Thanksgiving 2013 + a couple other parties

Tasted December 23, 2013 by pgb67 with 285 views

Flight 1 - Cali Pinots (4 notes)

Red
2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast USA, California, Central Coast
89 points
In most vintages I like the Central Coast as an interesting, ripe take on the W-S house style, but this one didn’t have a lot of character – not particularly ripe, but not burgundian either – just sort of played it safe and boring up the middle. Traditional notes of black cherry and plum.
Red
2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
I wouldn’t have picked this out as W-S if tasted blind – shows a ripe, K-B style and does it reasonably well, although perhaps too much candy and not enough fruit – flavors and aromas of kirsch, framboise, almond extract and vanilla.
Red
2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Muted and uninspiring on Thanksgiving Day and was a pass for most guests, but on day 2 it really shined and clearly was opened too early. NR
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Red
2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
94 points
Crowd favorite at Thanksgiving dinner and probably also my WOTN, eclipsing the Vosne over the course of the meal. Fit KB “hey look at me” profile – upfront fruit with potent boysenberry and ripe raspberry flavors but held itself together on a slightly tannic, sophisticated frame.
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Flight 2 - Rhone Varietals (3 notes)

Red
2010 Carlisle Mourvèdre Bedrock Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
90 points
Made in a restrained, continental style, which I liked, but I was probably expecting more of an expressive Carlisle signature. Notes of Rhone bacon/meat and tobacco, along with blue fruits.
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Red
2008 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
95 points
Possible WOTY – bold and thick but balanced with evolving flavors and aromas, among them gingerbread, espresso, cigar box, and nutmeg, along with some fruity flashes of ripe blackberry and boysenberry. Love the Saxum syrahs.
Red
2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points
My go-to entry-level CDP, although I've liked other vintages better – this was a little too “down the middle” for me – not classic or modern – just there. Notes of black tea and clove dominate, with some kirsch in the background.

Flight 3 - Misc. French Stuff (4 notes)

Red
2010 Domaine Comte Abbatucci Faustine France, Corsica, Ajaccio
90 points
Corsican wines are new to me and I picked it mainly because I needed something unique on the Thanksgiving wine list and I’m a fan of Kermit Lynch products. And this met my expectations and was popular with my guests who proved more adventurous than I thought they’d be! Notes of earth, mineral, cypress, garrigue, the sea …
Red
2008 Clos de l'Oratoire France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
Guests who are used to drinking, ahem, cheaper Bordeaux loved this wine because it is classy (tannic, dense, silky and long) but it was not particularly aromatic and the flavor profile lacked pop – subdued flavors of cassis, fig, red licorice.
Red
2009 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
91 points
Wonderful bouquet, smooth texture and nice tannic backbone. Notes of black currant, cherry and underbrush. In a good drinking window although on the early side of it. More fragrant and classy than the American pinots on the card. Like a lot of burgundies, picked up weight over time and perhaps got less interesting.
Red
2011 Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Poncié France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
91 points
Fleshy, showing ripe raspberries and baking spices, but with a good core of minerals and a sophisticated tar-driven finish. Chermette hits my bojo sweetspot.
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