"ATS" Wine Group, Spring Gathering

Tasted May 30, 2015 by pgb67 with 278 views

Flight 1 - California Treats (4 notes)

1977 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
97 points
One of the more magical wines I've experienced. An overwhelmingly perfumed nose that filled the room and a surprisingly concentrated and firm palate that also showed a lot of viscosity. The flavors also stood firm with ripe cherries and sweet baking spices.
2009 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
94 points
So delicious and classy, especially for the first few hours - showing a velvety mouthfeel with a dark raspberry and spice profile. Perfect weight and concentration and some spry acidity. Over time picked up a minty quality that I didn't love.
2010 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
92 points
Huge ABV but contained it perfectly with great balance. On open it seemed a bit one-dimensional and not as complex as the cabs, but picked up sophistication over the night and was singing some 3-4 hours in. Brambly blackberries on the fore, with spicy accents.
2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
95 points
Always love wines that change over time and become more complex as the night wears on ... this started out as a balanced, medium-bodied pinot showing boysenberry and cola with spice accents, but over time it gained weight but still maintained a nice acidic lift and had a yummy raspberry creamsicle element to it. Really delicious stuff.
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Flight 2 - Classy Europeans (3 notes)

2006 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Classico Superiore
90 points
Pulled out on the late side of the evening and thus can't give it a completely fair assessment. Maybe a bit easier to drink than I was expecting and more international - the age took away some of the raisiny qualities that I was expecting and made it smoother but also less interesting perhaps.
2004 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
89 points
The tasting group liked it more than me. I'd probably give this a few more years as it seemed a bit closed to me. Quite dry, but long and classy - for folks unfamiliar with brunello, it did impress. Muted cherry and tobacco profile.
2000 Château Pontet-Canet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
This provided a great counterpoint to the TRB Napa bruisers served alongside. Quite dry but sturdy - Bordeaux profile of currants and plums - it wasn't as forward as some other Pontet Canets that I've liked in the past. Not ready yet? Longer decant needed?
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