My neighbor gave Sarah and I this for Christmas last year. He brought it back directly from the chateau and stored it in his cellar for over 10 years before he gifted it to us. It was pretty awesome, although Sarah didn't like it because it was too sweet for her. 100% Chenin Blanc--and it must have been a pretty big wine, because it had a lot of residual sugar even though the alcohol was 13.5%. Just killer and delicious with great balance, honey, more honey, and then some tangerine thrown in for good measure. Delicious with curried chicken and mango's over rice and some kale that I sauteed with sriracha (which was a killer pairing because of the sugar content). I brought this over for our neighbor to taste--he was pretty into it too--and he gave me a taste of 2001 Gran Reserva Marques du Murrietta Rioja (delicious and spicy), as well as Corrido Extra Anejo Tequila. Awesome tequila, with tons of cream and orange essence. In the morning, I kind of wished that I hadn't had the tequila...
Last night he came over and gave me a taste of the 2008 Evening Land Oregon Pinot Noir that is a joint venture of Dominique Lafon of Burgundy fame. Around 20$ or so and elegant with Pinot funk, great balance, and cinnamon.
We've also had some other wines recently:
You can grab this at Costco right now for $12. It's delicious and juicy with lots of watermelon. Good enough that I purchased a second bottle.
This is 10$ at Costco. A little flabby, but overall, a good value with lots of citrus pith notes.
The ecovino is $9.99 at TJ's for the equivalent of 2 bottles. Sadly, it sucks balls. At least the packaging is cool. I'd stay far away from this.
This is 7$ at TJ's, and I also don't think that it's very good. Perhaps it's because I'm not a fan of overly ripe whites and like more acidic wines? Whatever, if this is your thing, I didn't think it was that bad. Just not that compelling. You can get better whites at TJ for 7$ than this. Tropical with some floral elements and alcohol heat, but nothing to write home about. Just boring. I wouldn't purchase it again.