Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - May, 2013
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated June 7,  2013

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WT052913-01. 11 KREMSER WEINBERGE GRUNER VELTLINER, WEINGUT TURK - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Good and full like the 2010. Dried apple and dried peas./ Rich and round. More forgiving than the 2010. Plenty big, plenty appealing. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT052913-02. 11 ALSACE PINOT GRIS THE FURST, LES VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%. Oh, full and smoky! Fills and tingles the nostrils. Deep apple, melon, quince, hyssop aromas./ Full again. Soft and round, with sweet, glycerined smoothness. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT052913-03. 11 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, ETIENNE DAULNY - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Ventilating airs of gooseberry, grapefruit, and calcaire./ Very stony, minerally, chalky. Great texture and grip. Sophistication, freshness, flavor intensity. Big winner. 17.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT052913-04. 12 VENTOUX ROSE TERRASSES, CHATEAU PESQUIE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%; 50% cinsault, 40% grenache, 10% syrah. Still some banana fermentation aroma. Lipstick too./ Full of banana, lipstick, orange peanuts. Needs a few weeks. 15.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT052913-05. 09 BARON HERZOG CENTRAL COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 13.5%; kosher for passover, mevushal. Both herbal and sweet. Herbal Monterey cabernet with kosher process warmth./ Sweet oak and fruit. Slick, smooth. 14.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT052913-06. 09 GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU MOUNTAIN CUVEE SONOMA RED - (U.S.) 13.9%; est. 1858. Good oak. Good, sweet fruit; very revealing, very accommodating for 2009. Roasted fruit./ Powerful, sweet, large. Soft acidity. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT052913-07. 09 SULLIVAN RED INK NAPA VALLEY RED - (U.S.) 14.4%; 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 20% cabernet franc. Sweet, strong, intense nose. Napa elegance and class shows through./ Firmer and more backward than the 2007. Will soften and fill out over the next 1-2 years. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT052913-08. 11 GRAFFIGNA ESTATE CENTENARIO RESERVE SAN JUAN MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14.2%; est. 1870; half aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Young, fresh, brisk. Less developed than the 2010. Good oak./ Powerful. Rich and full enough for present satisfaction. Will fill out and put on more weight over the coming months. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT052913-09. 10 RIDGE THREE VALLEYS SONOMA RED - (U.S.) 14.4%; 72% zinfandel, 12% carignane, 12% petite sirah, 2% syrah, 1% each grenache, alicante bouschet. Wow! Oak and ripe zinfandel fruit. Intense, powerful, sweet, penetrating. Cran-raspberry Dry Creek Valley zin ID./ Sweet, oaky, not roasted like it sometimes is in a hotter year. Balanced, flavorful. Super vintage of this. 18.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT052913-10. 10 NAPA CELLARS NAPA VALLEY ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.7%; blackberry, strawberry jam, cinnamon, black pepper, oak. Sweet, powerful, penetrating, succulent./ Zinfandel raspberry and peppercorn, fine wood. Sweet Napa Cellars stuff. Napa Valley and 2010 class and balance. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT052913-11. 10 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO SUPERIORE MARA, CESARI - (ITALY) 13.5%; aged in oak 6-12 months; Mara is the matriarch. Reduced, stinky./ Clearer palate but 2010 fluid. Requires patience and faith. 14.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT052913-12. 08 RIOJA RESERVA, MARQUES DE CACERES - (SPAIN) 13.5%; from old vines tempranillo; aged in French oak. 08 firm and black, rugged./ Tough, with gritty tannins. Tight and undeveloped for a riserva. 15.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT052913-13. 12 PIEPORTER GOLDTROPFCHEN RIESLING SPATLESE SAINT CHARLES, EWALD PFEIFFER - (GERMANY) 7.5%. Cool, fresh, penetrating apple and peach./ Sweet, with soft acid. Flavorful and easy to like. 15.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT052913-14. 12 PIEMONTE MOSCATO, AA RIO FAVA - (ITALY) 5.5%. Peach, powderpuff, orange. All the good stuff./ Sweet and lithe. Very flavorful. Well balanced. Come hither. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT052913-15. DUBONNET ROUGE GRAND APERITIF DE FRANCE - (APERITIF) 19%; since 1846. Very strong and pungent. Youthful color but mature red wine nose. Some sweetness, roti./ Attractive, mature red wine basis. Good and sweet for mixing. 16.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WT052213-01. 12 VINHO VERDE FAMEGA, CAVES DA CERCA - (PORTUGAL) 10.5%. Appropriately spritzy. Apple aroma. And some banana fermentation residual yet. The froth hides some of the aroma at this stage./ Full and attractive primary fruit flavors. Some fermentation residuals. Better by 6/21. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT052213-02. 12 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO LA MOTO, C. CAMPAGNA GELLO - (ITALY) 12%. Fresh, appley, full, good./ Rich and round. Positive acidity. Young and not yet fully revealing; sure to fill out further. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT052213-04. 12 KIM CRAWFORD MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%. Gooseberry and pink grapefruit. Another vivid 2012. Tingles./ Moderate acidity. Not as vivacious as the nose. Moderate flavor intensity. Crawford conservative and sweetish for broad market appeal. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT052213-05. 11 RECANATI GALILEE CHARDONNAY - (ISRAEL) 13%; kosher for passover. Good American oak and chardonnay apple-citrus./ Yes, plus creamy malo assets. Works all around. Best kosher chardonnay in memory. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT052213-06. 12 LANGHE NEBBIOLO ROSATO CHIARO DI LUNA, AA VALDINERA - (ITALY) 12.5%. Rich fruit perfume of nebbiolo cherry. Some fermentation residuals./ Full and lovely flavor range. Full acidity marks it ready for food. Vivacious. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT052213-07. 10 ALENTEJANO, SEMAPHORE 7 - (PORTUGAL) 13%. Oh, wow! Fresh, brisk, tonic, garrigue, spices./ Vivid spectrum of fruit, herb, and spice flavors. Even more giving that the fine 2009. Wow! Well liked by the group. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT052213-08. 10 TOSCANA SANGIOVESE, CAPARZO - (ITALY) 13.5%; 85% sangiovese, 5% each merlot, petit verdot, alicante. 2010 firm, dark, and a bit peelsy. Some sangiovess dried cherry and anise. Give it time./ Yeah, some green peels too. 2010 drawbacks. Will it sweeten up and flesh out? 14.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT052213-09. 12 CHAKANA MAIPE MENDOZA MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14%; grown at 3000 ft elevation. Strong, spicy, tarry, wholesome./ Sweet and spice. Some tannin to shed, but food will handle that. Wide appeal. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT052213-10. 12 CALATAYUD GARNACHA HONORO VERA, BODEGAS ATECA - (SPANI) 14%. Sweet berry and spice. In tune with the 2009./ Yes, sweet and spicy and enticing. All about young Calatayud grenache. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT052213-11. 11 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE BEATRICE, DOMAINE DU VIEUX CHENE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; all syrah. Good in this moderate temperature year. Less ruddy and powerful. Some green peels challenge the nostrils./ Yeah, it’s rather green and astringent. Maybe not so advantageous a vintage after all. Liked by the group though. Time? 15.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT052213-12. 11 KLINKER BRICK FARRAH LODI SYRAH - (U.S.) 14.9%. Sweet and spicy. Very fine and fulfilled 2011. Fabulous oak spices. Very sweet fruit for 2011./ Lovely, accomplished fruit ripeness and fine oak seasonings. Yes! 17.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT052213-13. 11 VARNER FOXGLOVE PASO ROBLES ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.7%. Oak and tarragon. Cool and spicy. Raw red and black berries and currants./ Yes, raw red fruits as always in these Varner Paso reds. Marked difference from all the others. The opposite of ‘pruny’. Fine oak. Paso’s innate fruit sweetness comes through even in cool 2011. Another successful vintage of this. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT052213-14. 11 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER WOLFBERGER, VIGNERONS D’EGUISHEIM - (FRANCE ALSACE) 13%. Rich and bold, powerful gewurz from a southern village. Rose, ginger, ripe fruit emphasis./ Gewurz’s relatively mild acidity partially coated by varietal glycerol. Spicy, round, viscous, right. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT052213-15. TAYLOR FLADGATE FINE RUBY PORTO - (PORTUGAL) 20%. Sweet, young, and black fruity. Taylor build and power and grip of gob, even in its ruby. Total Taylor Ruby./ Yes, sweet, strong, saturated. Total Taylor. Surely one of the best ruby portos. 17.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WT051513-03. 12 SANTA EMA SELECTED TERROIR MAIPO VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (CHILE) 13%. Grass and gooseberry. Crisp./ Sweet and grassy and good. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT051513-04. 11 FIRE ROAD MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR - (NEW ZEALAND) 13%. Yes, fresh and juicy. Lovely cherry dominant pinot./ Well, racy cherry taste with good acid. Lovely. A worthy successor to the fine 2010. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT051513-05. 10 BYRON SANTA BARBARA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.5%. Ripe and juicy. Good stuff. Cool. Nice oak spice and toffee./ Softer and spicier and sweeter than the Fire Road. More oak influence and 6 months’ more age. Superior to the 2009. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT051513-06. 10 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE BERTHET-RAYNE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 75% grenache, 15% cinsault, 10% syrah; EcoCert. Rich and full and spicy. Grenache sweetness and cinsault vigor. Deepest and richest vintage yet./ Racy as usual. Red fruits. Full.. Old vines concentration. Berthet acid. Fine tannin. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT051513-07. 11 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE DES CAPUCINES, DOMAINE DU VIEUX CHENE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 90% grenache, 10% syrah; EcoCert. Firm and aromatic Capucines classic. Very pretty face as usual. More appealing in youth than the Haie aux Grives./ Peppercorn, garrigue, and sweet, smooth fruit. Fine now. Ready for dinner. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT051513-08. 11 BARBERA D’ASTI MONTE COLOMBO E LA SERRA, MARCHESI DI GRESY - (ITALY) 14.5%. Fresh, young, and linear di Gresy styling. Cool, racy qualities of Asti and 2011. Runs deep too. Licorice laced./ Race and acidity, balance. Dark fruit, peels, licorice. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT051513-09. 11 WOOP WOOP SOUTH AUSTRALIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (AUSTRALIA) 14.5%; ‘woop woop’ means ‘out there in the middle of nowhere’.Sweet black and red currants./ Again, sweet and sassy. Heart on sleeve. ‘Nuf said. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT051513-10. 10 SOBON ESTATE LUBENKO VINEYARD FIDDLETOWN ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 15.2%; vines planted around 1910. Sweet, roasted, vigorous. Big and oaky. The alcohol is cooling. Great oak contribution. Intense, old vines presentation./ Big American oak presence. Needs time to soak in. It’s not out of place with this wine though, and oak lovers will fancy it right now. Wow wine. 17.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT051513-11. 12 MOSCATO D’ASTI CASCINETTA, VIETTI - (ITALY) 5.5% Elegant, with green herbs as well as peach, apricot, and mango, giving it more dimension than many of its genre. Very fresh, lithe, well balanced./ Yes, sweet, creamy, well composed. A moscato star. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WT050813-03. 12 VILLA MARIA PRIVATE BIN MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 13%; 50th anniversary bottling. Gooseberry, spring grasses, pink grapefruit. Racy and elegant./ Rich and redolent of gooseberry and passion fruit. Clear and cool. In fact, crystalline. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT050813-04. 12 MERRYVALE STARMONT NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S.) 13.5%. Full and expressive as always. Gooseberry emphasis./ Yes, gooseberry, and grapefruit too. Moderate alcohol is welcome. Good acid. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT050813-05. 12 PRINCIPAUTE D’ORANGE ROSE, DOMAINE DE JANASSE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 35% each grenache, syrah; 30% mourvedre. Lithe and berried. Crisp./ Typical. Nothing flashy. Just good, solid Med dry rose. 15.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT050813-06. 11 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; on gravel and sand. Fresh and fine and fruity. Plenty ripe. Classic, fresh Loire cabernet franc and especially Bourgueil character./ Rich enough, but a little backward still. Firm and well poised. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT050813-07. 11 CHATEAU PICAU PERNA, SAINT EMILION - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at St. Pey d’Armens. Ripe enough, and showing plenty of material./ Fluidity of the vintage but no lack of ripeness. Some wood and toffee. Good. So far, 2011 clarets have proven surprisingly satisfying. 16.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT050813-08. 10 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, COLLECTION ALAIN CORCIA - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; ‘20010 Collectors’ Label’. Sweet. Both ripe and green cherries./ Tart cherry. Sleek and dry, with some tannin to shed. This will age well. Liked by the group; orders taken. 14.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT050813-09. 10 FORIS ROGUE VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13%; since 1974. Medium color./ Light aroma. Not a patch on the 09./ Sweet enough cherry taste. Light oak. Not bad. 15.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT050813-10. 10 VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE, ZENATO - (ITALY) 13.5%. Lovely, deep violet color./ 2010 fruit peels with fruit sweetness too./ Sweet enough, if somewhat astringent yet. Give it time. 15.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT050813-11. 11 BARBERA D’ASTI LA VILLA, TENUTA OLIM BAUDA - (ITALY) 14%; since 1961. Racy, tart black cherry. Real barbera character from a tart year. Full textured./ Oh, sweet fruit with light peels. Works for an 11 Asti barbera. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT050813-12. 11 COTES DU RHONE BELLERUCHE, M. CHAPOUTIER - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. Reduced as usual. Less so than 2010. Wasn’t that under screwcap?/ Cool reduction. Favorable, but not my style. Shows the hand of a northern Rhone winemaker. 15.1+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT050813-13. 11 COTES DU RHONE ‘FIG LABEL’, DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 60% syrah, 20% each grenache, carignan; Gold Medal - Orange. Ripe but also reduced. Closed up, reduced, but ripe and well textured. Like at the Tasters Guild dinner, this is very satisfying with Pacific Rim fusion food and improves in the glass as it airs. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT050813-14. 10 TERRA D’ORO HOME VINEYARD AMADOR ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 15.5%. Forceful. Sweet and roasted. Full of material and spirit./ Full, sweet, American oak character. What it is. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT050813-15. COLOMBO FINE SWEET MARSALA - (ITALY) 18%. Sweet but not sticky. Rather sophisticated, really, from wood aging. A ‘Fine’ oak aged marsala. A player./ Not hot and spiritous. Rather, mellow and refined. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WT050113-01. 11 SOAVE CLASSICO, INAMA - (ITALY) 12%. Right and full Inama style. The emphasis is on body over aromatics. This really swells the nostrils./ Yes, a full bodied style of Soave. Take it to the table. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT050113-02. 11 CHATEAU FONTAINE LEELANAU PENINSULA CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) aged primarily in stainless steel, plus some in oak barrels for 8 months. Shows time in barrel and bottle. Flattering development./ Full, and well textured. Really fine mouthfeel. Impressive weight and mouthfilling capacity. Wow! 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT050113-03. 09 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, COLLECTION ALAIN CORCIA - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Very cool and crisp and fresh for its age and vintage style. Lovely satin texture. Lilting. Apple and melon aromas./ Flows nicely. Fresh indeed. No oak involvement. Stylish. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT050113-05. 11 PAVIA PINOT NOIR, CAVIT quarter bottle - (ITALY) 12%. Nice, light Pavia pinot styling./ Herbal, fresh, and typical. Like the Cesari, it’s very refreshing and summery in 2011. 15.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $2.49

WT050113-06. 09 CAVE SPRING NIAGARA PENINSULA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13%. Cool and real northern pinot with good oak. Will age nicely. Well crafted in a cool vintage./ Yeah, coolness and tart cherry expression. Real pinot. Good stuff. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT050113-07. ESPANA TEMPERAMENTAL, RED DIAMOND - (SPAIN) 13.5%. Good acid and sweet fruit. Spanish styling. Ripe enough./ Rich and round, with sprightly acid. Well balanced and crafted. Nicely sweet-tart cuvee. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT050113-08. 10 MONTECUCCO, BEGNARDI - (ITALY) 13.5%. Oh, full, warm, savory southern Tuscan. One ripe and giving 2010. Dried fruits and nuts./ Yes, 2010 medium bodied, smooth, long in feel and flavor. Fine tannin. As good as the 09. Just right frame and oomph. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT050113-09. 09 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO TRE ROSE, TENIMENTI ANGELINI - (ITALY) 14.5%. Full and warm as Vino Nobiles go. Estate style. Good wood extracts and time in barrel suavity./ Rich and full. Sweet fruit and oak. Long in barrel evolution. True to the quality and craftsmanship of this estate. 17.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT050113-10. 11 VENTOUX CUVEE DES 3 MESSES BASSES, LES VIGNERONS DU MONT VENTOUX - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 50% grenache, 30% cinsault, 20% syrah. Firm fruited, and showing light garrigue nuances./ Just arrived and youthful, so not giving up a lot of feel and flavor yet. Well liked by the group for its potential. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT050113-12. 10 TERRA D’ORO AMADOR ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.5%. Lovely, full, ripe, rich, singed Amador classic. Wow, loaded and serious!/ Yes, power, wood, zinfandel concentration, Amador ID. Bold. A steal. 17.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT050113-13. 11 NIERSTEINER REHBACH RIESLING SPATLESE, EUGEN WEHRHEIM - (GERMANY) 10.5%; since 1693. Oh, yes. The tangerine thing. Total vineyard ID, total raciness./ Sweet, with auslese concentration and honey and grain botrytis extras. 17.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT050113-14. 12 PAVIA ROSSO DOLCE, ROSCATO - (ITALY) 7%. Of croatina, teroldego, and lagrein. Fizzy red fruit. Fragrant and dry nose./ Fizzy and sweet taste. Good aromatic red style. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

 

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