my third vintage of israel's first pet nat.
grapes are constantly changing. this year it's granach 100%
firm small bubbles with light pink 👀
lemon and peach with lemon pie hints 👃
obviously high acidity.
bready, zippy and very drinkable 👄
pleasant medium🎯 with some grapefruit bitterness lingering.
feels less counter culture then last vintages.
excellent vfm (69 nis).
quaffable greatness really.
first glass made me hungry.
second paired lovely with firm goat cheese and some brie compatible. — 13 hours ago
This Italian sparkler is basically an even sweeter Prosecco than Prosecco. The nose offers pretty, white flowers and ripe, yellow peaches. On the palate, stone fruit holds court in a low alcohol - 10% abv - context, with easy acidity and quickly dissipating bubbles. It's a summer sipper, and a good one at that. — 11 days ago
I absolutely adore the 1998 Dom Pérignon at this stage in development, as this was a marvelous surprise to see how balanced and seductive this wine is now. Showing a slightly lower viscosity than the ’96, the 1998 Dom Pérignon greets you with a wonderfully nutty and musty bouquet, followed by great tension and linear progression on the mid-palate. The wonderful sense of freshness complements the nutty, wild mushroom, peat moss and orchard fruit flavors. This has a wonderful saline streak that runs through the exceedingly long finish. While marvelous now, this has at least fifteen years left. Drink 2019-2035- 97
— 3 days ago
Part of the Wine Nerd Herd shenanigans which was hosted by no one other than @Eric LaMasters in Iwoa. This all Magnum pairing started with the 98 Krug. Drinking extremely well for its age and has me believing this has many years ahead of it. Fresh French bread, green apple, notes of toasted hazelnuts on the nose. Appeared to be a bit backward on first sip yet with air showed light bubbles and candied lemon and baked apple. Long persistent finish that paired well with oysters and shrimp cocktail. — 4 days ago
The 2016 Maestro is; 32% Roussane, 23% Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay 23%, Viognier 15% & Grenache Blanc 7%.
The nose has very nice yellow florals, honeycomb, waxy notes, meyer lemon, green apple skin, fresh herb notes, white peach, lime, pineapple, some apricots with yellow/spring flowers with mixed greens.
The body is lean to medium. The fruits start fresh, lively and waxy and evolve into deep crispy minerality, white spice and powdery chalkiness, honeycomb, waxy, meyer lemon, green apple skin, fresh herb notes, white peach, lime, pineapple, some apricots with yellow/spring flowers with mixed greens. The acidity is a little too high for my wheelhouse and the balanced finished goes on and on.
Photos of; another area of their tasting lounge, large oak casks, property grounds and the view from their Cellar Door. — 12 days ago
Vintage 2018 / Thanks! winefriend @Jaap Cuijpers knows that I like very curious grapes and he introduced me to Incrocio Bruni 54. There are only 32 acres vineyard with this grape, a crossing from sauvignon and verdicchio bianco. The wine is from the Marche region. It went excellent with a piperade of vegetables and baked flounder (Fr: limande Nl: schar) and a selection of goats cheese. — 14 days ago
The Terrasse is a white blend that gets its name from Keermont’s terraced vineyards. It is a blend of Chenin Blanc from a 46 year old un-irrigated vineyard called 'Riverside' and is complimented by Chenin from two younger vineyards and varying fractions of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.
The nose is a little shy. Cut grass, understated; lemon, lime, pineapple, green melon and white peach. Soft chalkiness & minerality, light saline, white & yellow flowers.
The body is light and lively. Understated; lemon, lime, pineapple, green melon, white peach, honeysuckle a little cut grass, soft chalkiness & minerality, light saline, white & yellow flowers. Beautiful acidity and elegant, ripe, well balanced finish that persists softly in the mouth.
We also tasted his 2013 Cabernet Reserve & his 2016 Fluerfonein (sticky Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc wine) but, I didn’t have time to write notes as we had to get to another appointment. 🤷♂️ Both good and worth seeking out.
Photos of; the vistas on and around Keermont and Sofia and I with Alex touring the property. — 16 days ago
A total stunner, the ‘166EME’ by Krug is a blend of 140 wines ranging from vintages 1996-2010. The wine spent seven years in the cellar before disgorgement in Winter 2016-17. Blending for the wine was crafted near harvest in 2010 with the final edition being 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier. The wine shows dizzying light bubbles in the glass, showcasing lemon oil infused sourdough bread with nutty and earthy undertones that entice on the nose. The palate is sensationally refreshing, showing tremendous verve and elegance that the ‘Grand Cuvee’ is truly known for. Shades of marzipan dance with the copious citrus zest, and macadamia nut baked bread flavors. There are undertones of peat moss that line the high tones. Complex and delicious to the last drop, this magnificent wine is showing remarkably now but will continue to build for the next two decades or more. Drink 2019-2040- 97 — a day ago
Very enjoyable Wednesday Wine Committee lunch today with @Weston Eidson & @Colby Siratt hosting. Same format as always...1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine all tasted blind.
This had a sense of familiarity to it. It reminds me of a lighter version of Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve. Similar notes of baked key lime pie and toasted oak on the nose, but the palate showed less honey/nougat. Maybe more limestone. Very solid. I called it NV French champagne. — 2 days ago