dinner with a friend, brief notes this evening.
Prior notes still apply:
Nose has warmed Granny Smith apple with butter.
Palate had serious zingy acidity to start, but since subsided, now a combo of yellow/green apple, water chestnut and a minerally honey.
Last bottle, amazing, still has many years ahead!
48 Hour Update:
Nose has fried green apples, brown butter, toasted honey, caramel candy, dried apricots, cold green herbs and white flowers.
Palate has tart yellow apple, caramel sauce, saturated oak board, honey, water chestnuts, tart peach jam, Jasmine flowers, with medium acidity and intense finish, lightly drying, very powerful.
We should have opened all the prior bottles two days in advance, this is just approaching the pinnacle of its enjoyment, wow. Enjoy now or the next 2-4 years, from proper storage. Updating from 92 to 94 points. — 5 months ago