Winter 2013 Wine Parties

Tasted March 1, 2013 by pgb67 with 310 views

Flight 1 - The Americans (4 notes)

Red
2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
A very classic Carlisle, with an array of flavors and aromas including raspberry, pomegranate, lavender & allspice. The characteristics were not over the top, but intense nevertheless, with a lively acidity and a smooth fruit-driven finish. Has room for improvement based on the fact a 2009 Carlisle zin we drank next to it (for which I don’t have a tasting note) showed more interesting development and complexity.
Red
2008 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Rich and deep with well-integrated tannins and balanced structure – classy all the way. Plums, black cherries, & spice were just some of the characteristics detected. Nevertheless, I think I have a slight preference for Carlisle zins over the syrahs.
Red
2007 Ravenswood Rancho Salina Vineyards USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
91 points
Have been drinking Ravenswood for 20 years and will always have loyalty to the brand even though it has basically gone corporate. These days I like their cabs better than the zins – this wine has good focus and a clean mouthfeel, showing flavors of extracted raspberry with oak accents, and a nose of black cherry & toasted cinnamon. Dusty tannins and a medium length spicy finish.
Red
2008 Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
94 points
Sleek and elegant, yet muscular with a palate of big berry fruit and a long oaky finish, all of which is introduced by a complex aromatic profile of cherry, cracked black pepper and smoky sage. WOTN, perhaps due in part to its ability to stand out in a crowd.
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Flight 2 - The French (3 notes)

Red
2007 Philippe Pacalet Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
90 points
A very typical 2007, which give pleasure in a subtle way. Pale in color, this has an aromatic nose of cherry with accents of fresh-turned earth. The pure and precise palate highlights more cherry and earth, with a grippy tannic structure and a lengthy concentrated finish
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Red
2005 Domaine du Château de Chorey (Germain) Beaune 1er Cru Domaine de Saux France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
87 points
I’ve had numerous 05s from Chateau de Chorey but this bottling seemed tired (despite good storage) and I’m wondering if this is a house whose stuff is better when young. Showed good stuffing and crisp acidity but the flavor profile of cranberry and spice was muted and indistinctive. Perhaps it's closed but is this really a bottle you cellar for 20 years?
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Red
2009 Château Bernadotte France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
92 points
I love Bernadotte in ripe/exalted vintages (the 03s and 05s were superb QPRs). This vintage is very aromatic (black cherries) and round & tasty (nicely concentrated black berries). Balanced, charming and quite easy to drink. WOTN for the more sophisticated types, but only 2d place for me after the Turley

Flight 3 - The Italians (2 notes)

Red
2000 Massolino Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
87 points
This came across as a bit tired and perhaps over the hill – I usually like my “blended” Baroli (as opposed to vineyard designates) on the young side and this wine reinforced that judgment. Also, my sense is that Massolino is a producer oriented towards making early drinkers, as their barberas and dolcettos are top notch within those categories. Classic Barolo characteristics of cherry, tar, rose petal – but all of it was a tad too muted.
Red
2005 Benanti Etna Rovittello Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
88 points
This showed very typical Etna characteristics with overt acidity, earthiness, and a tannic spine, but the flavors were a tad dusty and undeveloped. It was livelier than the Barolo, but that was mainly due to its relative youth. I’ve enjoyed other nerellos more (especially the Passopisciaro).
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