Pale golden. Smells quite tropical, with peach pit, guava, and pineapple. Minerality laced ripe citrus palate and a great acidic finish. Completely gorgeous and hard to keep in the glass. Retail: $25, Grade: A-
Very pretty lighter ruby. Spicy cherry, earth and dried leaves need to be coaxed by aggressive swirling. Serious palate with an excellent minerality to go with its somewhat hard, tiny red fruits. Lots of depth but not all together at this point. Long finish. Overall this is quite stylish. Although it is not yet ready to drink, I am enjoying myself. May go up half a grade when mature.
Beautiful golden. Amazingly pure aromas of lemon curd, honey, roasted almonds and vanilla bean. Expansive palate with honeycomb, burnt brown sugar, tangerine, and a thrilling beam of acidity. This is shockingly great and probably my favorite under $30 bottle I can recall. Jill is going crazy for this wine, and asked to drink the other 6 bottles with me!
Pop and pour thru a vinturi. Pretty bricking ruby. Aromas of menthol, pine, charred cherries and evergreen. Dense and a bit unforgiving on the palate, with a deep dark core of pomegranate, earth, fig, and a wild, slightly brett, borderline astringent cola core. Smooth and quite long finish. This is a wild ride, and not really ready to drink. Grade: A
Gorgeous color. Aromas of clay, chalk, gunpowder, cigar. Minty, flinty, with some sour cherry, 100% unsweetened cacao, and old world funk. Complexity of the 85 year old vines shows. After being opened an hour, starting to come alive, but mostly closed and shy, especially in its finish. I’d hold at least a couple more years. I paid $50. Grade: A-
Very dark ruby. Perfect Christmas spice nose, with fruitcake, cloves, and dense fruits. Full and sweet palate with gobs of cherry coke, rhubarb wrapped in brown sugar. Nice harmony and balance. Full throttle, new world pinot. This hasn’t budged much since its infancy. Retail around $100 now. Not a great value but a quite tasty wine. Grade: A.
Pretty youthful ruby. Smells like fresh cherry juice. On the red fruited side, with pretty lilacs, blueberries, and a bit of smoke. Long, tasty finish. This is quite delicate and very nicely done. This is expensive for a non-single vineyard pinot @ $45. Grade: A-
Pop and pour. High fill, especially for a ’99. Youthful ruby. Haunting volnay aromas of cobwebs, silky cacao, enchanted forest, and wet earth. Delicate lithe entry with tiers of cherry, rhubarb, cranberry and fruit cake. Sneaky, long finish. This is in a real sweet spot now.
Dark ruby. Compelling nose of wild strawberry and pomegranate. Creamy and a bit bitter, like baker’s chocolate. Smooth, long finish. Quite food friendly with its 12% alcohol. Fascinating. I think this may be my first artisanal beaujolais. 100 year-old vines and $20 per bottle. I will be buying more Grade: A.
Crumbled cork so might not be representative. Bricking edges. Smells like very old Bordeaux, maybe 40+ years old. Moldy dusty old books. Tannins all gone. Old quite worn leather. This had a spark right away and is now very tired. Not sure it was ever a great wine, but it is clearly past prime. I paid $30 on winebid. Grade: B.