Mixed Offerings at Kenwood

Kenwood Restaurant, Minneapolis

Tasted January 30, 2020 by 3daywinereview.com with 88 views

Introduction

Wow some really good wines and great food. Nice event on a Thursday night. Wine of the night was the 2010 Reynvaan followed by the 2000 Clos des Papes and thrid was the 2001 Chateau Gazin Pomerol.

Flight 1 (13 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Philippe Prié Champagne Tradition Brut France, Champagne
91 points
Very nice featuring lemon, spice, orange peel and chalk. Very refreshing and good acidity. A solid value.
White - Sparkling
2008 Deutz Champagne Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
90 points
Light style. Shells, apple, pear and minerals. Short to medium finish. I would hold these and see if it comes around.
White
2014 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
93 points
Always a solid. Rich wine featuring lemon, spice, floral, burnt toast and mild oak. Complex wine and medium plus finish. Should drink well for 5 plus years.
White
2015 Lillian Winery Roussanne USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
92 points
Unique wine. Intense with minerals, lemon zest, floral, honeysuckles and minerals. Won't think this is a Northern Rhone but an interesting wine and would love to try this again in a smaller group. 92+
Red
2012 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
Others like this more than I did. No Pinot character here. Spice, pine tar, dense fruit and chalk. Clunky wine.
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Red
2012 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Big style Pinot but enjoyable. Strawberry, floral, rose petals and earth. Medium plus finish. For sure some ripeness here.
Red
2013 Brick House Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais Ribbon Ridge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
92 points
This evolved in the glass. Up front a ton of cinnamon overload. 15 minutes later a much better wine that featured spice, mild funk, forest floor and sour cherries. Medium finish. Hold this for a few years.
Red
2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
94 points
Top 3 wine! Garrique, funk, stone, spices and earth. Featuring raspberries and cherry. Very balanced and drinking well. Medium plus finish. Got some likes at the tasting.
Red
2000 Château Cantemerle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
87 points
Some funk, spice, light fruits and earth. Lacks concentration and personality. Short to medium finish.
Red
1998 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
Boring and weak wine. Earth, water chestnuts, muted fruit and tobacco. This lacks concentration and is past peak. Consume immediately.
Red
2001 Château Gazin Pomerol France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
93 points
Excellent! 3rd best wine at the tasting. Funk, tobacco, gravel, chestnuts and cherry. Really good concentration and medium plus finish. Still young and a decade plus of enjoyment.
Red
2011 Bernard Magrez Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Port like. Blackberries, blueberries, coffee beans and earth. Medium to long finish. Will revisit day 2. I like the wine but could see where others would find it unbalanced.
Day 2: Big style. Certainly not going to find balance but tasty nonetheless.
Red
2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
95 points
This wine was unfortunately at the end of the tasting but the star. Finished a glass at home. Holly Cow!!! White pepper, stone, blueberries, cherry, dust, black olives and earth. Concentrated and long finish. This is a top 10 for sure for 2020! Cheaper than Cayuse and is as good! Wow!
Day 2: Not as good. Lost the intensity. This is a consume on day 1.
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