I must protest. It is indeed a lighter bodied Champagne, which makes it a wonderful aperitif. It should be noted that Champagnes come in many shapes and sizes and they needn't all be full-bodied. I have begun many a wonderful meal with this wine.
White flowers and fresh mint on the nose, as well as vanilla, ripe peaches and lychee. The palate yields a panarama of flavors from super fresh stone fruits to dark spices and honey with a super long finish. Pleasantly sweet and well integrated.
Dark in color with auburn tones, hinting at perhaps a touch of oxidation? The nose is absolutely beautiful. Aromatic, complex and expressive, with plums, raisins, red cherries, blueberries, asphalt and tar. The aromas go on and on. The palate was a bit of a disappointment, with more of the red fruits, blueberries, black plums and tar mixed with high-toned acids and a slightly hot feel from the higher alcohol content. Not bad, but if it tasted half as good as it smelled it would have been great.
Big, bold and dark coloration with only the slightest bricking around the edges of the rim. Perhaps a hint at the flavors to come? Right up front on the nose there is a whiff of cheese rind and white truffle, but this is quickly overcome by ripe, dried and baked red fruits, as well as a distinct raisiny characteristic so common in Amarones. The palate is huge! Red currants, black cherries, blackberries, caramel, dates, figs and bruleed sugar all dance together in one big Amarone celebration. There is a bit too much heat from the high alcohol content, but this is minor when compared to a big, long and complex wine. Excellent stuff!
Great fruit flavors of stewed peaches, dried apricots, lemon, lime and orange peel that are well integrated with floral and mineral notes. Great weight and depth, with a length that keeps going and going (and going)...
The bouquet of caramel apple, baked peaches, honey, autumn spices and hints of roses will make you salivate. Each sip provides its own unique experience via complex flavors, including honey, baked apple, pear and lime zest, and an array of spices (vanilla, clove, cumin, cayenne, eucalyptus).
Toasted oak flavors add a twist to the fruit notes to give you hints of key lime pie and apple pie. Clay and white flowers add to the flavor profile, which is topped off by a great, creamy texture that's fit for a king.
Floral perfume on the nose. Minerals provide a wet stone, mineral flavor that turns the fruit characteristics into overripe mango and canned peaches. The texture is oily, the body flabby, and the lime-alcohol finish lasts too long.
A good concentration of cherry and plum zest up front. Spices arrive mid-palette, with pepper spices, smoke and leather nearly cloaking the fruit flavors. The finish is lengthy with some fruit, but strong oak and petrol flavors makes this rather harsh and unenjoyable in the end.
Lots of structure and character on this one, but also lots of young combative tannins. The tannins mask much of the fruit, but with all of the spice, earth and tobacco and a surprisingly delicate finish, we see some serious aging potential here.
Some mild black fruit up front quickly turns to dried fig and raisin. The finish is dry and somewhat spicy, but predominately under ripe and vegetal. 2000's bipolar temperatures in Sonoma were not kind to these unfortunate Merlot grapes.
Opaque and black-rust appearance, we suggest with this Zin that you pour it and then throw the steaks on the grill. This is a big, powerful Zin that needs time to calm down. Otherwise its tannins will push you down and take your lunch money. It eventually opens up as a super rich, chewy, jammy red. There's a little barrel spice and black pepper throughout, yielding a finish of blackberry jam, oak and alcohol.
This Cornas shows nice, bright red fruit up front offset by well structured earthen qualities. Just a touch of tar and cedar give great character. Although beautifully balanced now, we don't recommend this one for your cellar as its tannins are slightly faded.
Powerful nose with jammy fruits. This wine has it all: lots of concentrated fruit, spice, oak and enough funk to make George Clinton proud. Concentrated, jammy fruit carries through a long, dry finish.
Intriguing. There is a roundness to the flavors of this wine that makes it rather difficult to enumerate them. Just as you take notice of the green apple it turns to cantaloupe, then to orange oil, and then finishes with oak. Its velvety texture coats the palate yielding a long, complex finish.
This is a nice, fresh and round Cabernet Franc, with bright red raspberry on the nose and some red plum and blueberry on the palette, backed by a good acid. Light tannins and make this a good wine to enjoy now.
Right off the bat this wine has a lot to say. A powerful nose speaks of grass, hay and a very distinct French funky, mustiness. Soil and truffles pour off the nose. Upon tasting, this Sauv Blanc makes its mark as a very distinct and complex vin de terroir. Bright acidity upfront, a long grassy finish and citrus throughout make this a very expressive wine.
This clean, light off-dry Chenin Blanc shows light tropical fruits on the nose. Notes of pineapple, peaches, honey, and lavender make this a good summer wine, even though the distinct qualities of a sur lie don't really present themselves very well in this wine. This results in a nice simple Vouvray with a medium finish.
Citrus and tropical fruits such as starfruit and pineapple show on the nose. Distinct limestone mineral notes counterbalance the citrus and green apple very nicely on the palette with a very slight grassiness- a very well constructed Sauvignon Blanc.
Anyone who has fallen in love with Loire Valley whites should appreciate this wine thoroughly. A rather subdued bouquet of light citrus and papaya disguises ample fruit on the palate. A long complex finish, carried by all the wonderful limestone, mineral notes and a nice, slightly chalky texture, this wine is a brilliant example Sancerre's mastery of Sauvignon Blanc.
Awesome aromas of fresh fig, honeymelon, orange blossom and candied chestnut follow through a rich finish with candied ginger and almond. With a honey-like viscosity and a light frizzante, this wine is absolutely delicious.
A nose full of Bourbon and artificial vanilla extract, followed by intense, offensive wood and alcohol flavors make us wonder if this was even damaged. This wine is a shameful defeat for Mount Victory, Ohio. As one of our tasting panel noted "I got a hangover just smelling it!"
A full mousse and a wonderful light salmon color give this sparkling an instant visual appeal. Aromas of white peach, tropical fruits and cherry blossom come off the nose. A full body, gala apple, carrot cake spice, cranberry and nice clean finish-this is all that we could expect from a Brut Rosé from Champagne.
Wow. The aromas from this muscat are light but unyielding. Honey, grilled pineapple, lemon zest, rose, baked apple and fresh ginger all mingle together. A great viscosity carries a long finish of lavender, honey and crème brulée with a touch of oak and cayenne at the very end.
Tree bark and alcohol are first to present themselves on the nose followed by some black fruit, mint and brioche. On the palette it yields loads of black plum and cherry, minerals and firm tannins. A nice texture compliments a long finish. Beautiful.
The fruit notes of black currant, stewed black plums and raisin are shadowed by the earthy tones of wet leaves, moss, cedar and warm earth. These are accented by a little white pepper on the nose. Deep and concentrated, this is a complex wine with a nice finish.
A deep earthy bouquet is offset by black plum on the nose. Upon opening this Burgundy yields loads of stewed black fruits, toffee and chocolate. All of these remain in perfect harmony with a slight smokiness through its long finish.