Nigel on Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc Sonoma County 2013
This was my favorite of the new releases. Jacqueline does it again. Perhaps it's because she is at the winery every day and can take such great care of her creations?
I know this varietal is used in high end Bordeaux, but I don't normally see it or buy it as a stand alone. This might change, if only they will release more for sale!
I like old school big reds that might initially seem a bit harsh from the acidity and tannins and this, to me, presented exactly that sort of experience.
It was a nice, vermillion color and formed well defined legs on the glass. I sniffed vanilla and port-like aromas, which immediately grabbed my attention - could it be this big of a wine, really for under $16? Initially, I tasted a soft, fruit forward flavor in the approach, which then was backed up and balanced by acidity and by robust tannins that, I assume, were more from oak rather than crushed stems or pips. The flavor lingered on, offering complex layers such as poached plum. I said "well rounded" several times in my notes. I really want to buy some more to see how it develops with some aging.
Nigel on F. Stephen Millier Black Label Reserve Moscato Calaveras County 2014
I am getting more into Moscato. Just barely off-dry, Stephen's Moscato offers a floral nose with a butterscotch palate yielding a hint of ripe lemon. Not overly cloying at all and rather complex as the bottle opened up. Just a beautiful wine for sipping in the late spring garden.
A very versatile rose, light in color and flavor profile but with some complexity and true-to-varietal Sangiovese tastes. Some sweetness in the aroma but not at all in the mouth; we noted some peachy flavors. Ideal for summer sipping!
At Naked Wines we define fine wines as wines that need more than one year from vine to table. This is a subject of very heated and earnest debate among wine enthusiasts, and every one of them seems to have their own definition. So we just picked the one that made the most sense to us!
In our humble opinion (and there are many who would disagree) fine wines are not NECESSARILY:
From classic regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy. Other less well known regions are capable of producing wines that blind taste tests rate as equivalent or even better than the classic regions.
Estate Wines. Many expensive wines source most of their grapes from independent growers.
In September 2013, we launched a Fine Wine Bond where we raised £5 million to invest in the 'top-end' stuff.
So we're well armed to take on the fine wine market with a bang - and our range of fine wines will be increasing over the next few months / years!
The bond offer is now closed, but we might run another issue in the future if there's enough interest…
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The first several bucks you pay for a bottle covers basics that don't make the wine taste any better (glass bottle, bottling, labeling, closure, etc). As the price of a bottle increases, more of your money goes towards the delicious juice in the bottle rather than dry goods, taxes, and other boring stuff that adds nothing to the taste.
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