Summertime 2019 - Lake House and Arlington

Tasted July 17, 2019 by pgb67 with 97 views

Introduction

Served at a handful of different events during the course of the summer ... it appears I've really developed a taste for the Italians this summer ...

Flight 1 - Italia (4 notes)

Red
2008 Silvio Grasso Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
All of the Italian wines on this list opened with a “poof” of fragrance once uncorked, and this one may have been the most alluring (like walking past a perfume counter). Rich and dense, with powerful notes of cherry, eucalyptus, and tea, and hints of beefiness. Mouthfeel is intense and the finish muscular. Seems ready to go and quite sophisticated for an entry-level wine. Love these 2008s – such a great vintage in Barolo.
Red
2015 Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Autinbej Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
92 points
Young but gave excellent drinking pleasure even today. Spice-driven nose paired with lush ripe cherry flavors that are lifted by notes of orange zest and green herbs. Tannins are pronounced but silky.
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Red
2009 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Heady aromatic profile showing blackberry and flowers, while the sophisticated palate features kirsch, dark red cherries, pine and spice. Structured with integrated tannins, polished mouthfeel, and complex finish. Rated higher than the Costanti because I’m a sucker for cherry-driven brunellos but I do think the ’07 vintage shows more power than the ’09.
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Red
2007 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
Appealing nose of violet and lavender, leading into a sophisticated palate of anise, chocolate, coffee and white pepper (more savory than the Altero above). Concentrated with still grippy tannins (showing the strength of the vintage) and closing with a mineral-laden finish.

Flight 2 - The Rest of the Globe (5 notes)

Red
2008 Clonakilla Shiraz - Viognier Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
97 points
This was a killer – delicious in every way. Overflowing richness and depth with decadent flavors of cassis, blackberry, smoked meats. The nose evolves over the course of the night, showing tropical fruits, berries, tobacco, sandalwood. So impressed with the balance of this wine – extracted fruit flavors seamlessly stitched into a tannic core. No signs of aging (other than great integration), but don't see utility in holding it either.
Red
2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Had high hopes for this but opened it in the wrong atmosphere – everyone wanted to try it and it was gone before it had a chance to evolve. That being said it did give off a slightly off bandaid smell that was concerning and it didn’t blow off soon enough. Some of my guests however were impressed with the wine’s concentration, color, and length.
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Red
2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Tight black cherry and blueberry flavors prevail with complementary notes of tea and forest floor. Floral, evolving nose, smooth mouthfeel, good concentration. This was quite good, but given its price point, not sure if I’m a buyer in the future. Maybe needs more time.
Red
2012 Château Lalande de Pez France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
88 points
Probably not the right wine for the moment – had it lakeside on a steamy summer night – a challenging assignment for a Bordeaux more suited for the dining room. Tasted this for the first time three years ago and loved its vibrance, but now it might be in a closed phase. Currant is the prevailing flavor, currant and nutmeg on nose, firm tannins, overall very dry.
Red
2010 Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Santenots France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
89 points
Sappy aromas of raspberry and Chambord, tangy flavors of dark fruit and chocolate with a hard finish of iron and rocks. Concentrated and rich, maybe even hot. But next to the interesting Italian wines, it had me wondering whether Burgundy is worth it …
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