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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
WT032515-01. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE BEAUREGARD - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Sweet smelling as well as concentrated. Special. Unique. Sweet smells of undergrowth, straw, and flowers./ Yes, sweet fruit generosity countered by grip, acid, and extract. Full. Complete meal wine. 16.8.
WT032515-02. 13 HERAULT VIOGNIER, DOMAINE DE PETIT ROUBIE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; Ecocert. Dainty, sweet, neat, and pretty. Peach and honeysuckle. Deep. Good grip./ Pure viognier honeysuckle concentration. Dry and meal-worthy. Good stuff. 16.2.
WT032515-03. 12 TAVEL PRIMA DONNA, DOMAINE MABY - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Dry fruit. Medium full. Vinous. Some dullness of age. A bit grainy./ Dry, full. Some fruit pastille left. Very dry and close. Some astringency. Useful at the table if not come-hither for casual sipping. 15.7.
WT032515-04. 09 TAVEL PRIMA DONNA, DOMAINE MABY - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Sweet and tawny. Nice rose port./ Yes, porty. Appealing in a perverse way. 15.0.
WT032515-05. 14 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Still some banana fermentation character. Frame, grip, extract./ Yes, dry and tannic still. Needs more time. Quelle surprise. 15.8+.
WT032515-06. 11 WILLIAM KNUTTEL ROBIN K DRY CREEK VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 13.9%. Firm, dry, woody Logical 2011 Dry Creek Valley cabernet. Austere. Needs time and faith./ Dry, tart, tarry, woody.. Doesn’t aim to please at this stage. 14.0++.
WT032515-07. 10 COTES DU RHONE, LE CLOS DES SAUMANES - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; Famille Janer at Chateauneuf de Gadagne. Warmth and robustness of a Cotes du Rhone from the zone’s deep south. Still 2010 firm, peelsy./ Dry and vinous. Little fruit or give. In a trough like many a 2010 Rhone at this stage. Continue to cellar. 15.0+.
WT032515-08. 09 CHIANTI RISERVA LA MOTO, CAMPAGNA GELLO - (ITALY) 12.5%; 85% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo, 5% cab sauv. Sweet cherry sangiovese fruit and good barrel age qualities. Appeals./ Pleasing weight. Dry. Good barrel time flavor. Good acid. Still some tannin. 16.2+.
WT032515-09. 08 MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO LUCANTO, AZ. AGR. TENUTA TORRE RAONE - (ITALY) 13.5%. Rich, ripe, full, ruddy, southern, real. Shows development in cooperage and some woodiness too. Lots of char./ More char, tarriness, tawniness of barrel age. Marked acid. Which way will it go? 15.0+/-?
WT032515-10. 98 CHATEAU FOURCAS HOSTEN, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. Good, solid, four square 1998. Still on the ascent./ Meat, brett. Young. Lots of tannin. Age further. 16.2+.
WT032515-11. 97 CHATEAU FOURCAS HOSTEN, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. Romantic, flowery, elegant. Lovely./ Yes, charm, flow, ease, bouquet development. Fabulous drinking now. No early decline. 16.9.
WT032515-12. ITALIA ROSSO DOLCE FRIZZANTE, SWEET BABY BUBBLY - (ITALY) 6%. Light, gassy, commercial pop wine./ Good raspberry fruit flavor. Fruit or grape wine basis? Wine cooler. Soda pop. Sure to have its fans. Legitimate beverage product. 15.0.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
WT031815-01. 13 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD - UGNI BLANC, DOMAINE DE MILLET - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%; 50-50. Fresh green pear and apple. Attractive Gascogne softness, forgiveness./ Plenty of fruit, both varietals contributing. Juicy, mouthwatering acidity. For aperitif, al fresco, or dinner applications. Well liked by the group. 16.3.
WT031815-02. 13 WACHAU TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL TROCKEN, DOMANE WACHAU - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Full, forthcoming, nostril tingling. Extract and etch. A nose you can feel./ Plush and soft and fruity. Rich, balanced, pleasing. 16.5.
WT031815-03. 13 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO GREGORIS, SOC. AGR. FATTORI - (ITALY) 12.5%. Apple and nut. Etches and stimulates the nostrils./ Pleasing softness and roundness typical of this cuvee. Adequate varietal body and character. Liked by the group. 15.6.
WT031815-04. 13 CHATEAU CHANTAL OLD MISSION PENINSULA CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 12.3%; estate bottled. Very appley, open armed, expressive, inviting. Made to please in youth./ Yes, full, sweet, well textured, easy. Enjoy through the warm months. 15.5.
WT031815-05. 13 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE, DOMAINE SYLVAINE & ALAIN NORMAND - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Volume, texture, walnut husk, lees impact. Total Roche Vineuse./ Yes, walnut and husk. Great grip. Wow, huge concentration! The group was in awe. 17.0+.
WT031815-06. 13 SARDEGNA VERMENTINO COSTAMOLINO, ARGIOLAS - (ITALY) 13.5%. Some sulphur issues still suppress its usual abundant vermentino beauties. Flowers, tropics, and botanicals, including hops, manage to work their way across./ Tonic and flowers. The palate is fresh and less sulphur compromised, more revealing of the varietal essences. Well textured too. 16.2+.
WT031815-07. 13 TOSCANA REMOLE, MARCHESI DI FRESCOBALDI - (ITALY) 12%. Tart and sweet cherry aromas, plus tar. Grows spicier with aeration. This will became more and more revealing as the months pass./ Yes, both pie and eating cherries, licorice, tar. Full textured. Some tannin to shed still. Long cherry-anise aftertaste. Really delivers for the price. Fine series. The group was impressed. 16.2+.
WT031815-08. 13 MAREMMA ROSSO, AZ. AGR. SAPORI DI MONTE ANTICO DI BEGNARDI - (ITALY) 13.5%. Wow! Sweet, bright cherry and creme. Just a burst of delightful aromas. Peppercorn zestiness./ Flavorful, peppery, spicy. Well balanced between fruit sweetness and fruit acidity. Joyous. 16.6+.
WT031815-09. 13 ROBERT MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.5%. Sweet and easy black cherry pinot. Dark fruited and coastal in demeanor./ Sweet and sassy. Good coastal fruit acid. Oak toffee extras have great appeal. 16.2.
WT031815-10. 13 CHARLES SMITH THE VELVET DEVIL WASHINGTON MERLOT - (U.S.) 13.5%. Spicy merlot cherry and tea with a light American oak patina. Well crafted. The oak has class./ Yes, the oak nicely frames merlot’s soft fruit. Well conceived, well crafted cuvee. 16.3.
WT031815-11. 12 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO, VINA BUJANDA - (SPAIN) 13%; estate bottled. Sweet, smoky, and tarry in keeping with the series. Deep and etched. Good texture; best vintage yet in terms of that./ Smooth and easy as usual, with a lot of black fruit personality. Good acid and texture. More depth, variegation, and dimension than usual. Well done. 16.2.
WT031815-12. 12 FRIULI COLLI ORIENTALI SCHIOPPETTINO VILLA RUBINI, AZ. AGR. RUBINI - (ITALY) 13.5%. Correctly dry, even austere. Euro styling for sure./ Yes, severe, peelsy, dry, and tannic in youth. As it should be. Exceptional fruit darkness and concentration for a NE Italy rosso. That’s schioppettino! Classic ager. Well liked by the group. 16.0++.
WT031815-13. 12 KUNDE ESTATE SONOMA VALLEY ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.7%; est. 1904. Sweet enough and also herbal. Light wood aura./ More wood. American. Too much for now, it will settle in with bottle age. Sweet and gentle. Surprisingly mild mannered. Good. 16.0+.
WT031815-14. 13 MOSEL RIESLING URBAN, WEINGUT NIK WEIS ST. URBANS-HOF - (GERMANY) 9.5%. Apple and walnut husk. Slate driven./ Both sweetness and acid-extract cut. Well crafted from good material, terroir. 16.3.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
WT031115-01. 13 BOWERS HARBOR TWYRIS VINEYARD LEELANAU PENINSULA PINOT BLANC - (U.S.) 11.5%; named after the winemaker’s daughters, Twyla & Iris. Vinous. Not much character expression at this stage./ Sweetish. Some sulphur still. Wooly. Mild acid. 2012 was much more impressive. 14.5+.
WT031115-02. 13 SOAVE CLASSICO VIN SOAVE, AZ. AGR. DA INAMA - (ITALY) 12%. Mainly vinous. Some green fruit./ Fresh and mainly vinous. Not much character development yet. 15.7+?
WT031115-04. 13 FELS AM WAGRAM GRUNER VELTLINER STEINAGRUND, WEINGUT LETH - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Full of personality. Apple and lima. Full and meaty texture./ Full body and flavor. Great acid and extract, grip. A champ. 16.9.
WT031115-05. 13 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; est. 1590. Full and old vines mealy. Real concentration of Chablis terroir and chardonnay in a northern setting. Good grip./ Walnut and husk. Real old vines material. Balance of acid and extract. Long finish. 17.1+.
WT031115-06. 13 HAPPY CAMPER VINEYARDS CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 13%. Crisp, cool, coastal. Good apple and citrus. Value assured./ Some malo creaminess. Vanilla creme sensation, not likely from oak. Good acid. Halbtrocken style. Indeed, a bargain like the 2012. In fact, better. 16.3.
WT031115-07. 13 TOSCANA SANGIOVESE LA TANCIA, SOC. AGR. SILLA - (ITALY) 12%; est. 1743. Sweet and dried fruit and nuts. Earthy, bucolic, honest all-purpose rosso./ Rugged and rustic, with grip and fine texture. Full flavor and feel expressions. Affordable for pizza, spaghetti and meat balls. Will gain suavity with bottle age. 16.2+.
WT031115-08. 12 SICILIA NERO D’AVOLA LAMURI TENUTA REGALEALI, CONTI TASCA D’ALMERITA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Oh, a beauty. Cool, elegant, refined, high altitude nero. Sweet berries, plus tar and licorice./ Sweet and sassy. Great acid. Silky texture. Class wine like the 2011. Balanced, smooth, long. 17.0+.
WT031115-09. 13 TALBOTT ESTATE KALI HART MONTEREY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 14.6%. Tart and lean. Enclosed, 2013 framed. At this stage, tighter and tarter than the 2012./ Lean and tart indeed. Compact. Understated oak component. High alcohol gives off some heat. Must age to soften and fill out. 15.6+.
WT031115-10. 10 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU FAMAEY - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%. Starts out in a bit of a funk. Like many a 2010 claret, it’s in something of a trough at this stage. Sweetens and clarifies its terroir statement with aeration./ Yes, sweet and classic now. Well liked by the group. 16.3+.
WT031115-11. 12 TRIVENTO GOLDEN RESERVE LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14.5%; Wine Spectator 91/100. Large, sweet, powerful. Fruit ripeness carries the alcohol well, Cherry, pitch, licorice. Good bearing. Not gushy./ Dry and reserved on the palate. Some oak romance. Fine tannin. Good acid. Young. 16.4+.
WT031115-12. 13 TERRA ALTA GARNATXA NEGRA, HERENCIA ALTES - (SPAIN) 14%. Fresh, bright, alert, elegant, classic Terra Alta grenache. Super value./ Yes, balance of smoothness and acidity. Strong, persistent flavors. Great balance, thrust, follow through. Great dinner wine. 16.7+.
WT031115-14. 13 CLINE FAMILY ANCIENT VINES CONTRA COSTA ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 15%; aged 8 months in American oak, 35% new. Powerful black fruit of Contra Costa zin. Pepper and herb./ Sweet and strong. More Lodi than Contra Costa. Some Lodi in the cuvee? 2012 better. Green fruit and jelly. Large crop? 16.1+.
WT031115-15. 13 VOUVRAY, NOEL BOUGRIER - (FRANCE LOIRE) 11%. Quince and lime. Fabulous grip, depth, and persistence of a low crop vintage./ Semi sweet. Good acid and extract to balance. The right demi sec Vouvray set of flavors and textures. Medium bodied. Good value. 16.6.