Lemon scone - a beautifully fresh and yeasty nose.
Asian pear, curd, apricot acidity. Bubbles that are tight, uniformed, yet take a little bit of air to settle it down enough to not be as foamy, and easier to drink. The age on this has done no harm. Amazing. — 4 months ago
Left Bank Bordeaux, likely blinded this is what is I'd tell you, yet a stunning bottle of beautifully aged WA Cabernet sits in front of me. We almost opened a Saint-Émilion (Right Bank) tonight, and so glad we opted for this particular bottle.
Nose has very tarry cherry, fresh violets, canned black olive, licorice, pencil lead (light), crushed blackberry and a touch of heat from the alcohol (14.6%).
Palate has ripe black currant, coffee, ripe blackberry, beautiful silky dark chocolate, light cedar box and fully resolved tannins. Drink now (2019) or hold for 2-3 more years.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere.
Paired this along side an experimental beef course. Usually with more expensive cuts we go with the tried and true preparation, but tonight we strayed. Grass fed beef ribeyes mostly cooked sous vide, then finished on the grill. We cooked to 125°F in the water bath, then hit the grill at 550°F for about 6-7 minutes. Perfection on the plate, beautifully medium-rare. The only downside is that the grill temps render the fat to moisten the beef, and do add some flavor, which wasn't fully achieved in this process. A little more grill time, next time around, won't do any harm. — 2 years ago
Honey and apple, good with seafood — a year ago
My god this is an amazing wine. Big nose of blueberry, blackberry, herbs de Provence, floral, lavender, granite, smells chewy and dense. Love it. Palate is deep, dark, ripe and juicy, with stunning fruit purity and density. But so fresh and so elegant. Lithe yet substantial. Amazing freshness and vigor. Meaty, olivey and super granitic aftertaste. Still could use a few years. But no harm opening now. Just insane and shows how great 15 is. — a year ago
No harm in that — 2 years ago
Just a touch of Brett. No harm no foul — a year ago
Lovely gift from our besty. @Mike R - thank you so much!
We love Dana, so tasting this was a treat with our sushi. It has lots of texture, with slight underripe tannins. Campfire notes on the nose and palate, give way to ripe plums, hints of charcoal and cedar. More cellaring will do this no harm. Finishes with moderate sweetness. Very enjoyable. — a year ago
Nose of cedar, red raspberry, juiced cherry, cranberry and wet leaves.
Palate has rehydrated cranberry, partially dried cherry, raspberry juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, early spring strawberry and light, loamy earth.
Slightly grippy tannins, otherwise a very smooth finish, medium length. Our first go around with this producer. I bought at a local shop tasting event, decanting this was the way to go. The fruit was solid when I first tasted, but the tannins seemed to get in the way. You'll (generally) never get to taste a bottle at a walk around that has had the proper air, so you need to go on faith and experience some times. I'm not disappointed with this bottle tonight, decent show. $25
Another 3-5 years of patience will do no harm to this bottle, likely benefit. — 2 years ago