Cotat, Jermann, Bonneau, Janasse, Giacosa, Rampolla, Clos Mimi

Downtown Akron

Tasted December 11, 2016 by Loren Sonkin with 207 views


Last night, my wife and I drove down to Akron (about 40 minutes away) to meet another couple for dinner. Not normally allowed, we were permitted to bring our wine. We bought a bottle off the list and they graciously waived corkage. It was a great evening talking about life and work and wine. The wines were paired into flights and off we went. All of the wines were pop and pour and served non blind.

Flight 1 - Whites (2 notes)

Served with their Hummus of the Day, and a Spicy Goat cheese Saracha dip and pita bread.

2014 Domaine Pascal Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
94 points
Gorgeous showing for this. Yes, these age great but if you don't drink some young you are missing a great experience as well. Light golden in color. The nose is more mineral drive but some lovely grapefruit on the nose. On the palate, this is energetic and yet very precise. Strong mineral streak interwoven with grapefruit. Very long finish. I got bigger with air. Just a beautiful wine.
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2015 Jermann Vinnaioli Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT
90 points
Ordered off the list for $30. Really a great value on an Ohio restaurant list. Screw capped. Light golden in color. The nose has a floral note, slight metallic note, and a good amount of peaches. On the palate, a nice oily texture. some depth. Lots of minerality. Worked well with food. Nice finish. Really very tasty.

Flight 2 - CdP Flight (2 notes)

Served with the above and then salad and then our assorted main coursed.

2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
95 points
What a treat. I think Dave, who brought it, hoped for more and was disappointed. Expectations. I liked it a lot. Amazingly purple dark and bright in color. Not a whole lot different than a 2012 Janasse side by side. My wife commented on the wide clear edge of the glass. No browning or rust color. There is a fair amount of brett on the nose. More sweaty than barnyard. It did not blow off and got stronger with air. For me it was not obtrusive or problematic in any way. There is also a dark cherry note, spice and even some violets peaking out from underneath. Amazing after 15 years. The brett does carry thru to the palate a bit. There is a nice complexity here especially after some air time. Really shows like old school CdP which I love. Great with my pasta dish. Thanks Dave!
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2012 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
96 points
Really nice showing for this bottle. Yes, its young and will evolve, but on this night it was a great counterpoint to the Bonneau Celestins 01. Purple in color, bright and clear at the rim. The nose is great but did take some swirling or air to open up. Black raspberries, slight floral notes, plums, bits or spice and pepper on the nose. Slight alcohol but not hurtful. On the palate, this is big and juicy. Still, it is almost seamless as it glides down my palate. Long finish. Firm tannins now, but no regrets on opening. I thought it showed very well. Room for some improvement though.
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Flight 3 - Italian Flight (2 notes)

Same food as above

2000 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
94 points
This is drinking quite well right now. Pop and pour. Light ruby in color, to the rim. The nose has lovely cherries with a bit of tar and roses. On the palate, this ha developed into layers of complexity. Certainly not profound but really good. Interesting. A nice backbone of acidity. Worked great with food. Nice finish. No hurry but no reason to wait on this one either.
2003 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
93 points
I brought this as a back up bottle but it ended up being opened instead (long story). I thought it might be very ripe and jammy and while no doubt it was on release, this bottle was not. Ruby/purple in color. There is some brett on the nose, not a lot but persistent. There is also cassis, cherries, and sandalwood. With air, some roasted/charred herbs show up. On the palate, this is a bit cleaner. Cherries and some cassis. Good acidity despite the hot vintage. It is a bit drying on the finish. Worked well with food.
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Flight 4 - Dessert (1 note)

With what was labeled a Blueberry Almond Tort but but more like bread pudding pie, but very good nonetheless.

2003 Clos Mimi Grenache Hommage à Henri Bonneau USA, California
91 points
A blast from the past. The cork totally disintegrated on opening. The wine was strained thru a coffee filter and back into the bottle. This has always been an interesting wine. Tim Spear's hommage. IIRC, Tim gave this a very long barrel ageing. It drinks like a thin port or better a Banyuls. Its good. 18.5% Alcohol and not fortified. Purple in color. The nose has dark cherries, slight sugary note on the nose. On the palate, dark cherries, slight chocolate. Its dry although it has the feel that it would be sweet. no heat. A fun bottle. No idea where this might be on the ageing curve.
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A great evening and the perfect way to enjoy these bottles.

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