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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
WT021716-2. 14 VALDADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, BARONE FINI - (ITALY) 12.5%. Lightly scented, 2014 crisp; grigio plumpness too. Works./ Medium bodied, and modest in flavor concentration. Only good in this cool, damp 2014 vintage. Preferred the 2012. 16.2.
WT021716-3. 15 FRANCAIS ROSE PINK PEGAU, LAURENCE FERAUD - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Sweet smelling and seductive. Spicy. Strawberry and nutmeg./ The nose is ahead of the palate. Currently less flavor and textural development than the nose would suggest. It is a nice and full bodied rose, as it was last year. Maybe even more sumptuous. A few more weeks in bottle will prove rewarding. 16.5+.
WT021716-4. 13 MORGON GRAND CRU TERRES DOREES, JEAN-PAUL BRUN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%; fermented by wild yeasts. Full, sweet, lush Morgon take on gamay./ Very rich and savory, spicy. 16.8.
WT021716-5. 13 PAVIA PINOT NERO TERRAZZE, TENUTA MAZZOLINO - (ITALY) 12.5%. Reductive. Fresh, crisp, racy, spicy Lombardy pinot. Pinot's gamy facet too./ Tight and narrow still, restrained by reduction. Will fill out over the coming months. Improves with aeration even now. 16.4+.
WT021716-6. 11 MONTECUCCO ROSSO, AZ. AGR. BEGNARDI - (ITALY) 13.5%. Something green and corky like. But the closure was not natural cork. Winery issue? Not like this in the 2010 version. Red fruit in the background./ Closed. Not much flavor showing. Abrasive tannin. Wait and see. 14.0++.
WT021716-7. 11 RUCHE DI CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATO OSEL, CALAMANDRANA - (ITALY) 14%; 100% varietal. Seductive, rangy, exotic, sweet perfume. Sachet. Young and fresh./ Flavorful and gently flowing. Dryness and ring of astringency at the finale render it eminently mealworthy. 17.0.
WT021716-8. 15 DOMAINE BOUSQUET TUPUNGATO VALLEY MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14%; organically grown. Sweet, strong, sprawling New World malbec exotica. Oak and ripe fruit spices./ Both rotund and muscular. Full power. Straight on. Not the elegant sort of the 2013. 16.3+.
WT021716-9. 14 CALATAYUD GARNACHA, FILON - (SPAIN) 14.5%. Sweet and simple, and alluring. More depth and dimension after further aeration./ Simple to start, but rallies with air to show more flavor and texture 3D. 15.9+.
WT021716-10. 13 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO, BODEGA OBALO - (ITALY) 14%; 4 months in new oak barrels. Sweet and abundant fresh fruit in the modern Rioja style. Light oak too, well integrated. Well crafted wine. Barrels may be French because the oak is more subtle than what one usually encounters in old-time, barrel aged Rioja./ New, fruity, lightly oaky--as in a seasoning. Well balanced, well priced. 16.5.
WT021716-11. 11 RIBERA DEL DUERO CRIANZA TORRE D GOLBAN, BODEGA ATALAYAS DE GOLBAN - (SPAIN) 15%; all tinta fino (RDD's tempranillo clone). Deep, black, cool. Not overly hard or woody like some RDDs./ Full acid and power. Full presence. 16.8+.
WT021716-12. 10 JUMILLA ALTOS DE LUZON, BODEGAS LUZON - (SPAIN) 14.7%; monastrell, cab sauv, tempranillo. Power, oak, time in barrel and bottle bouquet development. Rich, roasted fruit of Jumilla. Lush and complex fruit, oak, barrel earned savor./ Sweet and strong. And satisfying. 17.0.
WT021716-13. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, DOMAINE ZINCK - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%; 1/8 on the dry/sweet scale. Big time sulphur reduction under screwcap. Air and age./ Yeah, no more revealing on the palate. Needs mouth to mouth resuscitation. And a good shaking. 14.0++.
WT021716-14. 14 MOSEL ESTATE RIESLING, DR. F. WEINS-PRUM - (GERMANY) 11%. Refined and light on its feet. A fine Mittelmosel riesling./ The acid seems low, or masked. Soft. That softness detracts from Mosel riesling's usual textural flair. Used to be a feinherb cuvee. Had more pizzazz as such.16.2+.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
WT021016-1. 14 MUSCADET COTEAUX DE LA LOIRE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DU HAUT FRESNE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Soars with bright botanicals. Fabulous array of green fruits, legumes, and undergrowth./ Rich savor. Juicy. Balanced. All. Yow! 16.7.
WT021016-2. 13 VOUVRAY SEC, CHATEAU MONCONTOUR - (FRANCE LOIRE) 11%. Sweet and lifting quince, lime, calcaire, apple./ Sec tendre. A joy. Juicy. Good acid-sweet balance. 16.8.
WT021016-3. 14 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO, TIZIANO - (ITALY) 12%. Sings of apple, blossom, citrus peel, nut./ Juicy, plump, tasty. Good value. 16.4.
WT021016-4. 14 SOAVE TERRENI VULCANICI DANIELI, SOC. AGR. FATTORI - (ITALY) 12.5%. Smells ‘woody'. Nutty. Usually has a creamy malo like smell; not this vintage./ Sweetish and tangy both. Light cream, honey. Diverse, and unique in the series. 15.9+.
WT021016-5. 14 HAWTHORNE BARREL RESERVE OLD MISSION PENINSULA AUXERROIS - (U.S.) 12.5%; aged in neutral oak. Shows time in barrel and auxerrois nuttiness. Dry and sleek in 2014./ Medium body, with some auxerrois fat. Overall pleasing. Michigan's auxerrois wines rank with the best. 16.0+.
WT021016-6. 14 KAMPTAL GRUNER VELTLINER, SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Lots of legumes, little apple./ Rich texture. Sumptuous, while dry. Has acid etch. Mouthful of textural complexity. Fine. 16.9.
WT021016-7. 14 ARAGON GARNACHA DE FUEGO ROSE OLD VINES, BODEGAS BRECA - (SPAIN) 13.5%; from Munebriga. Good sweet fruit pastille./ More tartness than expected from nose. Even same bitterness. And hint of gaminess. Prefer the nose. 16.0/12.0.
WT021016-8. 14 BARBERA D'ALBA, STEFANO FARINA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Bulb-flower note of reduction. Deep, black barbera./ Tight and black and two dimensional for now. 14.5++.
WT021016-9. 13 LOVE NOIR CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.5%. Sweet, juicy, seductive. Sweet cherry. Enticing style./ 2013 framing keeps it honest. Round fruit filling streaked with good acidity and light tannin. Real pinot noir, appropriately rendered. 16.3+.
WT021016-10. 12 SALICE SALENTINO MAIANA, LEONE DE CASTRIS - (ITALY) 13.5%; estate bottled; 90% negroamaro, 10% malvasia nera. Elevated perfume. Negroamaro dark and deep, malvasia aromatics and cushion. One of the best vintages. Huge array of aromatic pleasures./ Yes, rich and full of flavor and texture. Black fruits and spice. 17.0+.
WT021016-11. 09 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN - (SPAIN) 13.5%. Good balance of oak and fruit. Spicy, solid, young./ Firm. Lots of American oak's frank woodiness. Young. 16.6+.
WT021016-12. 14 MONTSANT GRANATXA FINA DE DARMOS ALTAROSES, JEAN D'ANGUERA - (SPAIN) 14%; estate bottled; Demeter. Big, powerful, sweet, total grenache. Penetrating aromatics. Sweet red strawberry fruit, simmered, creamed. Shortcake./ Big, ripe, brawny. Tannin to hold the full grenache thickness. Daring flash of VA. 16.3+.
WT021016-13. 14 ALMANSA LAYA, BODEGAS ATALAYA - (SPAIN) 14.5%; 70% garnacha tintorera (alicante bouschet), 30% monastrell. Sweet, strong, and large. Some reduction in 2014./ Woody. High volume; full texture. Mourvedre purple-black fruit. For hearty fare. 16.1+.
WT021016-14. 14 BODEGA PULENTA LA FLOR MENDOZA MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14.5%; estate bottled. Hovering floral airs. Supreme elegance as always. Lovely, first class wood and fruit refinement./ Suave, fruity, charming. Enticing as ever. No other like it. 16.9+.
WT021016-15. ESPANA VINO DE AGUJA REYNAL, BODEGAS PINORD - (SPARKLING) 10%; charmat. Fresh, crisp, vinous. No cava earthiness./ Semi-sweet. All fruit, no earth. Easy, crisp charmat styling. 16.0.
WT021016-16. 12 COLLI PIACENTINI VINO PASSITO NANIN D'OR, VILLA TAVERNAGO half liter - (ITALY) 14.5%. Burnt toffee, sherry, grappa, and more. Unique and complex aromatic range./ Again, notions of sherry and grappa. Passito for sure. What an adventure! 17.5+.
WT021716-1. 14 VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE, PIEVALTA - (ITALY) 12.5%; single vineyard, estate bottled. Full green apple, linden, and lime peel aromas. Crisp and clear. Close to perfect verdicchio statement./ Round and full, and not without a crisp and racy side too. 2014 lithe. 16.7.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
WT020316-1. 14 DOLOMITI PINOT GRIGIO, ALOIS LAGEDER - (ITALY) 12.5%. Brilliant, just brilliant. Scintillating fruit purity, incisiveness. Essence of stylishness./ The palate is grigio denser, bulkier. That works too. Especially at the table. 16.6.
WT020316-2. 14 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA TRAMIN - (ITALY) 13%. Just as bright and pure. Richer fruit concentration too./ Brilliant, fruity. Dazzling texture; more race, less bulk. Lively, vigorous. Tangy finish. 16.8.
WT020316-3. 14 CHATEAU FAGE, GRAVES DE VAYRES BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. Ethereal, delicate, crystal-clear lemon curd definition semillon. Muscadelle green walnut and papaya chime in./ Plenty of semillon/sauvignon citrus and muscadelle green fruit. Good acid buffered by extract grip and semillon substance to give it presence at the dinner table. 16.4.
WT020316-4. 13 MACON-CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, DOMAINE JEAN MANCIAT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Great class. Crystalline clarity again. Apple, green citrus peel, walnut husk./ Full malolactic talks. Singed cream character. Nutty. Some oak here as usual, very subtle. Walnut husk again. Acid cut for yin and yang taste adventure. 16.9+.
WT020316-5. 14 NAVARRA GARNACHA ROSE VEGA SINDOA, BODEGAS NEKEAS - (SPAIN) 13%. Sweet and pleasingly aged to a light jamminess./ Yes, jam and ripe fruit. Useful, if a bit past its prime. 14.0-.
WT020316-6. 14 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA ROSE BORSAO, BODEGAS BORSAO - (PORTUGAL) 14%. Fresher and drier. More vitality here. Lots of fun./ Sweet strawberry grenache. Good acid plus old vines glycerol foil. Long finish. Working hard to please still. Bargain. 16.3.
WT020316-7. 12 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR VIEILLES VIGNES, MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; 56-88 yr old vines on clay & limestone; native yeasts; unfined, unfiltered. Black Cote de Nuits fruit. 2012 pinot Burgundy pinot clarity and force. Very pure and lovely take. Deep black cherry scent./ Cherry and peel. Suave. More red than black fruit on the palate. Good acid. Very little tannin Nonetheless, will age to additional fulfillment. 16.7+.
WT020316-8. 12 MERCUREY CLOS LA PERRIERE, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Monopole. Crisp, black, tarry cherry concentrate. More acid, clarity, transparency. Spicy. Seems nicely oak tinged./ Rich, sweet 2012 black cherry Mercurey fruit. Ideal. Great acid. Complete 2012 statement; textbook Mercurey. 17.0+.
WT020316-9. 11 CHATEAU RECOUGNE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; borders Fronsac; 78% merlot, 12% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. Sweet and pretty 2011. This vintage's clarets have a special charm to them when they're properly ripe. This one's accomplished. No green fruit. Some chaptelization sugary glaze; well undertaken. Lovely merlot cherry./ Ripe fruit fulfillment. Smooth and skillfully chaptelized. Balancing acid. Light tannin. Good vintage here. Bravo. 16.2.
WT020316-10. 10 ROSSO PICENO COLLEMURA, AZ. AGR. SAN SAVINO - (ITALY) 13%. Geez, this is really young, black, pure montepulciano. Piceno elegance, neatness./ Yes, surprisingly youthful. The 2010 Italian rossos are keepers. Light licorice strain. In tune with the DOC. A bargain in cellar-worthy wine. 16.4+.
WT020316-12. 10 BIERZO MENCIA CUATRO PASOS, MARTIN SARMIENTO - (SPAIN) 14%; 80+ yr old vines. A good, sweet take on mencia as always. No reduction. Marches on at age five with rich, purple mencia fruit, deep, pure, scintillating./ Youthful still. Astringent vigor of mencia with a suave coating. Fine tannin. Keeps on working for us. Popular with the group.16.7+.
WT020316-13. 13 CATENA VISTA FLORES MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 13.5%. Deep, thick, smoky, ripe, big, solid, rich Catena malbec with less firmness than Catena's High Mountain malbec cuvee. Great glycerol and oak./ Yes, ripe fruit and oak in balance. An impressive achievement, this new cuvee. Catena frame and power. 16.6+.
WT020316-14. 14 DRY CREEK VINEYARD HERITAGE VINES SONOMA ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.5%; 78% zinfandel; 20% petite sirah, 2% primitivo. Sweet, ripe, and in tune with this great series. 2014 elegance, discretion. Light oak toffee./ Good 14 acid, form, all. Certainly a showcase vintage for this cuvee. Power and oak as well as elegant fruit. 16.8+.
WT020316-16. 14 COTES DE GASCOGNE L'ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11%; 80% gros manseng, 10% ea chardonnay, petit manseng. Oh, special. Spice and vigor of the mansengs. Lush peach, citrus, honey. Sweet./ Again, an adventure in nuance, acid-sweet play. Light botrytis complex. 17.0+.
WT020316-17. 14 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS - A. BIROTH - (GERMANY) 8.5%. Sweet , concise, elegant. Pure and charming./ Great acid, coolness. Sweet-acid balance. One of the best in the series. Speaks of its terroir. 16.7+.