They don’t get much better than this from the Stags’ Leap District. Dense purple-black colour, which speaks to the concentration of fruit on the nose and on the palate. Spicy blackberry, blackcurrant and chocolate flavours firmly structured with supple tannins. Needs time in bottle, 3 to 5 years.
When I was first presented this wine, I wanted to write it off immediately since new barrels and Riesling are generally two concepts that don’t work together. Well, I was wrong. This edition is a wild ride consisting of toast, spice, flowers, honeyed peaches and cream. There is very good length with some noticeable residual. Indeed, this is an individual wine.
This pét-nat sparkling wine shows a gentle mousse, a light copper colour and some cloudiness in the glass. It is beautifully aromatic with pulpy citrus, fuzzy peach, grapefruit and with wonderfully funky yet subtle notes of smoke, gunflint and ginger/lychee. It’s bright and expressive on the palate with electric acidity and a slight reductive/mineral note to go with citrus, melon, crushed peaches and fresh-stomped grapes.
A bargain Cabernet Sauvignon! It hits the palate right away with dark fruit flavours of plum, cherry and blueberry. This is followed by mint, cocoa, spice and purple flowers. Texturally, it is round, with unobtrusive tannins. Excellent length and ready to be drunk over the next 5 years.
Intense and layered, the plums, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, violets, graphite, spice, cocoa and mint keep on delivering on the long finale. The ample and plummy tannins are buried underneath the extract and richness, allowing the wine to age effortlessly over the next 20 years.
Shows straightforward but stylish Burgundy green apple fruit and good acid with enough weight, mineral and creamy texture to provide excellent balance and food-friendly character.