Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - December 2018
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated  February 19, 2019

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

WT122618-01. 17 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE, THIBAUT HENRION - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%; est. 1820; chenin blanc; sandy-clay soil. Bright and fine and edgy 2017. Crispness and minerality. Yeah, chenin‛s quince aroma./ Pleasing 2017 fruit softness, forgiveness. Quince and lime. Juicy finale. Yes. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $1199

WT122618-02. 18 TERRE SICILIANE PINOT GRIGIO COLLESANO, FAMIGLIA CASTELLANI - (ITALY) 12%; est. 1903. Full and sweetly fruited. Seems high altitude. Ready to enjoy./ Yes, full and rich in fruit texture. Good acid. Well balanced meal-time wine already. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT122618-03. 17 DOLOMITI PINOT GRIGIO SCHLOSSKELLEREI TURMHOF, TIEFENBRUNNER - (ITSLY) 13%. Oh, boy, very, very rich and accomplished and full. Granny Smith apple aroma./ Delicious fruit acid feel. Walnut husk too. Balanced. 2017 delicious. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT122618-04. 16 COLLINES RHODANIENNES MARSANNE PREMIERE NOTE, CAVE DE TAIN - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%. A full, meaty, marly marsanne. Commendable, illustrative, price-worthy marsanne. Complete package./ Full and rich.. Revealing. Smooth, round, and rich image. Long and tasty, balanced and thorough. 16.8
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT122618-06. 16 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF - (GERMANY) 12%. OMG, that huge 2016 extract! Only a little residual H2S left to throw off. Give it aeration./ Round, sweet, full of extract and grip. All. 17.3+
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT122618-07. 17 ST. SUPERY ESTATE NAPA VALLEY ROSE - (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Sweet fruited but aging. Not especially Napa elegant. Ample though./ Rich, fruity, complex. Mild acid. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT122618-08. 16 RYDER ESTATE CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR - (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Fresh, cool, cherry-berry pinot with Central Coast crispness. No tea, no leaf./ Full acid and plenty of fruit sweetness too. Not much oak involved. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT122618-09. 16 TERRE DEGLI OSCI SANGIOVESE, DI MAJO NORANTE - (ITALY) 13.5%. Rich and full. Delivers. Fine southern sangiovese./ Spicy, sweet, and savory. Really nice Molise take on sangiovese. Will be popular for its fruit sweetness. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT122618-10. 17 ITALIA EDIZIONE PRIVATA, VILLA CARDINI - (ITALY) 14%; Tuscan sangiovese and Sicilian nero d'avola. Emphatic power and like-it-or-not nail polish aroma./ Full, powerful, sweet, heavy. 15.8+
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT122618-11. 15 CHATEAU DES PERLIGUES, GRAVES - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Illats; cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Riper than previous vintages tasted. More barrel influence too. Yielding./ Yes, sweet fruit of 2015. Awesome fulfillment and give in 2015. A cedar aura I cherish. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT122618-12. 15 CHATEAU BARET, PESSAC-LEOGNAN - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; Heritiers Ballande at Villenave d'Ornon; 73% merlot, 25% cab sauv, 2% cab franc. Oh, that big step up to Pessac-Leognan northern Graves. The size, the sophistication, the new-barrel influence. Big time performance from this class estate whose 1975 vintage I still have in my cellar./ Yes, Grand Cru like breeding and complexity. The sweet generosity of 2015's ripe fruit. The real deal. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT122618-13. 15 CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE INDIAN WELLS COLUMBIA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Good oak influence joins Washington‛s cool fruit and this cuvee‛s perennial amplitude. Works./ Yes, fine, rich, sweet, barrel aged presentation. Old reliable. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT122618-14. 17 COTES DU RHONE SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. This cuvee works well in 2017. The black fruit emphasis of a northern Rhone winemaker. It‛s still 2017 firm, but the fruit has amplitude. Yes./ Oh, yes indeed this is a full fruited presentation with a mineral edge. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT122618-15. 12 BONNEAU DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.9%. Sweet, powerful, and ripe. Barrel aged. Like many other 2012 North Coast red wines, it‛s maturing readily./ Sweet fruited and developing nicely from barrel and bottle age. Very suave, balanced, ample, all. Big time DCV 2012 zinfandel at age six. 17.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $37.99

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WT121918-01. 17 BEIRA INTERIOR BEYRA, RUI ROBOREDO MADEIRA - (FORTIFIED) 13.5%; half each siria, fonte cal; granite & schist soils at 2200'. Crisp, clean, accurate. Mineral, stone, all./ Yes, total savor and mouthfeel. Mineral saturation. Ple nty of fruit besides. All. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT121918-02. 17 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE TALMARD - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; est. 17th century at the 1000-year-old village of Chardonnay. Fresh and fruity and padded 2017 with good, solid Talmard framing. Full bodied. Surging aromatics and texture./ Full 2017 fruit flavor. Plenty of bulk, form, length. 16.7.17 mineral, texture, grip. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT121918-03. CHATEAU L'ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon; at Saint Felix de Foncaude, Entre deux Mers. Juicy sauvignon citrus with rich semillon basis. 2017 fruity and forward./ Great acid edge. Citrus,
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT121918-04. CHATEAU L'ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.1%; est. 1976. A contrast. California power, body, richness. Also Napa class and grace./ Yes, strong, but shows race and acidity too. Body, power, presence. Choose poultry over seafood. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT121918-05. 17 PELEE ISLAND ONTARIO BACO NOIR - (CANADA) 12.5%. Pungent, rich, pushy, and full of personality and generosity. Smoky red fruit of baco. Good as it gets./ Yes, full of flavors that flow forth easily. Ripe acid. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT121918-06. CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Closed up due to sulphur, travel, youth, or vintage nature../ Tight and even tannic. Premature. 15.0++
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT121918-07. 16 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; partner with cru bourgeois Ch. Fontesteau; at Saint Sauveur. Like the 2012, sleek, well tailored, trim to start. With aeration, lovely claret fruit starts emerging. Balanced and even tempered./ Fine tannin and acid for texture. No new oak evident. Tres claret, tres 2016. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT121918-08. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DU PY, MAISON L'ENVOYE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Full and classic Morgon Cote du Py. A wine of place. Deep, 2016 sleek, persistent./ Full bodied Morgon, full of fruit and fruit tannin. Beefy Morgon, and ageworthy. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT121918-09. 12 VALDEPENAS TEMPRANILLO RESERVA 5 ANOS ANCIANO, BODEGAS NAVALON - (SPAIN) 13%; 1 year plus in barrel, 5 years in bottle. Big contrast. Long in barrel and bottle maturity. Intense; Full of personality. Spot on./ Power, presence, character. Generous now, this will improve with additional bottle age. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT121918-10. 16 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. 2016 young, bright, classic. Deepens as it airs, and expands./ Yes, now fuller and richer. The pattern here. Deep. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT121918-11. 16 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LA JASSINE, BIELER PERE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; at Valreas; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. 2016 trim and racy./ Richer on the palate. Full. These 2016s have the goods. Age further. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT121918-12. 16 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Way more depth and dimension. Barrel age impact. Big time value./ Large and broad. Both fruit and oak tannins. Needs more bottle age. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WT121218-01. 17 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Fruit forward 2017. With texture. A dream./ Full flavored. The amplitude of 2017 fruit. Good acid, texture, finish. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT121218-02. 16 PETIT CHABLIS SUR LES CLOS, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; atop the hillside of Chablis Grands Crus. Fuller. The greater terroir and texture of 2016. Ideal. One big Petit./ Wow, big time fruit and terroir presence. Massive and lasting. 17.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT121218-03. 16 CHABLIS LES PARGUES, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Fuller, sweeter fruit. Lots of terroir too. Delves deep. Balloons up as it airs too./ Wow, jawbreaker 2016 extract. Big boy, 17.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT121218-04. 15 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Deeper, bigger. Broad and massive. Old vines intensity. More development. No 2015 softness. This is a monster Chablis./ Yes, very large. Beginning to develop a toasty bottle bouquet. Seems barrel aged; likely not though. 17.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT121218-05. 16 CHABLIS VAILLON 1ER CRU, HENRI COSTAL - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Oh, Premier Cru fruit quality and intensity. Very expressive of Vaillon‛s noted generosity. Wow level of delivery./ Yes, rich and racy, and very expressive of fruit and terroir. Long aftertaste. 17.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $37.99

WT121218-06. 15 CHATEAU LA LAUZETTE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC - 13.5%; at Listrac; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% cab franc. Lean for 2015. House style. Suggestion of oak. Sweet black core./ Dry and close. Not bad. Give it time. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT121218-07. 15 SEIGNEURS D'AIGUILHE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%. Oh, boy, and explosion of sweet black fruit and oak Almost too ripe but not quite. 2014 more classic claret. Gives, gives, gives./ Yes, lots of give, oak, fruit. Shows off Castillon as an extension of Saint Emilion. Fine tannin. Long. 17.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $24.99

WT121218-08. 14 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Deep, dark, firm 2014. His style. Has fruit and carry-through./ Richer than it showed last week. So maybe last week‛s sample was slightly corked, as some surmised. Long. Good value. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT121218-09. 11 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. More mature. Les sweet and concentrated. Good acid. Enjoy now at the table. Lovely, sweet bouquet./ Medium bodied. Sweet and well developed bouquet. Again, sweeter and better than last week‛s sample. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT121218-10. 15 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Volume and power. 15 sweet. Vacqueyras variegated. Depth, extract, matter. Deep, dark, and spicy fruit./ Sweet and powerful. More flavor to come. Big texture and power. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT121218-11. 16 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. 16 bright and burnished, with Gigondas power, depth, persistence. Great, big Gigondas of sweetness, depth, and warmth./ Yes, sweet, broad, deep, fruity, singed. Monstrous. 17.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT121218-13. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE SILENE, SELECTION J-L CHAVE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Sleek, black, deep, racy Chave style. Understated oak influence. One racy 2016. Deep and persistent. Gains stamina with aeration./ Sweet and complex. Good for the cellar and the table alike. Dash of white pepper. The tannins are well managed. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $28.99

WT121218-14. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE SIGNATURE, DOMAINE MICHELAS ST. JEMMS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Oh, special aromatic set of smoked meat, warm spices, and barrel extracts. Full syrah range. 2015 sweet fruit. Complex./ Close knit and under control. White pepper comes through. This has style and character. 17.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT121218-15. 14 BURGENLAND PANNONIA RED, HOEPLER - Deep, rich, and right. Lots of spice and amplitude./ And gaminess. Gives. Good acid. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WT120518-01. 17 SANCERRE COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; at Verdigny; on limestone. Exudes calcaire terroir and varietal citrus./ Great, chewy extract and acid. Pink grapefruit and passion fruit. Juicy closing. The most alluring wine in a set of five 2017 Sancerres. 17.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT120518-02. 17 SANCERRE LA CHATELLENIE, JOSEPH MELLOT - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; on flint-rich, siliceous clay. Flinty indeed. More soil- than varietal-driven./ Yes, mineral, stone, less fruit. Meal time destination. 16.6+
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT120518-03. 17 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE ETIENNE DAULNY - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%; at Chaudenay-Verdigny; on Kimmeridgian limestone. Quiet. Still water runs deep. Quince. Loaded./ Yes, large in body, alcohol. Passion fruit coming forth. Unique vintage for this. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT120518-04. 17 SANCERRE CUVEE LES COUTES, DOMAINE PASCAL & NICOLAS REVERDY - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%; at Maimbray; on Marne clay-limestone. Cool, composed, citrusy, incisive./ Then surprisingly creamy on the palate. Juicy too. Yin and yang. Cool and neat. 16.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT120518-05. 17 SANCERRE CHAVIGNOL, DOMAINE MATTHIEU DELAPORTE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%; at Chavignol; unfiltered; on flint and limestone. Wisp of sulphur at entry. Clears to show it‛s deep and flinty. Burnished. Good aroma push./ Both juicy and padded. Citrus pulp as well as juice. Full and lasting. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $29.99

WT120518-06. 17 NAHE RIESLING TROCKEN, WEINHAUS DONNHOFF - (GERMANY) 12%. Aloof, compact, composed, confident. Grows in the glass. Tingly. Nahe riesling doesn't get any better than Donnhoff's./ Very dry, juicy, extract- and acid-laden. Huge feel and flavor. Food, please. 17.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $24.99

WT120518-07. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BRUN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; from a pocket of siliceous soil in southern Beaujolais. Nice, sweet pinot noir with southern Burgundy warmth. Comfortable. Fully bloomed pinot noir cherry aroma./ Medium b odied. Dry. No padding. Good acid. Flavors
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT120518-08. 15 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Rich, round, red fruited Chorey. Fits the AOC. Light barrel age woodiness and spread./ Big time flavor resolve. Burst of richness and acidity in balance. Voluminous. Oh, yes, a big, big palate
    Price each (at time of tasting) $31.99

WT120518-09. 14 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. More concise, compact. Darker fruited. Has the goods. Just the compactness of 2014 in youth./ Again, the palate shows more sweetness and width. 2014 tannin, including some green tannin. Palate spreads out once again. Solid 14 with plenty of goods. Yet some suggest it may be a little corky.16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT120518-10. 11 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Dry and close. Maturing. Lacks filling and stamina./ Sweetness of maturity. Just undernourished all around by comparison. Not bad. Also suspected to be corked. I‛m not blind to that flaw, but others are more sensitive. 15.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT120518-11. 10 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Richer, rounder, darker, deeper. Impressive 2010 structure and dark fruit. Plenty of bouquet development left to go./ And tannin to resolve. These really reflect vintage characteristics. Yes, the tannin spells plenty of age potential. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $29.99

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