Châteaux Pradeaux is located in Bandol AOC, of Provence, France, near the magnificent coastal town of Saint Cyr-sur-Mer, situated on the Mediterranean Sea. I imagine there are breathtaking views of the azure waters from the vineyards and estate of Château Pradeaux. 🌊
Generations of the Portalis family have produced wines from this estate dating back to 1752. The land has seen devastation such as the French Revolution, Phylloxera, and World War II, and yet today it remains strong, carrying forward the family traditions, thanks to the fortitude, will, and courage of the Portalis family. 💪
👁 It is medium ruby with garnet rim variation. It has a subtle haze, perhaps because this wine was not fined nor filtered.
👃 On the nose this wine has a baked, black fruit quality, with notes of blackberry, plum, and black cherry 🍒 ; also notes of dried lavender, anise, clove, cedar, nutmeg, tobacco, leather, peat moss, meat, and barnyard.
👄 On the palate, this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, high tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors that are consistent with the nose.
The grapes were not destemmed in the winemaking process, which has undoubtedly contributed to the strong and grippy tannins experienced in the glass. This wine benefits from decanting and could also benefit from more time in the bottle. 👍
In sum, this wine tells a story of commitment, perseverance, and respect for the land from which it’s cultivated. It’s made with minimal intervention and has 95% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache. 📚
Château Pradeaux, Bandol Rouge, 2014, ABV 13%. — 10 hours ago
👁This wine is pale ruby with a delicate haze.
👃On the nose, it offers medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas, including notes of ripe cherry, strawberry rhubarb, fresh raspberry, 🍒🍓 also tulip🌷, violet, red licorice, fennel, dill, nutmeg, and wet moss.
👄On the palate this wine is dry. It has med (+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, medium tannins, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. It also has a medium(+) finish. I find it has good complexity and balance. 👌👌
This wine was fermented with native, wild yeast in concrete or steel and then aged in neutral oak barrels for about six months. According to the @scribewinery website, it comes from "vineyards planted with equal parts of two California heritage clones ideal for the region’s dense clay: Martini and Pommard. The Martini grapes add spice and fresh, high tones complemented by the Pommard’s natural earthiness."
Scribe, Carneros, XII. Beauty Blue, Pinot Noir, Vintage 2018. ABV 13.5%.
Los Carneros, meaning 'the rams' in Spanish, is a unique wine region because it is shared between Sonoma County and Napa Valley. It is one of my favorite places in Califorina for Pinot Noir. With the coastal breezes and fog channeling inland from San Pablo Bay, the vines have a combination of sun and cooling moderators, to aid in both the ripening and the preservation of acidity / brightness of character, which can ultimately lead to a well-balanced, but also well-concentrated wine.
I picked this up at @france_44 and would definitely buy it again. — 4 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.
On the nose blueberries, cherries, cooked strawberries, earth, wood, licorice, spices, chocolates, eucalyptus, pencil lead, light alcohol, herbs and black pepper.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, dark chocolates, peppercorn, earth, black tea, wet leaves, herbs, pencil lead, dark coffee, leather and spices.
Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very nice Sangiovese based Tuscan wine. Showing nice complexity and structure. Tangy and interesting.
Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature, but starting to drink nicely now. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.
This Single Vineyard needs time to open up, so be patient. I gave it two hours in a decanter to open up properly, and show the structure, tannins and the pretty nose.
A good food wine that I paired with meats, cheeses and crackers. Will pair nicely with BBQ meats too.
A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. Limited production.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 3 days ago
Absolutely stunning! Transcendent bottle that started wild and evolved over an hour. Opened up beautifully to a very Morey-St-Denis like cuvée. Crisp ruby color. Low viscosity and light bodied. Red cherries, raspberries, wild strawberries, wet forest floor and spicy aromas. My guess is there is some whole cluster fermentation here. Gorgeous nose. Tannic backbone. Medium high acidity. Fluttery mouthfeel. Complex wine that’s beautifully integrated. Extremely long acidic finish. Possibly one of the better and most interesting Oregon Pinots. Interesting to note this is a 15% Pinot Gris blend. Biodynamically farmed on a vineyard with a southern facing slope along side Hood river. No additives, nothing removed..naturally made. And of course Nate’s a legend!! Day 1. Will update for day 2..can’t wait to see this cuvée continue to evolve! It was hard to stop myself and it would be so easy to quaff the whole bottle in a few hours :) — 4 days ago
Nose has ripe blackberry, medium roast coffee grounds, tannic black cherry, crushed milk chocolate, sliced red pepper, tanned black leather and ripe plum skin.
Palate has ripe blackberry, plum, milk chocolate chips, mild new oak, black currant and red clay pottery. Mild tannins are becoming integrated. Decanted 6H.
We enjoyed this bottle with mesquite smoked chuck steaks from a local farmer (Kinderhook Farm; Valatie, NY), cooked slow and low. Manage your temperature and you'll never be disappointed, on the grill for almost 25+minutes, but beautifully medium-rare.
FAW is a staple producer in our cellar, but generally I do not touch anything until at least a 10-12Y birthday. A one off bottle purchase from Costco ($40) so that I can check in on bottles we're waiting on.
75.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16.2% Merlot, 4.0% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Sourced from Bosché Vineyard, Keyes Vineyard, Oakville Vineyard, Stagecoach Vineyard & Sycamore Vineyard.
FYI, new-ish trending algorithm on Delectable only pushes wines to the feed which can be purchased through Delectable/Banquet. Kind of a 'fake news' feed of the actual popularity on wines in the platform, but what do I know?! I figured since this bottle 'trended' with no likes as of this commentary, I'd let everyone know. I generally don't drink wines that are available via Banquet registered purveyors, since most of our wines are unique or older. Same with 'Tasting Notes: Weeky Roundup' so be aware. Enjoy this tidbit of knowledge, community. 🤗 My soapbox. — 3 days ago
This Rioja Reserva is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes. 💃 The “Reserva” designation in Spain means the wine was subject to certain minimum aging requirements prior to release. More specifically, it must have aged a minimum of three years prior to release, where at least one of those years was spent in oak barrels. Producers, especially those from Rioja, often exceed these minimum requirements, but the labeling designation certainly helps give a sense for what you may expect to experience in the glass.
👁 This wine is medium ruby with secondary garnet hues and pink rim variation. There’s noticeable tearing.
👃 It has those quintessential, front-stage notes of oak, 🪵 cedar, nutmeg, coconut, and vanilla on the nose along with notes of lush cherry, 🍒 plum, strawberry,🍓 molasses, taro, toasted caramel, hazelnut, cigar, sweet tobacco, balsamic, olive, and saddle leather. This wine has good aromatic intensity.
👄 The palate is dry, with medium acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, medium tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. The finish is medium(+). This wine is ripe, soft, smooth, and delicious. 👏👏
It has received, deservedly so (IMO), critical acclaim from the likes of Robert Parker/Wine Advocate (91 pts) and James Suckling (93 pts).🤩🤩
I have never had a wine I didn’t love from this producer – La Rioja Alta, S.A. @lariojaaltasa — 3 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, cooked cherries, red currants, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, cocoa, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, earth, spices and light pencil lead.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, earth, chocolates, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, spices, peppercorn and leather.
Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero in Spain. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and tangy.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Tannins show up after 90 minutes.
This 7 year old shows nice complexity at this point. Drinking nicely now, and will be even better in the next five years.
I paired it with cheeses and fresh vegetables.
100% Tempranillo grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months (60% new).
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$27. — 2 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa.
Very dark ruby in color with a pretty reddish rim.
Beautiful nose of black currants, figs, vanilla, cedar, sweet strawberries, cooked cherries, licorice, eucalyptus, bell pepper, earth, mint, tobacco leaf, spices, vegetables, celery, pencil lead and black pepper.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, dried cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, graphite, vegetables and peppercorn
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley. Showing a gorgeous nose with great complexity.
Already very tasty, although still young. A little hot right now, but that will go away with proper aging.
Would be nice to revisit it in 6 years, and will age nicely in the next 20 years. Showing great potential to become a 97+ point wine, and already delicious by itself.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, show the tannins, and the beautiful nose, so be patient.
This Single Vineyard is so interesting and unique. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Soft, yet powerful. Rich and extracted. Elegant, tangy and fruity.
A blend of 91% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 20 month in (90% new) French Oak barrels. A very small production of only 18 barrels.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$120. — 4 days ago
This is a beautiful wine made from the Frappato grape variety of Vittoria, Sicily (an island just off the "boot" of Italy). 😍 The region has a Meditteranean climate that is sunny, dry, and warm, supporting the ripening process, and is not far from the coast (breezes), situated at the foothills of the Iblei Mountains (elevation), offering opportunities to retain acidity and brightness of fruit character in the grapes. 🇮🇹 ☀️
Winemaker Arianna Occhipinti is known for her biodynamic and organic winemaking practices and for being an all-around amazing and bold leader in the wine industry, first releasing wines under her own label at the age of 22. 🙌
👁 This wine is medium ruby with pale garnet rim variation. 👃 On the nose, this wine offers notes of bright cherry, raspberry, strawberry, grape jam, lavender, violet, black licorice, bay leaf, leather, and nutmeg spiciness. Also delicate Brett notes. Perhaps the spiciness comes from the fact that this wine was aged in large slavonian oak barrels. It actually reminds me of a youthful Sangiovese and I just learned it may even be genetically related.
👄 On the palate it is dry. The fruit character is juicier on the nose and more tart on the palate with medium(+) acidity. The fruit character is concentrated and balanced with the nice acidity and overall structure. It has medium alcohol and medium tannins. It is medium bodied with a medium(+) finish.
I could see this wine being extremely versatile with food pairing - anything from poultry to pasta to a variety of cheeses. It's also delightful on its own. It offers a sense of place.
Occhipinti, Il Frappato, Terre Siciliane IGT, Vintage 2017, ABV 12.5%.
These wines are not made in copious quantities, if you find one, buy it and give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. — 6 days ago
I still have quite a few wines like this from my early days of wine collecting - stuff that was highly rated or recommended in the $15-30 price range (this was $18 from Wine Library in 2009). Wines that could provide a great quality for the price, but that no one, including me, ever expected would spend a dozen years in my cellar. Many people would assume wines like this one to be hopelessly past prime, but over and over again I’m surprised how well so many of them - from both the old and new world - hold up. At first this wine seemed to be over the hill, with some brownish tinge to the color, balsamic aroma and leathery mouthfeel, but the longer it’s in my glass the more I’m enjoying it. The sweet and intense red cherry fruit is sightly raisiny in character yet still somehow bright, the tannins are integrated but still firm, and the acid is balanced and mouth watering. Pretty classic Grenache-Carignane that would hold its own against Priorats costing several multiples of its price. Sometimes wine makes you smile (most times). — 2 days ago