WLTV Forum Offline Montclair

Table 8, Montclair, NJ

Tasted April 15, 2010 by jjoyce with 759 views


Just a small group of wine fans wanting to enjoy a variety of wines with a nice meal.

Flight 1 (13 notes)

White - Off-dry
1993 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
Pineapple rind, lemon and floral nose. Peaches with light acidity. Tasty, if a bit flabby.
2008 Coleman Nicole Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Sugared raspberry front notes with some "clean toes" in the background. Cherry, black pepper and light tar taste. Still a bit too young, but shows lots of promise. Just needs to settle down and gel a bit.
2007 Drinkward Peschon Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Mères USA, California, Napa Valley
Classic Cali-cab nose of cherries and spirits. Nice fruit, but still a bit hot. Needs some time to come together.
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2001 Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
Band-aid nose. Taste was a bit medicinal with a tarry finish. Went well with the meal, but would benefit if it had a little more fruit.
1996 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Rose petals, violets, blueberry. Thin bodied, had an aftertaste of overripe fruit with twigs. The taste didn't live up to the promise of the fragrance.
2003 Benjamin Romeo Rioja La Cueva del Contador Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
90 points
Blueberries, a little spice. Nice nose. Very tasty. Citrusy. Really yummy mouth-feel, yet gives the impression of lightness. Leaves a hint of cornichon on the finish.
2002 Celler Bartolomé Priorat Vinyes Primitiu Spain, Catalunya, Priorat
Flower-bedecked creme brulee nose with a turbinado sugar dusting. Very nice grapey, cognac flavor profile. Alcohol is well integrated. Tasty.
1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
92 points
Dill, smoke and earthy nose. Beautifully smooth, well balanced Rioja. Perfect cherry flavor with no sweetness, just a pleasing citrus finish.
2000 E. Guigal Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
Full throttle nose that draws you in at first, but then quickly dissipates to the point where you question if someone switched glasses on you. Well balanced flavor with a slightly fruity/woodsy finish. Still a bit of heat on the end and enough fruit to make me believe this can still improve, but it is in a great place now.
2006 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari USA, California, Napa Valley
Super fruity, candy nose. Goes very well with the cheesy pasta dish I was eating. Nice everyday drinking wine. Tasty and not very complex. Overpriced for the flavor profile IMO.
2003 Bodegas Pintia Toro Pintia Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
Nice fruity nose without being too candy-like. Smooth mouthfeel with lightly drying tannis. Nice table wine, if a bit one-dimensional on the mid-palate.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Castello della Sala (Antinori) Umbria Muffato della Sala Italy, Umbria
Dried apricots drenched in honey. Super sweet with enough acidity to keep it from being unctuous. A bit rich for my tastes, but this would be a popular choice for many. I would love to incorporate this in a dessert sauce or drizzle it on poundcake.
Red - Fortified
1997 Sandeman Porto Vintage Vau Portugal, Douro, Porto
Dirty stewed plum nose peppered with twigs. Surprisingly smooth for a 13 year old magnum bottle of vintage port. Easy drinking, very tasty, not very complex.
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