The famed wine that @Antonio Galloni scored 100 points last year. Pax invented this style - whole cluster and zero oak California Syrah nodding Saint Joseph. So concentrated you’ll stain your hands removing the cork. But not overextracted. Picked early with salty metallic wild sour blackberries, rosemary, and lavender. Youthful but still very raw. Complex today but will benefit from a few years to soften the sour green.
Bought two. One for today, one for tomorrow. — 9 days ago
Heintz fruit is some of my favorite and for some reason, it’s normally easy for me to identify, this being no different. I always get an overload of guava with Heintz Chardonnays, like this one, on the nose. Big aromatics of roasted Meyer lemon and ripe tropical fruits. Oak isn’t a star here, as the acidity takes center stage. Sharp and focused down the middle. Apricot, underripe pineapple and lemon oil on the palate. 13.2 ABV. I know Littorai picks super early, so it’s impressive that they are able to get this beautiful amount of pure fruit.
I followed this over 2 days and day 1 was sharp acidity and led me to believe this needs another few years to integrate. Day 2, the acidity mellowed and the fruit really warmed and became very perfumed. I’d probably hold, but no harm in opening now if you have time to follow/enjoy it. — 6 days ago
The only reason why any of these have survived is because they were all sitting in a remote cellar, and NOT Classic!! Two more to go. This wine is ALMOST at the top of the hill but I still think it needs another 2 years or so. This wine is massive. Sweet youthful fruit nose and cinnamon. Still rather youthful blackberry and blueberries on the palate. Streusel. Cinnamon and black fruitcake. Pepper finish. Toasted tannin and quite a bit of it. No way I would have guessed this was 10 years old. Moon Mountain fruit...how incredible! Another 10 years to go...at least. — 8 days ago
This was very much in the savory style so I’m not sure if it’s due to age or just the style (not a lot of experience with this Kistler chard). Sea salt, popcorn kernel, grilled lemon and baked peach pie. Lovely texture and acidity. The ‘10 Aubert Lauren it was poured alongside had more of the rich, sweet lemon cream notes, so that may have highlighted the savoriness here. — 5 days ago
A night cap after the Scarlett Reserve. Tasted many times with consistent notes. This is a stunning SB. Exotic, tropical bouquet. Loads of citrus fruits on the palate. Deftly balanced. Best domestic SB we’ve tasted.
In the background, our new cellar. Glass frame will be inserted in a week or so. — 11 days ago
My first bottle I tried using the Coravin Model 2 Elite 👍 Remember to enter the competition I posted on Saturday on Instagram for your chance to win one also 🤞 Drinking well young @ £80 but should improve a little letting the dry tones soften 😁
🥧 Paired w/ Mrs Es homemade Chicken & Mushroom Pie w/ Dauphinoise Potato (scroll for pic ⏩)
📍 Kistler Sonoma Coast 2014
🏵 92 points w/ more potential maybe
🍇 Pinot Noir
🍷 Clear deep ruby w/ a purple hue
👃 Earthy spiced red cherry & dirty blackberry bramble bush through soft smokey herbs w/ light oak, red roses & hints of gasoline
👄 Med body of creamy smooth ripe earthy blackberry & red cherry cola w/ raspberry, strawberry, light dry minerals & a hint of cocoa
🎯 Long touch dry blackberry, cherry & red fruit earthy gooey linger — 10 days ago
Interesting... I'm fairly new to PN. But this is clearly atypical. The color is a medium to deep purple. There are lots of oak notes on the nose. Strong vanilla, biscuits, wood, and a little animal/meatish. Underneath, is a slight mint tea note, and an unripe version of licorice. On the palate, it's a bit more like a Pinot Noir, but still very atypical. It's medium plus body, light acidity, light-med tannins. Finish is decent. To me this is unlike what I'm used to from La Crema, but I like it. This is likely because I'm a big red drinker. Not sure others would agree.
91 points — 6 days ago
A beautiful color of ruby with a wide reddish rim.
Pretty nose of blueberries, currants, oak, light vanilla, wood, black licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, dust, alcohol, black pepper, leather, earth and spices.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Elegant with long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and red candy.
Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Zinfandel from Sonoma County, is drinking very nicely now, as a 4 year old. Showing great elegance with nice complexity and a beautiful nose. Great complexity on the nose.
Not a typical California Zinfandel at all. Much lighter than I expected from one.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and I would really recommend doing that, as it is a completely different wine, once open. I had this vintage a year ago and it was not there at all. So nice to see that it came back so nicely.
Will be better with age, and would be nice to revisit it in the next 3 to 5 years.
Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Only 55 cases produced. (this is bottle number 600).
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses, nuts and olives.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
$32. — 14 hours ago