Performances from the Summer of 2016

Tasted September 8, 2016 by pgb67 with 246 views

Introduction

Had many special wines over the summer, some overdelivered, and some didn't meet expectations, (and some were just right).

Flight 1 - Overperformers (4 notes)

Red
2008 Domaine Roblet-Monnot Volnay Saint-Francois France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay
93 points
So delicate, with a light body, easy mouthfeel, and perfumed nose, but at the same time, it is amply vigorous in flavor and length. Rose petals abound on the nose and the succulent mouth, where it shows a minty entry followed by rose petal and sour cherry and rhubarb pie flavors on midpalate and finish. The group drank it up and wanted more.
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Red
2011 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza La Court Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza
94 points
I should be drinking more vineyard-designate, high-end barbera – every bottle I pick is a winner. Elegant with well-integrated toasted oak, slightly chewy tannins and balanced, but assertive acidity. Pops with intense berry fruit flavors, and shows notes of chocolate shavings for added complexity.
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Red
2008 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
94 points
Margaux-like class (in a glass). Elegant on the nose with complex aromas of cedar and leather with a hint of cigar. On the palate it is harmonious with a mid-range body, elegant yet structured – currants and floral elements most prominent.
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Red
2005 Salexis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Love that I held onto this so long. Sampled it first many years ago with the vintner at a retail tasting, with aging the recommened course – glad I listened. Pure and expressive still, with characteristics of plum, mocha, cedary oak.
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Flight 2 - Underperformers (4 notes)

Red
2001 Schiavenza Barolo Vigneto Broglio Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
88 points
Eh, very impressed that it was still a tannic monster and had Barolo flavor and aromatic characteristics. Nevertheless, it just didn’t appeal – too much tar and not enough cherry. More time?
Red
2010 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
89 points
This came across as something cool climate to me (when it shouldn’t) with good acidity and length, but I paired it with a BBQ dinner and was expecting something fruity and concentrated to cut through the sauce and burnt ends, and that didn’t happen. Maybe I needed a better decant to let it pick up some weight and stream.
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Red
2009 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
This was good, but as a reserve bottling, I expected more concentration/complexity/pop as compared to the regular bottling which I consider a fine entry at its price point. Currant and blackberry on the fore with some notes of loamy earth and vanilla.
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Red
2012 Ledge Catacombs USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Bought at full price (on store’s rec), but was disappointed to see it closing out at ½ price soon after, causing me to wonder whether there was a problem with the juice. And sure enough, this came across as disjointed, hot, not particularly flavorful, acidic. Flawed?
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Flight 3 - Performers (3 notes)

Red
2004 Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
92 points
This is just how I like my barbarescos (and it almost achieved over-performer status on this sheet). Graceful and elegant, coming across as a Barolo-lite with softer tannins but complex flavors and long finishes. Carries flavors of dried cherry and herb (sage, tarragon) from entry to finish, with some light tar notes stitched in. Tannins are present but resolved, open and well knit. In a good drinking window right now.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2010 Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Oregon pinot from top-flight producers are some of the more reliable buys out there (if you like this kind of stuff) – this was textbook, cool-climate, high-toned pinot fruit that was nicely acidic while showcasing delicious sour cherry fruit follwed by a dark cherry, herbal finish.
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Red
2013 The Withers Winery Mr. Burgess USA, California, Sierra Foothills
91 points
This is a new producer for me but I’ve liked everything in their lineup, with a preference for the syrahs over the pinots. The wine is dense and chewy, with briars and brambles competing with blackberry compote and blueberry pie. Can be a bit fatiguing, but overall good quality here.
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