Elegant, focused, finely tuned CNDP with layered aromatics and textural complexity. Raspberry coulis, crushed blackberries, juniper, exotic spices, some menthol from its whole cluster fermentation, iron, violet. Day two has led to more personality in the fruit with garrigue and pastille accents coming through, perhaps some hung meat emerging. The streak of iron throughout is captivating at the moment. This will be even more beautiful as it continues to develop in bottle. — 5 days ago
1990 Chateau Rayas Syrah. Decanted 1 hr before serving and it needed every minute of it. Light in color, but rich in flavor. Continued to open up throughout dinner. Initial taste upon opening bottle was iffy: we thought it tasted “hot” and might have been improperly stored at some point. However, as the wine evolved in the decanted, this unpleasant thin and hot feel at the end went away. Roses, black plum, strawberry, licorice, black olives. K picked up more of the fruit. I picked up more of the salty notes. Delicious! — 19 days ago
Another blockbuster Tavel from Morderée. The 2018 is as delicious as it gets and this is tasting better in 2020 than it did on arrival last year. I’d always attributed the unique zesty and pungent flavors in this wine with the tiny amounts of uniquely Tavel blending grapes... perhaps that remains true, but this wine is mostly Grenache 60%, with Cinsault/Syrah/Mourvèdre at 10% each, and Clairette/Bourboulenc at 5% each. Whatever the blend, they’ve nailed this one. Sadly, it’s quite pricey at over $30. Now if I could locate some LaFond in my area, we could crown a Tavel champion, but this one will be hard to beat. — 10 days ago
Reading Cork Dork. So far, it’s captivating.
Rich, dense, perfume of leather, pumpkins, and cinnamon.
Sweet licorice and blackberry compote right at the forefront. Followed by a juicy berry mid palate and a kick of garam masala and red pepper flake spice right as you’re setting the glass down.
A medium to high acidity, a bit much for this composite of flavor profile, but it still works — probably needs a bit of age. Pretty solid overall. — 8 days ago
Strawberry, cherry, a creamy lactic yogurt quality, and a touch of garrigue or fennel.
Nearly full body on the palate with red fruit and flowers, blood orange, with a bit of that fennel/licorice. Medium acidity and a touch of phenolic bitterness.
Delicious rosé with a lot of food pairing potential given its structure. I will be seeking out more rosés from here. — 4 days ago
For $13.00 🤷🏼♂️, More than half Viognier, with the balance rounded out by Roussanne, Bourboulenc and just 2% Grenache Blanc, t
Definitely a case buy for the summer,
Seriously don’t know what white this is, says Blanc on K&L where I bought it, but doesn’t show up on delectable..
Way too many Guigal listed — 12 days ago
Had for G's 30th birthday celebration (a few days early) with Convivial takeout. Needed a little time to breathe; peppery at first but got fruitier with time. Delicious. ~$40 at Dvines. — 5 days ago