At or near peak and drinking well. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with cherries, slight funk. slight black cherries and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, bold cherry and some black cherry fruit. Slight forest floor and mushroom underneath. Nice energy and balance. Good finish. This should drink well for another ten to twelve years. Great on its own, this would work well with salmon or a mushroom dish.
This is an inexpensive Chardonnay. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has some gun flint with a touch of peach. I suspect it had more fruit when it was younger. On the palate, a bit chalky with slight peach as well. A bit bitter on the finish. This seems past prime and should be consumed soon. It will work better with food, seafood would be a nice choice.
There is a lot of controversy about this American producer. I won't go into the here except to say, all the wines I personally purchased and opened so far have been at or above expectations. Pop and pour. Light ruby in color, slightly hazy which is not uncommon in Burgundies. The nose is very nice. Earthy with slight mushrooms, cherries, slight cranberry notes and just a bit of funk. Medium bodied with tart acidity (in a good way). On the palate, nice cherry fruit with underlying earthiness and slight mushrooms. Still on the youthful side of full maturity. That said at age eleven,
Tasted over two nights, it was better on the second. This carries the name Pinot Noir on the label as well. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has raspberries, rhubarb and slight cherries. Also, a slight dill note. Odd as this sees no wood at all. On the palate, the red fruits carry thru if a bit thin. There is a green note especially on the finish. This was disjointed on opening but with air settled a bit. It is an easy going Pinot Noir that is unremarkable in most aspects. It will work better with some lighter food, perhaps chicken salad. Dirnk over the next couple of ye
Gorgeous wine. Pop and pour, this kept improving. Still needs another ten to twelve years to maturity. Ruby in color with slight brown hues, mostly clear and bright. The nose is great with cherries, black cherries, black tea, and moist earth. Full bodied. On the palate, this is layered but tight. Complex layers of earth, cherries and spice. Light tannins. Still has plenty of fruit and also oak to integrate. Long finish. Delicious. This should easily go another twenty to thirty years. Drink on its own or with any fowl or hearty sea food. This could easily work with a roast or
Splendid bottle consumed while still youthful but showing some maturity. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is great with cherries, macerated cherries, slight earthiness, just a hint of oak spice. Medium to full bodied. Layers of cherries, black cherries, funk and spice. Light but present tannins. Yes, some funk and oak but overall very clean. Enough fruit to finish the job in another five years, but great now. Long finish. Contemplative on its own, this will work well with food as well. Anything from roasted duck to Kung Pao Chicken. This should easily go another f
Drinking very nicely at this time. Deep golden in color with a slight green hue. The nose is tight but shows apples, pears and minerals along with just a touch of oxidation. On the palate, this has slight tannins. Tart apples with slightly bitter lemons (not in a bad way). Good acidity although the wine comes off more rich/fat than lean/mean. Nice finish. This seems fully mature and these probably should be consumed in the next five to seven years.
I honestly don't remember a Nouveau carrying a Villages designation, but this was certainly a step up, so there is that. Purple in color. The nose has cherries, slight banana and a hint of bubblegum. Medium bodied. On the palate, the cherry fruit is nice. Clean. Not deep but tasty. This should at least drink well through the end of the year. A nice wine with Thanksgiving leftovers.
Celebrating one of the ingenious pieces of wine marketing, I certainly enjoying a free glass of wine when these are released. It does give a nice glimpse of what the vintage holds and adds a bit of whimsy. This is purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has bubble gum, yeast and some grapey black cherries. Nice texture. On the palate, a bit bitter but some cherry soda flavors. Good acidity. Ideally this should be consumed by the third Friday in November (it comes out the third Thursday). It matches ok with lighter fowl dishes.
From a tremendous, if very ripe, vintage. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, black cherries, cola and slight earthiness. This has a great lush texture. The black cherry fruit comes out on the palate with some cherries and underlying minerality. Clean. Nice balance. Long finish. Tasted blind, one might think California but on the more elegant side. Still on the youthful side, this should develop a bit more. drink over the next ten to fifteen years. This will work well with roasted foul or slow cooked braised meat dishes.