Potpourri of Wines
Tasted June 1, 2013 by rocknroller with 377 views
This was a fun meet and greet for the group and to enjoy some outstanding wines and remarkable food. The freshly foraged morels were an extra special treat!
Flight 1 (11 notes)
White - Off-dry
2007 Joh. Jos. Prüm Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Light gold color. PNP, drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. Very consistent, fusil on the start the quickly dissipates to subtle, minerals, bright on the nose with a tropical edge, pear, pineapple, floral. The palate is round, almost creamy, with great body and depth, tropical fruit, citrus, zesty, very fresh, mineral, long finish. 92+pts.
2008 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
Medium gold color. Drank 1 glass over 45 minutes. This was even better than the last bottle I recently had. The nose smoky, pain grille, lemon, coconut, citrus, mineral. The palate is bright and clean, deceptively powerful with concentrated flavors; all the while maintaining a classic stature. Lemon, citrus, stony minerals, crisp acids and modest oak. Everything about this wine says elegance and class. Perfectly balanced with a long penetrating finish. My #2 and group #2 WOTN.
2008 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch
Light medium gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. This was typical of recent bottles, showing a creamy, rich style, on the buttery side, full body, moderate oak, citrus, lemon, some apple baked apple pie. As much as I like typically like this, I felt the Montelena was more complex and substantially better tonight.
2007 Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Dark red color. PNP, drank 1 glass over 45 minutes. This bottle was more like what I remember. Bright nose with lots of ripe fruit, not over the top, cherry, spice, berries, earthy, roses. The palate is medium full bodied for pinot, layered fruits, cherry, berry, with nice spiciness on the medium plus finish.
2000 Château Pavie Decesse
Very dark red color. This had the cork removed and replaced the night before and was decanted for 5 hours. Drank 1 glass over 1.5hrs. The nose is wonderful and open, showing a perfume of florals, sandalwood, earth and briar, with some savory meat and tar notes as well. The palate displayed power and concentration with some rough edges, not fully integrated even with a healthy decant. It continued to resolve over the next hour, but was not as finessed as the last bottle. There is nice dark berry fruit, licorice, mineral, spice, oak, cassis, and dried berries. Tannins are moderately firm, finish is long. My and group WOTN (8 of 9 1st place votes). 93+ to 94 pts.
2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve
Very dark purple red color. Open the previous night, then decanted for 6.5hrs, drank 1 glass over 1.5 hrs. Nose has brooding black fruits, blackberry, creme de cassis, dry earth, graphite, oak, spice. The palate is inky, cassis, blackberry, blackberry liqueur, layered and deep, oak, spices, ripe round tannins, long finish. This was clearly too young, but really was showing promise to be quite special in another 4-5 years. My #3 WOTN. 93(+)pts.
2003 Kaesler Shiraz The Bogan
Very dark red color with subtle bricking on the extreme margins. PNP, drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. Nose displays scorched earth, tar, menthol, white pepper, blackberry, black cherry. The palate is medium-full bodied, mature, fruit probably starting to slip a bit, blackberry, black cherry, scorched earth, some alcohol shows at times, pepper, spice, menthol. Medium finish. Drink now.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine
Pale greenish color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. Nose shows some nice tropical fruits, pineapple, apricot. The palate is sweet, tangerine, pine essence, spiced orange, tart fruit. The does not seem to be enough body or acid to carry the sweetness here. Pleasant, but quite expensve. 87+pts.
WOTN was the 2000 Pavie Decesse, 24pts (8x3)
#2 WOTN 2008 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, 8pts (2+2+2+2)
#3 WOTN 2007 Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni, 7pts (2+2+1+1+1)
#4 WOTN 2007 JJ Prum Zelt Son Spat, 6 pts (3+1)
#5 WOTN 2007 BV Georges de Latour, 5pts (2+1+1+1)
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