Final wine of the night with our dinner hosted by Jean-Charles Boisset. Certainly a treat to experience the Surrealist first hand. This is a Cab /Petite Verdot blend with a smoky, floral opener and dominant oak. Loads of blackberry, licorice, and herbal anise. The wine drinks well with nice balance and a medium finish. Possibly it's the vintage but I wanted more. — 18 days ago
The 96' Riserva Pira had my nose stuck in the glass the whole time. I just couldn't get enough of the incredible bouquet. Even the tail ends were intoxicating. Ahhh!!! Full-on rose petals, violet, plums, dried cherries, blueberries, tar, spices (cinnamon and clove especially), undergrowth, tabacco leaf, and balsamic tones. So complex and lifted. It's just ahhh and ahhhhhhhh again and again as this wine bombarded the olfacotry system. On the other hand, the palate was quite stubborn at the start, but eventually gave way to some sweet fruit notes of fresh cherries and plums, plus hints of stoney minerality at the end. It's thick and dense, with firm but well-honed tannins and ample acidity. So fresh and young that it just begs for time, but how can one resist the beautiful smells right now. Probably the best nebbiolo I've had in a while. — a month ago
Light, bright yellow. Intensely perfumed aromas of ripe, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits, ginger and honeysuckle on the incisive, finely delineated nose. Silky, sharply focused and energetic on the palate, offering intense Meyer lemon, green apple and quinine flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Plays power off of finesse with a smooth hand and finishes impressively long and mineral, with excellent clarity and lingering florality. I've learned over the years that this wine, an icon of the region, ages along the lines of a top-notch Chablis so don't hesitate to stash some away for further down the road. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2019) — a month ago
Old school Napa Cabernet showing place and wine maker. Delicious fruit with integrated tannins. Quintessential Rutherford dust, eucalyptus with the wind and floral characters under a calm hand. Big, bold, fruit characteristics, yet a refined finish from a steady hand. Shows the trademark of Chuck all the way through. — 3 days ago
This chardonnay, produced by the Winemaker of the Year, has lemon, a hint of plum and peach. It is not lush, though, and it should not be uncorked without food at hand. Poppy Hall in Pacific Grove had the right menu for it. — 25 days ago
Cliffs notes from the back label: sustainably farmed, hand harvested, whole cluster, wild yeast, extended maturation on lees. Bright and lemony, tastes like village style burgundy except it’s from the north Island of NZ. $20. — a month ago
Strong presence with cedar and tobacco on the nose. Not a lot of depth, no tannins, and very drinkable. Not a challenging wine. — 2 months ago
40% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah blend from the hand of Stephan Asseo. This (or similar) has become my go-to Steak wine. Still inky black with blackberry, leather, and pencil lead notes...no sign at all of 15.8 alcohol. Silky smooth, lively balance, and a 45 second finish. I love this wine and the way it ages. My favorite Paso producer... bar none. — 19 days ago
The nose reveals, mashed, sour, candied/liqueured, meyer lemon, very ripe, pineapple, golden apple, lime skin, & green apple w/ almost no skin, fresh, herbal qualities, honey, beeswax, vanillin, warm caramel, limestone minerals, soft chalkiness, wet stone with yellow lilies and florals and mixed greens.
The body is; round, rich, bold, thick & waxy. It is gorgeous over the palate. Mashed, sour, candied/liqueured, meyer lemon, grapefruit pulp, dry & candied pineapple, golden apple, key lime, stone fruit, tangerine & green apple w/ almost no skin, fresh, herbal qualities, honey, beeswax, vanillin, warm caramel, toffee, marmalade, white spice, limestone minerals, soft chalkiness, wet stone, dusty dry rocks, saline notes with yellow lilies, white florals & mixed greens. The acidity is, beautifully, round & phat. The rich, ruby, heather honied, well balanced/polished finish delicious & lingers well.
Photos of; two aspect views of Domaine Leroy & Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy (The Queen of Burgundy) in her precious vineyards. She all about bio-dynamic, lower yields, prunes by hand and sings to her vines. And, who could argue her success. — a month ago