Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - MAY 2018
by Dick Scheer Updated June 21, 2018
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
WT053018-1. 16 POUILLY FUME VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS MINET - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Crisp, round, alert, balanced, concentrated. All the right 2016 stuff./ Yes, perfect pitch. Sweetness, briskness, texture. 17.4.
WT053018-2. 16 CHABLIS VAILLONS PREMIER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDEY) 12.5%. Cool, neat, Vaillons elegant and well tailored. Perfect poise. Premier Cru class./ Salty; mineral salts. Full textural charge. 17.1+.
WT053018-3. 16 CHABLIS LES FORETS PREMIER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. More texture and range. Less finesse. Nostril volume and etch./ Yes, much fuller textured, weightier. Significant Premier Cru. 17.4+.
WT053018-4. 16 CHABLIS BUTTEAUX PREMIER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Larger still. Seems barrel aged. More backward./ Suggestion of oak, or at least time in barrel. A keeper. 17.2+.
WT053018-5. 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE BLANC PIMENTIERS, JEAN CHARTRON - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Chartron fine oak and lees and barrel fermentation. Savigny calcaire./ Savigny style, firmness. Power and persistence. 17.3+.
WT053018-6. 15 BOURGOGNE BLANC CHAUMES DES PERRIERES, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%. Firmer. Broader, heavier Meursault style. Yes./ The full Meursault terroir and barrel influence. 15 plush and giving. Mineral salt finish. 17.1+.
WT053018-7. 17 CHINON ROSE, CHARLES JOGUET - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Pretty as a picture. Dainty. Accomplished./ Fruit. Strawberry and raspberry. Good acid-sweet balance. 16.9.
WT053018-8. 15 MARANGES VIEILLES VIGNES, THIERRY & PASCALE MATROT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Lean, racy, cool, dark, earthy Matrot style./ Yes, dark cherry and a feral side. Ripe, juicy cherry fruit. Earth, texture, fine tannin. 17.0+.
WT053018-9. 15 SANTENAY TERRE D'ENFANCE, VINCENT GIRARDIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Girardin lifted and sweet fruit expression with admirable barrel age. More accommodating than the stiff 2009 in youth. Rich, round, dark Santenay with 15 fatness./ Oh, juicy, come hither. Fine acid. The balance is great, and the Girardin fruit is sweet. 17.3+.
WT053018-10. 14 JOSEPH SWAN CUVEE DE TROIS RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.3%. Rough hewn and spicy Swan style of pinot noir. Good oak. New World pinot sweet and plush./ Good power; it's actually cooling. Shows 2014 cool fruit too. Sweet fruit and oak in harmony. Swan gamy note extra. Unfined, unfiltered, unfettered. 17.1.
WT053018-11. 15 CHATEAU BELLEGRAVE, PAUILLAC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Tight for 15. Pauillac cabernet characteristics of blackberry, currant, and cedar. Aeration coaxes forth 2015 fruit sweetness./ Dry and tannic young Left Bank claret. Poised. A solid cru bourgeois Pauillac. 16.5++.
WT053018-12. 12 CHATEAU GRAND CORBIN, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%. Dark./ Deep, rich, round Saint Emilion at age five. Merlot cherry, cabernet franc raspberry./ Yes, 2012 cool, dark, and tailored. Fine tannin. Subtle barrel influence. 16.7+.
WT053018-13. 16 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Yes! Round and full. Gigondas power underlies Espigouette control and come hither qualities. Grenache and syrah both on display. Lovely, sweet house style./ Yes, Gigondas sweet and strong. Fine fruit tannins. All about Gigondas, all about Espigouette. 17.5.
WT053018-14. 15 GIGONDAS FONT DES AIEUX, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Suave, young, sweet, balanced./ Again, well balanced. Tourade closeness. I usually taste this cuvee when's it's had more bottle age and is more open and evolved. The goods are here. 16.7+.
WT053018-15. 16 SCHARZHOFBERGER GROSSE LAGE RIESLING KABINETT, VON KESSELSTATT - (GERMANY) 10%. Light sulphur suppression to start.. Plenty of vineyard grandeur of aroma and Grand Cru texture begins to pour through after aeration. The real deal./ Again, the early sulphur issue followed by Scharzhofberger nobility coming to the forefront. Aeration and aging will have its rewards. 16.7+.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
WT052318-1. 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%; 80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. Starts dry and contrite for this varietal set./ Then on the palate, a burst of colombard green goodness with some gros manseng suave support. Will open up and become more revealing over the coming weeks. 16.3+.
WT052318-2. 17 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX, VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Dry, young, vigorous./ Round. But premature compared previous vintages first tasted when months more along. Needs time to fill out. Well liked by the group all the same. 16.7+.
WT052318-3. 16 HAUT POITOU SAUVIGNON BLANC LE BOIS DE LA TOUR, CAVE DE HAUT POITOU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Sings and rings. Super gooseberry aroma. Unique. Cool./ Lemon, honey, verbena. Rich and round. Unique; special. 16.9.
WT052318-4. 15 TOSCANA BIANCO TERRE DI TUFI, SOC. AGR. TERUZZI & PUTHOD - (ITALY) 13%; vernaccia, with chardonnay, sauv blanc; aged in new French barriques 4-5 months. Nutty and dry, appley and real./ Round and welcoming. Fine class and texture. Special. Lovely, subtle oak complex. Suavity. 16.7.
WT052318-5. 17 FENN VALLEY TRUE LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE CHARDONNAY - (U.S. WEST COAST) 12%. Special, unique, appley. Fenn Valley's whites are always put together so well./ Soft and round. Sweetish. Easy. Popular. 16.4.
WT052318-6. 16 CHATEAU CHANTAL OLD MISSION PENINSULA CHARDONNAY - (U.S. MICHIGAN) 13.6%. Older. OK stage./ Sweet and balanced. The best vintage in memory. 16.0.
WT052318-7. 14 POUILLY FUISSE LES ROBEES, FABRICE LAROCHETTE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%. Oaky and developing. One large Pouilly Fuisse./ Round and soft for 14. Good. 16.2.
WT052318-8. 17 CASTILLA Y LEON TEMPRANILLO GRANDE, EL JEFE liter - (SPAIN) 12.5%. Fresh, black fruited tempranillo. Follows in the 16's footsteps. Sweet fruit./ Juicy and flavorful, generous, balanced. Good acid. Yes. 16.7.
WT052318-9. 16 CHINON CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Dark and a bit 16 close to start, but sweet enough. Raspberry and seed. Becomes rounder with aeration. Ideal. Better than the 15./ Yes, much more fulfilled and inviting. Balanced. Peppery. One of the best. 16.5+.
WT052318-10. 15 CHATEAU FRANCS MAGNUS GRAND VIN, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Sweet smelling, accomplished. Ideal 15. Perfect presentation./ Yes, round, rich, and ripe, with acid balance, textural balance. Yes. 16.7.
WT052318-11. 15 EASTERN ANATOLIA OKUZGOZU-BOGAZKERE YAKUT, KAVAKLIDERE - (TURKEY) 13.5%. Greener fruit than usual. Not the usual Grand Cru Beaujolais recall./ Yeah, greener fruit. Just OK. Sweet enough. 15.4.
WT052318-12. 14 SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD VALLE DEL ELQUI PINOT NOIR - (CHILE) 14%. Sweet, but not really ripe and fulfilled. Rounded with age. Light oak./ Sweet and suave and fat. There's green fruit and brett. Mixed messages. 15.2.
WT052318-13. 15 MONTSANT CAN BLAU, CELLERS CAN BLAU - (SPAIN) 14.5%. Power, oak and intensity in my Taster glass. 15 ripe. LARGE./ Sweet, round fruit. Power and size. Lots of wine for the money. 16.6.
WT052318-15. 15 WITTLICHER PORTNERSBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ - (GERMANY) 7.5%. Sweet, full, and round, with honey from ripeness and/or botrytis. A really fulfilled spatlese./ Yes, honey and nut. Sweet. With good acid for ripe 15. 17.1.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
WT051618-1. 17 SPY VALLEY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12%. Fresh and brisk as always, but even more brilliant in 2017./ Yes, fresh citrus of the ripe sort. More like tangerine than grapefruit. Balanced and delish. 17.0.
WT051618-3. 17 COTES D‛AIX EN PROVENCE ROSE, COMMANDERIE DE BARGEMONE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. Hops, lipstick, bananas./ Yes, still in the throes of fermentation residuals. Some berry fruit. Astringent. Time. 15.5+.
WT051618-4. 17 CARMIGNANO ROSATO, FATTORIA AMBRA - (ITALY) 13.5%. 75% sangiovese, 10% each canaiolo, cab sauv, 5% merlot. Sweet cherry sangiovese aroma with cabernet augmentation. Still a bit premature./ Lower acid of a southern rose. Mild for now. 15.9+.
WT051618-5. 13 MONTECARLO ETICHETTA BLU, TENUTA DEL BUONAMICO - (ITALY) 13%. 55% sangiovese, 15% canaiolo, 10% each syrah, cab sauv, merlot. Nicely evolved 2013. Ripe and sweet fruit. Spicy and complex./ Yes, cool northwest Tuscan ID. Fine texture and tannin. 16.4.
WT051618-6. 16 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) from the Chablis-Auxerre area. Good, full, ripe northern Burgundy pinot, with tobacco and game extras. Works in 2016./ Yes 2016 flow and balance. Great acid, etch, texture. 16.3.
WT051618-7. 16 DROUHIN CLOUDLINE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S. WEST COAST) Clear, cool, precise Drouhin and 2016 styles. Logical. Yes, sweet and insistent./ Indeed, elegance, flow, 2016 equilibrium. All concurs. 16.6.
WT051618-8. 16 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 50% merlot, 25% each cab sauv, cab franc. Young. Has 2016 lines but little fruit aroma yet./ Well, there‛s some merlot fruit emerging. Hasn‛t declared itself yet. These are usually more forward. 15.9+.
WT051618-9. 16 MASSAYA LE COLOMBIER MOUNT LEBANON - BEQAA VALLEY RED - (LEBANON) 14.5%. 35% ea cinsault, grenache, 15% ea syrah, tempranillo; 3000-3800'; Brunier, Hebrard, Ghosn. Whoa! Fruit and spice bomb. More extravagant than ever. This has OOMPH!/ Again, this is big. Everything carries over from the nose. Fine acid too. This is amazing! 17.1+.
WT051618-10. 16 TRENTADUE OLD PATCH LOT 44 CALIFORNIA RED - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. 67% zinfandel, 25% petite sirah, 5% carignane, 3% syrah. Thorough fruit with oak augmentation. All zin all the time./ Sweet, strong, and balanced. Yes, has it all. 17.1.
WT051618-12. 16 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING AUSLESE, ST. ANTONIUS - (GERMANY) Cool, even, brittle on the approach, with a ventilating flair. Deepens to Kreuznach riesling ripeness. Yes, terroir, etch, dignity./ Sweet and also racy. The whole Kreuznach package. 16.7+.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
WT050918-1. 17 FENN VALLEY LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S. MICHIGAN) 12%. Oh, yeah, pure, piercing passion fruit aroma. Non pareil./ Etch, acid, penetration. Fabulous cool fruit flavor precision. 17.5.
WT050918-3. 14 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES BLANC, DOMAINE DE PIAUGIER - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. Aging. Full./ Same. Dull southern Rhone blanc now. 13.9-.
WT050918-4. 16 MOSEL RIESLING TROCKEN REBENHOF, JOHANNES SCHMITZ liter - (GERMANY) 11.5%. Crisp and incisive. Some reduction remains. Air it awhile./ Dry and racy. Lightly fruity. Acid and length. Decant for aeration, and take it to the table. 16.5+.
WT050918-5. 15 NAHE RIESLING TROCKEN, WEINGUT SINSS - (GERMANY) 11.5%. Yeah, mineral saturated. Total etch. Hint of bottle bouquet. The 2015s are ripe, and advancing readily./ Full bodied. Jawbreaker extract. Food please. 17.4+.
WT050918-6. 17 SAVOIE JONGIEUX ROSE, DOMAINE EUGENE CARREL - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Still a trace of fermentation lipstick and banana aromas. Plenty of bright berry fruit coming through nonetheless./ Full textured for a high altitude rose. Fulfilled by mid summer. 16.0+.
WT050918-7. 17 CHATEAU FONTAINE LAUGHING WATERS LEELANAU PENINSULA DRY PINOT NOIR ROSE - (U.S. MICHIGAN) Pretty pink fruits. Stone fruits and quince. Deep and silky. Yes. Trace of ferment tonic edge. By July, it will be hitting its prime./ Great balance of acid and richness. Super length. 17.0+.
WT050918-8. 14 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; Famille Sichel at Saint Andre du Bois. Sweet up front but still a little severe in the back. Thistley, nettley. 14 chaptelized?/ Sweetness triumphs over severity on the palate. 2014 dry tannins to resolve yet. 14.0+.
WT050918-9. 14 CHATEAU MAYNE VIEIL, FRONSAC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; Silver Medal - Concours de Bordeaux. Deeper, riper, more significant, as it should be. Smoky. Smoked fruits and spices. Some wood./ More ripeness, extract, and plentitude than the 2012. Yes. 16.4+.
WT050918-10. 16 SEA GLASS SANTA BARBARA PINOT NOIR - (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. California forward fruit, Santa Barbara dark fruit. Great extract, texture, dryness./ Again, dry and spicy-peppery, racy. Great acid. Well balanced. For food. 16.5.
WT050918-11. 16 COTES DU RHONE SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Lush, sweet, complete. Best since the 1978. Both ripe and racy as a classic 2016 ought to be./ Yes, indeed; ripe and racy and balanced. Fine texture and poise. Yes. 16.8.
WT050918-12. 16 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE ROMAINE, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Deep blueberry and elderberry aromas. Super year for this. Best yet./ All over again. Taste, texture, all. 17.1.
WT050918-13. 16 MISFIT WINE CO. CYCLE BUFF BEAUTY SOUTH AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ-MALBEC - (AUSTRALIA) 14.5%; 90-10. Ripe and large. Really gives. A most powerful nose. Deep purple fruits./ Yes, plush and abundant. Better than the 2015. Eager to please. 16.7.
WT050918-14. 11 LANGE TWINS CENTENNIAL LODI ZINFANDEL - (U.S. WEST COAST) 15.6%; 105th vintage. Sweet, strong, heady. Oaky too. Great effects of both barrel and bottle age. Not a bit Lodi syrupy./ Power, flair, oak, bouquet development, balance, all. A great zinfandel. The group was in awe. 18.4.
WT050918-15. ST. JULIAN MICHCATO LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE SWEET WHITE - (U.S. MICHIGAN) 11%. Sweet and spicy. Seems more complex than just straight niagara. Some valvin muscat included?/ Rich and sweet but not sticky. Well conceived and crafted. 16.3.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
WT050218-1. 16 ALICANTE AIREN-MACABEO VERMADOR, BODEGA DE PINOSO - (SPAIN) 12%; 50-50. A little nothing nose./ Light macabeo taste that‛s positive. OK. 15.5.
WT050218-2. 16 CHATEAU LA GABARRE, BORDEAUX BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; at Galgon, Entre deux Mers. Pretty shy nose. Pleasing and versatile though./ Some semillon plumpness. Pretty unassuming. 15.7.
WT050218-3. 16 CHATEAU RIVIERE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; at Langon, southern Graves. More body, more substance here./ Flavorful. All three varieties chime in. Fine acid, texture, balance. This delivers the goods. 16.4.
WT050218-4. 16 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, ADEGAS MORGADIO - (SPAIN) 12.5%. Fully scented. Roundness, depth, and breadth that come with a year in bottle./ Full and aromatic, almost sultry. Certainly full bore flavor and texture delivery. For the dinner table. 16.6.
WT050218-5. 15 PORTLANDIA OREGON PINOT GRIS - (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Full, deep, and active, inflected aroma. An aroma you can feel. This works. Good now./ Again, full wax, nut, melon, and apple pinot gris flavor display, with fine texture too. Wow. This is commendable. 16.8.
WT050218-6. 16 TRIVENTO RESERVE WHITE ORCHID MENDOZA TORRONTES - (ARGENTINA) 12%; with 15% pinot gris. Works. At a good stage. The pinot gris adds body and texture. The torrontes displays flowers and cold cream./ Yes, and citrus too. Juicy, vibrant, refreshing indeed. 16.7.
WT050218-7. 17 CARELLI 34 TUNUYAN TORRONTES - (ARGENTINA) 13%. Really fresh, tingly, edgy, etched, incisive. A little sulphur residual suppresses the varietal character./ Some low level sulphur under screwcap keeps the aroma and flavor down. Air and age. 16.0+.
WT050218-8. 17 CHINON ROSE, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. This is the third time I‛ve tasted it. Fermentation aromas the first and third time but not the second. Likely the second sample had been open awhile, and the ferment scents had aired off./ Full acid is admirable. Still banana and bubble gum fermentation aromatics. The group didn‛t seem to mind. 16.0+.
WT050218-9. 17 CHINON ROSE CHATEAU DE BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. This is more fully accomplished already. Tender, pure, dainty, and lovely pink fruit./ Yes, juicy and tender both. Sweet pink fruit. Come hither. 16.6.
WT050218-10. 17 PUGLIA NEGROAMARO, LUCCARELLI - (ITALY) 13.5%. Bright, dark, immediate, real negroamaro. Fulfilled already. Persistent, penetrating aromatics./ Rich and friendly. Full fruit creme flavor with acid to balance. Total. 16.8.
WT050218-11. 15 CHATEAU LA MARZELLE, BORDEAUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; 85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. Dark and accomplished and ideally ripe. Wow, what 2015 Bordeaux AOC claret should be about. Dark fruited, perfectly ripe, and fabulous./ Again, spot on. Some tannin for texture. Food wine now, or later. 16.3.
WT050218-12. 14 LISBOA RESERVA CONFIDENCIAL, CASA SANTOS LIMA - (PORTUGAL) 13.5%; Wine Enthusiast 92/100 - Editors' Choice. Oh, yes, that rich, dark, spicy-woody touriga nacional thing. As good as the 2013, and 2014 darker. Total vigor./ Power, body, texture. Generosity, flow, texture, fruit sweetness, oomph. 17.4.
WT050218-13. 12 RIOJA CRIANZA CONDE DE JAUREGUI, BODEGAS OREADES - (SPAIN) 13.5%. Say, this is a dark, fragrant, and logical crianza fruit-oak synthesis displaying original fruit and barrel time evolution. Textbook crianza./ Yes 2012 crianza style and all together now at age 5+. Rioja at a sweet spot. 16.7. List price: $17.
WT050218-14. 10 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD, GRAVES - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. As always, sweet, wooded, dark, classic Graves terroir of earth and stone./ Again, the earth, fruit, wood, 2010 structure. Plenty of cellar life ahead. 17.0+.
WT050218-15. 16 ARTEZIN OLD VINE MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL - (ARGENTINA) 14.5%. Heady in my Taster glass. Straight forward. Young still./ The usual size and power. More aroma and flavor development to come. 16.2+.