Early Spring Highlights

Dogwood Grove

Tasted April 14, 2019 by pgb67 with 80 views


These were some of my favorites (or notables) from the last couples of months, representing some eclectic stuff as well as traditional stalwarts.

Flight 1 - Unconventional (3 notes)

2016 Steindorfer St. Laurent Reserve Austria, Burgenland
94 points
I wish I could remember who pointed me to this wine, but I’m grateful they did, Highly aromatic with slightly sappy notes of crushed forest raspberries along with perfume-y violet and cherry blossom. Intense flavors of raspberry with pleasant notes of clove, exotic spice and herbs. The wine is moderatelyfull-bodied but drinks lighter – powerful but finessed. Lively, but also shows a fresh, naturalist character that struts a wild side as well.
2015 Marie Thibault-Cabrit Premier Nez France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau
94 points
This purchase was a revelation for the wine and the wine shop (Domestique, a cool new place in D.C.). Ripe and natural nose with aromas of peach, juicy tangerine, candle wax. The wine is dry and quite full-bodied on the palate with lively and focused flavors of ripe yellow apple, tangerine, tangerine peel, and a mineral finish Quite intense and acidic but nevertheless delicate at its core.
2017 Gen del Alma Chenin Blanc Ji Ji Ji Argentina, Mendoza
92 points
Another wonderful chenin blanc also from a wonderful new-ish retailer (Grand Cata). Somewhat developed and slightly oxidative nose with aromas of honey, almond, green apple and light smoky nuances. The wine is rich, round and somewhat oily with pleasant flavors of roasted almonds, buttered toast, bruised apple.

Flight 2 - Conventional (5 notes)

2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
93 points
A developed Brunello, although not the most complex I’ve had - but I love the category and this was definitely quality stuff. Quite developed and somewhat sweet nose with aromas of black cherries, dried fruits, tobacco, and some leathery tones. The wine is medium-bodied, with long flavors of smoky cherries, cherry compote, earthy spices, some brooding leathery character. Medium tannins lend a good sense of structure to the wine. The finish is grippy and earthy. Enjoyable, evolved, harmonious.
2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
93 points
Another W-S that seemed to really benefit from bottle age, as the bouquet and taste had a profound and lasting effect. Typically good W-S aromatics of pomegranate, raspberry cream, raspberry preserves. An opulent creaminess overlays the ripe and fruit-driven palate of round flavors of dark cherries, pomegranate, cranberry sauce. The finish shows more fruit and peppery spice.
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2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Griffin's Lair USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
Rich and expressive with aromas of ripe blackberry, jammy raspberry and floral elements. Full-bodied, chewy palate with rich, slightly sweet flavors of ripe blackberries, jammy raspberries and some bitter spiciness. Enjoyable, big and easy new world Syrah with nice, fruit-forward complexity.
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2011 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
90 points
Elegant-styled cabernet sauvignon with characteristic plum and blackberry tones on the nose and harmonious palate. Balanced, with medium acidity and moderate tannins. Finishes with interesting baking spice, cinnamon and cocoa notes. Maybe a bit dull/flabby and not super ripe or dense, which may reflect house style or possibly the vintage.
2008 Château Léoville Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
89 points
Closed and ungiving. The nose is savory and dusty with hints of pencil shavings and leafy tones. The wine is dry, medium-bodied and quite lean on the palate with more notes of pencil shavings, dark fruits, and a touch of cedar.
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