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Tasted March 23, 2014 by pgb67 with 158 views
Flight 1 - Whites (3 notes)
2012 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Riesling Vom Porphyr Trocken
Racy but lush with an evolving flavor profile showing roasted peaches, golden delicious apples, ripe pear, honey and tropical fruits. It's flavorful enough to draw your attention but balanced with an acidic, dry, and uplifting backbone that makes it easy to sip endlessly.
2011 Azienda Agricola Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore
Subtle but tart, with lemon and lime notes and a creamy texture. In the end, didn't hold my attention nearly as much as the other whites in the lineup.
Flight 2 - Euro-reds (3 notes)
2009 Domaine Dublère Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Planchots du Nord
Biggest disappointment in the lineup and the cause for concern over spoilage or possibly a closed phase. Lean but firm with cherry and oak spice characteristics.
Flight 3 - Cali-reds (4 notes)
2007 Temple Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
I continue to have success with 2007 Cali Cabs, and many of them, like this bottle, are relative bargains. Sleek and pure with a nice mix of currant, blackberry, and cedar - finished with an appealing loamy earthiness.
2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
As frequently happens at parties, the Carlisle disappears faster than other wines and you lose the opportunity to study its development over time. Firm and structured, youngish, and a great value as always. Zesty wild berries on the entry palate with backend notes of fennel, wildflowers and cracked pepper.
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2005 Culler Syrah Griffin
I've been a Culler fan for years, but this might be the oldest Culler I've ever tasted and it might be in decline, but it still gave ample pleasure. Rich and savory with secondary characteristics of roasted herb, crushed rocks and tobacco on a still well-balanced frame.
2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Gioia Vineyard
Charming but maybe not as sophisticated as I would have expected (attributable to its youth, likely) - snappy berry flavor profile with spice and light cedar aromas and notes of cherry. Nevertheless, a crowd pleaser as is usually the case with R-M.