2016 Berserkerfest

Chez Jay Hack

Tasted May 29, 2016 by VDLT Wine with 245 views

Introduction

About 60 people took n an equal number of bottles on a humid day in Jay's backyard in which temps approached 90 degrees. Difficult tasting conditions. About a third of the wines were of interest to me and I tasted most of them - albeit small tastes and usually sans food.

Menu included pulled pork sandwiches with slaw, smoked brisket and lamb sliders.

Flight 1 (7 notes)

White - Off-dry
1977 Kurt Darting Dürkheimer Spielberg Riesling Spätlese Germany, Pfalz
Difficult tasting conditions, but this seemed like a very good example of a mature Riesling - subdued sweetness and a touch of fruit and a slight oxidative note. The color turned sherry-like after a while.
Red
1994 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
Difficult tasting conditions, But this bottle was significantly more impressive than the one earlier this year. Cleaner, more fruit and more balance. I tried to revisit this but the hostess was so taken by that she was offering it to everyone.
Red
1998 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Marie Beurrier France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Difficult tasting conditions. Some fine elements but tough structure and tannins dominated. Maybe the conditions or perhaps not a great bottle - I expected more even though I liked it.
Red
1997 Paolo Scavino Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
Difficult tasting conditions but seemed good if young.
Red
2012 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Not my thing, tasted like messy New world fruit.
Red
2000 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
Difficult tasting conditions but this underwhelmed. Initially this magnum seemed subdued and later the oak protruded. Likely just too early.
Red
1978 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
Pruned on the nose and dilute on the palate.
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