The Steven Kent Winery

Balfour

Hush Heath Suitcase Pinot Noir

Mouthfeel velvety. Bigger than expected but w perfectly balanced acidity and tannins. And that nose - summer fruit clafoutis? UK PN movement more please — 5 days ago

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Taittinger

La Francaise Brut Champagne Blend

This wine has a pale lemon hue with a delicate mousse. 🥂 🍾

👃 On the nose, this wine has a medium intensity of bright and youthful aromas including primary notes of white peach, yellow apple, pear tart, lemon zest, white blossom, and wet stone; also secondary notes of yeast, pastry, brioche, and marcona almonds.

👄 On the palate this wine is dry (Brut), with crisp, medium(+) acidity, a light body, medium alcohol, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose, but with a stronger citric focus. The finish is medium.

🤔 This wine has a high proportion of Chardonnay (40%) for a non-vintage (NV) Champagne; it also has Pinot Noir (35%) and Pinot Meunier (25%) 🍇 . It is delicate and light. This wine spent 3-4 years "on the lees." Aging "on the lees" or "sur lie" is a wine-making practice (legally mandated in Champagne!) leaving the wine in contact with dead yeast cells, a.k.a. yeast particles that were used up in the fermentation process. In Champagne, an NV wine must undergo a minimum of 15 months aging with at least 12 months "sur lie". Taittinger has exceeded these minimums, which undoubtedly contributed to the presence of yeasty, bready, doughy, toasty, pastry notes that typify Champagne. 😍😍

I love that this Champagne House remains owned and operated by the founding family (who also owns the beloved Domaine Carneros in California). 💕💕 Having a glass and you get a sense for the love and attention to quality, carrying on the family tradition of excellence, elegance, and finesse.

Did I mention @champagnetaittinger is now planting vines in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧, near a village (Chilham) in Kent? This English sparkling is expected to be on the market in 2023/2024.

Cheers to always innovating, but also staying true to your roots 🙌🙌
— 4 days ago

Deked1
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Ericsson

Ericsson

Had many times. Your review makes me crave it. Cheers.
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Ericsson Yay 🙌 Cheers to the next glass 🥂

Steven Kent

L’Autre Côte Cabernet Franc

Blackberry, vanilla, raspberry, eucalyptus, cherry, and oak. Full-bodied and velvety tannins. — 24 days ago

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The Steven Kent Winery

BDX Collection Livermore Valley Petit Verdot 2017

Fantastic. Dusty and earthy notes. Sage and eucalyptus on the nose. Very nice structure , not overly hot and just enough acid to round out the finish. Great balance overall. 14.8% — 2 months ago

Bride Valley Vineyard

Reserve Brut Pinot Meunier Blend 2013

Vintage 2013 | 55% Chardonnay 25% Pinot Noir 20% Pinot Meunier | The wine sprayed like a fountain after opening. I suppose Steven Spurrier is smacking himself on the knees, laughing in wine lovers heaven. Alas half a bottle on the table... the bubbly from Dorset England in the glass shows very well: yeast in smell, very vibrant with lively acidity in taste, very pure, exciting. | Paired with Foie Gras Poêlé with some grapes and calvados. Happy Easter! — a month ago

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Gusbourne

Blanc de Blancs Traditional Method Chardonnay 2015

Commis bev pairing, my first time drinking English chard🍾 — 3 days ago

Darcie Kent Vineyards

Infinite Stone Cabernet Franc

Wine with Jeff and prime rib - woot — 24 days ago

Gusbourne

Reserve Brut Chardonnay Blend

Head-shivering acid, high minerality and the perfect reduction. Didn’t have the right food to pair with but still enjoyed the wine very much. Understandable why this wine scored so high in blind tasting compared to grand cru champagnes. 53% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 7% Pinot Meunier, wine is from Kent, England which is becoming a hot spot for one of the best in class sparkling wines in the world. — 2 months ago

Gusbourne

Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs English Sparkling Wine Chardonnay

Scott C
9.2

Another great English sparkling . Acidity , apples , citrus . Long , fresh ... what is there not to like — 2 months ago