Petaluma Tiers - In my mind, a first-growth chard from down under.
I spat my pacifier out when the cork disintegrated, but I need not have been concerned.
The visual presentation is stunning - look at that golden color in the glass. The nose displays roasted almonds, nutmeg, toasted bread and white fruits.
Palate is regal, revealing poise, layers and complexity. The mouthfeel is dense, while notes of nuts, exotic fruits and oak are layered. The acidity provides a frame for the overall structure. The almost undetectable oxidation is to be expected, but that just adds to what is a stunning example.
@Bob McDonald, any backstories to share?
Pairing this with filet and porcini mushrooms (which I have never cooked) 😱 — a month ago
This is really fragrant and perfumed, but wild as hell. There’s not a fruit in here that isn’t wild: wild strawberries and raspberries, and maybe even watermelon at first. But meaty and wild. Savory rich florals: curry plant and violet and rose. Really soulful and organically balanced. Unique as all hell, has a human feel. I’ve never had a cote rotie like this one. Really drinkable tannins. Excellent. — a month ago
Starts out very closed. Took two days to hit its stride in fact! But over time a high-tone perfume emerges; ethereal dark fruit, ripe Hungarian tart cherry, cherry lipstick and tart berry liqueur. A little va hinting at acetone. Some cardamom and white pepper too. Palate is riper than previous vintages I’ve tasted but still full of that driving acid, with substantial silky tannins and a finish that lingers forever. Lovely. This will certainly benefit from a few years of cellaring. — a month ago
Just gorgeous bourgogne blanc, but I think this is Chassagne in all but name (Cassaneas is the ancient name for Chassagne). On the nose, sweet fruit at first, but becomes more taut: lemon, slathered with minerals, sweet lime. On the palate, ultra-focused acidity, crystalline lemon and lime, sour apple. Lovelt mouthfeel and a very focused and refreshing finish. Fantastic. Better than the 17 Dancer Bourgogne Blanc, which shows a bit more overt oak. — a month ago
Delicious wine, lot’s of red fruit, medium bodied and very balanced with good acidity and approachable tannins. Drank side to side with the 2017 and we preferred the 2016 at this stage.
Nez de fruits rouges surtout. La bouche est savoureuse, équilibrée, acidité vive et tannins fondus et veloutés, très bel équilibre. Dégusté sur deux jours avec le 2017 et nous avons préféré le 2016 légèrement. 90-91 — a month ago
Dark blackish purple. Inviting nose of blackberry cobbler and boysenberry syrup. Full-bodied palate echoes the nose adding supple, medium plus tannins and a backbone of medium acidity. A fantastic New World representation of the variety in which the signature body and structure sit squarely in a universal comfort zone. Enjoy with barbecue, steaks, pulled pork, or even American style cassoulet. Drink now through 2027. — a month ago