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David Skinner

David Skinner

Essence De Dourthe 2010

Bordeaux, France
1326 days ago

David scored this wine: 96/100

Deeply concentrated dark garnet. Complex nose with dark cherry, cassis, cedar, cocoa and spices intermingling without any one aroma burying another. This wine really opens up with decanting and is a feast for the senses. Great flavors of plum, fig, sour cherry and blackberry woven into a well-balanced blend of supple tannins and juicy acidity. Full bodied and an astonishingly long finish that keeps on featuring everything the wine initially offers. Save this beauty for a special occasion and a special dish like tournedos rossini.

1209 days ago

David scored this wine: 96/100

A new offering released in 2017 in limited quantities, this wine is the sum of all the best estate-grown pinot noir vines. Selected carefully from the south, east and west slopes, the three most famous single vineyard grapes are used to make this rarity. The nose presents black raspberry, currants, dark cherry and gentle barrel aromatics. The medium-full weight on the palate is complimented by great acid and tannin balance that supports dark fruit flavors followed by earthy grace notes. The finish lasts forever.

1209 days ago

David scored this wine: 95/100

The 2014 vintage of this wine won top white wine honors from Wine Spectator and the 2015 is no less remarkable. Thirteen month in barrel with 40% new French oak gives this wine considerable complexity. The nose has depth with subtle brioche scents layered over a rich palate of pineapple, butterscotch, lime and ginger accents. A supple mouthfeel and good acidity compliments echoes of its fragrant nasal character. Plenty of balance and a super long finish.

Domaine Serene, Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
1209 days ago

David scored this wine: 95/100

The 2010 vintage garnered wine spectator’s number 3 wine of the year and 2014 captures the essence of what this label consistently offers. The aromas leaping from the glass are dominated by black fruit. Blackberry, blueberry, Cherry and chocolate. Like black forest cake in a glass. Plenty more fruit on the palate with great balance of well-integrated tannins and racy acidity. A supple mouthfeel and medium full body lifted by a long finish with spice and fruit.

Art Series

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Margaret River, Australia
1662 days ago

David scored this wine: 95/100

Dark ruby and a pink rim. Black currant and black cherry are significant contributors to the pleasing aromas. Oak brings plenty to the party. Anise, cocoa and cloves with a hint of forest floor round out the complex nose. Full bodied and round full tannins are in harmony with ideal acidity levels. The flavours echo the aromas and black currant gets a boost from savory characteristics like sage and tobacco. A very long finish with dusty tannins and fruit each playing their part. I'd love this to accompany pan-seared venison with rosemary and dried cherries.

David Skinner

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