This is certainly one of the stars of its region. While not in the category of Haut Brion, neither is the pricing. Of course, it is not inexpensive either. This bottle was purchased on release. It was allowed to breathe for an hour and then consumed over the next few. Still on the young side, it offers up plenty of enjoyment right now. If you have a few, go ahead. If you just have one or two, then it's a hold. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black cherries, some cedar, spice and a bit of minerality. On the palate, light tannins. Tight layers that unwind in the glass of cass
Made from the Teroldego grape, this is the basic wine from this wonderful producer. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, lots of minerality and a touch of salinity. On the palate, there are firm tannins on this. Lots of black cherries and some cherries. An underlying minerality. This is drinking nicely now, but surely will improve as it integrates over the next five years. Nice acidity. This begs for food right now. Pasta in a cream sauce is a great choice.
This is a very interesting take on Brunello. It is big in a modern style sense but also more about minerality than fruit. In any event, it is quite good and just starting to hit maturity. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, iron, minerals and slight tea leaves. On the palate, this has light tannins. Nice cherry fruit with underlying minerality. Good acidity. Long finish. This will work great with traditional Tuscan foods but any fowl or pork dish should also work well. If drinking now, let it breathe for a few hours if you can. This may improve for a couple of years and wi
If you own any of this, open a bottle. It is drinking quite well and this bottle anyway, seemingly at peak. 100% Sangiovese. Purple in color with ruby swirls and ruby at the rim. The nose is great. Mature, deep and intoxicating. Aromas of cherries, forest floor, tea leaves, leather and a hint of menthol tobacco. On the palate there are cherries and plums layered with tobacco and earthy forest floor. Great balance with the acidity. Just the slightest bit of tannin left. Nice finish. This in contemplative when drinking but will be even better with some pasta. It certainly has a de
1988 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Vendange Tardive, France, Alsace, Wine Review
The evening wasn't quite done and this fit the bill for a little something sweet to finish the night. From a 375ml bottle. Deep golden/orange in color. The nose is pretty with lychees, oranges and slight simple syrup. Also a nice underlying minerality. On the palate, this is slightly viscous. Much fresher than a bottle a couple of years ago. Lychees, apricots with a bit of sweetness. A nice bit of acidity to balance things out. Long finish that was clean and without bitterness. Just delicious and interesting to sip on its own, it would work with a slightly sweet dessert.
The 2011 Saxums are drinking beautifully right now. It was a difficult vintage but Justin Smith and Saxum excelled. The wines are a bit more ready than most vintages, but that's fine. Pop and pour. 51% Grenache and 49% Syrah. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, dark chocolate, black pepper and roasted herbs. With air more chocolate comes out along with a bit or roasted meats. On the palate, this has a lovely juicy yet muscular texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit, some char and a bit of earthiness and black pepper. Nice finish. This is a big wine and will need
This is still quite young and patience will be rewarded. That said, if you have a few or like them young, then this is great now too. This bottle was decanted for four hours prior to drinking. Inky purple in color. The nose is black raspberries, charred wood, pepper, spice but also a lovely little lavender. On the palate, this is big. Brooding but still shows black raspberries, blueberries, black pepper and slight charred earth. Medium tannins. A nice streak of acidity. Long finish. This wine begs for food. Cassoulet, steak or roasted vegetables would be great. Probably another
Shafer Hillside Select is one of the great wines in Napa and the world. It is priced accordingly, but every once in a while, it is worth splurging on a bottle with friends. This bottle was decanted for sediment (there was very little) and allowed to breathe in the cellar for four hours prior to consuming. A magnificent showing for this wine from admittedly, not one of their best vintages. Purple in color with some ruby hues to it. The nose is wonderful with cassis, slight pencil lead, a bit of coffee grounds and a slight salinity. On the palate, lots of cassis. Deep with layers of gr
A stunning wine if still a bit young. In a day when Grand Cru Burgs are priced crazily, this is about the best one that is almost affordable. It certainly is not your typical Chablis in profile either. Golden in color. Not dark but not light either. No noticeable oxidation. The nose has peaches, slight chalk and a bit of pepper/spice. On the palate, the peaches carry thru over a concentrated minerality. Great round texture. Good acidity but not bracing. Nice finish. In general, this is a big round wine that is just delicious. Went well with St.
2008 is a great vintage for Champagne. This is the first Dom I have tasted from that vintage. Outstanding and also a bit unique. Light golden in color with a very nice mousse of tiny bubbles. On the nose, this has a a nice meyer lemon note along with an ever so slight nuttiness and a bit of smoke. It opens slowly with air and never is a big nose at this point but does show bit of ginger root. On the palate, this is excellent if still young. Apple cider, fresh green apples, slight toast all mix together. But what is really fun is the tension in the wine. This is one of the liveliest