Given to me by a good mate from South Africa, I have been holding on to this one for the right time. It shows very rich purple in the glass. A 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it is a classical Bordeaux blend. The nose is a little muted, probably because I just pulled it out of the 55 degree cellar. I have managed to coax black cherry, ribena and toasty oak after several swirls. The palate is very smooth, rich plum ganache and black cherry reduction greet me with some somewhat pointy tannins. The wine has a definite wood profile, but is not over-oaked by any stretch. Rather, it is a unique flavor in the mix. Blackberry rounds out the finish which is quite tannic and dry. My gums are feeling it well into the second minute – quite long. There is a mintyness that comes across at the end that is interesting alongside a faint licorice note. Clocking in at 14% this wine is well built, balanced and totally ready for another 10 years in the cellar if you have the patience. 91 points from me for this $49 effort and 4 stars. Salut….
Very light and see through, just as I would expect from Burgundian Pinot Noir. The nose shows off bright renditions of strawberry and rhubarb compote. The palate is somewhat different, cherry being the dominant player with backing from strawberry and ginger snap. Crisp acidity forms a defined backbone and the wine has ever so slight tannins.The finish offers more rhubarb with a tangy sourness that I am enjoying. This wine strikes me as young, needing some time to develop tertiary, earthy flavors that I love in aged Burgundy. Thankfully it only sports 13% alcohol. For now it gets 90 points from me. Serving it with grilled chicken, blue cheese laced salad and sautéed onions. $35 and 4 stars. Salut….
This is the second wine of Ducru Beaucaillou, and comes from the good 2010 vintage. I have been given 2 bottles from my buddy, it’s Friday night and there are Porterhouses that need some company.
It looks somewhat murky in the glass, somewhat opaque in depth. The nose is classic Bordeaux. Cassis, leather, tobacco, dark fruits. I am excited. The palate offers up delicious Claret flavors, black berries, tobacco, cassis, leather and that classic terroir that you only get from the region. The wine transcends the whole palate with the same flavor profile. Tannins are well integrated and the acidity is barley noticeable, but balanced. The wine has a decent length finish that keeps giving that Saint Julien terroir. I am really enjoying this wine and it is drinking on pointe. The steaks are going to pair beautifully, alongside the roasted Sprouts, Radishes and Beetroot. I am going 92 points on this wine, it is rich, full bodied, flavorful and will age for another 10 years. $60 is not a cheap price, but when the moment arrives- this is a great wine to pop. 5 stars from me. Salut….
Very dark purple. Nose is fruit forward with plums, blueberries, chocolate. The palate gives off boysenberry, mocha, a woodsy note and some gum drying tannins. The mid palate is very astringent. Plum torte features with some oak. The finish is dry, rather short in length and has some blue fruit alongside the tannins. 87 points and 3 stars for this $12 effort. Salut….
Pretty purple color with a nose of raspberry, mint, violets. The palate is fresh, with bright plum and red berry flavors, hazelnut, juicy tannins and a crisp acidity. The ph of this wine is substantial yet balanced with the well integrated tannins. More mint notes come through on the finish along with some oak and raspberry. The wine leaves my mouth very dry, I kinda like it! Pairing it with super thick Strip steaks, Chorizo, roasted Brussel Sprouts and chargrilled baby onions. 89 points and 4 stars for this $13 wine- drink till 2020. Salut….
Very opaque purple. Nose of blackberry, oak and plum purée. The palate is nothing what I was expecting. Lush, but lithe with dark blackberry pie notes, loads of acidity with some very fine grained tannins. The mid palate exudes smoothness with more dark fruit compote, a small dose of wood and very drinkable tannins/acidity. The finish is rather dry with some plums appearing amongst the dark berries. I also come away with mocha, tobacco and a touch of jam. 90 points and 5 stars for this $11 wine. Salut….
Quite dark and very opaque. The nose is lush, with plums, sweet oak and vanilla bean. Makes sense, seeing as the label says Bourbon Barrel aged. On the palate it is slightly sweet- more dark blue fruits, a molasses component and plums galore. The mid palate shows off some very integrated tannins as well as some blueberry pie and a nutty component. The wine builds nicely into a long finish that has a certain dryness from the tannins that mingle with more plum, some cherry and coconut notes. The mouthfeel of this wine is amazing, not overly dry, not too acidic. The finish is really smooth and as mentioned, quite lengthy. This is a sipping wine but I would also pair it with chorizo and sautéed kale. 90 points from me for this $16 effort. 4 stars. Salut….
A non-vintage wine as far as I can see that I purchased for $9. The name and label sold me. It is see-through as expected from a Pinot Noir. The nose drums up strawberry, cinnamon and a baked pastry note that I find really interesting. The palate is very warm, with flavors of red berries, strawberry and cherry extract. The wine has a juicy acidity to it and the tannins are ever so faint. The mid palate shows off a touch of heat, even though this wine only clocks 12.5%. The medium length finish rounds out with red currants and a chalky component. More cherry hits right at the end. I have to state that it’s a delicious wine that gets 90 points from me and for the price- it deserves 5 stars. An exceptional bargain in the world of Pinot Noir. Well done! Buy it by the bucketful. Salut…
PS. Turns out there is a French wine of the same exact name and label. The Chilean one is what I tasted.
A darker purple then expected from Pinot Noir. Nose gives off gobs of strawberry, cherry pie and cedar plank. The palate gives me some spicy notes of red fruits, violets and fig paste. The finish is lengthy with very caressing, smooth tannins that are in perfect balance with the acidity.
This is a delicious wine that will reward instant gratification yet will cellar well for another 10 years. I paired it with some of the best Lamb Chops I have had in a long time. 91 points and 5 stars for this $40 effort. I’m buying some for the cellar. Salut….
See-through purple. Nose is enticing with ripe blueberry, cocoa powder, mint and a touch of oak. The palate is very interesting with plum ganache, blueberry pie, cacao and super fine grained tannins. The mouthfeel is delightful, with some pinpoint acidity. The mid palate is ripe and rich, layered with espresso bean, vanilla and more oak. The finish is long, dry with tannins and mouthwatering with blueberry. 91 points and 5 stars for this $25 blend of Syrah (71%), Grenache Noir (15%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), Cinsault (5%) and Viognier (1%). It was a gift, but I will be buying more. Delicious stuff for immediate drinking or cellaring till 2023. Salut….