May 2, 2019 - Such a great QPR! Amazing structure to this wine. Hard to believe it clocks in at 13% alcohol. Really great finish to this wine and suspect it will only improve with a bit more age.
December 9, 2018 - Very tasty and a proper burger wine. Nicely balanced.
November 14, 2018 - Super olive-y, couldn't get past that, super primary. Over the course of dinner I started to get more smoked meat notes. med+ body, high acidity and robust tanins, nice mouthfeel. Not that complex at the moment but fairly structured. Curious if age does anything to this, first time with this producer.
October 30, 2018 - Olives, red fruit, meaty, pepper, and a hint of green notes on the nose. Quite primary and tannic ok the palate with briny olives, übrige plum, and bitter notes on the palate. Good finish. This is drinking quite hard right now, but the potential is evident. Needs at least 5 years. Super promising and great QPR. 92-94
October 27, 2018 - 2015 Northern Rhones Blind: Single blind. A really gorgeous nose that kept getting better. Pure bright black fruit, pepper, spice and musk. Good concentration of fruit with chewy, but still approachable, structural elements. The jammy-ness of the fruit helps to cloak the significant structure. This is such an underrated wine and still a serious bargain in the N. Rhone. Terrific.
Night 2 update: Wow - this is holding strong and is perhaps even more intense. Love the musk and pepper filled nose. So dense, pure and in balance.
October 27, 2018 - Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind (Chicago, IL): Served single blind. You know, I was pretty convinced that this was the Gonon until I actually got to the Gonon later in the line up. Intense black fruit, with a slightly purple character. The brine and olives are really played up here, and that's certainly a nice testament to this wine. More than pleased at the reveal -- this is a wine that easily punches above its weight, and I'm more than pleased to own some of them.
September 23, 2018 - Two hour decant and still very dense and fruity. A bit young and grapey but there is a lot of material to work with here. Wait a few years before trying another
August 25, 2018 - When you can find wines like this locally, at pricing like this, you tend to drink them way more frequently than you should. Tasty and somewhat primary right now...needs a good 5+yrs to really open up...and if you open one now, decant for a couple hours. I've done NONE of that on half a case! I seem to pnp these like no tomorrow! Dark liqueured berry fruits that are silky smooth with plushness, yet sappy and jazzed up with tart acidity and minerality. Juicy crushed berry fruit, smoked nuances, blood iron, black olive...VERY pretty violet, wood spice, cherry blossom florals...finishes with dusty dry tannins and white pepper spice kick. Doesn't blow me away like a captivating Gonon, or even the 05 Faury VV which got me hooked on this producer...but it does create HUGE satisfaction especially at the price point(for now) and availability. I just need to get one to age!
June 17, 2018 - One glass from a bottle opened 48 hours prior. Very concentrated and primary black fruits with intense spice character. Not at all heavy or jammy. Straight forward and fun now, but this will be much better in 10+ years.
April 30, 2018 - Decanted for 2 hours then back into the btl for another 30 minutes plus. This was pretty open and smooth from the moment I popped the cork but I decided to decant anyhow to optimize its chances of showing best. Closer to purple than red in color and semi opaque. Smokey aromas of dark berries, creosote and cured meat. The palate carries on with raspberry, herbs, meat, mineral, olive and something bitter almost hops like on the finish. The finish is almost bitter lager like. Cant's say that is particularly attractive flavor nor textural element. I deducted a point from my score for it. Hopefully it integrates and disappears from this otherwise very smooth of lifted energetic wine. I drink beer, maybe, twice a year and don't care for any of its flavor profiles showing up in my wines. All in all though, a very very balanced and intriguing old vine NR syrah.