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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
WT073113-01. 11 PFALZ PINOT GRIS VILLA WOLF, ERNST LOOSEN - (GERMANY) 12.5%; aka rulander, grauburgunder, pinot grigio. Good varietal apple, nut, wax, viscosity./ Waxy, off dry, balanced, viscous. Pleases. Popular with the group. 16.3.
WT073113-02. 12 BARNARD GRIFFIN ESTATE COLUMBIA VALLEY PINOT GRIS - (U.S.) 12.8%. More pungent apple peel aromas. Really pumps it out./ Yes, rich pinot gris waxiness balanced by crisp Washington acidity. Very flavorful of apple, peel. Nice. Popular with the group. 16.5.
WT073113-03. 12 CLINE COOL CLIMATE SONOMA COAST PINOT GRIS - (U.S.) 14.5%; since 1982. Young and powerful. Surprising strength given its appellation. Aromas just starting to emerge. Big wine. Deserves a few weeks’ more bottle age./ Full. Mealtime stuff. Acid muted; power compensates. Still a bud, flavor-wise. Would like to revisit this in Sept, Oct. 16.3+.
WT073113-04. 12 CHATEAU BELINGARD COMTE DE BOSREDON, BERGERAC BLANC SEC - (FRANCE ) 12.5%; 60% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon. Ideal Bergerac blanc. Crisp citrus and gooseberry. More subtle than your average Bordeaux blanc. Not at all pushy. Just lilting and lovely./ Yes, good, gentle citrus crispness meets semillon plumpness. This works. Very popular with the group. 16.4.
WT073113-05. 12 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC SEC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.1%; 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon; barrel fermented & aged 6 months on lees in once used Sauternes barrels; first 1er Grand Cru to earn organic certification. Fuller and more powerful than the Bergerac. More backward too. Perfectly poised though. Six months away from full fruition./ Soft, plush semillon ease. Crisp sauvignon acid foil. Still
the innocence of youth. Well poised indeed. 16.8+.
WT073113-06. 12 CLIFF CREEK SOUTHERN OREGON MRV - (U.S.) 14.1%; 50% viognier, 25% each marsanne, roussanne. Full. Drier and less posh than the 2011, which was without viognier. The viognier is subtle./ Totally different wine from the 2011. Milder, less viscous. Good acid. Good in its own right. 16.4.
WT073113-07. 10 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE LES CHAMPONS, DOMAINE DU PRIEURE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; highest vineyard in Savigny; planted in 1981; 10% aged in new barrels. Yes! Even fuller now than when sampled a few days ago. This bottle has been open longer. Savigny cherry, mineral. Deep, soil inflected nose./ In style with the appellation, vintage, and estate. Elegant, finely framed, racy, well filled. Very good. Popular
with the group. 16.5+.
WT073113-08. 12 CAHORS MALBEC PIGMENTUM, GEORGES VIGOUROUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Much fuller and sweeter fruit than the 2011. Yes!/ Cherry, licorice, pitch, cracked pepper. Very nice and sweet fruit. Another winner in this series. 16.5.
WT073113-09. 12 RUSTENBERG STELLENBOSCH RED - (SOUTH AFRICA) 13.5%; 40% syrah, 37% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot, 7% grenache, 3% petit verdot. Some reduction and brett funk. Tight./ Tight and not very fruity. Good acid. Firm young red wine. 14.5+.
WT073113-10. 09 CAMERON HUGHES LOT 304 NAPA VALLEY MERITAGE - (U.S.) 14.2%. Oh, this good and warm and robust! Ripe black currant and berries stuffed in a 2009 form./ Sweet, warm fruit and light toffee oak. Well balanced. Seems like it comes from one of the Valley’s warmer zones, maybe even Calistoga. Ready to serve. 16.9.
WT073113-11. 10 CAIRANNE RESERVE DES SEIGNEURS, DOMAINE DE L’ORATOIRE SAINT MARTIN - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; Frederic & Francois Alary, proprietors. Firm, black 2010 Cairanne. More fulfilled than the 2009. Works./ A bit fluid. Good levity and spirit. 2009 and 2010 lack the material of earlier vintages, despite the quality of these years. Pretty good. The best fruit saved for the top cuvees? 16.1+?
WT073113-12. 09 CAMERON HUGHES LOT 224 HIGH VALLEY SYRAH - (U.S.) 14.9%. Good power. Round and suave fruit filling of Lake County wines. Tannic edge. No varietal character./ Sweet oak. High Valley warmth. Well crafted red wine. Just no syrah character. So what’s new? It’s typical California syrah. 16.0.
WT073113-13. 11 FOPPIANO LOT 96 SONOMA PETITE SIRAH - (U.S.) 13.9%; since 1896. Lean. 2011 underripe fruit./ Sweet enough. No fruit flavor, but nice fatness, sweetness. Ripe enough palate. Works for the price. 15.8.
WT073113-14. 09 FOPPIANO ESTATE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PETITE SIRAH - (U.S.) 14.9%. Well, this is a different story. Sweeter, more body, scope. More oak influence, nice oak. And varietal character: violets, purple fruits. Best Foppiano pet in memory, and this winery of famous for the variety./ Yes, lots of purple fruit and flowers. Style, balance, fine tannin. Ideal RRV petite sirah. 16.8+.
WT073113-15. 12 JZ FROST BITTEN YAKIMA VALLEY ICE RIESLING half bottle - (U.S.) 9.5%; 16 RS; from post-harvest frozen grapes. Sweet riesling nose. Auslese like concentration./ Sweet and peachy. Good ice wine acidity./ Very pleasing auslese sort. Lots of riesling character. Really pumps out the fruit. Lovely sweetness. 17.1+.
WT073113-16. VIGNETTE WINE COUNTRY PINOT NOIR SODA 12oz. - (U.S.) 0%; 50% juice. Loaded with grape concentrate flavor. Convincing pinot character too./ Yes, good concentration.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
WT072413-01. 12 VINHO VERDE GAZELA, VINHOS SOGRAPE - (PORTUGAL) 9%. Fresh and spritzy. The light apple aroma of the delicate Vinho Verde varieties. Good value./ Juicy, flavorful. Fine spritz and fruit fulfillment combine to give impressions of softness and vibrancy. Best ever version of this. 16.3.
WT072413-02. 11 COTES DU RHONE BLANC LES ABEILLES DE COLOMBO, JEAN-LUC COLOMBO - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; 80% clairette, 20% roussanne; les abeilles = the bees. Honey-lemon roussanne plus some graininess of maturing clairette./ Full. The alcohol is becoming more pronounced as the fruit dries with age. Dull. 14.2.
WT072413-03. 12 RUSTENBERG WESTERN CAPE WHITE - (SOUTH AFRICA) 13%; 62.1% sauvignon blanc, 21.7% chardonnay, 7.6% semillon, 5.6% viognier, 1.9% grenache blanc, 1.1% roussanne. Sauvignon blanc shows the way. Chardonnay adds some apple, semillon a plump quality. Nice and shrill sauvignon dominance./ Plump and flavorful. The sauvignon flavor profile supported by the others. Works. 16.5.
WT072413-04. 12 VAVASOUR AWATERE VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%. Sweet NZ grapefruit, mango, gooseberry. Classic 2012./ Sweet grapefruit juicy. Good acid. Balanced. The right stuff. 16.7.
WT072413-05. 12 RUSTENBERG WESTERN CAPE SAUVIGNON BLANC - (SOUTH AFRICA) 14%; est. 1682. Some reduction. Should have cleared by now. Shake it up./ Yeah, sulphur dampens its expressiveness. The White, even at 62% sauvignon blanc, showed more sauvignon personality. Improves with air and decanting. 16.1+.
WT072413-06. 11 DAVID BRUCE SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 14.2%; est. 1964. Well, if this isn’t a California chardonnay with the Show Wine style of the late Seventies! All the bells and whistles: sweet oak, lees character, malolactic, power. Full toast and toasted coconut./ Yeah, the whole nine yards. Like the Loring style of chardonnay. There’s a market for this. Plenty of oak and oak tannin, alcohol warmth.
For bold, rich fare. 16.6.
WT072413-07. 11 RHEINGAU RIESLING CHARM HALBTROCKEN, GEORG BREUER - (GERMANY) 11.5%. Austere, dry walnut husk scent. Well bouqueted already for dinner service. Not exactly ‘charm’ing. Stony, old time, table-worthy fare./ Off dry style buffered by high extract. Well balanced then. 16.9+.
WT072413-08. 12 VINA CORNEJO COSTAS DON RODOLFO CAFAYATE VALLEY TORRONTES - (ARGENTINA) 13%; vineyards at 5900 feet elevation. Perfume, rose, ginger, musk, tonic. Classic Salta torrontes. Both viscous and astringent./ Medium body and varietal charity. Good power, tonic properties. A proper Salta torrontes. Some heat on the finish. 16.6.
WT072413-09. PORTUGAL ROSE MATEUS, VINHOS SOGRAPE - (PORTUGAL) 11%. Fresh and bright. What a good deal! This is better than it was 50 years ago. Persistent sweet strawberry nose./ Off dry. Medium intensity, ripe acidity. Plenty fresh. 2011 or 2012 for sure. 16.2.
WT072413-10. 12 FIRE ROAD MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR - (NEW ZEALAND ) 13.5%. Sweet, forthcoming fruit of the NZ pinot style, presented a nicely flowing fashion. Cherry and warm pie crust. Spices. Fulls and persists./ Yes, sweet and succulent. The tete a tete of ripe pinot glycerol and crisp NZ acidity. Very racy. Good oak toast. Another winning vintage of this. 16.7+.
WT072413-12. 10 COTES DU RHONE PARALLELE 45, PAUL JABOULET AINE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. Vinous, warm, dry. Lightly peppery, sweet grenache./ Pretty straight forward and vinous. Lacks fruit flair.. 15.5+.
WT072413-13. 09 TOSCANA SANGIOVESE-CABERNET-MERLOT, MONTE ANTICO - (ITALY) 13%; 85-10-5. Fresh, straight forward, fairly strong. Nicely sweet fruit. Better than the 07. Good, sweet sangiovese expression./ Good oak, fruit, spice, savor, warmth, toast. This comes on. 16.3+.
WT072413-14. 07 RIOJA RESERVA, MARQUES DE RISCAL - (SPAIN) 14%. Hot, strident, roasted./ Dry and harsh. No barrel age expression, no mellowness. Hot and raw.14.5+?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
WT071713-01. 12 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE L’AURIERE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 11.5%. Concentrated and stimulating. Deep nose of apple and terrarium./ Full, round. The concentration of a low-yield vintage. The group was impressed. 16.3+.
WT071713-02. 12 CHATEAU BONNET, ENTRE DEUX MERS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Pungent aura of sauvignon blanc and muscadelle around a plump semillon center. Brilliant concept and execution./ Round and full. Flavors of all three varietals evident and in harmony. 16.8.
WT071713-03. 12 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. Reductive airs clear quickly. Sauvignon gooseberry and cat pee, semillon lemon-lime./ Yes, grass, cat, lemon and lime flavors. Fat semillon feel plus lemon custard taste. 16.6+.
WT071713-04. 12 FROG’S LEAP RUTHERFORD SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S.) 12.4%. Cool aromas of grass, grapefruit, lime peel. Alert and invigorating./ Full, cutting, cool, citric, well balanced. The modest alcohol level is appreciated. Would that more California sauvignons were likewise. Fine. 16.8.
WT071713-05. 12 ALTO ADIGE SAUVIGNON, CANTINA TRAMIN - (ITALY) 13.5%. Some reduction under screwcap. Crisp, incisive high altitude sauvignon. Really gets down to work and pumps out the varietal expression. Penetrates./ Yes, tingles, challenges. And rounds out in the center. Long gooseberry aftertaste. 16.7.
WT071713-06. 12 COTES CATALANES CHARDONNAY NOVELLUM, LAFAGE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Apple and citrus. Big volume of peels extract. No oak invited./ Balanced, full, classy no-oak chardonnay character. Works. 16.4.
WT071713-07. 12 MARTIN RAY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 14.2%. Full. Aromas shy still in youth. Good balance of oak and fruit. Full volume, textural delivery. Richer than 2010, 2011./ Yes, full textural play, range. Subtle oak. Russian River Valley class. Entices me, toys with me. Beguiling youth. 16.8+.
WT071713-08. 12 MEDITERRANEE ROSE CAPE BLEUE, JEAN-LUC COLOMBO - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%; 2/3 syrah, 1/3 mourvedre; from calcareous vineyards above the Mediterranean near Marseille. Clear and crisp fruit. Still some banana fermentation residual. Very cool and incisive. Bandol rose like./ Yes, lithe and inviting on entry, building to flavor and extract concentration throughout. Very intriguing, entertaining. 16.5.
WT071713-09. 11 TABOR HILL LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE CABERNET FRANC - (U.S.) 12%. Oh, yes, ripe and rich and full like the 2010, with equally admirable oak seasonings./ Yes, great acid, rich fruit, caramel oak lacings. Lingers long for extra pleasures. 16.8.
WT071713-10. 09 CHATEAU GRAND CHAMP, BORDEAUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 65% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon. 09 sweet fruit. A confusing combo of roti and green. Mixed up./ High acid for 09. Not selectively harvested, sorted. Minor. 13.8.
WT071713-11. 11 VISTA DEL SUR HIGH NOTE ELEVATED UCO VALLEY MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 13.5%. Senses of dryness and reserve on entry yield to full, sweet maraschino and light oak./ Full and fruitful. Balanced. Shows its cool-zone elegance. Potential to improve too. 16.3+.
WT071713-12. 11 CHIANTI, QUERCETO - (ITALY) 12.5%. Bright and frisky on the approach, then deepening and rounding, becoming warm and buxom and showing some barrel aging contributions./ Yes, fresh fruit plus barrel-earned warmth and savor. Best vintage of this I’ve tasted. 16.5+.
WT071713-13. 11 CHIANTI IL CAVALIERE, FRATELLI GRATI - (ITALY) 12.5%. Here’s the darker fruit stuff of Rufina. Deep and earthy. Fresh and cool./ Dark and haunting fruit material. Good combo of grip and flow. An engaging textural profile. Will improve too. 16.4+.
WT071713-14. 10 OC SYRAH LA VIOLETTE, JEAN-LUC COLOMBO - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; 100% syrah. Cool and syrah dark fruited. Otherwise, little varietal context. Purple fruit. Reserved./ Polished Colombo approach. A logical syrah, though not in its best setting. 15.5+.
WT071713-15. LILLET ROUGE APERITIF DE FRANCE - (FRANCE APERITIF) 17%; est. 1872 at Podensac, Graves. Oh, boy. The fresh red fruits: cherry, currant. I was expecting this to be tawnier. Not a bit. Plus the tonic aperitif aspect./ Yes, sweet and vital, with tonic cut. Fresh red fruit indeed. I’m surprised and pleased. The whole Lillet range is impressive. 17.1.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
WT071013-01. 12 ORVIETO CLASSICO SECCO, BIGI - (ITALY) 12.5%. Fresh, vinous, basic. Likely mostly trebbiano. OK./ Quite full. Balanced and fresh. A good dry white wine without much in the way of zone-specific attributes. 16.0.
WT071013-02. 12 CHABLIS, ANTONIN RODET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 11-14%. Bright and fresh. Apple, citrus, calcaire. Not as fruity as the 2011. More classic./ Full, round, soft, bountiful. Ultimately as enticing in youth as the 2011. 16.7.
WT071013-03. 11 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES BLANC, DOMAINE DE COURON - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; roussanne, marsanne, grenache blanc. Aromatically subtle. Full and right for the varieties./ Vinous. Lacks much fruit flavor personality. Body is its leading attribute. 15.3.
WT071013-04. 07 CHATEAU CARBONNIEUX, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Wow! Big semillon and smoky sauvignon blanc stuff. Grand Cru intensity, Pessac-Leognan uniqueness./ Powerful, insistent sauvignon expression. Broiled grapefruit. Special. 17.5+.
WT071013-05. 12 COTE DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE MIREILLE & VINCENT - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. One voluminous rose nose. Cherry, strawberry. Power. Bolder than these were in the past./ Yes, large and powerful and plentiful sweet fruit. Good peels astringency for foil. Nearly of Tavel volume. 16.8.
WT071013-07. 12 BYRON SANTA BARBARA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.5%. Light and lively, stylish Byron format. More so than the 2011–a big surprise./ Sweetens up with airing. Sweet juice and pulp, nice peels astringency for balance. This will continue to plump up with bottle age. A winner.16.4+.
WT071013-08. 11 SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY LES VIGNOLES, CAVE DE SAUMUR - (LOIRE) 13.5%; all cabernet franc. Full and smoky. Northern cabernet franc bell pepper and even some chipotle. Deep red currant and raspberry too./ Oh, juicy, large, well extracted. Great acidity. This has everything an S-C should. It rocks! 16.7+.
WT071013-09. 11 PASO CREEK PASO ROBLES MERLOT - (U.S.) 13.5%. Bright 2011 Paso style. Lovely merlot black cherry. Works well–warm climate, cool vintage./ Fine oak toast and toffee. Certainly ripe and strong enough to satisfy in 2011. Well balanced too. 16.5
WT071013-10. 10 MARTIN RAY SONOMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 14.4%. Short of the fruit ripeness and concentration of the great 2009, this nonetheless pleases. Like the 09, good oak seasonings augment its aromatic range and appeal./ Good oak, but the fruit is just not as fulfilled as the 2009. There’s plenty to like here nonetheless, and the group, not in my position to make the 2009 comparison, found this wine fully
WT071013-11. 10 CHIANTI CLASSICO TERRE DI PRENZANO, VILLA VIGNAMAGGIO - (ITALY) 14%; aged 9 months in oak; birthplace of Mona Lisa. Dry, with medium body and intensity. Vinous./ Dry and medium all around 14.9+.
WT071013-12. 11 JUMILLA MONASTRELL, BODEGAS JUAN GIL - (SPAIN) 15%; 40 year old vines on limestone; 1.8 tons/ac; 12 months in French oak barrels. Bright, whole fruit experience. Shows its whole bunch fermentation period. Fine oak. Full power./ Sweet and full and showy. Has all the assets, all the facets, all the time. Acid, sweetness, power, fruit, wood. A Show Wine indeed. Nothing wanting. I love this Spanish red-wine
WT071013-13. 11 VOUVRAY CHENIN SEMI-DRY JOVLY, CAVES DU VAL DE FRANCE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Cool quince and calcaire. Convincing Vouvray, if not as intense as the best./ Off dry. Plenty of quince. Even balanced display. There are better, but one can’t complain about the value this one embodies. 16.3.
WT071013-14. 11 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG - (FRANCE ALSACE) 13%. Good, clear rose water and tonic aroma. Fresh, full, strong, right./ Yes, tonic, bay leaf astringency to foil its smooth glycerol. Well balanced. 17.0.
WT071013-15. 12 SANTA JULIA TARDIO LATE HAVEST MENDOZA TORRONTES half liter - (ARGENTINA) 7%; 13% RS. Young, dry-smelling, tight. Lightly sweet aromas begin to emerge with aeration. Not a lot of musky torrontes character on display yet. Youthful./ Oh, the palate shows nice honey, peach, and apricot personality. Young, but already working for a living, aiming to entertain. The acid is still coated. This wine holds great
WT071013-16. LOMBARDO FINE I. P. AMBRA DRY MARSALA - (ITALY) 17%; aged at least one year; dry can be up to 4% RS. Prune, raisin, date. Some cheap marsala mustiness./ Good power and ripeness. But common, with a somewhat musty basis. I remember liking this better in the distant past. 14.0.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
WT070313-01. 12 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO VILLAGGIO, CAMPAGNA GELLO - (ITALY) 12%.Still some fermentation apple blossom. Give it a few weeks../ Yeah, unexpressive still. And lightly reduced. Not ready for prime time. 15.0+.
WT070313-02. 12 CASTEL DEL MONTE CHARDONNAY PRELUDIO NO. 1, RIVERA - (ITALY) 13%; aged 3 months on the lees. I continue to be impressed. Lees and terroir. Chardonnay apple. Macon like./ Yes, plenty of personality without the oak assist. Rich and full. 16.4.
WT070313-03. 11 MACON DAVAYE, DOMAINE DE LA CROIX SENAILLET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Lean and sleek, well tailored 2011. Fred Astaire type. Apple and citrus. No oak./ Racy, dashing even. Good acidity and minerality. Great with food now. Could serve as an aperitif too. Will fill out further with bottle age. I like its posture. 16.7+.
WT070313-04. 12 THE INFAMOUS GOOSE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 13%; label sez named for the moa; customer sez named for NZ counterpart of Joe Biden. Cat and grapefruit and gooseberry. Right down the middle./ Decent acid. Middle of the road; not too shrill, not too plump. Good. 16.3.
WT070313-05. 11 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER PRESTIGE, CAVE VINICOLE CLEEBOURG - (FRANCE ALSACE) 13%. Rose, potpourri zestiness, and ginger nip. Racy style, rather than thick and powerful./ Padded acidity of gewurz. Flavorful. Good power and viscosity on the palate. 16.5+.
WT070313-06. 12 DOMINIO DEL PLATA CRIOS MENDOZA TORRONTES - (ARGENTINA) 13.9%; crios means offspring, honoring winemaker Susana Balbo’s children. Shows both muscat and gewurz characteristics. Medium intensity. Nice and incisive./ Strong and viscous, and racy too. Crios gets it right. Some vintagess are more intense. 16.4+.
WT070313-07. 12 HERAULT ROSE GUILHEM, MOULIN DE GASSAC ANIANE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%; 40% each grenache, carignan, 20% syrah; vines 25-50 years old. Just a little H2S to throw off. Lovely, elegant pink fruits, nicely padded./ Good acid, plumpness, balance. Welcome flavor oomph. Nice. 16.3+.
WT070313-08. 12 MARTIN RAY ANGELINE RESERVE SONOMA-MENDOCINO-SANTA BARBARA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.9%; 45-30-25. Deep, sweet, already variegated. Spicy and nutty. Pinot cherry, dash of clove./ Good pulp and peel extracts. Well poised. Fine pinot definition at an early age. A player. 16.4+.
WT070313-09. 11 TOSCANA SANGIOVESE IL MORINO, VILLA VIGNAMAGGIO - (ITALY) 13.5%. Sweet but also peelsy. Better than before. Anise and tar. Both sweetness and grip./ Still dry and close. Needs time or food. Full, fine tannin. Improving already. 16.0+.
WT070313-10. 10 MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO, BORGO REALE - (ITALY) 13%; mevushal, kosher for passover. Smells lightly warmed. Good for the territory. Some peels and red fruit./ Soft and smooth, pasteurized. Pleasing port-like aspect. 15.0.
WT070313-11. 10 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU SUZEAU - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. Slight reduction. Overall bright, Drome zone northern style. Fresh, racy form of grenache./ Elegant, pure berry fruit. Sweet and rich in texture. Syrah white pepper. 2010 firmness. Balanced and young. I like its future. 16.4+.
WT070313-12. 10 NINE STONES MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ - (AUSTRALIA) 14%; founder Len Evans’ Celtic heritage includes sacred stones in groups of nine. Fresh and full McLaren style of syrah. Great race and penetration. Feel the power and burnish./ Strength, warmth, meatiness. Fine tannin. Well balanced. Wants food. Delivers. 16.5+.
WT070313-13. 11 SALENTO PRIMITIVO DUE PASSI OGGI!, ORME - (ITALY) 13%; primitivo is a cousin of zinfandel, both derived from Croatia’s plavac mali. Dry and contrite. No fun. Like so many primitivos lately./ Baked, sweet. No varietal character. Extra sweet from the double fermentation. 14.2+.
WT070313-14. 08 NORMAN THE MONSTER PASO ROBLES ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 16%. Strong, singed, sweet, pruny Paso zinfandel./ Very sweet and full. Complete Paso product, almost late harvest in style. Delivers in 2008. 17.0+.