Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - AUGUST 2019
by Dick Scheer Updated September 29, 2019
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
WT082819-01. 18 VINHO VERDE LAS LILAS, ADEGAS COOP. PONTE DA BARCA - (PORTUGAL) 11%.Fresh but not as fruity as the 2017 at this stage./ Pleases. Soft. Not a lot of fruit flavor. 15.9+.
WT082819-02. 18 FLEUR, ENTRE DEUX MERS, CAVES DE RAUZAN - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%; half each sauvignon blanc, semillon.. Clear and straight forward semillon-sauvignon presentation./ Suave textured, with a nice acid etch. 16.1.
WT082819-03. 18 CHATEAU PROMIS, ENTRE DEUX MERS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. Boy, this has a lot of pizzazz. Stimulating sauvignon and muscadelle flair and etch./ Yes, plenty of flavor and texture both. This really delivers for the price. 16.5.
WT082819-04. 18 GROVE MILL WAIRAU VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 13%. Sweet citrus and tropics. Surges forth, delivers the goods./ Fruit juicy good. Grapefruit juice. Yow. 16.8.
WT082819-05. 17 DAO BRANCO SELECCAO DO ENOLOGO, PEDRA CANCELA - (PORTUGAL) 13%; 40% encruzado, 30% each cerceal branco, malvasia fina. Full, nutty. Citrus pith and peel. Full indeed./ Plenty of body and heft. Not a lot of fruit flavor. Just mouthfilling body, texture, and balance. For food. 16.5.
WT082819-08. 18 BODEGA PULENTA LA FLOR MENDOZA MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14.4%; estate bottled. The usual sweet, spicy, racy success here./ Yes, sweet and spicy. Full and giving. Balanced and elegant as always. Total value. 16.8.
WT082819-09. 17 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA PRIMO SCURO, MESA - (ITALY) 14.5%.This is sweeter, riper, and much more appealing than the 2016. Indeed./ Rich, sweet, suave, finely balanced, and tasty. 16.5.
WT082819-10. 17 ROBERT MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION RYE BARRELS MONTEREY RED - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Rich, dark, sweet, lightly woody. Well done./ Sweet fruited, with wood tannin and acid for balance. I don‛t get any rye residual. Well crafted overall. 16.3
WT082819-11. 17 ALENTEJANO, TERRAS DE FIALHO - (PORTUGAL) 14%; touriga nacional, trincadeira, aragonez. Oh, boy, big time fruit spread, sweet and spicy and giving./ Yes, sweet fruited and full, easy and generous. Its power is under control too. 16.7.
WT082819-12. 14 BAIRRADA, TORRE DE COIMBRA - 13%; touriga nacional, baga, alfrocheiro. A bit tarry in 14. 14 and baga mannerisms./ Spicy, and full of material, but limited in scope at present. Ageworthy. 16.3+.
WT082819-13. 14 BAIRRADA RESERVA, TORRE DE COIMBRA - (PORTUGAL) 13%; touriga nacional, baga, alfrocheiro. Oh, yeah, the reserve‛s the one. Lots more personality than the unoaked version above. This has oak, barrel time bouquet, bottle bouquet. Gives and gives./ Yes, so much more complex, generous, and forthcoming. Good acidity too. Complete. 17.2.
WT082819-14. 14 DAO RESERVA, PEDRA CANCELA - (PORTUGAL) 14%; 80% touriga nacional, 10% each tinta roriz, alfrocheiro; aged 6 months in French oak barrels. Sweet, rich, complete, powerful. No 14 restraints here. Nice oak and barrel age./ All over again. Fabulous texture, body, flavor, form, and filling. 17.4.
WT082819-15. 18 A TO Z OREGON RIESLING - (U.S. WEST COAST) 12%; created by Bill Hatcher, former AA resident and VC customer. Semi dry. Pleasing varietal ID./ Good acid to foil its modest sweetness. Walks the line. Consistent year after year. 16.0.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
WT081419-01. 18 PFALZ RIESLING TROCKEN, DR. VON BASSERMANN-JORDAN - (GERMANY) 12%. Fresh and pungent but understated compared to the 16. Dense enough but still aromatically quiet./ Again, it's texturally stimulating but not yet flavorful. The 16 was tasted when it was seven months old. Let's give this 18 a chance to catch up. 16.2+.
WT081419-02. 18 POUILLY FUME VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS MINET - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Pungent yet subtle. Pouilly Fume peachy and penetrating./ Zesty, zingy, challenging. Very well textured. Star qualities all around. 17.1.
WT081419-03. 17 MACON VILLAGES TRADITION DEUX ROCHES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%. Very attractive 17 fruitiness, plus structure, extract, and etch always present here. Yes!/ Indeed, full 17 fruit flavor. Sweetness, extract, race. Yes. Terrific vintage of this. 16.9.
WT081419-04. 17 SAINT VERAN, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Saint Veran fullness, Drouhin control. Perfectly formed. Etch and volume. Yow./ 17 rich and round. Saint Veran body, Drouhin sophistication. Plenty of give in 17. 17.0.
WT081419-06. 17 BERGERAC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; half each merlot, cab sauv. Richly fruited, with a unique earthy quality too. Zesty, tangy fruit acidity tingles the nostrils./ Full flavor and richness foiled by racy acidity. Full body, fine tannins. Whoa. 16.9.
WT081419-07. 18 BARBERA D'ASTI TASMORCAN, ELIO PERRONE - (ITALY) 14.5%. Very uplifting, crisp, and bright. Better managed this vintage than was the 2016, which got a little over the top./ Roundness and fruit richness balanced by acidity. Bountiful fruit flavor. 16.7.
WT081419-08. 18 VISAN COTES DU RHONE VILLAGE, DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 40% grenache, 40% 'shiraz', 20% mourvedre. Fresh, Villages full and pithy red fruits with racy acid foil./ Light grip of fine tannin simply adds texture to its richness and range. Ready to take to the table. Remarkable how Bastide does this every year. A most generous bargain in Villages size Cotes du Rhone requiring no cellaring. 16.5.
WT081419-09. 17 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE VINCENT, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.9%; all syrah from 45+ year old vines on two parcels bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Wow, dramatic fullness of black fruits. Ideal syrah of the south./ Full glycerol and power make for a mouth filling and coating experience. Makes up in southern Rhone syrah heft what it lacks in northern Rhone syrah perfumes. 16.6.
WT081419-10. 16 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Oh, wow, garrigue and cracked pepper all over the place. That's Espigouette! Fully swollen with power and material./ Yes, the whole picture of fruit, garrigue, and terroir. Sweet, rangy, and sizeable. 16.9.
WT081419-11. 16 EDMEADES MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL - (U.S. WEST COAST) 15.5%. Sweet, powerful, fruity, and Mendocino zinfandel black. Full blown classic. Oh, the raspberry ripeness of the best zinfandels and the cracked seed foil./ Yes, sweet, peppery varietal character complemented by attractive oak seasonings. Complete Mendocino zinfandel...as usual. 17.4.