My taste never really aligned here. Definitely not a pop and pour wine. This took a while to find its feet. Initial nose of this wine I thought it was corked. 20 minutes later, MUCH improved. Nose of dirty funeral flowers, violets, and a hint of grilled meat. The entry is more on the sweet than savory side with dark roasted fruits and tobacco leaf. The middle is a bit spicy and has a lot of meaty Syrah character quite honestly. Finishes with light acidity, little tannin, hint of mushroom, green olive and black cherry. If tasted blind, I likely would have guessed this was an entry level Washington Syrah. — 2 days ago
30th birthday luau for a dear friend of mine comprised of swimming, volleyball, and a formal Hawaiian-themed dinner with some awesome wines.
WOTN of the night for me. I was quite happy to see it on the menu and was thankful it was as delicious as I had hoped. Very savory and perfumed with red fruits, leather, stewed meats, pipe tobacco, cigar residue, with nice dusty tannins. — 4 days ago
Color is more saturated than traditional Pinot noir, with shades of purple, ruby, and orange. Nice leg. Nose is nice, with ripe cherry, cherry jam, prune, oak and spice, strawberry, and some more exotic spice. Taste of nice berries note, with sweetness of grapes juice, a bit zest with medicinal flavors note, good acidity, low tannins, a bit tinkling, and some more dried strawberry and grape juice flavors. Aftertaste shows some more spice. Taste is slightly above average while nose is better. A bit too much bitter in the aftertaste. — 12 days ago
The 2016 'Royal St. Robert' is a gorgeous wine from Carlo and Dante Mondavi which is a dedication to their grandfather, Robert Mondavi. The Pinot Noir is 80% whole cluster with native fermentation and aged in a combination of 10% new, four-year air-dried French oak and 90% neutral French oak barrels before being bottled without fining or filtration. The wine itself is absolutely gorgeous as it begins with aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries along with floral, spices, wet stones, blood orange and hints of tea leaf nuances all taking shape. This continues to impress with its fabulous medium body and beautiful fine, delicate tannins. Balanced and focused, this remains remarkably pure and persice though the silky finish. Overall, this is a fantastic wine which is already drinking remarkably well, but should also continue to develop with time. — 8 days ago
The good folks at Buck’s T-4 in Big Sky, Montana pulled this off list suggestion for us after we talked about our wine preferences. It was perfect with the Elk chop. A bit gamey with a touch of pepper. It had brightness that comes from a cool climate, but it still managed depth and and loooong finish. I wish I could remember more, but that was several days ago. Absolutely delicious. — 10 days ago
Great bottle. What I’ve come to expect from Aubert. That creaminess and citrus and just balance. Nice. Crowd pleaser. Drank next to the ‘09 Larry Hyde and Sons and the Hyde showed more Burgundian notes. I preferred the Hyde but the Ritchie more of a crowd pleaser. — 5 days ago
Freeman Vineyard & Winery is the fruition of a 20-year dream shared by Ken and Akiko Freeman to craft cool climate CA Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Aged for 11 months in French oak (about 25% new). Aromas of berry fruits with tea and tobacco notes. On the palate blackberry and cherry with tobacco and tea spice, soft tannins, well balanced, vivid acidity on lingering finish ending with earthy tones. Will keep in cellar for some time. — 11 days ago
First of a few. Bought big on this one and I think this one will be the best of the 17s from what I've been able to gather. Sweeter youthful wild red and black berry medley on the nose. The entry is with mild to moderate acidity. Mulberry, rhubarb, and brambly youthful fruit. Dried herbs, a little bit of tart cherry on the finish with stiff oak tannin. Excellent structure. Solid 93 now and this one is still pretty astringent on the finish. Gonna be even better than this in a few years. — 3 days ago
This was a special bottle, as I’ve held on to this to wait until my wife could enjoy after the birth of our daughter. Aubert is our favorite chardonnay producer and each time a bottle is opened, smiles abound! (Background is a small peek in to the amazing nursery my wife decorated).
Our favorite Chardonnay producer does it again (and again, and again, etc). I have no problem enjoying these shortly after release (aside from their Larry Hyde & Sons offering, which has too much acidity for my liking the first year or two), but when you can keep your hands off them for a few years, they can be truly magical. I think 5-7yrs post vintage is the sweet spot. Slightly golden in the glass, with Aubert’s signature lemon cream jumping from the glass alongside honeycomb, salted popcorn kernel, and custard aromatics. Powerful, yet nimble on the palate showing astounding flavor...carmelized brown sugar, roasted nuts and honeysuckle with a savory sea salt component toward the finish. The depth that these Chardonnays show is nothing short of impeccable with everything in balance. I actually think this could be at its peak in the next year, but it’s certainly making a case it’s at its best now! — 11 days ago