Worldwide Wines that Don't Suck

Saint Genevieve, Minneapolis

Tasted November 21, 2019 by 3daywinereview.com with 111 views

Introduction

Very solid lineup overall but some wines that did not show well. Top two wines were the 2001 Robert Mondavi Reserve and the 1989 Leoville Poyfere. Really enjoyed the Thomas and the Bourchard. The Suduiraut was a great way to cap off the night.

Flight 1 (14 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut France, Champagne
91 points
Another good showing. The best of the 3 Sparkling wines tonight. Apple, lemon, chalk, spice and pie crust. Medium plus finish and good acidity. $30 at Hennepin Lake and my favorite NV Champagne for the money.
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Rosé - Sparkling
2006 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Rosé France, Champagne
87 points
Disappointing. Have not enjoyed the Moet 2006s. This lacks complexity. Dried herbs, raspberries, too much chalk and lacks acidity. Not my style.
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Rosé - Sparkling
2013 Under The Wire Pinot Noir Sparkling Alder Springs Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
80 points
Terrible would be a good description of this wine. Paint thinner, floral and earth. Lacks any resemblances of a California Sparkler. Can't believe how much this cost???
White
2011 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
91 points
Solid overall with shells, lemon, stones, apricots and mild oak. A touch of sweetness on the palate. Very enjoyable and I would recommend drink over the next few years. Don't see this aging long term.
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White
2012 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Clos St. Landry Blanc France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
92 points
Liked this a lot. Good use of oak. Apricots, lemon zest, apple and spice. Medium plus finish and complex wine. Should drink now through 2024.
Red
2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
93 points
Third best wine of the night. Mushrooms, forest floor, raspberries, floral and fungus. Very elegant wine and medium plus finish. Drinking really well now but should age through 2025. Excellent.
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Red
2013 Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Block 7 Shea Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Good on the pop and pour but did this fall apart over a few hours. If you can trade these and get back your money do it. Scorched earth, minerals, strawberries and floral notes. On the pop and pour 90 points. Later on 84ish.
Red
1989 Château Léoville Poyferré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
94 points
Excellent drinking window. Pop and pour. Roasted chestnuts, gravel, red currants and earth. Excellent nose but the palate is not matching otherwise bigger score. This wine should age another decade on the conservative end.
Red
2001 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Hell ya!!! My wine of the night. Nose is amazing and palate/finish consistent. Red currants, cigar, plum, coffee grounds and minerals. Medium to long finish and super complex. This wine will age another decade not worries. Top ten wine of the year. 95 plus.
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Red
2001 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
83 points
Off tonight. Astringent. Chalky and clunky. Fruit is there but lacks structure. Hard to find much hope for this wine. Maybe an off bottle but no flaws detected other than it is not very good.
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Red
2008 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
85 points
Can't drink these wines. Just boring and overpriced. Big with spice, pepper and some fruit. Not balanced. Pass.
Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
90 points
Solid wine and better than many of the wines much more expensive. Dill, leather, red currants and mild oak. In a good drinking window.
Red
2010 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points
Not bad and not great. Big style with floral, spice, dark fruits and earth. Modern no doubt. I would hold these for a few years. 90-92.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Suduiraut France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
94 points
Excellent. Honey suckles, peaches, crème brulee and minerals. Complex and long finish. Drinking really well but aging is a great option.
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