Gary Hewitt
Banville & Jones Wine Co.
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I've known Ployez-Jacquemart for more than 15 years--the wines have always been great. The current non-vintage EQ Brut is a classic citrus-apple, brioche and nuts, creamy, tittilating, lingering party in your mouth. Drink this wine. (non-vintage tasted 13 Sept 2018)
France » Champagne, Sparkling, with a community rating of 94/100
5 days ago
Walking the talk--a high production, expensive Napa Cab that delivers. Beautifully proportioned intense fruits, spicy rich oak, polished tannins and a promise of complexity. So easy to drink now but should age easily for another decade. A Napa wine that lives up to the hype. (2015 vintage tasted 13 Sept 2018)
United States » California » Napa County » Napa Valley, 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon
5 days ago
Superb 'Super Tuscan' from the coastal region of Suvereto. 80% Cab Sauv, and 10% each of Cab Franc and Merlot aged 18 months in new and once-used French oak. Elegant and intense with deep black fruit flavours, integrated oak spice, and strong ripe tannins, this wine is beautifully poised for long-term aging--it still has youthful character at 7 years old! Tua Rita plays in the big leagues, and this wine proves they belong. (2011 tasted 13 Sept 2018)
Italy, 2011
5 days ago
Classic Provencal Rose! Pale salmon colour, delicate aromas of strawberry and dried roses, light sage notes on the palate, round mouthfeel on the mid-palate, and a fresh, slightly peppery, lightly gripping finish. The eel is more modestly displayed on the revised label for the 2017 vintage. Ideal for sipping, sashimi/sushi and beyond. Classic. (2017 tasted 14 August 2018)
France » Provence, with a community rating of 91/100
5 days ago
White wine made from wild untrained red Pais grapes (the original S American variety brought by Spanish missionaries), some growing up trees! Low intervention wine-making in clay amphora--wild yeast, no filtration and low sulfites. The faintest rosy tinge; fresh pear, green apple and honeydew; dry, with tonic and citrus pith grip; juicy, lingering finish--great food wine. Feels like time travel! Be sure to check producer's website for details. (2017 tasted 9 Sept 2018)
Chile » Central Valley » Maule Valley, Pais
10 days ago
Absolutely yummy, lively floral spicy 100% Aleatico fermented/aged in cement and stainless steel, with fresh grape/raspberry fruits and a long juicy finish. Unfiltered, it's a bit cloudy but will fall clear with standing the bottle--but no need to do so. Tempting to put a straw into the bottle, but a glass is better. Likely best now and for 1-2 years. (2015 tasted 9 Sept 2018)
10 days ago
Gary Hewitt added notes for Tahbilk Marsanne.
Great to see this Australian icon back--my notes on the 2010 state $20, so it's beating the rate of inflation! Bee's wax, lemon chiffon and honey with high acidity and a saline lick in the juicy finish. Ideal now but will likely fill out and mature with bottle age--drink now and consider putting a few aside in the cellar. Excellent. (2017 tasted 2 Sept 2018)
Australia » Victoria, Marsanne, with a community rating of 91/100
Bright salmon colour, pink grapefruit, dried rose and powdered strawberry flavours on a dry palate with talc powder tannins leading to a juicy finish. Not classic, but true to South France style and excellent value in the 1 litre plastic bottle. (2016 tasted 1 Sept 2018)
France, Grenache Gris
Refreshing, gulpable young wine with crisp raspberry-cranberry-cherry flavours, lively acidity, light tannins, medium body and a fresh, juicy finish. Serve slightly chilled and drink over the next 1-2 years. Delightful. (2017 tasted 1 Sept 2018)
Italy » Tuscany
"Family Reunion White" is a rare wine from a highly regarded idiosyncratic Austrian producer of natural wines. Challenging conditions in 2016 led to a unique blend of Gruner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Welschriesling & Weissburgunder. Young, cloudy and vibrant, this impressive young wine shows apple, honey, dried flowers, camomile, spice flavours and finishes long with juicy apple-like acidity. The balance and intensity suggest a long future with cellaring. Excellent. (2016 tasted 13 Aug 2018)
Austria » Burgenland, 2016, Grüner Veltliner, Weisser burgunder
Delightful, mouthwatering, fresh blended red from the Veneto. Bright red cherry and plum flavours with savoury notes from the Cabernets. A terrific summer red best served cool. Excellent! (2015 tasted 8 June 2018)
Italy » Veneto
Nicely made linear and young unfiltered wine with slight haze. Medium body, unoaked, wet stones, apple, citrus and light almond. Improved with air exposure and will likely become more complex with 1-3 years bottle age. I allowed some to clarify, but preferred the slightly hazy version--feel free to invert the bottle. Excellent wine. Broad food compatibility. (2016 tasted 8 June 2018)
Italy » Veneto
100% Gamay rose wine with pale salmon colour, a light herbal grip backing cherry strawberry fruit character. The grip and fresh acidity make this more of a food pairing wine than a patio sipper--but I'm happy to be corrected! Herbed chicken, pork or roast veggies. Great Art Deco style package. (2017 tasted 2 June 2018)
France » Burgundy, 2017
Full rich and complex young wine combining Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay plus the complexity of seasoned oak barrel aging--this is a ton of wine at $30! Great interplay of grassy fresh Sauv Blanc notes with Viognier's peach/apricot and the grassy honey richness of Chenin and Chard. Tough to know how this will age but am willing to put a couple aside to follow. Long finish. Excellent. (2015 tasted 1 Sept 2018)
South Africa » Stellenbosch
Oh yeah, a bit of ringer for a North Rhone Syrah, but this Syrah-Grenache blend from south France is more open and immediately drinkable. Lots of deep blackberry fruit with Rhone-like black pepper, iron and raw meat, ripe tannins and a juicy finish. Totally enjoyable but built to evolve over 3-5 years. (2014 tasted 27 April 2018)
France, Syrah, Grenache
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