Upward Projects

Domaine Huet

Clos du Bourg Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2007

Shay A
9.1

This is likely JUST entering a peak drinking window, and still on the upward trajectory. Killer aromatics of lemon meringue, crushed rock, and something reminiscent of a grilled lemon/citrus fruit. Acidity is still gripping, though not overpowering, with a slightly sweeter back palate and finish. Reminds me of a candied lemon drop with poached pear and ginger. — 3 months ago

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@Michael Meyer I am not sure what about our conversation pressed your button to send such a comment. To quote my words, I said, “12 years and older.” as Shay is posting an 07. There is no doubt that these wines can last 50 years and longer in the great vintages properly stored. If you want to hold yours 50 years please do. Following wine consumption static’s, most wine purchased through a a grocery store is consumed in the same week. Most wines bought from a retail store or winery direct are consumed in the first two years. Those are just the statistics. Much of the same plays out similarly following Delectable postings. I would choose to hold this producer 15-25 years and longer as I have proper storage, not everyone does. So, I concur with Shay, people are going to enjoy and open their wines when they choose. When they do doesn’t affect my life in the least. Cheers! 🥂
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Dang, I guess I'm really glad I did not contribute to this right after it was posted. Honestly, compared to a younger vintage as I have had these from 2010 onward, this one was pretty boring. That did improve with about 30 minutes of air, but it still did not appeal to me as much as these wines in their youth. If it is a 50-year wine, let it be. But it won't be in my cellar for that long. I think I am more of a fan of infanticide with this particular wine. That is just my opinion, as is the opinion of Shay.
9.1
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@Mark Flesher Perhaps, your palate doesn’t embrace old world Chenin at this age? These wines from the right producer (this is one) in the right vintage, will age that long and they are incredible with that much age. Maybe, one day someone will open one for you that old and with tilt your palate upside down. Stay open to the idea until you try one that old. Cheers! 🥂🍷

Walser Wine Projects

Blankbottle Raw Red Blend

South African Nebbiolo that would make some Italians blush. — a year ago

Standing Stone Vineyards

Finger Lakes Saperavi 2017

Finger. Lakes. Saperavi.

If this ain’t American winemaking in the 21st century we don’t know what is! 🇺🇸🍷🇬🇪🍇

At least, that’s what we were thinking before reading up on Standing Stone and founders Marti & Tom Macinski. They actually first planted this fascinating Georgian grape here in ***1994*** (just 3 years after Georgia left the USSR, for those keeping score at home) intended for blending.

Increasingly impressed by the quality of the grapes, they offered their first varietal Saperavi in 2010 - as “The Dark Red”, since the grape name was as yet unrecognized by the federal government. Once it was, they became the first American winery to release a wine labeled Saperavi.

Fine tuned to the cold, high mountains of Kakheti in eastern Georgia, it makes sense why it would thrive in the Finger Lakes! The name Saperavi literally means “ink”, a sensible name for a grape with pitch-dark skin AND flesh! 🖤

Marti and Tom sold the winery and retired in 2017. But their enduring legacy may just be budding. We’ve heard of Saperavi planting projects underway in New York, Virginia, and Oregon.

Saperavi’s runaway affinity for the Finger Lakes may have been a bit of a happy accident, but the Macinskis deserve every bit of credit for thinking outside the box, putting it in motion, and bringing it to fruition! 🙌🙌🙌
— 4 months ago

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Kuheiji

Camargue cepage Manobi Sake 2017

French Manobi rice, grown in Carmague, brewed in Japan - part of the Kuheiji's projects in France (the other being a winery in Morey-Saint-Denis). Weighty, but mind-blowingly elegant. Floral, herbaceous, with an exotic fruit profile, and a mineral finish. So good, impossible not to empty.

NB: Taking this notes straight from my IG. After the Aramasa Cosmos, I would have never thought I'd drink another saké that could trump it within the span of a week. To be frank, I've got mixed feelings about Kuheiji - sometimes their saké's are too rich for me, but at times they are truly out of this world, like the one right here. Ranks among the best saké's I've tasted. Thanks to JS for bringing this rare bird back from Japan.
— 8 months ago

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@Aaron Tan Cheers 🍷

Hundred Suns

Bednarik Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

6 month checkup and it’s ticking upward. This is a new fav. — 10 months ago

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Meristem Wines

McMinnville Ava Pinot Noir 2013

The twins. Vince & Cheney Vidrine. These wines are gone, Vince took an assistant winemaker position with Domaine Serene and they made him ditch the brand. Cheney was an assistant winemaker with Union Wine Company.Dont think either is with those companies any longer, last I heard they are in Southern Oregon. Have no idea if it’s true. Damn shame, this was one of the most exciting projects in the valley before it went sideways.

Crazy interesting to see how this has evolved. This is insanely reductive winemaking that opens in front of your eyes to dark red fruit with structure and balance. Popped the bottle and it was stinky as can be! Great stuff, glad I didn’t give up on this out of the gate and saw the opportunity that was coming. Wine is in a really interesting spot. Wish I had another bottle to see where this goes down the road
— a year ago

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Cheney Vidrine

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I may know a guy..
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@Cheney Vidrine Haha. Hope you guys are well.

Giuseppe Rinaldi

Brunate - Le Coste Barolo Nebbiolo 2008

Shay A
9.3

Wednesday Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual.

Much better compared to the ‘98 it shared the table with. Much more lively...black peppercorn, tar, bay leaf, rose petal and a density in the middle without being too heavy. Tart red and black fruits all over the entry and finish. Still on the upward trajectory. I called this CdP.
— 5 months ago

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Abremundos Wines

Octava Superior Red Blend 2014

A beautiful blend of Cab Franc and Malbec with dash of Syrah. On the nose it was a interplay between red and black fruits, violet, and hint of barnyard. Entry was smooth, fresh, and elegant, building up an intense mid palate with spice, pepper, chocolate and a long meaty finish. I really like what Marcelo Pelleriti, of 100-point Chateau La Violette and 99-point Chateau Le Guy fame, is doing with all these projects with various artist in Argentina. — 6 months ago

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Château L'Evangile

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

This is going to be fantastic in 10 years. Pitch black and complex, it projects as a high 90’s wine. — 8 months ago

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Penner-Ash

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2007

Tom Elliot
9.3

After a decade of bottle age and an hour of aeration, projects iron minerality, organic-matter earthiness and dark blue fruit, within a fine acid-etched silky texture. — a year ago

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