After our Cellar tasting we took some of the tasting room wines and went up to Anthony & Olive’s house for lunch. It was a pleasure to finally meet Olive. She is a; sweetheart, a great host and amazing cook. This was the best meal we had in the trip.
We started off with some freshly baked focaccia bread and this Sauvignon Blanc that again was my favorite on the trip.
It’s pleasant to drink. Beautiful citrus and tropicals, excellent gentle minerality, no grassy notes, green bean or NZ style cat pee. Just great body, structure, fruit, gentle minerality, perfect acidity and nicely polished finish. Nothing out of balance or overdone. For those that say they don’t like Sauvignon Blanc (they’re out there, I’ve met them) this bottling might change your mind.
Photos of; the view from Anthony & Olive’s terrace back onto their property, Anthony & I in deep wine discussion (what a pleasure to get to know and an amazing treasure trove of South African wine knowledge), the view from their dining room looking out to their terrace and one of the vineyards. — 5 days ago
Part of the Wine Nerd Herd festive gathering was a SB luncheon which this bottle was a part of. Graciously provided by @Eric LaMasters , thank you. I visited this bottle several times looking for how it would find its sense of place. Came across with a bit to much acid in the beginning then after a few hours I got this grassy somewhat oily texture that seemed to be the end of its development. Would like to try in another year. — 4 days ago
Light greenish yellow. Not as rich as the 2016 but notes of citrus on the nose with some stone fruits, honeysuckle and minerality. Medium acidity (6/10) and medium bodied. Definitely gets a little bit richer with some air. Layered palate with some tropical fruits, lime, light creaminess and minerality. Medium plus length finish. Drink till 2022. — 8 days ago
Lemon in color with a light golden tint.
Fruity nose with lemons, citrus, light oak, vanilla, spices, yellow pears, red apples, sea salt and spices.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, earth, green vegetables, light wood and black pepper.
Medium finish with limes and bitter almonds.
This Single Vineyard, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with nice balance. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
A good wine to have by itself or with food. Good for the pool too.
Needs 20 minutes to open up properly and better when properly chilled.
I had it by the pool with light appetizers.
13.4% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 4 days ago
This is an easy drinking sauvignon blanc. Do I rate this sub 90? No way. Do I rate this more than a 90? No way. This wine has a lot of lemon rind in the nose, and that translates to the palate. Also a little bit of dried herb. There is a nice, sharp, bracing acidity that is consistent throughout. This is made to be sipped poolside all summer long without thinking about it. I was thinking about saving it for that exact thing, yet I was a little bit premature! — 3 days ago
The fruits are brighter than the Chardonnay. Pineapple, white peach, green melons, ripe, cantaloupe, lime, lemon curd, touch of canned pears, grassy notes, yellow & spring flowers with lilies.
The body is lean, fresh and lively. After the leaner, bright fruits subside, grippy minerals take hold overlaid by white spice and powdery chalkiness. Pineapple, white peach, green melons, ripe, cantaloupe, lime, lemon curd, touch of canned pears, grassy notes, yellow & spring flowers with lilies. The acidity perfect. The finish is delicious, easy to drink with nice balance.
Photos of; the Estate vines of DeMorgenzon, suspended stainless tanks which, allows them to work the wine by gravity, barrel room and Cellar Door grounds.
— 11 days ago
After all the Cimarossa reds I’ve enjoyed, I figured it was time I gave this a fair shake. Only time I’ve had this was while visiting the winery a year or so ago, but it was just a splash. Hay/straw color in the glass, with quite the savory aromatics...lots of sea salt and guava. Reminds me a bit of the Addax SauvBlanc (though more filtered). Limestone, melon and just a kiss of sweet tropical fruit on the palate. The finish is a very solid balance of fruit and savory/herbal notes. Acidity is medium and certainly a more full/round version of Cali SB. Consensus? I love every. single. wine. that Cimarossa offers. — 6 days ago
The 2018 ‘Anciennes Vignes’ Sancerre is a beautiful new wine by Cottat. The aromatic range is really good from nutty and earthy undertones to wet stone and pink grapefruit blossom aromas that meld in the glass. The weight is fantastic as bright citrus oil and green apple connect with the lovely earthy tones of the wine. This finishes exceedingly long. A fantastic effort, this is best enjoyed in its youth while the brightness remains, although this has the rich texture to cellar over the next five plus years. Drink 2019-2025- 92 — 5 days ago
Nose has freshly mowed field, spring rain, light salinity, grapefruit peel and white florals.
Palate has refreshing tart (medium) lemon/grapefruit blend, wet grassy notes and great Kimmeridgian core.
Great QPR, Quincy is a wonderful alternative to Sancerre, and well worth a market search. A lightly imported AOC, but also be on the lookout for Menetou-Salon and Reuilly, which neighbor Quincy to the East and West, respectively. — 5 days ago