Tasting Notes for afields

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Red
2/26/2021 - afields wrote:
This is a fairly lean and acid driven style, and to my palate says “Tuscany” and “Bordeaux blend” in equal proportion. The fruit profile is definitely not Sangiovese but the medium body, bright acid (M+), and grippy but restrained and balanced tannins are reminiscent of Chianti.

Dark red fruit gives way to a more savory character of leather, rosemary and pine, a hint of smoke/toast, and a perfumed, musky-spicy-floral finish.

This is as good as you could ask for from a $20ish Supertuscan, and very food friendly. I’m a Chianti Classico loyalist but I enjoy the occasional side trip to a wine like this and I’d buy this again in another cool vintage.

Drinking well now but no hurry, it should be good for several years still. 6.7/10
White
2/25/2021 - afields wrote:
Green and yellow apple/pear, salty butter, a green savory note I can’t quite place like...rosemary and mint? Slightly smoky too. M acid, M body, alcohol heat. Right now the oak and alcohol are a little too heavy for the power of the fruit and it comes off a bit harsh. ~5/10
White
2/24/2021 - afields wrote:
Very yellow fruited with starfruit and lemon peel, even banana. There’s a sweet almond/Brazilnut character and a waxy mouthfeel, mild saltiness esp on the finish (decent length). M+ body, M to M- acid.

This is much riper, rounder, more tropical/tiki drink territory than I think of for albariño, more body and less acid. Maybe that’s the vintage? That said, it’s pretty good, and has personality. Pretty good pairing with tacos made from roasted root veggies, sour cilantro crema, and salsa verde. Didn’t improve with time in glass and I don’t likely to improve in bottle. 6.2-6.3/10
Red
2/23/2021 - afields wrote:
Strawberry pomegranate fruit, rocks and ash. M- body, relatively low extraction but has some of the lightly tannic feel of extended skin contact. Juicy acid (M) keeps it fresh and food friendly. This is very Bourgogne Rouge in style though with a different flavor profile, and at $20 better qpr than any Burgundy or mostly any other Pinot. On the simple and fresh/early to mid term drinking end for Etna (though it will be fine for several years I think) but shows the varietal and place well for an entry level bottle. This makes me excited for the Tascante single contrada bottles I have. 6.4/10
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White
2/22/2021 - afields wrote:
Advertised as a Spätlese trocken style and fits that bill. Ripe apple/pear, ginger and other spice (is there some botrytis?? I think so), some mildly sulphury boiled egg, a hint of earthy mushroom. Some lemon. Juicy acid (M+), lean body (M-). A nice example of late harvest, cold climate riesling and of how good and how interesting Riesling can be in the $20 range. This should have a few years of good drinking left but it’s good now. 6.6/10
Red
2/21/2021 - afields wrote:
Cherries, sweet basil, and an attractive brett character on the nose. Similar in the mouth with a more savory tomato/herb side; the cherry/brett combo is friendly and even feels sweet. After an hour or two in decanter it picks up some floral notes. Silky mouthfeel with M+ acid, M tannins, M to M+ body. This will definitely improve with time but it’s more ready now than I expected—more ready than the 2016 Monsanto Riserva we had a month ago, for example.

Really nice Chianti and good qpr. We had this with a basic garlic-basil tomato sauce pasta and it worked well of course but it’s asking for pasta with a sweeter side like eggplant parmigiano or creamy lasagna or a sauce with carrot-onion-celery soffritto. 7.1/10
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Red
2/19/2021 - afields wrote:
This has a strong blackberry/creme de mure character with subtle herbes de Provence in the background and just a bit of pepper or hickory or something like that. M+ body and somewhat dense but M acid and almost no apparent alcohol make it feel balanced, almost restrained compared to something like a big southern rhone GSM. There’s also a smooth mouthfeel with light tannins that feel more mature than 4.5 years after vintage.

This is a simple wine but nice enough and paired very well with a casserole of Iralian sausage, fire roasted tomato, peppers, and brown rice with herbes de Provence. Better with food than on its own. Good qpr. 6.2/10
White - Sparkling
2/18/2021 - afields wrote:
Mousse disappears almost immediately after pouring leaving a nose of sweet apple juice and something like pungent cheese. The palate has that same sweet fruit-savory/pungent character. Dry, with a drying finish that contrasts the ripe fruit. M+ acid and M body.

This is reminiscent of gueuze, though with less complexity; it’s simple but has a distinct personality. K says it tastes like quiche. Paired pretty well with crispy tofu tacos, pico, avocado cream etc. ~6/10
White
2/17/2021 - afields wrote:
Opens with a strong diesel/varnish character which clears up with time; this needs some air. After that there’s apple, pineapple, lemon fruit and some light salt mineral. M/M+ acid with body that seems a little too fat relative to the wine’s personality. Finish is decently long but with some burned plastic character that seems like it may be microbial/fermentation related? I’ve had the same off flavor in imperfect homebrew beer. This is decent but no more than that and the finish makes it hard to drink without food. ~4.5/10
White - Sparkling
2/16/2021 - afields wrote:
Crisp fresh apple and some lemon, grass and meadowy flowers. A bit of richness/toast but less than a typical brut champagne; there’s shortbread character on the finish in particular though. Relatively dry but friendly, with pretty good acid and M body. I think the Riesling and Pinot Blanc show more than the Chardonnay. This is simple but very likeable and good quality; I paid $16 on Last Bottle marathon and at that price the qpr is outstanding. Wish I’d bought several instead of just one. ~6.5/10
Red
2/15/2021 - afields wrote:
Watermelon and underripe strawberry, bell pepper. M/M+ acid, M- tannins (decent grip), M- body, good mouthfeel. Pretty typical Chinon, not very complex but well built. Drinking well now and with some years left, I kinda wish I had waited a few years longer to open. 6.2-6.3/10
Red
2/14/2021 - afields wrote:
Cool and aromatic style with sweet blue and red flowers, mint and licorice, pepper and cinnamon. Cherries in there too but this is all about flowers, spice, and cool herb. This is too young of course but already so pretty, and for now at least not that hard or closed. Near perfect structural balance with M+ acid, strong but sweet tannins, medium body. Classical style. Fantastic wine and exactly my kind of Barolo. It’s going to be hard to wait until my other bottles are ready but this is going to be so good in 5-10 years. 8.4/10 for now, higher with time.
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Red
2017 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/13/2021 - afields wrote:
Fresh red fruit, cinnamon, some flowers and spice. With an hour or so of air there’s
some Pinot-like earthiness and mineral. M+ to high acid, M to M- tannin, M body at most. There’s some ripeness that shows a warm vintage but it’s under control and overall this is a fresh and lifted style, and more structured than an average non-Riserva Classico; built rather Nebbiolo-like for Chianti. Good to drink now but will be better in a few years and stay good 10+ years from vintage.

This is really nice, great for food, and especially good considering the vintage and the price. I will probably buy a case each of this and the Riserva when the 2019s come out. ~6.5/10
Red
2/12/2021 - afields wrote:
Soft style with light extraction, sweet red fruit, mildly funky earth, a hint of red spice. M acid, M/M- body, enough tannins for some grippy texture in the mouth. Very pleasant now, enough structure to age; I’ll save my other bottle five years or so and see if it gains some complexity.

I got this for $30 on sale and the qpr is very good at that price. Maybe not the quality of a top vinyard but a step up from appellation level wines and I like the style. 6.5-7/10
Red
2/10/2021 - afields wrote:
Intensely aromatic and spicy nose: cedar chips, high toned red and blue and black fruit and tomato, metallic/olive notes from brett. The plate follows but it’s a little softer in the mouth in a textural sense, and floral. Fine tannins, bright (M+) acid, lean body, and perfumey character with a long finish come together to make a very pretty wine with strong personality.

This is quality Barbera (actually a blend with some Nebbiolo and the latter shows), with maybe a little too much woody character. Drinking well but if anything I’d give it a few more years and see if that woody spice integrates more because it’s a little intense and, along with some alcohol, keeps drinkability at the sipping and slow appreciation level—fine but maybe not what I want from Barbera which is such a great food wine. Good anyway with Pastitsio. 6.5+/10
White
2/9/2021 - afields wrote:
Sour apple candy, green veggies (some pyrazines? there’s a tart green note here—another review says elderflower, that seems right), a little sweet pineapple. Juicy with pretty good acid and concentration, this is maybe not typical Sancerre but it’s Sauv Blanc with some personality and for the $20 I paid in Wine Text sale, good qpr. Good with a Greek salad themed pizza and zaatar bread. ~6/10
White - Off-dry
2/8/2021 - afields wrote:
Pear with a little stone fruit, light flowers like jasmine or honeysuckle, off dry leaning dry with M acid but lacking concentration. Same general impression as last bottle, a Riesling good enough to enjoy and flexible with food (refreshing with slightly spicy bibimbap in this case), not a very good wine ultimately but for the $11 I paid, the qpr is excellent. ~5+/10
Red
2/7/2021 - afields wrote:
A softer more forward style, good for early drinking but with freshness too. Bright red fruit and some floral notes. M acid, M body, M concentration, M- tannin. The relatively warm climate shows but it’s not overripe or anything. Nothing especially memorable here and I prefer the style of Classico or Rufina but this is a solid value for $17 if you need a Chianti that’s ready on release and not overdone. Good with margherita pizza. ~5.5-6/10
White - Off-dry
2/7/2021 - afields wrote:
Some plasticy notes that betray the cheapness but this has some typicity too, with lightly bitter grapefruit, a bit of mineral, bit of apple. Sweet but not quite cloying and actually decent acid. Better than I expected, though Dr. L is better for a similar price. ~4.5-5/10

This bottle has a white label that says “late harvest” but small print on the back says “Pradikatswein Mosel Spatlese.” Guessing it’s a new American market label for this same wine but I don’t know for sure.
White - Sparkling
2/6/2021 - afields wrote:
Rich style with heavy berry fruit and toast but good acid too. I don’t have much experience with blanc de noir and think I prefer a lighter, more reductive, more mineral, more white grape style, so I’m not the best person to review this—but others liked this and it seems well made, especially for the $26 we paid from Last Bottle.
White
2/6/2021 - afields wrote:
Juicy stone fruit, white to pink flowers, solid mineral character, and a bit of salt. Really good concentration, M to M+ acid, M body. Definitely primary right now (so juicy fruity it feels off dry) and not complex, but the quality is very good. Yummy now and probably better over the next few years and good for 5+.

We had this with a spread of food from a good local restaurant and it was good with everything but especially bbq hush puppies and veggie gnocchi. I bought three at $19 on last bottle marathon and for this quality and that price I wish I bought more. ~6.5-7/10
White
2/5/2021 - afields wrote:
No detailed notes because we finished the bottle with dinner before I took any. This felt as much like generic, entry level Sancerre as typical Gruner; it was less green, more austere and stony. Nice saltiness but a little lacking in concentration and character. Decent quality for $18 but not much better than some $12-14 Gruner I’ve had and I’d rather pay less for one of those, or pay more and have actual Sancerre. ~5/10
Red
2/4/2021 - afields wrote:
This is pretty disappointing. Sweet cherry and vanilla, maybe a hint of tomato but not much else. Light tannins, M- acid, M body but weak concentration. Feels kinda like a relatively good boxed wine. I get that it’s a crianza, and not expensive obviously, but even for this price you can get better Rioja, with more personality and sense of place. ~4.5-5/10
Red
2/3/2021 - afields wrote:
Juicy tart red fruit (cherry, pomegranate) with a perfumed floral/spicy character like rose powder and slightly bitter barky spice, slight earthy funk. Aromatic, good (M+) acid, lean body but enough tannin for grip...this is a good quality Bourgogne rouge and feels like it will comfortably go another 5-10 years. I like the style, and for $33 I would probably buy again. ~6-6.5/10
Red
2/2/2021 - afields wrote:
Tart red fruit along the lines of strawberry and pomegranate, just a bit of a slightly darker savory side, M+ acid, M- body, M- tannin. Down the middle Bourgogne rouge that’s built as it should be and gives you what you’d expect and nothing more—but for a budget price negociant Bourgogne rouge that’s good enough.

On its own this is very drinkable but boring, but it’s very gastronomic and would work well with a wide variety of food. We had it with a sweet potato-tahini-paprika mash topped with mushrooms sautéed in garlic, smoked sea salt, thyme, etc. + boxed Annie’s Mac and cheese and it worked very well. So this feels like something to buy if you want a very food friendly Pinot that’s inexpensive and doesn’t draw attention. Beyond that it obviously isn’t good value compared to what you can get from eg Rioja, Chianti, or the Languedoc for the same price. ~5-5.5/10
Red
2/1/2021 - afields wrote:
I’m enjoying this bottle better than my previous one. I didn’t think it would age well but it’s showing softer mouthfeel that feels older/more mature than 3 years past vintage, and with solid (M) acid. Palate has a persimmon character that straddles the line between sweet fruit and a more savory side. Simple and doesn’t feel specifically Rioja but this feels more in balance than last time and pretty good for $14. Went will with a carrot-chickpea-sweet potato tagine that was heavy on warm spice and paprika. ~5.5/10
Red
1/30/2021 - afields wrote:
Decanted for an hour or so and then drank over another hour or two. This has an unexpected dusty unsweetened cocoa character, along with grape jelly/berry fruit, floral notes (violet), and garrigue (thyme/mint). M to M+ acid, M tannin, M to M+ body, good concentration. Alcohol shows some, not terribly. Feels more ready to drink than I thought it would be, though it will be better in five years. Not really what I was expecting, decent enough. Not sure how to rate this, need to try it again with more bottle age.
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Red
Bright red flowers, juicy red cherry, leather, anise/licorice and mint on the finish. After a while there’s some cinnamony spice too. This is very pretty and is a little more accessible young than most traditional Barolo but it’s also well structured; it’s already very good but will obviously age very well too. M+ tannin and acid, M to M- body. Over a few hours in decanter the aroma opens up and there’s more complexity but structure seems to tighten at the same time. This is really great for a $40 basic Barolo, I bought six bottles but wish I had a lot more. ~7-7.5/10 for now
Rosé - Sparkling
1/28/2021 - afields wrote:
Very clear garnacha character, berry fruit with undertones of flowers/garrigue. Feels like only halfway rosé and color is peach more than pink. M acid, M body, fairly dry. This is decent quality but it’s lighter and less full on fruity than I expected. Had it with peanut sauce stir fry and while it worked well enough as a refreshing drink it didn’t quite have the depth of fruit to stand up to the sauce; it would be better with something lighter like appetizers or salads. I don’t know what this usually sells for but I paid $14 on Last Bottle marathon and it’s easy to be happy for that price. ~5.5/10
Red
1/27/2021 - afields wrote:
Dark red fruit: raspberry, red currant. Hints of juniper, mint, green tobacco leaf. Leans relatively more toward those green notes vs fruit after a couple hours of air; I should’ve decanted. Fairly concentrated, M acid, M- tannin, M to M+ body.

This is decent to good now, I’d like it better with less dark fruit intensity and more tertiary character and aroma so maybe in another 3-5 years when I open my other bottle this will be something more memorable. I paid $25 from Wine Text and it’s easily worth that...at $50-60 retail you can do better, at least for my taste. ~6-6.5/10
White
1/26/2021 - afields wrote:
This is pretty textbook Gruner with minerally mountain water, zesty lime, white pepper, salt, and hints of more tropical fruit. M acid, light body, slight effervescence. This is a relatively light, cool, refreshing style (really a summer wine) which I like, but it’s maybe slightly lacking in concentration and oomph. That’s generally what you expect from an entry level bottling though, and this is fair quality for the price in a style I like. Dangerous actually because it feels like there’s no alcohol here at all. More savory salty (better) after an hour to so of air. Was good with a basic soy-based stir fry of tofu, asparagus and chard and a spicy cucumber-avocado-coconut soup. ~5.5-6/10
Red
1/25/2021 - afields wrote:
From a 375ml. Sweet cherry-blueberry-acai fruit, a bit of licorice candy, a smaller bit of leather. M body, M acid, tannins are there but mostly soft and creamy. Thankfully the style rests more on acid and sweet, easygoing fruit than oak or extraction or huge body, and the alcohol doesn’t show much. Simple but likeable and decent quality; qpr not bad for a $12 half bottle of Bordeaux. This was a serviceable pairing with microwaved frozen lasagna after a long work day. Feels like it has at least a few years of life left and might improve for a couple more, and that’s probably doubly true for 750ml bottles. ~5.5/10
Red
1/24/2021 - afields wrote:
Blue-black fruit (blueberry, blackberry, plum) that’s both well concentrated and also brightly acidic. Shows some sunny earth that speaks to its new word origins but restraint and elegance too. A little of the grease character but this isn’t especially funky. Alcohol feels higher than 13%, I’d guess more like 14. M+ body, M+ acid, M- tannin. This was better after an hour in decanter and much better after two; it’s drinking really well now after the decant but probably has a little upside still and years of good drinking. I don’t drink enough Syrah in this price range to know if this is good qpr for $65 but it’s good wine that should have some appeal for fans of both old world and new world Syrah. ~7.5/10
White
1/24/2021 - afields wrote:
Decanted for an hour or two. Very fruity with sweet apple, lemon but even more tropical fruit cocktail. Crushed rocks and modest salt. This feels more off dry than medium dry, less RS than I expected but also less energetic/acidic (more round); it feels reasonably balanced and suave more than fresh/lively. Good complexity of fruit and good depth, although obviously way too young and extremely primary. In its current state it was great with spicy, salty take out from a nice Asian fusion type restaurant (gai lan and fried rice, chili crisp noodles, fried eggplant and tofu) but I look forward to trying this over the years—it needs time, probably 5+ years for the beginning of its prime drinking window.

Night two (poured back into bottle and refrigerated overnight with no vacuum pumping) this is better, significantly more mineral and citrus, a little more lively. The fruit is a little less tropical.

Hard to give a rating to something so obviously immature; as is this is probably ~6.5+/10 but that should go up significantly with time.
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White - Sparkling
1/22/2021 - afields wrote:
A fruity, mixed berry style that is obviously mostly red grapes. M body with M to M+ acid, somewhat (but not excessively) rich, not especially bready/leesy, relatively. Decent quality and true to type, not my favorite style of champagne but for the $30 that I paid, a decent value for entry level champagne. ~6-6.5/10
White
1/21/2021 - afields wrote:
From a 375ml. Salty, reductive sulphur notes, orchard fruit underneath but this is not fruit forward. M to M+ acid, M body, just barely lacking in concentration. A pretty straightforward Chablis but good quality for entry level and in a style I really like.

Note to self: I need to get some 1er cru and and grand cru Louis Michel, especially given how affordable they are relative to other established producers. ~6.5-/10 with an asterisk for this being a three year old 375 that probably hasn’t been stored very well.
White
1/21/2021 - afields wrote:
Relatively full bodied for Sancerre and with unusually ripe and slightly tropical (though not especially forward or juicy) fruit. There’s some steely mineral too but overall it comes off fairly round, I think blind I would’ve said Sauv Blanc but not Sancerre, although it does have the more reserved nature of Sancerre. This is a 375ml I got for $14 from Last Bottle marathon, and even at that price it’s at best fair and there are other Sancerre I’d prefer. ~5.5-6/10 with an asterisk for this being a 375 which probably hasn’t been stored super well.
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White - Off-dry
1/19/2021 - afields wrote:
Off dry, laid back/less intensity than eg a typical Mosel and less fruity too—there’s some juicy apple character but this is more in cool mineral territory with some wintergreenish mint on the finish. M/M+ acid, M- to light body. Slightly fizzy. This is very refreshing and a good food wine now (we had it with bibimbap), but not sure if it has big enough bones to age very long. I have three more I was planning to drink over time but will probably drink at least two more of them sooner than planned. I paid $11 per bottle from Last Bottle and the qpr is excellent for that price, at a supposed retail price closer to $20 there are too many good Riesling options to seek this out. ~5.5-6/10
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Red
1/18/2021 - afields wrote:
I expected rustic, bretty wine but this is not that at all. It’s very pretty with lots of garrigue, fresh berry fruit, flowers, some leather. M to M+ body, M acid, M- or lower tannin, good concentration, a reasonably long finish. Alcohol is relatively low at 13.5% and doesn’t show at all. There’s a perception of sweetness but I’m not sure it’s from actual residual sugar, and just adds to the pretty floral character. Not a big wine but a serious one with a lot of depth and beauty and far more sense of place than you could reasonably hope for at this price. Strangely this was a really nice pairing with salty and spicy mapo tofu; it didn’t clash at all and the pretty floral, berry notes worked really well with Sichuan peppercorn and fermented black bean. Exceptional qpr—I paid $27 and this is easily worth $40-50. My first from this domaine but definitely not my last. 7.7/10
White - Sparkling
1/14/2021 - afields wrote:
Apples and brown sugar, hint of candied ginger, sweet floral character (honeysuckle). Definitely lots of rs (over 100g/L) but there’s also M acid which just barely gives this enough balance that it’s useable as a dinner wine with sweet and spicy food and not just as dessert wine. Went okay with sweet and sour stir fry, better eith ras el hanout and ginger roasted butternut squash, and also well with brown sugar milk tea boba ice cream. I can’t say I drink enough quality-oriented moscato to compare this to anything else in the price range, but I like it. ~6+/10
Red
1/13/2021 - afields wrote:
Fruit forward, with mildly sweet currant-y fruit (slightly cough syrupy), a little dried herb and stemmy character. M to M- tannin and acid, M+ body. Alcohol shows some but not badly. New world in style but with some balance and even a little freshness. Enough structure to call for a short decant now and probably improve or at least hold for a few years. I got this like half off in a Last Bottle mystery case and it’s ok for cab at that price; at retail you can do a lot better. Solid pairing with some Annie’s cheddar mac doctored up with ground beef, mushrooms, and rosemary. ~6-/10
White
1/12/2021 - afields wrote:
Reserved (but ripe) fruit, the sappy green stuff you expect, after an hour or so some salt and mild mineral character. Maybe a little rounder and lower on acid and mineral, higher on orchard fruit than usual, but reasonably typical. This is a decent enough Sancerre and I enjoy it but only average qpr for the region and there’s nothing distinctive here, I’d rather pay like $5 more for something a little more accomplished. ~6-/10
Red
2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
Nose has sour cherry with hints of sweeter berry and vanilla, M to M+ body, M to M+ tannins, M+ acid. The plate had some sweet mint and a bit of oak but this is by no means modern in style. This is well structured and a little tight now and will definitely get better with time and go strong for a decade +, but it’s already good and the qpr is excellent. If opening this soon do it with heavier food (we had it with vodka-bolognese sauce penne and chard sautéed with garlic and fennel and it worked well). ~6.5/10 now but I’m sure a 7 or 7.5 with time.
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White
1/8/2021 - afields wrote:
Just had a quick taste. Seashells, soft waxy floral notes, white grapey, some lemon on the finish. M- acid, a bit round/soft but also it’s 5 years old and probably not meant for age. I don’t think I’ve ever had Tokaji before and I don’t know what this cost but it’s decent enough. I can see how the varietal would make good dessert wine.
Red
2014 Derby Wine Estates Project España Paso Robles Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/7/2021 - afields wrote:
Sweet sappy fruit like blueberry juice, vanilla cigarillo; thick syrupy mouthfeel with lowish acid and almost no tannins in sight, some residual sugar. Some alcohol heat but less than you might think for 15.7%. This is as much fruit smoothie as wine and lacks structure. ~4.5/10
White
1/6/2021 - afields wrote:
Orange and orange blossom, honeycomb, M to M- body with a slightly oily mouthfeel, M- or lower acid. Dry but a suggestion of sweetness from the character and low usb acid. Aroma and flavor are nice but I expected more acid and salinity, this lacks energy and feels like it would’ve been better a couple years ago. Maybe that’s partly because it sat on a store shelf for a year or two but it doesn’t feel built for age. Decent but not a great value at $30. Paired fairly well with honey-ginger-orange stir fry sauce but would’ve worked better with more acid. ~5-5.5/10
White
1/5/2021 - afields wrote:
The nose is very floral, like orange blossom, with a more savory olive like note too. On the palate M acid, M- or lighter body, with a perfumed orange blossom/jasmine character and some mineral. Oddly an almost passionfruit finish? This has a light, fresh, floral style that belies the warm region it comes from. It’s really tasty and fairly distinctive, and pretty good value. I would drink this young; good now and maybe some life left but I don’t see it improving.

A natural pairing for Moroccan style salads with cucumber, orange, flower waters, cinnamon etc.

~6.5/10
Red
1/4/2021 - afields wrote:
On the darker and fresher side of Rhône fruit—currant, maybe pomegranate—with a bit of licorice. Good concentration, M to M+ body, M tannin, M to M+ acid. Simple but well done for the price range and a good balance with low alcohol for the region. Good qpr. ~6-/10
White
1/3/2021 - afields wrote:
Nose has some pear but isn’t super fruity, more like jasmine with some salty mineral, some earthy funk and a bit of oak (it does get more buttery as it’s open a while but the palate stays relatively fresh). The salinity and acid (M maybe even leaning M+) are good, slightly lacking in concentration. At $30-some retail qpr is maybe average, I got it for $17 in a Last Bottle mystery case and it’s very good qpr at that price. Very good with a thyme-forward butternut squash and mushroom risotto. ~6+/10
Red
1/1/2021 - afields wrote:
On opening the nose is bright raspberry jam, the palate on the lighter side and even lacking some concentration. Picks up some muddy earth and new/polished office building character with time but the bright raspberry persists. Light in body/mouthfeel, tart, but a touch sweet at the same time, and almost no sign of alcohol, this kinda reminds me of the berry flavored Vitamin Water. I generally appreciate lighter and lower alcohol reds but this feels a little lacking in general. For the ~$16 we paid in a Last Bottle mystery pack this is around average qpr but at retail a hard pass. I have a couple other higher level Et Fille bottles, hopefully those show stronger. ~5/10
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