|Highest Rated||Wild Lady (76 / 100)
||Average score||72 / 100 (Very Good)|
|Lowest Rated||Wild Lady (69 / 100)
69 / 100
Pours a golden burnished amber. Head white, foamy, bubbly with decent cascade on tilting, some nice sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice.
Smells earthy, slightly funky. Touch of citrus but largely barnyard, with a hint of peppery spice. Nice, but very commonorgarden.
Taste is similar but amps up the tartness which is good. No real character to the tartness though, it's just a wild buggy acidity, that amps up early on and lasts towards the finish where it turns earthy and funky. Lingering acidity helps to freshen it up. But yeah, it's decent and quite pleasant but it feels quite unnuanced, like it's the textbook parts of a tart saison without any complexity around the edges. So even though it's pleasant it feels like it just delivers purely on expectations, without any more. Still, it's good.
Smooth, good body that carries the tartness. Slightly rough on the very back.
Drinks nicely and is a good cleanser after the Avery pump[ky]n. The fact that it isn't jazzy or glamorous seems beside the point, because it is also just very pleasant and clean, if maybe a touch too tart.
76 / 100
750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.
Pours a very clear burnished golden colour, almost towards copper. Head forms in a coarse, frothy mess that leaves intricate lace. Carbonation forms in long, fine streams that move more slowly than you expect. Looks good.
Nose is pleasant without being exceptional. There's a soft wild ferment/barrel character that comes through with a little honey and lightly acidic chardonnay. There's a little leafiness to it too, which is pleasant. But all up, it's a bit mild.
Taste is better. It has a crisp tart green apple acidity that runs through the centre of the palate, and matches nicely with the very fine carbonation, and the slight suggestion of oaked chardonnay. Finish is vinous, with more of an earthy turn. It's genuinely very pleasant.
Feel is crisp and light—a little more carbonation would enliven it even more, but it's decent enough as it is.
It's a pleasant brew. The acidity is tempered, just enough to give it the tartness, and to make it seem bright and clean. It ends up being a nice, cleansing brew, with enough character to make it interesting.