Gorgeous, if very young, wine. This is typically a wine that needs a minimum of ten years of cellaring. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, dust, leather and spice. Full bodied. Very firm tannins! Great almost seamless lush texture. On the palate, black cherries, black raspberries with some tobacco and spice. very deep and complex if tight. Long finish. This is delicious on its own and will work well with roasted or slow cooked meat dishes. Best to hold for another five to ten years and drink for fifteen after that. As good
This is 100% Sagrantino from central Italy. Typically, this wine needs a minimum of 10 years ageing, but, it's nice to try one young to determine if it is worth purchasing more. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with a "sweet" scent of black cherries, dust, cloves and slight vanilla note. Full bodied. Very tannic! On the palate, this is deep but tight. Black cherries with cloves and black pepper. A bit of anise on the finish. This is 15.5% abv., but not noticeable while drinking. It is delicious but needs another five to ten years cellaring and then shoul
This is 100% Grechetto from Umbria, Italy. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with slight tangerine, peach and chalk. Medium bodied. On the palate, peach and tangerine with mineral undertones. Good acidity. Slight almond note on the finish. This is a lighter wine that drinks well on its own and would be great with appetizers or lighter foods. This would be nice with a vegetable/bean soup. Drink over the next couple of years.
Screw capped. This is an excellent value in white wine from central Italy. It is a blend of Grechetto 40%, Procanico 20%, and other white varietals (Verdello, Canaiolo Bianco) 40%. Light gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with minerals, copper, dust, and apples. Not a lot of fruit from nice depth. It has a nice, slightly oily texture. On the palate, lemons with a slight candied note. Good minerality. Solid acidity. A bit of bitter almond on the finish. This drinks easy on its own and will work well with lighter foods. It would work well with a squash soup. Drink
Always a pleasure to drink Yquem. From a 375ml bottle. This is young, of course, but delicious. It is a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc. Light golden in color with some orange hues, clear and bright. The nose has apricots, honey and slight caramel notes. Full bodied. Viscous. Excellent acidity. On the palate, this is sweet, not cloying. Apricots with honey. Incredibly long finish. This will get better with further cellaring, but is delicious now. Drink over the next thirty years. great on its own, this would also work with simple pound cake.
Wow, so much fun to try a wine this old. The US Civil War was going on as these grapes were growing. Sercial is the grape used and it makes the driest version of Madeira. The color of Iced Tea, clear and bright. The nose has orange peel, and an earthiness to it. Also some walnut notes. And, of course, some oxidation. Medium bodied. Bracing acidity. On the palate, slightly nutty with a lot of alcohol. A bit of butter scotch. The finish is warm with some char. A very interesting wine and a little goes a long way. Probably best to drink this on its own after a great meal.
2013 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, USA, California, Napa, Stags Leap District, Wine Review
Shafer Hillside Select is truly an American First growth. It has the production levels, the long history and the quality. A great bottle of wine. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, slight blueberries, char, graphite and spice. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, great texture. Notes of cassis with graphite and char. Deep and complex. Long finish. This is not yet at peak but getting there. Delicious. Drink over the next twenty years. Great on its own, but this will work with hearty foods as well. This would be perfect with brisket.
2016 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Oakville, Wine Review
It was great to try this wine again. The last bottle about a year ago was stunning and so was this one. The wine is opening up nicely if still young. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is excellent with cassis, blueberries, coffee grounds, spice and graphite. Full bodied. Firm tannins. Wonderful texture. Lots of energy and great balance. On the palate, cassis, coffee, blueberries and spice. Long finish.
Inky purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with cassis, graphite, dark chocolate and cigar box. Full bodied. Tannins mostly resolved but a few hanging around. This is complex and layered and unwinds beautifully in the glass. Notes of cassis, black cherries, and underlying earthiness. Good acidity. Good finish. This seems at or just past peak, but drinking well. The vintage was a bit difficult but there is no lack of ripeness. Drink up. This will be better with food. It would work well with beef stroganoff.
From Magnum. This was an ok year in Bordeaux, but Haut Brion may have made the wine of the vintage. In regular bottles, this should be at or past peak, but in Magnum it was doing just fine. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and flat. The nose is mature with cassis, cigar box, gravel and slight char. Medium bodied. Medium silky tannins. On the palate, cassis, with some tobacco, gravel and char. Some complexity. Good finish. Older bottles are always variable, but these should be drunk sooner than later. This will work better with hearty food. Cassoulet would work we