Several Tastings today!

Minneapolis, MN

Tasted December 7, 2019 by 3daywinereview.com with 102 views

Introduction

5 different destinations in one day. A ton of spitting was done!!!

Flight 1 - Zipp's Sparkling Tasting (19 notes)

I have never been to Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis and now I know why. The wine space is microscopic. While they carry some solid wines they are overpriced and there are way too many better options for wine shopping such as 1010 Washington, Sunfish Cellars, Wine Street Spirits, Surdyk's, Haskell's and South Lyndale. The star of the tasting was the Le Mesnil and Marc Hebrart. Who ever put the list together needs to check the spelling of the producers.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bellafina Prosecco Italy, Veneto / Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Prosecco
84 points
Simple stuff featuring apple, pear and minerals. Short finish. Good for the price of $10.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut France, Burgundy, Crémant de Bourgogne
87 points
Tart with apple, kiwi, spice and minerals. Not bad.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Sektkellerei Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Brut Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
85 points
Floral driven. Light and smooth overall.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Francois Montand Crémant du Jura Brut France, Jura, Crémant du Jura
88 points
Smooth overall with yeast, stone, apple and baking spices. Medium finish and clean.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Francois Montand Brut Rosé France
87 points
Tart with cherry, raspberries, spice and earth. Shorter finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Loimer Brut Austria, Niederösterreich
89 points
One of the better at the tasting. Watermelon, spice, chalk and cherry blossoms. Medium finish and good acidity.
Red - Sparkling
N.V. Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Modena Vecchia Modena Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Lambrusco di Modena DOC
86 points
Lots of red currants and floral notes. Medium finish.
White - Sparkling
2015 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Riesling Sekt - Brut Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
87 points
Interesting enough. Peach, floral and minerals. Clean short finish. Fun to try.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jérôme Arnoux Elégance Crémant du Jura Extra Brut France, Jura, Arbois
86 points
Very simple stuff but enjoyable. Probably a bit pricy for what you get. Minerals and mild fruits.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru "Cuvee de Reserve" France, Champagne
90 points
This was much better than the last 2 times sampling this N.V. Dough, spice, floral, pie crust and minerals. Very good acidity and medium plus finish. This current N.V. is worth the tariff.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Murgo Brut Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
85 points
Bread, spice, floral and earthiness. Short to medium finish. Clean overall.
Rosé - Sparkling
2017 Kir-Yianni Akakies Sparkling Greece, Macedonia, Amyndaio
85 points
Cherry, watermelon and floral notes. Very drinkable but nothing amazing.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Boys & Girls The Diver - Brut USA, California, Napa Valley
80 points
Marketed to the masses with the label. Cheap sparkling wine featuring apple and pear. Not much minerality here.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Boys & Girls The Diver - Brut Rosé USA, California, Napa Valley
81 points
Korbel would be preferred. Simple with floral and light spice. Not much going on here.
Red - Sparkling
N.V. Serafino Maglieri La Brusco Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
78 points
Sweet with plum, prunes and floral notes. Not my style.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. A. R. Lenoble Champagne Brut Rosé Terroirs France, Champagne
88 points
Pretty basic for what you are paying here. Light strawberry, rose petals, mild spice and yeast. Short to medium finish. For $50 should expect more.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Ridgeview Bloomsbury United Kingdom, England, Sussex, West Sussex
88 points
Decant but pricy. Yeast, lemon, stone and floral notes. A delicate sparkler with some nice acidity. Would buy if half the price.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jean Bourdy Crémant du Jura France, Jura, Crémant du Jura
85 points
Simple stuff with apple, spice and minerals. Certainly not worth $20 when you can get the Mumm Brut Prestige for less and it is much better.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Champagne Le Mesnil Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
91 points
Very good with dough, spice, floral, orange peel and lemon zest. Medium plus finish and good concentration.

Flight 2 - Hennepin Lake Liquors (5 notes)

As always a Saturday usually has some good wines out to sample and this was not different. The 2015 Sierra Cantabria was drinking well. Picked up the NV Piper Heidsieck as Phil has the best prices in town at $29.95 on it.

White
2017 Gehricke Chardonnay USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
87 points
Nothing to exciting here. Tropical fruit, spice, apple and floral notes. Short to medium finish. Lacks any serious complexity.
Red
2016 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
87 points
Decant wine for around $15. Raspberries, smoke, earth and spice. Short to medium finish. I would go with the 2017 St. Cosme for a little less per bottle.
Red
2017 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
86 points
This must be a Zin. Blackberries, higher alcohol and a fruit bomb. Picks up spices and floral notes on the finish. Big wine is an understatement. The Caymus of Paso Robles.
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Red
2016 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Second time sampling this in the past few months. Very nice with floral, strawberries, spice and earth. Medium finish and good concentration. A solid Willamette Valley offering.
Red
2015 Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Rioja Reserva Unica Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
91 points
This was very nice with wood, leather, spice, raspberries and floral notes. Complex wine and medium plus finish. Solid

Flight 3 - Haskell's Bloomington (16 notes)

Now that Steve is back at the helm the tasting was much better than last years which featured really nothing of note. Really enjoyed the Roederer Rose and Lete-Vautrain. The Veuve Clicquot remains one of the most overpriced N.V. Champagnes.

Red
2016 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir USA, California
88 points
Not bad with smoke, floral, strawberry and pepper. Short to medium finish. Good everyday wine.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Cuvée M USA, California, Napa Valley
82 points
This stuff is awful in comparison to the Brut Prestige and Rose. Sweet with floral, candied fruit and some minerality. Shorter finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Nice overall with strawberry, floral, spices and dough. Medium finish and decant acidity.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
I think I have reviewed this wine more than anyone on Cellar Tracker. Another good showing featuring apple, spice, pie crust, lemon and minerals. Solid finish and good acidity.
Red
2017 Napa Cellars Pinot Noir USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
A nice surprise. Very good value for under $20. Strawberry, floral, cherry and mild earth. A simple but well made offering. For the non Pinot drinker but this is not sweet.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Second time tasting this in a day. Strawberry, floral, cherry and minerals. This is a really well made Rose and good value at $22.99. Highly recommend this for parties.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut France, Champagne
91 points
Love the Piper. Chalk, spice, lemon, pear, apple and dough. Medium plus finish and complex. Almost always a winner on every N.V. campaign.
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White - Sparkling
2015 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs USA, California
92 points
Another stellar showing of my favorite US Sparkling Wine Producers. Lemon, tropical fruit, chalk, minerals and apple. Good acidity and medium plus finish. This is drinking well now or could age for 5 years.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Korbel Brut California Sparkling Wine USA, California
83 points
Light with minerals, sour apple and chalk. Not bad and certainly decant enough for under $10.00.
White
2017 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris California USA, California
83 points
Another mediocre Pinot Gris from California. Lemon, floral and grass. Short finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. J Vineyards & Winery California Cuvée USA, California
86 points
Not terrible with apple, pear, spice and floral notes. Short to medium finish. Not complex but drinkable.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut France, Champagne
89 points
Solid on this N.V. effort with floral, dough, minerals, apple and lemon. Good acidity and medium finish. Drink now.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Monthuys Père et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
88 points
Nice overall with floral, chalk, minerals and lemon. Good acidity and flavor. Medium plus finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Monthuys Père et Fils Champagne France, Champagne
89 points
Nice overall with floral, chalk, minerals and lemon. Good acidity and flavor. Medium plus finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Champagne Lété-Vautrain Champagne Traditionnel Brut France, Champagne
90 points
This was solid with minerals, apple, spice and dough. On sale for $34.99 at Haskell's. Solid overall.
White
2015 Cambria Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
90 points
Very good wine. Lemon, spice, floral and grapefruit. Very mild oak and medium, clean finish. This is a nice wine overall.

Flight 4 - Jason's House (10 notes)

Jason hosted an enjoyable get together of club members. Very graciously opened a variety of wines to sample. Hope I did not miss some extra good bonus bottles.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2014 Château Coutet France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
87 points
Thin and featuring floral, apricots, peach and spice. Lacks much complexity. Tastes like a $20 Sauternes. This did not perform anywhere near the previous performance earlier this year.
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Red
2014 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Côte Sud Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
93 points
This was the wine of the day in a marathon of spitting and tasting. Excellent. Sour cherry, cranberry, blueberries, floral and mild spices. Balanced and good acidity. Really nice showing of this wine and has aging potential. Drink now to 2025.
Red
2006 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Arcus Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
88 points
Underwhelming. Vanilla, spice, floral and underbrush. This wine lacks personality and complexity. Should have been consumed several years ago. Normally not a fan of the Cellar Tracker drinking window but this one is spot on.
Red
2016 Fabre Montmayou Malbec Reserva Argentina, Mendoza
88 points
Not bad. Spice, plum, blackberries and floral notes. Medium finish and quite pleasing. Drink now to 2024.
Red
2014 Substance Super Substance Bx Klein Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
87 points
As a big fan of K Vintners Syrah efforts I have been less impress with the Super Substance lineup. I have yet to enjoy one of the them. This is another disappointment. Cherry, plum and spice. Non complex and quite boring. Not sure where this is heading.
Red
2010 Watermill Winery Syrah USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
84 points
I usually love Walla Walla Syrah but not this time. Pepper, red currants and earth. Not very interesting and lacks acidity. Drink a few years ago.
Red
2010 Paradise View Tribute to the Hermit USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
85 points
Fading. Earth, green peppers and muted fruit. Drinkable but nothing spectacular.
White
2017 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
88 points
Not bad. Served from a double magnum. Featuring apple, spice, mild oak and minerals. Decant acidity.
White
2018 Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
87 points
Solid overall with apricot, unripe peaches and floral notes. Short to medium finish and decant acidity.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
A solid wine and the 2nd time tasting this today. Strawberries, floral, spice and minerals. Very balanced effort and a solid for the price point.
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Flight 5 - Chad's House (2 notes)

Typical party wines. The star was the Summit EPA.

White
2018 Greyrock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
86 points
Lots of grassy notes along with tropical fruit and floral. Sharp acidity.
Red
2016 Finca Flichman Malbec Tupungato Argentina, Mendoza
85 points
Basic Malbec with sweet fruits featuring cherry and blackberries along with some spice and floral notes. Medium finish.

Closing

Would not want to do this everyday but spitting allows one to drive home safely! Thank you spit buckets.

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