Thierry Germain makes an unmistakable Loire cab franc in a beautiful biodynamic expression of the land. Les Roches is elegant with perfumes, fruit notes, earth components, and roasted bell pepper qualities and without complications from overpowering pyrazines. Grapes are 100% destemmed and so it is a softer wine with subtle smooth edges and well integrated acidity. It needs some time to open so either decant or be patient. I drank over three days and days two and three were best.
PS. I love the drawing on the label. Think and drink. Always. — 9 months ago
This is a spectacularly good cool climate South African Shiraz blend from the highly talented Duncan Savage (formerly of Cape Point Vineyards).
It pushes fruit over iodine and has an appreciated light handed restrained extraction. Color is youthful translucent ruby with aromas of brand new leather gloves, graphite, and juniper. High acid dark plums and blackberries envelope perfectly grippy tannins and a mouthful of minerals, coffee, and violets. As elegant a Shiraz as I’ve tasted — 5 months ago
A stunning rich dense glass of ripe dark fruits in a ruby red robe. Aromas of violets, black plum, blackberry, red table grapes, Vietnamese cinnamon, cocoa, and strong chalky minerals. Flavors are fruity and also very ripe. Sweet blackberry and black cherry stewing in cinnamon and mocha. Time in neutral oak provides structure but not flavor. Built for food. — 5 months ago
The Trebbiano in Paolo Bea’s Arboreus see extended skin contact and are joined in the vat by semi-dried grapes of the same variety. The finished wine is spectacular. Complex, deep, polished. Beautiful copper orange color with mile deep aromas of apricots, peach, orange, and vanilla bourbon. The texture is surreal and nonlinear. At first it’s dense and rich but then quickly slips into a medium tannic acidic body. Flavors of sweet honeyed orange, subtle notes of vanilla spice, and creme brûlée stick around for a long welcomed while.
Start this at cellar temp and drink slowly as it warms. Where so many orange wines are a novelty, this is an expertly assembled wine of purpose. — 8 months ago
So so good and not at all reflective of the $15 I paid (on clearance). Sweet rieslings are a hard sell for wine shops and I’ll continue to take advantage until the public eventually comes around. These wines are so misunderstood.
Meulenhof is a beautiful golden color and has a spectacular nose of petroleum, cinnamon, passion fruit, and baked lemon. Voluptuous and sweet with explosive fruit flavors. Think lemon verbena, lychee, honey, and orange marmalade.
Another treasure sourced from Terry Thiese. — 5 months ago
Wild spirited and structured at once. Hazy pale yellow and completely unfiltered with aromas of skunky sour dough on a very dank nose of lemon and ginger. Fine bubbles. Flavors of high pitched baked lemon, honey, pear, and a dry finish of chalky limestone and spicy ginger notes. Always on hand - a staple. — 6 months ago
This incredibly unique semi-carbonated Lambrusco is all about Red Delicious apples. Pretty crimson murky red with a tinge of copper on the brim. It’s completely dry with a bitter note reminiscent of apple skin. Tart cranberries and spiced cherry flavors formulate into a Dr. Pepper and nutmeg elixir. So unusual and so perfect for this time of year.
And more surprises - an odd cone shaped knobless Champagne cork that requires a corkscrew. It comes wrapped in a personal paper note from the winemaker about wine quality. — 5 months ago
If you like snacking before dinner, this 30 year Amontillado will bring your aperitif game to new levels. Think about toasted hazelnuts and aged tan Gouda with the calcium crystal crunchies. The mahogany color is stunning and suggests extreme depth. The nose confirms with complex aromas of sweet dates, caramel, walnuts, vanilla, and toffee and probably twenty other notes that aren’t registering.
Aromas suggest sweet but it’s completely dry - salty, nutty, and slippery with a little bite. Sharp flavors of caramel apple and roasted cocoa nibs. — 5 months ago
A deeply green Loire Chenin. Laser precise, electric, and acute. I love Becky Wasserman’s take: “punk rock violence, yet of Bach-like logic and profoundness.”
Aromas are subtle. Baked lemon, flint, chalk, baking spice, a whiff of smoke. Flavors of star fruit, kumquat, passion fruit, lime, and Meyer lemon.
Table melting acid. — 5 months ago
Cornas wines are a gem that I need to seek out more. They are bold, unsubtle expressions of what could be the world’s greatest red grape - Syrah. The best examples are extraordinary. As a friend recently observed, my generation could embrace Cornas the way my parent’s generation has embraced Bordeaux.
Domaine Lionnet is a tiny two person operation with just 2.2 tiny hectares. Terre Brûlée is something dense and rich, spectacular, and completely unostentatious and pure. The nose has generous blackberry and violet. The palette is supported with strong tannin and upfront flavors of blackberry and raspberry and with an underlay of meat, olive, and iodine.
The balance is what makes the beauty. — 6 months ago