I have never really taken the time to explore the wines of Germany. In fact, I have more experience drinking the wines further to the south, in Austria. I have no proper excuse other than to say that I have been distracted by other regions. Bottles like this are making that excuse harder to accept. This was flat out awesome. Koehler-Ruprecht is a very traditional producer that practices a very strict, non-interventionist approach. No irrigation. No fertilizer. No herbicides. No enzymes. Nothing added or subtracted from the wine save for minuscule amounts of sulphur post fermentation and prior to bottling. This Pinot Noir is gorgeous, in a slightly more rustic sense. The appearance is a touch cloudy but far from murky. There’s a fresh, beautiful, lifted perfume of crushed strawberries, cranberries and ferrous minerals. Some stone, flowers and dust too. The palate is bright and racy with predominately red fruits and minerals. Fine tannins. The acid provides a long finish that forces a smile. There is some real vigor in this! A truly compelling wine. If I don’t make a better effort to spend the time exploring the great wine producers in Germany, well then, shame on me. — a day ago
2013 was the first year that Sea Smoke started practicing biodynamics in the vineyard. Previous years were already farmed organically. At the age of 7, this still comes across as a baby. Dark violet in the glass, this was pretty tightly coiled but after 30min of air, it started to reveal itself. Predominately red fruited with bruised strawberries and some flowers and spices, this was pretty tannic. In fact, the tannins seemed to build with more air; never to the point of being overbearing but pretty stiff nevertheless. Good acid. Nice finish. A polished wine that I ended up enjoying more than I thought I would. Years to go on these. — 2 days ago
Saw this recently in the store and it made me realize just how long it been since I’d had anything from the Finger Lakes, let alone a sparkling.
This 2013 is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Meunier and was disgorged in October of 2018.
The nose reveals; green & golden apple, pear, ripe pineapple, lemon, lime flesh, white peach, tropical melons, vanilla notes, cream soda, nougat, butterscotch notes, honeysuckle, saline, smooth, soft chalkiness, volcanic minerality, fruit blossoms, yellow florals & spring flowers with mixed greens.
Good mouthfeel, nice mousse with just the right amount of richness. Green & golden apple, just a touch of apple cider, slightly, bruised pear, ripe pineapple, lemon, lime flesh, white peach, tropical melons, vanilla notes, cream soda, nougat, butterscotch notes, understated white spice, honeysuckle, saline, smooth, soft chalkiness, gritty volcanic minerality, fruit blossoms, yellow florals & spring flowers with mixed greens. Nice acidy for sparkling. The finish is well balanced & smartly polished, sliding into penetrating, heated, white spice as it long sets.
Delicious sparking wine.
Dr, Konstantin Frank was the 1st to plant Vinifera vines in the Eastern United States. Vinifera vines are the only vines used to make quality wine.
Photos of; Dr. Konstantinos Frank Winery & tasting room. Signage for many visitors photos, Fred Frank in the barrel room & Sunset over their vines. — 13 days ago
15+ hr work days everyday this week call for a killer Pinot, some chicken and morel mushroom pot pie and a little Grateful Dead.
I am not familiar with Formaglini, but this Pinot makes a solid argument as to why I need to start paying attention to Oregon little more.
In the glass, this wine has an extremely light tint to it which is extremely misleading. The nose is full of vibrant red fruits, dirt, dried herbs and a little smoke that I’m all about. This leads to an extremely intense rush of big red fruit, white pepper, dirt and a little taste of the Rhône. The slight smokiness lingers for quite sometime. This is a really nice, balanced wine from a producer I’d love to explore a little more.
Think it’s time to dig into Oregon wines beyond Eyrie. Would love some suggestions. Been hearing a lot about the wines coming from Walter Scott. — 5 days ago
Drank this during the CellarTracker Virtual Burgundy Tasting last night via Zoom. My first experience with any of the wines of Domaine Julien. This was a pop and pour situation and I wished I had given it more airtime because this was suuuuuuper primary and tightly coiled. Loads of tart, wild alpine strawberries, like the Smultron you find in a Scandinavian forest, taking center stage. Tongue pricking acidity. Beyond that, there isn’t much more at this stage in development. However, the purity is beyond typical for a humble Bourgogne and a few years in the cellar would do this a great service. I expect better things when the tannins better integrate and secondary characteristics begin to appear. Drink with an extended decant or hold until 2025. — 7 days ago
Lovely perfume - evidence of whole bunch - Asian spices. Barb who is a keen gardener said “Sweet Pea, Compost Heap and Twigs”. On the palate red cherries and plums - a succulent mouth filling texture. A really good Pinot Noir and the first Pinot to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy at Royal Melbourne in 2013, in controversial circumstances over the Giant Steps entry. Sold out in days after it won “The Jimmy “ - only 3836 bottles made says the label. — 3 days ago
Started to not open this tonight because it is very much a baby. This is a very good wine. I did not use the Burgundy glasses tonight so I may have fooled my wife but she was confused about what she was drinking. Medium ruby in color. A somewhat subdued nose of raspberry, baking spices and earthiness. On the palate there are interesting flavors of raspberries, red currants, cinnamon, and a slight hint of mint. Beautifully balanced with great acidity and virtually no tannins. The finish gives you a hint of the marine influence this wine gets from where the vineyard is located. Really jamming on this while “staying home” while we kick this pandemic. Stay safe. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face!!!!🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 4 days ago
I’ve owed Delectable some posts for a while now....and we need community now more than ever and Delectable has always been a positive, supportive community...so I’m jumping back in. I’m about 300 wines behind but I’m going to work backward starting with the wines I’ve enjoyed the last few weeks during this period of relative isolation. I’m calling this series “Loving Wine in the Time of Corona” as a nod to my boy Gabriel Garcia Marquez who was also a big time wine guy......this bottle is from our first Zoom tasting with the local wine group @romo @Steve Anderson @Michael Meyer @Matthew Beckman @Vickie Beuerle @Dan Blackwell on 3/14. Pinot theme. The Meo was youthful and pure, so much depth, concentration and lively red fruit. Good times with great people. — 5 days ago
Pale to mid crimson and a little cloudy - a characteristic one used to see occasionally in Bass Phillip as they are bottled unfiltered which adds to the flavour intensity. A beautiful perfume of whole bunch notes, sous bois and a touch of toffee. Amazing intensity for Bass Phillip’s 5th ranked Pinot Noir cuvée. Sweet and savoury fruits. Delivers more fruit on the palate than one would expect from the nose. For short term drinking but still delivers the Bass Phillip stamp of quality. — 5 days ago
No formal notes as I drank this bottle in a line-up of other great wines but oh man, woman and child...these are killer right now. Balance and authenticity typical of McHenry; leaning more towards the darker edge of the red fruit profile. This has depth that I rarely find in Pinot Noir short of drinking one of Hubert Lignier's stunners from M-S-D. I realize that seems like an exaggeration but it's the honest to God truth. Structure that will allow this to last for another decade and possibly longer. My WOTN with the 2014 Rafanelli Zinfandel and NV Christopher Tynan "Le Sucrier Velours" a close second (or third, if you will). Only 96 cases produced. — 8 days ago