Christmas Wines

Minneapolis, MN

Tasted December 22, 2019 - December 25, 2019 by 3daywinereview.com with 43 views

Introduction

The star of the lineup is the Insignia. Polished that one off on day 1.

Flight 1 (8 notes)

Red
2014 Trisaetum Pinot Noir Wichmann Dundee Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Hour 1: Floral, strawberry, spice and underbrush. Medium finish. 91 points
Hour 2: Fragrant floral, spice, underbrush and strawberry. Medium. 92 points
Hour 3: Pepper, floral, spice, underbrush and strawberry. Medium finish. 92 points
Recommendation: Over 3 hours this was better on hour 2 and 3.
Red
2013 Ladera Pinot Noir Pillow Road Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Dust, rose petals, raspberries and minerals. Medium finish. 91 points
Hour 2: Dust, rose petals, spice and raspberries. Medium finish. 92 points
Hour3: Dust, rose petals, spice and raspberries. Medium finish. 92 points
Recommendation: Over 3 hours better on hour 2 and 3.
Red
2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Day 1: Christmas Eve Wine. Solid and classic Insignia. Dark currants, earth, menthol, spices, floral and cigar. Medium to long finish. Showing well on the pop and pour but I suspect this will improve on day 2. 94 points
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Red
2015 Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer Australia, South Australia
This is a big style wine. Not to my liking. Blackberries, heat and exotic spices. Just can't find balanced here. For me 84 points
Red
2014 Knez Winery Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Day 1: Little murky in color. Underbrush, violets, ripe strawberries, funk and spice. This is a lighter style which I love and very nice finish. I am going to really enjoy drinking this throughout the day. 91 points
Day 2: A delicate gem. Mushrooms, perfume, ripe strawberries, underbrush and white pepper. Very flavorful and medium plus finish. This is a solid effort. 91-92 points
Note: Interesting reviews on this wine. Seems like K & L got a bad batch. My prediction heat damage. Mine was purchased from Envoyer and is very good.
Day 3: Burg like with funk, light fruits, floral and earth. Good acidity. Short to medium finish. 91 points
Recommendation: if you get this less than $25.00 buy unless it is from K & L.
Wine Video: https://youtu.be/2L4al-JnuHQ
White
2017 Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
88 points
Another solid showing for Dr. L. Ripe peaches, dust, floral and minerals. Short to medium finish. A crowd favorite.
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Red
2015 Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza Argentina, Mendoza
92 points
The new 3 hour review.
Hour 1: Big fruit featuring plum, cherry, raspberries along with floral and spice. Very concentrated and probably the best of the 15's I have tasted. 92 points
Hour 2: This bottle is on fire. Plum, mulberries, cherry, spice, floral and coffee beans. Concentrated wine and medium plus finish. Delicious. 92 points
Hour 3: Not as good. Too much air time. Fruit not as intense and mild spices. Short to medium finish. Should have consumed on hour 2. 88 points
Recommendation: This is a two hour max wine.
Day 2: Picking up some nice pepper notes along with plum, spice, rose petals and Bing Cherries. Actually better than hour 3 yesterday. A real solid effort and one of the most consistent wines for under $20.00 that Argentina exports. 90 points
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Another Holiday and another bottle. I must be the number one reviewer in the world on this Sparkling!!! Another good bottle. Apple, spice, dough, pear and tropical fruit. Short to medium finish and really good acidity. This Sparkling wine is so much better than any Prosecco in this price range.
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