T. Edward Wines Fall 2006 Portfolio Tasting
New York City
Tasted August 23, 2006 by dougsmith with 441 views
The highlight of this tasting was getting to see Jean-Luc Thunevin again and taste through his very interesting lineup of wines. Throughout their price-points they are intriguing and well-crafted, and certainly ones I will be seeking out.
NB: the first six wines are from Thunevin's portfolio.
Flight 1 (29 notes)
2004 Calandray Côtes du Roussillon Reserve
Deep ruby color. Vibrant nose of sweet primary fruit, with perhaps a touch of heat. On the palate loads of very open and interesting fresh red berries. Although this is clearly a fruit-driven wine, the freshness makes this a notch above.
2004 Thunevin Présidial
Deep ruby color. Nose of primary fruit like blackberries, touch of licorice. Very pure fruit. On the palate, good balance and youthful tannin. This could probably benefit from cellaring for a couple of years.
2001 Château Franc-Maillet Cuvée Jean Baptiste
This is a cuvée made under Jean-Luc Thunevin's direction; only 4,000 bottles made. Deep ruby in color. Intense nose of coffee, flowers and blackberries. Lovely. On the palate, great balance, very alluring, with a bit of a dry finish.
2001 Prieure Lescours
Medium ruby color with perhaps a touch of tawny at the rim. Nose of blackberries and leather, not as modern as I'd anticipated, especially given the link to Jean-Luc Thunevin. On the palate it shows some development, quite refreshing with excellent balance, soft tannin and a long finish.
2001 Virginie de Valandraud
Deep ruby color. Lovely nose of flowers and sweet blackberries with coffee notes. On the palate it is silky with good acidity; fine food wine, excellent juice.
2001 Château Valandraud
Deep ruby color. Bah! This presented VERY closed; hard to make out flavors. Touch of sweet plum, smoked mint and coffee on the nose. The palate showed youthful tannin and great balance. But this needs TIME.
2001 Mauro Veglio Barolo Vigneto Arborina
Medium ruby color. Nose of sour cherry, dry cherry and leather. Lots of fruit, so it's a bit more of a modern profile. On the palate it is medium bodied with deep fruit and high tannin. Undoubtedly needs some time.
2000 Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto
Medium ruby to tawny color. Nose was a real turnoff -- dry cherry and paint thinner. On the palate it was medium bodied and also very disappointing, thin, with a short finish. NR.
2001 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Le Pinot Rochioli Vineyard
There were only 87 cases made of this 'Library Selection' cuvée. Medium ruby color. The nose is mild but quite complex, with notes of red cherry, raspberry, damp earth and spice. On the palate it is quite wonderful and lengthy, medium bodied with great balance.
Unfortunately I had to leave the event early, so missed out on tasting a lot of very intriguing wines. Así es la vida.
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