Nose has ripe plum, under-ripe raspberry, damp garden soil, orange zest (?), black licorice, toasted vanilla bean, wet peppercorn in bouquet garni and minor alcohol heat.
Palate has dried plum, tobacco, dried black currant, dried black cherry, minor dark chocolate, dried strawberry, light cedar & oak notes. Medium tannins, still needs time. Future bottles may be 2026+, in proper storage.
Corked pulled 5h rest, 2h decant.
Paired exceptionally with a 3-day marinated tri-tip (for two, small cut), expertly grilled. Beef from our total go-to purveyor of the best meats to be had, Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY. Loving environment = Tasty, seriously. — 2 days ago
Nose has lime zest, lime juice, green hay, wet granite/limestone pebbles, oxidized green apple peel, polyethylene tubing and tangerine peel. (Quite a Silvaner-like nose.)
Palate has Key lime flesh, cold tangerine slice, apricot skin, wet-pulverized limestone, lemongrass, tangerine zest, (minor) dried apricot and light honey on the medium finish, medium acid, great balance.
Decanted 3H, double-decanted into the bottle, then cooled for service. — 16 days ago
Nice red zin blend — 3 days ago
52% Mourvèdre 48% Grenache. Pale yellow white (no pink? Arguably, no), excellent clarity. I get strawberry, melon and stone fruit aromas but the label says rose petal aromatics, which is in the ballpark. Good acidity, not quite bone dry, mostly peach and citrus flavors with a strawberry aftertaste. Slight to moderate skin astringency, a minor flaw for me but otherwise quite nice for a dry Rosé — a day ago
Nose has wet vinyl, peach marmalade, cut yellow apple (cold), gardenia flowers, blanched peach skin, dried apricot (cold) and minor oak barrel.
Palate has tart Clementine, lemon zest, grapefruit juice, fresh green apple peel, wet slate, light petrol with a slight frizzante presence in the mouth. This bottle will hold easily, in proper storage, until at least 2030, good structure, even under Stelvin no concern on 6-10 more years waiting. OR Rieslings are long haul wines.
Wish we did a long term aging experiment on this bottle, at $17 world have been interesting to see development. Last bottle 🤷♂️🤦♂️ — 2 days ago
Amazing! Tastes so good. So well balanced. Lemons, cream, earth, acidity, just a hint of something sweet. Drinking well now. — a month ago
Nose has smoked raspberry, over-ripe back cherry, red currant jam, (minor) leather, cedar shavings, baking spice (?), un-cut red pepper, blackberry and light alcohol heat.
Palate has black cherry pastry, tart plum, slightly hydrated prune, blackberry, (minor) green herbs and under-ripe black currant. Medium finish, decanted ~1h really needs more time to open back up.
Decent pairing with slowly grilled/smoked pork spare ribs. Generally spare ribs are my Zinfandel go-to wine, but the Zin's at the house are either too young, or much too old to accompany. This CdR is a solid partner. — 17 days ago
Nose has lemon juice/zest on sourdough bread, peeled green apple, sugar cubeb and lemon peel.
Palate has salted green apple slices, oxidized yellow apple, yellow cherry, minor oak notes and crusty bread.
Initially my prior notes assumed this might be Chardonnay based, but a few years on, I'm thinking no...my goal for this week is to get the actual blend out of Bruce Murray, and I'll report back.
This has a long window, future bottles can be 2028-2034. (Note to future self, move to cold cellar.) — 2 days ago
Holy funk! I forget the story but man is this stone fruit for days but really juicy with a acidic bitterness like apple cider. Also some melon, herbs, saline. Crazy complex. This is for those orange wine lovers! — 2 months ago