Deeper yellow; whoa intense nose, butter, vanilla cream, banana, persimmon, mango, beeswax, really interesting, much less mineral than before; nice spice, sweet yellow fruit, waxy, tons of lanolin, lower acid but a nice bitter prickle adds some complexity and balance though the minerality and cut seems to be less in this bottle Than previous; very good.
Rich golden color, suggests some bottle age. Floral and orange citrus, some lanolin, and strongly mineral. The mouth is packed with orange/tangerine flavors and some apricot. Not highly acidic, full bodied and rich-textured, but manages to avoid being flabby and thick. Free of any aroma or flavor that would indicate that it's over the hill, but probably should drink in the near term. Wonderful. I'd buy more if I found it for near-term drinking.
Quick note: Dry, lemon/stone fruit & floral notes, waxy white Rhone funk prominent upon opening but dissipating somewhat with time. Good acid and a sense of minerality, with the taut structure opening up and becoming more generous with time in the glass. Still lean but delightful by the end of the bottle, 91ish.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Yellow with a hint of green, lighter than previous bottle; beeswax, lanolin, rocky, taut, white flower, reminds me of Springtime for some reason; cream, rich, complex, pear, egg yolk, finishes with minerality and acid gives great lift like a chubby person wearing Under Armour; a little different from previous bottle but still extremely delicious; cannot recommend this enough.
Saturday Night Double Blind (Bin 75): Darker yellow almost an orange hue; not the most aromatic at first but I could find some waxy lanolin, melon, nutty macadamia or toasted almond, grilled nectarine, and a bit of honey, big and round but still great crisp quality; amazing, 92+; this really begs for food.
Similar notes to "Doublemagnum" (6/18/13). The nose was a bit closed in - it seemed like it really wanted to be more expressive, but it was subtle. 1/2 bottle held in refrigerator covered, unsuctioned for a couple of days held up very well (letting it warm up before drinking). A well structured wine, not simply lush fruit and spice, good acid.
A darker yellow than I expected. Good mix of elusive flowers and acidity, with a long finish. Paired successfully with fish & vegetables, this wine is for food, and demanded some attention with its complexity and mouth feel. However, I wonder about the aged look & feel - Perhaps a storage or oxidation issue, which I will resolve when I taste the next bottle.
Pale gold in color, nose of honeysuckle, meyer lemon, apricot, tutti-frutti & lightly floral. On the palate, it's lush, dense, oily, fat, with a sweet, acidic & mineral backbone that cuts right through it. The finish has great length. A very feminine but voluptuous wine. This one's got curves. Amazing effort.
Pairing: Pan Roasted Monkfish; Tarragon Scented Pea Purée, Morels, Armagnac-Black Pepper Sauce @ Le Bernardin
Rich gold color. Open a couple of hours. light nose but has a lot in it. Cream, vanilla, pear. Classic rich palate. Oaky but not overly so. Cream, orange peel, pear with well integrated acidity. Very nice viscous mouth feel. Very good with bouillabaisse.
Drank this at a tasting presented by Jean-Louis Chave, who confirmed that this wine is 100% Rousanne. Drinking well, with forward fruit & excellent balance - brighter if not technically more acidic than the Hermitage blanc. Unclear whether this is a keeper - Chave professes that he "does not yet understand" this wine, one of the reasons it is presented as a Chave selection, even though the grapes are sourced from his own vinyards.
wonderful Northern Rhone white from famed JL Chave. There is large discrepancy online over whether this is 100% Roussanne (which would be unusual) or Marsanne with a small amount of Roussanne. (which would be more consistent with St Joseph.)
Color is a medium yellow straw The nose & palate don't match, surprisingly, at first opening, but quickly opens up. Initial nose thats tight, stinky cheese, but opens up quickly, though is still restrained: Anjou pear, meyer lemon/citrus, wet stone.
Blossoms on the palate - one of the best Rhone whites I have had in a while and gets better every 5 minutes. Wonderful texture & mouth feel, lean but expressive. White peach, kaffir lime, orange marmalade, richness and acidity in harmony.
Anita: Med. dark yellow; low aromatics, still get slight apricot pit, quince, yellow plum, guava; thyme, slight marmalade, rootbeer (at least the "root" part!); almond, walnut; rich viscous waxy mouthfeel, nutty, good acidity, bitter finish. Great with oily salmon and pasta. This really grew on me through dinner. Went to a white bordeaux for a bit, then had to go back.
Predominately Marsanne, but with a splash of Roussanne in the blend. Creamy (verging on oily) textured, concentrated, and fuller bodied with an aromatic and flavor profile of peach skin, quince, honey/marmalade, and honeysuckle.
Below the oak is an interesting savory green herbaceous stalkiness, maybe celery stalk and some subtle white flowers--maybe honeysuckle. The RS is tactile but welcome. Apple juice concentrate a bit. Opens into an apricot almost Viognier sort of aroma. Fun wine; not earth shattering--although maybe it'll kick some ass in a year. Apparently mostly Marsanne with a bit of Roussanne.
From tank, about to be bottled. 100% Roussane. Great yellow fruit and mineral aromatics. White and yellow floral tones. Freshness of fruit on the palate with great texture and length. Nice mineral and acid on the finish.