Our inaugural release of Old Stones Syrah from down in the rocks area of the Walla WallaValley. Generous and rich, this wine asks what else could you want? Asian five spice, graphite, pencil lead, grilled meat, toasted marshmallow, and a cool fireplace ash makes this a very suave one.
Wafts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, rose petals, sweet red cherries and licorice. The Cahill Lane has terrific aromatic lift and intensity, which keeps the wine light on its feet. There is more than enough freshness and energy for the wine to drink well for a number of years.
100% Sangiovese: Only two 500 liter barrels of this single vineyard beauty. From the rocks and farmed by Jack, this wine shows tobacco, tiny Italian cherries, leather, and anise. With tannins a plenty this wine is sure to please.
Scented with cassis, black raspberry, hickory smoke, black tea, juniper berry, walnut oil and black olive, making for a dramatically different impression than that conveyed by any of the other wines in this line-up including the aforementioned Beautiful sourced from the same vineyard. Suggestions of salt, alkali, peat, chalk and iodine, though, are..
Black plum, dried herbs, undergrowth, earth and lavender. Classic Morrison Lane but more elegant and refined than ever from Walla Walla's oldest Syrah vineyard. Pairs excellent with braised spring lamb shank with charred red onions
Lemon, pastry, white, flowers and nectarine all meld together gracefully in this gorgeous, totally beautiful wine. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral notes and a hint of peach linger on the finish. 30% of the fruit was fermented and aged in concrete eggs, an approach that worked very nicely, to say the least. This is a totally cl..
Like its Merlot counterpart, unblended, and matured in barrel for more than two years, Smith's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Stoneridge, nonetheless, gives a very different account of itself, featuring juicy, downright tart-edged cassis and elderberry fruit that more than rides out the wine's underlying tannin. Wild plum and fennel as well as pronounced ..
This citrus, green pear and mineral-infused St. Aubin is from the premier cru vineyard of En Remilly. It has bright, energetic, crisp yet mouth-watering flavors. Graceful and refined, serve this classic white Burgundy with cold shrimp and lobster dishes with plenty of fresh lemon or halibut or trout.
This is what merlot can do. Walk into a humidor, now you are inside this wine. Aromas of the inside of a lady's evening bag, black roses, tiny dark cherries (Amarene) and Oolong tea. Smooth and satisfying. A wine that would even make the Bordelaise proud.
Capiaux's 2011 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is drop dead gorgeous. Here the flavors are wonderfully alive and vibrant throughout. Black cherry and plum notes meld into deep spices, licorice, menthol and asphalt in this rich, enveloping Pinot Noir.
The 2009 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce is a gorgeous, layered wine that impresses for its nuance and detail. Ripe apricots, flowers, lemon and sweet spices are some of the many aromas and flavors that take shape in the glass, but ultimately the Cuvee Alyce is most remarkable for its textural elegance and silkiness.
Brilliant clear golden yellow. Intensely flowery (violets), and fruity (apricot, peaches and citrus) on the nose. The palate is Fresh and round. Rich, unctuous and full bodied. A harmonious wine with light acidity and round fleshy fruits. Delicate and elegant.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis is laced with sweet red berries, plums, flowers, mint and cloves. It is an attractive, medium-bodied wine to drink over the next decade plus, once the tannins begin to soften.
Lightly cooked strawberry is accented with sandalwood, coffee, peat, and white pepper, and wreathed with a remarkable wealth of distilled-strength floral and herbal high-tones. (Yeah, I love Henri Bonneau, says Smith as I remark on that aspect of his latest Boy.) This manages to offer considerable textural allure for a wine of its cepage; what's mo..
Pure, wiry and wonderfully expressive, the Cuvee de Reserve flows gracefully with layers of varietal fruit from start to finish. This shows superb clarity, depth and polish, particularly at the NV level. The current release is 65% 2007 and 35% reserve wines from a solera cuvee that contains 15 vintages.
The 2009 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard shows off a multitude of aromas, flavors and textures. It is a gorgeous, multi-dimensional wine endowed with weightless elegance and definition. Lemon, pastry, white flowers and crushed rocks wrap around the insistent finish. In 2009 the Ritchie is all about subtlety, elegance and finesse.
Opens dramatically with pungent scents of wood smoke, resin, tar, soy, huckleberry and cassis, whose counterparts reconvene on a sappy, expansive, finely tannic palate leading to a piquant, gripping finish so forceful and energetic it leaves my tongue aquiver. The sort of pedal-to-the-(heavy) metal wine for which Smith is known (or notorious), this..