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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
WT072915-1. 14 KAMPTAL GRUNER VELTLINER LOIS, FRED LOIMER - (AUSTRIA) 11.5%. Full green apple nose. Uncomplicated, classic gruve./ Full bodied and full flavored. Spot on. 16.2.
WT072915-2. 14 CHATEAU HAUT PASQUET, BORDEAUX BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. 40% each semillon, sauvignon blanc, 20% muscadelle. Pungent green-fruit and musky aromas of muscadelle really carry. Sauvignon lime too./ Grass and musk. Distinctive, assertive, unique. Well liked by the group. 16.4.
WT072915-3. 14 CHATEAU SAINT JEAN DES GRAVES, GRAVES BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%. As usual, this is mild mannered. Even-handed presentation./ Yes, no varietal stands out. Smoothness of semillon, and its lemon-creme attribute. House style. A gentle Graves that may become more aromatic with bottle age. 16.1+.
WT072915-4. 14 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, BODEGAS LA CANA - (SPAIN) 12.5%. Lean and not very aromatic in 2014. Dry. White wines of green Iberia (Rias Baixas, Vinho Verde) seem to share this pattern in 2014../ Yes, devoid of much varietal character. Plain compared to earlier vintages. Time will tell. 15.5+.
WT072915-5. 13 BUCELAS ARINTO RESERVA PROVA REGIA, QUINTA DA ROMEIRA - (PORTUGAL) 13.5%; est. 1703. Full. Lightly aromatic. Richly extracted. Chalky, limey./ Yes, full and waxy, with plenty of varietal and terroir character. Lovely now for mealtime use. More aromatic complexities to come. 16.7+.
WT072915-6. 14 GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA ROSE TXOMIN ETXANIZ, ETXANIZ TXAKOLINA - (SPAIN) 10.5%; estate bottled. Delicate pink fruit to start. Fills and sweetens with aeration./ Good peel tang. Great form and mouthfeel. Love the texture hondarrabi’s grape-skin extracts impart. Unique. 16.6.
WT072915-7. 14 GIGONDAS ROSE AU PETIT BONHEUR, DOMAINE LES PALLIERES - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Full texture and body of a Gigondas rose. Swells the nostrils./ Full bodied. Good astringency. Needs a few weeks for the flavor profile to fill out. 16.2+.
WT072915-8. 14 FRANCAIS RAISINS GAULOIS, M. LAPIERRE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%; from Lapierre’s Morgon vines damaged by hail. Neon cherry color./ Sweet and dazzling, fresh gamay fruit./ Generous, vigorous, well textured. Quaffable summer rouge. 16.7.
WT072915-9. 13 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES GENEVRIERES, FREDERIC ESMONIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%. Good and ripe pinot fruit. One of the richer 2013s tasted to date. Cote de Nuits dark, plummy pinot character./ Rich and rangy. Wow! Very pleasant encounter; this gives more current pleasure than Esmonin’s 2013 Gevrey. Full taste and texture adventure. 16.6+.
WT072915-10. 12 SEAN MINOR CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.5%. Pretty green fruit for 2012. Likely cool Monterey. Sweet core of a warmer zone too./ Too much Monterey like green fruit. Maybe it will soften, sweeten up, fill out. 15.1+.
WT072915-11. 12 CHIANTI RUFINA, VILLA DI VETRICE - (ITALY) 12.5%. Pretty dry and stark, as they’ve been lately. Sweet, dried fruit core./ Very dry and lean. Zero sangiovese glycerol. Food and/or time. 15.3+.
WT072915-12. 13 ROOT 1 COLCHAGUA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (CHILE) 13.5%; from ungrafted vines. Black currant puree concentration. Ideal. Ventilating, mint like overtones of black currants and leaves.. Sweet fruit./ Sweet and cool currant flavor. Good power. Framing of cabernet and possibly some oak too. Very popular with the group. Great value. 16.8.
WT072915-13. 09 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES MAS JANEIL, FRANCOIS LURTON - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Dry, and beginning to display bottle bouquet. Exotic overtones./ Dry, warm, savory, Roussillon robust. Well liked by the group; many orders taken. 16.5.
WT072915-14. 2013 MONTSANT CAN BLAU, CELLERS CAN BLAU - (SPAIN) 14.5%; 40% mazuelo, 40% syrah, 20% garnacha. Powerful, warm, penetrating, sweet./ Sweet and strong; One bold Montsant. Impressive richness and forcefulness. Not for the faint of heart. 16.3+.
WT072915-15. 13 BRAUNEBERGER JUFFER RIESLING SPATLESE, WILLI HAAG - (GERMANY) 8%. Good terroir. Brown slate for sure. Dry and well extracted. Apple and peach../ Wine of place. Sweet and well balanced. Full of flavor. 17.4+.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
WT072215-1. VIN MOUSSEUX FRANCAIS, MARQUIS DE LA TOUR - (SPARKLING) 11%; winemaker at Saumur. Fresh and pleasing, dry sparkler that reads of Loire chenin blanc foundation./ Yes, chenin on calcaire basis. Creamy mousse. Mid brut styling. A bargain. And so considered by the group. 16.4.
WT072215-2. 07 ALSACE PINOT GRIS RESERVE PERSONNELLE, DOMAINE BOTT FRERES - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%. Full, and developing a lush, waxy, nutty, mealy Alsace pinot gris bouquet./ Full nut, honey, and tea-tobacco botrytis flavors. Lush and expressive. Has it all. 17.2.
WT072215-3. 13 ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS ESTATE ALEXANDER VALLEY CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 14%. Attractive inflections of barrel fermentation, lees contact, and French-oak barrel aging. Subtle, nutty, decidedly Burgundian./ Yes, toast and all the other barrel nuances of a good Burgundy. Not at all sweet and pandering. Balanced and long. The group was impressed. 17.0.
WT072215-4. 12 MOSEL RIESLING RED SLATE DRY, DR. LOOSEN - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Nice light bottle bouquet forming, while retaining alert Mosel freshness, crisp, appley fruit./ Yes, fresh and brisk and stony Mosel riesling. Red slate spiciness like an Urziger. Good terroir statement. Good acidity too. Long finish. 16.6.
WT072215-5. 13 PFALZ RIESLING FEINHERB, MESSMER liter - (GERMANY) 11.5%. Southern Pfalz take on riesling. Not just grape. Grain and nut too. Mealworthy approach./ Good walnut taste. Dry and round and proper Feinherb. Finishes with great acid verve. 16.4.
WT072215-6. 14 ALTO ADIGE LAGREIN ROSE, CANTINA TERLANO - (ITALY) 13%; estate bottled. Spice and berry. Special lagrein pepperiness. Intense./ Full flavored. Round and giving. Peels extracts give a bitter foil to the sweet fruit pulp. Long and tangy finish. Well liked by the group. 16.6.
WT072215-7. 12 MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO RISERVA, CANTINA ZACCAGNINI - (ITALY) 13%; estate bottled. 2012 dark, sullen, intense, full, young. Not exactly riserva traits, but, wow, is this fully packed!/ Rich, rull, round, solid, succulent. Great acid. Packed in fruit. Two pounds of fruit in a one pound bag. Generous to say the least. 16.7+.
WT072215-8. 10 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD CUVEE PASSION, GRAVES - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 90% merlot, 10% cabernet; eleve en fut de chene. Full, sweet merlot fruit. Subtle oak. Balanced and complete./ Sweet fruit plus fruit and oak tannins. 2010 backward. Cellarworthy for sure. 16.8+.
WT072215-9. 13 RIOJA ORLEGI, FAMILIA MONJE AMSTOY - (SPAIN) 13.5%; estate bottled. Floral. Purple-black fruits. Noble reduction. Sooo elegant. Black fruit and black pepper. Little oak./ Still youthfully shy on the palate. Balanced, suave. Great acid. Age it. 16.6+.
WT072215-10. 13 LES BAUX DE PROVENCE LA GOURMANDE, MAS DE LA DAME - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; half each grenache, syrah. Fresh and full grenache out front, with black-fruit syrah support. Thorough fruit force, presence, all./ Wow! Sweet and peppery, filling, complete. Interior Provence wine of place. 17.2.
WT072215-11. 12 SEVEN FALLS WAHLUKE SLOPE CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 14.5%. Shrill and powerful. Very forceful for WA cabernet. Stark./ Wood taste. Vanilla and caramel coated. Appealing palate. 16.4.
WT072215-12. 13 TERRA D’ORO AMADOR ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.5%; est. 1970. Wow! Big, powerful, loaded, sweet, roasted. Altogether classic Amador zin./ Rich, sweet, powerful. Glycerol. Full flavors trump all the textural exuberance. Yow! 17.8.
WT072215-13. 13 CLINE FAMILY ANCIENT VINES CONTRA COSTA MOURVEDRE - (U.S.) 15.5%; 8 months in American oak, 30% new. Strong. Aggressive. Mourvedre dark, black fruited, firm/ Sweet, strong, full. Flavor-wise, it’s still youthfully reticent. Sweet fruit on the finish. Needs a few more months of bottle age. 16.2+.
WT072215-14. 04 FAIRVIEW JAKKALSFONTEIN SWARTLAND SHIRAZ - (SOUTH AFRICA) 15%. Mature, and good for it. Powerful./ Good wood, fruit, bouquet development. No Cape horseflesh. Power, richness, fine tannin. Good, long finish. 17.0.
WT072215-15. 14 MOSCATO D’ASTI CASCINETTA, VIETTI - (ITALY) 5%; estate bottled. Abundant fruit and flower display. Yow! Positively perfumed!. Unique array./ Yes, full aromatic profile, singular in its class. Great acid-sweet balance. Superb levity, lift, all. 18.0.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
WT071515-1. 14 COTES DE GASCOGNE, MONT GRAVET - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%; all colombard. Uncomplicated and fresh. Frankness and joy of young colombard./ Juicy and sweetly fruited, with the right acid balance. And the right texture, mouthfeel. Well liked by the group. 16.3.
WT071515-2. 14 BOWERS HARBOR (MICHIGAN) PINOT GRIGIO - (U.S.) 12%; likely augmented with WA fruit due to short MI crop. Apple and acetate. Direct and no doubt appealing./ Some artificial apple. Where from? 15.2.
WT071515-3. 14 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA TERLANO - (ITALY) 13%. Full and genuine. Apple, peel, walnut husk. Lots of material./ Very full textured and powerful. Great stature. A giant pinot grigio. 16.9.
WT071515-4. 13 MACON VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE PERRAUD - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Firm and spot on Macon chardonnay.. Full burnish of an old vines rendition./ Full bodied, with good extract. Very satisfying palate. Volume, texture, and taste in spades. 16.8.
WT071515-5. 13 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE TALMARD - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; from the village of Chardonnay; est. 17th century. Fuller still. More open and revealing. Almost a woody sense though hasn’t seen a stave./ Again, the openness, lees, grain, and grape, and ‘wood’. Large and giving. One of the best vintages of this. 17.0.
WT071515-6. 13 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 40% sauvignon blanc, 20% each sauvignon gris, semillon, muscadelle. Full scent of both sauvignons. Gooseberry and quince. Semillon and sauvignon gris richness. Race and elegance of sauvignon blanc and muscadelle./ Full flavor of the sauvignons. Semillon texture. Muscadelle greenery. All. 16.8.
WT071515-7. 14 TAVEL, CHATEAU D’AQUERIA - (ROSE) 14%; grenache, syrah, cinsault, clairette. Sweet and full classic as always through the years. This one’s been around the market about as long as I have. Grenache richness plus raciness and elegance of cinsault and companions./ Full, powerful. Fine astringency playing against grenache sweetness. Well balanced overall. For a wide range of dinner table options. 17.0.
WT071515-8. 12 VILLA SAN JULIETTE FAT MONK CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.6%. Sweet, full, young, ripe 2012. Monterey cool fruit plus richer fruit of warmer zones of the Central Coast./ Sweet and facile, with a fresh grape-peel edge. . Easy drinkin’ pinot. 16.2.
WT071515-9. 11 TOSCANA LAGONE, AIA VECCHIA - (ITALY) 15%. Of merlot and the cabernets. Sweet and even a little singed at 15%. Powerful build; bold./ Wood and fruit flavors and tannins. Very ripe but not roti, not over the top. For BIG wine lovers. Quite the Tuscan monster. Needs boar and the like. Enjoyed by the group. 16.7+.
WT071515-10. 10 VILLA SAN JULIETTE PASO ROBLES MERLOT - (U.S.) 13.5%. Sweet, Paso warm, and developing a patina of maturity./ Yes, warm Paso merlot with bouquet fulfillment and no tannin remaining. Good example of a ready-to-drink Paso merlot. 16.2.
WT071515-11. 11 BOUCHAINE ROCKIN’ H VINEYARD SONOMA COAST SYRAH - (U.S.) 13%. Deep, sweet, cool raspberry and white pepper. Cool Sonoma Coast origin and a cool vintage instill a northern Rhone syrah demeanor. Good oak seasoning. A big success./ Yes, cool zone and year have fostered a syrah of California fruit richness with Euro form and restraint. Attractive, light oak lacings. 16.8+.
WT071515-12. 13 PAYS D’OC SYRAH-GRENACHE LES HAUTS DE JANEIL, FRANCOIS LURTON - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. Good, cool, fresh, Bordeaux-winemaker take on the zone and varieties./ Yes, fruity, flavorful, spicy. Lovely combo. Elegant, racy, sweet fruit, perfectly balanced. Boy, this really hits the sweet spot. A wine for every occasion, every season. Very popular with the group. 16.8.
WT071515-13. 13 ROBERT HALL CUVEE DE ROBLES PASO ROBLES RED - (U.S.) 14.5%; 38% grenache, 24% cinsaut, 21% syrah, 17% petite sirah. Ripe, full Paso with southern Rhone notions. Deep, meaty, pulpy berry mash./ Full, meaty, big, generous, fat, and fruity. Round and powerful. All. Talks the talk. 16.7.
WT071515-14. 13 DASHE LATE HARVEST DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL half bottle - (U.S.) 14.7%; 9.5% RS. Sweet, powerful, scorched. Rightful DCV late harvest zin. Sweet raspberry and peppercorns./ Very sweet and strong, in harmony. Fruity, juicy, complete. It’s good to have one around again. 18.8.
WT071515-15. 14 OCKFEN BOCKSTEIN RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT ST. URBANS-HOF - (GERMANY) 8.5%. Yes, like the Parker 92 2013, Ockfen full and well extracted. Walnut husk airs of a slate born riesling. Huge./ Full textured. Ockfen earthiness, nuttiness. Vast, dynamic, complete. 18.4.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
WT070815-01. 14 VINHO VERDE ANJOS DE PORTUGAL, QUINTA DA LIXA - (PORTUGAL) 9.5%; 40% arinto, 30% each trajadura, loureiro. Great perfumes of the superior varieties./ Spritz to dry and refresh. Good amplitude. 16.1.
WT070815-02. 14 VINHO VERDE LAS LILAS, ADEGA DE PONTE DA BARCA - (PORTUGAL) 10%. Light and lively, with the perfumes of superior varieties./ Yes, perfumed and fresh and lovely. 16.3.
WT070815-03. 14 CHABLIS LES PARGUES PREMIERE CUVEE, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; single vineyard once classified 1er Cru but lay fallow at time of last classification. Unfiltered. Full and fresh. A lot of character./ Full and juicy. Tingly. Meaty. Lots of substance. Wow! The group was impressed. 17.3+.
WT070815-04. 13 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. More mature. Less material Attractive scent of aromatic apple variety. Elegant./ Yes, elegant. Lovely fruit and fruit acidity. Grip and follow-through. Suffers from the order. 17.0.
WT070815-05. 13 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. More mature. Less material Attractive scent of aromatic apple variety. Elegant./ Yes, elegant. Lovely fruit and fruit acidity. Grip and follow-through. Suffers from the order. 17.0.
WT070815-06. 11 ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO, FATTORIA DEL CERRO - (ITALY) 14%. Sweet and nutty. Dried fruits. Full and spicy./ Sweet spices, wood, dried fruits. Plenty of substance for a rosso. Really giving. 16.6+.
WT070815-07. 11 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO, FATTORIA DEL CERRO - (ITALY) 14%; Tre Bicchieri - Gambero Rosso. Elegant, flowery, full. Romantic./ Beautiful grace and poise, equilibrium. Fine tannin. What Vino Nobile is all about. 17.1+.
WT070815-08. 11 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVA GRAN PASSIONE, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER - (ITALY) 13%. Sweet and full and fresh. House style./ Yes, the ripe fruit sweetness of SSR. Good example. 16.6+.
WT070815-09. 13 VENETO GRAN PASSIONE, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER - (ITALY) 14%. Oh, yes, appassimento style indeed. Sweet and singed. Right./ Yes, sweetness without raisin. Good value in its genre. 16.4.
WT070815-10. 13 PRIORAT GARNATXA, SCALA DEI - (SPAIN) 14.5%. Oh, boy. Unique, high altitude, slate born grenache. Rich, full, black, ample./ Bright, juicy, warm, rich confirmation of the aroma. Great acid too. Proud Priorat. 17.0+.
WT070815-12. 12 PFALZ GEWURZTRAMINER, WEINGUT FITZ-RITTER - (GERMANY) 9.5%. Full, sweet, total gewurz concentration./ Yes, auslese like concentration, with great acidity, especially for this varietal. Always a winner. Superior to the Kabinett I’ve enjoyed in vintages past. Well liked by the group. 17.2.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
WT070115-02. 13 ALTO ADIGE PINOT BIANCO, CANTINA TERLANO - (ITALY) 13.5%; estate bottled. Acquiring an attractive patina of bottle age. Full and nutty./ Fresh, bright, cool, high altitude. Body and personality. Well liked by the group. 16.6.
WT070115-03. 14 LANGHE BIANCO, ARMANDO PARUSSO - (ITALY) 12.5%; all sauvignon blanc. Full and unique take on sauvignon./ Yes, full, broad, rich. Better than 2013. Well liked by the group. 15.9.
WT070115-04. 14 SANCERRE, DOMAINE HIPPOLYTE REVERDY - (FRANCE LOIRE) 11-14%; at Chaudoux-Verdigny. Dry and snappy. Gooseberry and mango./ Juicy. Straight at you, eager sauvignon blanc. Bright. Loved by the group. 16.8.
WT070115-05. 13 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, FREDERIC MAGNIEN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; grower at Morey Saint Denis. Calcaire and light oak./ Full, young. Citrus and calcaire. From the high limestone slopes of the commune?. Good age potential. The group was intrigued. Cote de Nuits chardonnay is quite unlike any other. 16.5+.
WT070115-07. 11 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR GRAVIERS, FREDERIC MAGNIEN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; grower at Morey Saint Denis. Still a bit enclosed in youth. Good, purple Nuits pinot comes forth with aeration./ Full Good Nuits poise and expression. Wine of place; wine with a future. 16.6+.
WT070115-08. 12 MARSANNAY LES LONGEROIES, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; Becky Wasserman selection. Rich in fruit texture and barrel age. Deep and variegated. Cote de Nuits like size; surpasses Marsannay norms./ Rich and big, rangy. Good acid and fine tannin for keeping. Well liked by the group. 17.4+.
WT070115-09. 12 DOURO TOURIGA NACIONAL, DELAFORCE - (PORTUGAL) 14%; est. 1868; aged 12 months in oak. Inky./ Really essential concentration. Power to burn. Touriga nacional to the hilt./ Rich and concentrated. Power, all. Yow! 17.7+.
WT070115-10. 14 CASTILLA TEMPRANILLO VENTA MORALES, FINCA LAS CRUCES - (SPAIN) 14%. Fresh, sweet, and fruity. Intense./ Sweet and concentrated. The usual, reliable stuff here. Portrays the whole grape. A popular bargain with the group. 16.4.
WT070115-11. 13 RIDGE THREE VALLEYS SONOMA RED - (U.S.) 14.4%; 80% zinfandel, 11% carignane, 8% petite sirah, 1% alicante bouschet. Sweet, powerful, Ridge roasted. 2013 framed. Spicy. Youthful./ Full, brandied fruit. Very spicy zin and oak savors. On the upward side. 16.6+.
WT070115-12. 13 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG R.
IESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS - A. BIROTH - (GERMANY) 9%. Full, tingly, well extracted. Young, rich. Loaded./ Sweet and full of extract and acid. Great potential this vintage. 16.6+.