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White
2/4/2023 - ccotton8 wrote:
Really interesting take on viognier, almost orange wine. I got tons of tangerine and bitters.
Red
Wonderful wine, lots of structure and primary fruit. The secondary and tertiary flavors from age are more subtle accents. The tannins have resolved nicely, Pnp this ready to go. Caution on the cork, very soft cork I recommend the ah so to pull it.
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White - Sparkling
12/30/2022 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
91 points
This was a nice champagne for the price. Medium bubble, no hard edges. I got a lot of apple and light toast initially but the apple faded and toasted note elevated. I’m not of apple in champagne but patience paid off in the end.
White
Starting to get tired but it’s great juice. Love Ali Mayfield juice.
Red
9/17/2022 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
93 points
Pure joy! On the nose I had the same funk as the rock district. The palate was silky smooth with raspberries and strawberries. The flavors went on and on, with wanting a refresh to keep it going. Loved this and I’m glad I have one more.
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Red
Still vibrant and delicious. It does gain a little weight with air overall really good. Drink up.
White
9/7/2022 - ccotton8 wrote:
Not a fan of this. First off this was the darkest yellow I have ever seen for a Sauv Blanc. The taste is raw lemon juice, pucker up baby. The cider they produce is stellar, not sure the cider method works for this.
Red
9/5/2022 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautifully made, I also got the heat from the alcohol but it blew off. Nice red berry notes with the acid gift just the right amount of lift. Recommend drinking soon.
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Red
12/12/2021 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
94 points
Last puppy, was a little skeptical when I pulled it and the cork was soft. Used the Ah-so and it came out clean but probably would have broken. Pretty much pnp’d it initially was closed down but it didn’t take long for the primary fruit to appear with with secondary and some tertiary notes staying in the background. Tannins are mostly resolved but there is some grip there. Definitely a big wine on the first night, definitely needs some food. The second night is much easier to sip on its own. My favorite pairing is chocolate with this wine. I think this has quite a few more years ahead of it. Great stuff!
Sake
Really fantastic stuff, highly recommend.
Red
2015 Envinate Albahra Almansa Garnacha Tintorera, Alicante Bouschet (view label images)
Smooth and silky, violets, raspberry and rhubarb. Let it breath for an hour and you’ll be rewarded in spades. This is in the sweet spot, drink up.
Red
11/4/2021 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
93 points
Superb! Still a PnP that benefits with air. This has shown no signs of aging, still fresh as it was three years ago. This was perfect on its own. Tons of red fruits and nice acid backbone to maintain the structure. I don’t think I’ll sit on the other bottles much longer, the wine is in a great spot still.
Red
5/14/2021 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank over two nights and this is hitting on all cylinders on the first night. More fruit forward with a great balance of acid backbone with a bit of minerality crunch. The next night the wine filled out to fuller and more luxurious. I’m a fan of both versions, time to pop these.
Rosé
4/25/2021 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
91 points
If you’re looking for ringer in a blind tasting that smells and taste pretty darn close to Tempier rose this is the one. The nose had citrus blossom with orange rind with hints of strawberry behind the blood orange. The first thing that hit me on the pallet was the citrus fruit and red fruits but right behind it was minerality with some viscous salinity that just fills the mouth. This is bone dry if you were comparing the notes from the last vintage. I’m a big fan of this, just wish I was able to procure more than two...and now one. I think this one will benefit with a year.
Red
2012 Passopisciaro Passorosso Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
Definitely needs some air, very raisins cherries on pnp. After about 45 minutes the raisin and prunes blew off and pretty well came together. I don’t think this has the legs for a long haul, probably have another year but it’s on the end of its plateau. Drink up.
Rosé
4/16/2021 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
90 points
This is quite tastey, I would peg this closer to Grenache Rose than a Pinot rose. Nice bright citrus with strawberry and crunchy minerality. Well made and highly recommend, I prefer Rose with a year on it so this right up my alley.
Rosé
2017 Arnot-Roberts Rosé California Touriga Nacional (view label images)
Still kicking, it’s lost its edginess but gained some weight which still compliments the overall structure. I got more blood orange and herbal notes than previous bottles. It developed well over a few hours. Great rose.
Orange
This is really rockin’ right now, it’s softened and filled out really well. Orange blossom, citrus rind, and some dusty notes. Mouthfeel was great, I didn’t get the normal astringent flavors from orange wines with this one. This was hard to stop pouring another glass. I recommend drink now.
White
3/19/2021 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
94 points
How? How am I the only one on CT with bottles of this masterpiece. It’s a perfect balance of lemon, flinty, salty and floral bouquet. The wine gain weight and viscosity with air with no degradation in the previous notes. This made it disappear even faster. This is a wine that will make you smile.
Red
Really delicious stuff, probably at its peak. Pnp’d lots of red fruits with some secondary flavors and it had a touch of acid that made me worry for a bit. Would the acid harmonize or dominate, fortunately it harmonized and the wine just got bigger and velvet smooth with air.
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White
A beserker day deal, a really nice expression of muscat. Very easy drinker, completely dry so it pairs with everything. I don’t see these lasting long.
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White - Sparkling
Really delicious, more bright flavors than I’m used to in champagne but tons of minerality and had a ice weight to it. I’m not a fan of effervescent sparklers, I usually eat with my sparklers so this is definitely a buy again.
White
1/19/2021 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
94 points
What a fabulous wine! Drank over two days, the maintained a light to medium weight on both days with no sign of oxidation on the second. On the nose this had more blossom and peaches than lemon and hay. All the parts were there that made you want to just smell it all night. The pallet had more lemon rind and stone fruits with a touch of minerality. As the wine opened it developed some viscosity and a little oil which paired very well with herb stuffed chicken. I think this will drink well for the next 3-5 years.
Sake
Definitely bigger than most sake that I’ve had recently, can tell the brewer didn’t polish the rice down to daiginjo levels. I think that’s what gave this more texture and it begs for something bigger than sushi. I also detected a slight sweetness to this, very easy to drink. Not a great QPR, I will probably not buy this again at its current price.
White - Sparkling
12/21/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
93 points
This has aged very well. The nose had toasted almonds with slightly yeasty but nice balance of lemon citrus and apple. The bubbles were lively, but not sharp very smooth and delicious. Wish I held the others.
White - Off-dry
12/5/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
89 points
Pretty great QPR for this wine. Not overtly complex but nice structure and not too sweet. Paired great with chili, will buy again if I see it in the store.
Red
If you want a wine that will pair with anything or awesome by itself, then this is the wine for you. It is light with tons of fruit and bit of minerality to keep things interesting. I had this over two nights and it showed wonderfully on the second night. I might have to order more. Got get some, it’s awesome.
White - Sparkling
11/26/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a fantastic pet-nat, nice fine bubbles with the wine has a softness that makes it so easy to drink. Perfect with everything on the thanksgiving table, my favorite pairing though was the banana pudding. May have pop another bottle just eat the rest the dessert.
White
11/6/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
93 points
Crazy good Chardonnay, drink’em if you got them. You need this joy in your life right now, trust me.
White
11/4/2020 - ccotton8 wrote:
I’m on the fence about this wine on whether I like it or not. It desperately needs food with it, maybe a chicken piccata. The nose was minerals with lemons, with a light hint of petrol. On the pallet, it is all acid with a structured wine behind the curtain of acid. I looked at the release notes and it states that the grapes came from notoriously high acidic vineyard. The acid did mellow on the third day, but wine oxidized by then. I recommend sitting on these for a while.
Rosé - Sparkling
10/31/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
92 points
This rose is becoming one of our favorites, lots of lively bubbles with just the right balance of red berries, lemon peel, toast and slight hint of anise. On the pallet the bubbles were soft and refined with a touch of acidity to give it a boost of zip begging for another sip. Bottle was gone way too fast. I highly recommend this producer.
White
10/1/2020 - ccotton8 wrote:
I remember my first bottle of this was delicious, but this bottle was not what I remember. If it wasn’t for the bottle saying it was Chardonnay I would have guessed this to lemon concentrate. All lemon all the time.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/26/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, 2010 Ultramarine continues to be my favorite so far. This rose has the perfect balance of fruit, herbs and toast. Caution, there was so much pressure under the cork that mine still escaped even with my thumb on top...nearly got a black eye.
White
2010 Château La Louvière Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/10/2020 - ccotton8 wrote:
Got the funky nose as well but it blew off for me pretty quick leaving orange blossoms, honey, and oily minerality...not sure how else to describe it. On the pallet it has a lot of texture and depth. Pretty delicious stuff but definitely need to be in the mood for the style.
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Red - Sparkling
Still crisp and delicious, red juicy vibrant fruits. Very well made and ready to try the next vintage.
Red
7/18/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
92 points
This was sooo good, right from pop to the last pour. The wine is balanced and bursting with red fruit, rhubarb, some smokey depth. This QPR is off the charts.
Rosé
7/4/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is one serious rose, I suggest letting it breath for at least an hour. It develops a rich silky depth bursting with fruit. This is one that will benefit with some age.
Rosé
Really delicious, wonderful floral fruit if that makes since. First Motley wine and I’m a fan.
White
4/6/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
93 points
Just sublime! I didn’t take notes so I’ll do my best. The nose was crazy complex with lemon, minerality, orange rind, some toast, honey just a lot but everything was singing the same tune. This wine like other Sanguis whites is viscous and mouth filling, but has a strong back bone to pair up with any meal, had this with herb crusted salmon and roasted veggies.
Red
3/29/2020 - ccotton8 Likes this wine:
93 points
Aw man killed my only ‘18. Well it was fantastic, had it over three days. On day one, the nose was bursting with red berries, slight pepper, and a little floral. On the pallet it was smooth with a little weight to it with berries galore, love the fruit. My thought that this is ultimate food wine. Vacuumed the wine and let it slow ox for two days, had the remainder with steak, this built up in weight fruit didn’t fade. Tonight it was reminiscent of a Syrah, the pallet was fuller and just as smooth. Everything was well balanced. Wish I had another.
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Rosé
Still drinking very well, less fruit notes as expected but still hits all the right buttons for a delicious rose.
White - Sparkling
Really spectacular, the fizz complemented the body of the wine. The wine nose had stone with Meyer lemon, the palate had the minerality that everyone hopes to get, the acidity was at the perfect level so that that the bubbles doesn’t exasperate the acid. I can’t wait to buy the next vintage.
Rosé
Really great stuff, wish I could buy more. I highly recommend. Great fruit balance with acidity.
Red
This wine ready to go at PnP. It has light bouquet of red berries, slight earthiness and spices. The wine is lean but it has enough acid zip to give some texture and go great with just about any dish. I drank this over two days with no degradation in the flavor profile. First night was pasta ragu and second night was tacos. It paired well with both...until I added the jalapeños that didn’t go so well.
Red
This bottle was completely different than the last, everything was balanced from the get go. Nice velvety texture with deep red fruits. This gained weight over several hours, but never fell apart like the last one. Use the ah so, forgot to take my own advice and crumbled another AW cork. It’s in a perfect drinking window.
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White
This has developed a little more weight, but still very light and zippy. Flavors are still tropical and bright but I did get more lemon this time around. Great wine, great with food, pretty good QPR will buy again if I see it.
Red
Found this to be shutdown with a funk, but it only took a few minutes in the glass to blow off the funk and the bouquet developed nicely. The wine was pretty balanced, has some nice minerality crunch to it. Sitting in a pretty good window, drink up.
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