Summer 2021 — 24 days ago
At last had my chance to taste the new release of Ben Ryé, Son of the Wind, that roams on a small island of Pantelleria. Rich bouquet of dried apricots, raisins, orange peel, caramel notes, field flowers. Fresh, despite the sweetness, oily texture and simply tasty. Paired with lemon tart and it was magnificent.
Tasted on 2021-08-31 — 2 days ago
For more than 4 decades, the Chappellet family has been crafting wines from fruit cultivated on the slopes of Napa Valley. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, citrus, honey and floral scents, aged in 40% new oak. On the palate layers of fruit, apple, lemon and peach with balanced acidity and gentle toasty oak. Long smooth finish ending with fruit and oak tones, a bit creamy. Very well done. A joy to drink. — 22 days ago
I pulled this to compare to the Azimuth.
Nice mix of cranberry, cherry, plum, and blueberry. Full body disguised by the lively fresh acidity. Good fruit intensity and sense of purity. Supple tannins. Long smooth finish.
Templeton Gap is in general considered the coolest sub-appellation, and Willow Creek sits immediately N/NW of Templeton Gap with higher elevation. I think the composition of the varieties has more to do with the differences of the 2 bottles than geographic. More Grenache in this bottle. — 20 days ago
Elegant, crisp, citrusy, hint of tropical@fruit mineral alvarinho … A bit brief finish otherwise one of the best wines of the year for me ( humble opinion ) # This is one of the wines from the South that is closing the gap with their cousins from the North. — 6 days ago
Drinking great right now. — a month ago