Second Sunday Group: Older California Pinots

Barb's

Tasted February 9, 2014 by AllRed with 541 views

Flight 1 - I. Warm ups (3 notes)

Tasted blind except for the Jacquesson.

White - Sparkling
1996 Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Avize France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
93 points
Tasted nonblind before the warm ups, courtesy of Neil. Aromas of apple and brown butter, roasted nuts, marzipan and almond butter with a rich, yeasty undertone. Flavors of marshmallow and caramel with a rich, toasted nut undertone atop orchard fruit qualities. Long, creamy finish. Just beginning to enter its window. 93-94 pts.
White
2010 Château d'Epiré Savennières France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Savennières
90 points
Aple and melon aromas with subtle grassy and citrus undertones. Bright acidity on the palate, with a slightly tasty quality and a long finish. Guessed Rhone blend.
Red
2003 Torbreck Shiraz The Factor Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
92 points
Crimson color, just a little bricking. Opens with a meaty aroma then herbs, pepper, dark fruit and spice. Tannins are softened and there's just a bit of oak still showing through. Flavors of meat, red fruit and spice. Finishes well. Guessed N. Rhone.

Flight 2 - II. Blind themed flight. (8 notes)

It became fairly obvious early on that these were Pinots, though a bit older than I would have guessed.

Red
2004 Flowers Pinot Noir Andreen-Gale Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Light crimson color with notes of cherry and cloves, red fruit and spice with a medicinal quality. Slight tannins with lovely red fruit, berry, plum and cherry flavors. Balanced, with good acidity.

My #5, Domino's #7
Group #6, 63 pts
Red
2003 Dominique Laurent Nuits St. Georges Numéro 1 - Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
flawed
Garnet with a bit of bricking. Weedy and herbal at first, then a strong TCA streak which got worse as the night progressed.

My 8, Domino's 8
Group 8, 89 pts
Red
2005 Martinelli Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Garnet color with notes of currants, cherry, black cherry and vanilla, On the palate, it's a bit ripe and jammy with vanilla and red fruit. Medium tannins.

My #6, Domino's #5
Group #5, 46 pts
Red
2002 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Crimson color with aromas of red fruit- candied at first, like a cherry Life Saver, turning to dark fruit and perfume. Medium tannins with a nice mix of red and dark fruit. Balanced and lovely.

My #3, Domino's #2
Group #4, 44 pts
Red
2004 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir East Block USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Crimson color featuring aromas of dark fruit and cherry with a nice earthy undertone. Vanilla and white currants, cherry and black raspberry on the palate. Firm on the palate, ending with spice and oak tones. Develops clay and earthy red fruit tones. Lovely. 91-92 pts.

My #4, Domino's #1
Group #3, 43 pts
Red
2003 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch Water Trough Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley
92 points
Aromas of pepper, spice, red and dark fruit and peppermint. Cherry and earth notes as it sits in the glass. Soft tannins with bright acidity and flavors of black cherry, spice and earth. Dense and chewy, but balanced. 92+ pts.

My #1, domino's #4
Group #2, 33 pts
Red
2004 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Cherry, spice, currant and red fruit aromas; bright. Cherry, cinnamon and raspberry flavors, with licorice and spice flavors on the finish.

My #2, Domino's #3
Group #1, 30 pts
Red
2004 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
87 points
Medicinal. cherry and boysenberry notes underneath. Red fruit on the palate; almost too acidic. 85 pts.

My #7, Domino's #6
Group #7, 84 pts

Flight 3 - III. Nonblind dinner & dessert wines. (11 notes)

Red
1985 P. Dubreuil-Fontaine Père & Fils Corton-Clos du Roi France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
92 points
Courtesy of N, this did not last long in the glass but was damn beautiful for half an hour or so. Cherry and red fruit notes give way to florals then earth, forest floor, cinnamon and spice and back to florals. Fresh and lively at first, with nice acid and flavors of red fruit, earth and cherry, turning slightly sour as it declined. Drink now. 92-93 pts.
Red
1988 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
93 points
Faded crimson core with a good bit of bricking. Aroams of spice, perfume, florals, white currants and red fruit. Very well-balanced, with plenty of fruit remaining; currants, prune, cherry and floral qualities, with a dusty/earthy note on the finish. Lovely.
Red
1990 E. Guigal Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
93 points
My first tatse, poured just a couple of minutes after the bottle was opened, was uninspiring to say the least. It displayed a dominant ash overtone, with weedy red fruit underneath. About thirty minutes later, Domino poured a glass- meat, red fruit, pepper, spice and dark fruit aromas. Red fruit, roasted game and pepper flavors on the palate. Long finish with plenty of fruit. Give this a brief decant or some time in the glass to open. Drinking extremely well with a bit of air.
Red
1995 Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
93 points
Notes of cedar, florals and leather. Medium-bodied and nicely integrated with plum, leather and dark fruit flavors. Long, lingering finish.
Red
2009 Château d'Issan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
Notes of dark fruit; perfumed and herbal. Balanced, with fine-grained tannins and flavors of red currnats and plum turning slightly weedy on the finish.
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Red
2005 Louis Latour Nuits St. Georges France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
Cherry and mineral notes. The palate follows the bouquet with an added earthy quality. Pretty, No reason to hold this IMO.
Red
2009 Réserve de la Comtesse France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Dark fruit notes with a bit of mineral, followed by herbs and earth. Firm, sweet tannins on the palate with red and dark fruit, mineral and dried herb qualities.
Red
2008 Le Clementin du Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
Nice fruit; balanced. Plum and dark fruit with a subtle tar and dried herb quality.
Red
2005 Château Cap de Faugères France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
Notes of plum, blue fruit, incense and florals follow through on the palate. Abundant fruit, sweet tannins integrating nicely. Ends with incense, cherry and currant notes.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Alois Kracher Cuvée Eiswein Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
88 points
Pineapple, apricot and orange marmalade notes. Good acidity, with tropical fruit, apricot, honey and floral notes on the palate. Finishes a bit short. 88+ pts.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Joseph Phelps Eisrébe USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
93 points
Aromas of orange blossoms, cotton candy, florals, peach and lemonheads. Rich texture with flavors of lemon, honey and citrus candy. Racy and light; delicious.
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