This may be the best white wine I've ever tasted! I know some feel that I am a bit generous with my ratings and reviews, but this wine is a real WOW and I stand by this rating (6.5 hearts -- off the charts).
Color -- Fresh cut straw, clear through out
Viscosity -- Sheets the glass long and nicely
Nose -- Gooseberry, Nasturtiums, Lime
Taste -- Gooseberry, metallic mineral and citrus
Acid -- Medium but perfectly balanced
Tannins -- Mild
Sweetness -- Dry and astringent (superb)
Aging -- Why wait? This wine is ready right now.
Finish -- Nice nasal astringency with Gooseberry notes
Pairing -- This wine is a stand alone sipper of the first order. It would go well with strong cheese and crackers or pears. Tonight I served it with Cracked Dungeness Crab and a simple green salad. the wine was the main course of the evening.
Comments: I am a huge fan of Joost's Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is several cuts above any SB I have ever tasted (including his). Its level of complexity sets it apart from all the others. Every time I think I have my arms around it, I take another sip and ZAP I taste or smell some other dimension. I had more fun tasting this wine than I've had with a white in a very long time. Yes it is higher priced than many others in it class, but it is a bargain none the less. Joost you need to bring this wine to NW to bottle so it is available to all. You are magic with grapes in your hands.
This is possibly the best Pouilly Fume' I have ever tasted. I would buy more if it were available, but alas it is not available in my state and it appears to be out of stock in Oregon where my daughter lives. All I can add is we really need to get this wine as a staple for NW and bottle it in Kenwood so it is more widely available. For me it was a six heart wine
Poor on S & A Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2013
This vintage (2013) of the world famous S&A Cabernet Sauvignon has been the stuff of dreams ever since the 2012 vintage sold out. A few of us still cellar a few bottle of that elixir of the gods and now we can stock up on this one which is every bit as good or better than the last.
Color -- Light garnet to ruby, sparkling and clear throughout
Viscosity -- Medium to Bold with long legs
Nose -- Pepper, black current, dark plum and caramel
Taste -- Fruit forward, black current, smoke, pepper & Cassis
Acid -- Mild to medium wonderful balance to the fruit
Tannins -- Medium
Finish -- Big fruit -- long and satisfying
Aging -- Drinking now with no aeration, hold 2-5 years
Pairing -- Wonderful with any moldy (intended to be moldy cheese) or sharp cheddar. Paired tonight with grass fed organic burgers, Koresh, baby beets and fresh out of the garden (cold frame) greens with Maytag blue crumbles and O&V.
Comments: This wine is really special and ready to drink right out of the bottle. It takes no special glassware or treatment to be spectacular. Its fruit forward presence and bright flavors tell me that these ladies really know how to add a few extras to bring out the best in a Cabernet Savignon. I would not be surprised if it had a touch of Zin in the mix. I've already bought a case and if it is still around in November I'll be restocking.
For those that like to compare, I tasted this wine with the 2012 which was even better than a yearago, but the 2013 is much more drinkable at an early age than the 2012 and has the potential to grow nicely. the 2012 at this tasting came in much more complex than last year (expected) and the nose and taste brightened (also expected). The flavors and aroma were much more pronounced and easier to detect as the boldness of adolescence set in to this vintage. Look for 2012 and 2013 to only get better with age in the bottle.
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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