Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2003 Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette with Jamie Oliver’s board marinated steak recipe. I followed this and another wine over the last two nights and I should really like this…But I find myself slightly disappointed. It is good, just nothing special. And I find the fruit too ripe, almost tropical, which means it overwhelms the other aspects I was looking for…the more typical bacon fat, meat juice and tar notes are not perceptible. Just too much fruit and it is drinking at peak now. No need to hold this one in the cellar any longer.
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.