Raw leather, plum, blackberry, prune, anise, dried strawberry, cedar, campfire smoke, black peppercorn. Acid is still moderately present. Tannins have fallen off considerably.
Leakage from the cork. Wine about a quarter inch below taper of neck. Cork had no hope without a Durand. With ah-so it still went straight in-- better than falling apart though. Honestly, I thought this was a bad gamble but wine came out better than I expected. Not prime but still good. 91 — 3 years ago
Clear, deep amber colour with clean, pronounced aromas of dates, toffee apple, vanilla, chocolate and nutmeg. Medium dry with a full bodied palate that has flavours of dates, cocoa and soft spice perfectly counterpointed by drying and slightly grippy tannins. Dried apricot, nutmeg and clove aftertaste with a surprising length. Outstanding example of Armagnac. — 3 years ago
The cork was blackened and a bit raised, so I was anticipating the worst. This was the first true test for the Durand and I was amazed how it got the cork out whole. The wine had held up remarkably well. Dried apricot, touch of nuttiness, brotrytis, and still solid acidity. Finish was a touch short but otherwise excellent. Shared generously by a friend. — 3 years ago
Perhaps the best SRH Pinot I’ve ever had - it’s so full of life, traditional cherry compote, herbs and spices, a layered, wonderful nose. Watched Somm III while enjoying this.... and I see why Jancis chose this wine. So good. Very ageworthy because the acid and high toned fruit is just bursting with energy. This in 10 years could be spectacular. — 3 years ago
Outstanding Texas Merlot! When your wife is traveling and you can't open a bottle without her...... Helloooo Coravin! 😂
Delicious Merlot from the Texas High Plains AVA (yes Texas 🇨🇱 has an AVA!) and made by Calais Winery. Owner and Winemaker, Ben, is a mad French scientist when it comes to Texas grapes.
Notes of anise/licorice, rosewater, plum, blueberry, blackberries, and toast.
Aged 22 months in French oak barrels.
@Mark Flesher and @Shay A you both have got me hooked on these Texas Wines! Thank you!! 😀🍷👍 — 3 years ago
Girolamo Russo “a’Rina” 2016 Etna Rosso 🇮🇹 $25
Nerello Mascalese (94%) and Nerello Cappuccio are the yin and yang of red grapes that grow exceedingly well in the wild and high altitude clime atop the Sicilian volcano #MountEtna.
A hell of a bargain at about $25 as this crushes most Bourgogne/Hautes-Cotes under $50 and would give pricier versions a run for their money. It is also more complex now and ready to consume when compared to many similarly priced, well made “Langhe” Nebbiolo wines. From the @coravin this was ready to go and opened up well with 10-15 minutes in the glass.
A youthful medium ruby color, fairly transparent. The nose suggests to me a red Burgundy, possibly a Beaune or Chassagne-Montrachet red from the wildness of the Etna character. A deep underpinning of rocky minerality, hints of ash, rose petal and purple florals, with dabs of red cherry and red plum fruit, sweet spices with hints of old leather jacket and unsmoked pipe tobacco. The palate is juicy and fresh, with refined, silky, ripe tannin that are youthfully firm. Excellent density and persistence, but light as a feather. Medium+ on the finish.
Etna red wines are commonly described as having similarities to nebbiolo from Piedmonte and pinot noir from Burgundy. There are for sure some similarities, but make no mistake that Etna wines, when made well, refract the wild and volcanic Etna terroir well and are genuine in their own right. •
The complex volcanic soils of Etna, combined with some of the highest elevations for vineyards in Europe at 3,000+ feet, can produce wines with immense complexity and freshness. A sense if refinement comes across in the density without excessive weight, allowing for transparency of terroir. Most vines are trained in the traditional bush-vine method, which works well in the rocky soils that see a lot of wind and sunlight at these high altitudes.
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Finally got a Coravin and raided my father-in law’s cellar. We didn’t think this guy would make it to 2018 but we were quite mistaken. Terrific Merlot with hints of lavender, chocolate, and leather. — 3 years ago
My final bottle of 6 I bought on release and the best. Deep crimson in colour - quite dark for 19 years of age. Notes of violets and all the classic Cabernet descriptors of Bay leaf and cassis. On the palate a beautiful mature Cabernet blend at the peak of its powers. Really enjoyed this. Jancis Robinson MW compared this to Margaux. A tradition of female Wine making with Di Cullen as Winemaker from 1971 until 1989 when daughter Vanya took over and continues to this day. Consistently one of Margaret River’s better Cabernets. — 3 years ago