Great wine for the price. Very easy drinking, soft on tannins, black cherries on the palate. — 5 days ago
A must buy for the price. Very bold and full-bodied with smoke and spice aromas, rich blackberry and espresso flavors. Nice mild tannins with spicy finish. — 8 days ago
The 2015 Insignia is densely hued with rich dark fruit, cocoa powder and fragrant dried flower notes. Velvety texture and weight on the palate with layers of juicy black plum, Madagascar vanilla and bergamot. Bold, creamy and supple with integrated tannin structure and a lengthy finish. — 6 days ago
Served Friday night with my Veal Bolognese. This only worked with this dish because it had enough time in bottle to soften and not overpower the dish. If this was served young with this dish, you would have mostly tasted only dark and rugged Nebbiolo tannins.
This was vacuum sealed and re-stored to allow me to write notes today as we had friends for dinner on Friday.
The reveals; blackberries, dark sweet and sour cherries, soft floral blueberries, cherries, black plum and hints of back raspberries, notes of cooked rhubarb on the glass edge, soft, dark tarry notes, leather, anise, whiff of graphite, limestone minerals, dark rich earth, dry brush, some dark spice, cedar, light bay leaf and herbaceous notes with dark fresh & withering florals and violets.
The body is near full but, not quite. The tannins have rounded and softened but, still have teeth and slightly, sticky tarriness. The structure and tension are just approaching a really good phase. Tannins show some velvetiness. The length and balance show beauty and elegance. This wine has 10–15 of good drinking ahead. Ripe; blackberries, dark sweet and sour cherries, soft floral blueberries, cherries, black plum, plum and hints of back raspberries, notes of cooked rhubarb on the glass edge. Dark tarry notes, leather, anise, graphite, limestone minerals, dry crushed rock powder, dark rich earth, dry brush, dark chocolate, some bold dark spice with palate heat, clove, nutmeg, very light vanillin notes, cedar, light bay leaf and herbaceous notes with blue flowers, dark fresh & withering florals and violets. Beautiful wine. The acidity is like a gentle rain shower. The finish is elegant, well balanced, floral and persists for minutes.
Photos of; Bartolo Mascarello, Maria Teresa Mascarello who run the business since her father’s passing in 2005, my Veal Bolognese made in the lighter style that is indicative of true Italian cooking and one of their beautiful hillside vineyards. — 15 days ago
This is an amazing Pinot that has a great level of complexity. Lots of blue and black fruit. One of my new favorites! — 8 days ago
Color is dark purple black. Sweet floral dark red fruit, green veggie, and eucalyptus mint nose. Pops with black cherry fruit with a tobacco smokey taste. Tannins are sweet with hints of cedar, vanilla and cassis on the finish. A bold layered in taste wine. A beautiful wine to drink and enjoy as it unfolds in flavor taking in its rich flavors. Drink now or keep for another 10 years. — 11 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Extremely fruity on the nose with black cherries, black currants, dried figs, raisins, alcohol, licorice, vanilla, cedar, cloves, spices and black pepper.
Full-bodied, smooth, bold and rich, with medium acidity and long long legs.
Dry to off dry on the palate and very fruity, with black cherries, blackberries, figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, spice box, wood and peppercorn.
Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a great red blend from California. Uniquely rich, extracted and interesting. Has that Bourbon Barrel taste to it, with lots of fruits, and maybe some residual sugar. I also get some Port characteristics.
I was hoping for it to chill down by now, as a 5 year old, but it is still very vibrant and extremely fruity.
Good by itself as a sipping wine and good right out of the bottle. Might be too much for some 😉
Aged for 3 months in Bourbon Whisky barrels.
17% (OMG!) alcohol by volume.
$25. — 12 days ago
A rich and bold, complex Merlot, from Becker Vineyards of the Texas Hill Country — a day ago
The man, the myth... his cellar was stormed. This Palmer was opened for 90 mins, and it presents like it was just bottled. Beautiful detail of toasted oak on the nose. Palate shows rich, extracted black fruits, with bold tannins. Bowled over with how this showed today. — 9 days ago
A new St Emilion to me @ £40 in a top year that’s owned by Chanel 👜 👠 yes darling ✨ and it’s not bad, drinking good already & should improve. Many will like this style for sure if you like oak & bold fruit 😉 and it doesn’t have the Chanel price tag 😁
📍 Chateau Berliquet 2010
🏵 90 points
🍇 Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon
🍷 Opaque blackened ruby
👃 Rich oak dominated damson plum & black berry fruits w/ a touch of burnt smoke, gravel, minerals, soggy earth, bramble bush, blueberry, raspberry & mocha
👄 Med body of rich ripe black currant & berry w/ blueberry, raspberry, cocoa & minerals
🎯 Long touch mineral dry red & black fruit touch sweet punchy fruit hit w/ a woody oak dry linger
— 19 days ago