What a pretty bottle of wine. Ruby in color, cloudy with slight bricking and dull. The nose is gorgeous. Fresh cherries, cherry blossoms, slight mushrooms and woodiness. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Very lively. Fresh cherries with a clean earthiness underneath. Complex. Completely mature yet vibrant. Everything once could hope for from a 35 year old 1er Cru. At this point it is bottle to bottle on this wine, so drink them if you have them. It worked well with grilled veggies and rice and beans but would also work well with roasted fowl.
One of my favorite Cal Rhone White wines. I really need to let one of these age. At age 5, this one is singing right from popping the cork. It is a blend of 30% Roussane, 25% Marsanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 15% Picpoul, and 10% Vermentino. Light golden in color. The nose has peach, melon, slight vanilla candle, minerals and lime pith. Full bodied. This has a big mouthfeel. Not quite viscous, but a strong presence. Notes of peach, vanilla and wax with great underlying minerality. A nice touch of acidity to keep things bright. Depth and complexity. Nice finish. This is drinking you
This is a dessert wine from the Niagara peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Golden in color. Clear and bright. The nose has pears, simple syrup, some red apples. Medium bodied but slightly viscous. On the palate, this is sweet, not cloying. It is a round wine with pears, slight honey and slight minerality. Tasty. Long finish. This should last for a while longer (five to seven years?), but it won't get better. It drinks very well on its own and would work nicely with a honey cake or other not too sweet dessert.
This is 92% Carmenère with 8% Petit Verdot from Chile. It is a very interesting blend. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, coffee, slight dark chocolate. Full bodied. On the palate, this is big and on the wilder side. Flavors of black cherries with underlying gravel and also some chocolate. It is delicious but rough on the throat (not smooth). Long finish. It will interesting to watch this mature although for those who enjoy a bit of a wilder ride, it is probably best drunk over the next five to seven years. It will smooth out with proper cellar
A very respectable showing for a 20 year old Austrian Riesling. This was about $25 on release and over the years, I have consumed a bunch - all good as it matured. It now has a deep golden color, clear and bright. The nose has slight petrol, a bit of burnt honey and nice minerality. On the palate, slight pineapple and apricots. This is dry. Good finish. This is drinking nicely. Mature, but no hurry. It should easily go another decade though it won't improve. It will work well with cheeses or even Thai food.