Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2011 Jean-Claude Lapalu Beaujolais-Villages Le Rang du Merle. What a crazy wine experience this is. This is the most unusual Beaujolais I’ve ever tasted. A great wine in its own right, but unrecognizable to me as a Beaujo. Tastes and smells like Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is very ripe and fruit forward and shows tons of spice on very low acidity. If you try to pair this with the kind of food you would normally pair Beaujo with, it would obliterate the food. This should be paired with foods similar to food pairings for CdP…lamb, grilled meats, hearty and spicy stews and ripe salty goat and sheep cheeses. I ended up serving it alongside some Papardelle ala Bolognese and it did well with that dish.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.