February 5, 2019 - At Aldo sohm bar, decanted for about an hour. Upon first pour the wine was bursting. Blueberries, violets, pepper, meat all in a nice package. Tannins were gracefully integrated. Lovely wine. Only drank half as I was drinking alone and took the bottle home. The next day the bottle had lost its freshness. Definitely not one to hold onto but a joy to drink now and quick
December 4, 2018 - Just insanely good right now. Huge, wild, complex nose of brambly fruit and subtle herbs, followed by a juicy, angular palate that couldn't be anything but N. Rhone Syrah. So fresh - so clean. Really special and in a great spot right now.
June 18, 2018 - 1 hour slow-ox decant.
Drinking very well with youthful power and density. Aromas are dark and deep with pepper, iodine, black fruits, and charcoal. Salinity on the palate keeps this fresh and lively despite its density. Should age very well.
June 18, 2018 - one of the absolute best young Syrah you can drink right now. The nose is so fragrant and floral, full of wild earthy spice and red berries that are ever present in the glass even when empty. The palate is juicy and clean, flavor town of crunch raspberry fruit and great acidity. Light weight on the palate. So easy to drink right now.
June 14, 2018 - The nose, OMG, the nose, so complex, a melange of spice and earth, one of those wines you can just sit there and smell without feeling any need to taste it. But taste you must, and disappoint it does not: fabulous dark, complex fruit, great intensity with blackberry and pomegranate notes, excellent acidity, has subtle power with amazing elegance for such a young wine. One of the best Syrahs I've ever had. And such an amazing, complex nose.
November 18, 2017 - First experience with this wine, and it lived up to the hype. Opaque with aromas of iron, raw meat, blackberry jam. Same fruit on the palate mixed with plums, olive tapenade. Muscular wine but very balanced. Thanks Jorge.
October 25, 2017 - So we're doing a 2016 Falkenstein sampling at the local Filipino BBQ place and Z brings this as a surprise. Oh boy! I have to admit that I wasn't in the right headspace for red at that point, and this wine was potent enough to throw off my equilibrium. The nose is a heady mix of savory and salty olives and meats, rocky minerals, dark fruits - black cherry and blackberry, along with some dark floral notes. Oh, yes, there was something really interesting on the nose - some perfume of bacon and marzipan or something ... that part of the nose was so creamy you could almost feel it. The palate is similar - it's got power and depth, but good acidity - this thing is savory to the nth degree. I wish I had been in a place to really focus on it. Thanks Z!
September 16, 2017 - Smoke and black olives with soft black fruit on the nose. Some lift on the palate with a light to middle-weight mouthfeel. As elegant as Cornas gets, there isn't much tannin here but everything feels very much in balance. Very Burgundian and very Juge.
July 18, 2017 - Tuesday Night Double Blind $60+ (Alpharetta, GA): Semitranslucent maroon; vanilla on nose, black pepper, green, kind of screachy, young, granite dust; softer texture, high acid, lots of sour cherry, Burg like but whole cluster, dusty, lots of mineral; called '11 Levet Cote Rotie; very transparent, well done but at the same time I don't see this being a top tier Cornas, characterful and good.
July 3, 2017 - Juges gonna Juge. The nose is that classic juge of wild spice of olive, pepper, sweet meat and bright red fruit. Really no nose like Juge, so exotic and beguiling. The fragrance just slowly waifs out of the glass making you go back to smelling it constantly.
The palate is beautiful, didn't have the depth or concentration of the 07 Allemand Reynard next to it, but it was still gorgeous and pure in its own way. For more lithe on the palate. Really accessible wine right now.