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(WT030321-01) 17 CREMANT DE BORDEAUX BRUT, CALVET  $17.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) 12%; 70% semillon, 30% cabernet franc; 11 months en tirage. An engaging degree of fruit on the nose. No shortage of lees autolysis influence./ Flavorful. More leesy than fruity on the palate. Agreeable; versatile. Good value. 16.5.
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(WT030321-02) 19 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO NEBOA, BODEGAS EIDOSELA  $15.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13%; name refers to fog; at Condado do Tea; 75 yr old vines on slate instead of the usual granite. Some sulphur under screwcap at first. As it lifts,, albarino tropical fruit, stone fruit, and flowers evident beneath./ Flavors confirm aromas. Plus citrus notes and fresh acidity. 16.3+.
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(WT030321-03) 20 BABYLONSTOREN CANDIDE SIMONSBERG-PAARL WHITE  $14.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOURH AFRICA) 13.5%; chenin blanc, viognier, chardonnay, semillon; all but the chenin lees aged for 4 months in seasoned barrels. Fresh, fruity, well crafted. The first two contribute aromatics, the others, filling. Viognier is properly measured so its floral qualities do not overwhelm chenin's quince, lime, and melon. Lees play a leavening role./ Crisp, fresh, even crunchy. One of the liveliest Cape whites I've tasted. Superb balance. Kudos. 16.7.
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(WT030321-04) 17 POUILLY FUISSE LES ROBEES, DOMAINE FABRICE LAROCHETTE  $25.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%; 40 year old vines in the Chaintre sector, south-facing and always the first to be harvested; lees aged. Lees and additional bottle age give this a certain graininess that creates something of a barrel-aged impression. Full body of the appellation. Classy and elegant./ 2017 soft and accommodating. Needs no further aging, really. 16.5.
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(WT030321-05) 19 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, AZ. AGR. PAOLO SCAVINO  $14.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 50+ year old vines. Stunning red violet color./ And blue fruit aroma. Scavino fruitiness, suavity, varietal definition./ Burst of black fruit flavors. Black cherry, plus dashes of anise and orange zest. Well textured. Surprising measure of tannin, albeit fine grained. Gives it an unexpected chewiness that will play well at the table, so there's not obligation to age this. 16.7+.
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(WT030321-06) 19 MOULIN A VENT VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DIOCHON  $26.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; unfined, unfiltered; 50-85 yr old vines adjacent to the windmill itself; aged 6 months in seasoned foudres.. Oh, my goodness! Let the games begin! A monster MaV sporting a complex range of intense aromatics. Cherry, plum, violets, wet stones, rare earths./ Maybe a tad less body than the Parker 94/100 2018. Still, it's plenty full enough. Chewy tannins, fine acidity, plenty of material, dry extract. This one deserves cellaring. 17.4+.
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(WT030321-07) 17 WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS FOUNDERS' RESERVE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $23.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%; Dijon, Pommard, & Wadenswil clones; 9 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. This shows the extra year of bottle maturation versus the 2018 tasted last month. It's softer; and there's the beginning of bottle bouquet coming on. Deep and intricate melange of fruit, oak, and barrel age./ Yes, rounder and softer on the palate too. Remarkably engaging flavor and texture range at this stage. Enough acid to preserve balance. I'd put it right to use. 17.0.
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(WT030321-08) 11 COPERTINO RISERVA, CANTINA SOCIALE DI COPERTINO  $12.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; in Salento; 95% negroamaro, 5% malvasia nera; 2011 was just released. Must have been bottled recently. There's no red stain on the cork at all. The ruby color suggests a much younger wine. Credit negroamaro./ Ah, but the bouquet is readily evident. Along with a much greater freshness than the 2010 showed last year. Cooler vintage so less roasted fruit./ Intricate in bouquet and taste. Broad, round, and so inviting for current drinking. Long, suave aftertaste. I suspect it was aged in large, neutral vats of some sort. Deal! 17.0.
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(WT030321-10) 18 SAINTAYME, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION  $28.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; owned by ace consulting oenologist Denis Durantou; 98% merlot 2% cab franc; at St Etienne de Lisse; aged 14 months in barrels, 30% new. Near black color concentration./ Full 2018 fruit abundance tempered and complexed by barrel effects, including new barrels. Thoroughly modern claret in the best sense, as you'd expect from this maker./ Prominent fruit richness conquers the oak, which adds an underlying layer of taste and tannin. Very, very long finish. 17.4+.
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(WT030321-11) 18 SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY TERROIR DE CRAIE, DOMAINE DE LA PERRUCH E  $18.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 15%; cabernet franc; terroir of perruche stones on chalky tuffeau at Montsoreau. Full color./ Oh, that's a bright--even brilliant--S-C cab franc red raspberry nose. And peppery seeds. No herbs in ripe 2018. The special elegant take of an S-C cab franc. Haven't had one in a long time, but I can't forget it./ Sweet and juicy ripe fruit shows the combo of vintage and northern latitude. Lingering ripe acidity and very fine tannin. Textbook S-C. I suspect the alcohol statement was to avoid the tariff last year. Doesn't smell and taste like a 15% wine. 16.9+.
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(WT030321-12) 17 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU  $18.99
03/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 60% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault; 50 year old vineyard at Sorgues bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Now back to a sensible degree of ripeness after the freakish 2016. Big, rich, and powerful. Syrah and mourvedre provide a lot of black fruit aromas. This runs old vines deep and complicated./ Yes, grenache levels of alcohol and glycerol balanced by the firm black fruits of the other major players. Tannins melted, so useful now. Solid vintage of this. 16.9+.
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(WT031021-01) 19 FRIULI AQUILEIA PINOT GRIGIO, TENUTA CA' BOLANI  $14.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 999 cypress trees frame the estate. Sulphur, apple, and melon. Pretty fair body./ Padded acid. Wet wool. This is going to need further aeration. It continued to suffer from sulphur issues through two tasting panel sessions, the second 3 hours after it was opened. Yet the attendee who took the remainder home with him reported it revealing and delightful with dinner. How many us can wait that long?! Come on, winemakers, lighten up! 15.5+.
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(WT031021-02) 19 ALTO ADIGE TERLANO SAUVIGNON WINKL, CANTINA TERLAN  $29.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; produced since 1956; Winkl is on sand and porphyric gravel; lees aged 6 months. Soaring lime peel and mango aromatics. Persistent, penetrating., cool. What give!/ Lime, tangelo, and mango. Proper level of acidity for balance and refreshment. What a taste treat! Flavors go on and on. No other sauvignon quite like it. Very popular with the tasting panel. 18.0.
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(WT031021-03) FRANCAIS GAMAY RAISINS GAULOIS, MARCEL LAPIERRE  $18.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; vines under 20 years old, most all within the Morgon AOC. A very lithe, pretty, and pure gamay nose. I can see the Morgon statement, lightly spoken by intent./ Not as much flavor and texture as expected. Medium bodied. Some earlier versions have been more-ish. I probably should have cooled this down for refreshment; I don't think that will retard the nose much.. 16.4/16.0.
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(WT031021-04) 16 JOSEPH SWAN CUVEE DE TROIS RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $36.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 12.8%. Wow! There's not another pinot like it...except another from Swan! This has less rusticity than some earlier vintages. The varietal statement is purer, and more precise. The elevage has added exciting complexity and detail. It's deep, tarry, spicy./ Yeah, pedigree of origin, brilliance of upbringing. All that and moderate alcohol to boot. If you're tired of same-old, same-old (actually 'new') California pinots, open a bottle of this legend. Very popular with the tasting panel. 17.5.
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(WT031021-05) 18 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO LUCCHINE, AGR. TEDESCHI  $15.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; Lucchine = vineyard name; 25% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 10% Molinara, 10% Rossignola, Negrara, Dindarella. One may have questioned my serving order, but this Valpol doesn't back down. The black fruit aromas are strong and forthcoming. While retaining the proper level of moderation./ Plenty of richness, body, and flavor for a Valpol without dried fruit added. Yet these don't exceed my norms for classic, old time Valpolicella. With juicy acidity. Thoroughly satisfying, and versatile at the table. 16.9.
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(WT031021-06) 15 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO RISERVA, CARPINETO  $31.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 90% prugnolo gentile, 10% canaiolo; aged 2 years in cooperage and 1 in bottle before release. Deeper and more robust than the Vino Nobile norm in balmy 2015, which invites plenty of barrel influence to temper and to spread out the fruit surge. Deep, broad, and totally complex. Vino Nobile and a Half!/ Oh, boy, exceptional body for the DOCG, and still plenty of fine fruit tannins. Lengthy, unrelenting. Awesome! Wine of the Night on many a panel scorecard. 17.5+.
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(WT031021-07) 18 ALENTEJANO TOURIGA NACIONAL, HERDADE ROCIM  $16.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 14%; fermented and aged a year in French oak barrels, 1/3 new. Whoa! An aromatic fanfare! Touriga nacional purple and black fruits amped up in lush 2018. Want the definition of the varietal? Here it is, front and center./ Equally lush and sprawling on the palate. Regional warmth plus high altitude, cool night acid foil. Show wine. At a modest tariff (oh, please not to mention that name!). 17.1+.
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(WT031021-08) 18 L'HERTRE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX  $34.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc; owned by the Thienponts of Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin; barrel aged 15 months. Well, this is good Castillon terrior (an eastern extension of the Saint Emilion cote) and Grand Cru Classe elevage. Folks are going to have to learn that Castillons nurtured in this fashion are worth over thirty bucks. Ripe 2018 fruit and intricate barrel nuances./ Full of 2018 merlot richness and savor. And so finely imparted barrel embellishments. I'm in awe. 17.6+.
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(WT031021-09) 18 BABYLONSTOREN NEBUKADNESAR SIMONSBERG-PAARL RED  $31.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOUTH AFRICA) 14.5%; 50% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, 7% petit verdot, and 3% malbec; aged 23 months in new French oak barrels. Wow, a lot of heavy hitting reds for a relatively warm day. High was to be 61 when I picked these; it's well exceeded that. The power and fruit material here is enough to absorb all that new oak impact. There's a successful merger here; no overt oakiness on top./ Yes, sweet and ripe and strong fruit of its Paarl origin leavened by barrel time and extracts. Big, big wine for hearty fare. And balanced through and through. 17.5+.
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(WT031021-10) 19 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE VINCENT, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR  $17.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; all syrah; 45+ year old vines in two parcels bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Gads, when are we going to stop putting the pedal to the metal? Yet another large and insistent nose. It's big, black, old vines southern Rhone style syrah to the max./ Yes, mouthfilling and coating. Well tempered power. Good acidity. Very fine grained tannins. I can see the popularity of this cuvee. 16.9+.
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(WT031021-11) 17 LIRAC, CHATEAU MONT REDON  $25.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; grenache, syrah,, mourvedre; aged 18 months, 1/3 in piece, 2/3 in vat. Come on now, not another big boy! Black color./ Husky build for a Lirac rouge. Runs deep, firm, Mont Redon traditional. Barrel age influence without barrel leachings./ Yeah, large scale Lirac, still with the cooler set of varietal interpretations that Right Bank appellations offer. Admirable in all respects. Worthy for both table and cellar. 17.0+.
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(WT031021-12) 18 MOSEL RIESLING SPATLESE MOSEL SLATE, WEINGUT MONCHHOF - ROBERT EYMAEL  $27.99
03/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 8.5%; from steep slopes above Erden and Urzig. Some fitzer aroma of bottle development doesn't obscure the terroir statements of Erden slate walnut husk and Urzig 'spiciness'. There's a bit of SUS (sulphur under screwcap) too./ The panorama is on view on the palate.. The acidity is bright, the spatlese level of sweetness right. Will achieve harmony and fulfillment after a couple of more years in the cellar. By the second session, much of the sulphur had aired off, and the wine was well appreciated. 16.6+.
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(WT031721-01) 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY DOMAINE MOUTARD, MOUTARD-DILIGENT  $17.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; on Kimmeridgian limestone in Tonnerre and Molosmes north of Chablis; vines planted from 1954 to 1990; aged 8 months on lees in vats and seasoned barrels. Northern take on chardonnay./ Fresh acidity. Grainy bouquet coming on with maturity. 16.0.
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(WT031721-02) 18 GRECO DI TUFO LOGGIA DELLA SERRA, TERREDORA DI PAOLO  $23.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; from estate vineyards at 600 meters' elevation; scion of the Mastroberardino family. Coming into fulfillment. Depth and mealiness. Has good greco fatness./ Well, that's more impressive still on the palate. Plenty of body and good acidity here for food. 16.4.
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(WT031721-03) 17 ROSSO PICENO INDIGENOUS, GIORGIO RIVETTI  $16.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%; 70% montepulciano, 30% sangiovese; 30 year old vines; no barrel aging. Dark, upbeat, and intensely montepulciano purple stuff, including violets./ Rounded, softened with bottle age, yet retaining that Rosso Piceno consummate brightness. Melted tannins. A good example in a forward vintage. A group favorite. 16.7.
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(WT031721-04) 19 EVESHAM WOOD WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $26.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%; unfiltered; est. 1986. Oh, this has charm. It always does. Just pure, joyous cherry and blossom. Subtle oak-cedar overtones./ Medium bodied. A little of the herbal side in cool, wet 2019, which is countered by cherry fruit sweetness. 16.5.
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(WT031721-05) 15 CHATEAU LABAT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $23.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; est. 1648; half each cab sauv, merlot; owned by the Nony family along with Ch, Caronne Ste. Gemme; Wine Enthusiast 92/100. Labat blue color./ Wow, that's 2015 ripe, deep, velvety, enticing. Fine oak complex here, the fruit obviously rich enough to handle it./ Yes, cabernet blackberry and black currant, merlot black cherry, barrel contributions--all in synch. Fine tannins almost fully resolved. Bouquet to come. I'd start drinking this at age seven. 16.8+.
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(WT031721-06) 18 CHATEAU MUSAR MUSAR JEUNE BEKAA VALLEY RED  $21.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (LEBANON) 13.5%; 50% cinsault, 30% syrah, 20% cab sauv; vines under 20 years old at 1000 meters' elevation; no barrel aging. Full, deep color contributed by the syrah and cab./ Wonderful lift of high altitude cinsault. This variety is surely in its idiom in Lebanon. Sweet black fruits of the latter pair./ Sweet and black fruited. Seems to follow the Euro rouge pattern in 2018. Which gives it a sense of immediacy. 16.4.
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(WT031721-07) 18 RIOJA COSECHA, BODEGA OBALO  $14.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; all tempranillo; vines 40-90 years old; aged in French oak barrels. Full red violet color./ A nice tempranillo freshness to this, along with vintage fruit surge. Nice peppery spiciness./ It's cool and vigorous, with raspberry raciness and black pepper edge. Good acid. Fine tannin. I guess the barrels are well seasoned. This is neither oaky or barrel mellowed. Well, maybe there's a little barrel influence to the aftertaste. Done right. 16.3.
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(WT031721-08) 16 COTES DU RHONE DOMAINE BOSQUET DES PAPES, NICOLAS BOIRON  $16.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; est. 1860; 80% grenache, 10% each syrah, cinsault; aged in demi muids. The nobility of grenache. It's full, and vintage silky as well. Hand of a Chateauneuf winemaker showing. One large Cotes du Rhone./ The cooperage is expressed in the wine's forward nature at age four plus. It's really developing into a large and complex wine to take to the table over the next couple of years. 16.7.
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(WT031721-09) 17 LIRAC, DOMAINE PIERRE USSEGLIO*  $28.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15%; 15 acres on cobbles & clay acquired by the Chateauneuf estate in 2011; 60% grenache, 15% syrah, 15% mourvedre, 10% cinsault. Oh, my, this will stand in well. Like last week's Mont Redon, it's a really a big boy of a Lirac, showing at Chateauneuf maker's hand. It's distinct from the Mont Redon though. The fruit is lusher, deeper, more accessible at the same age. Spicy, rangy...sprawling, actually./ Equally lush on the palate. That counters its high alcohol, so it doesn't seem at all hot. Not classic Lirac; still, impressive. 17.0+.
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(WT031721-10) 18 BABYLONSTOREN SIMONSBERG-PAARL SHIRAZ  $28.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOUTH AFRICA) 14%; fermented and then aged in French oak barrels 18 months; 70% new, 30% once used. More about oak than syrah here, and that's not a bad thing at this age. The oak is attractive. The fruit basis is substantial enough to take it up over time. New World syrah sweetness./ Yes, plump New World syrah up front. It commands the oak on the palate. Large scale and ambitious. I'd be curious about its evolution. 16.6+.
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(WT031721-11) 18 ANDIS PAINTED FIELDS OLD VINE SIERRA FOOTHILLS ZINFANDEL  $18.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 15.5%; est. 2010; Tasting Panel 92/100. Despite the higher alcohol, there's a freshness and relief to this after the previous two wines. It doesn't exactly pump out the varietal character or show old vines intensity./ The palate is snappy. The fruit is sweet. No sense of diesel power. Good acidity. Just pleasing and priceworthy. 16.3.
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(WT031721-12) 18 NIERSTEINER REHBACH RIESLING SPATLESE, WEINGUT EUGEN WEHRHEIM  $17.99
03/17/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 9.5%; est. 1693. Nose a little shy. Nectarine and tangelo suggestions of Rheinfront riesling./ These are fully forthcoming on the palate. The acidity was masked at first but surged forth later.. Persistent flavor and texture. Well poised. 16.8+.
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(WT032421-01) 18 WACHAU DURNSTEIN GRUNER VELTLINER, PICHLER-KRUTZLER  $27.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRIA) 12%; formed in 2006 after a marriage of two winegrowing families; one of Wachau's top family estates; Peter Weygandt selection. That's gruner apple and legume. Big time concentration and depth./ A steely ring. Don't run into that often. Very dry. Quite the statuesque gruner veltliner. Long finish. Cellarworthy? 16.9+.
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(WT032421-02) 18 WACHAU LOIBNER GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL, F. X. PICHLER  $34.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRIA) 12%; Austria's greatest white-wine maker; federspiel is a Wachau term for a wine from grapes ripe enough to achieve 11.5% to 12.5% alcohol when fermented dry; Peter Weygandt selection. Whoa! Way more spread. Transcends mere gruner fruit definitions. Depth, intricacy, allure, nobility./ This is a softer wine. No metal, more give. More in keeping with the vintage nature. Long, flavorful aftertaste that spells the varietal. 17.3.
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(WT032421-03) 19 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE GRAND VINCENT, LES VIGNERONS DES COTEAUX ROMANAIS  $12.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; cooperative of 20 winegrowers founded in 1957 at St. Romain sur Cher. Cher neat take on sauvignon. Cool, racy, penetrating. Lime and green mango. I appreciate its Euro discretion./ Flavors not yet as forthcoming as aromas when the bottle was first open and very cold. Later, they began to fill out. Acid on th3e gentle side. Appreciated by the group at its price point.. 16.5+.
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(WT032421-04) 18 HERAULT BLANC DESIR, LA CROIX GRATIOT  $12.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; night harvested grapes, 70% viognier, 15% chardonnay, 12% roussanne, 3% muscat; generations-old estate at Pinet that began bottling its own wines in 2004. The cork smelled of viognier right away. The nose is viognier dominant. Chardonnay body, filler. Roussanne fatness. Muscat sneaks in at the end./ Flavors and textures unassuming upon opening, then built in breadth and intensity over the coming three hours. Shows viognier and roussanne glycerol viscosity. 16.4.
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(WT032421-05) 16 BROUILLY GRAND CRU, DOMAINE ANNIE ET BERNARD LONGEFAY  $23.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; southernmost Grand Cru; vines 40-110 years old; in 2000, the Longefays established a long term lease of 18 acres of the best vineyards of Chateau de la Chaize; whole cluster fermentation; no barrel aging. A very suave and savory Brouilly at this stage. Aromatic, broad, sweet, well textured. All 2016 early resistance has faded away./ Medium bodied. Flavors rather muddled and acid kinda mild. The nose is at its peak; the palate may be a bit past. Or in a trough. 17.0/ 16.1+/-?
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(WT032421-06) 17 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR  $16.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; clay and limestone soils of the Coteaux du Verdon at 500 meters' elevation in Haute Provence; 15 year old vines yielding two tons per acre; harvested at the same time as Latour's Cote de Beaune vineyards. A unique take on pinot noir thanks to special terroir. It's pinot noir all right, sweet and cherry scented. And really quite rich for the vintage, perhaps due to very low yields./ Medium bodied as always. Good flavor, acid, balance, length. Attractive dab of tar that low latitude pinots can carry. Fine tannin for bouquet potential. Bravo. Keep it up, Louis. 16.6+.
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(WT032421-07) 16 CHIANTI RUFINA, VILLA DI VETRICE  $14.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; 11th century roots; sangiovese, canaiolo, colorino; aged 6 months in barrels. Oh, that's fresh and Rufina black, cool, racy. Deep seated fruit concentration too. And the vintage's satin texture and bouquet potential./ Yes, another winner in the series, playing well above its price level. Definitely shows the 2016 style versus the riper, more forward 2015. Now or later. 16.6+.
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(WT032421-08) 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LES DEMOISELLES, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP  $39.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 80% grenache, 20% syrah; on the north side of the La Crau plateau; sandy soil yields elegant wines; a young-vines cuvee. In style. Cool, elegant, peppery, and brown-spicy. First time I've had this cuvee. It certainly delivers heart on sleeve sweet-strawberry grenache allure, despite being the youngest Chateauneuf I've ever tasted./ Sweet and smooth and flavorful. No resistance to current service. Fully justified cuvee. Congrats, An ne-Charlotte! 17.4.
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(WT032421-09) 19 CLOS DE NAPA OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $28.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot; aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. Plenty of 2019 flash and countering Oakville discretion. Paradoxical, but true. This is really well bred Oakville cabernet given the subtle, spicy oak embellishments it deserves. 2019 fruit soaks it all up./ Sweet fruit, spicy oak, Oakville distinction, true harmony. Now or later. Actually, a sleeper for the cellar. 17.2+.
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(WT032421-10) 13 TRINITE ESTATE ACAIBO SONOMA RED  $64.95
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.9%; project of Gonzague & Claire Lurton; 24 acre estate in the Chalk Hill area; 56% cab sauv, 34% merlot, 10% cab franc; 12-18 months in new French oak barrels. About the most powerful and concentrated California cabernet vintage this century. This shows ripeness, strength, intensity, and barrel and bottle bouquet at age seven. The oak has fully merged. Euro winemaker inclinations keep it from going over the top./ Ripe, rich, full bodied, mouth-coating. Still some tannin to shed. Enjoyed--and respected--by the Europhiles in the group. 17.7+
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(WT032421-11) 13 CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA CLASSICO, VALLE DELL' ACATE  $14.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 60% nero d'avola, 40% frappato; first Sicilian DOCG (2005); aged a year in barrels and tonneaux, 15% new. Dark, dry nero d'avola fruit meets sweet frappato red fruit. Merged and mellowed after seven years. Bottle bouquet well formed now./ Yes, well along in bouquet and suavity. Put it to use with a fish and tomato stew. 16.3.
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(WT032421-12) 15 TAYLOR FLADGATE LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO  $23.99
03/24/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FORTIFIED) 20%; bottled in 2020, marking the 50th anniversary of Taylor's pioneering first LBV, the 1970. Black, sweet, and very powerful in a Taster glass. Taylor through and through. Almost as statuesque as a Vintage but less tannic and more along for extra time in cooperage./ Sweet and strong. Taylor black fruited all the way. Though made to be put to use, I suspect this will become more complex and revealing with additional bottle age. 17.0+.
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