Imported by Wine Markets International, Woodbury, NY.
A more advanced color now, mid-gold. Pungent, alkaline, endlessly suggestive nose: at first inversely ozonic, pregnant with the smell of the air right before the thunderstorm, not after. Then a more saturated, indeed more stagnant depth, its underpinnings more intensely maritime: kelp, sea salt, lobster-stock, tidal pool. The texture is creamy and luscious, with brackish intimations of oyster and scallop. Humid and sweetly savory: the essence of New England clam bake, really. Splendidly rich, cucumber-saline orchard fruit and exquisitely balanced. Transportative: this reminded us of our summers by the sea. In a word: Ramonet. Now – 2016.
Lemon yellow. Penetrating nose: narcissus, peaches, hazelnut and a spicy lees reduction. Concentrated with great energy and intensity: a fondue of peach, pear and citrus. Silky and sweet. Fine grip with a dusty minerality. Long. A three dimensional Champ Canet. These can still be kept. Now – 2016.