Spotlight

Domaine Christophe Blanc

Les Chênes Saint-Joseph Syrah 2018

Round and strong. The attack and the body of the wine put the Syrah in the spotlight in all its specificities: both intense and fresh, with aromatic notes of violets, black fruits, spices, black olives, menthol, and leather. The finish is developed without being really long, letting out some gourmet peppery and herbaceous notes. A very gourmet wine for meat eaters, or Syrah enthusiasts (including me). Requires 2 good hours of ventilation. 2 years in the cellar will perfectly calm this youthful ardor which is nevertheless very appreciable.

Rond et costaud. L’attaque et le corps du vin mettent la Syrah a l’honneur dans toutes ses spécificités: à la fois intense et fraîche, avec les notes aromatiques de violette, fruits noirs, épices, olives noires, menthol, et cuir. La finale est développée sans être vraiment longue, laissant ressortir des notes poivrées et herbacées. Un vin très gourmand pour les mangeurs de viande, où les adeptes de la Syrah (dont je suis). Nécessite 2 bonnes heures d’aération. 2 ans de cave assagirons à merveille cette fougue de jeunesse néanmoins fort appréciable
— 9 months ago

Joe, Mario and 13 others liked this

Cameron Hughes

Lot 718 Chardonnay 2018

This Chardonnay is fairly lean, by old California standards. There is a touch of oak on the nose, but the citrus and stone fruit stay in the spotlight. The palate shows a bit more oak, but it does not overpower the profile. Acidity is bright enough to make me order oysters on the half shell for takeout tonight. The finish is long and vibrant, with pears and tangerine persisting.
— 10 months ago

David, Daniel P. and 1 other liked this

Caduceus Cellars

Primer Paso California Syrah Blend 2014

Dry, but juicy; bold but bright; heavy but acidic - it’s fascinating how much the 4% white grape steals the spotlight from the otherwise predictably solid Syrah/Petite Syrah/Grenache red blend. — 5 months ago

Timothy liked this

Elian Da Ros

Le Vin est une Fête Côtes du Marmandais Red Blend 2018

Nice discovery of the southwest, with this entry-level cuvée that makes you want to know the rest of the production. A blend that puts Abouriou in the spotlight, a grape close to Malbec or Tannat. The whole presents a very nice balance between structure and freshness; rather oriented red fruits, supported by marked tannins. Good q / p ratio

Belle découverte du sud-ouest, avec cette cuvée d’entrée de gamme qui donne envie de connaître le reste de la production. Un assemblage mettant l’Abouriou à l’honneur, cépage proche du Malbec ou Tannat. L’ensemble présente un très bel équilibre entre structure et fraîcheur; plutôt orienté fruits rouges, soutenu par des tanins marqués. Bon rapport q/p
— 8 months ago

Peter, Rob and 16 others liked this

Robert Mondavi Winery

Spotlight Collection Napa Valley Rosé Blend

Great rose. Dry but good floral notes. Refreshing and easy to drink. — 9 months ago

Chapelle St. Theodoric

La Guigasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache 2011

All the spices you can find on a really complex and medium body châteauneuf. Really good now and ready for the spotlight. — 6 months ago

Adriana Pagliano
with Adriana
Adriana, Ira and 3 others liked this

Albane & Bertrand Minchin

Le Claux Delorme Valençay VDQS Red Blend 2018

A very nice and balanced Loire blend with the fruit in the spotlight. Gamay and Cot holding the top of the pavement, enhanced with 10% Pinot Noir and 10% Cab-Franc. The finish is well developed with pepper notes. Wine to drink in its youth over the next 5 years.

Assemblage équilibré fort sympathique typé Loire, mettant le fruit à l’honneur. Gamay et Cot tenant le haut du pavé, rehaussé de 10% de pinot noir et 10% de Cab-franc. La finale est bien développée avec ses notes poivrées. Vin à boire sur sa jeunesse dans les 5 ans.
— 9 months ago

Dan, Tom and 12 others liked this

Robert Mondavi Winery

Spotlight Collection PNX Carneros Pinot Noir 2015

Absolute perfection! Smooth, robust, and perfect time to enjoy! — 9 months ago

Château Haut-Bergey

Cuvée Paul Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

A modern Bordeaux with few sulphites, without inputs and unfiltered. The fruit is in the spotlight without excess of breeding marks. Beautiful roundness, well balanced. — 10 months ago

Tom, Josh and 14 others liked this