Summer's Here

Feldstein, Carignan Rose, 2016

I wouldn't recommend aging a rose for so long in the first place, and I suspect the bottle's provenance, but remarkably, even though it's lost its youthful freshness, the rose seems to have fleshed out further the essence of Carignan. The fruit is dim now, but the herbal, meaty aspects are very prominent. (June 30, 2021)

But let's stick to fresh Feldstein roses, where the magic simply sparkles. 

Feldstein, Grenache Rose, 2020

The idea behind a good rose is to get as much expression as you can out of, well, as little as possible. I love it when a rose expresses the red character of the grape(s) clearly, yet succinctly, cleansing the palate with its acidity as soon as it touches off the taste buds. In that sense, it is clearly the punk rocker of the wine world. Such is this rose, with fairly complex aromatics and flavors, the essence of herbs and minerals. (July, 4, 2021)

Niepoort, Duoro, Tiara, 2019

The 'usual', for Duoro, combo of pears, pit-fruits and chalk and talc scented with exotic aromas I can't quite pin down. (June 26, 2021)

Niepoort, Dry White Port, n.v.

Nuts and a hint of lemon. Decent complexity. Not a wine that eases itself into your lap. Takes some getting used to but carves the place of a midday cocktail. I think. I’m not a cocktail man.

Château Citran, Haut-Médoc, 2017

Good, but boring, winemaking applied to boring material. (June 29, 2021)