Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Before we celebrate the coming weekend, we want to look back on drinks the Delectable community enjoyed and consumed this week. We've gathered a handful of reviews and notes that caught our eye. From detailed notes to standout photos, the Delectable community was busy this week, and there are so many great posts to read. Mark your favorites and pick up a bottle to try this weekend. Cheers!

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2013

One of the best whites I’ve ever had! Dark gold color. Deep nose of butter and nuts. Extremely complex but well balanced. Butter, cream, pineapple, and camomile. Long finish. Absolutely fantastic! — 4 years ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Brooke
Eric, Shay and 24 others liked this

Empire Estate

Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2016

Outstanding vintage of this extremely consistent FLX Riesling! Very mineral and chalk driven. Lots of petrol on the nose. Green apple and stone fruit but much more organic on the pallet. Just a hint of white flowers. Bracing acidity. Very Germanic! — 4 years ago

Paul, Philip and 10 others liked this
Ray Vanderhoff

Ray Vanderhoff

Empire Estates is a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak, Wine Director at Nomad in Manhattan (a big proponent of FLX wines) and Kelby James Russell, winemaker at Red Newt Cellars. I believe these were originally developed for restaurant distribution only. I have never seen Empire Estates wines on my visits to Red Newt. Understand your concern. If you are in the Finger Lakes, Ryan’s Wine and Spirits in Canandaigua carries their wines (along with a large selection of other FLX bottles).
Philip Patston

Philip Patston

Thanks! That is fantastic insight. I did buy Kelby James Russel wines at Red Newt this summer. He is a good winemaker. I will definitely search it out. Does Northside in Ithaca have it do you know?
Ray Vanderhoff

Ray Vanderhoff

No worries! I have seen EE wines at Northside (Good Wine Shop) in Ithaca.


Grande Sendrée Brut Champagne 2008

Immersion Project by Drappier. A bit more salty than usual bottles. — 4 years ago

Mark, Eric and 14 others liked this

Paolo Scavino

Bricco Ambrogio Barolo Nebbiolo 2015

The most approachable of the Scavino tasting we enjoyed last spring. Sweet plum; leather, dusty cherries, youthful tannic astringency. Hold for 5 years at least. — 4 years ago

Alsu Shakirova
with Alsu
Peter, Anthony and 15 others liked this

Domaine Faury

Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah 2018

Nice little wine..it has been awhile since I have had a Syrah! Recommended to me as a simple wine to pair with food. Although very young this Northern Rhone wine is delicious presenting with raspberries..violets...earth...and a bit of bacon fat as it opens. QPR is decent at $19...worth getting a few more and see how they age! — 4 years ago

Severn, Paul and 28 others liked this


@Dawn E. Dawn nice post, have a great week Cheers 🍷
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@P A Thanks! Sending wishes for a great week back at you both! 🤗


Happy Sunday evening! 🍷

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Place plum and lavender aromas on open. Raspberry jam, dried herbs and leather. Medium firm tannins. Soft, lush and plush. — 4 years ago

Chad Anderson
with Chad
Shay, Eric and 32 others liked this
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Nice Left Bank producer.

Marchesi de' Frescobaldi

Riserva Nipozzano Chianti Rùfina Sangiovese Blend 2015

Pepper. Tannin forward. Waiting to open. Slightly underripe wild blackberries picked on the side of a trail with a bit of leaf mixed in. Pucker. Nice this damp chilly evening. — 4 years ago

Dawn, P and 9 others liked this


Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, with 6% Petit Verdot. Needing a one hour decant to fully awaken, the 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon slowly unveils deep Turkish coffee, creme de cassis, cocoa powder and sweet pipe tobacco aromas with lighter suggestions of blueberry pie and graphite that all meld in the glass. The palate is dense and powerful yet shows a wonderful restraint and vibrant sense of tension that runs through the core of the wine. Moderate tannins frame the dense dark currant jelly, mocha, black tea, anise, exotic spice and herbal undertones round out this expressive palate. Fantastic and literally thrilling in its youth, the 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon will provide drinking enjoyment for the next two plus decades. Drink 2020-2040- 96 — 4 years ago

Dr., Paul and 42 others liked this


@Dr. Owen Bargreen R. Nice post Cheers 🍷
Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@Hugh O'Riordan Really showing nicely even in its youth 🍷
Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@P A Thanks my friend, wonderful new wine 🍷