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Beniot Torquette who happens to make wine for one of my all time favorite Napa properties, Realm, makes this little beauty.
In the category of bang for your buck this 2015 Arbalest is a fantastic offering. This a Bordeaux wine (Merlot dominant I believe) made by a french winemaker who usually makes Napa wine (confusing right?!?!) Anyway this bottle has that french style of earthy/minerality and brings some fruit forward characteristics to the table, resulting in a crowd pleaser that can be had for around $25. Ya that's right 25 bucks a bottle for a bordeaux wine made by a master!!! Trust me on this one, buy buy buy. then drink drink drink. ... #bordeaux#merlot#redwine#thewinepoor#napa#napavalleylife#winesofinstagram#drink#frenchwine
Warm flat ripe nose where someone put vanilla and cinnamon in the whip cream to make it somehow more interesting. Still, flat, gutter-runoff, floating with trash and an oil slick from the urban drains everyone forgets dump into my ocean. Smokey burnt tar, roasted green and compromised with alcoholic burn. I haven't even tasted it yet.
Spicy and round, a sharp note somm would call "acidic" and rep would call "pepper" puncuates the early mouth feel, but don't be fooled by either of these charlatans: it's a flat out unbalanced nuance churning straight into tannins like orange-peel being squirted into your eye by that fat kid in 3rd grade. I mean... I love RRV and Dutton Ranch as much as the next guy, but the banana-and-battery-acid on this one gets an asterisk.
Trying a new pairing tonight: popcorn and ice wine! Not a bad bedtime snack! This Riesling ice wine from #pacificrim is pretty complex! Pears, apricots, definite sweetness, but balanced with great acidity! #icewine#winewednesday
Marc Parcé - Collioure (blanc) - 2014 - Roussillon / France.
🇫🇷 Une balade printanière. Grenache gris ponctué de grenache blanc. Belle fraicheur et rondeur pour ce très joli vin porté sur les fleurs blanches et un pointe d'agrume.
🇬🇧 like a spring walk. Gray and white grenache. Beautiful feshness and roundness for this nice wine. White flowers ans citrus.
A French maid's outfit outshines the dust and cleanser, pulling dark fig and wet leather into musky places no frills can cover. Sweet reward is dangled miserably under the sweaty glow of earth and briar, fleshy outcropping ripe for the taking. I'm not a huge fan of 2012, but this one--despite a bit of obvious alcohol--maintains flirty decorum in spite of ripeness.
I was invited to participate as a judge at @thepanelwineclub - they invite 4 folks in the #wine industry to blind taste wines of three varietals with the top three scoring being sent to wine club members. 🍷🏅Our picks go out in #October ! 🎃 Live or visiting Sonoma? Stop by their wine shop for a killer, well priced selection of local and international wines, too. 👍🏻
A little throwback to a when we visited our friends' 1,000+ acre camp in the middle of nowhere in PA
A kaleidoscope of wines, plus all the ones they brought. We had all of the ones I brought above, except for the Simone, which I plan to enjoy soon even though it will age for decades
André Clouet Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 'Dream Vintage' 2002, Champagne – this is a rare bottling of the estate's Chardonnay (their wines are mostly Blanc des Noirs as their 8ha of holdings are in Bouzy + Ambonnay, home so some of the best Pinot Noir). This was drinking extremely deliciously and had fine tension between ripeness, toastiness and acidity. The range is generally good value for Champagne; I picked this up for $57 (good for a 15-year-old BdB!). The labels are always distinctive, and pay tribute to an ancestor who was a printer to Louis XV's royal court at Versailles
Weingut Knoll Riesling Ried Schutt 'Smaragd' 2010, Wachau (Austria) – one of the most enjoyable Rieslings I can remember having. Everything was in place, with power, grace and harmony. This disappeared quickly. Also a relative bargain at $31. Their beautiful and distinctive labels feature St. Urban, the patron saint of winemakers and vineyards
Château Pontet-Canet 2008, Pauillac – I picked this bottle up a while ago while visiting my family in OR. I can't deny that the critics were correct on this one. It's definitely one of the darkest, deepest reds I've seen from Bordeaux's 2008 vintage. I wouldn't call it a beast, but it definitely has the stuffing to last (and improve over) many a year. This bottle seemed a bit closed, although all the hallmarks of Pauillac were there. I had hoped for a bit more, but probably just opened it up a little too early. My loss, as the bottle cost $99
Château Tirecul La Gravière 2004, Monbazillac — a brilliant dessert wine from one of the top estates in Monbazillac. Certainly gives top Sauternes a run for its money – this still had plenty left to give and is a much spicier and more honeyed style than most Sauternes, with distinctive tropical fruit notes of mango et al. Very distinct, fresh finish too. Lovely and only $28 for the 500ml bottle
Salty honey, melon and mineral explode with acidic fireworks straight at the viscous banana and sharp fresh paper placating and shredding the nostrils all at once, vibrant and alive, churning your Riesling dreams and goals. Where hipster offerings run somewhere between *weird* and *dumb*, this Spring Mountain stalwart cranks out all the goodness it has for DECADES. In the mouth, lilikoi coates the tongue, sweet and peppery, lavish and razor-sharp, curious curls of petrol greasy syrup fall around, elevating and propping up the eviscerating acid. Fat and ripe EXACTLY where it needs to be. And waifish where you want it.
Full notes at soifknows.com
Dom in the desert.
Thanks to @brunson_burner1 for bringing this lively 2006 to kick it with the Bedouins while watching the sun set over the Wadi Rum.
We drank better @srslyalex (and with a better view) than anyone in Jordan that evening.
Sangiovese is one of our favorites, and grown right here on our estate in Sonoma Valley. Sangiovese is a type of grape found in the Chianti region in Italy, and of course pairs perfectly with pasta and pizza!
Mexican laundry and muddy road convinces that Sonoma glycerin-ey notion to regurgitate tired Cabernet stereotypes propped up on mint-scrubbed cellar floor and sage-induced siestas offering burnt, desiccated fruit, a chalky, walnut-peel wipe-this-off reaction to every gland it comes in contact with and raunchy, rot-gut tannin tying seamlessly into the fruitless entry in well-timed fashion, giving no glimpse of anything the imagination possibly stretched into potential in the nose.
Way more scribblings at soifknows.com but you get the point.
#sundayfunday The exquisite @creilly40 and I finishing off the weekend in style with this stunner from #pasorobles . @ninerwineestates never fails to win with an approachable 2014 Cab at a good price point. Jump on this baby if you can find it!
Tonight's line up for Sunday Football 🏈🍷: 2014 Hitching Post Cork Dancer Pinot Noir && 2014 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir!! Both SO delicious! Looking forward to staying at Landmark Vineyards in November! #thewinepoor#landmarkvineyards#hitchingpost
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Thick green briary nose crammed with weeds, wet bark and frosting; an oil-slick on pond-water, greasy and visceral but smart. Light cherry is dedicated to the attack and after that, the entire palate is a shell-shocked orgasmic jack-hammer of structure. While the cigar and tar is dripping lingering vestiges of maraschino on the sides of the tongue, the mid-palate is awash with turbulent young tannin, seeking out every crevice in an attempt to hammer this wine home. No alcohol burn, just a tiny pepper against rich, sweet tannin. Yes, sweet tannin. You read that right.
Way more scribblings at link in bio: www.soifknows.com