Christmas Eve 2015

Tasted January 7, 2016 by pgb67 with 314 views

Flight 1 - Dinner Table Wines (6 notes)

White
2012 Domaine Belle Crozes-Hermitage Roche Blanche France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
89 points
Smooth texture and refreshing acidity, with aromas and flavors of nectarine, lemon drop and yellow raisin. Needs air and maybe even a decant.
Red
2006 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Powerful with tannic structure. Black figs, cassis, and leather on the palate and a perfumed nose (most fragrant wine in the group). Might need a bit more time – improved over the course of the evening but quite dry, almost piercingly so at times.
Red
2006 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos Toro Viña San Román Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
92 points
For several guests this was the WOTN and indeed was the first bottle emptied (a bellweather of sorts for rating the lineup). Although I considered it middle of the road at the start of the evening, by the end of the night it was singing, but it took a while for it to get there. Rich, focused, with blackberry flavors accented by notes of coffee, caramel, and toasted oak.
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Red
2010 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
My WOTN showing a rich and graceful style packed with dark berry flavors and accents of mocha, iron, and snappy plum. Complex aromatics, long finish, structured.
Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Wasn’t necessarily disjointed at first, but stood out as less complex than the aged wine from the classic wine regions (Rhone, Bordeaux) that shared the stage – slurpable but less to contemplate. Over time it picked up some steam and played better with the big boys. Ripe with jammy raspberry and spiced cinnamon notes.
Red
2008 Bruno Rocca Langhe Rabajolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
88 points
The biggest dud in the lineup – not sure if it needs more age or if the blend just didn’t work for me. Balanced, moderate tannins, with notes of wild herb, tar, tobacco.

Flight 2 - Other Christmas-season Wines (4 notes)

White - Sparkling
2011 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Inflorescence Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine France, Champagne
92 points
Full bodied and forceful with well integrated notes of clove, ginger spice, and apricot. Refershing and easy to get to the bottom of the bottle.
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Red
2001 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
90 points
Firm, taut, oak-infused, but not particularly sophisticated or complicated – should have shined more in this lineup given that it was an aged riserva. Notes of strawberry, plum, leafy tobacco.
Red
2010 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
94 points
Ripe and elegant with layered elements of raspberry, wild berry, and spice intersecting with intriguing hints of charcoal. A strong tannic structure and endowed body give it a very classic feel. It's in a great place right now.
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Red
2012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Deep and layered with ripe black fruit and strawberry jam aromas and flavors accented by spice tones and cedar. Dusty tannins integrate nicely on the palate. Goes to edge on bigness but the acidity keeps it in check. Fun to drink.
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