Lover of: all things light, minerally, & red; in search of the perfect Chenin blanc, cru Beaujolais, mountain Nebbiolo, & varietals unknown.
Maybe the best thing I could say is that if I liked big Cali chards, I would love this. Its beautifully made, I respect it. Its actually not huge, & restrained in so many ways. On nose-ripe starfruit & mango; On palate-Ripe mango, banana (?) blended with iodine & taffy. Medium acid, strong mid palate. Tried it cold & tried a tic above room temp. Prefer colder, as hides some of the tropical fruits, which aren’t my fave. To be fair, I think I would give higher score if this fit my flavor profile better. Its reasonably priced. Good with food-paired with a ￼cavatelli dish with cooked squash & garlic. — 5 days ago
My greediness for the’16 vintage got me to this, so really just a peek into this 15% abv pretty & soulful Barolo. Hoping for age & more of a decant next time. Still, classic Nebbiolo roses & tar. Way lighter than its abv signifies — a month ago
A sparkling Greek wine? Check.Orange? Check. Dry, amber gold color & dusty tannins. A lot of layered, compelling flavor along with a fine, persistent mousse. Ginger, grapefruit pith, turmeric. Oh, 15$ for a 500 ml bottle. Another great rec by a well curated store in Rancho Mirage, Ca — a month ago
What a gentle surprise- my homeboy had been hanging onto this for a while. Great aromatics. All that raspberry & garrique just erupting out of the glass. Not as grippy or tannic as expected, which says more about my lack of experience with ‘Papes. Just found it elegant & generous, if not a bit shy. Very accesible. — 25 days ago
Walked into a beautifully curated shop near Palm Springs, California & asked for their favorite current 20$ & under bottle, & this what I walked away with. Skin contact PG, so a distant cousin to its straight, flowery relations. The color is a remarkably pale gold, gorgeous. Iodine, marzipan, grapefruit on nose.On the palate almond skin, bitter orange zest, other dried citrus. Medium plus acidity & a not viscous texture ( in a good way). Quite inviting & accessible, like a Lopez de Heredia for beginners. — a month ago
This calmed down on day 2. A happy go lucky, bouncy wine with vibrant blue & black fruits, medium acidity & quite the mouth coating palate with some structure to keep on giving. For 13$, a stellar QPR. Just don’t expect any mid palate nuance. — 19 days ago
A broad palate with all the lanolin, and waxy white fruits I associate to Chenin, but in a more feral & electric body. This vintage compared to 2019 tasted tamer in my mind, or it was just a bit closed ( no decant). Still, a producer I will always try to follow… — a month ago