This house may be better known now for their reds, but they make some fantastic whites as well. And, as this bottle shows, they can be quite age worthy. Medium golden in color. The nose is nice with lemons, lemon peel, along with spice and vanilla. There is a fair amount of oak still on the nose. On the palate, plenty of lemons, slight wax, vanilla and spice. Mild oak tannins. Long finish. There is still plenty of fruit left but also plenty of oak. This should continue to slowly age out from here, but won't get any better. Good finish. This will work well with salmon or roasted d
This is a white Bordeaux from the heart of the Graves region where some of the best white wines come from. It is a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon. This is truly a wonderful wine that is just starting to get close to its peak. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is gorgeous. Slightly waxy with pears, a touch of honey and citrus. Very clean. On the palate, this has just a bit of viscosity. Lots of pears, slight apricot/honey and slight vanilla. It is dry with good balance and acidity. Lots of depth. Long finish. Probably at its peak for the next ten ye
This is one of the better houses making sweet dessert wines in Barsac. This one was no exception. Light copper/orange in color. Perhaps a bit darker than expected but not an issue. On the nose, there is tropical fruit, slight each and a slight kindling smoke note. On the palate, this is rich. Plenty of Botrytis but good acidity to offset the sweetness. Honey and tropical fruit on the palate. Clean. Long finish. This is great on its own or with a more savory dessert (no chocolate). It should easily last another fifteen to twenty years.
Château de Fargues probably doesn't get enough recognition and 2001 is one of the all time great vintages in Sauternes. This was an excellent showing and a great way to finish an evening. A very cool looking orange/red in color. The nose has orange peel and honey. A bit of Crem Brulee. On the palate, this is viscous although not as sweet as expected (which is fine). The orange peel carries thru with good acidity. Plenty of depth. A very long finish. Still on the young side, this should develop further.
Wow. Served alongside the 2008 Yquem, it just wasn't fair. An amazing wine. Deeper (not too deep) gold in color with just a bit of orange/bronze. The nose is mazing. Apricots and honey, slight burnt orange peel and just a whiff of vanilla. On the palate, this has that great acidity to balance the sweetness. Tons of apricots, slight peach and a bit of orange. Layered and complex, it is both fascinating and delicious. A combination of candy and fruit. The finish goes on forever. It will work with the right dessert but really needs none. It seems to be both mature and will probably
There is not much more to offer about Yquem. It is arguably the finest wine made on the planet. This bottle was served early in the dinner along side fois gras or a vegetarian starter. It went quite well. The bottle had been opened and decanted ahead of time and this bottle seemed to be at just a bit lower than cellar temperature. Not the best Yquem ever but certainly a very good vintage that is in a good, if young, place right now. Golden in color. The nose is slightly sweet with apricots and slight honey. On the palate, slight peaches, slight honey and apricots with a touch of min
I seem to have had a lot of bottle variation with this one. Or, given that this is usually the last bottle of the night, maybe it is palate variation. In any event, this wine is always good to great and this bottle was in the middle. Deep golden/orange in color. The nose has honey and apricots. On the palate, this is sweet but nowhere near cloying. Enough acidity. The honey notes come thru and pick up peaches. Nice finish to the wine and to the evening!
Yquem might be the single greatest wine in the world. Yes, those are bold words, but it is arguably true. This bottle was wonderful indeed. Paired with Mango roses in a Rose water and honey sauce, it was sublime. Light golden in color, this wine is still quite young. The nose is amazing with slight apricot, lots of honey and orange peel. Viscous and sweet, not cloying. The orange peel and honey carry thru. The thing about Yquem is the finish. It goes on forever and ever. Very nice acidity in 2011. This bottle will continue to age and mature for fifty years and no doubt at some po
This bottle was bought on release back when it was affordable. My last bottle, and it was served at dinner with friends along with an eggplant and tomato soup. A very good pairing. The wine itself is very interesting. Plenty of depth and complexity but showing quite youthfully. Medium golden in color. The nose has apricots, slight vanilla, slight marzipan and a hint of tropical fruit. On the palate, full bodied. Ever so slightly oily texture. Delicious vanilla, peach, and waxy notes. Complex and layered, it unwinds nicely in a glass. Great balance. Long finish. Everything I cou
Urban Vintner is an Ohio winery making wine in Ohio from purchased grapes around the globe. Muddy Paws is their value line with $1 from every bottle going to the local animal rescue. The grapes for this wine are from Washington state. Light silvery green/gold in color. The nose has some peach and a bit of citrus. On the palate, this is slightly sweet with peach notes. There is also a bit of a minty quality on the finish. Not a lot of depth in this wine, but easy sweet wine. Those looking for this type of wine will probably like it more than I. Mostly a cocktail wine or with a nice