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St. John's Meeting Place Dinner & Bottle Share

Tasted October 27, 2017 by ashikoh with 131 views

Introduction

with Paul, Lisa, Ryan, and Leah

Flight 1 (8 notes)

White - Sparkling
2014 François Pinon Vouvray Pétillant Brut France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray Pétillant
87 points
As it is the slightly spritzy Vouvray Pétillant style rather than the fully sparkling Vouvray Mousseaux style, the mousse dissipates fairly quickly. It is, however, made via the Méthode Traditionnelle (Methode Champenoise) with secondary fermentation in the bottle giving it nice nutty, yeasty aromas and flavors to accompany the honeyed notes from the Chenin Blanc, and the chalky minerality. Winemaker François Pinon was a former child psychologist before taking over the estate from his father in 1987. This represents a wonderful bargain French sparkler.
White
2013 Maison Albert Bichot Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Domaine Long-Depaquit France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
89 points
straw yellow/somewhat muted nose, lime, chalk/very focused, chalky minerality, nice acid/vinified and aged only 10% in barrel with the rest in tank
Red
2008 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
90 points
light ruby/prominent sous bois, mushrooms, dried cherries/still with impressive fine grained tannins, sharp acidity, red fruit, minerality/a lovely single vineyard bargain in Burgundy
Red
2013 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir South Africa, Cape South Coast, Walker Bay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
90 points
light ruby/red berries, spice, earth, spearmint/red fruit, generous New World style, 13.5% alcohol
Red
1992 Ridge Monte Bello USA, California, Santa Cruz Mountains
85 points
dark ruby/fruit has faded, some tertiary aromas, Brett predominates/definitely over the hill
Red
2013 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
plush, rich fruit but not jammy, well integrated tannins/blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc from great Napa vintage/drinking beautifully now
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Red
2013 Cirq Pinot Noir TreeHouse USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
94 points
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Red
2014 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Sierra du Sud France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
90 points
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