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(WT020520-1) 17 CARTIZZE VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE, AZ. AGR. ANDREOLA  $31.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 11.5%. Fine mousse. Elegant. Fruity rather than bouqueted. Fine./ As usual these Cartizzes are sweeter than brut. Very fine mousse. Apple and pie dough flavors. 17.0.
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(WT020520-10) 15 MENETOU SALON ROUGE LES BRANGERS, DOMAINE CHAVET  $18.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Deep, dark, and intense with 2015 ripeness and concentration./ Yes, really meaty for Loire pinot noir. Thanks to the vintage. Even some tannin. 16.6+.
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(WT020520-11) 17 CAHORS MALBEC, CLOS LA COUTALE  $16.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; est. 1895. 2017 openness, with some Cahors grip behind./ Medium body, ripeness, all. Short of the flavor intensity of a riper vintage. Sharp finish. Probably the least impressive vintage of this I've tasted though few seem as inspiring as they used to be. 14.9.
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(WT020520-12) 18 FORCE OF NATURE RABBLE PASO ROBLES RED  $15.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Sweetness of Paso, but it's not pandering. Spot on combo of sweetness, ripeness, build, and acidity. Deep and spicy. All works./ Sweet and balanced. Adequate acidity. Cool it down. 16.3.
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(WT020520-15) 17 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE ROMAINE, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE  $14.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15%. Really deep and smoky. Really loaded. Full, deep-seated fruit. Spot on./ Full body, dry extract, tannic grip, power, largesse. This will go and grow. 16.9+.
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(WT020520-2) 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE MICHEL BREGEON  $19.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Body, pizzazz, and lots of sur lie influence. Balanced presentation. This works./ Very crisp and clear. Light sur lie aspects echo on the palate. Well balanced. Long aftertaste. A complete performance. 16.7.
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(WT020520-3) 18 LANGHE ARNEIS, AZ. AGR. ELVIO TINTERO  $12.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. SUS - sulphur under screwcap, an hermetic closure. This puts a lid on the variety's aromatic appeals. For now. Not as aggressively sulphurous in youth as some past vintages though./ Yes, the palate it sulphur suppressed as well. Maybe I'm super-sensitive. Orders were taken.15.0++,.
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(WT020520-4) 18 MACON CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, DOMAINE JEAN MANCIAT  $19.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 14%. Full, full, full. Deep, dense, intense. A Mr. Big village-specific Maconnais chardonnay./ Yes, full flavor, body, texture, extract. So concentrated it even hints of walnut husk. 16.9.
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(WT020520-5) 17 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE PAUL PERNOT  $31.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.2%; vineyard within Puligny, on the Meursault border. Full, oaky, dynamic combo of Meursault hazelnut and Puligny calcaire. Very attractive and well integrated barrel inflections./ Big and chewy constitution. Real Cote de Beaune solidity. Plus a 2017 grace note! 17.4+.
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(WT020520-6) 13 AUXEY DURESSES LES VIREUX, DOMAINE RAYMOND DUPONT-FAHN  $35.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; mostly Premier Cru terroir, above Meursault Les Vireux. Oh, full, nutty-oaky. Nicely developed bouquet. Fathomless depth. Solid oak structure./ Oak and warm grains. Flavorful. Full bouqueted. Complete. 18.6.
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(WT020520-7) 18 SAVOIE JONGIEUX ROSE, DOMAINE EUGENE CARREL  $12.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Brisk, fresh, fruity, crisp, northern. Really pushes out the fruit aromas./ Full flavor, fruit concentration. Wow. At the top of its game. 16.9.
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(WT020520-8) 18 ELK COVE ESTATE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR ROSE  $18.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%. Fuller, stronger, richer. Fruity and resilient. New World pinot richness. Milder acidity, so not as refreshing as the Savoie. Damn good though. 16.3.
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(WT020520-9) N.V. ITALIA ROSSO, AZ. AGR. ELVIO TINTERO  $14.99
02/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Bright, jolly color./ Fresh and vibrant. Brilliant even. Full of fruit./ Again, full of fruit expression, fruit delivery. Appropriately medium bodied. Though there's light tannin and astringency in the background, I still think one could serve this cool. 16.6.
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(WT021220-1) NV CREMANT D'ALSACE PRESTIGE, DOMAINE SAINT REMY  $18.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%; all chardonnay; est. 1725. Translucent, powdery, doughy. Ideal blanc de blancs, methode champenoise of chardonnay./ While the nose seems well padded, the palate is very dry, which comes as a bit of a surprise. Dry, cleansing finish. Great versatility at the table. 16.4.
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(WT021220-10) 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD  $19.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%; from northern Burgundy. Sweet, full, spicy, and desirable in all respects. Not woody, so there's plenty of fruit and regional definition. Wow./ Great acid as well as full body and texture and tannin and everything. 16.6+.
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(WT021220-11) 18 PARDUCCI SMALL LOT MENDOCINO PINOT NOIR  $14.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; est. 1932; Mendocino County's oldest winery. Sweet, dark, full pinot noir. Light reduction./ Medium bodied. A bit tart and metallic on entry, and modestly built. Does fill to a sweet finale as it warms in the mouth. Still, I liked the 2017 better. Time will tell. 15.8+.
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(WT021220-12) 17 SEA GLASS SANTA BARBARA PINOT NOIR  $14.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Proper medium color intensity./ Much sweeter fruit than the 2016./ In fact, it's a bit short on the SBC pinot acidity it usually carries. Sweet and easy appeal. Deliberate change in style? 16.1.
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(WT021220-13) 16 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR  $16.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Nice Haute Provence take on pinot noir, combining the vintage's stylishness with cherry fruit warmth of the south. Some barrel augmentation to boot./ Full texture, taste, and fine balance of sweetness and acidity. Yes, another good vintage of this sleeper. 16.7.
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(WT021220-15) FERREIRA BRANCO PORTO  $17.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FORTIFIED) 19.5%; est. 1751. Spiritous in my Taster glass. Dull. None of the aged beauties of the Dona Antonia cuvee./ Hot and sweet on entry. Then a dry woodiness takes over. Simple. Limited appeal. 15.6.
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(WT021220-2) 18 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER KLASSIK TROCKEN, NASTL  $14.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRIA) 12.5%.Fresh, crisp, bright. Apple and nut./ Medium bodied. Modest acidity and flavor. Nose carries. 16.3/15.5.
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(WT021220-3) 18 LANGHE BIANCO MONTERUSTICO, VAJRA  $14.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Clear-headed, padded, vinous./ Mainly vinous in taste also. Seems to be based on one of Piemonte's less aromatic grape varieties, such as cortese. Padded aftertaste. Well liked by the group. 16.0+.
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(WT021220-4) 19 LINDEMAN'S BIN 65 SE AUSTRALIA CHARDONNAY  $5.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRALIA) 13.5%; est. 1843. Light, clean, vinous./ Vinous. Plain. OK. 15.0.
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(WT021220-5) 19 BODEGAS CALLIA M SAN JUAN MALBEC  $9.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13.5%.Sweet, dark blackberry and cherry aromas./ Sweetly fruity and creme filled. Plenty of appeal for sure. As always. 16.5.
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(WT021220-6) 18 LANGHE ROSSO, AZ. AGR. G. D. VAJRA  $15.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; nebbiolo, dolcetto, barbera, albarossa, freisa, pinot nero. Young and reticent (just traveled), sweet and good./ Still rather tight and tart. Rest, air, and age. 16.0++.
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(WT021220-7) 18 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE  $16.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; est. 1822. Fresh, bright, crisp, cool, fruity, northern, snappy, classic./ Again, 2018 fruit bounties. Spot on Bourgueil. 17.0+.
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(WT021220-8) 18 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX  $14.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%. Deep, dark definition of 2018, with the usual ripe-fruit style of this Chateau. Youthful fruit. Spices emerge with aeration, and the nose gathers depth./ Dense and spicy. Plenty of good, fine-grained tannin. Good acidity. The vintage talks the talk.. While ripe, the acid reads Euro. Tannin builds at the end. Everything points to a positive evolution. 16.6+.
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(WT021220-9) 18 CHENAS GRAND CRU EN REMONT VIGNES DE 1939, DOMAINE PASCAL AUFRANC  $17.99
02/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; vineyard planted in 1939 at 1200', at the top of the Remont hillside. Full, northern Beaujolais style. Big like Moulin a Vent./ Sweet, sizable, well built. Old vines intensity, stamina. To cellar. 16.6+.
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(WT021920-1) 18 CHABLIS COTE DE LECHET PREMIER CRU, DOMAINE FOURREY  $23.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; fourth generation. Pretty mild mannered for a 1er Cru. But adequate for the price./ High acidity bodes well for the future. 16.3+.
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(WT021920-10) 18 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, AZ. AGR. G. D. VAJRA  $23.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%. Full, rich, abundant, spicy, deep, ample./ Clear and fine Vajra style. Big yet vital, vivid Piemonte nebbiolo. 17.0+.
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(WT021920-11) 17 STACK HOUSE NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $42.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.2% Big, dense, dark, northern Napa rich./ Class oak and sweet mid to high Valley cabernet style. All about Napa Valley distinction. 17.7.
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(WT021920-12) 17 PRECEDENT EVANGELHO VINEYARD CONTRA COSTA ZINFANDEL  $29.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%; vineyard planted in 1890. Very spicy oak and intense, sweet, saturated old vines fruit./ Yow! Total mouthful and mouth feel. Cooly Contra Costa, fully old vines intense. 18.0+.
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(WT021920-13) 16 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE  $23.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15%; 72% grenache, 23% syrah, 3% mourvedre, 2% cinsault. Plenty of Gigondas material and body. The most ample this has shown in several vintages./ 16 silky. Plenty of bulk. Wears its 15% well. Glad to see this back in top form. 16.9+.
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(WT021920-14) 17 PELEE ISLAND SOUTH ISLANDS ICEWINE HALF BOTTLE  $29.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CANADA) 10.5%; harvested at 39.5 degrees Brix; residual sugar: 179 g/l. Restrained sweetness and aromatics. A cool rather than voluptuous ice wine./ The palate is richer, but I wouldn't call it luxurious. A very racy style of ice wine that will likely age well and offer more rewards in the future. 17.0+.
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(WT021920-15) 02 WARRE'S BOTTLE AGED LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO  $34.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FORTIFIED) 20%; bottled in 2006; unfiltered. Powerful, sweet, young, bold./ Warre's black fruit style. Sweet. Holding a lot back still. This will age like a Vintage port. 17.2+.
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(WT021920-2) 18 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DANIEL CHOTARD  $25.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%; at Reigny. Full. Not at all tropical./ Fabulous body and terroir. Yes, I love its substance. Take it to the table. 17.0+.
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(WT021920-3) 18 LONG MEADOW RANCH RUTHERFORD SAUVIGNON BLANC  $21.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%; est. 1872. Subtle. Not New World gushy. I like that./ Milder acidity than the Sancerre of course. But enough. Yes, an engaging, subtle approach. I love Napa Valley sauvignon blanc. 16.5+.
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(WT021920-4) 15 RIOJA COSECHA BLANCO, FINCA ALLENDE  $27.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%; 95% viura, 5% malvasia; unfined, unfiltered. Fabulous old style of white Rioja. Barrel aged. Some sulphur to blow off. Not a long term issue though./ Traditional grip. Barrel evolution. Keeper. 16.7+.
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(WT021920-5) 18 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU CUVEE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DIOCHON  $25.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Large, firm, and rightful Moulin a Vent, with 2018 fruit sweetness on display. Big./ Yes, big-framed, tannic. Material over aromatics. To cellar. 17.0+.
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(WT021920-6) 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO, PODERE CASTELLARE DI CASTELLINA  $24.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Oh, yes, extreme and fine fruit and oak as always. And spicier than ever./ Wow, large scaled, and still its fruity self. Great presentation of both fruit and oak. 17.5.
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(WT021920-7) 17 KEN WRIGHT WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $27.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Bold, sweet, oaky, spicy. Really pushes it out. Yow!/ Yes, dark and dense, yet with spiel and acidity too. Texture and cling. Yes indeed. 17.4+.
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(WT021920-8) 15 CHATEAU COUTET, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION  $34.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; 60% merlot, 30% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% cab sauv. Wow! Rich, ripe, spicy. Still, measured, under control. Ripe and rich Saint Emilion with Euro resolve./ Wow! Big, juicy fruit and oak. And structure. All. 17.5+.
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(WT021920-9) 11 RIOJA COSECHA, FINCA ALLENDE  $27.99
02/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%; all tempranillo; unfined, unfiltered. Rich, oaky, well aged. Really loaded, especially for 2011./ Sweet and oaky. Young yet. Loaded, indeed. 17.2+.
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