Wow, is this good. $30 retail and a great value at that price. Ruby in color with some purple swirls. The nose has sour cherries, cherries, anise, slight spice. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Medium bodied but lush. Great acidity. Juicy black cherry fruit. Deep and some complexity. Light tannins. Great with food. It is delicious.
Light golden in color. Nice mousse with lots of small bubbles. The nose is nice almonds, slightly yeasty, and some ginger. This is spry and a bit shy at first. Ginger and slightly chalky. Good acidity. Works well with food. Some complexity. Good finish. Not a big wine but certainly persistent. Good value for Champagne.
Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, slight bacon fact, black olives and slight violets. On the palate, this is drinking well. Not yet at peak, but getting there. Some depth. Great balance. Black raspberries, slight char and a bit or earthiness. Good acidity. Long finish. This has a bit more fruit than a "typical" St. Joseph but still shows a nice sense of place. Should be good for a decade or more. Around $25 on release, a great value. A Fass Import wine.
Pop and pour and consumed over two nights. Much better on night 2. I know many people say 2003 was such a warm vintage that the wines are already mature. That might be true, but this one's best days are still to come. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, graphite, cedar, and smoked cigar. On the palate, this is full bodied with medium tannins. Lush cassis and black cherry fruit layered with forest floor, damp earth and tobacco. Tightly layered. Long finish. This is delicious but very much from Bordeaux a
Light golden in color. What a gorgeous nose. Lychees, peaches and minerals. On the palate, this is slightly sweet but not much. Great minerality. Some peach notes. Wonderful mouthfeel. Good acidity. Went great with spicy Indian food. Long finish. A beautiful wine. It is still quite young and will continue to improve for a decade at least and be good for another decade after that. $75 but might just be worth it!
This is drinking youthfully but quite nice right now. Purple in color. The nose has cherries, dark cherries, chocolate and cigar tobacco. On the palate, this has a lovely lush texture. Lots of fruit; black cherries, some cherries with a bit of earth. There is some oak but mostly integrated. Light tannins. Nice very smooth finish. Drinking very well, it works well with food. There may be some upside as it develops but I think mostly this is as good asa it gets.
Really a tremendous value. The annual production for this wine is four million bottles. To make that much wine and be so consistent and of such quality is an amazing thing. This is certainly a wine where vintage does matter and 2015 is a very good vintage. For around $15 or less, it is hard to find a better red wine. Purple in color. The nose is nice with black cherries, some black olive and a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this has nice black raspberry and black cherry fruit. Some depth. Medium bodied. Good acidity. Works well with food. I would drink these right away. Th
Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cherries, sandalwood and slight cherry juice. On the palate, light tannins. Cherry juice. Some depth. Nice fruit. Not a lot of acidity. Works better with food.
Light golden in color. Nice mousse with lots of tiny bubbles. Ginger and toast on the nose. Smooth, deep and complex on the palate. Ginger and minerals. Slight citrus. Nice finish.
2005 Domaine Monpertuis (Paul Jeune) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Tradition, France, Rhone, Wine Review
Purple in color. The nose is clean with dusty cherries and garrique. On the palate, this has silky tannins. Layered complexity of cherries, spice and earth. With air some dark cherry fruit. Nice finish. This is at peak now and should be drunk in the next five to seven years. Outstanding right now.