Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - JULY 2019
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated  July 8, 2019

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WT062619-01. 18 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Dry, crisp, fresh, fulfilled. Quince and lime./ Great, vigorous acid surge. Yow! If there's any RS here, it's overwhelmed. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT062619-02. 17 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. More development. More honey More lime too../ Nectar and juicy citrus. Essentially dry. These estates seem to be moving away from sec tendre and closer to sec with each passing vintage. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT062619-03. 14 ETNA BIANCO ISOLANUDA, AZ. AGR. DESTRO - (ITALY) 12.5%. Full and warm fruited. Seems stronger than its 12.5%. Bulk and force. Nuts and dried fruits. Seems barrel aged too./ Again, the sense of time in barrel. Very clear headed. Ready for the table. Impressive stamina. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $24.99

WT062619-05. 17 LALANDE, BORDEAUX ROSE - (ROSE) 12%; 70% cabernet franc, 30% merlot. Valid, fresh, claret-style rose./ Yes, this still works. Plenty of fruit. 15.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT062619-06. 17 CASS ESTATE OASIS GENESEO DISTRICT PASO ROBLES ROSE - (ROSE) 12%.. Very fresh and forward and fruity. Yes./ Yes, indeed. Full fruit and fruit plumpness of Paso. Deal. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT062619-08. 14 PAVIA PINOT NERO TERRAZZE, TENUTA MAZZOLINO - (ITALY) 12.5%. Pale color./ Light and developing pinot, and identifiably pinot./ Good acid. Light and wholesome. Cool it for summer service. 15.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT062619-09. 12 OLTREPO PAVESE PINOT NERO NOIR, TENUTA MAZZOLINO - (ITALY) 13%. Woody, full, sweet fruited yet. Good complex of barrel and bottle age./ Advancing to full bouquet development, yet fruity-woody too. Some tannin. Plenty of virtues and vitality. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $44.99

WT062619-10. 16 COTES DU ROUSSILLON BASTIDE MIRAFLORS, FAMILLE LAFAGE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; syrah and old vines grenache. Sweet and fruity Solomon-Lafage imprint. Talks the grape varieties: syrah dark fruit, old vines grenache plump fruit./ Full and strong. Tannins coated by fruit richness. Fits the pattern. Popular with critics and consumers alike. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT062619-11. 15 LIRAC, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Oh, yes, even in a hot, sunny vintage, this is Lirac - Right Bank cool. Good garrigue statement./ Juicy red fruit savors, feel. Light tannin. Fully in tune. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT062619-12. 12 ODISEA THE TEMP CLEMENTS HILLS TEMPRANILLO - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14%. Riper and more advanced than Odisea's 2012 Gothic cuvee (carignane, grenache) tasted last week. Moving along to full maturity./ The palate is less developed and markedly tannic. Mixed messages. 14.5/15.8+?
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT062619-13. 11 ODISEA THE TEMP RESERVA CLEMENTS HILLS TEMPRANILLO - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.7%. Fresher and fuller. Impressive richness, oak, stuffing, stamina, sweetness, and bouquet./ Yes, more material and more vitality overall. Fine wine. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $34.99

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WT061919-01. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LES HOUX, DOMAINE JO LANDRON - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12% Nice and full. Moss and undergrowth. Classic aromatic set./ Clarity and flow. Light minerality plays with 2015 soft acidity to establish all around balance. List price: $20.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT061919-02. 14 RIOJA BLANCO COSECHA BARREL FERMENTED, BODEGAS MARTINEZ LACUESTA - (SPAIN) 12.5%; est. 1895. Good, full impressions of oak and barrel aging./ The acidity in modest. The wood gives it form and spiciness as well. This still works. 16.2. List price: $17.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT061919-03. 17 LANGUEDOC ROSE LA BERGERIE K, KARANTES - (ROSE) 13%; 50% grenache, 30% syrah, 20% mourvedre. Sweet and herbal--garrigue impressions./ Useful, if not as energetic as is was a few months back. 16.0. List price: $16.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT061919-04. 17 COCHON OLD VINE CALIFORNIA ROSE - (U.S. WEST COAST) 12.7%; 60% cinsault, 30% carignane, 10% grenache. Fuller. Old vines stuff. Frank and forward./ Less push on the palate now. Aging a bit. 15.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT061919-06. 14 VACQUEYRAS LES CALADES, DOMAINE LA MONARDIERE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Good and full and variegated. Vacqueryas range, stature, uniqueness. Dark fruit of 14 has the concentration of a Gigondas. Full spread of the varietals plus terroi range./ Rich and round for 14, with plenty of fruit vigor and glycerol smoothness besides. Really giving. 16.7+. List price: $28.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT061919-07. 13 VACQUEYRAS LES 2 MONARDES, DOMAINE LA MONARDIERE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 40 year old vines; 70% grenache, 30% syrah. Fuller still. More powerful. And more mature. Wow! Huge material!/ A mouthful. Rich in fruit, bouquet, texture, tannin, glycerol. Billowing. 17.3+. List price: $30.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $29.99

WT061919-08. 12 ODISEA GOTHIC OLD VINE CALIFORNIA RED - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14%; 60% carinena, 40% garnacha. Sweet, rich, fruity, spicy, developing. A really vital, dynamic 2012 California red with lots of vigor, range, and depth./ Sweet and spicy and energetic. Great 2012. 17.2.. List price: $26.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT061919-09. 11 LA MANCHA TEMPRANILLO CRIANZA LA SENDA & LA CUEVA VINEYARDS, FINCA ANTIGUA - (SPAIN) 14%; 50% tempranillo, 20% ea. cab sauv, merlot, 10% syrah; 15 mo. in US & French barrels Shows barrel aging. Mature, vital, good and strong./ Sweet and rich, generous and persistent. Wow. Thorough. 16.7. List price: $17.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT061919-10. 11 TOSCANA SANGIOVESE, FATTORIA IL LAGO - (ITALY) 14%; 1 yr. in new French oak barrels; heavy bottle award. Large, powerful, developing barrel and bottle bouquet. Tells of first class barrel aging./ Fine bouquet of black fruit enhanced by the lovely bouquet of coming maturity. Again, the oak adds a lot of class and complexity. Full, fine tannin coated with ripe sangiovese glycerol. A really large and serious wine. 17.5. List price: $32.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $31.99

WT061919-11. CASTELLARGO ITALIA ROSE BRUT SPUMANTE - (ITALY) 11%. Sweet red fruit. Lots of creamy mousse and appeal./ Mild in both acid and sweetness, so balanced. 16.0. List price: $20.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT061919-12. 13 AIRFIELD ESTATES LATE HARVEST YAKIMA VALLEY RIESLING half bottle - (U.S. WEST COAST) 9.6%; 20% residual sugar. Honey and nut, size and concentration. Fine carriage. Totally intense./ Yeah, beerenauslese concentration and sweetness coats its ice wine acidity. An over achiever in all respects. 18.9. List price: $24.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

Wednesday, June12 2019

WT061219-01. 18 DOLOMITI PINOT GRIGIO SCHLOSSKELLEREI TURMHOF, TIEFENBRUNNER - (ITALY) 12.5%.Dazzles with green apple, stone fruit, grigio nuttiness./ Great acid, extract, minerality. This is full of energy. One of the best of the series and a great introduction to the 2018 Alto Adige biancos. Very popular with the group. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT061219-02. 18 TXAKOLI DE ALAVA XARMANT, ARABAKO TXAKOLINA - (SPAIN) 12.5%. Fresh and penetrating. Rich, and deliciously fruity./ Yes, rich as well as upbeat. Really delivers flavor and texture both. Fine acidity. Mineral salts finish. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT061219-04. 18 MT. BEAUTIFUL NORTH CANTERBURY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 14%. Initial sulphur maladies; reductive under screwcap. Airs to fine aroma of passion fruit and tangelo. Deep and persistent./ Medium bodied. Wears its strength well. Incisive citrus juice, pulp, pith, and peel flavors. Long lasting, cool and fresh, peachy aftertaste. Wow. 17
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT061219-05. 16 MACON-LUGNY LES CHARMES, CAVE DE LUGNY - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; single vineyard, old vines. Fresh, fruity, and flowery. Aging on lees gives a ‛woody‛ impression. Creamy malo signs./ Yes, decidedly creamy malolactic fermentation achievement. Good underlying acidity and minerality. Medium body and fruit flavor intensity. In tune with the series save for more prominent malo influence. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT061219-06. 18 CHATEAU LE BERGEY, BORDEAUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; proprietor Gerard Laurent at Saint Loubes. Wow! So bright and right, spicy and vigorous./ Abundant, sweet, spicy black fruits. Complex and persistent, even insistent. Explores uncharted territory in young claret. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT061219-08. 14 MERCUREY VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE SANTENAY - (FRNCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Classic Mercurey, classic 14. Bright black cherry. Sappy; hint of rhubarb. 14 underbrush intonations./ 14 extract, fine acidity, plenty of material. Well liked by the group. 17.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT061219-09. 17 ALENTEJANO TOURIGA NACIONAL, HERDADE DO ROCIM - (PORTUGAL) 14%. Large, ripe, heady sequel to the 2016. Touriga nacional magnified in the warm Alentejano setting./ Yes, fully packed and ultra generous. The range, the depth, and the concentration of a $30 wine. Well liked by the group. 17.1+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT061219-10. 16 BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATE BAROSSA VALLEY GSM - (AUSTRALIA) 14%; grenache, syrah, mourvedre; Wine Spectator 90/100. Rich, ripe, jammy, powerful Barossa take on Chateauneuf./ Yes, Barossa sweet and abundant. The multi-varietal cuvee lends greater flavor and texture ranges than in a straight Barossa shiraz. Easy to like. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT061219-11. 15 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA COSTERA, ARGIOLAS - (ITALY) 14%. Ripe raspberry face of grenache, with peppercorn and even some Rhodanienne garrigue nuances./ Yes, this is measured and complex, and fully ripe this warm vintage. Distinctly Sardinian interpretation of grenache. One of the best vintages of this. Well liked by the group. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT061219-12. 17 ITALIA ROSSO APPASSIMENTO CORTE FIORE, LUPI REALI - (ITALY) 14.5%. From central Italy, but what grape variety? I‛d suggest sangiovese. It has a sangiovese red cherry aroma that‛s really exaggerated by the appassimento process./ This is a sleeper, concentrated by the fruit drying process but not really sweet like some. Suave, smooth, with coated acid. A pleasing surprise for all. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT061219-13. 16 DRAMA BIG NAPA VALLEY RED - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; from Bordeaux varieties. Big, ripe, and oaky. Not particularly Napa complex or classy./ Yes, large, strong, frank, insistent. Wins with generosity. As intended. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT061219-14. 16 BRAGANINI RESERVE LATE HARVEST TIERRA ALTO VINEYARD LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE VIDAL - (U.S. MICHIGAN) 11%; 6.5 RS. Pleasing vidal pear aroma. Pear in syrup./ Well concentrated and developing a honeyed bouquet. Good balancing acidity. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT061219-15. 17 BRAGANINI RESERVE LATE HARVEST CRAZY 8 VINEYARD LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE VIGNOLES - (U.S. MICHIGAN) 11%; 8.5 RS. Some sulphur to start. Peach and honey aromas come forth with aeration./ Has the acidity to balance the greater sweetness. Overall, more-ish. Very successful pair. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

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