A vibrant medium purple in the glass with little cherry flecks. Incessant fruit on the nose with rhubarb, strawberry, and lively cherries. Tons of moist earth is all over this thing and takes it to that next level.
Primarily Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, there’s also a little Petite Sirah, Carignan, and other varietals thrown into the mix. A true field blend. Carbonic maceration lends that earthy quality to the fruit. Soft, round tannins and medium acidity.
In the mouth, this is light and crunchy with an abundance of fruit. Dried cherries, figs, and stewed plums show up along with fresh strawberries and raspberries. Dry underbrush and new leather on the backside with spice on the finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, this is one of the more fun wines I’ve tasted. — 2 days ago
A medium ruby hue with lavender highlights and a thin brim. The nose opens with some earthy notes that only intensify over time. The bright red fruits take over with notes of ripe cherries and blackberries. A day later and that’s when the mint, milky chocolate, and stone minerality sets in.
This is not an overly complex or expensive village Burgundy, but it’s amazing how it blows the doors off of similarly priced domestic Pinots. Not very deep but highly expressive with the rich fruit coming to the fore. Just the right amount of funk to keep me happy and some nice acid.
The palate follows the nose but brighter and with a tad more intensity. Mushroom compote, tart cherries, and woodsmoke. Stewed plums and more beautiful dirt. Spice and red fruit on the medium long finish. This reminds you just what a very decent Burgundy can do for you. — 6 days ago
A delicate translucent ruby in the glass with just thd tiniest amount of fizz. The nose is exceedingly pretty while also showcasing its rustic nature. Oak gets the party started on the bouquet with fresh berries and herbs joining in. A nice bit of soft spice and earth are wonderful here. This is an amazingly light and fresh Pinot with a ton of character. 14.2 but you never feel it.
Really nice structure and minerality here. Medium bodied with round tannins and moderate acidity. Plenty of restraint shown here thankfully. Silky on the tongue which leads to a palate full of generous red fruits. Cranberries, raspberries, and pomegranates lead things with more dry earth and herbs. A really nice Pinot where they made all the right choices. — 11 days ago
A pretty, pale salmon color with an absolute ton of tiny little bubbles complimented by a fine mousse. The bouquet is delicate and lively showcasing wild strawberries and violets. Plenty of yeast aromas to be found here. Mixed berries and faded roses, appropriately enough with just a touch of honey at the end.
About as classic as you can get, this is one of the standard bearers and it still sings. 55/45 CH and PN with around 20% of the Pinot vinified as still wine and it shows. The fruit and structure are both graceful and sleek. This rosè comes alive on the tongue with some excellent acidity that really puts it over the top.
9 g/l but the sweetness is never overpowering. Everything here fits just right. The palate features a cornucopia of red berries and baked brioche. Just a little bit of red apples and pomegranate to top things off. Spice and more strawberries show up on the long finish. It’s a classic for a reason. No missteps here, just poise and elegance. — 3 days ago
A rather intense medium color in the glass with more than enough small bubbles. Creamy mousse. The nose slaps you in the face with ripe green apples and sweet caramel. A touch of the customary biscuits comes with roasted almonds. Intense is the word of the day here. Crisp acidity and an abundance of tension.
Nice complexity and vigor on the palate. Quite floral in nature with orchard fruits and tea complimenting. A good bit of chalk minerality and toast in the mouth to go along with the more nuts and meringue. A terrific value Blanc de Blancs that can definitely compete with the bigger boys out there. — 10 days ago
A vibrant light yellow with a really nice mousse. Tons of tiny bubbles, nice effervescence going on. The bouquet is packed with complexity and deep citrus aromas. Pears and apple pie start things off with warm bread coming in later. A nice touch of smoke complimented by minerality and grapefruit.
Disgorged on 3/19 after spending over two years on lees, this is wonderfully crisp and focused. Moderate dosage with a generous amount of reserve wines used for TGIF cuvée. It punches far above its weight as a NV entry level bottle, there’s real depth and harmony here.
Medium to full bodied with outrageously wonderful acidity. The star of the show. The palate shows more citrus and minerality. Delicate white flowers and green apples show out here. Nice length and structure. Terrific stuff. — 18 days ago
A distinctive pale old gold in the glass. A plethora of fine, elegant bubbles that just go on and on and on. Very effervescent and creamy with a soft mousse. Crème brûlée and roasted almonds get the party started on the bouquet with more pretty white flowers and soft cherries complimenting.
All Pinot Noir disgorged on April 2020, this is still quite youthful and fresh with that zippy acidity you come to expect. This is Savart’s entry level offering but it’s head and shoulders above so many others. Very sensual and elegant throughout with those classic Pinot characteristics shining through. Not the most complex of champagnes at this level but definitely makes up for it with nice depth and purity of fruit.
Sexy in the mouth, the palate is beautiful and expansive. Firm in structure. Stone minerality alongside Pinot fruit. Dried cherries and nectarines with clay, mushrooms, and just a touch of raspberry on the palate. Long and refreshing finish. Truly excellent champagne from a real deal superstar. — 6 days ago
A vivid ruby red with light cherry flecks in the glass. This is certainly a wine for those who like a little bit of funk in their lives. Tons of moist dirt and forest scents initially on the nose. Wonderfully pure fruit is a highlight. Fresh red cherries, cranberry sauce, and wild strawberries. This is indeed a fun, quaffable blend but it is a serious, well made wine. Easy drinking but also with a genuine spine.
Alicante Nero (Grenache), Mourvèdre, and Carignane are the primary components but it’s not fair to lump it in with so many other kitchen sink blends. Medium acidity and terrific balance. Those red fruits shine on the palate with more cranberries and cherries. Smoke, pepper, and oak play a part. Herbs and menthol radiate on the medium long finish that keeps pulling you back in. Perfect for summer but really it’s perfect for anytime. — 9 days ago
Not my first taste of Rose des Riceys but probably my favorite. A light clear cherry red in the glass. Part rosé, part Burgundy. The nose on this thing is just tremendous. A bowl of candied strawberries, cake batter, and fragrant peaches. Strong floral aromas combine with dried cherries and a pinch of nutmeg. I could go on and on about this nose, it’s magnificent.
100% Pinot Noir produced in tiny amounts from a single vineyard in Aube, this is such a precious and unique bottle. Serve chilled to really allow it to develop over time. Beautiful high acidity here with a distinctively ethereal quality. Low alcohol with absolutely no heat, just magic.
The nose transfers to the palate with more strawberry and peaches. Spiced cherries and apricots shine here alongside plums, white pepper, and rosemary. This is one of the prettiest wines I’ve had in forever. Magic wrapped up bliss. — 16 days ago