Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - April, 2016
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated  May 30,  2016

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WT042716-1. 13 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Full apple and nut. A little wet-wool sulphur smell still./ Yeah, vestige of scratchy sulphur. Air and age. 14.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT042716-2. 15 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, ADEGAS MORGADIO - (SPAIN) 12.5%. Tonic, nostril-tingling botanicals.. Lime peel./ Full, pungent, astringent, bracing, lingering. Citrus peel again. Young, and just shipped, this is still a few weeks from fulfillment. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT042716-3. 15 KEN FORRESTER PETIT WESTERN CAPE CHENIN BLANC - (SOUTH AFRICA) 13.5%. Shy and tender. Some sulphur. Close./ Mild, smooth, 2D and boring, flavor and texture flattened by sulphur still. 13.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT042716-4. 15 FRANCAIS ROSE LA CHAUSSYNETTE, CHRISTINE & DANIEL CHAUSSY - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; unfiltered; proprietors of Chateuneuf Mas de Boislauzon. Young, herbal ferment aroma rather than banana, bubblegum./ Some sulphur. Closed. 14.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT042716-5. 15 COTES DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE PIERRE USSEGLIO - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; Chateauneuf proprietor. Some banana-bubblegum but lots of red berry fruit also./ Good mass, grip. Youthful. Berry aftertaste. Good dinner rose in a few weeks. 15.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT042716-6. 15 CERASUOLO D'ABRUZZO ROSE LE MURATE, FATTORIA BRUNO NICODEMI - (ITALY) 13.5%. Lovely strawberry and seed spiciness. Sweet and delicate./ Soft, gentle, delicate, tasty. Young. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT042716-7. 14 VILLAGE LA TOURELLE, BORDEAUX CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; 100% cabernet–rare in Bordeaux. Green, underripe cabernet. Bell pepper, spinach, red currant./ Middle weight. Tart and close. Failed experiment. 14.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT042716-8. 14 UNDERWOOD OREGON PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13%. Close, dry, small, peels./ Close. No fruit, padding, etc. Small-medium. 15.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT042716-9. 13 RIBERA DEL DUERO TAMIZ, BODEGAS REYES - (SPAIN) 13.5%; all tempranillo; 7 months in American oak barrels. Product of barrel age, showing earthy, woody elements. Air it./ Warm fruit and oak. Full palate. Sweet, broad, padded. Great palate. Nose needs aeration to catch up. 15.8+/16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT042716-10. 15 BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA RUTA 22 TUNUYAN MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14%; all malbec. Deep, rich, spicy, lush. Not 15 cool. Bold and proven./ Yes, big time cherry and spice range. This carries on forever. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT042716-11. 12 VICTOR HUGO ESTATE PASO ROBLES ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.8%; 17 months in Hungarian & American oak barrels. Sweet and fine American-plus oak. Full blown Paso zin generosity./ Yes, lush, warm, ripe, bold. No prune; all sweet and ideally ripe fruit. Long, lush finish. Complete Paso zin. 17.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WT042016-1. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE PERD SON PAIN, DOMAINE MARTIN - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. At age two plus, it offers quince, stone, grain, seckel pear, and lees influence. Ideal./ Good body, texture, extract, lees autolysis. Balance and accuracy. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT042016-2. 14 LAURENTIDE LEELANAU PENINSULA PINOT GRIS - (U.S.) 12.0; Best of Show - International Eastern Wine Competition. Oh, yes, a sweet nose of cool apple, pear, quince. Full./ Full and sweet fruited on the palate, with acid to balance. The padding of pinot gris modulates the acidity. Delish. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT042016-3. 14 L'ECOLE NO. 41 OLD VINES COLUMBIA VALLEY CHENIN BLANC - (U.S.) 13.5%; est 1983; vines planted in 1970s. A bit rustic. Pear and melon richness, apple crispness./ Suave, smooth chenin with light melony sweetness. Altogether wholesome palate with good juiciness. 16.2/16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT042016-4. 13 SCHLOSS VOLLRADS DRY RIESLING - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Oh, good Rheingau riesling class and clarity. Stony. Golden minerality of Rheingau. Bright, crisp, vital. Ideal raciness./ Yes, attractive white cedar wisp of bottle development. Near dry. Racy, flavorful, on the spot. Wine of place. Not Grosses Gewachs gripping. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT042016-5. 12 ALSACE PINOT NOIR TRADITION, DOMAINE BOTT FRERES - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%; est. 1835 at Ribeauville. Light red color./ Some funky reduction. Clears. Rather peelsy northern pinot noir./ Light and sweet pinot flavor. Middlin' intensity. Good served cool. 15.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT042016-6. 14 PIEMONTE BARBERA OTTONE I, CANTINE SAN SILVESTRO - (ITALY) 13%. Very fresh and breezy in cool 2014. Barbera darkness, spicy cherry. Good vintage of this./ Yes, 2014 raciness plus barbera's sweet glycerol feel. Light and lively. Flavorful middleweight. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT042016-7. 11 MADIRAN CUVEE CHARLES DE BATZ, DOMAINE BERTHOUMIEU - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; 90% tannat; 10% cab sauv. Wow! Good wood and barrel time. 2011 open and revealing. Toasted cherry poptart. Sweet, tarry, deep, loaded./ Yes, barrel earned savors, sweet cherry fruit, and overall balance of tart acid, light tannic grip, and rounding glycerol. A three dimensional Madiran with a long finish and a promising future. 17.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT042016-8. 11 TOSCANA CABURNIO, TENUTA MONTETI - (ITALY) 14%; 55% cab sauv, 25% alicante bouschet, 20% merlot; half aged 12 months in French barriques, 30% new. Oh, big and broad and powerful. Spicy barrel earned savors, plus 2011 elegance. Fabulous. Yes, 2011 flow, fruit elegance. Fabulous acid, race, all. Barrel elevated. Yikes! 17.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT042016-9. 14 VENETO GRAN PASSIONE, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER - (ITALY) 14%; appassimento. Oh, sweet and enticing ripe plum, cherry, stewed berries. No raisin. Fresh and racy in 2014. Cool and penetrating./ Flow of 2014. Sweet, lovely fruit. Sufficient acid. Ideal. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT042016-10. 13 STEPHEN VINCENT NORTH COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 13.8%. Starts out 2013 tight, even severe. Hiding stuff. Not overly spirituous. Grows as it airs to reveal Mendocino dark fruit, Alexander Valley fullness, Lake Co. flow./ Yes, improves with air. More dimension, expression. Good oak toffee taste. Sweet Alexander cabernet. Will improve. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT042016-11. 13 MISFIT WINE CO. CYCLE BUFF BEAUTY LIMITED EDITION SOUTH AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ - MALBEC - (AUSTRALIA) 14.5%; 90/10. Wow! Bursting with fruit! No heat, no syrup. Ideal fruit framing. Dark oak. McLaren like. An amazing surprise what lurks within given the whimsical comic book label./ Deep, sweet, spirituous Aussie that sports balance. Finds a sweet spot. Ready to enjoy. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT042016-12. 12 WHEELHOUSE DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.8%. Ripe, sweet, roasted DCV classic. Ideal style and balance./ Yeah, singed fruit, sweet glycerol. Wine of place. Plenty of oomph. A value for sure. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT042016-13. 12 BICKENSOHLER HERRENSTUCK GEWURZTRAMINER SPATLESE, WINZER BICKENSOHL - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Sweet and full of barbershop gewurz flavors and the stony spiciness of Kaiserstuhl basalt. Deep, with light reduction bulb flower sensation. Young./ Young and still encased in baby fat. Tender gewurz and southern acidity. Good body, plumpness. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT042016-14. 14 SANTA JULIA TARDIO LATE HAVEST MENDOZA TORRONTES half liter - (ARGENTINA) 8%; 130 g/l residual sugar. Very sweet as well as solidly built. Lots of mineral savor. Dense, young, super concentrated./ Oh, sweet and savory, total. Citrusy acid to cut through the thickness. Dynamite wine, and it's just getting started. 17.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT042016-15. CALEM DACOSTA RUBY PORTO - (PORTUGAL) 19.5%. Sweet, nutty, powerful classic. Everything fits together./ Yes, grip, power, depth. No tame young ruby, this seems more like a reserve. Great value. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WT041316-1. 14 CUSTOZA, AZ. AGR. CAVALCHINA - (ITALY) 12%. Crisp, appley, stony./ Very bright, crystalline clarity./ Racy acid. On the mark. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT041316-2. 14 LUGANA LIMNE, TENUTA ROVEGLIA - (ITALY) 12.5%. Ascetic, austere in cool 2014. Terroir, mineral, walnut./ Yes, very dry and linear this vintage. Mouthwatering food wine. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT041316-3. 14 CHABLIS, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL & BENOIT DROIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Oh, full of calcaire, stone, terroir. Plenty of body, oomph./ Very full. Volume and roundness. Pushing Premier Cru dimensions. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT041316-4. 15 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE IMPATIENCE, CHATEAU DE BERNE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Nail polish remover. Very strong smell./ And taste. Premature. Some pink fruit. Astringent, bitter. 13.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT041316-5. 15 FRANCAIS RAISINS GAULOIS, MARCEL LAPIERRE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Dry, pinched, and austere for this ripe vintage. Symptoms of youth, I suppose./ Light bodied, and lightly sweet. Gentle acidity. Minor proportions for now. Will likely fill out, as did the 2014. 15.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT041316-6. 13 BOURGOGNE EPINEUIL PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD DILIGENT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%. Tart cherry juice. Vigorous. Sweet core./ Sweet cherry and herb. Good vigor and glycerol. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT041316-7. 14 CHATEAU DU HAUT QUERAY, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; Martine Bordiere at Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps north of Lussac Saint Emilion. Well, sweet and nutty. That cherry-nut sundae aroma of perfectly ripe merlot. Plus 2014 claret's innate elegance./ Yes, juicy cherry flavor with nutty overtone. Full-flavored. Light tannic grip. Pure and dazzling merlot cherry aftertaste. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT041316-8. 13 LIRAC, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Deep and romantic Lirac. Spicy, fruity, barrel broadened. Strong, sweet, full, vigorous./ Flavorful. Lirac grace. Sweet fruit, melted tannins, harmony, all. A thorough representation of Lirac. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT041316-9. 13 TOSCANA BORGONERO, BORGO SCOPETO - (ITALY) 13.5%. Full, strong, vigorous. Good oak and barrel-age influences./ Sweet and really loaded. Broad, spicy, rich textured, large, and ready for the table. Sweet fruit on the finish. 16.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT041316-10. 13 TOSCANA LAGONE, AIA VECCHIA - (ITALY) 14.5%. Hot, powerful, well extracted, woody. Vanilla note. Age further for full integration./ Yes, ripe, oaky, spirituous, sweet. Modern style. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT041316-11. 11 RIOJA CRIANZA, BODEGAS LAN - (SPAIN) 13.5%; all tempranillo; 1 yr in barrels of both American & French oak. Dry, long in cooperage. Both oak and fruit are subtle. More a product of barrel aging than of either of these components./ More sweet fruit and oak revealed on the palate. A balanced, temperate crianza that's versatile at the table and has plenty of aging potential to boot. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT041316-12. 11 ALENTEJANO PEDRA BASTA, SONHO LUSITANO - (PORTUGAL) 14.5%; Richard Mayson, MW; 30% ea trincadeira, aragonez, alicante bouschet; 10% cab sauv. Very ripe, almost syrupy in 2011. Very powerful. Shows warmer upbringing than the previous vintage, and so it is./ Sweet fruit warmth. Powerful, pungent, and garrulous Alentejano. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT041316-13. 12 CAMERON HUGHES LOT 464 OLD VINE LODI ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 13.9%. Strong and straight on Lodi zin. Not at all sticky like some. Light and good wood application./ Sweet and attractive wood. Elegant, dashing. No Lodi issues. Sweetness, flow, ease. A gulpable zinfandel. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT041316-14. ITALIA BIANCO JOYVIN, RASHI VINEYARDS - (KOSHER) 5.5%; mevushal. Good and crisp. Good acid. Clear and pleasing muscat aroma, more floral than stone-fruity./ Fizzy, with sweet fruit. Nice and elegant, racy. Fabulously well crafted. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT041316-15. THESSALONIKI RETSINA, MALAMATINA half liter - (GREECE) 11%; est. 1895. Not much of either fruit or resin. Seems aged./ Dull, vinous. No. 12.0-.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $5.99

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WT040616-1. 15 LANGHE ARNEIS, ELVIO TINTERO - (ITALY) 13%. A good noseful. Some fermentation residuals yet./ Dry and fragrant. Talc. Good acid. Well rounded texture. Better in a couple of months. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT040616-2. 15 CLIFFORD BAY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 13%. Sweet and enticing pink grapefruit, lime, and mango./ Sweet and juicy fruit. Uncomplicated.. Good amplitude, strength, follow through. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT040616-3. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, COLIN BAROLLET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Genuine if understated to start. Light oak, terroir. More aromatic range and intensity after aeration./ Soft, and shy on flavor and texture interest in the beginning. Builds more interest over time. The benefits of breathing. Will prove a good value if cellared. 15.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT040616-4. 15 COTEAUX D'AIX EN PROVENCE ROSE, COMMANDERIE DE BARGEMONE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Banana and berry. Still in formation. Lithe as usual./ Premature in regards to aromatic development. The usual good form and elegance. This will start to please by May. These roses are arriving too early this year and are not ready for prime time in March/April. 15.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT040616-5. 15 PIC SAINT LOUP ROSE, CHATEAU DE LANCYRE - (FRANCE ROSE) 13.5%. Fuller, stronger, redder, drier–as usual. Less banana./ Full, strapping cold weather rose, dinner rose. This has power in 2015. Always shows stamina and promise to fill out into the fall. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT040616-6. 13 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, COLIN BAROLLET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Discreetly sweet Bourgogne pinot nose. Ripe enough for 2013. Good framing and material./ Meaty, pulpy, sweet pinot taste. Plenty of fruit bulk. From the Hautes Cotes? 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT040616-7. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, LOUIS RAYNALD - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Good ripeness and volume. Valid, and surprisingly large this cool vintage./ Yes, a full bodied 2014 Chateauneuf. Without the complexity of the top renditions, it certainly offers plenty enough Chateauneuf pleasure for the price. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT040616-8. 13 ROOT 1 COLCHAGUA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (CHILE) 13.5%. Sweet and hot and strong./ Oak and power. Fine tannin. Sweet. In your face. Preferred the 2012. 15.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT040616-9. 11 DOURO, QUINTA DO TEDO - (PORTUGAL) 14%. Sweet, forceful, singed, young Douro tinta of a hot year./ Yes, hot and aggressive still, strong. A bully. Dry. Young. In need of cellaring. 15.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT040616-10. 14 MCMANIS FAMILY LODI ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.5%. Sweet, strong, and Lodi syrupy./ Simple, sweetish, mild textured. Raspberry jam aftertaste. 15.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT040616-11. 14 NAHE RIESLING HOOKED!, RUDI WIEST - (GERMANY) 11%. Some wet wool SO2. Fruit enclosed, enveloped./ Dull and plain at this stage. Needs air and age to unshackle its sulphur bonds. 15.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT040616-12. PATRAS RETSINA, PATRAIKI - (GREECE) 11.5%. Well, this has a lot fresher base wine than last week's Retsina, and more resinous personality too. Not so much pine pitch as bayleaf, bay rum./ Less like evergreen than herbs. Well, maybe some fitzer; certainly not pine. So it's different, not classic. Expressive though. 15.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

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