This is drinking very well right now. Light golden in color. The nose has lemon cream, brioche and slight orange/citrus. Very nice. Also just a bit of baking spices. On the palate, this is full bodied. Still showing some oak that will integrate with further ageing. Delicious. Flavors of orange creamsicle and baking spices. Great energy and precision. Long finish. This worked well with a vegetarian lasagna in bechamel sauce but will work with most seafood or fowl dishes. it may yet improve a bit but should be great drinking for the next ten to fifteen years.
An interesting take of Gewurtz. Very different from the Alsatian counterparts. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has no lychee at all which is fine just a bit surprising. It does have a floral quality to it, along with ginger and a strong mineral base. Very nice. On the palate, this is medium bodied. It is dry as a bone. The minerality comes thru along with a granny smith apple note and a bit of orange peel. Clean finish with no bitterness. Overall, it is a very nice wine that worked excellently with a butternut squash soup. It probably should be consumed in the n
This is drinking quite well now. A great example of a cooler climate Syrah from California. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, and slight bacon fat. On the palate, this is very concentrated. Boysenberry fruit with char underneath and a slightly meaty taste. Medium to full bodied. A wisp of tannins. Nice acidity. Long finish. This is great with roasted veggies (and would be with meat or fowl) and would also work with Indian food. No hurry, this should be good for another seen to ten years.
This did not seem like a proper bottle. It was quite advanced for its age. Most likely a cork issue? Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has a slight oxidized note to it. Also, butterscotch and vanilla. No fruit on the nose. On the palate, it is a bit cleaner with some lemon and some vanilla. Clipped on the finish. A shame as this should have been a bit fresher but it happens. Drinkable depending on your aversion (or not) to oxidized wines. I ten to not have as much an issue as most. If I had to score it, maybe an 83?
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Opened later in the night after a bunch of red wines, this really seemed fresh and lively. It worked out great. Light golden in color. The nose has lemon chiffon with nice minerality. Just a touch of vanilla. Full bodied. Crisp. Delicious. The lemon carries thru over a mineral bed. Great on its own, this will work well with seafood, salads and certainly on its own. It is very young now and worth drinking that way, but this should easily go another ten years and probably more as it matures.
This is a fairly priced Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast. Msrp is $25 but can often be found for less. Light golden in color. The nose is nice with vanilla, slight lemons and baking spice. Creamy texture. Moderate acidity. On the palate, the vanilla and slight lemons come thru. Good finish. This drinks easily on its own. It will work well with heavier sea foods, pasta or fowl. Drink over the next few years.
This is an excellent cooler climate Syrah. Reasonably priced too. Purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, leather, roasted herbs and an interesting camphor note. Full bodied. On the palate, the boysenberries come thru over a bed of char and slight earthiness. This needs two or three more years to peak and then should be good for another ten to twelve after that. It will pair well with roasts and grilled foods and also Indian cuisine.
2017 Fort Ross Chardonnay Fort Ross Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Forst Ross - Seaview, Wine Review
Gold/green in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice. Big. Fresh oak, lemons and slight vanilla. Nice acidity. On the palate, flavors of lemon hard candy. Slightly oily texture. The finish has oak and lemon candies. Long. This has a fair amount of oak, but is also clean and energetic. It should be good for seven to ten more years and may develop further. It should go well with a wide range of foods from salads to pasta in a cream sauce.
Consistently one of the best Chardonnay's coming from Napa. It is a hypothetical cross in style between a fatter Burgundy and a racier California Chardonnay. It is a bit tropical and definitely shows some oak, but used deftly. Always a hit when a bottle is opened. Pale golden in color. The nose has vanilla, lemons and minerals. Complex. On the palate, this is round but with enough acidity to make it work. Vanilla and lemon cream. Long finish. This keeps unwinding in the glass. Not a baby but not yet at peak depending how you like your Chards. This will work great on its own or