An easy-to-drink red but with some body to make it interesting rather than forgettable. Reminded me of a medium-to-light pinot noir. Apparently pairs well with Caribbean foods but didn’t actually pair well with hot food (cajun) for me at all, quite the opposite! Would prefer to pair it with a BBQ, eg steak. — 13 days ago
Mid Ruby and initially not giving much on the nose. After a while in decanter and vigorous swirling barnyard and red cherry notes showing its “natural wine” origins. Very savoury on the light to medium weight palate. 8 years is about the maximum for a naturally made wine in my experience. Visited this winery in Sicily several years ago and saw their earthenware pots (amphorae)in the ground where the wine is fermented and sits on skins. — 14 hours ago
The nose reveals slightly sour & bruised fruits. Bruised golden apple & pear, overripe pineapple, lemon meringue, green apple, lime zest/candy, melted, salted caramel, honeysuckle, white & yellow peach, brown butter, caramelized brown sugar, hints of mint, sea fossils, grey volcanics, whiff of white spice, vanillin, bread dough, yellow lilies, spring flowers with mixed floral greens.
The palate is rich, lush, round, a touch gluey & full. Nice mousse, micro-oxygenation, slightly sour & bruised fruits Bruised golden apple & pear, overripe pineapple, lemon meringue, green apple, lime zest/candy, melted, salted caramel, honeysuckle/honey comb, white & yellow peach, inside banana peel, brown butter, caramelized brown sugar, nougat, hints of mint, sea fossils, gritty, penetrating chalkiness, grey volcanics, some white spice with nice lighter heat, vanillin, bread dough, yellow lilies, spring flowers with mixed floral greens. Excellent acidy. The long, even, fresh, well balanced finish persists nicely and is delicious.
Nice bottle and well priced at $38 w/ deluxe gift box.
Photos of; House of Roederer, caves with A-Frames for the hand Riddlers, walk through tunnel and marquee Grand Cru vineyard. — 5 days ago
This drop-dead gorgeous and extroverted Nero d’Avola will win a lot of hearts with its ripe wild berry fruits, backed by exotic spice, and sweet florals. Mineral-drenched cherries are contrasted by grippy acids that make the mouth water, while its spicy finish goes on and on and on. $20.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020) — 3 days ago
Fantastic CA interpretation of sicily’s juicyfruit. The cherry is there, but A grittier, dusty spaghetti western of a nero d, badass but limber enough to spring into action. Nice lively acid in the 2018. Fox hill vienyards, 30 some yr old. Why isn’t all of CA planted w the nero d?! — a day ago
Nose has bright red cherry, ripe tart cherry, tree bark/vine stems, ripe plum, semi-moist soil, moist chalk and mashed black cherry.
Palate has over-ripe cherry, dried tart cherry, dried cranberry, smoked anise, moss, dried blackberry, bright acidity, beautifully earthy textures and slightly drying finish. Delicious.
An interesting tasting experience, Meursault is only planted to about 4-5% Pinot Noir, so finding one is a challenge to say the least.
Decanted 3 hours, still needs more time in bottle and decanter. I'd love to see this in 5-6 years, unfortunately our only bottle.
*R.I.P. Ellis Marsalis, "Bucky" Pizzarelli, Manu Dibango, Bill Withers, Kenny Rogers and Joseph Shabalala. It's been a tough few weeks of losses in the music business. Stay Safe out there everyone. — 5 days ago
Hard pressed to find better bubbles for the money. — 3 days ago
Who doesn’t judge a book by its cover? The faux Olivetti typewriter font crowding the label screamed Bea and our aesthetic judgment was correct. The acolytes have done the master proud, this is wild: great tannins, a big blueberry note, pepper, leather, fennel, fabulous nose. Really in a great spot right now after 2 hr decant. — 12 days ago
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. — 7 days ago