Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - October, 2013
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated November 24,  2013

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WT103013-01. 12 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY, LOUIS JADOT - (FRAN CE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; unoaked. No oak but the lees contact has given a toasty note. Apple, lemon, grain, nut./ Palate fully confirms. All the usual, welcome MV attributes. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT103013-03. 13 SILENI ESTATE CELLAR SELECTION MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%; the Sileni were Bacchusí wine loving companions. Sweet guava and pink grapefruit aromas. Typical NZ sauvignon enticements./ Great acid spiel. White grapefruit acid. Invigorating freshness, briskness. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT103013-04. 12 NINE NORTH THE DIRTY PURE PROJECT G SPOT FIELD BLEND CALIFORNIA WHITE - (U.S.) 12.6%. Plump and scented. Both sweet and dry notions, scented and unscented grape varieties./ Dry and vinous. 15.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT103013-05. 12 CHATEAU FONTAINE DRY LEELANAU PENINSULA WHITE RIESLING - (U.S.) Dry and very racy 2012. Apple and peel./ Rich and racy acid plus 2012 ripe fruit plumpness. Well balanced. High trocken. Great extract. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT103013-07. 12 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY MACDONALD VINEYARD OLD MISSION PENINSULA BLAUFRANKISCH - (U.S.) 12.7%. Sweet, soft oak. Plump fruit./ Wow! Full fruit and flowers flavors. Elegant. Fine. Even better than the 2011. 17.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT103013-08. 12 GRIGNOLINO DíASTI ISOLAVILLA, TENUTA OLIM BAUDA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Red orange color./ Rather light and dry, reductive. Previous vintage was better./ High acid, low fruit. Tart and essentially vinous at this juncture. Hope for improvement with more time in bottle. 14.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT103013-09. 11 SALENTO NEGROAMARO ARCANGELO, PALAMA - (ITALY) 12.5%. Purple, tight, young, dry 2011 negroamaro. Very dry nose./ Full acid. A little edgy. 14.0+?
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT103013-10. 11 SALENTO PRIMITIVO ARCANGELO, PALAMA - (ITALY) 13.5%. Warmer, more robust. Spicy. Youthful firmness./ Glycerol, acid, firm fruit core and frame. Rather dull at this stage from a flavor standpoint. 15.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT103013-11. 09 DAO GRAO VASCO, VINHOS SOGRAPE - (POTRUGAL) 13%; jaen, tinta roriz, touriga nacional. Young, firm, and a bit reduced yet./ Firm, tart, stony, traditional Dao. Some purple fruit potential down deep inside. Way behind the 2007 in development. Needs bottle age. 15.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT103013-12. 10 COTEAUX DE BESSILLES CUVEE RESERVEE, DOMAIINE SAINT MARTIN DE LA GARRIGUE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Rather reduced still. Some of St. Martinís cuvees can be that way in youth./ Yes, closed. Not much give, flavor, texture at this point. 15.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT103013-13. 09 COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC GRES DE MONTPELLIER, CHATEAU SAINT MARTIN DE LA GARRIGUE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Dark and firm. Beginning to develop some gamy bouquet./ Sweet and racy, peppery, spicy. Satisfies. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT103013-14. 09 PIC SAINT LOUP CUVEE SAINTE AGNES, DOMAINE ERMITAGE DU PIC SAINT LOUP - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Intense, deep, pure, romantic. Oak, garrigue, dried fruit./ Wow! Total spice and fruit flair. As impressive as the 2007. 17.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT103013-15. 10 SOBON ESTATE ROCKY TOP VINEYARD AMADOR ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.9%. Firm, spicy, racy. Amador stalwart, forthright, strong, classic./ Sweet and sexy oak spices and warm fruit. Fulfilling, welcoming. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WT102313-01. 11 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY LES MURELLES, DOMAINE ROUX PERE - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Good light touch of oak. 11 acid vigor. Meursault like nuts, grains. Full./ Yes, full, with oak, lees, and fruit richness. This delivers. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT102313-02. 11 ANJOU CHENIN BLANC, CHATEAU DE LA ROULERIE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Quince, calcaire, mineral. Some savor of bottle age./ Yes, this is gathering bouquet as well as preserving varietal and terroir marks. Good now. 16.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT102313-03. 12 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE MIREILLE & VINCENT - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Fresh, with some floral overtones. Viognier likely. Padded. Well balanced. A delight./ Grip of youth. Light viognier florals and astringency and glycerol. Great acid. Good now; better in six months. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT102313-04. 12 ERATH OREGON PINOT GRIS - (U.S.) 13.5%. Lovely apple and melon aromas. Brisk. Right./ Melon, apple, quince. Balance of mellow, soft padding and good acid. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT102313-05. 12 DRY CREEK VINEYARD SONOMA FUME BLANC - (U.S.) 13.5%. Wow! A citrus spectrum: lime, lemon, grapefruit. Grass too. And 2012 great, sweet, wholesome fruit./ Delicious citrus set with padding. Juicy. Fine. 16.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT102313-08. 12 BODEGA SUR DE LOS ANDES CLASICO MENDOZA MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 14%. Oh, yes. Beauty and elegance as well as frame and material. Has it all./ Yes, elegant oak and fruit and flowers. Class act. Charm, body, matter. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT102313-09. 09 CASTILLO DE MOLINA RESERVA UCO VALLEY MALBEC - (ARGENTINA) 13.5%. Good solidity as well as bouquet development. Less developed than the 2010. Good, sweet fruit and reserva development in barrel./ Medium bodied, medium development. Good acid. Will improve 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT102313-10. 12 ARAGON GARNACHA DE FUEGO OLD VINES, BODEGAS BRECA - (SPAIN) 14.5%. Really ripe and peppery, spicy. Light dried fruit aroma. Powerful./ Sweet, flowing fruit. Full strength of the south. 15.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT102313-11. 12 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA, BODEGAS BORSAO - (SPAIN) 14.5%. Warm, strong, robust. Rustic../ Hearty old vines grenache with warmth and open texture. 15.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT102313-12. 11 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA CRUCILLON, BODEGAS ARAGONESAS - (SPAIN) 13%. Much fresher and younger than the 2009 of late. Plump, sweet, right. An accurate portrayal of CdB old vines grenache Well positioned./ Richness and ease. Good ripeness, and some grip too. Good to go. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $6.99

WT102313-13. 08 RIOJA SOLNIA, BODEGAS ILURCE - (SPAIN) 14%; half each tempranillo, graciano. Love the combo of tempranillo frame and graciano freshness and ease. Floral and berry fruit aromas. A beauty still./ Bright, with freshness, framing, light bouquet development. Perfect now. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT102313-14. ROBERTSON WINERY NATURAL SWEET SOUTH AFRICA ROSE - (SOUTH AFRICA) 7.5%. Fresh, sweet, bright, easy, fruity, appealing./ Mild acid. Low alcohol. Good fruit and texture. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $6.99

WT102313-15. REBEL JACK CRISTO MICHIGAN CYSER half liter - (U.S.) 13.6%; 80% fresh pressed apple cider (jonathan, honey crisp, gala) from Dexter Cider Mill, 20% raw honey from Kussmaul Farm, Clinton. Apple plus ciderís oxidative edge. No honey smell./ Apple and peel. Serious, calvados like dryness and peels grip. Powerful. Some honey comes through on the finish. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

Wedmesdau. October 16, 2013

WT101613-01. 12 SICILIA INSOLIA, CASE IBIDINI - (ITALY) Nice and warm scented Med white fruit. Nutty too. From oak, or sun?/ Suave, smooth, lightly burnished. Mild acidity. Ready now. 15.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT101613-02. 12 MACON VILLAGES TRADITION, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) Fresh. Showing exceptional finesse this vintage. Fine apple fruit. No peelsy, earthy aspects. Fabulous take./ Apple and lees contact pie dough. Sweet fruited and round, with good acid foil. Yes, delicate and finesse-ful this vintage. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT101613-03. 12 HOOPLA NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) Lovely oak, Napa class, 2012 fruit purity./ Joyful, wholesome 2012 fruit quality. Abundant apple and citrus chardonnay character keeps the oak in its proper, seasoning role. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT101613-03.5. 12 CROZES HERMITAGE BLANC, ALAIN GRAILLOT - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 80% marsanne, 20% roussanne. Clear, balanced, pleasing marsanne-roussanne presentation. Bright fruit beauties. No wood in sight./ Smooth viscosity of the varietals. Marsanne marl, roussanne orchard fruits. Hallmark example. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $29.99

WT101613-04. 12 CHATEAU CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Gooseberry, grapefruit, lemon-lime. Cool, crisp, and clear sauvignon statement./ Mineral savor. Good acid, citricity. Unique balsam note. Yields nicely. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT101613-05. 12 CHATEAU TERTRE DE LAUNAY, ENTRE DEUX MERS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 45% semillon, 35% sauvignon blanc, 20% muscadelle. Emphasizes semillon padding over sauvignon cut. Sweet citrus creme and apple. Still a vestige of fermentation aroma./ Sweet and open and inviting. Good acid cut, including some green malic acid. Forward and pleasing. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT101613-06. 12 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 40% sauvignon blanc, 25% semillon, 20% muscadelle, 15% sauvignon gris. Crisp and incisive. Sauvignon citrus and grass, muscadelle green fruits, sauvignon gris nuttiness./ Still some sulphur edge. Many assets already on display regardless. Air and age. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT101613-07. 12 PELTIER STATION HYBRID LODI PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) Light and sweet pinot fruit, including cherry associations. Still some H2S./ Round, sweet cherry flavor. Light wood char. Some acid edge. Air and age. 14.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT101613-08. 12 TALLEY BISHOPíS PEAK SAN LUIS OBISPO PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 10 months in French oak barrels. Sweet and spicy fruit plus nice toast and wood-spice oak. Fruit beauties of 2012. Crisp, crunchy, cool, deep, coastal./ Both sweet and spicy. A balanced complex of oak and fruit contributions. Enticing. Well tailored. Yes! 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT101613-09. 10 CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU LES VIGNES DE LA GARENNE, BORDEAUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Wow! Sweet and open fruit display for 2010. Embellished with spicy, sophisticated French oak extras./ Suave for the age and vintage. Aided by barrel aging? Balanced, rich, inviting. Good now for sure. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT101613-10. 10 CHATEAU CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Dark and deep and haunting as usual. More revealing than 2008 and even 2009. Wood spice, barrel time extra dimensions, sweet black fruits./ Yes. Plenty of peel extract flavors, feels, astringency. Here to a positive, pleasing degree unlike the 2008. 2010 at its best. Well balanced for use now and later. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT101613-11. 10 CHATEAU LA CROIX CALENDREAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Oh, sweet, up front fruit, especially for the vintage. One fulfilled, merlot rich claret./ Yes, rich and full. Fruit juice, pulp, and peels contributions. Balanced. Fine tannins. Great acid. Superieur indeed. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT101613-12. 10 CHATEAU ROCHER CALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Lusty, giving Saint Emilion merlot qualities. Light oak seasoning. 2010 black and beautiful./ Saint Emilion breadth, plus 2010 grip. Great acid and full, fine tannin. Heaps oí potential. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT101613-13. 10 CHATEAU CABANS, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Oh, wow! Cabernet comes on like gang-busters after all those merlot-emphatic clarets. Sweet, blackberry and black currant. This has it all over the 2008./ Sweet oak and fruit. Sooo easy to drink now, especially considering 2010 and cabernet sauvignon bases. Complex and welcoming display of aromas, flavors, textures. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT101613-14. 10 CHATEAU DUTRUCH GRAND POUJEAUX. CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Oh, this shows Grand Cru class! Grand oak and super cabernet fruit. Not a hint of Moulis backwater heaviness. This is all from Gunz gravel. Wow!/ Yes, shows classic Moulis grip and firmness while steering clear of any base earthiness. Huge potential. Best young DGP Iíve tasted. 17.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $27.99

WT101613-15. 11 PELTIER STATION HYBRID LODI PETITE SIRAH - (U.S.) Sweet and saucy Lodi red. No pet ID, like 95% of them. Logical. Soft and easy./ Sweet and soft and come hither. A pleasing Lodi red wine with a dash of 2011 freshening acidity. 15.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT101613-16. 11 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) Oh, fresh and breezy 2011 Gard rouge. Violets, purple and black fruits. Deep and complete Villages./ Rich, broad, flavorful; well tailored too. Both round and racy, spicy and floral. All in harmony. Love this vintage. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT101613-17. 12 PIEMONTE BRACHETTO, BORGO MARAGLIANO - (ITALY) Fresh, sweet, spicy, cherry-berry nose buoyed by the fizz./ Low alcohol means easy flowing. Genuine; not sugared up. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT101613-18. 0 LA FLEUR DíOR, SAUTERNES half bottle - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Lush pineapple, peach, honey. Sassy. Cedar and Cavendish botrytis suggestions. Good power and texture. 17.1+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT101613-18.5. 10 CYPRES DE CHATEAU CLIMENS, BARSAC half bottle - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) More golden, even coppery./ Superior concentration of honey, botrytis, peach, apricot, dried fruits./ Huge concentration. Marzipan, nut paste. Dry, dusty botrytis. 18.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WT100913-01. 12 TERRA ALTA GARNATXA BLANCA, HERENCIA ALTES - (SPAIN) 13%; clay-chalk soils at 1400 feet in SE Catalonia bordering Aragon. Neutral. Vinous./ Vinous and reluctant. May have just been shipped. 13.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT100913-02. 11 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY LAFORET, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. The oak is more evident than usual in this cuvee./ Yes, quite oaky. Some doughiness of lees contact. Needs time for the oak to settle in. 15.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT100913-04. 13 OYSTER BAY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%. Great gooseberry. Super vigor./ Sweet and sassy. Rich. Tangerine finish. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT100913-05. 12 VALDEORRAS GODELLO AVANCIA CUVEE DE O, BODEGAS AVANTHIA - (SPAIN) 13.5%; from steep slate hillsides above the Sil river in Galicia. Very stony, minerally. Cut and sting./ Citrus. Good godello padding and orchard fruits. Full race and stone. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT100913-06. 12 IRPINIA FALANGHINA, TERREDORA DI PAOLO - (ITALY) 14%; falanghina has grown in Campania since Roman times. At the tasting, subtle and young. Sulphur hides the perfume./ No flavor for now. Air and age. An hour later at dinner, blossomed to a full falanghina perfume. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT100913-07. 11 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LAFORET, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; fruit from Cote díOr and Chalonnais. Vinous. Lightly woody. Sleek, trim, and tight in 2011./ Good class of Drouhin pinot. Rich enough for the vintage. Balanced. Will fill out over the coming months. 16.1+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT100913-08. 11 OROGENY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.5%. Crisp 2011 RRV style. Light oak. Burgundian./ Good, bright California pinot fruit with RRV cherry and spice character. Padded enough too. Very popular with the group. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $42.99

WT100913-09. 08 CHATEAU DU GLANA, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT JULIEN - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; 67% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 6% cabernet franc. 08 tight and terse. No Saint Julien padding. Too much cabernet for its own good?/ 08 firm and tannic. No padding. But solid. Cellar it. 16.0++.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

WT100913-10. 11 PHARAOH NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 13.5%. 2011 balsamic and ventilating, oaky. Not too much oak. Sweet wood./ 2011 cool, Napa class. Smooth oak. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT100913-11. 11 ALENTEJANO MONTE VELHO, HERDADE DO ESPORAO - (PORTUGAL) 14%; 40% each aragonez, trincadeira, 20% castelao. Hard, austere, dry, and terse. Black fruit of Portugal tinta./ Richer on the palate. Good flavor and texture ranges. Time and air will fatten it up. 15.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT100913-12. 10 ALENTEJANO RAPARIGA DA QUINTA ESCOLHA, LUIS DUARTE - (PORTUGAL) 13.5%; aragonez, trincadeira, syrah. Much plusher and more revealing. More age development. Warm Tejo styling./ Rich and round and ample. Gives and gives. Swells up. Wide and deep. 16.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT100913-13. 12 TOSCANA SANGIOVESE, CAPARZO - (ITALY) 13%. 85% sangiovese, 5% each merlot, petit verdot, alicante. Bright, new, black, Caparzo firm. Earth, texture, depth, richness./ Wow! Rich and spicy. Really racy. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT100913-14. 12 TABOR HILL DRY LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE TRAMINETTE - (U.S.) 12%. True but reductive to start. Nice bergamot aromas come after aeration./ Good, ripe vintage of this, showing mellow acidity. Floral, powderpuff traminette character. Delicate rather than thick and powerful like a gewurz. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT100913-15. 12 CHATEAU FONTAINE SEMI DRY LEELANAU PENINSULA GEWURZTRAMINER - (U.S.) Northern cool gewurz. Fresh and logical. Cool and minerally. Rose and stone./ Some sweetness, well balanced. Full gewurz flavor. 16.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT100913-16. REBEL JACK TRINITY MICHIGAN MELOMEL half liter - (U.S.) 13.6%; 83% raw honey from Kussmaul Farm, Clinton MI, 15% fresh blueberries from Dexter Farm, Dexter MI, 2% currants from NY. Bright, fresh honey nose. No old honey funk. Fresh, tart blueberry and currant aromas. Well crafted./ Honey plus fruit. Labrusca notions. Works. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT100913-17. 07 GRAHAMíS LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO - (FORTIFIED) 19.5%; bottled 2011. Sweet Grahamís. Powerful in the Taster glass. 07 power tempers the sweetness./ Yes! Grahamís sweet and strong. Wow! Vintage Porto material. But more give at this age thanks to longer barrel aging. 17.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $23.99

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Big Bucks Tasting

WT100213-01. 10 BOURGOGNE BLANC, DOMAINE PHILIPPE CHARLOPIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; vigneron at Gevrey Chambertin; Weygandt-Metzler selection. Firmness of a Cote de Nuits white, suggesting perhaps one of the white or grey pinot varieties involved instead ofĖor in addition toĖchardonnay./ Full, up-front new oak presence on the palate. And that firm northern Burgundy fruit again. Give it time for the fruit to open up and the oak to sink in. Well liked by the group. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $34.99

WT100213-02. 11 MEURSAULT, JOSEPH DROUHIN - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Full, classic, controlled Drouhin Meursault. Meursault mass tightly corseted by Drouhinís style of winemaking. A perfect example./ Good, tight-grained oak, oak and fruit balance. Love the form, the texture, the poise and potential, and the length. 17.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $49.99

WT100213-03. 10 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET, LOUIS LATOUR - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. The usual nutty Latour style. Well textured oak contribution. Some Chassagne plushness. This works. Latour is well positioned in Chassagne./ Fine oak and Chassagne peachiness. Real Chassagne, real Latour. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $49.99

WT100213-04. 11 VARNER BEE BLOCK SPRING RIDGE VINEYARD SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 13.2%. Good, full, smoky French oak. Full volume, SCM mass, largesse. Cool and Burgundian. Size and give./ Crisp 2011 acidity balancing good, sweet fruit and oak that are themselves in harmony. Yes, full volume. 17.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $44.99

WT100213-05. 11 SHEA ESTATE SHEA VINEYARD WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13%; in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA; incorporates all the estateís clones: Pommard, Wadenswil, & several Dijon. Bright, cool, racy, accomplished. Best 2011 OR pinot yet. Class cherry fruit and oak./ Medium bodied, full acidity. Great oak toast, smoke. Wonderful consummation of the vintage. Bravo! 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $42.99

WT100213-06. 12 BELLE GLOS ESTATE CLARK & TELEPHONE VINEYARD SANTA MARIA VALLEY PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 14.6%; planted to ungrafted Martini clone vines in 1972; aged 9 months in French oak; owned by Chuck Wagner (Caymus, Conundrum); Belle Glos was his motherís name. She passed away earlier today. Strangely firm, slim, and shy for vintage and maker./ Sweet fruit, but lacks volume, texture, depth, breadth, intensity. Even a bit leafy. Time will tell. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $42.99

WT100213-07. 10 BANDOL CUVEE FONTANEOU, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; unfiltered; Weygandt-Metzler selection. Smoky, warm, southern. Mourvedre purple fruit. Lovely poise. Just right for its age./ Tightness of 2010 and mourvedre. Great texture. Flavor still understated. Good future. Well liked by the group. 16.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT100213-08. 08 BAROLO, BENI DI BATASIOLO - (ITALY) 14.5%; estate bottled. Hard and dry, typical of the vintage. Remains closed up./ Yes, tightness of 08 Barolo. Canít get a good read on it at this stage. 16.4++.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $36.99

WT100213-09. 10 TERRA DíORO ESTATE HOME VINEYARD AMADOR ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 15.5%; harvested in several passes to assure fully ripe fruit. Fully ripe indeed. Warmed, stewed, pruny, powerful./ Very sweet and ripe. Fruit and stem tannins blanketed by sweetness, alcohol, glycerol. 17.1+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT100213-10. 08 AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA, FAMIGLIA PASQUA - (ITALY) 15%; est. 1925; barrique aged for 18 months. Pruny, warm, cooked, smoky fruit. Sweet and up front. Typical here. No excesses of power, dryness, or scorch. Easy going for 08./ Sweet and smooth and accommodating. A Ďjuniorí amarone for near-to-mid-term drinking. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $35.99

WT100213-11. 07 DETZEMER WURZGARTEN RIESLING BEERENAUSLESE, WEINGUT FAMILIE RAUEN half bottle - (GERMANY) 7%; Paul Mann selection. Luscious, nectarous. Mosel cool and crisp. Young./ 07 openness. The acidity is either coated or 07 soft. Full BA concentration. :Youthful. 18.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $34.99

WT100213-12. 04 TOKAJI ASZU 5 PUTTONYOS BORKULONLEGESSEG, KERESKEDOHAZ half liter - (HUNGARY) 13%. Sweet and singed. Mature. Not as good as the other brands weíve tasted./ Sweet enough. Simple, sugary, and lightly burnt. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $34.99

 

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