Saturday Walk Around Tasting 2/4/2012

Gourmet Shop Columbia SC
Tasted Saturday, February 4, 2012 by Mike Kopanski with 170 views


Jessica from The Country Vintner was our hostess. We had the chance to compare a basic Cotes du Rhone with a very nice Crozes Hermitage, which was the star of the show. Jessica has quite a devoted following, so the crowd was larger than usual. Fun was had by all.

Flight 1 (4 Notes)

  • 2010 Château Couronneau Blanc 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur

    A delightful, easy drinking white Bordeaux blend. Probably a little residual sugar, which sort of works, off set with plenty of refreshing Granny Smith apple acid to balance. Almost clear in color. Floral nose with lots of fresh. outdoorsy things going on with honeysuckle, grass, lemon, pear, and other tropical type fruit. Medium bodied, but still does a nice job filling the palate because of the slight sweetness. Not exactly rich, but kind of weighty, probably from the blending of Semillon and Muscadelle. Seems so alive, this is one of those wines that makes you want to take another sip. Does not need to be chilled, the flavors woke up more as the glass got warmer.

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  • 2010 Grayson Cellars Chardonnay 87 Points

    USA, California, Central Coast

    I definitely liked this better than the 2009. Once again, this is not my favorite style of Chardonnay, but is still a very nice mouth full of flavor, and easy on the budget. This wine is quite vibrant and fruity. Yes, they have the oak, and the malo lactic, but it all seems integrated this vintage. The color is golden. The nose has baking spice with the vanilla, citrus, pear, and apple. The first taste across the lips and tongue is a hint of ginger, caramel, and vanilla, before the fruit jumps in. I have to admit, I tasted it 3 to 4 times, and became somewhat of a believer, hence 87 points for a wine I thought at first I would not like. There is some melon, citrus, and baked pear. Nice job with the acid, and also the oak. I think this will improve, and even develop some interesting secondary flavors with some more bottle age.

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  • 2009 Ferraton Père & Fils Côtes du Rhône Villages 86 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages

    Still pretty young, and a little disjointed, this is a true mouth full of Cotes du Rhone. The wine immediately stained the glass red. Vibrant, but not overly dark purple color. Very clean nose of red fruit flavors still jockeying for position. Big alcohol, 14.1%. All kinds of red fruit. Little or no influence from oak or lees, just pure, clean, Old World fruit, with a hint of terroir. Plenty of acid to make things interesting. Small, civilized tannins. I think this would have done better through the vinturi, or decanted, there was a big change for the better as we drank down the glass. The finish was a sharp, metalic cranberry.

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  • 2009 Ferraton Père & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière 90 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage

    This is the real thing. A big, bold wine that still has it's manners. The aromas of fresh picked and crushed red raspberries, strawberries, and cherries literally jump out of the glass. This wine is very alive, wanting to show us it's stuff. The very dark purple color is less opaque than you would expect. The entry is less fruit, and more of those earthy, metallic, and mineral flavors than the fruity nose would indicate. As it rolls past the palate, then the darker, richer fruits coat the roof of the mouth, until the acid kicks in and settles every thing down. Could possibly be a higher than 90 point wine. I only had a small pour straight out of the bottle, into one of those almost useless tasting glasses. This one would have to open up with the vinturi, or decanter. Just slightly past medium bodied, this wine is surprisingly light on it's feet for such a big wine. The alcohol is 13% which makes it easier to keep things in balance. Very nice finish, everything is so integrated with fruit, earth, oak and acid.

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