This young Nebbiolo is 50% opaque and has a beautiful crimson hue in the glass. Thick legs bely the potent 15% alcohol. On the nose I get cranberries, cherry, anise and leather- textbook. On the palate it is delicious, if not young. The tannins are formidable but I manage to break through the barrier and taste Bing cherries, leather, espresso and black tea. The tannins are gripping on the mid-palate, so much so that the top of my gums feel abused by rough hewn rope. The finish is a terrifically dry affair but the red fruits come through as does a balancing acidity. This is a delicious infant of a monster wine. With proper aeration, decating or extended cellaring it will soften and develop into a beautiful bottle. For now, you will need to pair it with a fatty meat, like I am with Rack of Lamb- or decant over a full day. 93 points from me as I see the potential in this wine and look forward to our next meeting. At $55 it is typically priced for a Barolo, which are never cheap. I am going with 5 stars as I think this one will reward some patience and be delicious by 2025. Drink till 2033. Salut….
This Chardonnay pours a rich gold in color and shows off some nice legs in the glass. The nose is very crisp with lemon rind, green almond, passion fruit and pineapple. The palate is very mineral driven with citrus backing it up whilst melon, more passion fruit and a touch of yeast co-mingle with some lithe acidity. The mid palate is warmer, fuller and less acidic. The flavors are rounder with more of the tropical fruit notes. The finish reverts back to being juicy from the citrus and acidity. It’s quite decent in length to boot. The minerality gives this wine some verve while the fruit shines. It is delicious and will pair beautifully with our shrimp scampi. Drink this 91 point Burgundy till 2029. At $55 it’s pricy and gets 4 stars. Salut….
This is the third tasting of the Tapestry over an eight year period. The cork broke in half which gave cause for concern, the bottom part showing off a deep stain, nearly black. That normally bodes well for me, except the failed cork part.
The wine still has a lovely purple hue with a touch of orange bricking. The nose gives off tons of leather, tobacco, some red currants and black cherry. The palate is focused and concentrated. Tertiary flavors are forefront- earthiness, that parched tobacco and leather … black fruits appear after a while but it’s not a seamless transition. The wine has very integrated tannins and a nice streak of acidity. It’s holding up well for 13 years old, but I would drink by 2027. It has evolved well and will continue to soften, shedding the fruit along the way. It’s a nice Napa Cab that gets 90 points from me and can be found for $55. 4 stars. Salut….
Bright yellow/gold in the glass, a stunning color. On the nose- creme brûlée, yellow apple, almond shavings… super complex. The palate brings me back to reality. Apple, pineapple and a nice acidic bite transition me to a midpalate of waxy apple, nutmeg and pineapple. The finish has me wondering what is making my gums feel dry. Acidity is on pointe and the creme brûlée reappears. Fantastic wine. 93 points and for $55 I have to go with 5 stars. It’s not for everyday, cellar a bottle or two and open on a special occasion- mine was Thanksgiving. Salut….
Rich purple hues in the glass with classic Bordeaux notes on the palate. Cassis, lovely oak and dark cherry are dominant on the nose. On the palate it is slightly thinner than expected but its litheness is appreciated. Plums, blackberry reduction, black olives and charcoal dominate the initial palate. Very lithe tannins peak on the mid palate with very slight acidity countering them. The finish is where the astringency kicks in with black tea, black currants and spice box. This wine is drinking very nicely now and will improve over the next 10 years. 92 points and 4 stars for this $55 Grand Cru. Salut….
Nearly black in the glass. Blackcurrant and smoky wood on the nose. On the palate it offers black cherry, dark currants, superb tannins and olives. The midpalate gets a dose of dryness from the tannins to go with more dark berries. The finish is blackberry coulis, tea and a touch of wood. Overall a very good but young wine that needs two to three years in the cellar. After that- drink till 2028 with heavy duty meat dishes. 91 points for now. I would love to revisit in 3 years. $55 makes this a 4 star effort. Salut….
I have previously had the Eagle’s Trace Cabernet, in Magnum. Dark purple with a touch of brick. On the nose it has a bit of funk- hoping it blows off. Black cherry, cola, eucalyptus hit me after a hard swirl. On the palate it shows red fruits- a rich acidity and fine grained tannins. Raspberry, cherries jubilee and an oak influence all hit. The mid palate gets me back to cola. Sassafras appears on the tail end where the tannins start to grip and the mouthfeel turns astringent. Enjoyable if you like a dry finish. 89 points and not a bad choice for Thanksgiving that included a smoked turkey as well as a deep fried one. It did not hold up as well as I had hoped. For $55 it gets 2 stars from me. Salut….
I have had the 2005 Close Du Marquis, twice. This vintage is not as solid and lacks depth. My Danish buddy brought it to our tasting and we saved it for the finale. Unfortunately, the best was not saved for last- the best was the Pioneer Pinot that we tasted first.
Very dark and opaque in the glass. The nose resonates with plums, Kirsch and Pepsi cola. The palate has a definitive edge- plums, gripping tannins, acidity and pencil lead. Cassis appears on the mid with a blue fruit and cedar component. The finish is somewhat short, but pleasant with kirsch and cassis dominating while the tannins recede. 89 points and for $55, 3 stars. Salut….
Last night I had an old College friend over for dinner. We ate Brisket, as can be seen in my previous post. While it was still cooking we have heavy hors d’ouerves and I opened up a stunning set of wines. The 2001 vintage from Bordeaux has been quietly sitting in my cellar and I really should get to drinking them, time flies and most wines fade. So, we started out with the amazing 2001 Chateau Cantermerle, which has been drinking well for a decade now. The first tasting note I wrote was in 2011, the wine has only gotten better and more defined. The secondary flavors are in place, the fruit is still present and the tannins are fully melded. A great 91 point wine that I really enjoyed. I purposely did not write notes, I just wanted to enjoy the moment and relish the wines. A quick check online shows this one available for $55, making it a 5 star effort even at 16 years of age! Well done. Salut….
I tasted the 2006 Peters Family Cabernet exactly three years ago and am impressed that it has evolved more and gotten a higher score from me.
A nose of black currant preserves, pine needles and tar. On the palate a beautiful intro of plum, black berries and dried mint. The mid palate shows off some great tannins that are persistent yet subdued. The acidity is somewhat muted, overshadowed by the fruit and tannins. The finish is short to medium in length but ends with the tannic dryness. This wine has a great mouthfeel that I really like and the fruit is still vibrant. A mostly Cabernet Sauvignon wine that has 23% Merlot mixed in. Secondary flavors are evident and I’m excited about this wine’s development. Drink till 2022 with pasta, steaks and roasted game. 92 points and 4 stars for this $55 effort. Salut….