Heart's Delight Trade Tasting

Sofitel - Washington, DC

Tasted May 11, 2018 by isaacjamesbaker with 185 views

Flight 1 - Mixed wines (12 notes)

White
2017 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Very impressive young wine. Steely nose yet also shows some toasty, nougat notes, along with lemon curd and sea salt. Crisp and bright and tangy with lemons, apricots, sea breeze, chalk. Lovely depth, lingering minerality, all new oak but it is woven in expertly, and its balanced so nicely. Years of evolution ahead.
White
2017 Massican Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
What a refreshing wine, yet complex and lots of depth. Aromas of lemon zest, green apple, spiced white tea. Light and fresh but lots of depth to the flavors. Lovely, spicy, fresh, minerals, lots going on.
White
2014 Donelan Chardonnay Nancie USA, California, Sonoma County
89 points
Aromas of buttercream, plump apples, nougat. Rich texture but also lots of freshness going on here. Lemon curd, nougat, honey. Yum.
Red
2014 Donelan Syrah Cuvée Christine USA, California, Sonoma County
90 points
I love the spicy, smoky nose, along with plums and cherries. Crisp yet grippy, the juicy black cherry fruit is mixed with cola, pepper, lavender.
White
2016 Phifer Pavitt Sauvignon Blanc Date Night USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Bold nose of apricots and juicy peaches. Creamy but bright on the palate with lemons, apricots, notes of mineral and talc.
Red
2014 Phifer Pavitt Cabernet Sauvignon Date Night USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Bursts with tangy but ripe, spicy but sweet currants. Lovely crunchy aspect to the fruit, velvety but bright. Currants laced with leather, menthol, eucalyptus and violets.
White - Off-dry
2016 Weingut Spreitzer Hattenheimer Engelmannsberg Riesling feinherb Germany, Rheingau
90 points
Nose of saline, chalk, lemons, peaches, sweet flowers. Mineral intensity on the palate is really nice, while peaches and honey add richness, the acidity is also quite brisk and balances the wine out nicely.
White
2016 Weingut Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Kabinett Germany, Rheingau
88 points
Aromas of sweet tart candies, plump peaches, sweet flowers. Rich texture, balanced sweetness, this boasts peach nectar, apricots, honey.
Rosé
2017 Brooks Pinot Noir Rosé Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Such bright aromas of roses, flowers and peaches. Juicy fruit on the palate, vibrant acidity, crisp throughout. Spicy herbs, red apples, floral complexity.
Red
2015 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Gorgeous aromas of plums, rich red and black fruits, violets and coffee. Plush texture but structured, moderate acidity. Bold but crunchy fruit (black cherries, lots of currants). Complex notes of violets, earth, graphite, hints of leather. Lovely even this young, but this has lots of time to open up.
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Red
2012 Axios Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
A beast, so young, but crazy delicious. Gushing black fruit aromas with anise, eucalyptus. Grippy tannins, plush fruit, gobs of blackberries and cassis, but it's more than just fruit. Complex notes of earth, eucalyptus, black tea. Long way til peak.
Red
2015 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
94 points
Obviously massive, young, fruity, bombastic, but I love it. Dark fruit galore on the nose with smoke and sweet cocoa. The mouthfeel is beautiful, plus and velvety but some structure, too. Hedonistic dark fruit laced with earth, eucalyptus, coffee, cedar. Somehow it's still pretty.
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Flight 2 - 2015 Bordeaux (12 notes)

White
2015 Château Coutet Opalie Sec France, Bordeaux
90 points
Nose shows peach nectar, airy/floral notes, lychee. Fresh and chalky on the palate with a nice kick of minerals, yet concentrated peach fruit. Some nougat notes mixed in. Exotic but fresh. 50% new oak.
White
2015 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
92 points
Wow, this is firing. Complex notes of lemon, pineapple, spiced nettle, white tea. Rich textural depth here, this is a big wine but maintains fresh acidity. Loaded with kumquat, lime, lychee, as well as notes of spiced white tea and honey. I'd love to taste this again in five years.
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Red
2015 Château Lafon-Rochet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
91 points
Dark and enticing fruit aromas with earth. Nice grip on the tannins, this is young but pretty, with dark currants, sage, earth, violets.
Red
2015 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
95 points
What a beautiful young Cos. Blackberry and plums galore on the nose with spicy herbs, graphite, complex earth notes. Solid tannins - this is tight! - but medium acidity, the dark currant and plum fruit is gorgeous. Complex elements of earth, graphite, herbs, mineral. Wow. So much time ahead.
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Red
2015 Château Lascombes France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
93 points
Plummy, smoky, dark earth and mineral tones on the nose. Bold yet balanced, grippy yet smooth with pure currant and plum fruit, laced with graphite, cocoa, mineral, loamy earth. This will be so pretty in a decade or so, but a treat to taste this young.
Red
2015 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
94 points
Dark plums and currants on the nose, but I get a burst of pepper and savory spices, too. Sturdy on the palate, very sturdy! Medium acidity supports the gobs of fruit. I love the pencil lead, mineral, leather, dusty earth. One to bury for a very long time.
Red
2015 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
This will evolve nicely, as it's already showing prettiness and accessibility, in spite of the density of youth. Aromas of violets and earth and spiced black tea on top of dark currants. Grippy but not too dense, this shows suave currants and black cherries, with charcoal, scorched earth.
Red
2015 Château Haut-Bailly France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
92 points
Dark and plummy and spicy on the nose with some roasted herbs and leather. Seems "accessible" relatively, but obvious structure here. Plums and currants laced with loam, graphite, coffee, campfire smoke. Lovely.
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Red
2015 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
94 points
Gorgeous core of fruit on the nose (plums, blackberries), with loamy earth, charcoal. Such focus and depth on the palate, strong tannins and medium acidity. Rich black currant and blackberry fruit laced with spice, earth, pencil lead. Gorgeous stuff for the long haul.
Red
2015 Château Kirwan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Dark plums and earthy/tobacco notes on the nose. Tannins provide structure but the wine doesn't seem to dense, some freshness her makes this quite shippable. Plums, earth, charcoal, hints of eucalyptus and clove.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2015 Château Coutet France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
92 points
Aromas show apricots, candied orange, honey, clove, candle wax. Nectary and plush on the palate but some vibrant acidity. Sweet yellow raisins, plums, peaches, orange marmalade, spiced tea. Delicious.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2015 Château Guiraud France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
95 points
Wow, this is special. Gorgeous aromatic display of glazed pears, apricots, pears, orange marmalade, honey, cinnamon. Rich texture, such plumpness mixed with such vibrancy from the acid. Apricots, oranges, candied pineapple, mixed with honey, almond, beeswax, and a note that reminds of prayer candles in Eastern Orthodox church (I know, weird, but oh well). This is so fresh despite the richness, and it has such a tremendously long life ahead of it.
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