Taste 90 & Higher Rated Wines

San Diego Wine Co.

Tasted March 16, 2019 by srh with 51 views

Flight 1 (10 notes)

White
2017 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Te Muna Road Vineyard New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
WAY too cold

100% S.B.; "The grapes are destemmed (85%) prior to fermentation in a combination of s/s tanks, FR oak cuvees, & FR oak barriques, using both indigenous & inoculated yeasts. The wine ages 4 mos in FR oak barriques (3% new) before being fined, filtered, & bottled." 12.7% ABV, 3.1 g/l R.S., 7.1 g/l T.A., & 3.35 pH;

N: Closed; Gooseberries with minerals

P: Med, poss LM, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) nicely offset by an acidity which directs the action into & through the LONG, balanced, POSS very, VERY slightly bitterish, tangy/swt finish. For now & through '20. My VG+/EXC-. 95 pts & Gold @ '18 Decanter World Wine Awards, 91 ea Suckling & Anthony Dias Blue, 90 ea Vinous (Neal Martin) & WS ("Smart Buy"), 89 WE @ $22, and Bronze @ '18 Int'l Wine Challenge ! [This vendor's $14.99 is $1 < wine-searcher's lowest.]
White
2016 Trimbach Riesling France, Alsace
WAY too cold

N: CLOSED; Petrol atop apples/minerals?

P: Med body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by ALMOST puckerish acidity which, subtly, sets the parameters into & through the LONG, PERHAPS very, VERY slightly bitterish, TANGY/swt (70:30) finish. Likely best right NOW for acid aficionados. For others, probably NEEDS through '19 (poss even 6 mos more?), then drinking for the ff 3 yrs? 12.5% ABV; My EXC-. 93 pts WE @ $25, 91 Vinous (D'Agata), & 90 ea Suckling & WS. [This vendor's $15.99 is $1 < wine-searcher's lowest.] 20,000 cases made.
White - Off-dry
2015 Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Germany, Rheinhessen
TOO cold

Frt from the red sandstone soils of the steep Hipping vyd; 8.0% ABV, 76.0 g/L R.S., & 7.5 g/L T.A.

N: PETROL

P: Med body; Very RNDISH entry with SWTISH, honey tinged frt counterbalanced by an acidity which keeps things together as it morphs into a LONG, very, VERY slightly bitterish, tangy/swt finish. Would LIKE to have sensed > acidity. My VG+. 92 pts WS & 90 pts WE @ $17. [This vendor's $12.99 is ~$4 < wine-searcher's lowest.]

BTW, I don't even BEGIN to see WS's drink through '35!
Red
2016 Sans Liege The Offering USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
48% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, & 1% Viognier sourced from the ff vyds:: Grenache: Alta Colina, Santa Barbara Highlands - Alta Mesa, Derby, Larner, John Sebastiano // Syrah: John Sebastiano, Laetita, Larner, White Hawk, Zotovich // Mourvèdre: Alta Colina, Santa Barbara Highlands - Alta Mesa, Derby // Viognier: White Hawk; 25% whole cluster fermentation; Aged 22 mos in FR oak as ff: 20% new puncheons, 17% neutral puncheons, 5% new barriques, 25% 2nd fill barriques, & 33% neutral barriques; 2,450 cases released 1/14/19.

N: A melding of straws & red rasps, with undertones of cherries & poss pyrazines?

P: Med body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by some puckerish astringency which quite backs off as it evolves into the LONG, very, VERY slightly tangy finish with a bitter/swtness to the dusty tannins. Needs/DESERVES through '19, then drinking for 3-4 yrs more. 15.4% ABV; My VG+/EXC-. 94 pts WS. [This vendor's $24.99 is $3 < wine-searcher's lowest posting.]
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Red
2013 Substance Merlot Super Substance Northridge Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope
100% Merlot grown in an alluvial fan gravel bed with a layer of caliche & basalt 6-12’’ deep which yielded 2.2 tons/acre; 100% whole berry fermentation with 45 days on skins using native yeasts; 22 mos of barrel-aging on lees in FR oak barriques (60% new); 14.5% ABV, 6.0 g/L T.A., & 3.76 pH;

N: Green beans atop cherries with undertones of spice?

P: LM body; NICE, almost swtish frt met by JUST a bit of astringent pucker which quite resolves by the LONG, balanced finish with a very, VERY slight bitter/swtness to the scant dusty tannins. For now & through '20, poss a tad longer. NICELY done in a fairly elegant style which is CERTAINLY not at all like what is "typcial" for CA. My EXC-. 94+ pts WA (Dunnuck) & 93 WE with an "Editors' Choice" @ $55. [This vendor's $29.99 is $7 < the lower of wine-searcher's 2 entries!]
Red
2017 Tensley Syrah USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
"This year’s SBC blend is comprised primarily of Syrah from the Hilltop Vyd. Hilltop is a cool climate vyd & brings a splash of red fruit that is super fresh with a bright acidity. The rest of the blend is made up of Colson Canyon & Clover Creek Syrah. These vyds both bring lush roundness to the wine along with deep notes of plum, blackberries, & smoked meats." 1,225 cases produced.

N: Slightly closed; Cherries with undertones of earth, poss pyrazines?

P: LM body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by some astringent pucker which evolves into a LONG, balanced, POSS very, VERY slightly bitterish finish with a TANGY/swtness (60:40) to the dusty tannins. NEEDS 12-18 mos, then drinking for 4 yrs more? 14.8% ABV; My EXC-. 93 pts ea Jeb Dunnuck & WS. [This vendor's $19.99 is as good as anyone listed on wine-searcher.]
Red
2015 K Vintners Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope
100% Syrah from Sundance Vyd, planted in '97 in "topsoil over gravel, sand and broken down basalt with more caliche than other sites in the Wahluke. Yield: 2.6 tons per acre; 100% whole cluster pressed; Native yeasts; 45 days on skins; 20 mos barrel-aged on lees in FR puncheons (35% new); 14.5% ABV, 5.2 g/L T.A., & 3.84 pH;

N: Earth, forest floor, with cherries underneath

P: LM body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt fairly quickly met by astringent pucker which stays within hailing distance of the frt as it transitions into the LONG, very, VERY slightly tangy finish with a bitter/swtness to the fairly significant dusty tannins. Though the tannins ARE indeed serious, they're NOT obnoxious. NEEDS through '21, then easily making its 10th. My EXC-/EXC, the higher (or even more?)... eventually. 95 pts Jeb Dunnuck, 93+ WA, & 92 WS. [This vendor's $29.99 puts it in the top 20% of wine-searcher's postings.]
Red
2016 Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Olema USA, California, Sonoma County
90% C.S., 3% Malbec, 2% ea C.F., P.V., & Merlot, & 1% P.S. "...hand selected off premier vyds in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek, & Rockpile. Aged 14 mos in 50% new FR oak barrels;" 10,000 cases made @ $25 suggested retail.

N: Pyrazines atop cherries with undertones of dill?

P: LM body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt fairly quickly met by astringent pucker which loses the MAJORITY of its punch by the LONG finish with a tangy/SWTNESS to the the dusty tannins. NEEDS through '19, POSS '20 (unless one can tolerate the mid-P structure), then drinking for 3 yrs more. 14.5% ABV; My VG+/EXC-. 92 pts Suckling and 90 ea WA & Jeb Dunnuck. [This vendor's $19.99 is as good an anyone on wine-searcher.]
Red
2016 Bodegas Tritón Tinta de Toro Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
100% Tinta de Toro, ("the oldest clone of Tempranillo in Spain, located in the only Spanish D.O. that completely resisted the phylloxera plague"), from the dry-farmed El Monte (Morales) & Hornicos (Toro) Vyds, planted between 1920 & 1961 in "primarily sandy soils from alluvial origin. (There is a layer of red clay 20 cm thick in the subsoil 2-3 m below the surface.) Hand-harvested & stored in small baskets; Primary fermentation takes place in open top s/s fermenters with indigenous yeast. The wine is transferred to FR oak Burgundy & Bordeaux barrels for malolactic fermentation, then aging for 8 mos sur lie with battonage."

N: Fairly fragrant cherries atop minerals

P: LM body; NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by astringent pucker which evolves into a LONG, still slightly puckerish finish to the dusty tannins, yet with HINTS of swtness to come. Better for fans of high acidity? NEEDS through '20, then drinking for 3 yrs more? 15% ABV; My VG-/EXC, *certainly* the higher IF one hones in on the combination of QPR & cellarworthiness. 93 pts Jeb Dunnuck & 92 Suckling, but 84 WE @ $20. [This vendor's $12.99 puts it in the TOP 10% of wine-searcher's listings!]
Red
2015 Bodegas Borsao Syrah Campo de Borja Zarihs Spain, Aragón, Campo de Borja
Syrah "planted in limestone soils over 16 yrs ago in the foothills of the Moncayo (600-700 m above sea level). The maceration is between 4-5 days & the total fermentation takes 15-20 days in s/s tanks at a controlled temp of 22-26° C. At that time is aged in new AM oak barrels for 12 mos, & other in s/s tanks."

N: Slightly closed; RIPE berries with earth; Intensity lurking?

P: LM, poss Med, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by astringent pucker which fairly seamlessly evolves into a LONG finish with a tangy/swtness to the dusty tannins. Approachable now IF one is OK with the mid-P structure. Otherwise, DESERVES 12-18 mos, then drinking for 4 yrs more? 15% ABV; My EXC-/EXC. 93 pts Guía de Vino, 92 Guía Peñín, 91 WA, 90 Suckling, & Silver + "Best Syrah from Spain" thedrinksbusiness.com (10/18). [This vendor's $18.99 is $7 < wine-searcher's only posting!]

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