Over-Under Spring 2016

Tasted June 9, 2016 by pgb67 with 323 views

Introduction

Over the course of several get-togethers this Spring, we've had some wines that overachieved and were spectacular and then we've also had quite a few duds that underachieved.

Flight 1 - Overachievers (5 notes)

Saxum, Carlisle and R-M are well represented in my cellar, and I've been buying them for years, so I'm pleased that they still work for my palate. Most of the hits seem to be on the young side (hmm?).

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2013 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
95 points
I usually don't drink Saxum young because I figure for $100 I want to let it age and gain complexity, but I tried this one as an experiment ... and wow was it great. More supple and energetic than any other wine I've had from this winery with a delicious blue and black fruit profile and hints of meat and spice. Well balanced and quite gulpable.
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2012 Calabretta Pinot Nero Etna Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
92 points
This is as tasty a pinot noir as you can find in the $30 range. Combines Burgundy brightness, Italian rusticity, California fruitiness, with a dash of Etna ash. Ready to go now but Calabretta wines also age well. Crushed raspberry, fig, loamy earth.
Red
2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Rossi Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
93 points
Powerful, delicious, layered with flavors of strawberry-raspberry jam, dark red cherries, and plum, with accents of sage and pepper. Floral aromas. Maybe a tad one-dimensional (drank it with a well-aged, high-end Bordeaux that showed more evolution in glass but high-end Bordeaux will usually outshine most competition; it's kind of a uncomfortable truth).
Red
2011 Caves Saint-Pierre Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Fiacre du Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
91 points
2011 seems like a good early-drinking vintage for CdP. Black cherry, bitter plum, hints of bay leaf and black olive. This was a gift but I think it's a Trader Joe's product and a good deal.
Red
2014 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
94 points
Opened as an experiment to check on the 2014 R-Ms and wow was this good, especially considering price point. Pure, supple & fleshy with telltale R-M notes of orange rind and pomegranate.
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Flight 2 - Underachievers (5 notes)

The wineries are big names, but maybe the vintages weren't the best or the wines are over the hill/closed

Red
2005 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
88 points
Had hoped for more from this. Earlier bottles were definitely more vibrant so it might be past peak? Has taken on more earthiness with tobacco and spice showing over the fruit.
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2005 Château La Confession France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
Possibly in a closed phase. Rose, mineral with a bit of citrus.
Red
2003 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
89 points
A bit flabby and disappointing for Mugneret-Gibourg, one of my favorite domaines. Perhaps their ripe house style didn’t match well with the ripe vintage. Black currant, spice & stone.
Red
2010 Torrevento Castel del Monte Riserva Vigna Pedale Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte
88 points
Not really my thing on this day (or most days!) - austere with a spicy and woody flavor, and hints of blackberries and licorice.
Red
2010 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District
89 points
Very earthy with notes of grass, green bell peppers, peppercorn and cedar. Seemed a bit austere for Napa. Although it didn't work for me tonight, it still drank fine.
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