Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - MAY 2019
by Dick Scheer Updated July 8, 2019
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
WT052919-01. 18 LANGHE ARNEIS, AZ. AGR. ELVIO TINTERO - (ITALY) 13%. Sulphur under screwcap. Same as the 2017 in youth, which I never had a chance to taste again at a later stage./ By me. Salty. Mixed up. However, there were buyers. My bad? 15.2+?
WT052919-02. 17 CUSTOZA, AZ. AGR. GORGO - (ITALY) 12.5%. Mellow. Delicately scented like, say, a chenin blanc./ Light lemon creme flavor. Nice texture. All around balance and appeal. Flavor not only lasts, it builds. 16.7.
WT052919-04. 18 CHATEAU DUCASSE, BORDEAUX BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%. Good, clear, crisp, full, grassy nose. Perfect poise./ Plump on the approach, with good acid and lime peel cut. One of the best of the series, and one of the earliest to fulfillment. 16.7.
WT052919-05. 18 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%.. Fuller. More semillon, and with semillon's propensity to retain sulphur dioxide, that's still a factor, etching the nostrils./ Sweet fruited, round, and full, with Graves semillon terroir. Juicy and lasting. SO2 not messing with the palate, so you can serve it now after aeration. 16.6+.
WT052919-06. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE ROSE PLAISIR, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%. Lovely, plump, fruity, cool. Perfect poise./ Oh, very sweetly juicy. It's got the sweet/acid balance down to a T. Wow! Just keeps to its upbeat theme. 16.8+.
WT052919-07. 18 CARMIGNANO ROSE VIN RUSPO BARCO REALE, FATTORIA AMBRA - (ROSE) 13%; 75% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo, 10% cab sauv, 5% merlot. Full. A bit earthy. Not fruity and alluring./ Full but doesn't dazzle. Seems high pH and saline. Time? 15.8+.
WT052919-08. 17 BARDOLINO, AZ. AGR. GORGO - (ITALY) 12.5%. Full and fruity, but beginning to turn vinous with age./ Very sweetly fruity and full for Bardolino. Still, conventionally cool though. But it's getting a little tarry with age. 15.9.
WT052919-09. 17 CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Full, dark, spicy, peppery. In a word, complete./ All over again. Full texture and taste and delivery. A Loire cabernet franc that's virtually Bordeaux cabernet franc full. 16.7+.
WT052919-12. 15 LISBOA LAB, CASA SANTOS LIMA - (PORTUGAL) 13%; 35% castelao, 25% tinta roriz, 25% syrah, 15% touriga nacional. Sweetish, but not particularly ripe. So-so./ Fluid,. Modest sweet fruit. Some green peels. 15.4.
WT052919-13. 17 ALENTEJANO SAO MIGUEL DO SUL CASA AGR. ALEXANDRE RELVAS - (PORTUGAL) 13.5%. Sweet and spicy. 2D but pleasing./ Sweetish and simple. Wide appeal. No challenge. 16.0.
WT052919-14. 16 LA MANCHA TEMPRANILLO SINGLE VINEYARD, BODEGAS VOLVER - (SPAIN) 15%. Strong and straightforward. Deep and dense./ Rich and mouthfilling, with more flavor than aroma interest. Size matters. No sluggo though. 16.5.
WT052919-15. 18 CHATEAU FONTAINE LEELANAU PENINSULA GEWURZTRAMINER - (U.S. MICHIGAN) Genuine, rosy, gingery–including the nip–and generous./ Tonic, barbershop, rosewater. Its best yet. Medium bodied and off dry. Overachiever. 17.4.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
WT052219-01. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%.Very, very green fruit take on colombard this vintage./ Again. Extreme green tropical fruits including guava. Takes colombard to the outer limits. 16.2.
WT052219-02. 18 BARKER'S MARQUE ARONA MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%; 55% Blind River, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, 40% Goldschmidt, West Rapaura Road, 5% Muritai Riesling. Soft and tender, understated aroma./ Very easy going. Very light acid grip. Sweet aftertaste. 16.4.
WT052219-03. 18 BARKER'S MARQUE ESTATE RANGA RANGA MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%; Blind River, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, Muritai, Goldschmidt, West Rapaura Road, Wairau Valley, Marlborough. Fine race and cut and penetration. Brisk./ Round on entry, with a good response of acid etch. Juicy finale. 16.6.
WT052219-04. 17 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER - (FRANCE ALSACE) 13.5%. Subtle on the approach. Not screaming gewurztraminer../ Soft, gentle, low key. Moderate taste and texture. Some RS. 16.1+.
WT052219-05. 18 VINHO VERDE ROSE ARCA NOVA, QUINTA DAS ARCAS - (ROSE) 11.5%; espadeiro, touriga nacional. Lovely strawberry aroma. Rich, ready, embracing./ Yes, Juicy and flavorful. Balance of acid and body. 16.9.
WT052219-06. 18 CHINON ROSE RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU - (ROSE) 12.5%. Delicate northern cabernet franc aroma of red raspberry. Bright, fruity, uplifting, ethereal./ Both round and juicy. Not pushy, just inviting. Good acidity. 16.6+.
WT052219-07. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES URSULINES, JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 11-14%. 17 bright and fresh aromas of both sweet and tart cherries. Right./ Yes, sweet and flavorful. Fruit padding balanced by fruit acidity and fine tannin. Full for the vintage. I prefer it to the 2016. 16.5.+
WT052219-08. 17 DOURO PORCA DE MURCA, COMPANHIA GERAL DA AGR. DAS VINHAS DO ALTO DOURO - (PORTUGAL) 13%. A bit rustic. More vinous than fruity. An old style Douro tinto./ Yes, sweet and vinous. Not bad. 15.8+.
WT052219-09. 16 CHATEAU LES GRANDES MOTTES, BLAYE - COTES DE BORDEAUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Good and full for Blaye 2016. Not as ripe as the 2015, as expected. Delivers 2016 reserve, potential./ More vinous than fruity at this stage. Full bodied and well balanced. Cellar it awhile. 16.4+.
WT052219-10. 16 CHATEAU LA HOURCADE, MEDOC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; at Jau Dignac & Loirac. Well, how about this. Sweet, ripe, barrel influenced. I wouldn‛t have discovered this if a customer hadn‛t ordered some. I mean, this is from the extreme north of Medoc, where the gravel fetters out. Well, now! Goes to show you never can tell./ Sweet and fruity. Subtle oak. Good 16 acidity, balance. 16.6+.
WT052219-11. 16 CHATEAU LA BERNEDE GRAND POUJEAUX, MOULIS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; second wine of Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois. Sweet black fruit with light, sweet oak aura. Well crafted in the 2016 style./ Lots of everything: oak, extract, concentration, tannin, fruit density. A whopper of a second wine. The best of 2016 attributes enhanced by winemaker craftsmanship. This sleeper was the talk of Bordeaux‛s brokers in 2016. No wonder! 16.8+.
WT052219-12. 16 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, BADIA ALLE CORTI - (ITALY) 12%. Bright and racy, with a cedar or other aromatic wood overtone. Even better than the impressive 2015. 2016 silk texture and reserve./ Oh, sweet and woody-spicy. Persistent fruit and ‛wood‛ taste. Deal! 16.7.
WT052219-13. 16 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; vineyard adjacent to Chateauneuf; 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% ea cinsault, mourvedre. Deep, large, full textured. Villages size. Sweet, spicy, dark fruit./ Suave, sweetly fruited, with light acid etch. Fits the 2016 pattern. 16.7+.
WT052219-14. 16 VARNER FOXGLOVE PASO ROBLES ZINFANDEL - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.3%. Speaks proudly of American oak and Paso fruitiness. Just the rigbt amount of ripeness in the hands of Varner. And great acidity too. Singular, always./ Paso sweetness and Varner cut. Overtones of aromatic woods. Suave texture. 16.6.
WT052219-15. 15 RIOJA CRIANZA, SIERRA CANTABRIA - (SPAIN) 14%. Stiff. Without crianza character or 15 fruit ripeness. Blank slate./ Little give. What‛s happened at this bodega. Usually so appealing and reliable in earlier vintages. Just in need of bottle age? I mean, am I missing something? Orders were taken. 14.0+?
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WT051519-01. 17 VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO TORRE, AZ. AGR. VALLEROSA BONCI - (ITALY) 12.5%. Nice enough. A little rusty, earthy. Lacks lift./ Bit earthy, aging, uninspiring. Good acid. Dry. Still useful. 15.7.
WT051519-02. 17 MACON-CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, DOMAINE JEAN MANCIAT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 14%. Oh, full bodied and full of character and push. Legit Charnay./ 17 sweet and fruity. Nice, fine toned acidity. 2017 all the way. 16.9.
WT051519-03. 11 BOURGOGNE COTES D'AUXERRE CORPS DE GARDE, DOMAINE GOISOT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Very full and nutty, maybe oaky./ Very, very full. Great northern and 2011 chardonnay acidity. Round, fully developed. Wow. For food. 17.0.
WT051519-04. 11 BOURGOGNE COTES D'AUXERRE BIAUMONT, DOMAINE GOISOT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. More extract, less oak evident./ Less spunk, flavor, force. A switch from before. A couple of years back, I preferred this to the Corps de Garde. 16.3.
WT051519-05. 18 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE VIE VITE EXTRAORDINAIRE, DOMAINE SAINTE MARIE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. Lots of personality and push. Some fermentation aromas still./ Again, still a little banana and Bazooka. And impressive size, potential. 16.5+.
WT051519-06. 17 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES SELECTION PARCELLAIRE, CHATEAU DE VARENNES - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Good black fruit. Not a lot of depth./ Fruity and sweet, with 17 lift. Better texture and spread than the nose would suggest. Great acid. 16.2/16.6.
WT051519-07. 15 REGNIE GRAND CRU CHATEAU DES REYSSIERS, HENRY FESSY - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%. Superior fullness of 2015 and Grand Cru. Sweet fruit nose./ Dry and close. No padding. A little harsh. 16.6/14.9.
WT051519-09. 16 TREASURE HUNTER FIVE-SECOND RULE ALEXANDER VALLEY PETITE SIRAH - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.7%. Sweetness and largesse of Alexander Valley and petite sirah. Pet weight and give./ Yes, the size of valley and variety. Fine tannin. Bulky mouthful of pet. 16.5+.
WT051519-10. 12 TREASURE HUNTER SAWYER'S CROWN RED MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. 2012 soft and ripe. Sweet bouquet forming./ Moving along. Tannin may outlast fruit. 16.2-.
WT051519-11. VIVA LA VIDA PINOT NOIR ROSE CAVA - (SPARKLING) 11.5%. Subtle pinot noir rose strawberry aroma./ Fine mousse. Good cava and red fruit body. Wide applications. 15.5.
WT051519-12. PINEAU DES CHARENTES BLANC DEAU, DISTILLERIE DES MOISANS - (APERITIF) 17%. Fine, sweet, grapey, intense. Well aged spirit. Really good, and the red tasted a couple of weeks back is even better in its class./ Impressive power, oak, aged cognac. Fine. 17.6.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
WT050819-01. 17 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT - (FRANCE BURFGUNDY) 12.5%; from the Chablis area. Oh, beautiful, intense, cool, clear. Wet stone./ Brittle northern Burgundy chardonnay. Mouthwatering. Fabulous. 17.0.
WT050819-02. 16 TRUCHARD CARNEROS CHARDONNAY - (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.1%; est. 1974. Full. Fine oak and oak-fruit balance. At a comfortable stage two years in. Carneros citricity and oak match up well./ Suave oak and fruit. Light malo balances Carneros citrus acidity. All around harmonious. 17.0.
WT050819-03. 15 TREASURE HUNTER CHURN CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY - (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Works. Sweet fruit, good acid, light oak./ Sweet fruit with light oak tannin foil and light malo. Sweet-acid balance. Medium finish, with tastes of fruit and oak. 16.0.
WT050819-04. 16 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, ALBERT BICHOT - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Fresh, crisp, and full of 16 extract. Ideal aligote. Green citrus aroma./ A bit shy on entry. Comes on. Fills out. This works. 16.5.
WT050819-05. 16 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, DOMAINE ROBERT CHEVILLON - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Less incisive. Barrel aged, so barrel mellowed./ Yes, the oak is a player in this one, like in De Villaine's. Not fully integrated yet, and leaving some bitterness on the finish. Ambitious aligote that will improve with cellaring. 16.3+.
WT050819-06. 16 GRECO DI TUFO, AZ. AGR DI MARZO - (ITALY) 12.5%; est. 1647; first to plant greco at Tufo. Nice and full. Some nutty development at age two plus. Proper for greco./ Yes, greco glycerol and great acid too. Hallmark, if not demonstrative. 16.6.
WT050819-07. 16 FIANO DI AVELLINO, AZ. AGR. DI MARZO - (ITALY) 12.5%. Deep and full textured. Not very honeyed though. Well, some, plus good acidity./ Yes, good acid but not very much flavor or body. More to come? Prefer the greco at this stage. 16.2+?
WT050819-08. 17 TOSCANA SANGIOVESE BELIAL, POGGIO ANIMA - (ITALY) 13%. Wow, dark, concentrated, cool, fresh. Crunchy cherry. Great acid lift./ Acid, race, fine tannin, texture, all./ Flavors of dried cherry and licorice and tar. Well balanced. Wants food. 16.6.
WT050819-09. 17 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO PIANO DI MAGGIO, AGRIVERDE - (ITALY) 13%. The usual cool, purple fruited Agriverde Monte style. Hint of violets. Sweet fruited in 17./ Pleasing body. Good balance of acid and sweetness. Flavorful. Finely burnished texture.. Old reliable. 16.4.
WT050819-10. 17 SICILIA NERO D'AVOLA ASMODEUS, POGGIO ANIMA - (ITALY) 13%. Similar to the Toscana for its crisp, fresh style. Darker cherry fruit of nero. Similarly structured. Good formula here./ More flow, less grip and texture. I like for its fruit clarity, sweetness, flavor. Logical. 16.4.
WT050819-11. 17 FRANCAIS PINOT NOIR GRAND RESERVE, ROBERT DEBUISSON - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Fresh, cool, medium bodied, northern. Seems like it's from the Burgundy area. Becomes darker and richer, sweeter and fuller with aeration. Quality pinot./ Good acid. Really good for food. Northern coolness, crispness. Lithe styling of 2017. 16.2.
WT050819-13. 15 IRPINIA AGLIANICO, AZ. AGR. DI MARZO - (ITALY) 13.5%. Ideal Naples area aglianico. Dark and peppery, fully concentrated. Deep, dry, and Naples fresh and brisk versus a Basilicata aglianico. Sweet 2015 ripeness too./ Yes, pepper and other spices, licorice, black fruit. Melted tannins. 17.0+.
WT050819-14. 16 ROCK WALL CUVEE EXCEPTIONNELLE CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL - (U.S. WEST COAST) 15.2%; owned by Kent Rosenblum's daughter. Rich, ripe fruited, and American oaky Rosenblum classic. Plenty of impact. Won't be denied./ Sweet and woody. Good assemblage of zinfandels from several growing areas. Plenty of power and delivery. 16.6.
WT050819-15. PINEAU DES CHARENTES ROUGE, DEAU - (APERITIF) 17%; aged in oak barrels. Wow! This is good! Heady spirit in Taster glass. Well aged Cognac impression, like Deau's VS solo. Sweet red fruit. Ideal./ All over again. Pineau sweet grape juice. No red fruit tannin as in some. Just red fruit character combined with fine, aged spirit. Altogether rich and balanced. 17.5.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
WT050119-01. 16 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, DOMAINE ZINCK - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%; 1/8 on the dry/sweet scale. Dry and vinous. Green fruit. A proper pinot blanc with wide mealtime applications./ The palate displays more fruit. Attractive pinot blanc ripe acidity. Not a flashy wine and varietal, just benchmark and mealworthy. 16.6.
WT050119-02. 17 GARDA PROVINCIA DI MANTOVA PINOT GRIGIO, AZ. AGR. PRENDINA - (ITALY) 12.5%.Good and full, and accurate. Persistent./ Full fruit flavor. Even stone fruit as well as customary apple. Round and full bodied. 16.5.
WT050119-03. 17 TRENTINO PINOT GRIGIO, GAIERHOF - (ITALY) 12.5%. Much more pungent. Really pumps out the varietal character. The real deal. Wow./ Full and savory. Relatively gentle acidity exhibited by some 2017s. 16.6.
WT050119-04. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. 2016 full, even swelling. Especially pungent for Chablis area chardonnay. Wow./ Full and fruity, juicy and well balanced. Impressive body. 16.7+.
WT050119-05. 16 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES BLANC TRACOT, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL DUBOST - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Nutty, tangy maturity. Rich and right./ Flavor mild but accurate. Fast, fading finish. 16.3/15.5.
WT050119-06. 16 DOMINANT SEVEN CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY - (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Sweet fruited and wholesome. Settled in to a nice stage of development./ Light oak and sweet fruit. High dry like a Kendall-Jackson chardonnay. 15.7.
WT050119-07. 15 BOUZERON CLOS DE LA FORTUNE MONOPOLE, MAISON CHANZY, J-B JESSIAUME - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; aligote's only local appellation., thanks to Aubert de Villaine, director of DRC, who has a home estate here. Really, really full. With barrel support, for sure. Big time. This will compete with de Villaine‛s./ Yes, one monster-truck aligote, oak and all. 17.4.
WT050119-10. 16 GARDA MERLOT, AZ. AGR. PRENDINA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Rich and racy both. 16 fresh and harmonious./ Great cool climate race, flavor, texture, acidity. 16.3.
WT050119-11. 15 REGNIE GRAND CRU POTET, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL DUBOST - (FRANCE BURUNDY) 12.5%. Crisp for 15. Mid age./ Works. No issues. Just in an aromatic trough. 15.3+.
WT050119-12. 15 VACQUEYRAS SIGNATURE, DOMAINE DES AMOURIERS - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Full, very powerful. Ripe 15 fruit. Not a garrigue-laden nose./ Yes, body, sweetness, and power; all the 2015 fortes. Keeper too. 16.6+.
WT050119-13. 14 TOSCANA MONTAPERTO, FATTORIA CARPINETA FONTALPINO - (ITALY) 14%. Full. Maturing nicely. Wow, really pumping out the sweet, developing fruit bouquet./ Yes, acid, body, bouquet, and texture. And fine tannin. Has it all, and all in harmony. 17.1.
WT050119-14. 14 ALSACE MUSCAT, FREY-SOHLER - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12%; Silver Medal - Colmar. At a wonderful stage. Developing gracefully. A beautiful, dry, classic Alsace muscat working hard to please./ Hallmark flavor set. Lovely form and figure. 16.5.
WT050119-15. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, DOMAINE ZINCK - (FRANCE ALSACE) 13%; 3/8 on the dry/sweet scale. Full rose and barbershop gewurz set. Glycerol for roundness, ginger for nip. Both powdery and pomaded./ Yes, there‛s lots of glycerol and perhaps a dab of sweetness. A classic in its prime. 17.4.