Château Ducru-Beaucaillou | 2006 | Bordeaux Blend | Ducru has been a classic example of what we love in Saint-Julien, and has been one of our go to Bordeaux's that drink at such a high quality without forking over super hefty prices for top Bordeaux. Notes of cassis, dark cherries, dried herbs, cedar, red plum, baking spice, mint, smoke and pencil shavings. Still a little tight, with plenty of fruit dominance on the palate. Wonderfully structured, great freshness and energy with firm tannins on the lengthy finish. At over a decade, this is still beaming with youth, decant over 2-3 hours or enjoy it over the next 10+ years. | 94 points | $140 |
wound up + ready to wine(d) down with two of my favorite northern california wines // @cliffamily + @chwine // doing my best to support our friends up in the napa + sonoma valleys // #thirstythursday // 🍷❤️
A big congratulations to the guys over at @turkeyflat for winning the 2017 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. Their 2016 Grenache is the first ever Grenache to win the trophy. 🍷 🏆 🎉
The fruit for their Grenache is sourced from their own 100 year old vines. These old vines produce exceptionally concentrated fruit which translates into a style of Grenache for which they have become famous for.
We currently have the 2015 Turkey Flat Grenache in stock and are anxiously waiting for our allocation of the 2016!
THE TALE OF THE 17 CRUS
Starting with Côte-Rôtie, all the way down to Tavel, the southernmost of all the crus, it’s an array of different Rhône styles and expressions. Exploring the Rhône is like an adventure, you start on a very abrupt hill overlooking the Rhône river meandering away. You meet the elegance of Syrah and then the aromatic Viognier. You then encounter the rare but unique creature that is Château Grillet before returning to some simple yet so loveable Syrah. You get pleasantly surprised by the well-known duo Roussane/ Marsanne and almost forget about your red love until you find the best view in the region, on top of the biggest hill where the sun shines the most, the hermitage. Following is then some robust Burnt earth and some kind of lovely outsider, Saint-Péray.
Another story begins with a passionate blend, Vinsobres the first local appellation of Côtes du Rhône in Drôme Provençal followed by the either structured or sweet rasteau. One of them you might not know, the sun-drenched hillsides, the scents of the garrigue, Cairanne produces a rainbow of wines. The opulent Gigondas follows next before reaching the sheltered, balanced neighbour, Vacqueyras. The other sweet tooth is right beside, Beaumes de Venise that seems just out of the Tuscan scenery mingled with olive grove. Then it’s a king of diversity and blending that once welcomed a pope, sitting on the roundest of galets. The story ends on lighter notes, with a fresh and delicate Lirac and finally a rosé beauty, Tavel. Here’s my geographic tale filled with passion.
DAY 6: FRANSCHHOEK
Today enjoy a tailor-made tour by your resident wine expert, designed for the visitor who would like to experience and taste some of the other delectable delights that are on offer in the winelands area in addition to some of the fantastic wines.
The tour is geared not only for the tasting but for the educational value, as well as learning about each product that you are introduced to. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence.
From cheese tasting, to chocolate, biltong and olives tastings, this day is yours to tailor and craft as you choose.
#franschhoek#winecountry#southafrica#winelovers Photo by @hautecabriere
✨One of the things I love about wine is its ability to transport you to another time and place. The glass hints at memories of the past, histories of other lands, and cultures thriving in other places in only you are willing to slow down long enough to look.
This 2012 Stump Jump from McLaren Vale, South Australia reminds me of Nate and I's trip last Christmas to Sydney to celebrate a dear friend's wedding. It is an interesting G-S-M blend (meaning a mix of the three grape types: Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre) that has a nice medium body and a hint of spiciness. Perfect for a backyard barbeque which is a staple of Australian cuisine. With the beautiful Fall evenings we are having, grab a bottle, fire up the grill, and savor the moment.✨