Olga Raffault Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2014

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Shengli Hu Delectable Pro

Bright ruby with a garnet rim of medium minus concentration. Tobacco, pencil shavings, cigar, cedarwood, licorice, fresh pomegranate, raspberry, tart red cherry, stony minerality. Lightly spiced. Elevated acidity, medium soft tannins, medium alcohol. Medium body.

Bright ruby with a garnet rim of medium minus concentration. Tobacco, pencil shavings, cigar, cedarwood, licorice, fresh pomegranate, raspberry, tart red cherry, stony minerality. Lightly spiced. Elevated acidity, medium soft tannins, medium alcohol. Medium body.

9.2

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More powerful and full-bodied wine from Le Picasses than 2015. A stunner. Fresh and complex, but a more muscular side of Chinon. Dark ruby in color. Expressive nose full of blackberry, black olive, spice and pepper. On the palate, rich, dark, with more olive and some tobacco on the finish. Amazing value. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)

More powerful and full-bodied wine from Le Picasses than 2015. A stunner. Fresh and complex, but a more muscular side of Chinon. Dark ruby in color. Expressive nose full of blackberry, black olive, spice and pepper. On the palate, rich, dark, with more olive and some tobacco on the finish. Amazing value. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)

9.4

Ian Staub Delectable Pro

Give this 2 hours minimum in a decanter - it’s shy at first but opens up to a really beautiful and varietally accurate cab franc expression. Ripe red and black cherry, freshly turned potting soil, green pepper, slightly horsey. My wife, who has a more sensitive palate, was turned off by the extent of barnyard here - I was more than happy to drink the bottle on my own. :) Enjoyed tonight with a roasted Cornish game hen, prepared in the Zuni style, with sautéed brassicas and broiled polenta. Two more in the cellar - drinking great now but I’ll try to hold them for a couple years to see where things go.

Give this 2 hours minimum in a decanter - it’s shy at first but opens up to a really beautiful and varietally accurate cab franc expression. Ripe red and black cherry, freshly turned potting soil, green pepper, slightly horsey. My wife, who has a more sensitive palate, was turned off by the extent of barnyard here - I was more than happy to drink the bottle on my own. :) Enjoyed tonight with a roasted Cornish game hen, prepared in the Zuni style, with sautéed brassicas and broiled polenta. Two more in the cellar - drinking great now but I’ll try to hold them for a couple years to see where things go.

9.0

Jae Cho Delectable Pro

Prior notes always apply. That texture tho...

Prior notes always apply. That texture tho...

9.1

Jae Cho Delectable Pro

If you need a change of pace from primary fruit wines, Olga

If you need a change of pace from primary fruit wines, Olga

9.1

Severn Goodwin Delectable Pro

Nose has black cherry, mashed blackberry, red currant jam, (light) new leather, sous-bois and wet cedar. Palate has under-ripe black cherry, black currant, (light) red pepper, peppercorn, medium tannins and light oak on the long finish, elegant. Decanted ~4 hours, this needs much more time to awaken the palate. A legendary Chinon vineyard of 50+ year old vines, an excellent vintage for Loire reds, it's difficult not to be in love with this bottle. Only improvement could be another 10 years of age before I pulled this cork tonight.

Nose has black cherry, mashed blackberry, red currant jam, (light) new leather, sous-bois and wet cedar. Palate has under-ripe black cherry, black currant, (light) red pepper, peppercorn, medium tannins and light oak on the long finish, elegant. Decanted ~4 hours, this needs much more time to awaken the palate. A legendary Chinon vineyard of 50+ year old vines, an excellent vintage for Loire reds, it's difficult not to be in love with this bottle. Only improvement could be another 10 years of age before I pulled this cork tonight.

9.2

Joe Weinberger

I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy old school Cabernet Franc. A trip down memory lane.

I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy old school Cabernet Franc. A trip down memory lane.

9.1

Josh Morgenthau

Vivid. All sorts of little purple flowers, the type that bloom early in the spring. Also, some just-ripe cherry, leaf litter, a little leather and pencil shavings. But so so floral. All the hallmarks of this bottling in astonishing balance here. Good acid, supple texture with just the silkiest of tannins. Wowing me already at the young age of 6 (for this wine), I think in time it will be a classic. This is not a showy wine and won’t please everyone’s taste. But there’s just so much class and finesse here it almost makes you want to cry.

Vivid. All sorts of little purple flowers, the type that bloom early in the spring. Also, some just-ripe cherry, leaf litter, a little leather and pencil shavings. But so so floral. All the hallmarks of this bottling in astonishing balance here. Good acid, supple texture with just the silkiest of tannins. Wowing me already at the young age of 6 (for this wine), I think in time it will be a classic. This is not a showy wine and won’t please everyone’s taste. But there’s just so much class and finesse here it almost makes you want to cry.

9.5

Peter Sultan

This was a COVID treat given Ive cellared this wine for several years, always buy em young when they are cheap- a great deal if you can tolerate the long aging they can bear . Have several 07’s of our daughters birth year. A humble wine right now (always?), perhaps it is in its “closed” phase. Cranberries & wood shavings nose. Fine red berries, a lovely round palate, that slight pencil lead Chinon thing. A small wine-and that’s meant as a compliment

This was a COVID treat given Ive cellared this wine for several years, always buy em young when they are cheap- a great deal if you can tolerate the long aging they can bear . Have several 07’s of our daughters birth year. A humble wine right now (always?), perhaps it is in its “closed” phase. Cranberries & wood shavings nose. Fine red berries, a lovely round palate, that slight pencil lead Chinon thing. A small wine-and that’s meant as a compliment

9.1

Ryan GJ

Cherry/cranberry nectar, oak, elderberry on the nose. Same on the palate with some earthiness. Juicy acidity at play well with the fruit earth and tannins. Medium light body. The spice at the end has a touch of oak too. Really well integrated flavors, rounded and complex.

Cherry/cranberry nectar, oak, elderberry on the nose. Same on the palate with some earthiness. Juicy acidity at play well with the fruit earth and tannins. Medium light body. The spice at the end has a touch of oak too. Really well integrated flavors, rounded and complex.

9.1

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  • 148 Chambers Street
    New York, NY 10007

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    Sunday: 12pm-7pm

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