Bright purple- almost sparkly in the glass. The nose is full-on Napa cab. Rich plums, blackberries and cedar. The palate mirrors- and it’s super smooth with a gentle ramp up of tannins. The mid palate continues the dark fruit theme but this is where the black tea, crunchy tannins and Maduro leaf appear. The finish is very dry, long and filled with blackberry jam, more tea and a touch of oak. Delicious and worth 91 points in my book. The only thing holding it back is the slight greenness of the tannins. I’m serving up Sunday roast with this beauty. 4 stars for this $40 Cabernet that can be cellared or drunk till 2028. Salut….
Very dark purple in the glass. Bramble, creosote, black berries and blueberry jam on the nose. On the palate this is a tannic beast- full of dark fruits, young and brooding. It is laced with blackberries, toasty oak and mouth coating tannins. The midpalate has some telltale violets- the varietal shines thru. On the finish this wine offers black berries, more charred wood notes and those really grippy tannins. A touch young- it needs aerating or cellaring. Drink till 2027 with braised lamb, Moussaka or a thick steak. 91 points and 4 stars for this $40 Cab Franc. Salut….
Bright purple in the glass. Plums and black berry come off on the palate with some earthiness that I love in Portuguese wines. There’s a dusty component reminiscent of desert air that pops up as well. On the palate it has telltale Tinto Roriz and Touriga Nacional notes. There’s a tar component alongside spice box and blackberry. The tannins are very integrated, of medium intensity and not astringent. I like the mouthfeel and the balance is great. The mid palate and finish are both steeped in black fruits and that spiciness. The dry, dusty notes I mentioned earlier slip back in right at the end. This is a tasty wine that gets 91 points from me. The $40 price point makes it a 4 star effort. Salut….
Light golden. Buttery, lemony and laced with yellow apple on the nose. The palate is round, full and very smooth. It offers up buttered popcorn, quince, butterscotch. It is a classic Chardonnay that has undergone malolactic fermentation and a dose of wood. Very smooth, with very low acidity makes it somewhat flabby but delicious nonetheless. I like it. 90 points. It’s rings up at $40 making it a 3 point wine, but if you can get a hold of a few on sale- stock up. Salut….
Super pale, with virtually no opacity. The nose is neither old- nor new-world. A mix between the two. Classic cherry with the addition of strawberry coulis. A hint of rose water hits me right at the end. On the palate this wine is super smooth, with a great mouthfeel. Tannins are just present, the acidity is finite and balancing. The cherry flavors give way to roasted coffee and vanilla bean. The mid palate is lush with ripe black cherries with a tannic thrust. The fruit really comes out on the finish alongside a charred oak note. It is intriguing, delicious and nice to drink. I am pairing it with cherry glazed pork chops and roasted potatoes. It would do a roasted Cornish Hen justice IMHO. Great Fall wine to go and seek out. 91 points and 4 stars for this $40 wine. Salut….
My second try at the Andrea Roberto Barolo. Murky, dark and a touch cloudy. The nose offers up raisin, black cherry and a woodsy note. The palate is smooth, tannic and very juicy with black fruits, tar, lapsang souchong tea. The mid palate has a really full mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Black berry reduction, more tea, black this time, and creosote hit the gums. The finish is long, alluring and chock full of dark, brooding fruit, gum searing tannins and teeth staining purple goodness. 92 points and still young. $40 now, it gets 4 stars. Salut….
Very dark in the glass, somewhat murky. The nose is lush with plums, eucalyptus, bramble and fir tree. On the palate it echoes the flavors with delicious purple plum paste and fresh earthy herbs. A green note pops up on the mid palate which gives a bit of pique. The tannins are well integrated and the acidity shines through at the end. Green bitterness hits right on the back end which detracted me for a sec. I love the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The greenness I’m guessing is from the Verdot. Overall a very delicious, layered wine that drinks well now through 2022. 90 points and 4 stars for this $40 effort. Salut….
As you may know, we are moving. Our last dinner gathering included two magnums that were still at the house. I did not want to move them, so the opportunity to enjoy was present. I did not take notes of the second bottle, the Perbrun- as I was hoping to do so the following day with what was left over. Unfortunately, it was not as good as I had hoped and the leftovers had a ton of sediment. It was originally $57 my price for the 2010 vintage. Glad we started with the Spaniard!
Nearly black in the glass. Nose is earthy, with tons of plums, black berry and violets. The initial palate is very upfront with black, tarry fruit, ripe tannins, earth and a floral component. The mid palate is quite dry, the tannins ruling the roost. Eventually it transitions to a Ribena like finish with loads of rich black fruit. Oak is present, but not overpowering. It adds a vanilla dimension to the finish and smooths it out some. This wine is still in youth, 17 years after vintage. It will last another 10 at least, mellowing out along the way. 93 points is what the pro’s gave this Tempranillo and I agree. For the $40 entry fee it is a solid 4 star wine, but I am going to up it to 5 as I think this wine will evolve some more as it mellows. I roasted two Beef Tri-tips for the pairing with an endive and frissee salad laced with Balsamic infused Shallots. It was a grand last evening of fun in my beloved home. Salut….
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….
I wrote about the 2008 Louis Boillot Volnay back in 2012 and promised to re-taste. It was not a year later, but several. Anyway, here goes.
Almost an orange purple see-through complexion. Signs of middle age perhaps? The nose has an earthiness to it alongside cranberries, strawberries and some wheat kernels. You probably never saw that one as a descriptor! The wine tastes much better than I remember, with a nice intro to some strawberry, barnyard and green peppers. It is very smooth with barely perceptible tannins until they reach a crescendo on the finish. The wine’s acidity is on pointe with a nice cut to it. The mid palate is all about secondary flavors. The development is a treat. This wine has evolved very nicely from what I thought was atypical Burgundy, into the quintessential Pinot Noir that defines Old World charm and character. I am loving it! I paid $40 per bottle back in the day and it looks like I ordered 6 bottles, I am hoping to cellar dive and come up with the other 4! 92 points and 5 stars. Salut….