Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2011 Clau De Nell Anjou Cuvée Violette was the final wine of the night. This went through a substantial transformation throughout the day. I opened this in the afternoon to give it some air. Came out of the bottle angry and with shrill acid. By the end of the evening during dinner, this had mellowed and transformed into a balanced beauty with lovely black fruit and an intriguing herbaciousness and savory flavors that was a dead solid match for the perfectly cooked leg of lamb our friend Chris had cooked. At $35, this is priced right about where it needs to be and is a clean and fun entry wine into the Loire region.
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.