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City Hall, San Francisco

Tasted April 7, 2011 by aagrawal with 939 views

Introduction

I really enjoyed this tasting. The food was world class, and the wine was very good too. Very california-centric, but there were some scattered europeans as well. Overall I was pretty impressed with the Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino and another producer's dolcetta d'alba. I have definitely developed a high-acid palate and it shows in the wines that I enjoy. I think I could drink small amounts of almost anything and appreciate it, but I don't think I can just drink glass after glass of a ripe California cab made in the last decade. The 20 year tawny port was excellent as well, though I think that is something I will have to work towards enjoying if I want to drink more than a couple of sips.

Flight 1 (34 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. García Carrión Moscato La Mancha Opera Prima Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha
81 points
Simple but nice. 81-82
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut Perle d'Aurore France, Burgundy, Crémant de Bourgogne
84 points
Yeasty nose but not overwhelming. Crisp clean fruit, refreshing. 84
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Red
2004 Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Vigneto Cerequio Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
89 points
Really nice red fruit, dust, floral; balanced palate with smooth round juicy fruit, not overripe, not too tannic. Ready to drink. 89
White - Sparkling
N.V. Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier France, Champagne
83 points
Nice but nondescript.
Red
2009 Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba
88 points
A lovely fruity red with a bit of spice. Drinking very well now, no need to cellar.
Red
2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Nice fruit on the nose, soft plush palate but has big tannins. Will improve with time. A very balanced Napa cab... still ripe but not overripe. Should develop well, but won't grow to compete with the 1994 that I tried recently. 92-93+
Red
2008 Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Cinema USA, California, Sonoma County
90 points
Really nice nose, loved the blend. Spicy and black fruits, palate is firm but nice. Drinking really well now.
Red
2005 Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Hommage Palisades Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Ripe black fruits, big and good but too low acid for my palate.
Red
2009 Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino
92 points
Stunning. Lovely fruit, mild funk, great clean acidity. Absolutely lovely right now.
Red
2006 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
Tighter and darker than the 09 Rosso that is right beside it. More tannic, needs 5 years before I can properly evaluate it. For now: 91+
Red
2006 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Chile, Maipo Valley, Puente Alto
90 points
Very interesting nose of roasted bell peppers. Tannic structure but well balanced. 90+
Red
2008 Emiliana Coyam Los Robles Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley
89 points
Quite ripe, good spices/red fruit. Drinking well now. 89-90
Red
2008 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Ripe red fruit, good structure and balance, could use a couple of years easily. 89+
Red
2005 Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon The Menzies Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
85 points
Ripe red fruit, flabby palate.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Yalumba Viognier FSW Botrytis Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Wrattonbully
88 points
Lovely floral nose, sweet but acidity kicks in at the end. Finish is quite short. 88-89
Rosé
2010 Yalumba Sangiovese The Y Series Rosé Australia, South Australia
75 points
Not impressive.
Red
2008 Dow Douro Vale do Bomfim Portugal, Douro
84 points
Good old world nose and quality, dusty, fruity. Palate has good weight, tannic structure, low fruit that won't last long enough for tannins to integrate or to cellar. That may be a problem.
Red - Fortified
2005 Dow Porto Late Bottled Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
86 points
Good weight, nose is a bit lacking. Palate is sweet, still simple at first but then wakes up a bit. Overall disappointing for an LBV. 86-87
Red - Fortified
N.V. Dow Porto 10 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
88 points
Less aromatic than the 20 year Graham's. Palate is too sweet. Nice but nothing special.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto Six Grapes Reserve Portugal, Douro, Porto
72 points
No nose, palate is pure simple sugar with alcohol.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Graham Porto 20 Year Old Tawny Portugal, Douro, Porto
94 points
Incredible nose with complex flavors. Palate shows great acidity, not too sweet, nice raisoned flavors with nutty spirits, very balanced. Stellar.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Cockburn Porto Special Reserve Portugal, Douro, Porto
84 points
Sweet, tannic, nice. Very drinkable.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Domaine Chandon Étoile USA, California
78 points
Mild to no nose, palate difficult to pick out flavors.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Ferrari Brut Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Trentino, Trento
81 points
100% BdB. Crisp nose, palate fresh but no uniqueness.
White
2007 S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
83 points
Nose difficult to judge. Mild sweetness on the palate, lacks complexity. Drinkable but not great because it lacks vibrance. Overall I expected better. 83-84
Red
2007 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages USA, California, Sonoma County
85 points
Subtle nice black fruits, palate is just Eh, tastes like any $20 cab.
White
2008 Etude Chardonnay USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
80 points
Full bodied, buttery and oaky. Definitely not my style.
Red
2008 Etude Pinot Noir Estate Carneros USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
86 points
Red fruit, spices, but doesn't have enough acid and so tastes flat and flabby on the palate. Overall that hurts the wine.
Red
2007 Stags' Leap Winery Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
Interesting dark nose with some dust. Palate doesn't live up with tannins, decreased acid. May improve a bit with short term age. Overall quite good. 87+
White
2009 Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay USA, California, Napa Valley
80 points
Not my style. No grape flavor from the Chardonnay... I've never been a chard fan outside of chablis.
White
2009 Penfolds Riesling Thomas Hyland Australia, South Australia, Adelaide
80 points
Pretty flat with no character.
Red
2008 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
82 points
Overripe with unbalanced tannins.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Gloria Ferrer Brut Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
83 points
consistent with previous notes.
White - Sparkling
2002 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée Brut - Late Disgorged USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
84 points
Better than the baseline cuvee but still not distinctive. Just a generic clean and crisp sparkling wine.
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