It pours out as expected, reddish purple, see through and intriguing. On the nose I get strawberry, rhubarb and sour cherry juice. On the palate this wine is very young with copious tannins immediately attacking the gums- finally giving way to lush cherry, cinnamon, cedar box, leather and tobacco flavors. This wine is chock full of everything- flavors, dryness, acidity…. you name it. Very interesting mouthfeel to boot. It really needs a pour through the Vinturi, but I can’t help myself with these tannins, they are so intriguing and mouth puckering that I will have to sit here and suffer a little longer before I soften them up. The mid palate is all sour cherry, not in a bad way. The finish is much of the same… cherry, leather, mushrooms, acidity, mouth puckering tannins but it eases off nicely. This is going to be an awesome wine one day when it has grown up, shed the flab, softened the tannins and developed secondary flavors. For now I am going with 92 points and 4 stars. This Nebbiolo lists at $80 and should be cellared until 2024 then drunk till 2034. Salut….
The first thing I noticed was the length of the cork. It was super long, Magnum size. Made me wonder… In the glass this wine is somewhat opaque with a lighter purple hue. On the nose it offers tart cherry, red berries and muted barnyard. On the palate I get some really refreshing strawberry and cherry notes. Crisp acidity and gentle tannins are also present. The wine is young, very young. Nutmeg and kirsch appear later on, a strange combination but I’m liking it. The tannins are really kicking in towards the mid to finish leaving me with a very dry sensation on the seemingly long finish. More classic Sangiovese flavors of tobacco and leather are evident in small amounts but the main thrust is the dominant cherry. Delicious, but I would love to see evolution, say another 5 years minimum. 92 points from me and for the hefty $80 price tag, 4 stars. If you are a cellaring type, this one will rock a roasted Cornish Hen some day. Salut….
I love Bordeaux wines, especially from awesome vintages like 2009. This particular bottling is 68% Cab Sav, 30% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. It comes in at 13% alcohol and can be had for $80. Do not confuse this winery with Ormes de Pez.
Dark, hazy purple in the glass it offers up a nose of black fruits, tar and some oak. On the palate, still young and tannic but with flavors of black berries, cassis and violets. The mid palate is somewhat muted by the tannic structure and the juicy acidity, not leaving much room for the fruit to shine, this is only a temporary problem that will be solved wth cellaring or a run through the Vinturi. The finish is long and searing with gum numbing tannins. The tail end shows off some berry and spice box. The deft use of oak and lack of super extraction tell me this is a quality wine that has respected the terroir and will live long. Not cheap, it is worthy of 91 points from me and 3 stars. I am cooking NY Strip steaks with some Artichokes, a perfect pairing if I might say so. I have more in the cellar and will re-visit in two years or so. Salut….
This is my second Turley from this vineyard. It was given to us as a very generous gift. This Napa Valley offering is a black wine in the glass hinting to some deep extraction. You know how I love this varietal, especially when it is rich and coating. It boasts a thick nose of black fruits, bramble and violets. The initial attack consists of black berries, cherry and some Pomegranate. Tannic yet balanced with some bracing acidity, this should cellar well. Medium finish and a well hidden 15.4% alcohol. 2015-2020. 91 points for this $80 offering make it a 3 star effort. Wish I had more. Salut….
White Burgundy is a minefield for me. I know almost nothing about the region, the terroir or the names. I just know that I like most of the Louis Latour offerings and am confident when I see the telltale badge on their bottles. I recently picked up two of these, one for mum’s birthday and the other for my cellar. Saturday night was going to be a treat in our house. Moxie had previously bought a box of frozen Lobsters from Costco. We are in the process of emptying our freezers so it seemed like the right combination. Decadence meet opulence. We all know the price of the crustacean, the wine was equally eye watering at over $80 per bottle…. You only live once.
For a wine that has only 6 years of bottle age, it has the most beautiful golden color. The hues were riveting in the glass, I have never seen such a young wine look so elegant and demure. The consistency was very graceful and almost syrupy. I was starting to wonder. It all came out with the first sniff and taste. Pears, apples, apricots, stones, butterscotch, you name it. A veritable fruit basket on the olfactory senses that transferred the same powers to the palate. Great balance of acidity make this a very easy wine to drink, and a perfect companion to the garlic infused butter that I draped all over my Lobster.
I realize that this wine is very pricey, I also remind myself that I am on a mission in my wine tasting life and it is too short to get hung up on dollars. I need to experience Chardonnay from Burgundy just like I need to sample Barolo from Italy, Cabernet from Napa and Tokaji from Hungary. The entry is steep, the rewards- amazing. Having said that, this wine is a bargain for high end Burgundy.
WS gave this one 94 points. As a relative newb to whites, I scan only muster 92 points and give it 3 stars for its price point. I feel that you need to try some good Burgundy to appreciate them for what they are and do it with loved ones over a great meal so you can cherish the moment and remember it. Salut….