Scrumptious nose of tropical and cool-climate fruit. Very nice balance between the complex fruit, medium acidity, and peach-pit minerality. Comes together in a long finish. Sadly, my last bottle. On to the 2012...
Opened poured through Vinturi wine aerator. Served in Reidel Vinum Bordeaux stems at 46 F. Color clear lemon gold of medium intensity....Clean medium intensity nose of sweet lemon, grapefruit, pear, honeysuckle and wet stones. Fully dry, medium bodied , well balanced with medium plus acidity..... This wine is drinking well but is slightly declining. Excellent
Light yellow color. Aromas of melons and honeysuckle. Ripe but nicely balanced and structured fruit in the mouth with very good depth and length. Still a bit young, this delicious wine might improve a bit with another year of bottle age. A very good value.
Very fragrant and complex, kept avolving over 2 days. Aromas of white fruit, citrus, flowers, honey, matchstick, strong minerality. Excellent balance and delicious acidity make this a very food-friendly wine.
Opened poured through Vinturi wine aerator. Served in Reidel Vinum Bordeaux stems at 46 F. Color clear lemon gold of medium intensity....Clean medium intensity nose of sweet lemon, grapefruit, pear, honeysuckle and wet stones. Fully dry, medium bodied , well balanced with medium plus acidity..... This wine is drinking excellent now but has structure to last another 2-3 years Excellent
Fresh and delicious, this has provided enjoyment across multiple vintages. Aromas of quince, rocks, citrus and a touch of stone fruit with flavors that match. Great summer/fall wine and a bargain for the price. Drink now-2014.
Very nice white. Good minerality with a full mouth taste. Not oakey with a tinge of grapefruit and a very slight apple tang. Definitely not a thin white wine. I am shocked at the taste versus the price paid. Will definitely get more an watch the next years vintage.
Very enjoyable wine. Lemon color. Aromas of lemon, green apple, apricot, orange blossom. Taste - the same, with a little grassiness, butter. Medium- acidity, medium+ body, medium finish. 14% abv. Would definitely buy more.
A very recent addition to our cellar, this pale gold wine satisfies our palettes most graciously. It is quite pure in its taste profile without a hint a vegetal off flavors. The only disappointment was a sense of thinness in the mouth, otherwise this is a wonderful wine with notes of honey and citrus.
Now, that was a surprise. This was a very well designed wine with a damned nice execution by the winemaker. Considering the grapes employed, it was pretty close to unimprovable. The balance was perfect and the midpalette creamy. Sufficient finish for a food wine. Paired fine woth a macaroni and cheese cassarole. Simple decadence. Picking up more and will be among the bottles I take to our wine tasting party next month.
Bright yellow-gold, with good legs. Honeysuckle, banana, bread on the nose. Medium body, mouth-filling, a little on the fat side (voluptuous) but enough acid to hold it together. Finish is creamy and lasts a bit. Excellent value. 4-11-17-8: 90/100.
Really nice bottle of wine, golden color, the palate is lemons, peaches and a touch of citrus, a nice finish, tasted best closer to room temperature - drank it with a dorade that I poached in the wine with some lemon, seasoned olive oil and capers
Opened poured through Vinturi wine aerator. Served in Reidel Vinum Bordeaux stems at 46 F. Color clear lemon gold of medium intensity....Clean medium intensity nose of sweet lemon, grapefruit, pear, honeysuckle and wet stones. Fully dry, medium bodied , well balanced with medium plus acidity..... This wine is drinking excellent now but has structure to last another 3-5 years Excellent
"Bright!" That was the word Kate used to describe Nostre Pais on her first sip with our dinner our fresh haddock stew. I wish I had words to describe the delightful blend of grapes that make this special wine always a winner. But I'll just echo Kate: "Bright Is Right!"
One of my favorite whites of the year (this coming from someone who spends far more time in the company of reds). Big, creamy texture carrying generous servings of honey, apple and lemon, and accompanied by floral accents and a mood-enhancing tartness that adds complexity to this terrific Rhone blend. And at under $18/bottle, this is an absolute steal.
P&P, 56F. Medium yellow. Great nose with honeysuckle, peach, apricot. Fresh and interesting. Full mouthfeel but with good acid for balance. Stone and citrus fruits with mineral and honey on the palate. Nice finish. Just a pleasant white when you want something a bit more substantial.
Nose: Grapefruit, slate mineral, citrus and floral hints. Palate: Very crisp and clean with grapefruit and melon. The attack is quick but diminishes and then lingers with a medium length finish. Much more dry than all the other white Rhones I've had. This tastes almost like a theoretical blend of Chard and Sauv Blanc. It is unique, and very well made along with a solid QPR play at $16/btl. The amazing balance pushes this to 91 points.
PnP, served non-blind. Consistently good, with attractive minerality, fennel seed, oyster shell and white pepper. Full in the mouth without being fat in any way. At $16, an excellent QPR. 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Rousanne, 5% Viognier. 14,0% abv, drink thru 2015
Popped and poured at dinner at home. Pale yellow. Nose shows hints of Meyer lemon and vanilla. Medium body, well rounded with soft fruit including apricot, grapefruit and green grapes and a bit of smoke. Lingering honeyed finish. Would buy again, especially at $16@. Great label. Another excellent Eric Solomon selection.
Medium dark yellow color. Nice rich fruit nose with some diesel in the background. Bold Grenache Blanc fruit, like a fruit cocktail, with petrol mid palate. Medium complexity. Mouth coating texture. I enjoyed this wine and good value.
PnP served double-blind at a CT offline. After having near a case of this so far, I've noticed a fair amount of variation. To be clear though, that range of variation is from good through very good. Today's tasting was one of the very good showings, and for that, I'm thankful. Very solid QPR, with something for everyone, I should think.
First time trying this wine. It was different and interesting, but not really what we look for in white wines. It is full-bodied (approaching Chardonnay weight) with a texture that I thought was slightly oily. There is some acidity for lift, but not as much as I would have liked. Not as crisp or with as much minerality as we usually like. Different, but would probably not buy again.
A nice little zippy white with sappy almond paste, honey and floral notes. I don't "get" the higher scores from the critics, but this is definitely pleasant, with modertate complexity, good balance and a good price.
Itz good! I like it cause itz not chardonnay or sauv blanc... (not that I have a problem with those two) just nice to have something different... mildly sweet (Grenache Blanc) with some round rich fruit - Good stuff!
Remarkably dense, rich, powerful, and satisfying for a wine of this pedigree and price. Good weight and heft with balancing acidity. Complexity too. An excellent wine. Paired very well with baked ham. Most excellent.
Drank 7 bottles in 2 months... it's become my go to house white.
Opened at about 60 degrees as I tend to like my whites. Nose of red apple, white peach, acacia flowers, and fresh herbs intermingled with ripe grapefruit and chalk. Medium-to-full-bodied showing citrus and herbs with stone fruit and honey peeking through on the palate. Floral/mineral finish.
As it gets air, an hour later the citrus notes have faded, allowing the stone fruit and honey character come forward a bit more.
3 hours in and room-temp: green mango, pineapple, honeysuckle, riper peach, sweet herbs, and a hint of chalk. Earlier, I would have said the roussane was speaking more as the supporting grape...now I'd go with the viognier as being the dominant support. Probably liking it most at this point.
This is a full bodied, dense wine. The nose is a tad muted but I balsa wood, and a mix of stone fruits. The body displays a wonderful mix of honey and white fruit. Great acid and a long finish. This is a fantastic wine, especially considering the price.
Medium yellow-gold color. Aromas of peach, flowers, apricot, and ginger. Palate has peach and apricot elements under a lemon veneer with some oiliness that persists into a medium finish. Consistent (even if my notes aren't) and delicious. Drink.
Pale golden color. Expressive nose of tropical fruit, pear, peach, and apple. A blast of flavor in the mouth, stunning fruit, moderately dry yet juicy. A long, mouthwatering, green-apple and peach-pit finish. Balanced, layered, excellent.
This improved greatly with time in the glass, more due to warming up than oxidizing I believe. Crisp acidity but with a smooth honeyed finish. Very nice and more complexity than I expected at this level.
I always get suspect when people try to sell me on a "value" wine / hidden gem, but this is a quality wine at a good price. No specific tasting notes now except that it had a nice crisp acidity and the character of a white Rhone wine.
We have opened 2 of these in the past week and there is some bottle variability noted. First paired with Indian food, held up well with the spiciness of the fare, served closer to room temperature, the honey, stone fruit and the glycerineness of this style showed nicely, good complexity. More recently opened at our end of the world offline wine dinner with fellow geeks, served too cold and needed time in glass to warm up and allow to blossom, seemed a bit tighter on nose and palate, muted with more crispness and more acidity, still typical fruit and profile of a white rhone. Still a great qpr and I am glad a bought a few. Fun to see if they gain any depth in the short term.
Fantastic white. Even better showing than last time. Great energy. Mildly rich, great complexity, lovely elegance, very good structure and acidity, and a long tasty finish. Great with or without food. The best value white I've had in quite some time. Lovely stuff
Such a winner! Bright without being brassy. Accessible without being mundane. Sophisticated without being austere. QPR through the roof. I should have bought more. Now that I think of it, I will. What better testimony for this outstanding Rhone white.
Opened 4 hrs prior to tasting. Bright and expressive on the nose and palate though with a nice touch of fatness, presumably from the roussanne. Notes of lemon chiffon, pears, peaches, honeysuckle, vanilla, and minerals abound but are well contained within its excellent structure. The excellent weight and richness are nicely counter balanced by good acidity. Thins just a bit at the end but the finish has very good length. Shows good overall complexity presently and the stuffing to age a bit. Very compelling white for the price. Happy to have a case.
Robert Parker and I don't always see eye to eye. But on this wine, we are identical. So I won't repeat his notes and accolades. I'll merely add that that such a bountifully superb blend at such a phenomenally fair price is one more reason to celebrate Thanksgiving with a toast of Nostre Pais Blanc.
Medium yellow-gold color. Aromas of pear, acacia, honey, and Meyer lemon. Palate shows honeydew melon, pear, flowers, and a sweet lemon note that carries into a medium finish. This seems better on day two from the half-open bottle held in the cellar. Drink or hold.