Some great wines over Thanksgiving (Kapcsandy, Saxum, Pott, Huet, Autard)

Tasted November 21, 2012 - November 25, 2012 by Loren Sonkin with 325 views


We enjoyed some great wines over the few days surrounding Thanksgiving. All were pop and pour and enjoyed, non-blind with family and friends.

Flight 1 (6 notes)

White - Off-dry
2010 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
92 points
From a .375. Golden/silvery in color. The nose is mineral driven but also some lime notes. Maybe some copper as well. On the palate, this is crisp and clean. Nice acidity. Has a larger texture than expected for such a crisp wine. Went great with the opening salad. I love these wines young and old.
2010 Saxum James Berry Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
97 points
This is obviously VERY young and should get better. Right now it is delicious with air. This was decanted for around an hour then consumed over the next hour. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, raspberries, leather, blueberries, charred wood, and black pepper. What a lush texture. There is definitely some heat and alcohol that can be tasted. The restaurant had a dish called "Jean L. Chave & Mushroom Risotto" which not only paired great with this, but took away the heat. I will say this seemed a bit less spry than a typical Saxum but I attribute that to youth and its recent bottling. We left a glass in the decanter for the waiter, but it was improving all night long. I look forward to revisiting these in a couple of years.
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2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
91 points
I keep saying that I am not going to drink these up right away, but I keep drinking them. I walk down in the cellar, looking for something tasty that is not real expensive, and there they are. Purple in color. The nose has nice bramble, raspberries, and spice. On the palate, this is lush, somewhat candied and drinks quite easily. A bit of alcohol shows but withing reason. A popular crowd pleaser.
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2007 Kapcsándy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Vin) State Lane Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville
97 points
This was consumed over two nights. There was actually a bit in the bottle I noticed four days later (maybe 2 ounces) that was also just as good. I know this is young, but a bottle of this had been included in an 07 cult tasting. That bottle was corked. The kind people at the winery replaced the bottle, and I really wanted to try the wine now for comparison purposes. Purple in color. The nose is great. Cassis, dark cherries, some charred oak, leather and complex and very deep. The palate was much more impenetrable. On day 2 it starts to budge. Great texture and lots of fruit. Like looking into the bottom of a crytal clear really deep lake. One still can't see the bottom. This was fantastic now, but I will wait a long time to open another bottle.
2005 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points
This is in a nice place right now. No hurry, but I doubt it gets better. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is candied black cherries, spice and some floral notes. On the palate, this has a nice slippery texture. It has a candied cherry quality, somewhat like a cough drop. Shows complexity and is not over powering. A bit of alcohol shows. Was good to go from popping the cork although it did develop over a few hours.
2007 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Neruda Brix Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
95 points
Purple in color. The nose is great. Cassis, black raspberries, still showing some oak. On the palate, this is a big wine and still very young but drinking nicely. Cassis, blueberries and black raspberries. Also a smoked note. Great texture. Kept opening all afternoon (watching the OSU-Michigan game). Probably five years from peak, but delicious now.
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