Sunfish Cellars Grand Tasting (Just $10)

Sunfish Cellars/I Nonni Minneapolis, MN

Tasted September 21, 2019 by 3daywinereview.com with 113 views

Introduction

This was the best $10 tasting in the history of MN. It is amazing what they were pouring for the money. A good worldwide representation of wine.

Flight 1 (53 notes)

Red
2016 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Had this at a tasting and this was amazing. Spice, red currants, floral, stone and minerals. Medium to long finish. Balanced wine and drinking amazingly well right now. This should drink well now to 2025.
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah
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Red
2017 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
88 points
I had this wine about a year ago. This is showing much better. Rustic with spice, floral, raspberries and a bit of funk. Drink now to 2021.
Red
2013 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
92 points
Drinking well right now. Funk, floral, spice, raspberries and green olives. Medium finish and balanced. Drink now to 2022.
Red
2017 Elouan Pinot Noir USA, Oregon
83 points
No Oregon character. Sweet, spice and floral notes. Short to medium finish. For those who like sweet wines.
Rosé
2018 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
Rose wines from Oregon have been disappointing for me. This is drinkable but for $15.99 a bit pricy. Floral, light fruits and some spice. Short to medium finish.
Red
2016 Luca Malbec Old Vines Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco
91 points
Excellent Malbec for under $30. Nice fruit, earth, minerals and floral notes. While a fruit forward style it is not jammy and balanced. Medium plus finish. Drink now to 2023.
Red
2013 Venturini Massimino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campomasua Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
90 points
Raisins, floral, spice and raspberries. Medium finish. Solid overall.
Red
2015 Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon S38 Los Lingues Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley
90 points
Blueberries, spice, pepper, floral and earth. Medium plus finish. Solid wine for under $30.
Red
2016 G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba Superiore
90 points
Minerals, rustic, cherry, rose petals and plum. Medium plus finish. Nice wine and should improve with some age.
Red
2015 Domaine de Font-Sane Gigondas Tradition France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
92 points
This represents a good value from the Southern Rhone. Dried herbs, spice, stone, Garrique and raspberries. Medium plus finish. Drink now to 2024.
Red
2016 Mickaël Bourg Cornas Les P'tits Bouts France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
93 points
One of my favorite wines today. Olives, pepper, stone and red currants. Vibrant wine and good acidity. Medium plus and complex wine. Should age for another decade.
Red
2014 Roccheviberti Barolo Bricco Boschis Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
92 points
Very nice wine. Rustic, floral, raspberries, minerals and mushrooms. Medium plus finish. Should drink well to 2030.
Red
2017 Ottin Pinot Noir Valle d'Aosta Italy, Valle d'Aosta
87 points
Not bad but stick to Italian varietals. Floral, earth and wet stones. Short to medium finish.
Red
2015 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Lower East USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
91 points
A good price at $31.99. Cherry, oak, vanilla, spice and dark chocolate. Medium plus finish. Buy at the price of $31.99.
Red
2015 Oddero Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza
88 points
Solid with cherry, floral, dust and earth. Medium finish.
Red
2016 Vini Biondi Etna Rosso Cisterna Fuori Contrada Ronzini Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC
91 points
Nice wine but a bit pricy. Features floral, earth, spice, minerals and red currants. Medium finish.
Red
1995 Pertinace (Cantina Vignaioli) Barbaresco Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
90 points
A bit on the decline but solid. Floral, funk, raspberries with a rustic edge. Short to medium finish. Drink immediately.
Red
2016 Dante Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Mara Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba
90 points
This is really nice. Chery, spice, floral and minerals. Medium finish. Good every day wine.
Red
2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
This wine when first open was tight and tannic. Not my cup of tea. Came back at the end of the tasting and much better. Spice, fruits, minerals and earth. Medium plus finish. This needs some age. 88 to 91.
White
2016 Paetra Riesling Dry USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
88 points
Orange peel, lemon and floral notes. Prefer a German Riesling over this style.
White
2016 Paetra Riesling Dry USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
89 points
A bit better than the Eola Amity Hills. A touch of sweetness, green apple, lemon and floral notes. Medium plus finish.
White
2017 Paetra Riesling "<O>" USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
87 points
Good but a bit pricing for a Riesling when I can get an excellent Spatlese from Germany for less. Pear, orange peel, floral and spices. Short to medium finish.
Red
2015 Hedges Family Estate CMS USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
87 points
Little surprised at the low scoring on this wine. It is not a 90 but is certainly not an 80. Roasted meat, berries, spice and earth. Medium finish. Good every day drinker.
Red
2016 Argyle Pinot Noir Artisan Series Reserve USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
91 points
Really liked the 2015. This is good also with cranberry, floral, strawberry and minerals. Medium plus finish. Good acidity.
Red
2016 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
88 points
Well this is a good every day value Cab. Cherry, plum, minerals, chocolate and oak. Medium finish. Could benefit with some additional age as it is tight right now. 88 to 90.
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Red
2010 Revana Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
94 points
This wine stood out at a tasting of over 100 wines. On a pop and pour this was rocking. Blueberries, cherry, mild oak, pencil lead, chocolate and spice. Medium to long finish. Balanced and in the perfect drinking window right now. I would not wait too long on these.
Red
2016 G.B. Crane El Coco USA, California, Napa Valley
84 points
This seemed really thin to me. Soft fruits, floral and earth. Nothing special and not worth the money. Not sure I would ever blend Zinfandel and Merlot together. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot
Red
2016 Martinelli Pinot Noir Bella Vigna USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
This is excellent and not over the top which I find sometimes happens with Martinelli Pinots. Strawberry, cherry, floral, earth and minerals. Medium plus finish and pleasing to the palate. Drink now to 2022.
Red
2016 Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
91 points
Solid wine with funk, stone, red currants and floral notes. Medium plus finish. Drink now to 2024.
Red
2017 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
89 points
89 which is the tracker average is a perfect fit for the wine. Not the rocks but not a cheap Washington State Syrah. Cherry, plum, spice and minerals. Medium finish.
Red
2017 Château Sainte-Eulalie Minervois Plaisir d'Eulalie France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Minervois
86 points
A easy drinking wine. Fruit, minerals and oak. Nothing bad but not inspiring either. Priced right.
Red
2016 Corazon del Sol Malbec Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco
91 points
Solid Malbec. Funk, gravel, raspberries, rose petals and pepper. Medium plus finish.
Red
2017 Tensley All Blocks USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
91 points
Nice overall with black pepper, dust, blueberries, boysenberries and tar. Medium plus finish. Drink now to 2025.
Red
2015 Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyards USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
89 points
Cellar Tracker is a great benchmark for wines. I was at a tasting today of 50 plus wines sampled and many of my scores and impressions are right about the medium scores. I was underwhelmed by this wine. Lacks depth and features floral, mild fruit profile and earth. Not that interesting but not terrible either.
Red
2014 Guarachi Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
I see James Suckling gave this a 90 point score so I knew I would love it. One of the best wines at the event with cherry, plum, chocolate, mild oak, rose petals and cigar. Medium to long finish. Complex finish.
Red
2010 Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna di Arcanum Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
Black olives, blue currants, stone and earth. Medium plus finish. Drinking well right now.
Red
2012 Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Strada al Sasso Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
92 points
Really nice wine. Mushrooms, floral, earth and fruit. Medium plus finish and good acidity. Nice food wine.
Red
2014 Penner-Ash Syrah USA, Oregon
88 points
Love US Syrah but this lacks something for me. Floral, olives and spices. Fruit is a bit thin. Medium finish. Good but would not purchase at $35.
Red
2016 Penfolds Bin 389 Australia, South Australia
84 points
Don't agree on the average on this one. Eucalyptus overload and I mean overload. Hot and ripe fruit. Pass and I usually love Aussie wines.
Red
2015 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
Well Spectator did the best job reviewing this in regards to a score. This is over the top and oaked out. Big wine with ripe fruit, oak, vanilla and spices to the max. Medium plus finish. If you were to pop and pour and drink this you are not going to have the experience you will by cellar this for a decade. Too young. Not going to give an official score but somewhere between 88 to 90 for me.
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Red
2016 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Never been a fan of the Cabs but the Chards are ok. This wine for the money is steep. Lighter fruits, oak, minerals and dust. Nothing bad but when it cost $75 a bottle it is hard to love this wine.
Red
2016 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
92 points
Drinking well today. This got some air so it help open it up. Raspberries, blueberries, wood, floral and earth. Drinking well on the young side but I could see this going for another decade.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
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Red
2016 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Martinborough New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
91 points
For an inexpensive Pinot from New Zealand I was pleasantly surprised. Good acidity, floral, bright fruit and balanced. Medium finish. Drink on the younger side.
Red
2017 The Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California
90 points
My value wine of the tasting. Nothing off the charts but no desirable flaws. Nice fruits, spice and good use of oak. Medium finish.
Red
2015 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
93 points
This is drinking well today. Balanced with cherry, plum, mint, oak, vanilla and earth. Picks up some nice chocolate notes on the finish. Medium plus. Should age for a decade.
Red
2017 Montes Syrah Alpha Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley
87 points
Ripe and a bit over done. Cinnamon, cherry, floral and spices. Medium finish.
Red
2016 Caraccioli Cellars Pinot Noir USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
91 points
Nice overall with underbrush, violets, strawberries and minerals. Medium plus finish.
Red
2017 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Flavorful with rose petals, strawberry, wood, underbrush and violets. Medium finish.
Red
2014 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vine USA, California, Sonoma County
92 points
Solid Zin with spices, floral, earth, violets and underbrush. Complex and medium plus finish.
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Red
2012 Ernie Els Signature South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch
92 points
This is a solid effort with cherry, floral, blueberries, spices and earth. Medium plus finish and drinking well on a pop and pour. Should age for another 3 to 5 years.
White
2018 Triennes Viognier Sainte Fleur France, Provence, Var
89 points
Very clean wine with lemon, orange peel, spice and floral notes. Short to medium finish.
Red
2016 Fontanabianca Barbera d'Alba Superiore Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba
88 points
Nice value with cherry, floral and spice. Medium finish.
Red
2016 Collazzi Chianti Classico I Bastioni Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
87 points
Spice, good acidity, floral and earth. Medium finish.
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