Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - June, 2015
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated  August 14,  2015

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WT062415-01. 14 VINHO VERDE FAMEGA, CAVES DA CERCA - (PORTUGAL) 10%. Spritzy. Dry and lightly scented./ Light spritz and pear flavor. Gentle. Simple, easy fare. 15.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT062415-02. 14) VINHO VERDE CICONIA, CASA AGRICOLA ALEXANDRE RELVAS - (PORTUGAL) 10.5%. More scented. Also spritzy. Herbal too./ More fruit. Lightly reductive yet. Better grape varieties. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT062415-03. 14 VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO PANCOLE, AZ. AGR. VINCENZO CESANI - (ITALY) 12.5%. Oh, good! Scented of apple and pear. Finally, a good, fresh vernaccia on the market. It’s been awhile./ Flavorful. The right balance of acid and richness. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT062415-04. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE SELECTION, DOMAINE DES COGNETTES - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Bright green apple and botanicals. Intense./ Full, variegated texture. Body and etch. Lots to give. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT062415-05. 12 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD - UGNI BLANC, DOMAINE L’ENCLOS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%. Good green apple and pear. Plentiful colombard personality. Full, and fully fresh still./ Full and vital approaching age three. A real find, deal. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT062415-06. 11 BOURGOGNE COTES D’AUXERRE BIAUMONT CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GOISOT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Rich and variegated. Nice wood strains. Fully expressive. Well balanced. Fabulous northern Burgundy chardonnay./ Good, full oak influences. Big body, range, expression. Wow! Unique and fabulous. 17.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT062415-07. 10 POUILLY FUISSE VIEILLES VIGNES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Full..old vines full. Showing barrel and bouquet bouquets now./ Full, round, wooded, satisfying. Big and fine, suave texture. A WOW palate. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $33.99

WT062415-08. 13 CHIANTI CLASSICO, PODERI CASTELLARE DI CASTELLINA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Spicy, oaky. Spiced cherry as always. Bold, rich, giving./ Rich, round fruit and fine oak seasoning. Total Chianti Classico pleasure, indulgence. 17.1+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT062415-09. 13 RIOJA GARNACHA, BODEGAS CAMPO VIEJO - (SPAIN) 13%. Rich, spicy, thorough garnacha. Better than the 2012./ Rich, round, well textured. Flavorful. Long. Wow! 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT062415-10. 12 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES MAS DE LA GARRIGUE, DOM. FORCA REAL - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 60% grenache, 20% each syrah, carignan. Fresh, scented, balanced, spicy, all./ Sweet fruit; all the grape varieties chiming in. Balance, grip, acid, class. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT062415-11. 12 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE DES GALETS, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Lovely expressions of grenache strawberry and syrah raspberry. Spicy, bold, balanced Plan de Dieu./ Full, powerful. Sweet, seasoned, peppery, garrigue laced, powerful. Really wide ranging. Spreads way out across the palate. Yes! 17.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT062415-12. 13 JUMILLA MONASTRELL COMOLOCO, GIL FAMILY ESTATES - (SPAIN) 14.5%. Sweet and powerful, garrulous, insistent./ Lush Jumilla monastrell with good tannin, fine texture, all around balance and give. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WT061715-01. 14 GAVI MASERA, STEFANO MASSONE - (ITALY) 12%. Full and classic. Pungent green fruits and herbs. Brilliant cortese./ Loaded. Very full. Apple and sage. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT061715-02. 14 COTES CATALANES CHARDONNAY NOVELLUM, LAFAGE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. Really good chardonnay green apple and citrus. No oak to speak of on the nose. Full varietal clarity./ Spicy too. Now the touch of oak comes out. Lees complex adds to the entertainment. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT061715-03. 13 SPELLBOUND CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 13.5%. Much riper, richer New World chardonnay fruit. Oakier. More alcohol showing. Ready soon./ Wood caramel and spice. Wide flavor range. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT061715-04. 12 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY CUVEE RESERVE, VIGNERONS REUNIS - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Back to the Euro chardonnay style. Northern at that. Appley fruit plus light barrel ferment and lees stirring complex. Well balanced./ Soft, sweet, gentle, well balanced. Great harmony..and price. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT061715-05. 12 STONY HILL NAPA VALLEY GEWURZTRAMINER - (U.W.) 12%. Incisive, dry, strong, direct, old time California gewurz. Fabulous classic. Thyme, bergamot, tonic./ Dry and lightly viscous. Rose, ginger, tannic. Really good. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $31.99

WT061715-06. 14 TOURAINE ROSE LE GRAND BALLON, DELAUNAY - (ROSE) 12.5%. Pinot like. Strawberry. Cool and clear and fruity./ Very fruity. Now cherry. Red fruit flavor profile. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT061715-07. 14 CHINON ROSE, DOMAINE DOZON - (ROSE) 13%. Deep, spicy, and distinctive. Full aroma and texture range./ Dry and astute. Good flavor intensity. Serious texture for food. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT061715-09. 14 BOURGUEIL LIEU-DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVES DE BOURGUEIL - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Deep black licorice, peels, tar. Closed up; young to start./ Richer and rounder and more fulfilled on the palate. Fruitier. Really delivers in the mouth. Wow! What a contrast! 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT061715-10. 12 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, THIERRY ET PASCALE MATROT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%. Oh, boy, rich in ripe fruit, wood toast and spice! Gives and gives./ Wood, fruit, leather. Grip, acid, tannin. Lots of potential. 17.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $24.99

WT061715-11. 13 DOURO PORCA DE MURCA, REAL COMPANHIA VELHA - (PORTUGAL) 13%. Spicy black fruit. Sweetens with aeration./ Good texture, body, boldness, give. Sweetness and balance. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT061715-12. 13 PIEMONTE BARBERA OTTONE I, CANTINE SAN SILVESTRO - (ITALY) 13%. Good year for this. Black, peppery, intense, powerful. Fully packed./ Dry, with light tannin and good acid. Balanced. Serious. Food worthy. Age worthy too. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT061715-14. 12 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RIPASSO CAMPOLIETI, LUIGI RIGHETTI - (ITALY) 13.5%. Smoke, oak, spice, brandy. Rich, racy, variegated./ Wood, ripe fruit, and some dried fruit. Little raisin. Exciting. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WT061015-01. 14 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD-SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE DE MENARD - (FRANC E BORDEAUX) 11.5%; 50-50. Brilliant, flashy neon pink citrus aromas that just dazzle./ Fully zesty, flavorful, rightly balanced. Great acidity for food. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT061015-02. 14 ALTO ADIGE SAUVIGNON SAN PIETRO, VITICOLTORI ALTO ADIGE - (ITALY) 13%. Should have tasted this first. More low key, high altitude. Precise delivery of Alto Adige sauvignon./ Juicy gooseberry taste laced with cool mango. No citrus. Intense flavor and texture just build and build throughout the experience. The right order after all. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT061015-03. 14 BIERZO GODELLO, ABAD DOM BUENO - (SPAIN) 13%. Full and well rounded. Lightly scented of pineapple and citrus. Penetrating aromatics./ Great acid and glycerol play off against one another. Full textural spiel, plus power. Persistent flavors. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT061015-04. 14 CAMPANIA FALANGHINA, PODERI FOGLIA - (ITALY) 13%. Flowers, pear, melon. Very cool./ Subtle pear flavor. Good acid, grip, balance, length. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT061015-05. 14 TOURAINE NOBLE JOUE ROSE, DOMAINE ROUSSEAU FRERES - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; 50% pinot meunier, 35% pinot gris, 15% pinot noir; 80acre AOC south of Tours. Lovely and intense pink fruit. Perfect example. Berry, cherry, apple./ Intense flavors of all three, especially the pinot gris apple-like component. Will improve through summer. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT061015-06. 14 CHINON ROSE, DOMAINE CHARLES JOGUET - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Way deep, way raspberry. Big contrast of cabernet franc versus the pinots in the Noble Joue. Raspberry and seed./ Retains intense and pure raspberry character of cabernet franc throughout Unique in its field. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT061015-07. 14 TAVEL, CHATEAU DE TRINQUEVEDEL - (ROSE) 13.5%. Powerful, warm grenache strawberry confiture. Cinsault raspberry-orange. Full peels extract./ Still some appley fermentation aspects. Young. Fine balance of acid and power. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT061015-08. 13 PRIMARIUS OREGON PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 12.5%. Bright, fresh, crisp, alive. Cherry and licorice. Good ripeness./ Yes, good ripe cherry. Suave and balanced. Very savory, giving. Works with or without food. Polished. Fulfilled. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT061015-09. 13 EVENING LAND WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 12.8%. Deep, well extracted, and serious. Cherry, tar, licorice, wood spices. A keeper./ Reticent to start, the flavors come on with aeration. Cherry, tar, game. Good acid. Fulfilled. Sweetens up through a long finish. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $24.99

WT061015-10. 11 ENVOLVE LENNOX VINEYARD RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 14.8%; southern sector of the AVA. RRV spice and vigor. Cool, lower RRV breeziness in 2011. Sneaky intensity. Wood seasonings./ Sweet and savory California pinot fruit with toasty oak. Loaded. Long and sweet finish. 17.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $42.99

WT061015-11. 13 SANTA CAROLINA ESTATE RESERVA COLCHAGUA VALLEY MERLOT - (CHILE) 13.5%; est. 1875; vineyards Los Lingues & Miraflores. Dark and concentrated, with positive peels extracts. Ripe, deep black cherry fruit. Some wood smoke in essential form./ Fabulous oak and sweet fruit. Cherry and black currant. Useful now. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT061015-12. 13 ROCCAMONFINA AGLIANICO, PODERI FOGLIA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Sweet cherry, tar, and creosote. Intense core of aglianico that resembles nebbiolo./ Great acid. Full clarity, balance of sweet and acid. A joy now. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT061015-13. 11 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO POGGIO ALLE SUGHERE, LIONELLO MARCHESI - (ITALY) 14.5%; 90% morellino (sangiovese), 10% cabernet sauvignon. Deep and intricate. Lovely warmth of morellino and of nearly 4 years’ maturation, including barrel aging./ Round and balanced. Boy, this is a good deal! Good strength, balance for mealtime service. Cherry aftertaste. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT061015-14. 09 JACOB’S CREEK CENTENARY HILL BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ - (AUSTRALIA) 14.5%. Deep, sweet, powerful Barossa classic. In control. Well proportioned sweetness and power, fruit and oak./ Yes, good, sweet original fruit plus barrel age and light bottle bouquet. At a sweet spot. 17.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $38.99

WT061015-15. ITALIA MAMAMANGO AROMATIZED WINE-PRODUCT COCKTAIL - (APERITIF) 6%. Hazy with pulp, though no chunks. More muscat in this one than the Mangoscato. Lots of mango too though, and something resembling hops./ Artificial candy taste. A muddle of flavors and textures. Cocktail indeed. 15.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WT060315-01. CODORNIU CLASICO BRUT CAVA - (SPARKLING) 11.5%; est. 1551. Good basic cava. Not too earthy./ Good mousse, good acid. Straight down the middle; strays neither to the earthy or the fruity side. High brut doseage. Good. 15.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT060315-02. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE DE MAINE SUR LIE TERROIR LES GRAS MOUTONS, DOMAINE CLAUDE BRANGER - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%; est. 1915; 50 yr old vines in Gras Moutons. This is full. Old vines and short crop full. Plenty of extract, terroir and varietal character. Concentrated. Full material. Classic./ Yes, really full. More-so than the 2012. Texture, body, flavor, all. Textbook Muscadet. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT060315-04. 14 LANGHE ARNEIS, AZ. AGR. CASCINA BONGIOVANNI - (ITALY) 13%; estate bottled; 100% varietal. Oh, yes, bursting with pear and peach. As exuberant, spontaneous, and eager to please as it was at the trade show two months back./ Great fruit, acid, astringency, all. Classic to the bitter end. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT060315-05. 14 CHINON ROSE RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Very pretty cabernet franc berry. Still some fermentation apple and blossom. Intense./ Berry and banana of youth. Should hit stride in mid summer. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT060315-06. 14 WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS WHOLE CLUSTER WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.7%; clones Dijon 114, 115, 667, 777, Pommard, Wadenwil; carbonic maceration. Really quite full for this cuvee. Primary fruit and whole berry fermentation aromas. Crisp cherry fruit. No tea, herb. Fulfilled already./ Sweet cherry plus fruit creme and pie crust. Sweet and lush indeed. This is succulent. Wow! 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT060315-07. 14 DE LOACH HERITAGE RESERVE CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.5%; est. 1975. Medium red, correct pinot color./ Good rich, racy Calif pinot with lots of cherry, pie crust, and oak toast aromas. A steal at this price./ Love the acid, fruit, toast, form. Another great Calif vintage coming on. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT060315-08. 12 WINDY BAY OREGON PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13%. Oh, this is good. Cool, ripe OR black cherry and sweet tea. OR pinot classic./ Yes, sweet cherry and darjeeling tea. Really eager to please. Good acid, light tannin. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT060315-09. 13 TOSCANA CAMPONOVO, TENUTA DI SESTA - (ITALY) 14%; estate bottled. Both sweet and dried fruits. Tar in back. Deep and classic./ Dark and dry 2013. Compact wine with a future. The fruit is rightly sweet and ripe. 6 months - 2 years. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT060315-11. 13 DOURO CRASTO, QUINTA DO CRASTO - (PORTUGAL) 14%; 35% touriga nacional; 30% tinta roriz, 25% touriga franca, 10% tinta barroca. Stalwart, noble varietal and terroir bearings with additional barrel-age complexities. Dark fruits and flowers. No singe. Douro bargain./ Young and fruity. At this stage, showing more fruit and less barrel seasoning than the 2011. Balanced and good for now and later. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT060315-13. 12 TAIT THE BALL BUSTER BAROSSA VALLEY RED - (AUSTRALIA) 15.5%; 78% shiraz, 12% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon. Sweet, ripe, warm, powerful. Over the top Barossa style. Stewed fruit./ Same. Really sweet, strong, in your face. 15.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT060315-14. 14 MOSEL RIESLING URBAN, NIK WEIS - (GERMANY) 9.5%; by the owner/winemaker of St. Urbans-hof. Oh, my, full nasal assault! Swelling, etching. Sweet apple and stone./ Light sweetness. Full extract, good acid. Bargain price. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT060315-15. EARL STEVENS MANGOSCATO CALIFORNIA WHITE - (U.S.) 18%; aka E-40. Essential complex of each ingredient. Kudos to the winemaker. Incredible. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts./ Power, cut, sweetness. Almost too much to assimilate. Labrusca-like fruit intensity. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

 

 

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