Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - January, 2012
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated February 13,  2012

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WT012512-01. 09 CHABLIS, DOMAINE LOUIS MOREAU - 12%. Lots of mineral. Pungent, soil inflected./ Yes, big and terroir saturated like a Premier Cru. Rich and complex. Impressive. 16.9+
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT012512-02. 10 MACON VILLAGES TRADITION, COLLOVRAY & TERRIER - 13%. Fresh and full of chardonnay’s apple and lemon qualities./ Wow! Big mouthful. Lots of acid, extract, expression. Large presence indeed. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT012512-03. 10 R. STUART BIG FIRE OREGON PINOT GRIS - 12.5%. Brimful of bosq pear and peel. Young, vigorous, plentiful./ Candied pear flavor. Even some cinnamon. Unique take on pinot gris. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT012512-06. 06 DELICATO FAMILY CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 13%; since 1924; black cherry, toasted oak, spice; less 30% = $3.14 Sweet, dark, jammy, nicely ripened with bottle age. Black peels aromas give border to the rich, ripe fruit center./ Sweet and pleasing. In fact, delicious right now. 15.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $4.49

WT012512-07. 10 ANGULO INNOCENTI LA CONSULTA CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 14.5%. Large, solid, quiet. Good poise, posture./ Nice, sweet oak. Good cabernet tannin and extract. Worth putting some in the cellar. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT012512-08. 09 VARNER FOXGLOVE PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 14.7%. Fine vintage for this. Nice oak and fruit harmony. Bright and crisp for Paso. Has lift and race. 09 talking. A joy to smell. Has it all./ Peels extract and tannin of 09. Good grip. And future. 16.8+
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT012512-09. 09 BODEGA HERRERO CEREZO ALTOS DE SAN ISIDRO RESERVE CAFAYATE MALBEC - 14%; mile-high vineyards. Full textured, crisp, and bright. Euro style./ Sweet up front like a Salta malbec, and counters that with acid and texture that is unusually plentiful for the province’s malbecs. Well formed. And will improve. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT012512-10. 09 CAIRANNE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES TRES VIEILLES VIGNES, COMTE LOUIS DE CLERMONT-TONNERRE - 14%; Collection Alain Corcia. Still tough. The alcohol burns a little. Dark and deep./ Tough, closed, tannic. Need faith. 16.2++.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT012512-11. 07 GREGORY GRAHAM ESTATE CRIMSON HILL VINEYARD RED HILLS GRENACHE - 14.4%; a Don Wyche Selection. Sweet, strong, right. Could be Rhone./ Sweet, with a Vicks overtone. Strong. Unique. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT012512-12. 05 ROSEMOUNT ESTATE SHOW RESERVE MCLAREN VALE GSM - 14.5%; 47% each grenache and shiraz, 6% mourvedre; less 30% = $19.59. Strong, leathery, nicely singed mid-age Aussie./ Ripe and full and well textured. Gives. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT012512-13. 09 MONTSANT BLAU, CELLER CAN BLAUWT012512- 14.5%; 50% mazuelo (carignan), 25% each syrah and grenache. That ruffian carignan shows its stuff. Nice, sweet followup of garnacha and syrah. A hearty rather than elegant Montsant./ A bit hard on entry, then quickly sweetens up nicely. Good buy. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT012512-14. 09 ALMANSA LAYA, BODEGAS ATALAYA - 14.5%; 70% garnacha tintorera (alicante bouschet), 30% monastrell. Alicante black, dense, rugged, frank. Fulls the nostrils. ‘Nasty’ stuff! And that’s a compliment./ Big, rich, generous dinner wine. Not so unmannerly after all. Well conceived and crafted. Great value. 16.3+
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT012512-15. 10 IRONSTONE OLD VINE LODI ZINFANDEL - 14.5%. Good, dark fruited, dry, and under control in 10–good vintage for Lodi. Fresh, crisp, and real zinfandel./ Sweet and lovely Lodi take with good 10 acidity. This works well in 2010. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT012512-16. 09 TERRA D’ORO AMADOR AGLIANICO - 14.5%. Yeah! Large, sprawling, powerful. Needs a few months to be as open textured as the 08 was a month or so ago. Nice poise./ Whoa! Large textured. All the right stuff. Just a few months needed to flesh out completely. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WT011812-01. 10 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER LOIS, FRED LOIMER - (AUSTRIA) 12%. Lois is not a woman’s name in this case; it’s another spelling of loess–wine-borne soil that covers much of lower Austria. Wonderful apple and lima gruve aroma, so clear./ Yes, clear and fresh. Soft acid some mineral salt. Lithe on the finish. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT011812-02. 11 CHATEAU FONTAINE LEELANAU PENINSULA PINOT GRIS - (US) 11-14%. Bottled two weeks ago. Some CO2 yet–very fine. Oh, this is good to go! Just a little fermentation aroma still, and it’s flattering. Floral–apple blossom. And creamy nut butter./ Still some yeasty fermentation flavors. No problem. This is plump and right, ready for prime time. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT011812-03. 10 MACON VILLAGES, ROUX PERE - (FRANCE) 12.5%. Lightly toasty chardonnay aroma. Pleasing and understated. More outspoken after some aeration./ Rich mouthfeel. Balance-wise, still out of sorts. Needs more bottle age. Enjoyed by the group after aeration. 14.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT011812-04. 10 CHATEAU HAUT PASQUET, BORDEAUX BLANC - (FRANCE) 12.5%. 40% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc, 20% muscadelle. Love that brusque, green fruit muscadelle edge. Lots of sauvignon cut too. All varietals chiming in./ Wow! Full sauvignon and muscadelle feels and flavors, with semillon plumpness to round things out. 2010 has it all. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT011812-05. 11 OYSTER BAY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 13%. Whoa! Huge tonic profile of tropical fruits and flowers. Classic NZ stuff./ Both sweet and sassy fruit flavors. Pink grapefruit and more. Tender tartness. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT011812-06. 10 MORGON GRAND CRU JEAN DESCOMBES, GEORGES DUBOEUF - (FRANCE) 13%. Sweet and juicy Morgon cherry with Cote de Py granite minerality. Perfect./ Full fruit acidity forms a sound basis for aging. Seems more ageworthy than the heart-on-sleeve 09. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT011812-07. 10 OYSTER BAY MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR - (MEW ZEALAND) 13.5%. Surprisingly rich and sweet on entry. NZ coolness and tartness follow. Full of cherry and toast aromas./ Sweet and ripe, with some perceptible RS. Soft and engaging. 16.0
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT011812-09. 10 NAPA CELLARS NAPA VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (US) 14.5%. Strawberry, cherry, sweet spice. Sweet and toasty as usual. More restrained and corseted in 2010 though. More acid cut. More perfume./ Yeah, tart for this number, which is kinda a relief. The 2010 high acidity. And brightness. Very flavorful. Works. 16.3
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT011812-10. 09 CHATEAU BELLEVUE CUVEE VIEILLES VIGNES, CASTILLON - COTES DE BORDEAUX - (FRANCE) 13.5%. Eleve en futs de chene. Oh, boy! All the qualities of the 05, only sweeter fruit. Fabulous oak seasonings as per the 05. Really jammy rich as clarets go./ Full oak. Still in control. Oak and fruit tannins. Young claret with a great future. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT011812-11. 10 CASA LAPOSTOLLE RAPEL VALLEY CARMENERE - (CHILE) 14.1%. Founded and owned by the great granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle.. Cool vintage carmenere loganberry. Carmenere dense./ Pretty tannic, heavy. Big red wine for the dinner table now and later. 15.8+
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT011812-12. 10 RIOJA GRACIANO RIO MADRE, BODEGAS ILURCE - (SPAIN) 14%. Estate grown. Graciano is rarely seen singly; used in Rioja cuvees to add a floral note. Rich, thick but cool, joyous. Intense varietal essence. Remarkable./ Dry and elegant with good acidity a fine tannic grip. Long, lightly astringent aftertaste. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT011812-14. 08 TOSCANA MAZZONI, FRANCESCHI - (ITALY) 13%. 72% sangiovese, 28% merlot. Something of a ruddy, evolved, barrel-time-mellowed fruit character. Bright oak aromas./ Good oak vanilla. Oak and time in barrel nicely augment the wine, filling in for the vintage’s fruit inadequacies. 15.9
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT011812-15. 09 CELLAR NO. 8 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL - (US) 14.7%. The eighth bonded California winery; at Asti in northern Sonoma; formerly known as Italian Swiss Colony, now owned by Beringer. Blackberry, spice, black cherry, pepper, chocolate. Warm, upper Sonoma/Mendocino fruit ripeness.. Some Mendocino zin grip. Some coastal class./ Sweet and roti. Legit. Good. 16.0
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT011812-16. 10 PIESPORTER MICHELSBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, SAINT CHARLES - (GERMANY) 8.5%. Wow! Cool-vineyard lift, extract, tingle. Yeah!/ Peachy. Easy, user friendly. Mild acidity. 16.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT011812-18. 05 OSBORNE LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO - (PORTUGAL) 19.5%; bottled 2010. Tawny, hot, strong. Vintage power and grip./ Portuguese style. Dryish, full textured, somewhat tannic. 15.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99  

"Wednesday", January 9, 2012

WT010912-01. 10 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA QUILLA - (FRANCE) 12%. Good, crisp bite and lots of tingle. The right scents of green stuff too./ Full. Very suave. Wow! This is Quilla! Best vintage yet. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT010912-02. 10 MACON VILLAGES, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (FRANCE) 13%. Full and well textured. Apple and citrus. Penetrates and stimulates the nostrils./ Wow! Full of apple and, especially, citrus Maconnais chardonnay flavors. This really pumps it out! Even better than the lovely 09. Well priced too. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT010912-03. 10 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE - (FRANCE) 13%. Full bodied and domineering. Touch of good oak. Large framed. Surges forth./ Fabulous, big fruit presentation and fine oak graininess that is complementary and complexing. Full body, grip, length. Delivers big time from start to finish. 17.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT010912-04. 09 CHABLIS LES PARGUES, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE) 12.5%; non filtered; once classified 1er Cru but demoted because it lay fallow at the time of the latest classification. Full and nostril penetrating and etching. A nose you can feel thanks to calcaire and high extract. Nice and edgy grip. Deep, virtually bottomless aroma./ Full, rich, and round. Oh! With great grip too. Lots of textural play. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT010912-05. 08 WILLIAM FEVRE LA MISION PIRQUE - MAIPO VALLEY CHARDONNAY - (FRANCE) 13.8%; 30% off = $5.59. Still showing lots of aromatic and textural vigor. Thanks to brisk acidity. Developing a nice, grainy Burgundy chardonnay bouquet./ Again, showing good bouquet development, grainy, citrusy. Fine body, flavor, acidity, vitality. 16.3
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT010912-06. 10 POUILLY FUME LES PENTES, SERGE DAGUENEAU - (FRANCE) 12.5%. Peach, rose, and citrus. One complex Pouilly Fume. Aroma surges forth. Really delivers the appellation’s goods./ Complex, with floral elements besides rose, as well as all the other good stuff on the nose. Fine texture. Best I’ve tasted from here. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT010912-07. 10 BELLE GLOS MEIOMI MONTEREY-SANTA BARBARA-SONOMA PINOT NOIR - (US) 13.8%; 57/23/20; aged in French oak barrels; ‘meiomi’ is the Wappo tribe name for ‘coast’. Bright and right. Coastal for sure. Tea and tart cherry./ Oh, boy, the palate is nice and sweet rather than tart. The barrel aging adds milk chocolate and vanilla to sweet cherry creme fruit. Thoroughly seductive. Lush finish. Love the contrast between smell and taste. This is entertainment! 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT010912-08. 06 GLORIA FERRER ESTATE CARNEROS PINOT NOIR - (US) 13.5%; nine months in French oak barrels; red berries, earth, cherry, pomegranate, mocha, toast. Mature fruit and toast, with mature ‘Burgundy’ shit./ Good Carneros acid. Good fruit bouquet development. At a fine stage right now. Well balanced. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT010912-09. 10 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX - (FRANCE) 13.5%. Sweet and ripe and fine blackberry and black currant aromas. Nice 09 ripe fruit statement./ Fine claret taste. Full and savory. Good now. A complete claret value. Some of these young 2010s are amazing–even more seductive than the 2009s. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT010912-10. 09 CHATEAU CAP DE MERLE, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION - (FRANCE) 13%. Oh, ripe and complex! This has the added qualities of barrel aging. Nice sweet and spicy oak contributions./ Good acidity. Attractive claret brett complex. Will appreciate more bottle age. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT010912-11. 09 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE - (FRANCE) 13.5%; 80% malbec, 20% merlot. Sweet and ripe, and also solidly built. Boy, these 2009 Cahors wines are something!/ Great acid too. And Cahors malbec licorice and black earth. One of the best vintages of this. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT010912-12. 09 OBERON NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (US) 13.7%; by the Michael Mondavi family; 18 months in French oak barrels. Fresh and bright. True Mondavi elegance. One of the best vintages of this./ Flavorful. Fine tannins and texture. An 09 with grace and class. Can be enjoyed now or cellared. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT010912-13. 10 COTES DU RHONE TRESOR DE LA RIVIERE, VIGNERONS DE SUZE LA ROUSSE - (FRANCE) 13.5%; 70% grenache, 15% each syrah, carignan. Black and rugged. Black cherry and licorice of carignan. Traditional./ Full and classic. Fabulous texture. I love the role of the carignan here. It’s not a modern Cotes du Rhone. Those seldom have any carignan, let alone 15%. Wants food. Good price for frequent use. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT010912-14. 10 RIOJA SENORIO DE P. PECINA, BODEGAS HERMANOS PECINA - (SPAIN) 13.5%. Reduced to start. As the evening progressed, it opened up and became more like the longer-open sample I tried earlier./ Yes, blossoms with aeration. A rightful, fruity young 2010 Rioja that is useful now so long as it’s allowed to breathe first. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT010912-15. 08 RIOJA, BODEGAS BURGO VIEJO - (SPAIN) 13%; 85% tempranillo, 10% garnacha, 5% mazuelo; aged in neutral vessels. Tight and tart 08 style but with good and spicy extras showing./ This has good ripeness for an 08. And good acidity, of course. Mild tannin. Shows some attractive flavor development, so it’s coming into form. Good dinner wine. 16.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT010912-16. 08 CRISTOBAL 1492 LA NINA VINEYARD MENDOZA SANGIOVESE - (ARGENTINA) 14%. Sleek, tart, and vinous at the start. Then swells up to display sweet sangiovese fruit and sangiovese glycerol./ Good and rugged sangiovese texture and the right sangiovese acidity. A really good meal-time wine. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $6.99

WT010912-17. 10 IRONSTONE OBSESSION CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY - (US) 12.5%; cross of muscat of alexandria and grenache gris developed in 1948. Surprisingly crisp and dry. Not overly perfumed. Subtle./ Not as sweet and past vintages. Winemaking or vintage the leading factor? Near dry and just lightly fragrant. Table applications. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT010912-18. MEIER’S 44 AMERICAN CREAM SHERRY - (US) 18%; from a solera of oak barrels stored outside; minimum age of the wine in the solera: 36 months. Nice and nutty. Good alcohol presence to cool off the sweetness. Shows long solera aging./ Wow! Huge flavors of dried fruits and mixed nuts. Finish goes on and on. Remains one of the best American versions of cream sherry. 17.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

 

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