December 10 2015
''Always a dense, dark and concentrated selection, La Forge is a wine that is immediately attractive but would be best after a few years of cellaring. Notes of dark berry preserves, muddled boysenberry, raspberry sauce, cocoa, leather and truffle abound on the nose and palate. The mouthfeel is plush and creamy, with medium tannins and a texture like crushed velvet. The finish is long and spicy, offering notes of black pepper and charred oak spice.'
"Opulent, rich and flavorful, this is a bold, oaky wine that’s brimming with aromas and flavors of baked apple, brioche, pie crust, cloved orange and peach pit. Lush and mouthfilling, the creamy texture and lush flavors are lifted by ample acidity, with a lingering baking spice flavor on the finish. Drinkable now, but should evolve well through 2019."
"Garrigue herb and purple flower aromas harmonize seamlessly with the lush black-berry preserves, boysenberry and raspberry fruit core. Ripe fruit flavors continue through to the creamy palate, framed by medium tannins and ample acidity. Notes of black pepper, cherry skin and bittersweet cocoa linger long on the finish."
"A blend of 57% Syrah, 26% Carignan and 17% Mourvèdre, this bold red opens with tons of assertive garrigue characteristics—menthol, bay leaf, lavender, sage—alongside aromas of purple flowers, Violets candies, red cherry and plum. The medium-weight palate boasts firm tannins and dark, concentrated black-fruit flavors, finishing dark and spicy on a charred oak and black pepper note."
"There’s a forward warm and spicy character to this dark, brooding wine, with notes of brambly berry and plum that are accented by hits of cocoa, violet and lavender. The creamy, medium-weight palate boasts soft but structured tannins and a crushed satin texture, with hints of leather and bittersweet chocolate that linger on the close."
"Crisp, light and ethereal, this blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Vermentino offers attractive herbal aromas of lavender, laurel and honeysuckle that are partnered with ripe fruit tones of apple, yellow melon and orange. The medium-weight palate is smoothly textured, with good cut to the ripe fruit flavors and a lingering sweet-spice accent on the close."
"This is a big, bold, powerful white, a blend of 80% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. Oaky aromas of toast, hazelnut and sweet spice abound throughout, gracing the fruit elements of honeydew, baked apple, peach pit, clove-spiked orange and buttered nuts. The mouthfeel is round and broad, but with ample acidic lift to the palate and through the finish to keep things fresh. A gingered peach-white tea flavor lingers on the close; try after 2017."
"This wine offers an attractive bouquet of yellow apple, peach, garrigue herbs and subtle toasted spice. Those notes continue through to the round, medium-weight palate, with additional flavors of melon and pear adding richness. Ample acidity shines through on the finish, along with a hint of dried apple-skin flavor."
Cap Insula Red, AOP Coteaux du Languedoc, 2013 : 90/100