Tasting Notes Blog - Printer-Friendly Version - September, 2015
by Dick Scheer     
 Updated  October 19,  2015

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WT093015-01. 14 ROARK SANTA YNEZ VALLEY CHENIN BLANC - (U.S.) 11.5%. Genuine and attractive. Barrel time? Nice quince, melon, and lime chenin set./ Yes, flavors confirm. Fine acid, grip, style, finesse. Yow! Great grip and texture of a Savennieres. 16.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT093015-02. 00 JASNIERES SAINT JACQUES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE GIGOU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Nutty, appley, nicely aged./ Dry and austere. Dried leaves. Dinner wine. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT093015-03. 14 ROARK SANTA YNEZ VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S.) 12.6%. Customary sauvignon aromas plus some unique elements. From barrel time?/ Sweet and suave. Candied orange peel aspect that is unique and special. 16.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $22.99

WT093015-04. 14 HAY MAKER MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC - (NEW ZEALNAD) 13%. Gooseberry and grapefruit. Full, sweet-tart, appropriate, and good./ Sweet-tart taste too. Grapefruit juice. Satisfying texture and intensity. Attractive value. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT093015-05. 14 KUNDE ESTATE MAGNOLIA LANE SONOMA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S.) 13.8%; est. 1904. Sulphur, wood, what else? Closed by sulphur. Clumsy./ Palate also marred by sulphur issues. This used to be an attractive cuvee noted for its sauvignon musque aura. Will that be revealed after the sulphur curtain rises? 14.0+?
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT093015-06. 14 TALLEY BISHOP’S PEAK SAN LUIS OBISPO CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 13.7%. Gentle oak, not yet fully integrated. Better in a few weeks./ Still rather terse. Oak and fruit not yet married. Good texture. Will work out well to join a successful series. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT093015-07. 13 COTEAUX DU LOIR PINEAU D’AUNIS, DOMAINE GIGOU - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Both sweet and dry signals. Nutty. Fresh and dried fruits. Reminds of a northern France pinot noir of a cool vintage./ High acid. Light bodied. Definitely for food. 15.9+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT093015-08. 13 BOURGOGNE BUSSIERES LES CLOS, DOMAINE THEVENET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; at Pierreclos. A sweeter, smoother pinot with a lot of lift, perhaps from a gamay component. Fruity and ideal Maconnais rouge./ Tarry, peelsy, and dry, with fine tannin and acid grip. The nose is inviting, but the palate says ‘cellar awhile longer’. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT093015-09. 14 ROARK SANTA YNEZ VALLEY CABERNET FRANC - (U.S.) 12.5%; Vinous 90-93/100. Very elegant, delicate, oak tinged. A discreet and rightful cabernet franc without California bombast./ Full creme flavor of ripe cabernet franc, without high alcohol issues. Unique and pleasing. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT093015-10. 13 J. LOHR CYPRESS CENTRAL COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 13.5%. Sweet, open-armed. Nut and dried fruit. Good oak. A sundae./ Sweet and fulfilling. Gives and gives. Creaminess on entry kept honest by grip and dryness at the end. Always a good value. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT093015-11. 12 DONATI PAICINES CLARET - (U.S.) 13.8%; AVA 27 miles inland from Monterey; all 5 Bordeaux grapes. Full, oaky, nutty, fruity, ideal. Sweet and balanced nose. PerfU.S.t, really./ Again, fruit and wood cremes, maple, toast. And great acid. Has it all. Ideal California claret. Better than the fine 2007. 17.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT093015-12. 13 ROARK SANTA YNEZ VALLEY MALBEC - (U.S.) 13%; Vinous 89-91/100. Sweet but too advanced and oxidative from excessive aeration./ Good acid and a sweet pastille center. Too bad the nose was spoiled from being open two days; the other three Roarks survived, even thrived, and the palate here did too. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT093015-13. 14 BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA RUTA 22 TUNUYAN MALBEC - (SPAIN) 14%. Fresh, spicy cherry concentrate. Cool Patagonia setting. All about race./ Juicy cherry pastille. Fine acid and grip. Fruit juice joy. Everything positive. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT093015-14. 13 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L’ESPIGOUETTE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Surprisingly reductive and tight for this estate and cuvee./ Tight, quiet, vinous. Mute, really. Wait it out. 14.0++.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT093015-15. 11 SUMMERS FOUR ACRE VILLA ANDRIANA VINEYARD CALISTOGA ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 14.2%; aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels. Sweet and full, with race too. Moderate alcohol for northern Napa./ Good acid of 2011. Good oak. A logical 2011 Calistoga zinfandel, and a classic. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $39.99

Wednesday September 23, 2015

WT093015-16. 11 CHATEAU LA RIVIERE, SAUTERNES half bottle - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; 80% semillon, 10% each sauvignon blanc, muscadelle. Thick, sweet semillon with sauvignon and muscadelle relief. Young. Good 2011 form./ Richness of semillon and botrytis, with acid race. So well balanced. Very intense this vintage. Better than the 2010. 17.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT092315-01. LA BULLE SARTHOISE VINS GIGOU, DOMAINE DE LA CHARRIERE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 11.5%; all pinot d’aunis. Pleasing, fresh cherry-berry fruit./ Yes, burst of sweet fruit goodness. Winsome. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT092315-02. 14 J. LOHR CYPRESS CENTRAL COAST CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 13.5%. Good fruit and light oak. Crisp, juicy, right./ Sweetish. Wood chips caramel creme and peels press. Palate fails it, falls apart. 15.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT092315-03. 14 CHATEAU FONTAINE MICHIGAN PINOT GRIS - (U.S.) Full and rightful Leelanau pinot gris. Rich and concentrated in a cool year./ Yes, rich and round. Almost sweet. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT092315-04. 14 YVECOURT BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%. Fresh, crisp, and round as when previously tasted./ Crisp and racy. Solid Bordeaux sauvignon. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT092315-05. 14 J. LOHR ESTATES FLUME CROSSING ARROYO SECO SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S.) 13.5%. Deep, and full of gooseberry and bergamot. Wonderful./ Deep, haunting, minty. Ripe acid. Alcohol well managed. Long and tasty. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT092315-06. 14 FESS PARKER PARKER STATION CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.8%; 60% Monterey, 31% Santa Barbara, 9% San Luis Obispo. Bright and good, and sweet for Monterey and Santa Barbara. Inland vineyards?/Santa Barbara dark cherry and light oak. Well crafted./ Fresh, sweet, bright. Great acid and wood cremes. Bravo. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT092315-07. 13 FIRE ROAD MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR - (NEW ZEALAND) 13.5%. Stinky reduction under screwcap. Hard 13 pinot fruit./ Rather thin, diffuse. Medium everything. Previous vintages were far superior. Time? 15.4+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT092315-08. 14 CHATEAU DES BARAILLOTS, LALANDE DE POMEROL - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) Deep, earthy, and smoky as always./ Impressive grip and matter fo Lalande. Balance and poise. Good age potential. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT092315-10. 12 CHATEAU GAUDET PLAISANCE, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%. Deep and dark. Great fruit poise, wood cremes, and acid./ Yes, balance of wood and fruit, acid-sweet-tannin. Fine. Some complexing herb. 17.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

WT092315-11. 11 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU BREUIL, MEDOC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Stout heart and firm structure of cabernet. Deep, sweet fruit./ Stout framed, with good, firm center. Good Medoc value. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT092315-12. 12 NINE STONES MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ - (AUSTRALIA) 14%. Sweet, singed, strong, and right. But oh so tiring. Good wood aura./ Good acid and the rest. Straight on McLaren shiraz. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT092315-13. 13 GUENOC LAKE COUNTY PETITE SIRAH - (U.S.) 14.5%. Sweet and also weedy. Not the good stuff of yore./ Fruit present but not very ripe or pet dark and concentrated. Wimpy petite sirah. 15.1.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT092315-14. 12 OLD SOUL OLD VINE LODI ZINFANDEL - (U.S.) 13.5%. Sweet fruit concentrate of Lodi. Down the middle./ Sweet and simple. Light wood? Decent acid. Standard. No tannin. 15.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT092315-15. 07 CHEVALIER DU PASTEL, SAUTERNES half bottle - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%. Sweet, with more flair today than when previously tasted. Race and acid. Citrus and pineapple./ More honey-nut flair as well as pineapple. Balance of sweetness and acidity. Strong, warming finish. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

Wednesday, September 15, 2015

WT091515-01. PFALZ RIESLING EXTRA TROCKEN SEKT, FITZ - (GERMANY) 11.5%; oldest sekt producer in Pfalz. Lovely combo of doughy bottle bouquet and light riesling airs./ Off dry. Balancing acid. Pleasing bouquet development. 15.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $24.99

WT091515-02. 13 CHATEAU BONNET, BORDEAUX BLANC - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Some sulphur under screwcap. Dull, muddled./ Flattened by sulphur. Mawkish. Light sauvignon behind. Low acid. 14.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT091515-03. 13 FRANCAIS SAUVIGNON LA PETITE PERRIERE, SAGET LA PERRIERE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; 8th generation family winery; 100% sauvignon blanc. Grassy, weedy, lawnmower bottom./ Same. Mild acid. 15.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT091515-04. 14 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT BORDET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Very clear calcaire terroir with some marliness of Portlandian. Great fruit. All./ Yes, balanced and of Petit weight. Very juicy acidity in proportion. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT091515-05. 14 DE LOACH HERITAGE RESERVE CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY - (U.S.) 13.5%; est. 1975. Proper, crisp chardonnay apple-citrus and fine, light oak. Well crafted./ Good acid. Wood in control. Lightly sweet like the pinot noir. Good value. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT091515-07. 13 COTEAUX DU GIENNOIS PINOT NOIR DE LA VIGNE DU TAUREAU, DOMAINE GITTON PERE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Ripe, crisp, northern pinot with a fabulous sweet core./ Burst of sweet-tart fruit goodness. All. 16.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT091515-08. 14 TOSCANA REMOLE, FRESCOBALDI - (ITALY) 12%; 700 year heritage. Crisp and tart red fruit in cool 2014./ Sweet glycerol feel. Orange and tart cherry. The acid is not sharp. Palate is especially accomplished in this rainy vintage. Food wine. 15.7+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT091515-09. 13 HERAULT GUILHEM, MOULIN DE GASSAC - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; 25-50 yr old vines; 40% syrah, 25% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 15% carignan. Rough hewn and forceful. Sweet too./ Sweet and smooth. Good cuvee in a cool year. Well crafted. 15.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT091515-10. 12 LES BAUX DE PROVENCE LA GOURMANDE, DOMAINE MAS DE LA DAME - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; half each grenache, syrah. Sweet and peppery-spicy, powerful, smoky, deep./ Wow! Sweet and large in the mouth. Flavor, power, and texture intensity. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT091515-11. 12 TRITTENHEIMER APOTHEKE RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT BOLLIG-LEHNERT - (GERMANY) 8.5%. Some sulphur still under screwcap./ Sweet, with coated acid. Will prove overall pleasing once the sulphur on the nose dissipates. 16.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT091515-12. 11 BERNKASTELER BADSTUBE RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT DR. H. THANISCH - (GERMANY) 9%. Definitely some bouquet development./ Same. Sophisticated, well developed for current mealtime service. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $26.99

WT091515-13. 13 SCHLOSSBOCKELHEIMER KONIGSFELS RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT PAUL ANHEUSER - (GERMANY) 9.5%. Good, nutty, earthy Nahe./ Again. Fine middle Nahe riesling. Perfect balance of sweet-acid and all. 16.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT091515-14. 14 OPPENHEIMER RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT DR. HEYDEN - (GERMANY) 11.5%. Fresh, austere, terroir driven. Very dry./ Balance of sweetness and acidity. Classic Rheinfront riesling taste. Food wine. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT091515-15. 11 NIERSTEINER PATERBERG RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT GEORG ALBRECHT SCHNEIDER - (GERMANY) 11%.Developed. Rheinhessen riesling bouquet./ Yeah, edel and etch. Soft acid of Hessia. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $20.99

WT090915-01. 13 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE BERTHENET - (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; at Montagny. Full and dusty. Mossy undergrowth. Good./ Vinous. Pleasing body. Right. Touch of oak? 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT090915-02. 14 RIOJA BLANCO MONOPOLE, CVNE - (SPAIN) 12.5%; mainly viura. Full, old time, textured. Not fruity./ Vinous, grainy, textured, great acid. Food wine. 16.0.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT090915-03. 14 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DAULNY - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Good and grassy. Lime too. No grapefruit. Clear and crisp./ Bright lime and gooseberry. Peach suggestion. 17.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $18.99

WT090915-04. 14 MERRYVALE STARMONT NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC - (U.S.) 13.5%. Rich, strong, and well textured Napa Valley sauvignon. With citrus peel and sweet citrus juice./ Full, warm, strong, open grained, and generous. Warmth on the aftertaste. 17.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT090915-05. 14 EASTERN ANATOLIA OKUZGOZU-BOGAZKERE YAKUT, KAVKLIDERE - (TURKEY) 13.5%. Red violet color./ Once again, the gamay association, with Grand Cru largesse. Good size./ Yes, love the size, texture, and fine tannin. Tart and vigorous acidity. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT090915-06. 14 BARISTA WESTERN CAPE PINOTAGE - (SOUTH AFRICA) 13.5%. Coffee, mocha, black cherry./ Bitter espresso. Hint of Cape horseflesh, dekk. Definitely bitter chocolate and coffee. Great acid. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT090915-07. 14 CAHORS MALBEC PIGMENTUM, GEORGES VIGOUROUX - (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%. Firm. Black licorice, spice. One of the ripest and most openly expressive in youth./ Rich and open hearted like an Argentine malbec. Lots of grip and texture, good acid. Fulfilled already. Delivers good flavor and texture ranges. 16.5+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT090915-08. 14 CA’ MOMI ROSSO DI NAPA NAPA VALLEY RED - (U.S.) 13.5%. Rich, and not as tight as the 2013 at the same stage. Lots of red fruit./ Whoa! Very plush red fruit and fruit creme. Plus black fruit, acidity, frame, and light oak. 16.6+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $9.99

WT090915-09. 13 GUENOC VICTORIAN NORTH COAST CLARET - (U.S.) 13.5%. 2013 firm. Clear lines. Vinous. Good power./ Juice and form, presence. More laced up than other recent vintages. Nature of 2013. Good juice, peel. No sense of oak. Will improve. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT090915-10. 13 ALTO DE CASABLANCA PRIMUS COLCHAGUA VALLEY RED - (CHILE) 14.5%. Vinous, with subtle oak. Chile forthright. Carmenere earth, purple fruit./ Firm and structured. Acid and astringency. Time. 16.2+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT090915-11. 13 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L’ESPIGOUETTE - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; Gold Medal - Paris 2014. Abundant, open textured. Peppercorn, garrigue, fruit. All 2013 openness./ Yes, lots of peppery, spicy goodness. Complete 2013. 16.8+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $17.99

WT090915-12. 10 RIOJA CRIANZA, CVNE - (SPAIN) 13.5%; all tempranillo; 1 year in French and American oak. Firm, traditional. Understated oak and fruit in balance./ Sweet fruit and oak are harmonious. Well poised for aging. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT090915-13. 14 VINHO VERDE ENCOSTAS DO LIMA MEIO SECO, PONTE DE LIMA - (PORTUGAL) 10%. Sweet lemon curd nose./ Spicy; spiced peach. Aromatic varieties talking. Semi dry. Right. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT090915-14. 13 WINKELER GUTENBERG RIESLING KABINETT HALBTROCKEN, WEINGUT KRAYER - (GERMANY) 10.5%. Satisfyingly intense riesling nose. Rheingau mineral, orange peel./ Yes, balanced, off dry. The right texture, acid, feel, flavor. Food riesling. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT090915-15. QUINTA DO NOVAL TAWNY PORTO - (FORTIFIED) 19.5%. Alcohol gives heat in the Taster glass. Not young and pasty. Rightfully aged tawny. I’d guess 7-8 years./ Sweet, balanced, even. Portugal house style. 16.7.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015WT090215-1. 14 TERRE SICILIANE INZOLIA MOTYUM, CIVIAS - (ITALY) 12%. Good green fruit aroma like muscadet, pinot blanc, picpoul./ Dry, with a bitter finale. Has table apps. Popular with the group. 15.5.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $8.99

WT090215-2. 14 NIEDEROSTERREICH GRUNER VELTLINER, BRUNN liter - (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Light but genuine./ Good feel, acid. Light on personality. A quaffer. 15.8.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT090215-3. 14 VAL DE LOIRE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE DE LA GRANGE - (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; at Le Landreau, Loire Maritime. Good unwooded, cool climate green citrus and apple./ Great texture and taste. Popular with the group. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT090215-4. 14 VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO CARPANETO VINEYARD, AZ. AGR. VALLEROSA BONCI - (ITALY) 13%. Clear and full. Some commented less sulphur than earlier vintages. A bit earthy though./ Earthy and vinous. 15.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT090215-5. 13 ALSACE PINOT BLANC THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%. Full, and waxy even. Impressive richness for the variety./ Good richness, and good acid for pinot blanc too. Food please. 16.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT090215-6. 14 SEVEN HILLS OREGON PINOT GRIS - (U.S.) 13.5%. Full OR pinot gris character. Clear and right./ But thinner than nose suggests; leaner, with a bitter trace at the end. Not a patch on Elk Cove’s. Good though. 16.2.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $15.99

WT090215-7. 14 VINHO VERDE ROSE, ADEGA DE PONTE DA BARCA - (PORTUGAL) 10%. Full and warm fruited. Full pulp and peels extract./ Full flavor. Rich, and even a little sweet. Certainly ample for its genre. Popular with the group. 16.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $7.99

WT090215-8. 12 ALSACE PINOT NOIR THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%. Fuller and riper than the 2011. Still, pretty shrill./ Sharp and green if better than the 2011. 15.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $16.99

WT090215-9. 13 SLEDGEHAMMER CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR - (U.S.) 13.9%. Hard and strong with only vague varietal ID./ Sweet, Lodi like pinot. Syrupy, strong, fabricated. Well branded. 15.3.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $10.99

WT090215-10. 14 ALENTEJANO SEMAPHORE 7, ALEXANDRE RELVAS - (PORTUGAL) 13.5%. Way reduced./ Again. High acid, grip. Air and age. 14.0++.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $12.99

WT090215-11. 11 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU SUZEAU - (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; at Rousset les Vignes; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. Strong on a warm day. Not elegant. Coarse./ Strong, warm. No garrigue, elegance of former vintages, and this should be the revealing vintage. Not for summer at least. 15.0+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $14.99

WT090215-12. 12 CLOS DU VAL NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON - (U.S.) 14.1%. Strong, hard, and woody on a muggy day. Glad I served mostly whites./ Firm and forthright. Usual CdV style. Liked by the group for its California cabernet frankness. 16.3+.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $31.99

WT090215-13. 14 ALSACE RIESLING THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG - (FRANCE LSACE) 13%. Bright and fresh but not as dazzling as the 2013. More apple, less peach./ Good extract. Juicy apple and citrus tastes. Great acid. Another winner here, and bargain priced. 16.6.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $11.99

WT090215-14. 12 ALSACE RIESLING SCHLOSSBERG GRAND CRU, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG - (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%; Alsace’s first Grand Cru vineyard. Fresh, uplifting, floral, fruity. Defines Schlossberg elegance, finesse./ Intense, pure, precise, rich. Schlossberg through and through. The group was impressed. 17.9.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $19.99

WT090215-15. 08 OFFLEY LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO bottled 2012 - (FORTIFIED) 20.5%; est. 1737. Powerful in the Taster glass, especially on a warm day. Good degree of maturity now, with gamy facets./ Fabulous concentration. Sweetness, strength, and acidity in spades, and in balance. Well liked by the group. 17.4.
    Price each (at time of tasting) $21.99

 

 

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