Despite being opened for 7+ hours before our first glass, the wine was so tight. Nose offered not much more than fruits throughout the night. Dark and brooding. Black currant and plums. The palate and concentration was certainly very Clape. Rich, dark fruited, pepper, bay leaf, meaty, iron, olive tapenade, and as the night progressed, quite mineral. It was certainly impressive, but not a wine I can drink much of. — 4 months ago
Why does it always taste better in France? It’s that time of year again. As the temps rise, so does my desire for a great dry, crisp, nicely acidic rose from Provence. Perfect in day in Paris (except for the work) and now a great start to the evening with this extremely light salmon-colored beauty from one of my favorite producers, Chateau Minuty. White peach on the fruit and early strawberry on the acid. — 4 months ago
Welcome to the long Holiday weekend. Tonight I have opened the 2016 Fattoria La Massa Toscana Super Tuscan. The blend is 65% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
On the nose I am getting black plum, blackberry, black cherry, red currant, licorice, menthol, dried roses and dry earth.
The palate reveals the notes of tart cherry, plum, raspberry, red currant, violet, licorice and dry earth.
The wine is full bodied with a round velvety mouthfeel, medium + acidity and medium + fine mouth coating tannins that lead to a fresh long finish. Hopefully everyone has a fun holiday weekend planned and let it be a safe one. Nostrovia! — 4 months ago
Classic oxidative style and delicious. Nose of toasted brioche and bruised apple. Entry with small bubbles. Brioche and creme brulee. Hint of Meyer lemon. Bubbles didn't compete with the rather nice palate which is starting to come out to play. I still think this still needs time but already solid on pop and pour. Enjoyed poolside as a toast to a nephew's high school graduation. I missed the 3 hour graduation ceremony in the sweltering heat..thought this would be a great way to make up for it. In a family of (mostly) self professed non-drinkers, this bottle was gone in NO TIME!! — 4 months ago
Dark purple in color with a wide reddish rim.
Fruity nose of sweet strawberries, raspberries, cherry pie, wood, licorice, spices, dried fruits, coffee, fresh popcorn, cloves, herbs, chocolates, mocha and black pepper.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, dried raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, light vanilla and peppercorn.
Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Zinfandel from Napa Valley. Well balanced and fruit forward with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Not as spicy as I excepted.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).
Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature properly.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$49. — 4 months ago