Tasting Notes for guillermo-

(80 notes on 67 wines)

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White
The nose tricks you into expecting a sweeter wine with dominant notes of ripe peach among diesel and stone. One the palate an acid-driven mouth-coating texture yields grapefruit and stoney metallic flavors with hints of lime and white peach. A long finish dominated by Meyer lemon signals the end.

You can notice reductive qualities starting to give way to the beginnings of oxidation. This is well-crafted but too dry a Riesling for me. Hard to score as such and so, no score. If you like the style, enjoy.
Red
11/28/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
93 points
Shimmering ruby color with no bricking. PNP showed it a little hot and closed but that blew off after half an hour in the glass. After that, it’s forest floor and hints of sage and nutmeg on the nose that later evolve into dry Christmas tree. Beautifully balanced and medium weight. Seamless tannins. On the palate, bright strawberries, cherries, a few raspberries, a stray blackberry and a hint of cinnamon. Delicious. Within a couple of hours, some of the fruit evolves into fresh mushroom notes. The finish is upbeat but would be better if it weren’t so short.

It could just be starting to transition but I’m not experienced enough with Oregon Pinot to know how long to age my remaining bottle given the fast evolution in the glass.
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Red
2019 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/25/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
93 points
Typical Geyserville flavors but no detailed tasting note because I drank it with 6 other wines at Thanksgiving and was more focused on the conversation. That said, despite being so young, this drank better than 8 year-old wines and some older wines there. Still had good structure to keep going for a decade at least. A success.
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Red
11/24/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
89 points
Made the mistake of PnP (last minute thing) so it wasn’t as good as the last bottle until I got to the last glass. Going strong.

Lots of leather on the nose. Red fruits and tons of spices on the palate. Somewhat sweet medium finish.

Still the QPR king.
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Red
11/21/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
90 points
Tobacco, cocoa and leather on the nose. Black fruits and dark chocolate on the palate. Medium-long finish. The alcohol is well balanced. Might use a few more years but I’m not sure it can integrate all oak. All in all a better wine than I expected. I wouldn’t seek it out but I wouldn’t turn it down either.
White
Had it because I wanted to explore the stylistic differences between Vouvray sec (which I love) and Savennières, which I’ve read is traditionally differentiated (other than climat) by a more oxidative style of winemaking vis a vis traditional Vouvray’s more reductive style.

Whatever its other nuances, based on the prior notes and my sourcing, this wine seems stylistically a good example of Savennières.

If that’s true then, in short, for my palate, the oxidative style does Chenin Blanc no favors, inserting Gewürztraminer-like and Sauvignon Blanc-like flavors which I dislike. I’ll stick to Vouvray.
White - Sparkling
11/18/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
89 points
Just not showing that well this time around. Less fresh than usual. Maybe it was the bottle. See my other notes.
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Red
11/11/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
87 points
Take this as a nitpicky note:
It’s fine but it really can’t hold a candle to the 2019 which was second in QPR at the $20 range only to Kirkland Barolo or Kirkland Champagne, and around the same league as Vajra JC Claré or ‘19 AJ Adam Hofberg Kabi.

This is a bit disjointed as Mootsie said. There is a slight hint of sourness that isn’t playing well with the rest. It’s hard to pinpoint. Still enjoyable and if you haven’t had the 2019 it’s probably better. I would encourage Bedrock fans to try it, especially side-by-side for science. I’ll probably save the other bottle I have to see how it ages, but I’m glad I have more of the 2019s.

That’s ok. They can’t all be winners. And I’m pretty sure the 2021s will be epic.

Good job under the circumstances.
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White - Off-dry
11/14/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
94 points
Night two (because of course I saved some) with more time to sit and calmly think while tasting. Creamy on the palate with some far away hints of pickled ginger and pure fresh sugarcane, but otherwise this is all about pineapple, pineapple, pineapple on both the nose and palate.

I can see why Brian would mention oregano because there’s something of that on the finish, but it’s more a remembrance than a hint for me. And I can see why David mentioned candied lemon, but it’s more pickled ginger and sugarcane to me. This isn’t an exact science.

If you told someone who has never had pradikat rieslings that this is a pineapple wine from the Caribbean they would believe you and say it’s delicious. (Having tasted fermented pineapple myself, I’m fairly sure that’s not what pineapple wine would taste like because it would be way more acidic and sour but that’s not really the point.)

Take my rating as an invitation to buy this wine for aging, but don’t make the mistake I did of having it now.
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White - Off-dry
Great wine but nowhere near ready to drink. I knew this. Everybody said it. The two previous notes here are from knowledgeable guys saying so. The two pro reviews said so. And I’m enraged at myself that I opened this bottle by mistake thinking I was opening a Kabi. By the time I tasted it and did a double take on the label the damage was done.

I’m sure I missed half the notes because I didn’t decant it long enough, so I’m not even going to bother attempting it. Balance is beautiful. Everyone loved it at least. Thankfully, I have another bottle that won’t get opened till the next decade at least.
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Red
11/11/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
90 points
Perfectly good everyday wine that doesn't ask for, nor would benefit from, much thought. Linear but perfectly balanced. Pleasantly medium mouthfeel and finish. I don't think it's meant for aging but Gilman knows more than I do and he says it is. Maybe it will change in unexpected ways but I can't predict them. Good QPR. Bierzo's answer to Bedrock OVZ.
Red
11/6/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened for science immediately after receiving. Notes taken from the last glass after three hours opened because the nose was very reticent at first.

Big black-peppery nose with a hint of vanilla. Tons of fresh (not jammy) raspberries and cherries on the palate joined by some spices on the medium to long finish. Good acidity. I’d say fine tannins. Seems better integrated on release than the 2018, less hot (but only comparatively), and more open (this release was delayed right?). Also a bit less complex on the spice notes than the 2018 but that could be at least partly due to the recent long travel.

Will probably improve in the short term as it settles. And seems to be good to go for at least 8 years.

I’d actually drink these before the 2018s (or in tandem) as they seem just as, if not more, approachable.

92 right now with upside potential.
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White
11/4/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
91 points
Going very strong on day-3. Changes were almost imperceptible. This can age decades. Sadly it was my last bottle. Rest, same as before.
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White
11/1/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
90 points
Same as before except a lot more sponti funkiness in this bottle. Left some for later so will try for a day-3 note.
Red
10/29/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
90 points
Spicy, peppery nose. Spiced blackberry, raspberry and plum notes. Slightly hot but still mid weight. Medium finish. Excellent QPR. Delicious.

Drinking well but probably best a year from now.
Red
10/27/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
88 points
Pleasant. A bit generic but no obvious flaws and drinking surprisingly well for such a young wine.
White - Sparkling
10/24/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
94 points
This was my third bottle of the 2011 mis en cave, 2018 disgorgement. It’s been in my regular fridge for almost a year now. Less yeasty or gingery than my last bottle, this was much fresher and, dare I say, more enjoyable, which is why I’m upping it a point. Really good stuff, even with the bottle variation. A benchmark for big-house NV Champagne. I wish they’d go back to the 7-year disgorgement like this so I could get more. Three more left. Maybe I’ll try to actually age one.
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White - Sparkling
10/21/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
92 points
Very light straw color. Ephemeral bubbles suggesting age. Apple, lots of apple on the nose. And apple and yeast on the palate.

I would give it a 91, my boyfriend a 93 so it gets a 92 to split down the middle. (My bf is the same guy who complains about NV Charles Heidsieck from the period with 7 years before disgorgement, so he’s not exactly a score pushover.)
White
10/21/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
Varietally correct. No flaws I could notice. Went well as a pairing with the meal.
Red
10/19/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
89 points
It’s fine, enjoyable but nothing memorable or stellar. I’ll drink it if offered (and I’ll gladly drink my other bottle after a few years to see if it improves which it very well might) but won’t seek it out. I think any of the non-entry level Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rossi are noticeably better for a comparable price.

What I really want to have is whatever drug the Falstaff people were on when they gave this 97 points. Now that must be something!
White - Sparkling
10/17/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
90 points
Interesting wine. Cooked apples on the nose which makes it a great Fall wine. Basically an apple-forward Champagne but without forgetting it was made in Tokaj which is known for dessert wines, as is the Furmit grape this is made from.


In fact, this sparkler is a great dry one for desserts because it tricks your nose into expecting sweeter while actually being dry.
Red
10/17/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
90 points
Agree with most prior notes. Really good QPR here. Drink in the next 2 years.
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Red
2019 Bruma Plan B Tinto Valle de Guadalupe Red Blend (view label images)
10/8/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
93 points
Color me unexpectedly impressed by this Mexican wine from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe. Decidedly IMO made in an Old World style, picked early, this is not a fruit-forward wine even in its youth.

Dark crimson, almost purple. Medium-light bodied. The noticeable green on the nose, which might be off-putting in another wine, along with the meaty and spicy notes, seem to be there to signal not to expect a standard New World take, which the 13% ABV helps to confirm. The 35% Bordeaux varietals (Merlot 10%, Malbec 10%, CS 15%) also help to lend an air of uniqueness to the Rhone/Spanish GSM blend sans-Syrah (Grenache 55%, Mourvèdre 10%). Wine Access says red fruits blend into spicebox on the palate and I agree, stressing the blend part more than either. A medium-short finish is a bit disappointing mostly because you really want more of this.

I’m not sure how this will age or even if it’s meant to because it’s drinking great right now, like it is much, much older than its barely two years since harvest. I can totally understand how this made it to The French Laundry’s wine list. Remarkable QPR at $30 and no need to wait. Great effort by Lulu Martínez Ojeda.
White
10/7/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
95 points
This was my second bottle and, unlike the first one a few months ago which was great but not excellent, this one was excellent and flirting with amazing. I want more and I’m shortlisting it for my wine of the year list.

Very well integrated lemon and flowers on the ever so slightly saline nose. Amazingly smooth on the palate with a long finish. The acids in particular are just tamed enough from my first bottle that they add vibrancy but do not try to overpower. Simply superb.
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Red
10/7/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
88 points
A pleasant wine that reminded me of home because we used to drink a lot of Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Noticeable wood, but, for nostalgia’s sake, drinking great on day 1. On day 2 it collapses into the wood. All in all, for $10 on sale at Costco, amazing QPR. Might even get more.
White - Sparkling
10/6/2021 - guillermo- Does not like this wine:
82 points
This is my second bottle of the Wine Access version.

Bright light yellow color. Ok bubbles with fleeting mousse.

A nose of strong marzipan with hints of golden raisins.

Flavors of raw sourdough with high acidity that provokes a long finish.

As the prior poster said, I’d rather have Cava too.

(At this point I don’t know if either or both of my bottles were flawed or if this was the bottle that went on long hot walk, or if it’s just not that good at all. If this was the walked bottle, the other was not good either so it makes little difference to me. Never again.)
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Red
2017 Carlisle Two Acres Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/29/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
92 points
Slightly hot and fragrantly woody on the smoky nose. Elegant flavors of black raspberry and blackberry with hints of vanilla. This was my only bottle and I think its best showing will be in a couple of years as the wood integrates a bit more. But it’s ready now if you like your wines in a very American style.
White
9/27/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
91 points
Bright light gold color. Nose of white flowers, turrón Alicante and wet concrete. Fresh mouthfeel. Pretty linear. Identifiably Soave.

This is a well-made, good wine. Enjoyable, but, having had several bottles, it is not a style I crave. I won't be buying more but I wouldn't pass it up if a glass were offered.
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Red
9/18/2021 - guillermo- Does not like this wine:
83 points
Canned tomatoes and blueberry jam on the rather unappealing nose, which, to say something kind, is not hot despite the 16.3% alcohol. Along with a lighter than expected mouthfeel, there is some nondescript vinous flavor with a medium finish and no midpalate to speak of.

I realize this wine has its dedicated fans and good for them, but I am very glad I only bought one bottle.
Red
3/13/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
92 points
Had one glass as part of a pairing menu. An enjoyable wine now, but I agree with those who say it needs more time in bottle. I also agree that the spicy nose is amazing but is more impressive than the flavor, precisely because some of the fruit and nuance is hiding behind the oak and needs (I’ll say) 3-5 years in the bottle. This will be quite a winner when the time comes.
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White
9/13/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
91 points
Again had with food and again made the mistake of PNP after the food was served, so this is just cursory impressions. Sweet and spicy grapefruit on the nose with sweet and spicy notes of pear and grapefruit in the mouth. Somewhat less acidity noticeable than other bottles.

I’ve had 5 bottles of this and while I may not have gotten the level of complexity that Jean and David did at MFW (maybe because I use it as a daily drinker), I don’t understand where Bruce Sanderson detects earthy flavors. What does that even mean in this Riesling context?
Red
9/11/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
92 points
See my previous note.

In the grand scheme of the wine world I’m probably overrating this a bit but it’s just so drinkable and fun that I just don’t want to go lower. QPR still through the roof for this unique (to me) and light expression of Nebbiolo.
Red
2018 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
9/9/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
94 points
This is just such a classy wine. Drank over 2 hours. Light leather, black fruits and spice on the nose.

Silky, light mouthfeel with a bite at the end. Notes of cocoa, black fruits and pepper. The acidity and fruit are very well balanced though it is a tad hot on the finish and they could have gone a touch lighter on the American oak.

It may not be the most exciting wine because it is understated in many ways, but this is the quintessential American wine.
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White - Sparkling
9/6/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
flawed
This is my first bottle of the Wine Access version and I believe (hope) it was flawed. I think it happened when I walked in 100 degree heat for half an hour with it before getting to the destination. It seems too fast to cook it but it's possible so I won't rate it. I should note it wasn't undrinkable, but it had some off notes that make me think it may not have been indicative of a normal bottle.
Yellow gold colored. Flavors of baker's yeast, apple and raisin with high acidity. The body is medium/full with linear texture and long finish.
Red
2018 Girard Artistry Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
91 points
I was impressed by this wine after the sommelier at the steakhouse announced that they were out of my preferred choice on the wine list, a Ridge Pagani. There were no other suitable old vine Zin blends on the list --though they did have space for 50 different cabs which led to a long conversation with her about priorities and it turns out she also enjoys many good Zin producers but DC steakhouse patrons have yak palates-- so we decided to jump to a meritage. No, this is not as layered or savory as the Pagani. But it is done with a nod to the old world with its feet planted in the new. If you like quality Zin blends, as I do, but find yourself drinking with boring cab freaks, get new friends.

PNP. The black and red fruits jumped out of the glass on the first few sips balanced by bright acids and some herbal notes. Then by the second glass, it shut down pretty hard and no amount of swirling would open it back up.

It's always hard to know what to think when that happens but, given its very young age, I think it just really needs two more years in bottle before coming back to life and will probably be very good for 8 years after that, maybe more.
White - Sparkling
9/3/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
88 points
Surprisingly coarse bubbles for a traditional method sparkler.

A nice nose of green apple followed in the palate by hints of green apple and traces of yeasty flavors. Fairly long finish. Certainly an enjoyable wine that stands up to food.

I do appreciate its uniqueness and I think there is conceptual potential here though perhaps the producer would do better to disgorge this after a few more years.
White
9/1/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
95 points
Rarely have I tasted a wine that all concerned were wowed by. This is one of them. “Buy more of this,” I was told by someone whose first love is Riesling.

This wine is not about complexity. It is about purity. It’s linear, yes. But it is like drinking pureness. Acidity is very well balanced by fruit. No hard edges. No off notes. Everything as it should be.

After the first glass, the rest served as accompaniment to a pasta dish in which goat cheese featured prominently. In that role, it did the job well. Not surprising, since goat cheese is a classic pairing. The dish also had asparagus which is notoriously hard to pair, so I won’t ditch any point for not standing up to it. Still very good.

I have a few more bottles and I’m getting more if I can find them.

Edit: I should have noted, I splash-decanted the wine about 2 hours before serving, poured it back into the bottle, recorked and put it back in the fridge until the time came.
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White - Off-dry
8/28/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
90 points
My last note is still good in terms of nose and flavors but I take back one thing I said. This can work with spicy food but it has to be really hot and somewhat sweet, like the pad thai I had it with. The restaurant I got the food from has a 5 point heat scale that goes: no heat, mild, medium, hot, Thai hot. Having made the mistake at an early age at an Indian restaurant of going with the native-level heat and regretting it, I got the pad thai at hot level, so 4/5. This spätlese worked beautifully and was only missing a little bit more acidity, and perhaps some more complexity, to be great.

Considering it is easy to find on sale at a price point below the entry-level AJ Adam vineyard-designate Kabinett, and around the same price as a St Christopher Piesporter spätlese which is a few rungs down on the quality ladder, the QPR here is very good.
Red
8/27/2021 - guillermo- Does not like this wine:
89 points
Copious sediment after decanting for an hour. Kept in 55F cellar since buying. Served at 65F.

Dark color. No bricking.

Green pepper and tobacco on the hot nose.

An attack of tannic pure cocoa puckers the tongue followed by a green pepper and blackberry long, hot finish.

It’s not bad but it’s somewhat unbalanced and I think it won’t go the distance. I could be wrong of course, but the 14.6% alcohol takes over, making it feel like one of those 16% monsters but without the over-extraction that those usually have.

My advice, even if it sounds odd: don’t decant, do a PNP. When I had a taste before decanting the fruit was still the primary nose but it blew off in the decant. If you PNP, the fruit might balance the heat a bit. But, beware the sediment, so pour it through a fine mesh from the bottle. Or you could wait and see if it balances out but I doubt it.
White
8/16/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
96 points
It’s hard to think of a situation that calls for white wine in which this wine couldn’t fit the bill.

Eyeopeningly versatile with aromas of white flowers, yellow grapefruit and candied Meyer lemon. The 21 g/L of residual sugar are beautifully balanced by correspoding acidity. Its silky texture coats the tongue with flavors of Meyer lemon, pineapple and the barest hint of amber or honey. It works as both a dry wine and an off-dry wine, a really amazing accomplishment.

This can probably age for the long haul.

Edit: As it warms, develops lovely notes of creamy pear. But I still think it is best a bit colder.

The closer I kept it to 50F / 10C, the better it tasted.
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Red
8/16/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
flawed
Corked. Textbook damp cellar smell.
Orange
8/9/2021 - guillermo- wrote:
I’m not rating this because my impression at the restaurant was very different than other notes, and even the label notes, in an important respect: I found no tannins to speak of.

The nose was faintly flowery, almost muted. There were notes of dried apricots in the palate and some faint caramel in the medium finish. Acidity seemed fine.

It didn’t strike me as flawed, more as if it were aged. Maybe premox?
Red
8/10/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank at restaurant. PNP. Non-specific fruit notes and some black pepper. But it is very well balanced. Good choice for dinner when people are having disparate dishes.
White - Off-dry
8/7/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
91 points
The nose is reticent in a pleasant way, like flowers in ice.

Sweet pineapple, guanábana and traces of grapefruit make this an auslese in all but name. Dessert pairings are the way to go here. Too sweet for even the spiciest food. That said, acidity is very well balanced and it is easy to drink.
Red
8/7/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
91 points
Closed. Needed a longer decant than the 45 minutes I gave it.

Flowers, tar and a trace of green pepper on the nose, clouded by alcohol.

Cherry, raspberry and green herbs make up the much lighter mouthfeel than the nose would suggest.

If you still have bottles, I would wait at least another year.
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Red
7/31/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is what I wish people who love rosé were talking about. A translucent shimmering ruby that pairs floral, tar and alcohol notes on the nose with light red cherry, pine sap and slightly over-roasted pine nut flavors and very fine tannins with a medium finish. Best when drunk at or slightly below cellar temp.

I can see this pairing with green salads, pesto and even some German dishes like schnitzel and potato salad. Very nice.

Unbeatable QPR, especially with the whole Thomas Jefferson story.
Orange
I don’t know the grape and style enough to know if it was flawed or just not my thing. I think it had a lot of brett, but, again, not sure if I’m confusing the style with that. Couldn’t finish even the first pour.
Red
7/25/2021 - guillermo- Does not like this wine:
82 points
Rustic is what WS called it and rustic is what it is. Light notes of tar, lots of earthy notes, no significant fruit to speak of. Drink now, or don’t.
Red
7/22/2021 - guillermo- Likes this wine:
89 points
The problem with creating insanely high expectations is the high potential for relative disappointment. This wine is a very good daily drinker. QPR is OK at the typical already-inflated-IMO California Pinot Noir pricing; questionable when considering world pricing. (Costco's 2016 Kirkland Barolo, my current QPR benchmark, was the same price without requiring a case purchase and was clearly superior in its style, and if you question the one point difference in my scores my answer would be to rate this lower, not that one higher.) There is no way this would credibly retail for "well over $100/bottle" as Cameron had said in the notes. But then again, IMO, the only wines in California that routinely sell at reasonable QPR are Zins and sparklers. I can see this retailing for $40. At that price I wouldn't buy it, but I'm sure some would.

It is not "pale ruby in the glass." It is medium ruby. Before using the words pale ruby to describe something please google pale rubies. Pale rubies are actually a deep pink. But I realize the Wine Folly chart made all the ruby colors darker so I'll give everyone a pass.

Pretty red fruits with a hint of cola and clove in the mouth. (I don't know where others get pepper.) Light in body. Balanced acidity. Short finish. Very easy drinking. A crowd pleaser. But it's linear. A cellar defender.

It is Burgundian in that the use of wood was judiciously restrained. No earthy or floral notes or minerality that I can detect however. IMO it seems too fruit-forward to be called Burgundian, but I'm not enough of a Burgundy connoisseur to opine that definitively.

I won't go out of my way to store bottles to age, but I still have 10 left, so some may end up accidentally aging. I seriously doubt this can go to 2030 without unbalancing as some suggest. But I could be wrong. Setting my outside date at 2026.

If you or your guests go in without expectations you will enjoy it. So, please do yourself a favor and do not read Cameron's notes before enjoying this wine.
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