Dark purple in the glass with nice legs belaying the 14.7% alcohol. On the nose it bursts with notes of blackberry, caramel (yes, caramel) and cola. On the palate it is quite refreshing, lighter than expected but still chock full of flavor- typical Napa Cab. Blackberry pie meets Dr. Pepper and a stave of oak. The mid palate is really lush with layers of fruit, ripe tannins, charcoal and tar. The tannins creep up and are balanced nicely on the finish with a touch of acidity. The black fruit theme continues as does the cola note. Very nice and balanced- this wine drinks nicely now and will go till 2023. 90 points from me, 91 from the pros. It retails for $80, making it a 4 star wine for me. I would pair with Filet, perhaps a well seasoned Cornish hen or even braised Beef rib. Salut….
I bought two Magnums of the 1998 vintage from the winery, back in 2009. This particular bottle was opened for a Middle Eastern themed dinner of Meze and Shish Kebabs. Being a huge fan of Chateau Musar, I could hardly contain myself. My cellaring proved worthwhile.
Semi opaque with a touch of orange bricking which I see on every bottle I have drunk, regardless of age. On the nose- classic Musar. Cherry reduction, cinnamon, integrated oak, spice box and dried cranberry. On the palate it is super smooth, with red fruit compote, cherry and tobacco. The mid palate is really juicy with nice acidity. A faint note of super integrated tannins are evident. This 22 year old wine is still young. The finish is long, with cranberries, more cherry and complex flavors melding. I find that Musar has a consistent flavor reminiscent of Brettanomyces (Brett), which gives it a peculiar barnyard note. It is controlled and in such a low dose that it adds flavor, complexity and signature to this iconic brand. I am giving this wine 94 points, drink till 2040. Found online for $80, it’s a 5 star wine that you really should look for. Spectacular, but not to everyone’s taste. The Cinsault dominates the flavors, with Cab Sav and Carignan supporting. Shish Kebabs are an obvious pairing! Salut….
This Pinot Noir from Burgundy has been sitting in my cellar for a while now. I opened it for friends who I am introducing to other regions and varietals. The wine has a nice shade of red and is see through. The nose offers up cherry, red cola and an earthy spiciness. The palate is very smooth- floral with red fruits, nice fine grained acidity, pomegranate and rhubarb. The long finish was zesty with some acidic juiciness and a trace of tannic backbone. While young at 10 years of cellaring, this one is a candidate for extended time in the dark, it will reward the patient and develop some nice tertiary flavors. It has the fruit and structure to go another 10-15 years. I paired it with seared Trout, Rostì, some salad and steamed green veggies. It worked a treat. For $80 it is pricy, but then again good Burgundy is never cheap. 91 points and 5 stars from me. Drink till 2035. Salut….
Bright shade of purple and nearly opaque. The nose is delightful- some plums, charcoal, espresso and black cherry. The palate is creamy, sweet with plum reduction and mouthwatering with beautiful acidity and lithe tannins. There is a silkiness to this wine that’s just amazing. The acidity scorches my mid palate but gets held in check by the fine grained tannins. Nice black and blue fruits carry me to the decent length finish that introduces oak and coconut to the mix. Delicious wine that I’m serving up with Osso Bucco and roasted Brussels Sprouts in garlic butter and capers. Drink now if you like them with bite or cellar this beauty and enjoy till 2030. 93 points and 5 stars for this $80 treat. Salut….
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….