2016 vintage that is just starting to develop that mineral & petrol flavours that are so delicious — 3 days ago
Light to medium gold. Pineaple and ripe yellow fruit , light petroleum and varietal aromas as well on the nose that follow on the ripe and full palate, rich texture, wide yet with a soft backbone acidity, good length.
Couleur or assez prononcée, un nez de fruits jaunes murs, un peu d’ananas, touche pétrolée. La bouche sur le même registre, du fruit mur, plein, texture riche, acidité basse mais avec juste assez de maintien pour cette richesse, sucre résiduel pas trop perceptible, belle longueur. Très bien et un vin intellectuel un peu. 89-90 — a day ago
Nose has mashed blueberry, sliced black cherry, wet soil, wet leather, black currant leaves, roses, syrup of dark fruits and damp peppercorns.
Palate has violets, blueberry/black currant juice, fresh black cherry, (light) moist spice cake and ripe elderberry. Persistent tannins prove this wine is still youthful, with a long/rich finish and juicy fruits on display. In proper storage this can easily be enjoyed, 2025-30+.
Cork pulled for a slow oxidation of 5H then decanted 4H.
We're big advocates of Burgundy wines paired to Asian-style food, tonight again with Taiwanese Five Spice Pork (Lu Rou Fan | 卤肉饭) over Jasmin rice with lightly fried eggs from our private egg factory in the backyard, plus locally raised NY pork (Highland Farm, Old Chatham, NY). The wine displayed its youthful tannins alone, but great acidity with the meal pairing. Happy happy! — 15 days ago
Nose has ripe black cherry, wet leather, distant wood smoke (spring vine burn), cherry reduction and dry garden soil.
Palate has tart cherry, under-ripe plum, wet slate, green herbs, lightly creamy oak barrel notes with mild tannins. The energy in this bottle seems restrained.
Decanted 6H, and this is not enough time for this youthful wine. This bottle will likely need a decade to concentrate.
The third of several 2014 La Pousse d'Or bottles we acquired late in 2019. This, as expected, needs another 10-15+ years (2031+) to show its truer self.
(Notes will be updated tomorrow, this wine needs much more airing out.) — 18 hours ago
Is Merlot Monday a thing? Okay so this is only 80% Merlot (20% Cab Franc) but it is working for me. Smells like purple plums got inspired to write poetry about the cedar trees and violets blooming in their backyard (plums DO have backyards) so they naturally whipped out number two pencils, lit a pipe, and chilled out to write in situ. The plums, the pencils, the trees and flora, the birds and bees, you get all this in here. And soy sauce. I can’t explain it. Mayhaps I’ll go old-school and give it the ol’ WSET analysis:
Eye: medium ruby teasing at the beginnings of garnet at the rim. Thick slow tears.
Nose: medium plus intensity of Ted plums, cassis, cedar, violet, tobacco and dare I say...garrigue‽ in Merlot? Who knew.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium plus alcohol (albeit nowadays we would have to call it high as it is 14.1 so just barely high), medium body medium plus flavors echoing the nose with the added savory soy note that is quite compelling. Finish is medium plus.
It may be too late for new year resolutions but mine is now to not neglect Merlot. Merlot Monday’s it is! — 12 days ago
👁 This wine was pale gold.
👃On the nose this wine had a medium intensity of youthful aromas. Aromas included primary notes of pear and apple tart, ripe apricot, lemon curd, and wet stone; also secondary notes of cream, butter, and vanilla.
👄 On the palate this wine was dry. It had medium acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, and medium intensity in flavor notes that included primary notes of pear and apple tart, ripe apricot, lemon curd, and wet stone; also secondary notes of cream, butter, and vanilla. The finish was medium(+).
This wine was balanced, delicate, and demure. An elegant Chardonnay grown on the hillsides of the Montagne de Corton in the Grand Cru appellation of Corton-Charlemagne within the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy. I would love to pair this with lobster tail or scallops and risotto...
Louis Latour, Corton-Charlemagne, Grand Cru, White Burgundy. Vintage 2013. ABV 14%. — 14 days ago
Tasting menu sample of local Bookcliff Vineyards Ensemble red from 2018 with special take-home meal. Balanced, delicious Bordeaux blend. Paired perfectly with shortrib entree. — 21 days ago
Medium lemon with tropical and citrus fruit aromas with spicy perfume notes. Palate shows ripe fruit flavors of peaches, pears, green apples and citrus zest. Medium finish good balance with acidity ending with ripe fruit character and mineral spice. Drink now, no further aging benefit. — 11 days ago
Production of the 2013 was about 50% of the normal, thus real pricey. Pale lemon color with aromas of stone and tropical fruit with floral and yeasty mineral notes. On the palate, flavors of Apple and peach flavors with a touch of mineral and lemon zest, with an underlying crispiness, well balanced with acidity, long finish ending with mineral and nutty nuances. Truly a great wine, a bit pricey. — 9 days ago