Patio Party Summer Solstice June 2015

Tasted June 21, 2015 by pgb67 with 210 views

Flight 1 - American Reds (3 notes)

Red
2012 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
90 points
Ripe and chewy with nice aromatics of cassis and fresh blackberry with a sweetish palate of dark chocolate with berry accents. A bit too sweet and California for me on this day, especially when drinking it next to a Chateauneuf de Pape.
Red
2011 K Vintners Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope
90 points
Appreciated by my guests more than me - quite dark, concentrated and brooding (maybe a tad hot too). Flavors and aromas of chocolate, plum, dark fruits. Seemed pretty classy and held together all night and even into the next day.
Red
2005 Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
93 points
And yet another bottle that was hitting on all cylinders due to a bit of bottle age (a theme on this night) ... elegant and polished with a variety of fruits shining through - blueberries, strawberries, plums.

Flight 2 - Continental Reds (3 notes)

Red
2007 Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
94 points
Really outstanding and a bit of a surprise to me because this isn't a particularly esteemed domaine as far as I know. Hit just the right spot for me with impeccable balance, well delineated fruits (dark and red berries), lively acidity, a distinctive finish of tobacco and herbs, and some complexity afforded by time in bottle.
Red
2010 Domaine Des Cotes de la Moliere Moulin-à-Vent France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent
91 points
Lovely gamay that also benefited from some bottle age ... lively acidity, concentrated cranberry and sour cherry flavors, earthy mushroom aromatics and a complex and long finish. A good starter before turning to some heavier hitters.
Red
2007 Moschioni Friuli Colli Orientali Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli Colli Orientali
93 points
A real heavy hitter with a crazy dark color profile, massive tannins, but a balanced and delicious palate of dark cherries, black currants, and plum with some nutty accents. This seems like it could last for years but why wait.
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