April 24, 2020 - Sometimes you have to drink something great during quarantine. I was expecting an above average 2011 but I wasn’t expecting it to be great. Medium bodied,not overpowering, smooth texture and fully expressive and loaded with fruit. Velvety and fully enjoyable. Best 2011 I’ve ever tasted. I love it!
September 14, 2019 - Tusk Vertical 2011-2015 plus 2016 L'Orange - W/CSIMM1161; 9/13/2019-9/14/2019 (Seven Hills Restaurant, SF & Tusk Party): This wine was consumed at the Tusk party and not side by side like the 12-15 vintages. Did not take any formal notes, but it left a pretty distinct impression.
An outstanding effort given the vintage. Everything was in great balance. The wine was expressive and wonderfully textured, with soft tannins that made it imminently approachable. There was a bit of the hallmark "green" notes that show up in this vintage, but it was not absent fruit and had some great earthy & mineral driven character. Tertiary notes of tobacco and mushroom also present. Definitely a bit more on the medium bodied and elegant side, this was in a really good place to drink.
September 14, 2019 - Tusk vertical - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Seven Hills restaurant, SF + Tusk party - with Cristal2000): Blackberry, plum, black cherry pit, blackberry seed, underbrush, and some pyrazine and green peppercorn notes. Medium bodied (at least by Tusk standards), with a back end that tapered down into a more linear finish. A noble effort to be sure considering the challenges of the vintage. With extended air, it got a little plummy on the tail.
Overall a great cut here, with enough flavor expansion to keep you going back for another sip. Balance is in check as well. Drink or hold, as the fruit is showing some nuanced layers, if just in baby steps. The frame-to-flavor ratio is notable here. Would be even better with food. 94+ points.
March 31, 2019 - In a head-to-head, blind tasting with a 2011 Brand and a 2011 Del Dotto Villa Del Lago, the Tusk was the winner. Held up extremely well over the course of dinner and was a crowd favorite.
July 23, 2016 - well balanced, long finished, potential long aging wine
February 8, 2016 - A real treat to get a taste of this at the House of Tusk. A great property and terrific experience with Augie leading the way. If you ever get a chance to see this place, take it!
I came into the tasting pretty skeptical. I don't buy many wines in this price range (almost $400) and don't expect to in the future. That said, many times I would be talking to someone from a terrific winery and they would tell me if you ever get a chance, try Tusk. So, had to give it a whirl...
Augie poured the 2011. Not sure if this was to show they could make a great wine despite the vintage, or because that was the least popular vintage but WOW, it was amazing. I imagine a lot of the fruit comes from Pritchard Hill, because it had that brandy scent that is telling. The nose was gorgeous and the wine was not only complex, layered and built to last, but also managed to be almost creamy. Like a Pritchard Hill version of Scarecrow. Melka is at his best with this wine, as it presents one of the best tasting experiences I've had. It was my favorite during a visit that included a few 100pt wines.
This isn't easy wine to get and so far, they produce so little (150 case in '12) that the price "might" be justified. If you want to spoil yourself and can get on the list, this is the wine. 97+