Soft tannins, leather, quite pleasant. We drank 3/4 yesterday and the rest today. It was better today! — a month ago
Cured meat, sour cherry and dried herbs on the nose. Smooth, tastes like stone fruit with hints of vanilla and spice — 4 months ago
Wolf & Woman Chenin Blanc
Youthful but open and very inviting aromas with ripe yellow apples, stone fruit, nectarines. A good portion of honey, blossom and bees wax that is followed by sweet spices and warm stones.
Dry with a high piercing acidity that is balanced by a framwork of round ripe fruit and honey blossom. Then acidity penetrates through a strong mid palate with plenty of stones in the background and holds through a solid (med + lenght finish). As so many of the wines that comes out from the South African wine revolution right now, it performs well above its modest penny. Serve it at 12 degrees in your Bourgogne glass.
@Delectable Wine wrong identified wines. Please add Wolf & Woman chenin Blanc to the library — 8 months ago
This comes from two vineyards with vines planted in 1902 and 1920. The soils are calcareous marl and clay. The wine is a pure expression of its terroir thanks to its élevage in a combination of used oak and clay jars. The wine shows ripe and fresh red-fruit aromas on the nose with Asian spice and rose petals. Medium weight and moderate tannins follow on the palate with a concentration of flavor that is typical of old vines and wholecluster fermentation. They say Michael Magnien follows the rhythm of moons synodic revolution at each stage. — 2 years ago
Wine Mouth on Good Friday. Deep, complex nose. Beeswax, apricot. Textured. Good wine.
The NV White Revolution (L1-1307/16) is a wine for Jura freaks. Based on a solera started in 2013 with Riesling and enriched with intracellularly fermented Chardonnay (in 500-liter amphorae) and Scheurebe, the yellow-golden wine opens with a clear, intense and spicy bouquet with ripe fruit aromas. Slightly creamy but also pure and piquant, this is a dense and well-structured white that is intense and fresh but lacks style and direction and fails to speak to me, although it's really good. RP87 — a month ago
Remnants of a revolution
An oldie from one of my favourite saké producers, Hidehiko Matsumoto, who's been a maverick in the world of saké with his "interpretation" of traditions and championing of terrior. Sadly, this may well be the last bottle of Shuhari I get to drink considering Matsumoto-san's highly publicized departure from the family brewery (Sawaya Matsumoto) last year due to internal conflicts. Fret not! Matsumoto-san's got some exciting projects in hand (Suginomori Brewery being one of them), so it won't be long before we get to taste his creations again.
Golden in the glass, with aged aromas of soy and nuts looming over melon and peach notes. The palate's surprisingly energetic and youthful considering the maturity of the nose - rich and juicy with a light spritz and herbal undertones. Signature Shuhari texture (reminds me of white wine phenolics) and acidity in the bitter-sweet finish. Paired perfectly with our wagyu donburi. — 7 months ago
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%. — a year ago
🤔 😮😋😚💭🎑🌅🪟🌬🎐 — 3 months ago
“Kek Bika” on my back label rather than the “Blaü-Ökör” here and on Vinous Obscura’s website, this mystery red nevertheless matches the descriptions in every other respect. It’s strong evidence supporting a thesis I have yet to sell on the wine makers in my family: the tyranny of the French clones is overrated; nature’s mutations are an abundance to be harvested instead of flaws to be weeded out; and the wine market is due for the same sort of revolution that hit eating apples a decade or so ago. This wine is light, acidic, and yet fresh and fruit forward, bringing to mind raspberries, sour cherries, English hedgerow fruits (like gooseberries or elderberries or something that I, being only an occasional visitor, can’t put my finger on) but without being cloying. It finishes with a peppery kick that rivals the best Syrahs. I still have a long way to go to sell my grand thesis, but my skeptical Francophile wife is at least sold on this particular wine. — 3 months ago
Opulent Chardonnay from a small (0.9 hectare) plot on limestone soils within the Clos des Avoueries - a vineyard in Cruzille that up until they French Revolution belonged to the monks of nearby Cluny. Quite intense nose with aromas of white flowers, citrus, lemon custard and peach yogurt. Full-bodied, round, smooth on the palate, with good freshness and acidity. Flavors of lemon zest, minerals — 9 months ago