At $5.99 a can or about $12 a bottle for Pinot Noir typically screams skip, but for wine in a can this surprised everyone. Definitely has that Oregon Pinot profile, big cherry, medium body. If we were to describe this can in a word, quaffable.
Had the pleasure of tasting two verticals last evening. The first Cuvee Cathleen from 2007 thru 2012, and in the back Vine Hill from 2006 thru 2012. Jeff from Kistler was also on hand explaining their philosophy, theory and product. He mentioned they do not make wines to cellar, but people obviously do anyways and after experimenting a few years they like them between 4-6 years of age.
The Cuvée, as the name implies is a much more approachable wine. Mellow, round and satisfying. The vine hill is definitely more wine geek, and particular high in acid. This lot demonstrated the integrity of these Chardonnays, especially when grown on volcanic soil which is typically better suited for Cabernet grapes. Amazing product and extremely grateful for the opportunity.
Yes, we were challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a while ago. We contributed the only way we knew how. Ice is for whisky, and we’re in a drought.
On a heavier note, ALS is something we’ve been fundraising for, for the past many years. ALS is an incredibly difficult to watch disease where muscles shut down, slowly but surely. First your extremities, than your arms or maybe legs, eventually you will not be able to speak, and when your lungs or heart or internal organs go…it’s time. It’s horrific. Glad the message is being breached into the mainstream, and we’re drinking toward a cure, hopefully.
Philippine de Rothschild, aka Baronness de Rothschild passed yesterday in Paris at age 80. She is credited in modernizing the Bordeaux region and a visionary in wine.
All we had on hand was a bottle of her latest endeavor from Chile. 2007 Los Vascos Reserve. From the very first non-reserve bottle we sampled years ago this one showed elegance and integrity. A matured complexity and integrated flavors.
Rene Barbier and his Clos Mogador are synonymous with the Priorat region of Spain, but few know about his Manyetes label. Manyetes is the name of a place in the village of Grattalops. The soil being poor and the sun being too hot the grapes in this region really struggle to survive. This was a delight to drink. Big notes of plum and fig, black fruits, some cocoa nibs, a little clove. It’s drinking well right now.
A little age on this bottle and it becomes 10 times as complex. Big floral and tropical fruit, honey, gasoline, pineapple, green apple and cotton candy. Despite the profile it is not overly sweet and quite dry.
L-R: 2012 Beringer Luminus, 2005 Oakville East Exposure, 2005 Opus One
2012 Beringer Luminus - bright, low acid, good balance, oak, citrus, great summer sipper.
2005 Oakville East Exposure - mature tannins, big red fruit, plums, wet tobacco leaves, forest floor, maybe even a little crushed clove. rewards you instantly but over the course of 20 odd minutes it breaks down quickly. Browsing of the edges and prune notes quickly invade.
2005 Opus One - exceptional structure, long tannins, oak, a very subtle menthol quality, woodsy, mossy, and delicious. Over the course of 20 minutes this one just became better. Complex chains of flavor and a finish that kept on going. Was mature but vibrant toward the end.