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!

Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2021

Bright lemon and melon over oak and a touch of minerality. Crisp and fresh. — 18 days ago

Ira, Ted and 7 others liked this

Château Montrose

La Dame de Montrose Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

Deep ruby rust color, full bodied with dark fruits, currants, plums, licorice. Tannins. Well balanced. A great left bank st estephe — 19 days ago

LM, Ted and 5 others liked this

Gaja

Gaia & Rey Langhe Chardonnay 2017

jesus g
9.6

Blown away — 19 days ago

Bob, Billy and 18 others liked this

Chappellet

Mountain Cuvée Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2021

Very good drinking Bordeaux blend. Everything is in good balance in here. Dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate — 22 days ago

LM and Joe liked this

Hyde De Villaine

HDV Hyde de Villaine 'Ygnacia' Pinot Noir 2021

Here’s a stunning Pinot Noir born of two legendary winemaking families – one from Burgundy (de Villaine) and one from Carneros, Napa (Hyde) – brought together through the marriage of Pamela & Aubert de Villaine.

Hyde de Villaine (HdV) is a boutique Napa winery and an intimate partnership between the de Villaine family (of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti / Domaine de Villaine) and the Hyde family (of Hyde Vineyards) forming a bridge, and deepening the bond, between their respective winemaking heritages.

The wine label bears a coat of arms for the de la Guerra family, among the earliest pioneers of winemaking in California, garnering awards dating back to 1876. The Hydes are descendants of this family; featuring the coat of arms is a tender way of paying homage to the family legacy, history, and tradition.

This particular wine is the Hyde Vineyard Ygnacia Pinot Noir 2021, made from select blocks of coveted Hyde Vineyard fruit.

It has a pristine ruby hue and pronounced aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, cherry, boysenberry, black cherry, red currant, rose water, hibiscus, licorice, wet stones, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom, and clove. A crisp acidity adding vibrancy to balance the perfectly ripe expression of the fruit. It is dry with medium, fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (13.8% ABV) and a long, elegant finish.

An all-around beautiful wine with the structure to age while remaining highly approachable and thoroughly delicious even in youth.
— 18 days ago

Deked1
with Deked1
Deked1, jesus and 18 others liked this

Domaine Tempier

Bandol Rosé Blend 2023

Paul J
9.5

Best Rose in the world! Haven’t had or bought this vintage yet.

Dark Salmon color. Rich on the palate with strawberries and peach. Massive depth and finish for a Rose.
— 21 days ago

Brooke Weaver JakubowskiGeoff Parrish
with Brooke and Geoff
Tom, Jan and 9 others liked this

Stags' Leap Winery

The Investor Napa Valley Red Blend 2020

Paired with hangar steak with chinmchurri eamg of lamb with puttenecsa. Bold and fruity. Berry forward. Velvety finish. Good match — 18 days ago

jesus, LM and 1 other liked this

La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2018

Nice balance of fruit and earth in this really good Rioja. Reminds me of what Riojas used to taste like way back in the day. — 19 days ago

Vin, Ray and 5 others liked this

Bodegas Beronia

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

WoW! Just bought a bottle yesterday, and I’m in love with Rioja all over again. I haven’t found a bottle of wine this wonderful since before COVID… — 20 days ago

jesus, Andrew and 3 others liked this