I had a disappointing experience with the 2017 a few months back (I think it was in a dumb phase, because these are normally delicious), and wanted to see how the 2016 fared. I also wanted to compare my GlasVin aromatic burg glass with my new Grassl Cru burg glass.
Classic RM SE wine here. At five years, it’s still voluptuous and rich enough to play to those who enjoy the bigger style but has plenty of acidity and snap on the palate to cater to those who prefer more restraint. It does have some signature blood orange both aromatically and on the palate, along with spice, dark floral tones/potpourri and rich black cherry. Whereas the 2017 showed more cola and menthol, I don’t get that at all here. Bright and lifted overall profile. Quite delicious and will be easily for another 5+yrs.
As an aside, the Grassl Cru glass has a much more narrow rim and makes the aromatics more concentrated than the GlasVin. They both drank similarly. Maybe Grassl for more lean/true burgundy pinots that may need concentration and GlasVin for new world/bigger style pinots since they don’t need as much help in the aromatic department. — 12 days ago
A bit of a shock to the system for the Burgundian palate. But nice to change it up sometimes! Massively concentrated and pretty opulent to me, but there is a line of racy acidity that balances its weighty texture and full body. It‘s intensely flavored and layered with stone fruit, butterscotch, hazelnuts and hints of burnt orange and marzipan on the finish. A finish which goes on forever. The wine seems to pick up a presence of alcohol over time. Either that or it could have been that dessert altered my palate by the end of the meal. Either way, very enjoyable and always a nice treat to have arguably our country’s best Chard, but for the most part, I‘ll stick to Burgundy 🙃 — 13 days ago
Nose is multidimensional which consistently reveals the tasting profile. Rich, creamy foundation with Meyer lemon, pineapple, and apricot poking through. Structurally matches with nice acid balancing the richness. This is rounder and softer than I expected for a young Peay. Drinking very well already. — 11 days ago
Rosé for Mother’s Day!
Here’s to all of the moms out there 💕💕 We’re grateful for you, you help make the world go ‘round 🌎
This is a beautiful rosé made from Syrah; I love how fragrant this wine is, offering fresh strawberry and raspberry notes also a flinty, smoky influence.
We were introduced to this amazing winery while in Sonoma recently and we’re not looking back! We love their wines and story. Check out my prior notes for more detail.
@cejavineyards Bella Flor, Sonoma County, 2019, ABV 12.8%. — a day ago
Nose is dominated by flowers and cinnamon. Palate displays coffee notes, sandalwood, smoke and star anise. Tannins are still prominent, as is the acidity. It’s so vibrant and textured. The finish just extends and expands. Another one of our domestic pinot faves.
I was thrilled to read in a recent WS article shared by a friend, that TRB has taken full ownership of this winery. He has a compelling vision for its future. Schrader inadvertently threw shade on this. That’s going to change going forward. — 9 days ago
A 2009 Marcassin Pinot. Rustic red color and bricking. Cherry sandal wood and wet leaves on the nose with scents of toasted oak, slight florals, spice and oak—a wonderful nose indeed. OMG! Soft creamy and juicy. Taste is full of cherry fruit, a mineral earthiness and spice raspberry long finish. Some subtle hints of tea and tobacco linger. A lovely Pinot for a beautiful sunny and windy evening. — 2 days ago
Own a handful of vintages of Rivers-Marie Pinot. This is the first I’ve opened up.
What I would expect from a TRB Pinot. A bit more extraction. Still young and a touch astringent. Hence the reason for waiting until now. Needs 3-5 more years with a lot more road ahead.
More thoughts as it opens further & sets on the palate.
Blackberries, black cherries, plum, dry cranberries, pomegranate, blue fruits, raspberries, lots of earth; crushed, dry rocks, rich dark earth, dry brush & top soil, some eucalyptus, mint, dry herbs, mid intensity, dark spice, black tea, very nice, rainfall acidity with fresh, dark, red flowers with violets. The rich almost Kistler style finish is rich, elegant, nicely polished and persists minutes onto spice & dry earth. — 10 days ago