Heart's Delight Tasting

Sofitel - Washington, DC

Tasted March 11, 2016 by isaacjamesbaker with 507 views

Flight 1 - 2013 Bordeaux (15 notes)

White
2013 Château Gazin Rocquencourt Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
89 points
Bright aromas of limes and hint of white pepper. Crunchy green apple on the palate, so crisp and nervy. Very nice.
White
2013 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
90 points
Refreshing but creamy with green apples, limes and peach. A lingering sense of tea, lemongrass and honeysuckle. Complex, pretty, seems like it will improve with some age.
Red
2013 Château Gazin Rocquencourt France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
87 points
Fruit smells juicy, deep and dark but the palate shows lots of refreshing brightness. Tart red currant fruit mixes with earth, tobacco, hints of greenness but not too much. Seems very approachable at this young age.
Red
2013 Château Malartic-Lagravière France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
Darker berries than the Gazin Rocquencourt, this has juicy dark cherries and blackberries. Some smoke, earth, sage and tobacco add complexity. Juicy and vibrant, showing well.
Red
2013 Château Barde-Haut France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
87 points
Vibrant, sweet red fruits on the nose and some vanilla. Juicy but tart on the palate with crunchy red fruits, accented by earth and toast. Moderately firm tannins but still quite fresh.
Red
2013 Clos l'Église (Pomerol) France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
89 points
Dark and smoky on the nose with rich jammy red fruit. Firm, chewy and toasty with deep berry flavors along with cedar and earth. More concentrated, needs time, but very nice.
Red
2013 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
91 points
Dark aromas with tart black currant, pencil lead and rich earth. Firm but fleshy, stays vibrant in the face of deep black currant fruit. Pencil lead, mineral, earth, such elegance and beautiful focus.
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Red
2013 Château Kirwan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Elegant floral aromas with bright currant fruit. Bold but elegant on the palate with a brightness that makes it so appealing. Tart but juicy red currants, along with fresh violets and roses, earth and mineral tones. Fresh and delicious but time needed to show its best.
Red
2013 Château Lascombes France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Gorgeous velvety fruit on the nose with sweet violets as well. Full and chewy on the palate but stays fresh. Currants topped with eucalyptus, cedar, violets. Rich but elegant and polished.
Red
2013 Château du Tertre France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
Vibrant red fruit on the nose with a fresh floral approach. Fresh and slick on the palate with velvety tannins and pretty red fruit. I get a deep sense of herbs, chestnut, bell pepper and savory spices that I find really attractive.
Red
2013 Château Giscours France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
Bold, spicy aromatics but elegant fruit. Silky, smooth, very vibrant. Tart but concentrated red fruits, some crunchy blackberries, mixed with tobacco, earth, minerals and shaved pencils. Needs time but some really pretty stuff going on here.
Red
2013 Château Phélan Ségur France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
90 points
Bold, spicy aromatics but elegant fruit. Silky, smooth, very vibrant. Tart but concentrated red fruits, some crunchy blackberries, mixed with tobacco, earth, minerals and shaved pencils. Needs time but some really pretty stuff going on here.
Red
2013 Château Lafon-Rochet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
88 points
Pretty aromatics of vibrant currant fruit and spice. Smooth despite some solid structure, medium acidity, fresh red and black cherry and currants. Ends with floral tones. Plenty to unpack in the cellar.
Red
2013 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
Deep and exotic on the nose with black and red currants and cherries, rich earth and sweet spice. Firm but accessible tannins, lots of brightness with tart red and black currants. Notes of violets, graphite, sweet spice, lovely depth and complexity. Long and smooth, with a freshness that keeps the wine vibrant despite its cellar-worthy potential.
Red
2013 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
93 points
Smells of bright currants, juicy cherries, roses, earth and minerals. I love the structure here, smooth but vibrant but refreshing acidity. Tart yet chewy black cherries, hints of cola, coffee, loam and pencil shavings. Shows strength but elegance, along with violets, pencil lead and lingering minerality. Long and lasting, this needs lots of time but it’s gorgeous at such a young age. Wow.

Flight 2 - U.S. Wines (8 notes)

Red
2013 Bergström Pinot Noir Bergström Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
93 points
Such a light ruby color. Smells of tart red currants, strawberries, along with some complex spicy elements. Such vibrant acidity on the palate with dusty tannins. Silky, elegant mouthfeel throughout, with bright cherries, raspberries and strawberries. I also get some cola, spiced coffee, love. So long and pure. A beautiful wine but I’d love to retaste in a few years.
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Red
2013 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Pretty rose/light ruby color. Smells of sweet cherries, strawberries, rose potpourri, white pepper – so much going here aromatically. Such purity and freshness on the palate with crisp acidity and fine tannins. Silky but full of tart red fruit (raspberry, strawberry, some fig elements, too). I get a complex mixture of leather, sage, rose potpourri. Long and vibrant, enough structure to last but kicking in its youth.
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Red
2013 Mira Winery Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
90 points
Pretty rose/light ruby color. Smells of sweet cherries, strawberries, rose potpourri, white pepper – so much going here aromatically. Such purity and freshness on the palate with crisp acidity and fine tannins. Silky but full of tart red fruit (raspberry, strawberry, some fig elements, too). I get a complex mixture of leather, sage, rose potpourri. Long and vibrant, enough structure to last but kicking in its youth.
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Rosé
2015 Young Inglewood Vineyards Vin Clair USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
88 points
This wine is so pale I thought it was made from white grapes. But this 80/20 Malbec/Merlot blend is really interesting. Smells of lychee and sugar cane. Tart and vibrant on the palate with flavors of lychee, grapefruit pith, baby’s breath and clove. Vibrant, almost mouthpuckering acidity. Very enjoyable “rose.”
White
2013 Young Inglewood Vineyards Chardonnay Michael Mara Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Elegant aromas of yellow plums, tart apples, minerals and floral tones. Tart and so vibrant on the palate, I get a mineral and salty edge to the wine but it’s also rich in texture and full of flavor. Creamy apples and pears highlighted by almonds and honeyed tea. Lovely balance and elegance.
Red
2012 Young Inglewood Vineyards Right Bank Blend USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
91 points
Aromas of juicy, jammy currants supported by tobacco and eucalyptus. Structured and bold with firm yet velvety tannins. Chewy red and black berries along with cola, vanilla, graphite and loam. Delicious, put together well, I'd like to see this in three or four years.
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Red
2012 Young Inglewood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
91 points
Nose of rich currants and fig paste, underlined by vanilla, cola and earth. Juicy and full with velvety tannins on the palate, moderate acidity keeps it moving forward. Jammy black cherries and some blueberries, the fruit is laced with complex eucalyptus, mentol, sweet cedar, toast and coffee. Long, chewy, yet vibrant. Rich but very interesting, I’d like to see what some near-term cellaring could do.
Red
2013 Young Inglewood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Venn Civil Cuvee USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
88 points
Sweeter and jammier aromas with cola and vanilla. Rich texture but structured well, nice balance between richness and smooth texture, moderate acidity. Rich black cherry fruit, roasted chestnut, sweet caramel and toast. Velvety and smooth, totally delicious.

Flight 3 - Sauternes (1 note)

What a way to end the tasting.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Château Guiraud France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
93 points
Gorgeous golden-orange color. Smells so ripe and juicy with luscious apricot, honey and sweet spice. Creamy and rich but there’s a pervasive sense of freshness in spite of the honeyed mouthfeel. Flavors of almond, honey, spiced tea and white flowers on top of rich apricots and peach tarts. Long, vibrant, rich and pure. Wow, I’d love to see how this ages.
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