Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
1995 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle with an early father’s day dinner tonight. Thanks to @barlataatx for the fabulous food and hospitality tonight as always and thanks to @vinousrambler for sharing some 1996 Dom with us. A most generous gesture. As far as this Jaboulet is concerned, it was textbook Jaboulet with dark and violet laced blackberry, tobacco, black pepper and bacon fat. Drank outstandingly with a decant but has plenty of stuffing to last for many many more years. I continue to say this is my favorite wine of any I have tried. No matter the vintage, I have never been disappointed. While this was my last 1995, I have more from other vintages and may look to backfill this one. Outrageously delicious.
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.