Let me start by saying, when I get the chance to try wines that have low productions, I get excited. I get really excited when they turn out to be good. The Lost Chapters 2013 Zinfandel is both. It's a classic style Zin out of Oak Knoll in Napa, 194 case production, and the artwork reminds me of something out of a Tolkien book. The nose is a reasonably fragrant mix of red fruits with a palate reminiscent of berry pie with a hint of baking spice. It's a wine that makes me want to share it with friends, and enjoy the hell out of my night. It served it's purpose well.
Getting in the mood for our next trip to #Chablis 🥂
Our Editor-in-Chief Stefanie has the honor to be announced Présidente du Concours des Vins de Chablis 2018, and has a great weekend of tastings ahead. Including vintage 2016 Petit Chablis, Chablis & Premier Crus as well as 2015 Grand Crus. Time to calibrate the taste buds with a few 2014s...
N E B B I O L O
Another Italian variety that is doing well in special sites around Australia. Notoriously difficult to grow, it requires love and dedication to get it right. Kegs @hayshedhillwines has nailed it with this beauty! Don’t be fooled by its pale appearance. Nebbiolo is intensely perfumed, structured with layers of complexity. A beautiful wine which demands food. Available now in our current pack. Hit the link in profile above to check it out 🍷😎#drinkoutsidethebox#nebbiolo#morevino
"A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard opens with a very deep purple-black color and intense scents of plum preserves, blueberry compote and crème de cassis with suggestions of Indian spices, Marmite toast and sautéed herbs. Big, powerful, rich and full-throttle in the mouth, the voluptuous fruit is well framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy." - @wine_advocate.
Zinfandel has gained a reputation as California’s “heritage grape,” and this week I’m taking a look at different Zinfandel producers from all over our State. But before checking out the reviews, make sure to read about what Jancis Robinson calls the “romantic thriller” that is Zinfandel’s story. Visit BriscoeBites.com; Direct Link: http://briscoebites.com/california-zinfandel/ 📸 Courtesy of winestyr.com
Allineamenti astrali gastro-natural-punk di rara possanza: LA SORGA BLANC DESORDRE 2014 + Spaghetti Aliveris al germe di soia con ragù di faraona, castagne, nduja e pomodorin confit. Il negociant itinerante del Languedoc Antony Tortul, novello Ronin del verbo vinnaturista più primigenio, continua a generare vini vivi, vibranti e splendenti di luce propria come Orfini continua a pijà ceffoni appena apre bocca. 90% Chardonnay da vigne di 45 anni e 10% Mauzac da vigne di 25 in una cosmogonica entropia vinnaturista che ridona fierezza nobil-barbarica temperata da elfica eleganza allo Chardonnay. Bananosità burrose sono quì di casa come i Nobel per la fisica a casa del Sen. Razzi: essenza di limoni di Amalfi irradia ruscelli di Rivendell su marmo rosa e dragoncello di King's Landing. In arrivo su @rollingwine
LA SORGA BLANC DESORDRE 2014 + Soy Germ Aliveris Spaghetti al germe di soia with ragù of wild hen, chestnust, spicy nduja and confit cherry tomatoes. The itinerant Languedoc Ronin gives yet light to a glowing gem of vinnaturist truth: 90% Chardonnay from 45 yrs old vines and 10% Mauzac from 25 yrs old ones. Buttery bananas are banished to eternal damnation here, only sharp and elvenly aetheric rays of Amalfi lemon on mountain streams flowing on pink marble in Rivendell. 🍷🔥😈👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻😈🔥🍷 #vininaturali#vinonaturale#naturalwine#vinnature#vinnaturel#vinvivant#frenchwine#lasorga#igerslanguedoc#chardonnay#winestagram#winegram#winetasting#winenight#winelover#italianfood#foodporn#italiancuisine#pasta#wineporn#winenerd#winegeek
“I just selflessly rescued some wine 🍷... it was trapped in a bottle!” 😂
✅Tell me your favorite variety to set free⁉️🤣⬇️ 🍷
Here is a rustic reclaimed wood sign cut on the scroll saw. 🍷 I was inspired by @kendras_gotwood awesome hand painted wine sign she posted a couple weeks ago (go check it out!). I’m not nearly the painter she is, but I’m very happy with how this one turned out! 😉
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG - 2012 - IL POGGIONE. PERCHÈ CI PIACE: Ad un’altitudine compresa tra i 150 e i 450 metri sul livello del mare, nella Tenuta Il Poggione, sono allevate piante che superano anche i cinquant’anni d’età e che godono di un microclima particolarmente favorevole, grazie alla vicinanza del Tirreno e del Monte Amiata. Uve pregiate e schiette vengono lavorate nella moderna cantina, completamente rinnovata nel 2004 e dotata delle più avanzate tecnologie enologiche, impiegate sempre nel rispetto delle più antiche tradizioni locali. Il Poggione rappresenta una certezza per il territorio di Montalcino. Uno dei pochi Brunello DOCG che non delude mai: anche nelle annate più sfortunate, esce un prodotto di grande qualità, a detta nostra ma soprattutto della stampa internazionale, che lo premia costantemente con punteggi superiori ai 90/100. Da sempre, la vendemmia nella tenuta dei Franceschi è manuale. Fermentazione in acciaio e affinamento in grandi di botti di rovere per 36 mesi. Il Poggione sfoggia un Brunello meraviglioso, di magnifica impronta classica: un capolavoro da godere con un bel formaggio stagionato, bitto, stilton o montasio. Per il prezzo, da riempire la cantina. Degustiamolo: Calice rosso rubino intenso e luminoso; al naso esprime sentori di liquirizia e di amarena, con profondi rimandi di frutti di bosco e di cuoio. Il sorso sprigiona il tannino impetuoso di un sangiovese giovane e una grande concentrazione. Un vino di forza. Si accompagna a meraviglia con piatti elaborati a base di carne o cacciagione. Eccezionale con i formaggi stagionati.
PREZZO MEDIO: 40€
VOTO: 92 PUNTI
Bedtime lecture. Inhaling the words of Olivier Humbrecht: "To enjoy the wine, one needs to be adaptable and attentive. This adaptability needs to be in tune with the will to understand what attaches a wine to itself, to a vintage, to the unique expression of its grape variety." Interesting words from @zindhumbrecht
Exciting arrivals in the post today (Not @basilegueret- he was here already)
Samples of new wines from the Brand Bros. @weingutbrand and @weingut_brand
Join us to taste with Jonas himself
This Friday in - @waywardwines
Saturday - @bunchwinebar
Sunday - @salon_brixton
Monday - Out and about in London town
Here is today's reason to be insanely happy: over 1.000 wine friends on instagram. You are awesome! ❤️ Thanks for your great support, the many likes, follows & comments - we are grateful for each one of you! 🤗😊🥂🍾
Today’s featured wine is @GrgichHills 2013 Estate Zinfandel. I’m a big fan of the Napa-based winery -- especially when it comes to their bodacious reds. In this review I compare/contrast the last two vintages along with my tasting notes and a few options for food pairings. And, in honor of this week’s @zap.zinfandel event, I’ve got some Cali Zin 101 on the site and a new Zin everyday this week. Get all the Zin-tastic details at BriscoeBites.com; Direct Link: http://briscoebites.com/grgich-hills-2013-zinfandel/
Château La Confession 2010
St-Émilion Grand Cru 3rd consistent bottle.
Spice infused cassis and blueberry, gravel dust from the barnyard and lead pencil shavings. With time, a little fudge-like and roasted coffee aromas pop up. Ripe and fine tannins, a string of acidity and a dollop of lingering, sour cherry fruit.
Although being both expressively big and bold for style, this is a finely balanced claret.
Should mature well with more time in bottle but this is drinking well as it is. 2018+ #bordeaux#bordeauxwine#saintemilion#chateaulaconfession#2010#claret#winestagram#winenerd#winepassion#wine#wines#wineporn
This 2004 Bourgueil was a blast. For the uninitiated, it’s a 100% Cab Franc from the Loire Valley. (Dried) strawberry fields forever, Arauco olives, bramble, infield dust, fresh cracked cinnamon, fire roasted poblanos.
Did this with braised Provence-style lamb shanks that we fired up in the Instant Pot (yeah, we got one too). The whole thing was a hit. I know I’ve said this a zillion times: Look for wines from smaller French and Italian wine regions. Especially family owned estates. They’re not in fashion right now and you can find crazy values. This bottle was around $22.
It's chilly outside, so make sure you bring something to keep you warm. I've been impressed with Reynolds family wine since the first bottle. I remain impressed. 2012 Reynolds family reserve Cab Sauv is killer. It was great last year, and it's still great now. Probably has nother 10 years left, but I can't wait that long. The 2014 The Quote is equally ridiculous. Mostly cab with around 15% Merlot. I could drink either of these every day and be perfectly content. Great wines to take out in the woods and enjoy with a view, or just to sit and drink by the fireplace. Regardless of you're preference, I suggest you pick some of this up.
*** Shouldn't have to say this, but remember to take your trash home. Pack it in, pack it out. Don't ruin it for everyone else.***