Aromas of sweet fruit and earthy notes lifted by the floral Viognier. This needed thirty minutes to blossom. Dusty tannins carry ripe plum, cherry, blueberry fruits. The Rocks Syrah gives a pleasant weightiness, but I do wish it had some of that Rocks funk. — 9 days ago
Graillot is one of my all time favorites. I bought one ‘17 to test and see how much more of the ‘17 I want to buy. And not much. It’s delicious... but the last few years seem to be evolving away from the unique Alain Graillot style I remember from years past. Still can’t get the ‘95 out of my head... it ruined me. — 7 days ago
was hoping for wow and it is a wow.
10 years of marriage today.
things didn't go well all through. but we matured surprisingly well.
this is the oldest wine i had (in terms of years passed from bottling).
i was lucky to help again sorting 🍇 after 2019 harvesting at seahorse winery. it was Petit syrah this time.
after a hard day laboring (back hurt for two weeks following intensive yet pleasurable 'punch down') they said: pick a bottle
i took this 2012 gsm (sgm really) which was bottled same day.
dense red with some blueness and thick legs👀
green funkness, tobbaco, mushrooms, wet leaves and ripe black fruit 👃
medium + body.
high bursting acidity.
black fruit ruling with green notes, tartness and pepper. some sweetness felt at the back👄
long 🎯 with tannins that are soft and pleasant and take their time before leaving.
it took it's time.
opened and chilled in the refrigerator 2 hours before drinking.
started as: that is nice but no wowness.
as it warmed up and had more air it became what it's supposed to be:
complex balanced superb spicy juice.
not sure how much they charge but excellent vfm for sure.
on its own it was great after opening up.
sourdough bread with 🐐butter and unknown stinky yellow 🧀 made it juicier and spice was stronger.
great sicilian style home made caponata had the same effect.
seahorse winery getting a 🏆again? for shizzle.
same wine after 10 years more of marriage would probably be even better. — 9 days ago
Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!
I’ve had a few Clarendon wines but never their Astralis. Time has been kind and has shed the baby fat off of this wine. It’s still ripe (slight hint of VA) with baked mixed berry pie, fig and Andes chocolate mint aromatics but it didn’t hit you in the face. Dense, but the 3-4hr slow ox softened the profile. The palate showed cherry liqueur and blackberry jam with notes of bay leaf and cinnamon. Only the faintest hints of herbal/savory notes showed on the finish. — 12 days ago
Cor bem rubi. Sem dúvida é um bom vinho, o sabor é bem agradável e o sabor do Carvalho bem perceptível. Mas é um vinho que não tanto odor e o rastro dele é bem curto, embora a sensação na boca seja boa após 1 minuto. Diria que é um vinho leve r amadeirado. Adstringencia quase imperceptível. — 3 days ago
Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.
Fantastic showing. Unmistakably Rhône. It smells of charred potpourri, spicy rhubarb and tea leaves. On the palate, it was light and nimble with a decidedly black pepper like finish. I was very confident this was southern Rhône CdP as I didn’t get any smoked meat or iron type notes like I typically do with northern Rhône. Just a hint of sweetness in the black cherry core to bring out the acidity and smooth the tannins. I called this southern Rhône CdP from the mid 2000s. — a day ago
Medium Ruby with aromas of dark fruits and pepper spice. On the palate flavors of ripe blackberry and currants with some oak and pungent spice. Lively acidity with medium tannins, good length ending with a sweet fruit and mineral character. Drinking well. Tasting Sample. — 6 days ago