Shell Creek Vineyard

Broc Cellars

Shell Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018

Still Chenin is Broc’s racehorse. 2018 is complex, layered, restrained, complete. I remember 2017 having some extra umph. Lean and full of acid, it has more in common with Chablis or Sancerre than Vouvray. Lemon and sea shells, seaweed, and puff of smoke. — 17 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Thx, added to my wishlist to visit and taste.
Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

@Peter van den Besselaar this is very good. I’ve visited Broc and it’s a lot of fun. My next chenin post, though, is spectacular. Stay tuned

Vincent Dauvissat

La Forest Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2013

Rather muted nose of oyster shell, lemon and flint - awesome evolution on the palate fatty in the middle with a lingering finish. Fantastic. Competes at GC level - this one feels a bit quieter at the start, but its lingering finale completes a perfect picture. Aerate. — 16 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Moon Mountain District Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Shay A
9.2

@Delectable Wine : This is Theorem’s Moon Mountain District chardonnay. I didn’t see it in the database.

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

Another new wine to the lineup is the moon Mountain Chardonnay. When comparing to other chardonnays TRB crafts, this site is pulling in more slate/limestone and high acidity, compared to his Sonoma chardonnays that have a lot of oyster shell and tart stone fruits. Very bright and concentrated. Underripe melon, powdered lemon bar, crushed rocks, honeysuckle and wildflowers all reveal themselves. I’d hold this for a few years.
— a day ago

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Jean-Pierre Grossot

Vaucoupin Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay

Minerality through and through. Crushed sea shell and limestone. Subtle hints of pear and green apple. Also, think crushed smarties. Fresh and lively on the palate, with ripping acidity and underripe apple. Tangy, zesty and fresh. Pair with shell fish. — 9 days ago

Henschke

Cyril Henschke Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Gorgeous red fruits and spices. Needs a lot of work (decanting and aerating) to get it out of the shell. — 6 days ago

Bodegas Toro Albala

Eléctrico Fino 3 Fases Pedro Ximénez

Lovely, fresh nose: petrol, lemon peel, seashell, almond shell. Almost a bit riesling-esque.

Lemon cream, oak, citrusy acidity, minerals, with an almond and butterscotch finish.

So good. How is this 15% ABV?!
— 7 days ago

Marc Brédif

Royal Oÿster Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Melon de Bourgogne 2018

Dry, high acid, a little saline, subtle green apple, pear, and lime, sea shell. — 3 days ago

La Mondianese

Grignolino d'Asti

2018 Vintage. A little light but quite lovely for a lunch. There is a brightness from the acidity. Red plums, violets, allspice. I had it with oysters in the half shell (yum) and a brothy split pea soup. — 5 days ago

Château Duhart Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2017 Duhart-Milon is a wine that I expressed reservations towards out of barrel. Since then, the nose has certainly come out of its shell with blackberry, raspberry, briary and light mint aromas, although there is something of the Duhart "DNA" that is absent. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a potent graphite character coming through... A-ha, not here is the Duhart signature! The acidity is nicely tuned and (like the Carruades de Lafite), there is a pleasant briny/marine character towards the finish. That said, it just needs more cohesion and finesse on the finish to really convince that it is a top-flight Duhart. (Neal Martin, Vinous, February 2020)
— 12 days ago

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