Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - MARCH 2018
by Dick Scheer Updated April 6, 2018
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WT032818-01. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE BEAUREGARD - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Full moss, spring forest, terrarium impressions. The real deal./ Entire flavor confirmation. Large and rustic, traditional. Good acid, tender core. True to type. A lot of muscadet for the money. 16.4.
WT032818-02. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA PEPIE, LA PEPIERE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 11.5%. More grace, finesse, delicacy./ Much lighter touch. Good acid, etch, length. Works. 16.6.
WT032818-03. 17 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO LAXAS, BODEGAS AS LAXAS - (SPAIN) 12.5%. Lipstick, nail polish remover fermention residuals. Premature./ Same. See you later. 15.0++.
WT032818-04. 17 LANGHE ARNEIS, AZ. AGR. ELVIO TINTERO - (ITALY) 13%. Apple and blossom. Early./ Granny Smith. Full textured. Needs additional bottle age for fulfillment. 15.8+.
WT032818-05. 17 CAPE VENTURE LUBANZI SWARTLAND CHENIN BLANC - (SOUTH AFRICA) 12.5%. Fresh quince and melon chenin aromas. Simple pleasures./ Dry and soft. Pleasing flavor and texture. 15.9.
WT032818-06. 17 CHATEAU LA GRAVIERE, ENTRE DEUX MERS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. Racy sauvignon, earthy semillon. Correct./ Sauvignon grass and citrus, semillon foundation. Good value. Popular with the group. Orders taken. 15.9.
WT032818-07. 16 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE PLOUZEAU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Clear, racy, full./ Large range of citrus and even stone fruit flavors. White peach. Very full and broad and giving for its appellation. 16.4.
WT032818-08. 14 RIOJA TEMPRANILLO VINA EGUIA, BODEGAS EGUIA - (SPAIN) 13.5%. Bright, upbeat, cool 14 tempranillo with freshness and depth and texture. Licorice note./ Rich and well textured indeed. Sweet fruit. Flavorful. Offers a lot of taste and texture for the price. 16.6.
WT032818-09. 13 RIOJA CRIANZA, MARQUES DE CACERES - (SPAIN) 13.5%. The usual warm Rioja Baja carriage./ Sweet Baja fruit. Not much oak or barrel age signs. Hot finish. 13.5.
WT032818-10. 12 MONTES LIMITED SELECTION COLCHAGUA VALLEY CABERNET - CARMENERE - (CHILE) 14%; 70 - 30. Muddied with age. The alcohol is now bare and hot./ Sweet, warm, wood aged. The palate is agreeable. 15.5.
WT032818-11. 13 MONTES LIMITED SELECTION COLCHAGUA VALLEY CABERNET - CARMENERE - (CHILE) 14%; 70 - 30. Fresher, sweeter fruit. Black currant, cassis. Lovely./ Sweet and flavorful, balanced and alluring. 16.7.
WT032818-12. 14 MONTES LIMITED SELECTION COLCHAGUA VALLEY CABERNET - CARMENERE - (CHILE) 14%; 70 - 30. Earthy, thick, rich carmenere impact./ Bright fruit on palate. A year younger in development. Clear cabernet berry, currant. 16.3+.
WT032818-13. 16 PFALZ RIESLING TROCKEN, WEINGUT VON BASSERMANN-JORDAN - (GERMANY) 12%. Brisk and penetrating, clear and brittle. Full extract./ Yes, juicy, bracing, palate cleansing. Salivating. 17.5+.
WT032818-14. 16 PFALZ RIESLING, WEINGUT VON BASSERMANN-JORDAN - (GERMANY) 10%. Just as ventilating. Fuller, denser./ Sweeter, of course. Has the same high level of extract. 17.1+.
WT032818-15. 15 TOKAJ FURMINT LATE HARVEST, EVOLUCIO half bottle - (HUNGARY) 9%. Honey and golden citrus. Insistent, lasting. Wow! Big surge of aromas. Palpable./ Yes, sweetness, acid, grip. Full late harvest furmint delivery short of aszu botrytis. 17.3+.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
WT032118-01. 16 PROSECCO VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE LA PRIMAVERA DI BARBARA DRY, AZ. AGR. MEROTTO GRAZIANO - (SPARKLING) 11.5%; from a vineyard of Col San Martino. Elegant, fine, sophisticated glera presentation. Fine mousse. Lovely, scented aura./ High brut for sure. Soft, creamy mousse. Very, very gentle. 16.6.
WT032118-02. PROSECCO VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE COLBELO EXTRA DRY, AZ. AGR. MEROTTO GRAZIANO - (SPARKLING) 11%. More froth and aromatic push. Lees creaminess./ Sweeter. Very flavorful. Good value. 16.8.
WT032118-04. 16 ORVIETO CLASSICO VIGNARCO, AZ. AGR. PALAZONE - (ITALY) 13.5%. Fresh, upbeat, lithe. Apple, pear./ Juicy, clear, joyous. 16.4.
WT032118-05. 15 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Full and appley. Full figured for a northern Burgundy chardonnay./ Large is the mouth too. Balanced. Really delivers. 16.4.
WT032118-07. 15 CHINON LES CORNUELLES CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Oh, romantic, rich, and deep. Violets. And meat fat. Sur maturite ripeness./ Yes, ripe and full, while retaining notions of refinement. Combines size and elegance. Quite an adventure.16.7.
WT032118-08. 16 MAISON L'ENVOYE STRAIGHT SHOOTER WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.8%. Rich and ripe and full for 16 Willamette. Whoa, so large and sweet./ 16 acid, silk texture, race. Really ripe, positive acidity. The right poise. 16.6+.
WT032118-09. 16 VENETO ROSSO GRAN PASSIONE, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER - (ITALY) 14%; appassimento. Sweet, ripe, strong, on point./ Definite appassimento. Good acid. What it‛s meant to be. Popular with the group. 16.3.
WT032118-10. 13 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVA GRAN PASSIONE, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER - (ITALY) 13%.All negroamaro. Warm, rich, full, tarry, right. Bouquet starting to form./ Big, rich, full, sweet. In tune with the series. Sweet finish. 16.4.
WT032118-11. 14 LIRAC PLATEAU DES CHENES, DOMAINE FAMILLE BRECHET - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15%; 80+ year old vines, half each syrah, grenache; aged 9 months in barrels. Large and ripe. Va, va. voom! Sweet, full bodied, powerful./ Yeah, this is a big boy; demonstrative and determined to impress. 16.8.
WT032118-12. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, ANDRE SCHERER - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%. Sweet, full, rosy, spicy. Abundant. Talks the gewurz talk./ Soft and sweet. Tender acid of gewurz, and that signature gewurz trace of bitterness on the finish. 16.6.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
WT031418-01. 16 KREMSTAL KARMELITERBERG GRUNER VELTLINER, WEINGUT HERMANN MOSER - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Oh, this is good and forthcoming. Ripe jonathan apple, hint of bosc pear. Bright, broad, deep./ Rich and juicy. Upbeat and upscale. Variegated tastes and textures. A delight. 16.9.
WT031418-02. 16 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO RIFF, CANTINA RIFF - PROGETTO LAGEDER - (ITALY) 12.5%. Deep nut and husk aromatic set. Lots of extract this vintage. I mean, this is really concentrated for an unassuming, modest priced cuvee./ Uncomplicated, juicy, and delicious. Versatile; all occasion pinot grigio. 16.3.
WT031418-03. 15 ORVIETO CLASSICO SUPERIORE TERRE VINEATE, AZ. AGR. PALAZZONE - (ITALY) 13.5%. Extra rich, without a bit of sweetness. Marrowy. A delight. What a great example of Orvieto./ Suave, waxy, nutty. Chestnut puree. Yes, marrowy indeed. 16.7.
WT031418-04. 17 OYSTER BAY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%. Pure passion fruit. Really sings./ Racy and passionate. Pure and delightful. Flows easily. Why NZ sauvignon is so popular. 16.8.
WT031418-05. 17 KIM CRAWFORD MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12%. Richer. Lower key aromatics. Deep and etched. Variegated. Well fashioned./ The usual Kim Crawford sauvignon sweetness (a reason for its popularity) countered this vintage by superior acidity to create a balanced sweet-tart effect. 16.6.
WT031418-06. 16 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE PLOUZEAU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Corked. No rating.
WT031418-07. 15 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, NICOLAS IDIART - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Vital still, and, as before, very aggressive. Getting a little tarry maybe./ Yes, tarry and chewy. Move to a later vintage. 14.0-.
WT031418-08. 14 MOSEL RIESLING DRY, DR. PAULY-BERGWEILER - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Nice degree of bouquet development at three years plus. 2014 extract, grip. Balsam aura./ Yes, 14 grip. Truly dry, but not austerely so. Well balanced, well crafted. Very popular with the group. Many orders taken. 16.4.
WT031418-09. 15 WEINLAND BLAUFRANKISCH, EVOLUCIO - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Oh, deep, sweet, forward, immediate. It‛s 15 vs 14, both fine but different in style. Really deep. Pushing the great ones we tasted last week. Cherry and peel./ Packs lots in there. More than just alluring. Has material grip, character, depth, all. 16.7.
WT031418-10. 16 BARBERA D'ASTI SURI, VILLA GIADA - (ITALY) 13.5%. This works. Cooler and racier than the 2015. Acid, weight, 16 swing. Deep and persistent. Lots of varietal clarity in a dashing style./ Oh, juicy, sweet, rich, flavorful, long, great. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. Succeeds the 2015 on the March Wine Club sale--admirably. 16.9.
WT031418-11. 16 BLACK OPAL SOUTH EASTERN AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ - (AUSTRALIA) 13.5%. Sweet, smoky, uncomplicated, generous, wholesome. A value. Plenty of lift and spice./ Sweet, with good, racy, juicy acid for balance. Plenty of length. Deal. Very popular with the group. Many orders taken. 16.0.
WT031418-12. 15 CHATEAU GRAND FRANCAIS GRAND CUVEE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; 50% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 20% cab franc; aged 10-14 months in oak barrels. Fabulous 2015 ripeness, with claret framing, constraint, dignity. Light oak aura./ Yes, oak and fruit flavors. Ripe, juicy claret with oak savors. Great acid. Balanced and long. 16.9+.
WT031418-14. 14 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES CERCIUS, MICHEL GASSIER - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15%; 85% grenache, 15% syrah; vines 80+ yrs old. Yes, power, scope, awe. Nothing slight about this 2014. Smell the beef./ Fruit sweetness carries the strength. Michel Gassier style. Old vines concentration. All dignified. A deal. 16.9.
WT031418-15. 09 AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE GUDARRA, AZ. AGR. BISCEGLIA - (ITALY) 14%. Deep, dense, smoky. Consummate 2009 aglianico. Good development. Power packed and forward./ Sweet, suave, powerful. Nicely developed bottle bouquet but still some tannin to resolve. No problem. An advantage with hearty fare. 16.9.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
WT030718-02. 16 POUILLY VINZELLES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Oh, so very fresh and bright and vigorous. 16 lift and cut. Chiseled./ Yes, there's that upbeat persona again. Acid, mineral, nut husk. 17.0.
WT030718-03. 16 MONTAGNY LA GRANDE ROCHE 1ER CRU, LOUIS LATOUR - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. The size and the resin of Chalonnais blanc, plus wood and barrel time augmentations. A fine example of Montagny terroir./ Yes, Chalonnais volume and weight, plus barrel character. Tailor made for poultry. 17.0.
WT030718-04. 13 WACHENHEIMER RIESLING TROCKEN, BURKLIN-WOLF - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Full bodied Pfalz riesling now acquiring attractive spruce nuances./ Lots of texture, acid, grip, savor, mouthfeel. A jawbreaker, really. Very popular with the group.16.8.
WT030718-05. 15 RUPPERTSBERGER RIESLING TROCKEN, BURKLIN-WOLF - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Younger and fresher. That great lift of a Ruppertsberger./ Less acid in warm 2015 than in surrounding vintages, yet it's adequate, and supported by dry extract to perform a good balancing act. A relatively gentle B-W dry riesling vintage. 17.0+.
WT030718-06. 14 WACHENHEIMER GOLDBACHEL 1ES GEWACHS RIESLING DRY, BURKLIN-WOLF - (GER,AMU) 12.5%. High volume fruit and extract. Large and billowing aroma. Tactile as well as aromatic./ Yes, sizeable. Full textured but not aggressively so. Buffered by high trocken RS. Not yet fully fleshed out on the palate. The nose is ahead. Very, very popular with the group. 17.8+.
WT030718-07. 14 RUPPERTSBERGER HOHEBURG 1ES GEWACHS RIESLING DRY, BURKLIN-WOLF - (GERMANY) 12.5%. Like the above pair, the Ruppertsberger shows more finesse and less volume. The nose floats high./ Oh, this is a charmer. Less mass, more come hither qualities, relatively speaking. 17.6+.
WT030718-08. 14 BURGENLAND BLAU FRANKISCH, MORIC - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Rich and spicy. Really large and giving. One all encompassing blaufrankisch./ Fruit, spice, extract, vigor, balance, length. Full of material. The group was impressed. 17.1+.
WT030718-09. 16 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY MACDONALD VINEYARD OLD MISSION PENINSULA BLAUFRANKISCH - (U.S. MICHIGAN) 12.7%. Good, sweet 16 fruit and vanilla oak. All./ Lots of grip and material from both grape and barrel. Large and well balanced. This has cellar potential. Blue franc certainly has a worthy place in Michigan's vineyards. 17.0+.
WT030718-12. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU DOMAINE DES HOSPICES DE BELLEVILLE, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Clear Morgon cherry nose. Light reduction is flattering enough, and clears away quickly to reveal all of 2015 's and Morgon's fruit abundance./ And there's good Drouhin racy acidity and tailoring too. Yes, all around well balanced. 16.9+.
WT030718-13. 15 COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS PINOT NOIR - GAMAY, LES SARMENTS - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Oh, flirtatious, enticing aromas of pinot noir and gamay in perfect tandem. Persistent and pleasure-giving. 15 rich too./ Wow, body, texture, and tannin included. Complete passetoutgrains at a steal of a price. 17.0.
WT030718-14. 15 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LA FORET, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. 2015 sweet fruit plus extra barrel aged nuances in the mix. Way complex for the price. Goes broad and deep too/ Yes, volume, texture, extract. Sweet, persistent pinot fruit. Top vintage of this. Yow. 17.0+.
WT030718-15. 11 LA CLAPE MOURVEDRE CUVEE DIAMANT, CHATEAU DES KARANTES - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Long in barrel influence shows its rounding effect. Beginning to gather bottle bouquet while retaining mourvedre's violet fruit and flowers aura./ Large. Big time extract, oak seasoning, barrel bouquet. All encompassing. 17.6.
WT030718-16. 08 LA CLAPE SYRAH CUVEE DIAMANT, CHATEAU DES KARANTES - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Oh, 2008 black, sweet, intense, thorough. Vital, youthful syrah black fruit plus great oak embellishments. Actually less developed than the 2011 mourvedre./ So enveloping, so large, so sweet fruited. Lots of oomph. Overall sense of balance too. 18.0.
WT030718-17. 09 EASTON OLD VINE RINALDI VINEYARD FIDDLETOWN ZINFANDEL - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Sweet, black, Amador zin classic./ Everything about it is large and powerful. 2009 ripeness and plenty of bottle bouquet to offer at age eight. Everything is properly tuned. 17.2.