Thanksgiving 2014

Tasted January 20, 2015 by pgb67 with 265 views


Posting these notes a bit late ... everything in the lineup was solid

Flight 1 - Continental Whites (2 notes)

2013 Manincor "La Manina" Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
93 points
This might be a first for me, but I’m giving WOTN to a white and this one isn’t really all that expensive. Paired best with the food and was most versatile wine in our lineup. A crisp, vibrant wine with pleasing fragrances of flowers and yellow-fleshed fruits. Really tasty, fresh, and textured with a peach and nectarine flavor profile and citrus on the finish.
2011 Château Lafont Menaut Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
A bit too grassy for my tastes and its seashell, salty finish was also not my thing. Good body and brightness – pink grapefruit, chalk and dried pineapple character profile.

Flight 2 - Cali Reds (2 notes)

2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Serving W-S pinots is a Thanksgiving tradition for us and we had another solid showing here – good texture and complexity – profile of cherry, red plum and mushroom. Good acidity and holding up fine while aging, although it certainly seems to be in a prime window now. Not as complex as the W-S SVDs.
2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Carlisle is another Thanksgiving staple for us and our guests are usually primed for it and it's usually a crowd favorite. And once again, a very solid showing - raspberries and cool whip on the nose with a briary spice flavor profile. Lively acidity, long finish. Maybe not as complex and thought-provoking as the CdP and Volnay.
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Flight 3 - French Reds (3 notes)

2005 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
92 points
Really pleased that this had plenty of life and verve left in it. Raspberry and fig fruit profile. Good balance and purity. Maybe the best marriage of complexity and flavor for the night.
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2010 Domaine Les Bruyères Crozes-Hermitage Vieilles Vignes Les Croix France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
89 points
In this company, seemed a bit less polished, with a bitter anise component and harshness that I found offputting. But it did have great concentration and length and seemed to be well made, just not my thing. I think this needs some time but a bunch of good CT reviews are in conflict with that opinion. Liked it better on day 2.
2004 Domaine de Montille Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
90 points
An interesting Volnay that evolved over the night, alternating between an elegant light-bodied rose-petal infused sipper to a more complicated, brooding, pepper- and soil-focused drink. It took a while to open up and wasn’t a crowd favorite because it has less upfront appeal than the American entries on the menu.
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