Semi opaque in the glass, bright purple. On the nose I get graphite, blackcurrants, oak and twizzlers. On the palate there are some gentle notes of black cherries, a dose of dry tannins and some black tea to go along with black currants. The mid palate has a cherry cola component with black fruits and that slightly unbalanced tannic dryness. The finish is dry but fresh and packed with black fruit flavors, some oak and a touch of minerality. Decent wine for a weekday. 87 points, which contrasts with others opinions btw. Drink till 2024, 2 stars, $25. Salut….
Very rich purple hues in the glass. The nose is a combo of blue fruit and dark berries, with a tobacco and spice box note thrown in . The palate is very enticing with blackberries, crisp tannins, fruitcake and black tea. The midpalate continues the theme and takes us to the really juicy finish of Ribena, tea, creosote and Maduro leaf. Very enjoyable, seamless and drinking well for a relatively young Bordeaux. 91 points and 4 stars at $25. Drink till 2028. Salut….
At $14 a bottle, this was my house Cab back in the day. It quickly gained popularity and it’s price climbed like a homesick angel. I went looking for other great QPR wines. When I saw it in the shop today, I reminisced a bit and pulled the trigger on what has now become a $25 offering. Here we go!
It’s very purply in the glass (I am using a straight hotel glass, no stemware in sight). The nose is lush with blackberries, spice box and a touch of oak. On the palate it is rich, balanced and gives me blackberry notes, star anise, black tea and a nice touch of tannin. The mouthfeel is warm and smooth, acidity being very well behaved and allowing the tannins a chance to enter the fold. They build up to a nice dry finish but don’t interfere with the fruit. The blackberry component is strong and remains all the way to the finish. There is a nice minerality to this wine and the dryess of the tannic grip on the finish is just enough to make this a meat – worthy wine. Think big, juicy steaks on the fire and this one fits right in there. I am impressed that this wine has held its quality over the past 20 years, even though the price has nearly doubled. I’m going 91 points and 5 stars. Welcome back you little beauty! Drink till 2028. Salut….
Medium strength purple in the glass with a touch of cloudiness. The nose is unique. Raspberries, sweet rhubarb jam, rooibos tea. The palate is yummy, crunchy, a touch acidic. I get dark fruits instead of red, an interesting transformation. Delightfully tannins greet me as we transition to the midpalate of crushed black cherry, graphite, black tea and mouth drying tannins. The finish has a short burst of black berrries, tea and an earthy minerality. This wine is drinking young at 7 years old, it still needs cellar time. Drink from 2023-2030 with Ribeyes or a Penne Arrabiata. 90 points and 4 stars for this $25 Cab. Salut
Very dark purple in the glass. The legs are almost nonexistent, belying the 14.5% alcohol. The nose has sweet cassis, fresh figs and a blueberry reduction. The palate is delightful, rich and smooth. Layers of blackberry, dark cherry, charcoal and anise flow from the initial to the finish. It’s a seamless transition with a nice touch of tannic bite at the end. I’m pairing with Picanha, mashed potatoes and grilled Brussel sprouts. Drink till 2028. 90 points and 4 stars for this $25 Cab. Salut….
Quite pale yellow in the glass with fine grained legs belying it’s 13% alcohol. On the nose I get lemon zest, minerality and slate. I’m expecting a cutting wine versus a sweet version of this varietal. On the palate I was wrong, it’s not tart, bracing or edgy. It has a warmth that surrounds yellow apples with lemon curd. The acidity is well in check but still obviously present. There’s a raw lemon component that appears on the midpalate and there is a nuttiness too. The mouthfeel transitions to a racier version with some nice honeyed notes on the mid-length finish. Very tasty and flexible, this one is going to pair nicely with my blackened salmon. Drink till 2030. 90 points and 4 stars for this $25 effort. (The pro’s went way higher BTW). Salut….
Really dark purple, very striking. On the nose I get blackcurrant, nutmeg and tobacco. The palate has some nice black fruits and an astringency that is a touch heavy. It’s not tannic, perhaps from green stems left in contact with the juice for too long. It takes a turn for the better on the mid palate- more Ribena and a touch of oak. The finish is quite dry with the appearance of some nice tannins alongside a mineral tone that melds nicely with the currants. Overall a decent wine that is slightly out of kilter at the beginning with the astringency but it comes around. 89 points= 3 stars for this $25 wine. Drink till 2025 with hearty stews, or a lamb chop and mint. Salut….
See through but with slight bricking. I noticed the cork had signs of possible seepage which gives me cause for concern. Here goes….
On the nose – it’s corked. I even tasted it….done. Luckily I’m not far from the shop so I returned it .
The second bottle looks much better in the glass. Light, see through purple. On the nose it is not very open. I’m struggling to swirl some life into it and all I get is faint cherries, some capsicum and carrot. Yes, carrot. On the palate this Nebbiolo starts off with some lush, medium tannins and a dollop of cherry juice. It’s not subtle. The mid palate has more breadth with cherries, currants, a touch of fresh oak and sassparilla. The finish is quite dry with the tannins still in full force. There is a woody note alongside red fruits and cinnamon. Tasty but restrained, I feel this wine might be hibernating. It should improve with age and drink nicely till 2028. 90 points and 3 stars for this $25 effort. Salut….
This is the second wine of Chryseia, it is a beautiful dark purple in the glass. The nose gives off rose petals, perfume, black currant and cedar slate. On the palate it is big- loads of Ribena, oregano, red licorice and a hint of wood. The mid palate is seamless with the introduction of some very lithe tannins. The mouthfeel is generous and warm in this wine. It is relatively easy drinking with the mild tannins, barely perceptible acidity and warm fruit. The finish is all black currant, decent in length and not overly dry. 92 points and 5 stars for this $25 effort. Delicious. Drink this blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz till 2030. Salut….
Dark purple and showing some legs in the glass. The nose is vibrant with black currants, licorice and oak. On the palate this is delicious folks. Ribena, blackberry jam and toasty oak hit me all at once. There is a cherry stream that appears on the midpalate alongside vanilla bean. Tannins are in check, melded and balanced with the acidity. The finish is warm, almost alcoholic but at 14% I must be imagining things. There is a charred oak note in the finish that is perfect for the dark berry fruit notes. This wine is drinking beautifully and will do so till 2025. I wish I had some Osso Bucco laying around , or even shepherds pie. Look for this rare varietal- Crespiello, it is an interesting one for sure. 92 points and 5 stars for its $25 price tag. Salut….