These guys have been producing some great wines from 🇿🇦 so I was quite keen to pop their top cuvee of a batch of 3,578 bottles @ £36 & for the money it’s fab value 👍
📍 Crystallum Single Vineyard Mabalel 2017
🏵 93 points
🍇 Pinot Noir
🍷 Clear vibrant ruby
👃 Earthy blackberry & dark cherry jam w/ a spicy smokey backbone & purple violet flower potpourri, red berry & herby loam tone
👄 Med+ body of rich ripe earthy dark/red cherry & jammy creamy smooth blackberry w/ a subtle red liquorice tone
🎯 Long slight sweet & peppery rich blackberry creamy linger
— a day ago
A nose of cassis and cherry
Light to medium bodied, classic twig and branch Pinot combination, mellowed red fruits, strong, yet non obtrusive acidity with just a hint that this wine has touched a stave for any period of time. Great use on the neutral oak here. From Santa Maria, CA. So there is just a touch of that plump ripe fruit from SoCal, yet not enough to annoy. This is a very well made wine, and though it is labeled 14 %. The heat went away as soon as it got some airtime. — 3 days ago
Local restaurant Taste of India’s cab by the bottle. This is Sean Minor 2016 cabernet sauvignon. The beginning is blackberry, dark currant, and raspberry fruits. There is a wonderful spice and tobacco that emerges almost immediately. The finish has a lingering earthy tone that leaves you wanting another sip. I am having a spicy chickpea Appetizer. Wow. They have made a wonderful choice and a beautiful paring. The spice and tobacco are really amplified here. For a restaurant cab, excellent choice! — 5 days ago
Take your time with this one and give it some air, it will be worth your while. Perfect wine to pair with the new Somm documentary that discusses new and old world pinots.
Great structure and darker fruit that kick off a bit tight.the tannins soften with some time in the glass though and it starts to become more elegant after what kicks off with a tight impression on the palette. — 5 days ago
Tonight's wine I have opened is the 2016 Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Monterey County Pinot Noir.
The nose is very expressive and well integrated with strawberry, cranberry, cherry, raspberry, barnyard, rhubarb, vanilla, rose petal and smoke.
On the palate is tart cherry, strawberry, plum, raspberry, mint, spice, light toasted oak, minerality and earth.
This wine is medium bodied with a vibrant mouth feel, medium to plus acidity and medium fine tannins that lead to a medium to long fruity, dusty finish. Have a great weekend and be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 4 days ago
January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.
@Delectable Wine : This is the Haegelen-Jayer “Les Damodes” bottle. I didn’t see it in the database.
I guessed burgundy here, but this started out very Italian (Nebbiolo) like. Very tart red and black fruit with an iron finish. The fruit gained some density after a while and showed more ripe fruit in the middle along with some green/stemmy notes. Still young. Nice burg, @Weston Eidson — 6 days ago
13’ Antica Terra Obelin Pinot Noir.
Maggie Harrison was the assistant winemaker at Sine qua Non. Decanted it for a hour.
Ruby red in color.
Aromas of ripe red cherry, cranberry, rose, sandalwood, spot of earth. The nose sells this Pinot!
A core of red fruits & ripe cherry. Secondary notes of violets & baking spices throughout the palate. Elegantly styled(somewhat light on its feet) with supple tannins & a robust finish, that builds richness as it opens up in my glass (20 minutes) 🤔.
Had to write about it. Another very well-made wine. Cheers to all. — 9 days ago
With each vintage, their Pinot’s get better & better.
On the nose, liqueured cherries, black cherries, strawberries, dry cranberries, touch of baked rhubarb, dark rich soils, limestone minerals, red licorice/cola, steep fruit tea. Dry brush, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, Provence herbs, warm toast, fresh red & dark florals with violets.
The body is medium, rich & lush. Liqueured cherries, black cherries, strawberries, dry cranberries, pomegranate, touch of baked rhubarb, blueberries, dark rich soils, limestone minerals, red licorice/cola, steep fruit tea. Dry brush, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, Provence herbs, warm toast, fresh red & dark florals with violets. Even though this wine was stored well, it wasn’t stored in my best storage. It might be two years ahead of schedule. However, the structure, tension, length and balance are about two years from its peak. The acidity is round and like a gentle rain shower. The long finish is well balanced, elegant, lush, rich and lasts minutes.
Photos of, the Estate vines as viewed from their patio, the old oak vats inside their tasting room that were once used for winemaking, event tasting room, and their tasting patio. — 11 days ago
A slightly hazy shade of cherry in the glass with a strikingly pretty nose of rich earth, black cherries, wild berries, and herbs. Who doesn’t love Anderson Valley fruit? This is such a delightfully delicious and well made Pinot. Medium bodied with more of a lush mouthfeel and medium acidity. And there’s funk. On the palate there’s a good bit of dried earth, big red fruits, and mushrooms. Clove cigarettes, spice, and leather round it out. This is so pretty and so fun. Could easily go for a few more years, but why wait? — 4 days ago
Кислая вишня, клюквенный морс, несладкий черносмородиновый конфитюр, свекла, едва слышимые силосные отголоски, лимон, вареный щавель, тёмная зелень, черный перец, уголь, крупная соль. Довольно темный, хоть и прозрачный цвет. Средне-легкое тело с остро отточенной, дрожащей кислотностью и едва заметными, но чуть жевкими танинами. Интенсивно, вертикально, естественно, со звенящей ягодной чистотой и заметной минеральностью. Молодо, прямолинейно и первично, но при этом тонусно и бодряще, с яркими высокими частотами. На любителя, но сделано с душой. — 8 days ago