WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE JUNE 2014
"The Last Chapter" is the tête de cuvée from Chapter 24, a project between Mark Tarlov and Louis Michel Liger-Belair, with Mikey Etzel making the wine. From multiple vineyard sources representing both volcanic and sedimentary soils, this wine’s initial scents of ripe black cherry and plum hint at the palate’s potential richness. And yet the wine isn’t so much rich as mouthfilling. A saturating and delicious presence that mimics richness, this bursts with exuberant fruit on the finish, then quietly recedes. This wine feels in every sense complete — calm and placid, with a succulence gently occupying every corner of the mouth.
This wine is a blend of four vineyards, all from the sedimentary (“Flood”) soils series found in the Willamette Valley. A vibrant purple, there’s a dark cherry thrust to the aroma, adorned by a touch of nori. The flavors are more demonstrative — dark and blue, rippling, pure, saturating, they reach the edge of your mouth the way color reaches the edge of the glass. In its texture the wine is at its most seductive, the purity of fruit held in place by a skidding, gravelly grip. Delicious now, it will deepen further with cellar time.
Suave and mineral, this wine is blended from vineyard sources representing the volcanic “Fire” soils of the Willamette Valley. It’s more red-fruited than its counterparts, with scents of cherries, cedar, sassafras and forest floor. A tannic component to the texture girds the wine while serving as a springboard, keeping it high-toned and elegant. A long-ager, it will reward the patient.
Well-buffed and ripe, dancing deftly over refined tannins to deliver currant and blackberry fruit in spades, glinting with hot stone and meaty notes as the finish lingers expressively. Drink now through 2022. — H.S
Crisp and detailed, shining a spotlight on the blackberry, currant, smoke and nutmeg flavors in turn as they spin effortlessly through a long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2020. — H.S
Fresh and vibrant, with a layer of refined tannins underlining the currant and black cherry fruit, turning steely on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. — H.S
STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR
Heady, exotically perfumed aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, Asian spices and potpourri. Densely packed yet lithe, offering palate-staining red and dark berry and spicecake flavors that gains sweetness and vivacity with air. Distinctly fresh and supple on the gently tannic, incisive finish, which leaves notes of allspice and candied flowers behind.
Powerful aromas of dark berry preserves, cola, licorice and lavender are energized by a bright mineral flourish. Palate-staining boysenberry and black raspberry flavors are given bite by a hint of blood orange. Sweet and broad on the long, sappy finish, which repeats the floral note and shows just a trace of tannins.
Sexy aromas of strawberry, raspberry and Asian spices, with a strong floral topnote. Taut red fruit flavors flesh out with air and show a deeper, sweeter cherry quality, with tangy acidity adding lift. Shows excellent clarity on the subtly tannic finish, with the cherry and spice notes repeating.