Wow... this has to be one of the best vintages of Ontogeny in years, if not ever. Higher concentration of Tench vineyard, used in the EE Red, than in any other vintage of this wine. Incredible nose of luxardo cherries, pencil box, leather, lavender syrup, and vanilla. The pallet is brick house! Tannins perfectly integrated, full throttle, exhibiting notes of smoked blackberry reduction, dark chocolate, red delicious apple skin, licorice, and a finish that lasts forever. I feel like there's no way this wine should score less than 97 on WA. In my top 10 wines I've had all year - I will gladly take a bottle of this for Christmas! ;) — 3 days ago
Amazingly pure fruit and open knit inviting tannins for a’14. Dark as midnight in the glass, a thread of graphite unites flavors of blueberry, cassis, oak and dense blackberry jam. This wine has a flavor profile much like Continuum in terms of depth and polish with perhaps a bit more concentration at this stage. Appreciated the opportunity to enjoy this @Jason Chang — 6 days ago
Great even on pop & pour,
I thought this was going to be a tight & tannic wine considering it garnered 100 points for 2013 & this was only a 96. But now I’m wishing I tasted the 13 instead of flipping, this is great juice, pricey but great.
Actually canceled my membership after this last delivery, QPR is my issue with Hall. But this is still great — 5 days ago
Nose of blackberry bramble just after the fog has been absorbed and the sun starts it’s magnifying bake..
Blueberry skin, pomegranate rind, genovese basil. Lingering pomelo zest, lightly integrated body floating on a lightly tannic wine.
Worth a tipple. — 8 days ago
Zwebner Estate Vineyard 35.6.18 Red Blend 2015 Judean Mountains, Israel
Dark inky in color with a short purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, sweet cherries, dried figs, tobacco, oak, licorice, leather, medicine, vanilla, chocolate cake, coffee, earth, spices, cloves, light green vegetables and black pepper.
Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, sweet cranberries, blueberries, plums, wood, licorice, spices, oak, earth, vanilla bean, cola, chocolates, coffee, caramel, alcohol, vegetables and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Israeli blend is still young, but already enjoyable even by itself, but not fully balanced yet.
Showing nice complexity with a tangy and interesting ending.
A good food wine that will pair nicely with game meats, lamb or beef.
I tried it 6 months ago and it's better now. Will get even better in a few years from now.
Needs 60 minutes of airtime to open up properly.
A blend of Caringnan, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are grown in the Judean mountains and aged for 24 months in French oak barrels.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
$40. — 10 days ago
Сильный животный тон на старте, проходящий со временем. Земляника, черника, мята, пыль, мокрая шерсть, чернила, фундук. Тело средней плотности, натуральный грязноватый стиль с остаточной газацией: свежий, сочный, с высокой кислотностью. В послевкусии взбитая земляника, мел, чоризо. Подвиг многогранности и легкости для КС и Кариньяна. 17,5/20 — 10 days ago
Deep purplish ruby red. Layered nose with light sweet spices, raspberries, dark cocoa, cranberries, and a little vanilla. Can tell that it has some solid oak aging. Integrated with solid acidity (must be from the Pinot Noir) and medium tannins (6.5/10). Fresh palate with some floral notes, cranberries, anise, a bit herbal and some black cherries. Long finish. Drink till 2023. — 8 days ago
Our bartender and cellar guard last Saturday, Tommy Kofler. This Levy & McClellan was a big surprise for me. I had an ‘05 a couple years ago and I️ did not care for it. This bottle was far far more complex, balanced and feminine than I expected. Bold fruit yes, but a velvet water slide finish that killed. I’m also noticing a trend with ‘09 Napa. It’s opening up and strutting around the henhouse a little. Until recently I gelt they were shut down and angular. Thank you @David L — 6 days ago
@Delectable Wine this is the Columbia Valley bottling.
Medium ruby red. A bit of vanilla on the nose with some heat, dark cherries, dark chocolate, and a touch herbal. Medium tannins (6/10) and strong acidity. Dark cocoa on the palate with plums and black cherries. Medium plus finish with a bit of heat. Drink till 2022.
Tons of acidity and — 4 days ago
On the nose; floral fruits of blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, blue fruits, black raspberries, limestone, dark raspberries, black cherry cola, dark rich soil, vanilla, cinnamon, volcanic minerals, anise, violets and fresh red floral bouquet. The body is full and the tannins are about half resolved. The structure is still fairly big as is the tension with good length. The fruits are rich & ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, blue fruits, black raspberries, limestone, dark raspberries, black cherry cola, dark rich soil, vanilla, cinnamon, touch of clove, darker spice, a little bit of Christmas cake, suede leather, crushed dry rocks, volcanic minerals, anise, violets, lilacs, and fresh red floral bouquet. The acidity is round, good but could be better. The long finish is rich, fruit driven with just the right mix of fruit, earth and medium spice. Producer notes and history...Chateau La Lagune has a long history that dates all the way back to the 16th century, under King Henri IV. The same time the Dutch engineers started draining the water from the marshes and swamps making way for all those Pauillac Chateau’s. Their beautiful chateau was built in 1715. The chateau was designed by architect, Baron Victor Louis, who earned fame for his design of the Grand Theater in Bordeaux. By 1730, Chateau La Lagune was already known for producing Bordeaux wine. The property remained under the ownership of the well known de Seze family for several generations. Moving ahead a few centuries to the modern era of the 1950’s, Chateau La Lagune experienced problems caused by the end of World War II along with the economic crisis. As well, there was the great frost of 1956; which destroyed a large portion of the vineyards in Bordeaux. In 1958, George Brunette purchased Chateau La Lagune with only 5 hectares still planted with vines. It was George Burnette that began a large replanting Chateau La Lagune. However, George Brunette also took an economic hit during that era and was forced to sell Chateau La Lagune to the Ducellier family of Champagne Ayala. In 2000, both Chateau La Lagune and Champagne Ayala were sold to the Frey family. The Frey family sold Champagne Ayala and bought the legendary estate of Jaboulet in the Rhone, which of course includes the crown jewel of the region, Jaboulet La Chapelle. The Frey family also owns a substantial piece of Billecart-Salmon. In 2014, the Frey family bought Chateau de Corton Andre and its 7 hectares of vines in the Cote de Beaune area of Burgundy. Caroline Frey (shown in the right photo) is the manager and Winemaker of Chateau La Lagune, as well as their estate in Hermitage, Jaboulet. In November, 2013, La Lagune purchased the 8.9 hectare estate of Chateau D’Arche, from Mahler Besse. Chateau D’Arche is located in the commune of Ludon, not far from La Lagune. This purchase made more than economic sense for the property, as the vines were once part of La Lagune when the original 1855 Classification took place. La Lagune has 72 hectares (180 acres) under vine. Their grape variety is a distribution of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot. Chateau La Lagune is fermented in a total of 72 different, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that vary in size from 22 hectoliters to 200 hectoliters to allow for parcel by parcel vinification. The vats are laid out in a functional and architecturally interesting pattern (Shown in the bottom photo). Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is blended before the aging process begins. This is similar to what takes place at Chateau Haut Brion. La Lagune is aged in between 50% and 60% new French oak barrels for 18 months. — 3 days ago