In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend for comparative research reasons. Hard way to spend a Monday...
It hurt me to open this as I knew it would be painfully young...and it was 😔. But, in the name of science, it was analyzed! Most distinctive out of the lineup. Straight up cream soda mousse. Definitely oxidative in style but not channeling any of those sherry like notes. This carried ripe tropical fruits and a touch of honeycomb, versus the ‘13 I opened a few months back that was completely open for business with marzipan & roasted cashews. Hold this. — 2 days ago
Deep Ruby with ripe black fruit aromas and complex spices, aged for 10 months in French oak (45% new), on the palate concentrated flavors of cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit with cinnamon and mocha notes in fine soft tannic structure. Well balanced with savory edge on a great mouthfeel finish ending with earthy mineral character. — 5 days ago
Yes! Believe it or not! leave the other vintages alone. Call Tom Parmesan and order at least three. Ripe fruit, balanced tannins and medium bodied. @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum @Shay A @David L @Jim Trobaugh @Jim Trobaugh @Shauna Summers @Jacqueline @Shauna Summers @Neal Schaffer @Ian Blackburn @Terri Walker @Terri Walker @Warren Sapp — 6 days ago
Tropical Chardonnay with great weight and density. Went well with Greek food. Nose of pineapple and honey and a touch of basil. Entry that is also very tropical and quite dense. Mouth coating. Didn't compete with the food like I thought it would, but instead really danced around the fare. Went best with the basil pesto hummus. Finished with more acidity than it started with. Aftertaste was kind of strange, almost like a tart peach. I truly think this wine needs to sit another couple of years before trying again, but it's still a very solid wine for the price point. — 11 days ago
Our go-to producer these days is Morgardo. Never disappoints. Very opulent nose of kirsch, overripe cherries and a hint of blueberries.
The palate is intense and delineated. Made us think of melted chocolate in terms of texture. It’s powerful, especially since it tips the scales at 15.3% abv. This is a full-throttle, no holds barred, luscious Cali pinot. Not one for the traditionalists...
BTW, that’s my Parmesan encrusted chicken. Damn I’m good 🙂 — 3 days ago
I had an ‘09 Aubert Lauren a couple years ago and it was drinking superbly....but now it has fallen off a cliff. The fruit is all but gone, there is a weedy muddled quality with notes of marzipan and petrol. Aubert chards are some of the best CA has to offer but if this perfectly stored bottle from @romo is any indication, they are not made for the long haul. — 2 days ago
The best pairing in California is the pacific and a Sonoma coast Pinot.
There not a better place or better food or better combination of any sort than this. Pair wine with places to drink them. Food is a second thought , always a second thought to place and company kept. — 2 days ago
Color of burgundy with some hues of purple. Nose of fermented cabbage, berries and spice, lavender note, and the nose is plenty. Taste is on par with nose, silky and polished, zest, sweetness, fresh berries, juicy grapes. The only complaint is a bit too much bitter. Aftertaste is also mellow, with nice berry and fermented cabbage note, almost no tannins and slight too much oxidation. She is a bit over her peak. Enjoy her now with slightly cooled bottle. — 4 days ago
Winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill & Matanzas Creek, David Ramey & his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996. Rich deep ruby red. Aromas of powerful dark fruit, hints of pepper and sweet spice reminiscent of a Northern Rhône. On the palate raspberry and blackberry, soft and velvety, with smoky oak, big spice on the finish which should continue to develop for several years. Very Nice! — 14 hours ago
Wow. This is really showing well. Decanted about 90 minutes. The nose is intoxicating; black cherry, black raspberry, cola, rich black soil, charcoal. A solid, intense core of fruit yet very well balanced. Really great stony minerals and firm tannins provide awesome structure. This will continue to get better with additional age. — 5 days ago