As CA Cab goes … dang. Structured and rich while still maintaining elegance. ‘94 was banging. — 2 months ago
One of the most famous vineyards in CA. Planted in 1886. Feel privileged to drink from this mountain again! Perfumed, dense and structured. — 3 years ago
Nose is elite out of the glass. Intense cherry bomb. Spice explosion. Monte deserves to be recognized among the elite producers of the Langhe.
Palate is amazing. Piercing cherry fruit. Amazing freshness.
Needs a 15 minute decant.
Bought from fass selections — 9 months ago
Adding chill now, notes forthcoming...
I'm not a CA Chardonnay guy, but this one has been very Burgundian in style previously.
Nose you had me at flinty mineral and grape seed.
Palate is a little too creamy oak, needs air.
Aired out palate has warm pear/pineapple and a mineral component I cannot quite pin yet, oak is still in the way.
48hr Update: Flinty/Oak bat to the palate, check ☑, has not mellowed at all tonight. — 4 years ago
Monte del Fra CA del Magro Bianco di Custoza is a single vineyard and offers many positive attributes: Still alive and kicking this 2013 vintage shows complex richness and weight in the palate but still manage to retain acidity and freshness. The elder flower and acacia notes are incredibly expressive. — 6 years ago
Very reductive style, which I don’t hate. Struck matches for days. The fruit (apple, pear, lemon) is quiet and underripe, but the minerality is substantial. Not for everyone, and not something I’m dying to revisit soon, but this is a unique CA chard with personality to be sure. Atypical. — 10 months ago
Still tastes good even when it has been open for several days — 5 years ago
DH at JK barbecue — 5 years ago