Old World from the New World

Amy & Scott's

Tasted April 15, 2019 by galewskj with 27 views

Introduction

The purpose of this tasting was to analyze wines from the New World that have a tie-in to old world producers and/or are very traditional. I'm not really sure that the theme was a teaching moment for anyone, but the wines were right up my alley!

Flight 1 (4 notes)

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
87 points
So much fruit that the mouthfeel seems slightly sweet. Similar to the last bottle I had in 2016, this seemed to be just fruit and fizz. I wouldn't kick this out of bed, but some acidity, minerality and yeast would do wonders for this wine.
White - Sparkling
2006 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
92 points
Similar to previous experiences. This is my favorite domestic sparkler, and it drinks similar to real champagne.
White - Sparkling
2006 Domaine Carneros Le Rêve USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
87 points
My second try with this wine, and again it does not deliver at the level I think it should. This wine is powerful with almond extract, pear and a mix of sweetness and acid. To me, this is the opposite of refined. This wine doesn't resemble champagne or any sparkling wine I've ever had.
White
2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
This wine resembled a grand cru Chablis or a white burgundy. There is some French oak, and it lends support instead of dominating. Golden yellow fruit, lemon, spice, minerality is evident. Why don't I buy this more often?

Flight 2 (6 notes)

Red
2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
93 points
Pop and pour. The nose is off the hook with funk, earth and tar. This smells like some of the better red Burgundies that I've had. The palate does not quite measure up, but it is no slouch. The palate is red-fruited and elegant with crisp red cherry. I don't really get any minerality, it is all elegant fruit and a touch of vanilla.
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Red
2001 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Réserve Spéciale USA, California, Sonoma County
93 points
Slow o'd 8 hours. This didn't quite measure up to the last bottle, but it was still pretty nice. Text book traditional California cabernet.
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Red
2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Decanted 2 hours. This wine was weird. Initially there was distinct christmas candy, which came and went until it mellowed into more of a mint or eucalyptus element. This wine is not shy, there are a lot of outstanding smells and flavors to it. Tangy berry, cassis, graphite, a little licorice.
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Red
2011 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva Chile, Maipo Valley, Puente Alto
93 points
Decanted 3 hours. This is a gorgeous and elegant young Almaviva. You really should let them sit, but it is silky and accessible with said decant. There is that distinct carmenere green funkiness to it, but it is not overpowering and adds interest to the wine. If you like wines young, powerful and yet elegant, drink now. Else, wait.
Red
2004 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
Splash decanted. This wine was balanced and easy to drink. It is primarily fruit and kind of "slurpable". I was hoping for more complexity.
Red
2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
89 points
1 hour decant. This wine resembles a very balanced Southern Rhone of modest producer. It seems fully integrated right now, not overly youthful and not showing any signs of decline. Overall, the price of about $40 seems appropriate or just slightly high. I have seen reviewers wax poetic about this wine, and the 6 bottles I've consumed do not agree with that. One 750 and one 375 left. When to open?
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