Tasting Notes for Kirk Grant

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Red
5/20/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is in a lovely spot. I have to say I'm a bit surprised it was so easy to enjoy on the PnP. A translucent ruby, with scents of smoke, dehydrated beef, lavender, and black pepper this is exactly what I wanted with our steaks tonight. This is light-medium bodied, with bright and vivid black and red fruits, a solid dose of tannin, and high acidity. Just a lovely wine...really something special. Outstanding!!!
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Red
5/18/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Opened one of these a week after they arrived. Scents of earth, licorice, smoked jerky, and black cherry. The palate is light-medium bodied, with high acidity, and notes of strawberry, cranberry, and spice. This is such a unique take on Zinfandel and how it could be interpreted. In many ways this reminds me more of Barbera as there is a real rusticity and earthy element. Outstanding. If you like "old world" wines this is worth trying.
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White
5/18/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was such a deep golden hue in the bottle that I opened it and I'm glad I did. It seems to be advancing faster than I had hoped currently. This is such a deep golden hue that it almost reminds me of Sauternes. The nose is wooly, with honey comb, and yellow delicious apple. The palate is bone dry, with notes of camomile, lime, pineapple, and candied ginger that linger along the finish. Outstanding!! But if you have multiples...I'd drink one to check in and see what you think.
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White
5/16/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Time to dig into another bottle...this stuff is just in my wheel house for what I want in Chardonnay. Pale gold/onion white with a tinge of green. Scents of Juicy-Fruit bubble gum, nutmeg, cherimoya, and lime juice with a faint flinty reduction that blew off over the three hours we consumed this. The palate is wide-open and rich, yet dense, and structured as well. Pear, yellow delicious apples, with a whip of vanilla and clove. This is Medium bodied, Med acidity, with a lush fruity profile that lingers nicely along the long finish. Outstanding!
White
3/9/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This wine is just so damned amazing...I can't keep my hands off them.
White
5/16/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Pale gold/onion white with a tinge of green. Scents of citrus oil, nutmeg, ripe Bartlett pear, and lime juice with flinty reduction with a whiff of popcorn that did not blow off over the three hours we consumed this. The palate is wide-open and as others have noted tactile, dense, and structured. Pear, yellow delicious apples, pears, almond extract. This is Medium bodied, Med-Hi acidity, with a lush fruit profile that lingers nicely along the long finish. Outstanding!!
Red
5/13/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
These are really lovely right now. I can’t imagine what they will be like with time sideways...but this was ready to go as soon as we opened it. It’s all about elegance and beauty right now. Drink or hold.
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Red
5/10/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
The color in the glass is opaque at the core with a magenta & clear meniscus. On the nose there is a “cool” opulence with very forward notes of blueberry, blackberry, cassis, with beef jerky and hints of black pepper, spice, and lingering notes of milk chocolate. An iconic California wine...
White - Sparkling
5/8/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was a nice bottle of bubbles. Medium-full bodied, Med+ acidity, and lightly oxidative in style. I think a wine like this starts to highlight just how great some of the more prestigious growers really are. The 2008 Villarreal CdC from the other night outclassed this by a mile. Outstanding.
Red
5/5/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Tasted from a Zalto Universal glass, this is exactly where I want my wines to be. There's a bit of bricking to the color indicating the 15 years since the vintage. Scents of earth, tobacco with a light smokiness, dried blackberries, with a hint of all-spice. On the palate, there are blackberries, raspberries, cherry, olive tapenade, and clove. This is just plain awesome, and I certainly wish I had more left. If I had some in the cellar; I would check in on them immediately. This is just so lovely, the tannins have resolved some yet still proved a lovely structure for the wine. I have to say, I have not understood the hype of Big from my past experiences; but this wine...it's just plain brilliant. Outstanding!!!!
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White - Sparkling
5/4/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This has fleshed out nicely since the last bottle I tasted in 2017. This is a lovely golden hue in the glass with scents of apple, almond, and lemon. The nose gives you a sense of the magnitude of the wine; it's got both width and depth. There is this light caramel note initially before the medium-full palate shifts with higher acidity that leaves traces of lemon, kiwi, green apple, and chalk in the finish. Good news...these are finally ready to drink & enjoy!!
White
4/28/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This bottle had a torn label, so rather than try to store it we decided to open it. Not much has changed since my last bottle of this late last year. It's still brilliant...and I'm so very happy to have more. Pale golden/straw color in the glass. Notes of yellow apple, lime, and chalk are still there; with a hint of other tropical fruits as well. The palate is all about elegance and beauty...it's just so vibrant and lovely. This will become an annual buy for me at this point.
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Red
4/21/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
During the initial PnP the wine is a deep ruby at the core of the Riedel Sommelier's Burg glass. Initial scents are elegant with some tar & floral notes followed by dried red fruits. The first taste was just so smooth and then notes of dried fruits, chewing tobacco, and sour cherry. Now more than 3 hours into the wine has opened up into a lovely wine that is more floral and lifted on the nose when the palate is showing more of the tannic structure as they follow the acidic cut leading into the mid palate like a wall. They're there and holding everything together nicely, but also seem to indicate that this will have a long life. Outstanding!!!
White
4/18/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Light golden yellow in the glass. A rich and bold nose of honey comb, candied ginger, dried pineapple, and Bartlett pear that is robust and has a sense of depth that's challenging to put to words. The palate starts with a cut of high acidity that leads into robust tropical fruit notes leading into crisp and bright notes of lime & kiwi before the medium length finish. Outstanding!!
Red
4/16/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was showing so very different from the last bottle I had. Scents of smoked meats, olive brine, provincial herbs, and dark fruits. The palate was lean yet with a depth and intensity that could rival any of the past bottles I've had from this producer. This really has structure and balance that should lead to a long life with good storage. Medium bodied, medium + tannin, and high acid, with a long finish. Outstanding!!!
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Red
4/13/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was exactly what I expected from Vacqueyras. A brilliant ruby in the glass with scents of violets, red fruits, and granite. The palate leads with tobacco, spice, clove, and raspberry framed by medium tannin and medium acidity. Almost elegant yet still with a robust fruit profile. Excellent! This should be enjoyable now with a 30 minute decant and I expect this will show well for 10 - 15+ years with good storage.
Red
4/6/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
For me this vintage finally has returned to the style I prefer. The nose is awash with cherry, spice, and forest floor. The palate is lean, yet offered enough fruit to seem generous. The finish is lengthy and leaves me wanting another not long after I put the glass back down to the table. Outstanding!!!
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Red
3/24/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Damn...this has only gotten better with time sideways. I seriously regret not buying more Burgundies from 2010. This is like a fine silk scarf floating along on a cool-night's wind. Translucent and pale ruby in the glass, with scents of rose water, raspberries, and wild strawberry. On the palate the weight of this is barely noticeable...really more like a whisper. Just lovely...
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White - Sparkling
3/24/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
After close to 24+/- bottles over the last decade, I can't think of a N.V. Champagne that has been more consistent for me. Disgorged in 2015 with a golden hue in the glass with scents of poached apples, key lime pie, pie crust, and faint hints of brioche. The palate is taught with pear, star fruit, and lime that linger nicely along a medium-long finish. Outstanding!!
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White
3/3/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Pale gold yellow in the glass. Scents of citrus, mineral, ocean-spray, and a faint hint of jalapeño. The palate is light-medium bodied, high acidity, with lingering notes of pineapple, green apple, and lime. A nice wine that could be an interesting alternative to people that like Sauvignon Blanc, but are curious to try something different. Excellent!!
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Red
2000 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/26/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
These are getting harder and harder not to open. At this stage in the life of this wine it's still got another 10-20 years with good storage. However, I've found myself thinking about it since the last one I opened. This is in the youth of the middle-age in life. While a nice ruby core there's a faint hint of age in the color. Scents of smoke, leather, cassis, and blackberries. The palate is light-medium bodied, high acidity with lingering tart red fruits on the finish. This is so good tonight it's going to be tough to leave half the bottle to taste again tomorrow, but that's the plan. Outstanding. Drink now - 2030+
White
2/22/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Light golden yellow in the glass. A rich and bold nose of florals, honey comb, candied ginger, dried pineapple, and poached yellow apple immediately command attention. The palate is medium bodied and leads with a cut of high acidity flavors that call to mind cherimoya, star fruit, and green banana that lingers nicely along a medium long finish. Outstanding!!!
Red
2/18/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
We used a cup of this to start the Beef Stew for tonight's dinner. Open about an hour, this is a bright ruby red at the core. Scents of manure, alcohol, and spice. The palate is smooth and immediately leads with raisins, tobacco, plum, and clove. This is not your "typical" Argentinian Malbec, but the strong raisin note on the palate is less than exciting or enjoyable for me. Very good...I want to like it more given how restrained and elegant it is. Medium body, medium acid, and medium tannin.
Red
2/17/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
The comparisons to Bordeaux are not far off at this stage in the life of this wine. I really wish I had bought more of this. Opaque ruby at the core, there are scents of earth, faint bell pepper, cassis, dark chocolate, and aging oak notes that are no longer as intense or over-bearing as they were the last time I opened this. The palate is framed by med+ tannin, high acidity, and a range of blackberry, blueberry, and cacao that linger nicely along the finish. I'm so glad that I decided to wait for this. I imagine that if I had another 1 or 2 bottles I'd be tempted to wait another 5 & 10 years before opening them. Outstanding!!!
White
2/16/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was very nice, in a more restrained style than many California Chardonnays can be. Pale yellow in the glass, served in a Burgundy stem this offers some nice floral notes, pineapple, lemon, and chalk. The palate leads with lemon, green apple, tart pineapple, and quince framed by brisk acidity and a medium-long finish. Excellent!!
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Red
2/10/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was opened about 90 minutes before the dinner. Decanted for sediment in a carafe-shaped decanter and served in Riedel Grand Cru Burgundy glasses. There is a ruby core and initially there was little if any aromatics and an almost singular note of cherry on the palate; I could see this easily being interpreted as simplistic without the time to open in the decanter. After some time scents of wilted roses, earth, wild strawberry, and hints that remind me of an old antique store. The palate is soft and lovely yet still framed by acidity that seems as if there is the structure to carry this wine another 3+ decades. Secondary fruit notes seem to be forming at this stage in the wines life as there's some hints at something like dried strawberries or a dehydrated orange peel initially with a finish that seems to have shifted to younger fruit as fresh raspberries linger along the long finish. An outstanding and lovely vision of Corton.
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
2/8/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is so freaking beautiful...A ruby core with hints of smoke, dehydrated meats, and lilac. It's so freaking elegant and primal. The palate is smooth and the finish seems to liner with moments where is seems to fall off a cliff then climbs up again. The plate has flavors of spiced pork chop, clove, fennel, and blackberry. I could drink this wine every night...and I think I'd be far more happy with this than many other "well known" wines. Extraordinary.
Red
2/8/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is not as good as these were initially at this stage in the wine's life. There's a spritz/tang on the palate that's not what I'd hope for. However this is very floral on the nose at this stage in it's progression. The palate is dominated by notes of strawberry, cranberry, and hibiscus tea. With 30-60 minutes in the glass the palate does soften and notes of clove, and raspberry dominate. The nose smells like a cross between a Kriek Geuze, Flintstones grape vitamins, and grape Big League Chew. It sounds quite "sugar-based" but to me it's like walking back into childhood and I love it. However, I'm not sure everyone else would...and just like that it's shifted to whips of rose and wild strawberries on the nose. Complex doesn't even begin to describe this...
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White - Fortified
1/26/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is a beautiful light amber/tangerine color in the glass. With scents of ocean spray, orange & spice with a hint of something that reminds me of the smell of freshly polished church pews and antique furniture with an underpinning of vanilla beans and cotton. The palate starts with brisk acidity, followed by orange marmalade, candied ginger, and walnut skin along a long, acid-driven finish that leaves the mouth watering for minutes after the last sip. What a lovely wine...Outstanding!!!!
Red
1/31/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Decanted for about an hour at this point. A deep ruby core with 4-5 oz. in the glass. Scents of earth, bell pepper, and leather. The palate leads with rounded tannins, notes of plum, tobacco, and blackberries that linger nicely on the palate. Outstanding...the lack of oak has had an interesting effect on this...while this is medium bodied, with high acidity, and bring fruit, there seems to be a purity and clarity to this wine that just keeps calling me back to taste another sip. This is just plain delicious...and I want to keep drinking it. There does seem to have style and polish to this that is slightly "new world 'esque" and is lacking the rusticity I usually associate with Samur-Champigny. Outstanding!!
Red
1/29/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This really is settling into its own with a little time sideways. A lovely ruby core with floral scents intertwined with red fruits on the nose. The palate is lean initially and as the red fruits start to roll the acidity kicks in and the wine seems to grow in width and depth of complexity. This is just such a special wine...light-medium bodied, high acidity, bright fruit, and a long, long finish. Outstanding!!!
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Red
1/25/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
There seems to be a bit of VA that comes through on the palate initially. Scents of earth, tart cranberry, and wild strawberry. The palate is where the VA seems to really scream...leading with a hint of spritz, prickly, almost pop-rocks-esque with a blend of red fruits, clove, and spice. Very-good to excellent.
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White
1/25/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
A light golden yellow in the glass. There's a hint of sea-spray, yellow apple, and lemon on the nose. The palate is lean and focused with notes of lime, kiwi, green apple, and chalk. The finish is long and offered a nice burst of citrus in the mid-palate...This paired nicely with our Maine lobster tonight...
White
1/19/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was impressive, and I have to say that I'd be more than willing to buy this again, if the price was right. Lean, and balanced with good acidity and a freshness that makes it easy to reach for the bottle to pour another glass. This was unlike many of the Chardonnays I've come across, more in the tropical fruit spectrum than apple or citrus. Excellent - Outstanding!!
Red
1996 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/19/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was never a strong vintage for Musar...It's bricked at the core leading out to a tawny rim. The nose smells "sweet", like someone rolled old strawberries in turbinado sugar, mushrooms, molasses, and old/stale clove cigarettes. The palate is the only saving grace with this wine...while its not as upsetting as the nose, it still tastes old, almost like tasting the evolution of something that's decaying in real time. Tastes of bruised Strawberries, old blueberries, and fresh clove and spice. It's so interesting and unlike anything else I've encountered. I can't say that I'm not enjoying it, but I'd say it's more a cerebral interest than enjoyable flavors. If you have some of these...I'd open one now. I can't imagine where this will go with time, but I'm glad this is my last bottle as I don't expect it will bring pleasure or interest for too long.
Red
1998 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/19/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This pours bricked red with a ruby core; served in a Zalto Universal Glass. On the nose it's full of florals, earth, mushrooms, oil-stained concrete floors, and well-worn leather with an underpinning of dried red fruits. The palate is light-medium bodied, with something that reminds me of aging (like when they're not quite gone-by) wild strawberries, raspberries, orange rind, chewing tobacco, and clove. A friend of mine said that the tannins felt fully-resolved to him when he had this a few weeks ago, and I think I'm going to have to agree. It's hard to see this wine getting any better at this point in its life. Yet another lovely wine of contemplation that will demand all evening to really understand. Outstanding!!
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White
1/19/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
At the pop & pour this is a deeper golden hue than most Rieslings I tend to enjoy. The nose offers peach, apricot, honey comb, and this sense of waxiness that's really difficult to put to words. This smells like it's going to be "thick". The palate is quite dry, and typical of what I'd expect in a high-end Alsace Riesling. Leading with kiwi, lime, nectarine, and quince on the palate there's this abrupt cliff in the drying mid-palate that cuts a sharp left (or right) and then the fruit really starts to unfold as if it's falling out of a sack. There's definitely a level of complexity and intrigue here; but it's just not a style I'm a fan of. It still feels a little too "big for it's shoes". This can be enjoyed now, or in time with those that are patient. I see no reason to rush; there's easily another 10-15+ years with good storage, of course with different storage YMMV. Outstanding...just not a wine I'll be racing to buy more of.
Red
1/11/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is just plain awesome...There's a vibrant fruit component on the nose & palate. Scents of smoke, earth, cherry, and cranberry. The palate is smooth yet also framed by bright acidity, cranberry, under-ripe strawberry, and tart raspberry. This should be something special with a little time and patience...just great juice!! Snag it while you can...this is a producer I don't expect will be easy to find in another 4-5 years. Outstanding!
White
1/11/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is more open than I expected. Light golden yellow, with intense scents of pear, yellow apple, with a nuttiness and hints of clove & nutmeg. The palate is focused and at the same time generous. Pineapple, green banana, kiwi, and green apple linger with a shift in the mid-palate to clove & baking spices that linger nicely on the finish. The essence of Chassagne Montrachet...I wish I could trust in aging this to see where it is in another 15 years...Outstanding!!
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White - Off-dry
1/8/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This was in a really great spot. It's a great to think that these wines not only show so well but the depth this has gained with a little age is so nice. This is no longer a pale straw, but more a deep golden yellow. Scents of caramelizing sugar, dried nectarines, and peaches. The palate leads with kiwi, green apple, and caramelized peaches. This is richer and more robust than I remember. This is completely gulp-able!! The bottle has been open for 30 minutes and is 2/3 gone...drink now or enjoy over the next few decades. Lovely!!Medium body, high acidity, med+ fruit, and a long, long finish...that lingers on the palate. Outstanding!!!
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Red
1/7/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is really fruit-forward...more so than the 2015 I had a few months ago. I think it's possible I'd even guess this wrong if I tasted it blind. Scents of violets, earth, manure, along with ripe notes of plum, with a hint of fig. The palate is awash in ripe red & blue fruits, tobacco, leather, and clove. Excellent...but I'm going to wait on the remaining bottle I have in the hopes that it calms down with time sideways.
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White
1/5/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Another bottle in one week...this is just too damn amazing for the price. I wish I could find more.
Red
1/4/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
I think Deux Chevaux hit the proverbial nail on the head with this wine. This looks like Pinot Noir is supposed to look, there's a lovely ruby core that fades moving out to the edge of the glass into a pale almost rosé as it nears the edge of the glass. Scents of tart red fruits and a faint hint of earth. The palate leads with strawberries & raspberries to a hint of alcohol before the acidity kicks in mid-palate to a pleasantly tart finish. This light bodied, high acid wine is a lovely value. It's got enough balance that it should improve with time...
White
1/3/2019 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Open 24 hours at this point. Light golden yellow, there's notes of pomelo, lemon, and saline on the nose. The palate leads with green apple, lime, and quince. The finish is short, but there's enough acidity to to carry it through and leaves me wanting another sip. Nothing that's complex, but certainly enjoyable and the fact that it held up for 24+ hours in the fridge is a plus. Very Good.
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
12/29/2018 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This is in such a lovely space...I'm going to have a hard time not opening my last bottle. It really was all about elegance and beauty...such a lovely bottle of wine. The palate has softened a bit and the tannins seem smoother than the last time I had this, but it all really came together so well that I can't imagine it being any better. Notes of spice, beef jerky, orange zest, clove, and blackberries. The palate was just so clean and smooth...absolutely a wine of grace and poise. Smooth as silk, but framed by bright acidity & tannins that have rounded out a bit with time. The finish on this wine is long, and lovely...but it's a wine that I could drink too fast...as it's just plain delicious as well. However, there is enough complexity and depth that this is a wine that also will demand your attention and deserves thought and contemplation. One of the best wines I've tasted all this year...near perfection if not already there.
White
12/31/2018 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Light golden in the glass with scents of apples, honey, butterscotch, and lime. The palate is medium-full body, with high acidity, med+ glycerine, and an almost oily texture that works well due to the high acidity that keeps this from feeling flabby. Flavors of passion fruit, kiwi, lime, and cherimoya linger on the palate through a medium length finish. What a nice alternative to Chardonnay, Rhone Whites, and other medium-full bodied wines. Excellent - Outstanding
White
12/29/2018 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This has it...that struck-match smell that I find in all the Chardonnays I love followed by a hint of smoke, pear, and green apple notes that linger. The palate is lean and acid driven with a hint of juicy-fruit bubble gum just as the mid palate transitions into rounding out with real restraint and poise just as the oak steps in creating a framework for the wine. This is a lovely effort that is medium bodied, with high acidity, vibrant fruit, and a lingering note of mineral & chalk that is lovely. The wine seems like it's going to get a little "showy" at the mid-palate and then reigns it all in. Lovely....
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Red
12/24/2018 - Kirk Grant wrote:
This showed more alcohol & tannin than previous bottles...while it was enjoyable, it was not as good as past bottles have been. Medium-Fun bodied, high tannin, high acid, and very ripe-dark fruits. Looking back at MicklethePickle's note on 11/4/18 it seems to be spot on this wine at the moment. If you have these...patience is going to reward you.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/26/2018 - Kirk Grant wrote:
FROM 375ml: I had two half bottles and opened the darker of the two. This was a bit more cloying and sweet without enough acidity to give it the balance and tension that I look for in Sauternes. You get what you pay for...but for me, this was over-priced even at $30. On day two it only got worse as it seemed more cloying, and the alcohol became far more prominent. PASS...
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Red
12/26/2018 - Kirk Grant wrote:
I have not had this since I tasted it at the winery in late 2016. This wine was slow-oxed for 2 hours, and then decanted for 2 hours before being poured back into the bottle to serve with dinner. We followed this wine over the course of 2-3 hours during dinner and after.
This was really lovely, and a great reminder of just how special this winery is. Light-medium body, high acidity, a blend of red fruits, earth, and spice...I would love to have more of this to enjoy in another 3-5 years. Pair this with any read meat or mushroom based dish and I think you'll be happy. Outstanding!!
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