This is a really great value for a nice, easy to drink Chardonnay. Made with Organic grapes and coming in at 12.5% ABV. Screw capped. Pale gold in color with slight green hues, clear and bright. The nose is tight at first but opens with some air. Slightly viscous and slightly oily texture. On the palate, this is more open with grapefruit notes. Long finish with strong grapefruit notes. Good acidity. This drinks very well on its own and is also food friendly with lighter foods. It worked with with stuffed grape leaves. Drink over the next few years.
This Prosecco is made from 85% Glera and 15% Chardonnay grapes. Silvery gold in color with a nice mousse of medium sized bubbles. The nose has a pleasant yeasty quality to it along with golden apples, and slight ginger notes. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, there is a hint of sweetness as this comes across as off-dry. Apples with a touch of honey and slight ginger. Long finish. This is nice on its own and worked with with fried appetizers. Drink over the next few years.
For those who like a bit more "Borgundian" style of Oregon Pinot Noir, Thomas is a great choice. Also, 2008 was a ripe vintage and I am reminded once again, the "great" vintages in Oregon are not the ones where J.
Ruby in color, some browning, but appropriate for age 17. Clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, some earthy funk/Merde notes, spice and slight darker cherry notes. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. Nice balance. On the palate, cherries, black cherries and earthiness. Complex. Bigger on the nose than the palate. Nice finish. Overall, everything one could ask from a 17 year old 1er Cru from a good/not great vintage. It went very well with Tofu and Veggies (at a Japanese Restaurant). Pretty much at peak now, but still five to ten more top years left.
2015 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett #9, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review
Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice. Fresh and young. Pears, slight peach, and some minerality.. Slightly viscous texture but balanced with crisp acidity. Sweet, could easily be a Spatlese. Long finish. This wine still seems quite primary. It went well with Japanese Tofu and vegetables. It will still improve over the next ten years and be good drinking for the next twenty or more.
Wines from this winery keep showing up from the early 70's. I am not sure of the story, but it seems to stem from the sale of the winery and vineyards in 2014 from the Lurton family to Dennis Debourdieu. The vineyards were ripped up and new plantings incorporated into Chateau Doisy-Daene. It is an old estate in fact, it was classified as a second growth in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux.
What a treat to drink. This is a fascinating vintage. After some less than great years, this looked like it could possibly be exceptional and the Bordeaux hype train got into gear. Despite many fans who kept saying just be patient, it never took those last few steps. That said, it also has so much to offer. The wines can be austere, but they also are complex and fascinating. Which brings us to the Lafite. Is it a great Lafite? No. Is it a great wine, certainly close. Ruby in color with browning, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, graphite, and slight cigar box. Med
Don't get me wrong, vintages matter, but there is often some distinctions in sub-appellations. Case in point, for me, 1983 Margaux is often better than the more heralded 1982 vintage. If nothing else, this wine is a testament to the 1983 vintage in Margaux. Ruby in color with some browning, mostly opaque and flat. The nose is classic with cherries, black cherries, cigar box and a funk/earthiness. Medium bodied. Tart acidity. On the palate, black cherries with some underlying funk. Depth and complexity. Moderate finish. While certainly past prime, there was a lot to offer here. Se
We were told that this is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (which is very different from today's wines). I am not sure that at age 42 that matters so much. Ruby/brown in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, dried currents, dust and slight earthiness. On the palate, light cherries and slight milk chocolate notes. Some depth. This wine is alive nd has some interest, but, to paraphrase the Princess Bride, "It is mostly dead". Still this was pleasant enough and fun to drink.
This is a producer that I am not familiar with although I believe they still produce wine today. That said, this was a very good showing for a 41 year old Medoc wine. Purple/ruby/brown in color, mostly opaque and flat. The nose is nice; earthy with black cherry fruit. Medium bodied. Good balance. On the palate, the fruit seems ripe/sweet. Cherries, slight tobacco notes. Deep-ish complexity. Moderate finish. This worked well with a Truffle Risotto.