Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - March, 2016
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated  April 9,  2016
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WT033016-1. 15 SILENI CELLAR SELECTION MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12%. Sweet pink grapefruit and mango–a couple of likely and likeable NZ sauvignon expressions./ They echo on the palate. Sweet fruit, tangy acid. Lingering juiciness. Well balanced. Multi-purpose. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT033016-2. 14 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE G. TALMARD - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Full nasal texture; you can really sense its presence. Classic aromas of apple, citrus, and lees influence. Balanced in approach./ Bright and full. Well balanced indeed. Lees ‘woodiness'. Body, texture, flavor, harmony, all. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT033016-3. 14 PELOPONNESE MOSCHOFILERO-RODITIS AKRA MOREA, MONEMVASIA - (GREECE) 13%; 50% each. Earthy. No fruit brightness. No moscho stone fruit. Dull./ Mono, vinous, plain, earthy, one dimensional. 13.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT033016-4. 15 PIEMONTE NEBBIOLO ROSATO PARUSS, VITICOLTORI ARMANDO PARUSSO - (ITALY) 11.5%. Clear, charming, joyous cherry-berry aromas. Just the right approach./ Yes, uplifting, inspiring nebbiolo rose expression. The texture is rich and full, and most refined. Reasonably priced too. Bravo. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT033016-5. 15 REGGIANO LAMBRUSCO ROSATO SECCO, ALFREDO BERTOLANI - (ITALY) 11.5%. Bright, candied berry lambrusco aroma. Its frizzante nature buoys and amps up the aroma and keeps it dry and honest./ Full lambrusco varietal flavor set. Appropriate dash of VA. Splashy stuff. The best lambrusco on the market in years, red or rose. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT033016-6. 15 TERRE SICILIANE NERELLO MASCALESE ROSATO GERBINO, DI GIOVANNA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Rather earthy and plain at this juncture. No varietal maraschino aspects evident yet. A decent rose in the making though./ Dry, with some fermentation astringency yet. Needs a few weeks for fulfillment and declaration. 15.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT033016-7. 15 TERRE SICILIANE NERO D'AVOLA, MASSERIA PARIONE - (ITALY) 13%. Young and bright. Still vinous, premature./ Yes, and still some tannin. True to varietal cherry underlayment. Plenty of material here. Simply sold before its time. Will make a good summer rosso come June 21. 15.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT033016-8. 13 NIEDEROSTERREICH ZWEIGELT, WK HUGL-WIMMER liter - (AUSTRIA) 13%. Very bright, cool climate, juicy, sweet, fruity, ideal. Really pushes forth ripe, sweet, even spicy fruit aromas./ Clear, smooth, ripe cherry-berry flavors. Flashes a gamy note not alien to this varietal. A striking and attractive zweigelt thanks to superior fruit ripeness. So many come my way wanting for that. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT033016-9. 13 PELOPONNESE AGIORGITIKO AKRA MOREA, MONEMVASIA - (GREECE) 13%. Good red st. george fruit. Smooth and correct, if not flashy./ Still a bit reduced, so merely vinous on the palate. Lacks depth at this stage; that may come. 14.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT033016-10. 10 MAREMMA MONSALAIA, CASTELLANI-TOUTON - (ITALY) 13%; est. 1818. Smoldering, deep sangiovese dried cherry and tar-anise. Sweet, brandied fruit. Beginning to mellow with bottle age. Fine Maremma./ Smoky fruit, sweet, upscale oak extras. Complex flavor profile. Great value. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT033016-12. 06 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO 1860, RISCAL - (SPAIN) 13.5%; aged 6 months in new American oak barrels. Good, solid 06 vintage properties remain in place. Dried fruit, fine structure and core density. No grey hairs./ At a good stage of bouquet and flavor development. Balance of sweet, original fruit, oak and barrel aging, and bottle bouquet. This battery bunny keeps going and going. Great price. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT033016-13. 13 GREG NORMAN ESTATES SHARK CALIFORNIA RED - (U.S.) 13.9%. Sweet and direct red blend approach seemingly of Med varietals like petite sirah and zinfandel. Uncomplicated, pleasing cuvee./ Sweet black fruit cremes. Good power gives support so it doesn't get too soft and mushy. Broad appeal. Works. 15.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT033016-14. 14 CHATEAU GRAND TRAVERSE LATE HARVEST MICHIGAN RIESLING - (U.S.) 10.5%; est. 1974; 4% RS. Really abundant peach-apricot riesling aroma set./ This repeats on the palate. Fine sweetness-acidity balance. Very seductive. I can see why so many customers call for it. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT033016-15. CRETE RETSINA, CRETA OLYMPIAS - (GREECE) 11.5%. Both the flaws of retsinas on the market today. The base wine is dull and aged, the resin understated./ In fact, this is shot. I'm still looking for a good, valid retsina for my customer fans. Haven't seen one in these parts for years. 5.0-.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WT032316-1. 15 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER HUGLWEINE, WK HUGL-WIMMER liter - (AUSTRIA) 13.5%. Good lift. Apple-legume set. Habitant pea soup./ Early, juicy apple variety. Full acid, texture, mealiness. Ready for the table. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT032316-2. 15 ST. SUPERY ESTATE NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S.) 13.5%. Peach, mango, gooseberry, tangerine./ Juicy, rich, sweet-tart. Extreme flavor intensity that is the mark of this wine. Wholly seductive and lush, with balancing acidity. 17.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT032316-3. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, ALBERT BICHOT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Plenty of wood, sufficient fruit basis. Yes, all around well composed./ More fruit on the palate. Body, amplitude, full texture. Sweet fruit and fine oak burnish in balance. Long, sweetly fruity aftertaste. Best yet in a solid series. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT032316-4. 13 CHABLIS, DOMAINE DROIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Oomph, calcaire, marl, power. Barrel time? This delivers./ Seems barrel aged but not woody. Full, meaty, grainy, pulpy. Big time terroir statement. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT032316-5. 14 JOHANNISBERGER ERNTEBRINGER RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT KRAYER - (GERMANY) 9.0%; est. 1866. 14 form, acid, extract, grip. Rheingau golden citrus, mineral./ Full, juicy. Light bouquet development. Great extract to balance the kabinett sweetness. Long, cedary aftertaste. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT032316-6. 14 PELEE ISLAND ONTARIO CABERNET FRANC - (CANADA) 13.5%. Better than the 2013. Richer fruit. Full northern elegance. Oh, just a jewel! Full charm. Deep, penetrating, pure, and claret like. Raspberry, bramble, seeds, sweet fruit./ Yes, all pure and suave and elegant. Soo silky, finely burnished. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT032316-7. 13 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE TAVERNELLO, CAVIRO - (ITALY) 12%. Light dried cherry aroma. Just right for Romagna sangiovese. A great value. Sweet fruit./ Yes, sweet, lithe, balanced, juicy, generous, really well balanced. Ready to serve. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $5.99

WT032316-8. 13 CHIANTI CLASSICO, SOC. AGR. ISOLE E OLENA - (SPAIN) 13%. Sweet and dried fruit and light oak patina. Very classy. Well measured and pure. Light glycerol./ Pure and viscous, showing power, full fruit flavor, and first class oak embellishments. Long and welcome oaky finish. The oak will settle in as this ages. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $24.99

WT032316-9. 13 DAO SELECAO DO ENOLOGO PEDRA CANCELA, JOAO COELHO GOUVELA - (PORTUGAL) 13.5%. Very refined for Dao, and with oak extras. Nothing rough or vulgar or earthy about this Dao. Good granite streak. Perfect poise./ Pure and lovely fruit cremes. No other Dao like it. 17.1+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT032316-10. 12 BEIRA ATLANTICO COLHEITA SELECCIONADA, LUIS PATO - (PORTUGAL) 12.5%; 60% baga, 40% touriga nacional. Oh so very pure, like the 2011. Black fruit precision, joy, coastal coolness and clarity. So elegant./ Sweet fruit too. Soo refined. Classic to the zone. Great acid freshness. Well, if these aren't just two of Portugal's most desirable tintas! 17.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT032316-11. 09 VALDEPENAS TEMPRANILLO RESERVA 5 ANOS ANCIANO, BODEGAS NAVALON - (SPAIN) 13%. Clear fruit, light oak. Forward but not bouqueted; rather, remains fruity. Good oak complement. Tastes young for its age./ Attractive balance of tempranillo fruit and oak. Fine tannin. Harmonious presentation ready for the table. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT032316-12. 13 CALATAYUD GARNACHA OLD VINES ALTOVINUM, EVODIA - (SPAIN) 14.5%; up to 100 yr vines in slate at 2700'. Large, sweet, smoky, powerful. Just the right degree of sur maturite. Not over the top powerful or ripe./ Sweet and suave, warm, and full. Mild acidity. Heart on sleeve; hides nothing. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT032316-13. 14 MARTIN RAY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.8%. Sweet, strong, and unctuous pinot presentation, plus oak in tune with the rest of the package. Seems like American oak./ 14 crisp and elegant. Wood and fruit tannin to resolve still. Cellar a few months. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT032316-14. 13 PARDUCCI TRUE GRIT RESERVE MENDOCINO PETITE SIRAH - (U.S.) 14.5%; est. 1932. Oh, yes! What it is! A brute of a petite sirah, with wood, black fruit, power, and richness./ Full power, oak, and fruit–in balance. Long, ample aftertaste. Gives and gives. 17.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT032316-15. MALAGA ANEJO LOTE 01/10, GADEA half liter - (SPAIN) 15%; pedro ximenez; aged in seasoned American oak barrels. Raisin, prune, scorched fruit. Not a sticky PX./ Good sweetness. Plum, brown sugar, mango chutney. First Malaga I've tasted from this Jerez/Montilla grape variety. Different from the others. I like it. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WT031616-1. 13 FRANKEN SILVANER TROCKEN, HANS WIRSCHING - (GERMANY) 11.5%. Gently fragrant of aromatic apple, melon, wet stone./ Apple, melon, candle wax. Lithe, juicy, well balanced. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT031616-2. 13 FRANKEN SILVANER KABINETT TROCKEN HOFKELLER, STAATLICHER HOFKELLER WURZBURG - (GERMANY) 12%. Drier, crisper, less fruity. Firm pie apple strain./ Juicy, stony, classic Franken silvaner. Light padding. Complete picture. Mealtime wine. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT031616-3. 14 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLE RESERVE, CAVE DE LUGNY - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Nutty, appley, stony. Drier and more serious than previous vintages called ‘Les Charmes'. Real depth. Lees aging adds extra dimension./ But the palate seems flat and four-square after the nose. Light in flavor intensity. Too bad. 16.4/15.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT031616-5. 14 WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS - (U.S.) 13.9%; Colmar clone. Sweet and plump. Nut, wax, melon, apple. New World fruit forward appeal./ Yes, flavorful, fat, big. Fine acid. Delivers in all respects 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT031616-6. 13 MARANGES VIEILLES VIGNES, THIERRY & PASCALE MATROT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Firm. Peels, earth. Tough Matrot rouge style./ Yes, tough and tannic. Peels, press? What? The usual here. Sweet core though. Matrot reds always need lots of bottle age.15.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT031616-7. 13 FOLIE A DEUX SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 14.2%. Dry, strong; fruit overwhelmed. Powerful for Sonoma Coast pinot. Some SCT tea and green fruit. 13 tough. Large./ Strong, frank, hot. More about Folie style, less about SCT. Sweet. Bulky. 15.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT031616-8. 14 DAVIS BYNUM JANE'S VINEYARD RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 14.5%; Dijon, Pommard clones; 10 months in French oak barrels. Lovely combo of power, RRV broad spectrum, great oak, 14 elegance. Says it all./ Again, the 14 character, RRV pinot grandeur, power, fruit sweetness, oak, balance. Great winemaking. 17.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT031616-9. 12 CHATEAU SAUMAN, COTES DE BOURG - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Good exhibit of linear 2012 fruit. Not one-dimensional though. Rather, sweet and variegated, textured Bourg expression. Even fruit pastille delights./ Flow, balance, sweetness, even temper, all. Great now. Fine flavor and texture range and intensity. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT031616-10. 12 ECHEVERRIA ESTATE CLASSIC COLLECTION CURICO VALLEY CARMENERE - (CHILE) 13.5%; est. 1930; 92/100 - Beverage Testing Institute. Earthy carmenere. Very ripe. Rooty. Spicy. Wild./ Sweet and sassy, spicy. Works better on the palate. Sweet and balanced. Good now. 15.8/16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT031616-11. 12 FOLIE A DEUX ALEXANDER VALLEY MERLOT - (U.S.) 14.1%. Ripe, sweet, open, powerful AVV merlot classic. Great oak tones to add to the range and temper the fruit forcefulness. Spicy and thorough./ Sweet, strong, dense, powerful. Wine of place. Alexander Valley fruit is more in tune with Folie's attitude than is Sonoma Coast. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT031616-13. 13 ZUCCARDI ESTATE SERIE A SANTA ROSA BONARDA - (U.S.) 13.5%. Strong, dry, direct. Needs time to become the 09. No bonarda joy. Well, some at the end./ Light sweet bonarda but overall dry and strong and unfulfilled.. Needs more time in the cellar. 15.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT031616-14. 13 BARBERA D'ASTI ALBERA, ARALDICA - (ITALY) 14%. Bright and sweet cherry aroma. Really shines in 13. In tune with series./ Good juice, sweet cherry. Good acid and fine tannin. A nice value as usual. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT031616-15. 15 ROMAGNA CAGNINA DOLCE ADESSO, PODERI DAL NESPOLI - (ITALY) 9%; all refosco. Accomplished already. Sweet, exotically spicy, seductively perfumed. Unique. Rich./ Sweet, fulfilling, racy, spicy. Christmas cake. Thorough finish. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WT030916-2. 14 COTES DU GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%; Les Producteurs Reunis. Voluminous and sweet, gushing colombard./ Full, cool, just underripe peach. Ideal. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT030916-5. 14 TORTOISE CREEK JAM'S BLEND LODI CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 13.5%; sustainably grown. Waxy Granny Smith apple. No oak./ Overall gentle Lodi chardonnay approach. Lees texture and light astringency give it textural play and bring it into balance. Well liked by the group. 15.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT030916-6. 15 PAYS D'OC CINSAULT ROSE, MONT GRAVET - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%; Les Producteurs Reunis. Lovely. Very pure aromas of strawberry and rosemary. Some banana still fermentation residual. Nose better now. Palate will improve over the coming weeks. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT030916-7. 15 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE, LE CHARMEL - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Grenache, syrah, cinsault, mourvedre, rolle. Rich, sweet, fruity, bright, elegant./ Light banana ferment taste still. Nose better for now. Good acid, astringency. The temperate alcohol content gives it a northern France rose demeanor. This will earn fulfillment over the coming weeks to become one of the best values in 2015 French rose. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT030916-8. 14 HERAULT CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES, MONT GRAVET - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%; Les Producteurs Reunis Vines up to 100 years old. Dark and rustic, rightful carignan. Deep tar and cherry./ Cherry creme. Remarkable stuff. Full, sweet, and fleshy, with acid etch and fine tannin pomace feel to balance. Fabulous value. Textbook carignan. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT030916-9. 12 COSTIERES DE NIMES SYRAH-GRENACHE, LE CHARMEL - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Deep, black, powerful. Sur maturite ripeness. More bouquet development./ 2012 linear fruit statement, frank and forceful. Will appreciate hearty fare. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT030916-10. 14 PAVIA BARBERA, TIAMO - (ITALY) 13%; organically grown. A sweet-smelling take on barbera. A real surprise in cool 2014. True and lush barbera cherry and anise./ Big time anise on the palate. Heaps of appeal. The importer advises it's good served cool too. I can see that. No evident tannin to interfere. Nice to have a user-friendly young barbera in the portfolio. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT030916-11. 13 CHIANTI, TIAMO - (ITALY) 12.5%; organically grown. 90% sangiovese, 10% cab sauv, aged 6 months in wood. Elegant, sweet Chianti. No edges. Deep cherry creme./ Sweet and deep and uncomplicated. Facile at the table. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT030916-12. 13 TORTOISE CREEK THE REVIVALIST CLARKSBURG MERLOT - (U.S.) 13.9%; sustainably grown. 100% varietal. 6 months in American oak. Lodi lush without getting over-the-top syrupy. True merlot cherry-red raspberry./ Sweet and lush, without pandering. Has oak creme, good acid, tannin. Well crafted. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT030916-13. 13 TORTOISE CREEK CHEROKEE LANE LODI CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 13.9%; sustainably grown. Deep, dark cabernet with coastal-like framework supplied by the 2013 vintage's nature./ More oak than the merlot. Good balance of cabernet and oak. Grip, cabernet tannin, potential. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT030916-14. 12 TORTOISE CREEK THE CHELONIAN LODI ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.5%; supports the Chelonian Research Foundation; Wine Enthusiast 90 - Best Buy. Sweet and succulent Lodi zin./ Good form, dryness, and tannin as well as sweet fruit. Balanced and mealworthy. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WT030216-1. 14 PETIT CHABLIS SUR LES CLOS, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; vineyard atop the Cote de Grands Crus, above Les Clos. Lift and tingle. Pure, mineral etch./ Full body, texture. Mouthful of calcaire savor. The best of its appellation. 17.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT030216-2. 14 SANCERRE LE REINE BLANCHE, DOMAINE JEAN REVERDY - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; at Verdigny. Sings bright and clear. Pure mineral, citrus, nettle. Nostril etch. Fills and fills. Walnut husk./ Fabulous citrus range, textural range. Delightful. Ruby red grapefruit. Crisp, flavorful, lovely, very long finish. 17.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $25.99

WT030216-3. 14 MCMANIS FAMILY RIVER JUNCTION VIOGNIER - (U.S.) 13.5%. White peach, white flowers, vanilla cream. One of the best vintages./ Full peach, custard. Racy acid to balance. Near perfect. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT030216-4. 14 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Light, flattering bouquet aura. Full nostril etch. A smell you can feel; nasal texture. Pfalz riesling body and power. Just right./ Truly dry. Pfalz body and strength. Full textured, well balanced. Ready to supply frequent spring-summer pleasures. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT030216-5. 12 DOMAINE EDEN SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 14.5%; 6 clones; 30% whole cluster fermentation. Large, deep, powerful SCM pinot. Full cherry, peel, tar, material. Grand scaled./ Yes, broad and stalwart. Good pinot padding. Tower of power. A giant SCM pinot with age potential. 17.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $34.99

WT030216-7. 10 VAUCLUSE, DOMAINE LA MONARDIERE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; 80% grenache, 20% carignan. Another 2010 at a quiet stage. Low key fruit revelation./ Dry and close and tannic. Merely vinous at this point. In a trough. Cellar further. 15.0++.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT030216-8. 14 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. A little tarter and closer in youth than the 2012. In tune though. And remarkably priced. Sweet fruit core plus the customary garrigue. Thrives with aeration./ Tart, dry, and racy in cool 2014. Typically garrigue laden. Fine tannin. Would appreciate more bottle age. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT030216-9. 13 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; Gold Medal - Macon. Sweeter, fuller, stronger than the 14 Cotes du Rhone. Classic Plan de Dieu. Young. Plumps up with aeration./ Sweet and full and spicy indeed. Well textured. Fine tannin. Classic Pasquiers full of racy berry, peppercorn, garrigue. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT030216-10. 13 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; Silver Medal. Oh, sweeter, blacker, and more abundant still!. Very full black fruit concentration./ Yes, sweet, concentrated, dense, and peppery. Full power and material, all. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT030216-11. 13 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Deep, and still a bit reductive, introverted. Sweetens and gains strength with aeration. Give lots of aeration at this stage./ Indeed, still reduced. Gigondas big. Air and age. 16.4++.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT030216-12. 12 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, CAPARZO - (ITALY) 13.5%. Large and firm, frank, linear 2012 Tuscan style. Very tight and dry still. More fruit and fruit padding revealed after aeration./ Full and firm. Broadens as it warms in the mouth, spreads out and offers more textural spiel. Racy, well managed acidity. A well crafted image of its vintage that is sure to reward a few months' aging. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT030216-13. 14 BELASCO DE BAQUEDANO ESTATE OLD VINE ALTO AGRELO VALLEY MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14%; hundred year old vines; 6 months in French oak barrels. Not as revealing as the 2012 yet. Firmer, drier, more austere./ Well, that might be due merely to youth or travel fatigue, because the palate is fully revealing of bountiful, sweet fruit joys, fruit cremes. Plenty of flavor and texture. Long aftertaste, lingering mouthfeel. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT030216-14. 13 DE WET EXCELSIOR ROBERTSON CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (SOUTH AFRICAN) 14.5%; est. 1697; calcareous soils. Gamy elements distinct from the usual Cape leather. Very powerful./ Sweet and gamy and strong. Full presence and sweetness carry for food. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT030216-15. ITALIA DULCIS ROSSO, CANTINE SAN SILVESTRO - (ITALY) 5%; brachetto and freisa. Light and fragrant. Powderpuff, flowers, Asian spices./ Pleasing confirmation of same, if less intense. Seems less sweet, more dilute than previous versions. Product of cool, wet 2014? 15.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

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