It’s hard to focus on this when there’s that. Despite my SQN gawking, this was a real surprise. I had previously tasted the 2011 vintage shortly after it made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2013, but my recollection of it was that of a simple, juicy, fruit forward style that was notable for its balance and refreshing style. This vintage is a completely different animal. The sultry savory smokiness does its best to disguise its pure red cherry fruit, but it’s a purity and a concentration that can’t be held down. Not only does this have length, the cumbrous confluence of flavors are somehow precision tailored to a seamless finish, the end of which is difficult to pinpoint. — 6 days ago
Been almost 1.5 years so thought I’d check in. Nose is a bit quiet initially with lovely forest floor, spices, big bright red cherries, almost a cherry earth perfume. Really develops in the glass and a sick perfume develops. Really classy. Terrific purity and freshness. Clean and deep with nice red fruits, juicy structured depth, good thick sweet fruit (shows the strength of 2012) and nice length. Drinking well now but will impress even more in 5 years. — 17 hours ago
The is from Morlet Families inaugural vintage of 2006. I must say it’s beautiful with a fair amount more of life ahead. The nose reveals dark cassis and a good presence of cinnamon stick. Blackberries, liqueured dark cherries, plum, poached strawberries, pomegranate extract, black raspberries float through, blueberries, vanilla, light clove & cinnamon, dark fresh florals and violets. The nose is intoxicating! The body is round, ripe and rich. The tannins nicely resolved. The structure, balance, tension and length are in an excellent spot. Mmmmm! Blackberries, liqueured dark cherries, plum, poached strawberries, dry cranberries, pomegranate extract, black raspberries float through, blueberries, vanilla, a touch of bramble, light clove & cinnamon stick, dark rich soils, dry crushed rocks, a little leather, dark fresh florals & violets. The acidity is a waterfall on the palate. The finish is; spectacular elegance, richness, balance and lasts two minutes. One of the best CA Pinot’s we’ve had in a very long time. It deserves an amen & a hallelujah! I paid $65 for this amazing wine 9 years after it’s release (the 2015 released at $115); which brings me back around to a repetitive point of mine. Look for great wines on the secondary market and pay less than producers current release pricing. That is to say, it will aid in keeping you from drinking your new releases too young that are not nearly ready to enjoy! If you are not doing this, you are doing a disservice to your palate and your wine budget. Photos of; their old historical brick building they’ve converted into their winery, interior tasting area, Luc Morlet and their Estate vines. Producer notes and history...Winemaker Luc Morlet is a fifth-generation of a French winemaking family. Growing up in Avenay-Val d’Or, he spent all his spare time working on his family’s estate. His university studies of viticulture and winemaking were put into practice during years of work in vineyards and wineries in Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the south of France. Luc left France in 1996 to join his wife Jodie in her native California. Starting in 2006, Luc Morlet began handcrafting Morlet vineyard designated wines and cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the Napa Valley. As well as; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, a white Bordeaux-style blend and a Late Harvest Sémillon from Sonoma County. Luc is also the brother of Nicolas Morlet the Winemaker of Peter Michael fame. Luc is another producer I respect for his meticulous farming and low intervention winemaking techniques. While his roots are based out of France, he has adapted his skills well to the Napa Valley soils and climate. Morlet styles his wines in a harmonious and refined fashion. Their logo is based upon 19th century French artist Mathurin Moreau’s sculpture entitled, ‘L’Harmonie.’ In August 2010, Luc and and his wife Jodie purchased an estate, just north of the town of St. Helena. Since then, they have converted the historic stone building, built in 1880, into their family winery. The building was originally the Castner Winery that closed during Prohibition. Morlet is located St. Helena Appellation. The estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and is the exclusive fruit source for their ‘Morlet Estate’ label. The Morlet’s ‘Mon Chevalier’ vineyard is located on the hillsides of Knights Valley, overlooking the western slopes of Mount St. Helena. The vineyard benefits from their proximity to the mountain. Warm and windy climate is ideal for the long ripening of the red Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. They recently planted the 20 acre ‘Cœur de Vallée’ vineyard. These Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines are located on the Oakville Bench, If one such exists. I read a quote from a grower who has been growing in Oakville for many years. He said, “the only bench in Oakville is the one in front of the Oakville Grocery Store.” While it may or may not be true, it’s certainly a funny quote. In addition to these family acres, they buy from farmers under long-term contracts in Fort Ross-Seaview, Russian River Valley, Bennett Valley, Dry Creek and Napa Valley. All of the Morlet’s wines are handcrafted using classical Burgundy and Bordeaux winemaking techniques and are matured in 100% French oak barrels. — 17 days ago
This tasty Pinot surprised me a bit. I approach California versions of the varietal apprehensively, often disappointed with their lack of grace and ham-fisted ways. The Ferrari-Carano 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot gets it right. It's not the first from the AVA that I have liked. Aromas of black cherry are undercut with a savory cola note. The palate is smooth and elegant, with enough tannin for turkey but not enough to melt the cranberry sauce. The black tea flavor is among the most gorgeous of the kind I've experienced. — 5 days ago
By chance, sports commentator Jim Nantz and wine industry entrepreneur Peter Deutsch were together at a restaurant in Greenwich, CT, each having dinner with friends, things developed and The Calling was born. Dark Ruby with aromas of nice ripe berry fruits with earthy herb spice. On the palate cherry and blackberry fruit with candied apple spice and earthy notes. Good balance with fine tannins more time would benefit. Lingering finish ending with earthy spice notes. — 2 days ago
12’ Alexana Revana Vineyard Block 8 . The very best five barrels each year. 11 months in barrel, additional 14 months in bottle before release.
A complete waste if you don’t decant this for two hours. Gorgeous color. Nose- Dried flowers & hint of spearmint. Palate- Dark raspberries, dark stone fruits, spices, black pepper. Touch of cola.
Moderate acidity. This would benefit with a little more age. @Martin G Rivard Santa with another delivery to my door. Can’t thank you enough. Love you buddy! — 5 days ago
First Montagu bottling, enjoyed during a Vikings victory over the Rams. Very happy to be introduced to this label through Delectable! Straight good stuff, no time needed, pop and pour. Velvety smooth, beautiful cherry, raspberry and cola notes glide along to a long, luxurious finish. Get some! — 2 days ago
Drinking this was a very, very bright idea! The 2013 Ysabel Rocks!!!!! “She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean. She was the best damn Woman I had ever seen! (Next to Christine of course!) 😎👏👏😍😍👏👏😎. “She told me to sip but I was already there!” This really does shake me all night long when I uncork a beauty. I love the nose as much As I do the Palate. I savor the nose as much as the palate. it’s a long and slow courtship throughout the night. On top of that., this baby’s got back!! It’s got it going on!! I like em thick and juicy and if you do then find this juicy bottle. This baby’s got it going on! 😎👏👏😎. — 7 days ago
Went to a tasting and have not tasted the ‘13 in over a year, aged well, consistent notes. Dark Ruby with complex aromas of black and red fruits with herb and floral scents. From Dijon clones, palate shows a great arrangement of fruits, sweet cherry, raspberry, plum and blueberry. Aged on French Oak, this wine was well balanced, savory, lingering nicely ending with some cacao and black pepper. Aged well, has more room. Excellent!! — a day ago
A beat up label from being moved around in my cellar too much, furry mold in the punt and on the cork, but inside.... Amazingly youthful for 16 years old. Bright, clean, crystalline red fruit. Fresh cranberry, sliced white mushrooms, dry forest floor / autumn leaves, nutmeg, and crisp mountain stream stones. — 3 days ago