Nigel on Scott McLeod Matt Parish Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot El Dorado County 2014
Sad that Scott is leaving us but happy that Matt's capable hands and prodigious wine making skills will be watching the Hill and making the wine again. This is a huge wine - from the strong legs (thighs?) on the glass to it's dark plummy color to the aroma that leaps out of the glass even with no decanting. I tasted figs and caramel in this full bodied, fruit forward delight; the Merlot used in this must be top notch - the perfume-like quality was very noticeable. Balancing this, was the distinctive backbone of leathery Cabernet Sauvignon. Typical of a great Bordeaux this wine was greater than the sum of its parts, yet the two varietals were very much identifiable in the flavor profile. Soft tannins and balanced acidity yield a dark currant-like chewiness and a complex aftertaste that lingers. With a few more in the cellar put away for a few years, Nigel is a happy camper!
Nigel on Matt Parish Napa Valley Cabernet Magnum 2014
I'm going to give this 5 hearts*, the asterisk being because I haven't tasted it. I know it sounds crazy and perhaps irresponsible to do so as a reviewer but Matt's reputation is enough for me. I haven't tasted it because it is a rare Magnum, it is relatively young and there ain't any more where this one came from. I'll save it for a special occasion in a few years.
A full five stars from me. Completely opaque and rich in a ruby red color. This wine is bursting with flavor and body. It tastes like black currant jam laced with a little of the hard-stuff - almost port-like in essence. The alcohol content is balanced with enough acidity and fruitiness and I think it will develop over a few more years - that is if I have enough patience! Jen always comes through with stellar quality for the price and this is a great example of this. Get some!
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.
So you get a LOT more bang for your buck
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