Vintage Imports Tasting

World Cafe Live, Philadelphia

Tasted September 18, 2013 by songoose with 430 views


This was a trade tasting for the company Vintage Imports. Held at World Cafe Live in Philly. Nice venue, lots of producers.

Flight 1 (23 notes)

2011 Cantine Povero Monferrato Italy, Piedmont, Monferrato
Sweet red fruit, bright and clean. Nice everyday wine.
2012 Château La Mascaronne Côtes de Provence Rosé France, Provence, Côtes de Provence
Nice, easy drinking Rose.
2012 Trisaetum Riesling Dry Coast Range Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
88 points
If you are looking for a truly dry Riesling, this is not it. Still, I liked it quite a bit - about the sweetness level of a Kabinett. Good acidity. Interestingly, I tried this before some Germans and thought it was good, but it didn't really stand up to the great Mosels.
2012 J.J. Muller Riesling Germany, Rheinhessen
crackling acidity, delicious, sulfur, slate, apples/pears
2011 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
95 points
Tasted this in a lineup of other St Urban's Hof and it clearly stood out as the best. In fact, it might be the best Riesling I've had. Explosive apple flavor really hits its stride in the mid-palate, and the slate and crackling acidity is a perfect finale. Amazing.
2012 St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Estate Old Vines Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
91 points
A step up from the entry level Urban wine, featuring a better balance of acidity to the up front sweetness. Solid stuff.
White - Off-dry
2011 St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
93 points
Outstanding Stuff. Sweet, but good acidity to back it up.
2010 St. Pauls Lagrein Alto Adige - Südtirol Gries Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
Tight nose, palate features rich red and dark fruits, plus big notes of chocolate and cocoa. Bitter tannins may need a touch of time to resolve; at least some air in the decanter and some hearty food. Good stuff.
2010 Adelsheim Syrah Calkins Lane Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
Incredibly pure and clean Syrah. Cool climate magic featuring bright purple fruits, flowers. I normally like my Syrah to have some gaminess, which this did not have, but it was so delicious I didn't really care.
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2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
Easy to see why these guys have developed a reputation for Merlot. Smooth, oaky, balanced. Not a style I love but hard to dislike.
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2012 Cantine Povero Roero Arneis Canale Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Roero
92 points
Explosive freshness. Crisp fruit flavors including peach, citrus and maybe some pear. Acidity carries the day. The perfect summer wine?
2008 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
Well made Napa Cab. Not really to my style, but hard to dislike.
2009 Orion Wines Aglianico Rocca del Dragone Campania IGT Italy, Campania, Campania IGT
Very new worldish. Probably a good intro to Aglianico for those who are Cali red drinkers, but not really for those of us who know and love it.
2009 Sette Vigne Italy
Interesting story for sure - seven noble grapes from seven different regions of Italy, all in equal portions: Corvina, Primitivo, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Aglianico, Sangiovese. The sum isn't really better than the parts though - just kinda tastes like a modern, new world red wine.
2012 Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
Nice balance of round juiciness and crisp acidity. Lots o' grapefruit. Nice.
2011 Frog's Leap Chardonnay USA, California, Napa Valley
Very nutty, with some toasty oak spice. Pretty good balance of new worldliness and acidity. I don't know that I'd ever buy this (I don't drink much Cali Chard and this isn't going to change that), but I'm not going to complain if someone pours me a glass.
2011 Frog's Leap Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
Very nice Napa Merlot, showing some savory notes already on the nose, smooth and clean on the palate.
1995 Frog's Leap Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
Fun-ky. Not much fruit left, but still loads of pleasure to be had. Tastes like an aged Bordeaux for sure, leaving Cali behind long ago. Probably on the decline so drink up.
2011 Frog's Leap Zinfandel USA, California, Napa Valley
Straightforward Cali zin made with a deft hand. Nice.
2010 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
I must say I prefer the Merlot, but this is still well-made. Good balance of oak and fruit, some peppers on the nose. Could use a few years.
2011 Camille Cayran Gigondas France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
Huge red fruit, smooth but explosive, borderline jammy. Delicious.
2010 Camille Cayran Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne
nice, easygoing CdR. Smooth & hearty. Would buy if less than $15.
2012 Rivetto Langhe Nascetta Bianco Matiré Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
Very interesting wine... never before tasted this grape. Rich, full and ripe - probably would have guessed southern Italy. Notes of almond.
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