This used to be a go to wine, but its been a few years, so it was a pleasure to be able to revisit this Bordeaux Blend. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cherries and spice. With air some plums come out. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Lots of juicy black currants, with black raspberries. Firm tannins. Nice balance. This has not yet been released and of course, will need a few years to really show what it has. I believe the release price will be around $80 which is fair for the quality from Napa. It will go we
This is delicious if young today. Just a wonderful dessert wine. And a wine that will out live all of us. This is Chenin Blanc at its best. Light golden in color. The nose has ocean air, some crushed shells, orange peel and honey. With air some poached pear notes emerge. On the palate, this is slightly viscous. It is sweet but short of cloying. Enough acidity to balance. Flavors of honey and baked apples. Long finish. Delicious in small amounts. This goes well with ripe cheese or a savory cake.
An outstanding CdP. A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and the rest Counoise, Vaccarèse and Muscardin. This is ripe, juicy and delicious if not the "classic" CdP in style. Purple in color, ruby swirls. On the nose this has boysenberries, sandalwood, char and slight floral notes. On the palate, this is juicy with big boysenberry fruit. There is a nice under layer of spice. Long finish. One of those wines that each sip tastes so good you want to have another. It will be interesting to see this age and lose the baby fat. Probably should last another fifteen years anyway. Will wo
Excellent wine that really needs some time. Lots of upside potential here. Light golden in color. The nose is fat (for Chablis) with red fugi apples over a nice chalky base. On the palate, this has a soft texture with good if not great acidity. It is delicious. Lots going on with tight layers of complexity. Long finish. Perhaps not a classic sort of Chablis, yet, it is an outstanding chardonnay.
This is an outstanding Chablis that shows the vintage very well. Lean yet, powerful. Light silvery/gold in color. The nose is classic with green apples. Nice minerality too. On the palate, this broadens across the palate, yet has nice green apple notes with good acidity. An underlying minerality too. It presents almost as two styles at the same time. Delicious though. Will work with lighter foods, seafood and poultry dishes. Still young and has some upside.
This is a project from the owners of Domaine Serene in Oregon. Light green/gold in color. The nose is chalky with slight vanilla and slight lemons. On the palate, this is a big and fruity Chardonnay. Quite tasty. Lemony with a slightly sweet-tart candied note which is nice. Big and long finish. Perhaps a bit atypical for the vintage but a very nice wine that would go with a wide variety of lighter and medium weight foods.
Silvery gold in color. This has a really great nose. Clean with just a touch of oak showing. Salinity and ref apples. With air, some citrus emerges. On the palate, the apples come thru. There is underlying minerality. While the wine has a rich fat texture, it has enough acidity to work with. Good finish but there is a touch of oak/harshness. The wine seems to be drinking quite well right now, but may (or not) get a bit better. Still, it seems prudent to drink these younger. It will match well with sea food and lighter fare.
Light golden in color with slight green tinges. The nose is very nice with some lemon cream and underlying minerality. This has a nice smokiness to it and also a bit of salinity. On the palate, this is a bit fat and more acidity would be nice. That said, it has lovely lemon fruit and a nice minerality. Good finish. It would work well with some rich seafood dishes.
Light green gold in color. The nose is nice with slight vanilla, lots of minerality and some lemon. Also, with air, some eucalyptus/minty notes. On the palate, this is crisp and lean (in a good way). Less oak showing on the palate. Nice clean finish. This should work nicely with sea food and lighter foods. Youthful, it should age out a bit over the next ten years.
Silvery/gold in color. The nose is very nice with gunpowder and slight lemon chiffon. On the palate, this is slightly oily. Nice lemony notes. OK acidity. A very nice wine that should work with lighter foods. Fresh and lively right now. It should be good for another five to ten, but it won't improve.