2016 Thomas Morey Beaune-Grèves
Tasting Notes Pale color. Very ripe fresh apricot plus a whiff of dried fruits on the nose. Gentle, fruit-driven style with modest mid-palate stuffing. Finishes with a tart edge.
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2016 Clos Apalta$160.00WS 94WA 96JS 99VN 93Wine Spectator 94: Refined, with savory richness to the mineral-infused raspberry, red currant and herbal shadings. Creamy hints emerge midpalate, leading to a crisp, well-structured finish that lingers with slate and cast iron notes. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.James Suckling 99: This is really focused and refined with fantastic dried flowers and dark berries. Dried-lavender and mint undertones. Medium-to full-bodied with refined and polished tannins that are all together and so focused. Really integrated and melted together on the palate. Compact and very linear. Please give this two or three years to come completely together, but it’s already breathtaking. Better to drink after 2022.
2017 Tablas Creek ‘Esprit de Tablas’$71.00WS 93WA 94WE 94VN 94Wine Spectator 93: Personality meets refinement, with expressive black raspberry, smoky garrigue and stony white pepper notes that build richness and complexity toward polished tannins. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2027.Vinous 94: Glistening ruby. Pungent black and blue fruit, potpourri and incense aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up exotic spice and mineral nuances as the wine opens up. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry, violet pastille and spice cake flavors that deepen on the back half. Finishes very long and precise, with mounting tannins and an emphatic echo of candied flowers.
2014 Wayfarer ‘Golden Mean’ Pinot Noir$120.00WA 94JD 94WE 97Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94: Dark, brooding cinnamon and fleshy black plum provide an exciting, complex counterpoint to the rakish earthiness and exotic Asian spice going on in this full-bodied, explosively compelling wine, its minerality lingering. It's young and still tightly coiled, with lingering minerality; let it open to enjoy now, but it would show best after some time, so cellar through 2024. Cellar SelectionJeb Dunnick 94: A blend that's made from a mix of Pommard and Swan, the 2014 Pinot Noir Golden Mean is another sensational 2014. Incredibly perfumed, with raspberry, violets, peach and floral notes, this beauty is elegant, seamless and pure on the palate, with the good acidity, and a seamlessness that's hard to believe. It picks up more spice and forest floor notes with time in the glass, has a big core of sweet fruit, and impeccable overall balance. It’s great today, but will easily continue drinking nicely through 2026.Wine Enthusiast 97: Dark, brooding cinnamon and fleshy black plum provide an exciting, complex counterpoint to the rakish earthiness and exotic Asian spice going on in this full-bodied, explosively compelling wine, its minerality lingering. It's young and still tightly coiled, with lingering minerality; let it open to enjoy now, but it would show best after some time, so cellar through 2024. Cellar Selection