Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
1998 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne with braised pork shoulder tonight. This is the kind of wine that reminds me why I cellar wine in the first place. Absolutely spectacular stuff. So complex it is absurd. Herb rubbed bacon, salinity, blackberry and blackcurrant. Finish for days and a midpalate to die for. It’s got precision, balance, stucture and freshness in spades. At almost 20 years old, this is beginning to drink at absolute peak although I have been taking this to blind tastings for years where folks have swooned over it. An absolute overachiever.
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.