End o' Summer Roundup - 2015

Tasted September 1, 2015 by pgb67 with 282 views

Flight 1 - European Classics (5 notes)

Red
2008 Tenuta Monteti Monteti Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
91 points
Crisp, structured, open, very Tuscan (in a modern style I suppose). Pure cherry with accents of oak, leather and spice. Easy to drink.
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Red
2007 MastroJanni Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
89 points
I violated my rule of never serving brunello younger than 10 years old, but wanted to sample an '07 to see where it was at ... and I should've followed my rule. Muscular and brawny and classy, but too young - picked up flavors and aromas of black cherry, plum, tar, and tobacco. Hold.
Red
2006 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Superiore Scudetto Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba Superiore
93 points
Followed my rule to give good barbera some time in the bottle and reap the rewards of complex secondary flavors and aromas - elegant & stylish with notes of sweet vanilla, dusty cherry and tobacco. Had plenty of life left but very good now. Crowd pleaser.
Red
2003 Château Le Crock France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
90 points
Bold ripe black cherry flavors and herb accents make this an interesting wine - shows some good '03 concentration and the flavor profile has not quelled over time.
Red
2009 David Duband Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
88 points
Not sure if something was off with the bottle or whether it was closed down, but this was a bit of a dud in the lineup. Chalky is the descriptor that leaps out, although it did have good structure and some hints of cherry and cinnamon.

Flight 2 - American Standards (3 notes)

Red
2010 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
94 points
Beefier and more concentrated than some other R-Ms I've enjoyed over the years, but it made quite an impression, especially on folks who usually drink grocery-level pinots. Rich flavors of blackberry and raspberry with crushed rocks on the finish. Well balanced.
Red
2012 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
90 points
New producer for me; recommended by trusted wine shop and happy with the advice. Precise & elegant but also intense. Cherry, clove & tea leaf. Very much Oregon as compared to the Cali and Burg in the lineup.
Red
2009 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
89 points
Firm and dense and classy, but I seem to be losing patience for the style. Dates dominate the aromatic and flavor profile and I prefer berries or brighter fruits. Some tea, forest floor and cedar accents add a bit of sophistication.

Flight 3 - Unique Mavericks (3 notes)

Red
2013 Tenuta di Fessina Etna Erse Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
91 points
Sleek and aromatic with unique but delicious notes of fig cake, meat, cassis and grilled herbs. Most comparable to an elegant red Burgundy with a bit of Etna ash added to the mix. A bit gentler than other wines in the grouping and may require some time and reflection to get it.
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Red
2012 Jean-Baptiste Senat Minervois Arbalete and Coquelicots France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Minervois
92 points
Savory, but juicy and fresh - a great combination to me. Ripe raspberry notes underlined with dried herb. Good acidity and a spice-infused finish. Equally appealing to snobs and newbies.
Red
2009 Domaine Maestracci Vin de Corse Calvi E Prove France, Corsica, Vin de Corse Calvi
89 points
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the lineup because of its ripeness - would've guessed it to be from California if tasted blind. Expressive with ripe plum & blackberry complemented with some classy currant notes as well. But in general it was too sweet for me and lacking in acidity. Nevertheless, an interesting drinking experience.
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