An awesome new bottling, the 2019 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris by Jesse Lange shows off a wonderful viscosity with bright pear and green apple flavors that meld with shades of nutmeg infused sourdough bread and lighter lemon zest tones. The range here imparted is seriously good. While delightful in its youth, the 2019 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris will provide drinking enjoyment over the next seven plus years, picking up earthy tones as it ages. Drink 2020-2027- 92 — 7 days ago
On this Sunday night I have opened the 2013 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.
On the nose you will get meyer lemon, white peach, cantaloupe, honey, ginger, spice, musk and minerality.
On the palate there is meyer lemon, white peach, ripe tangerine, anise, honey and crushed gravel.
This wine is medium bodied with a viscous mouthfeel and medium +acidity that has a long citrus minerality finish. Lets all look forward to the new year with renewed excitement and hope that this new year will be of hope and renewal. Please stay healthy and safe. Happy New Year to everyone. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂 — 22 days ago
Covenant Israel Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Israel
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is tasty one from Israel.
A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide reddish/ brick rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, blackcurrants, black plums, oak, licorice, earth, cloves, spices, light alcohol, light vanilla, coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherries, tobacco leaf, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.
Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.
Still very young and would benefit from a few years in the bottle, although it doesn't drink like a young wine at all. Very interesting and very well put together. Feels like a Bordeaux with a new world twist.
Has good potential to become a great wine in 5 to 7 years. Would be interesting to check it out again then.
Showing nice complexity after 90 minutes of airtime, and good right out of the bottle, as well.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
Fermented with indigenous yeast, and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$90. — 3 days ago
This is K&L Wine Merchants private label wine. Named after family, Kay & Linda.
It is always a mystery who’s juice they bottled or who they bought fruit to and made the wine. Regardless, it always over delivers at $21.99.
Might have waited a couple years too long to get its best. Need to let it settle on palate before sharing more thoughts. Starting a little lean on the palate but, what a floral nose. We’ll see what a longer decant and palate coating brings.
As I mentioned, the nose is singing with ruby, candied florals that are; dark, red, purple & blue. The fruits are a little stewed; blackberries, black raspberries, plum, dark cherries, poached strawberries and blueberries that hover. Mid, soft, dark spice, light baking spices of; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanillin, mid berry cola, black & red licorice, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, steeped fruit tea, dark, rich, moist soil with dry leaves, older tobacco, soft leather, saddle-wood, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, dry, river stones, shades of dry herbs, ambers, touch of savory meats & black pepper, & tomatoes with leaf.
The nose is more captivating than the body. It’s complex but at the same time flatter. The palate shows; ripe, stewed & candied fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, plum, dark cherries, poached strawberries, pomegranate and blueberries on the backend. Mid, soft, dark spice with just the right amount of heat, cherry kirsch, light baking spices of; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanillin, mid berry cola, black & red licorice, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, steeped fruit tea, dark, rich, moist soil with dry leaves, older tobacco, soft leather, saddle-wood, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, dry, river stones, moist to dry clay, shades of dry herbs, ambers, touch of savory meats & black pepper, & tomatoes with leaf. The acidity is a cool Colorado stream. The finish is; well knitted, balanced fruit & earth elegant, lush, despite its complexity, a little hallow yet persisting minutes, falling onto dry soils & spice.
As I stated, still enjoyable but, at its peak two years ago from my secondary storage. However, the longer I sip it, it pushes 9.0 on the long set. Time to start drinking a number of wines I’ve stepped over for bigger experiences & more notable producers.
Photos of, the K&L store in SF, tasting bar & two different photos of K&L Bordeaux Dinners we’ve attended with Owner Clyde Beffa Jr. — a day ago
This was one of my favorite wines in 2020 and it’s still showing well. Candied cherry fruit up front that finishes herbaceous and savory. — 9 days ago