Memorial Day 2013 events

Tasted June 11, 2013 by pgb67 with 361 views

Flight 1 - Whites and Bubbles to start (3 notes)

White
2010 Vins Auvigue Mâcon-Solutre France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Solutre
90 points
Interesting and complex, evolving from an acidic and saline profile to a more textured and round construction. Similarly, the flavors and aromatics changed over time from a steely melon and citrus lime to a warmer honey and brioche.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Bernard Rondeau Vin du Bugey-Cerdon France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon
87 points
Some in the group really liked it, but it was far too sweet for my tastes, lacking sufficient effervescence to offset its confected nature. The aromatics were solid, evoking freshly cut strawberries. The flavor profile brought forth strawberry preserves, ripe strawberries and raspberry.
White
2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca Askos Italy, Puglia, Valle d'Itria IGT
87 points
Undistinguished, considering its $20 price point; showed notes of melon rind, chalk and almond.

Flight 2 - Old World Flight (3 notes)

Red
2004 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
88 points
Disappointing. Came across as overly acidic, and its tobacco and coffee characteristics overwhelmed the cherry fruit aspects that I tend to enjoy most with brunellos. Didn’t improve with time and possibly regressed.
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Red
2005 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perrière France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
91 points
Very interesting drinking experience. Bright, but probably a tad too acidic for me (needs time? built for long haul …), but with length that showed real class. Featured tangy fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry, accented nicely by forest floor and spice elements.
Red
2003 Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
94 points
Impressed the group with its transformation over the course of the night; initially it showed a zippy and flavorful ripe-vintage profile with red berries and a satiny finish, but changed into a denser, dark fruit and meat-driven wine with a persistent finish. Consensus WOTN.

Flight 3 - New World Flight (3 notes)

Red
2006 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
The top contender to the Hermitage for WOTN. Denser, fruitier and hotter than the Rhone, but kept things in balance and was never fatiguing. The lush flavors of blackberries and fruit compote commanded attention.
Red
2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
93 points
What can you say, Carlisle is always a crowd pleaser, and maybe I would have rated it higher had it not disappeared so quickly (perhaps preventing it from evolving into something more interesting). Supple mouth feel, pure aromatics, with notes of black cherry and spice.
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Red
2008 Saxum James Berry Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
89 points
Saxum, on the other hand, typically has not grabbed the attention of my guests like Carlisle has. Like other Saxums, this one was a tad too hot for me, but the quality was undeniable as the finish was persistent and the dense flavors of blackberry and spice were delineated and pleasing.

Flight 4 - Late Night Leftovers (2 notes)

Red
2010 First Drop Shiraz Mother's Milk Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
90 points
A top notch, circa $20 shiraz that speaks Australian but can appeal to palates that seek structure and refinement. Dark berry and olives notes with a mineral tinge. And the score is relative to price point, factoring in that the Saxum costs 4x as much ...
Red
2010 Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
88 points
Not overly impressed with this bottling, but it might need a bit more bottle age (I figured since this was the entry-level Cigliuti, it was meant for early drinking). Aromatics and flavors were reticent but tended towards black cherry, leather and spice. The density and length suggested this had good bones and likely will improve.
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