Snowdays with some 90 pointers

Tasted March 15, 2016 by pgb67 with 159 views

Introduction

With Spring upon us, it's time to reflect on a few nice bottles consumed while house-bound during the winter blizzards.

Flight 1 - Underrated Whites (3 notes)

White
2013 Bonnet-Huteau Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Les Gautronnières France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine
92 points
These Bonnet-Huteau muscadets impress me every time - such a great deal too - round and fruity, with a creamy texture, showing peach, lime zest and salty mineral. The bottle empties quickly.
White
2013 Roland Lavantureux Petit Chablis France, Burgundy, Chablis, Petit Chablis
90 points
Is it strange to prefer Petit Chablis to Chablis? Somehow I always strike upon good ones. Tense but generous. Fresh but pretty. With citrus, dried white flowers, and minerals. Bought it bc it's a Kermit Lynch product and glad I did.
White
2013 Luigi Maffini Pietraincatenata Paestum IGT Italy, Campania, Paestum IGT
93 points
A real eye opener; some of these Italian whites are world class but not well known in the US. Rich and dense with palate presence. Showing apricot, honeysuckle, and sliced apple. Off dry with a fruity finish.

Flight 2 - Favorite Pinots (3 notes)

Red
2010 Decelle - Villa Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Gollardes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune
91 points
Savigny always comes through for me - my go-to value(ish) burgundy. Intense cherry profile with intriguing charcoal notes. Evolves in the glass to also show some feminine floral components. Bright but flavorful.
Red
2011 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Ribbon Ridge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
91 points
These 2011 Oregon pinots are really starting to grow on me (underrated vintage?). Light but plush and flavorful with pure cherry fruit and sophisticated complementary notes of clove, tea leaf and walnut.
Red
2008 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
94 points
R-M delivers another WOTN (feels like it happens a lot). Deep, rich, structured, and cellared well evidently. Wild berry and pomegranate fruit is abundant and then that lovely R-M signature orange peel accent takes it to another level.

Flight 3 - Some Interesting Red Finds (2 notes)

Red
1999 Fontodi Syrah Case Via Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Italy, Tuscany, Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
94 points
Another WineBid gem; in a good place despite the years. Expressive and aromatic, with dried cherry, charred meat, and brown sugar offering an alternating sweet/savory contrast. An espresso cream finish brings it together.
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Red
2010 Roucas Toumba Vacqueyras Les Grands Chemins France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Vacqueyras
91 points
Open and pretty with crowd-pleaser tendencies. Black tea and fruitcake offer an interesting flavor and aromatic profile while hints of iron and lavender provide some good Rhone-ish notes.
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