Sunfish Cellars Burgundy & Oregon Tasting

Sunfish Cellars/I Nonni Minneapolis, MN

Tasted February 15, 2020 by 3daywinereview.com with 193 views

Introduction

This was a very good tasting for $25.00. While it did not offer the quality of the Napa Tasting in December it was $25.00. Many others charge a ton more for much less. Great job Hoyt Hill putting these together.

Flight 1 - Table One (7 notes)

Highlight 2016 LAVINEA Pinot Noir Nysa Vineyard. This has some aging potential and should improve.

White
2018 Guilhem et Jean-Hugues Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre France, Burgundy, Côtes d'Auxerre, Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre
88 points
Solid wine and interesting. Wood, earth, raspberries and floral notes. Medium finish. Drink now to 2026.
Red
2017 Prosper Maufoux Bourgogne France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
89 points
Good acidity with cherry, floral and minerals. A very clean wine and drinking well now. Drink now to 2024.
Red
2016 LAVINEA Pinot Noir Nysa Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
93 points
Very nice with cherry, wood, spices, floral and celery. Medium finish and good acidity. Should improve with some age.
Red
2016 LAVINEA Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
90 points
Not as good as the Nysa. Floral, strawberry and wood. Medium plus finish. Hold until 2023 and beyond. 90 to 92 points
Red
2018 Walnut City Wineworks Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
This wine got better with air time. Little on the sweeter side with strawberries, floral and earth. Short to medium finish. Decant introduction wine to Pinot Noir.
Red
2017 Whoa Nelly! Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
81 points
As the name suggests not a good wine. Little to no Pinot character. Wafer, light fruits and very simple wine. No thanks.
Red
2017 Kin & Cascadia Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
83 points
Simple with earth, mild fruits and floral notes. Drinkable but so much better out there.

Flight 2 - Table Two (7 notes)

Highlight Nothing. This was not a good showing from Wine Company which normally brings good wines to these events. Where is the St. Innocent Wines?

White
2016 Chanson Père & Fils Viré-Clessé France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Viré-Clessé
88 points
Lemon oil, spice, minerals and sour apples. Medium finish and good acidity.
White
2017 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé Alliance Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
88 points
Minerals, apple, pear, mild spice and floral notes. Short to medium finish. Decant acidity. Solid wine.
Red
2017 Chanson Père & Fils Bourgogne France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
87 points
Earth, clay, dust and red fruits. Medium finish and picks up some dusty notes. Very Old World in style.
Red
2014 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Cuvée Saint-Vincent France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
85 points
A bit too acidic. Forest floor, raspberries, floral and earth. Short to medium finish. Lacks personality.
Red
2016 Domaine Bourgogne-Devaux Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune La Perrière France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune
87 points
Raspberries, floral and cherry notes. Simple but tasty. Medium finish.
Red
2015 Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune
88 points
Nice overall with strawberries, earth, floral and rustic edge to the wine.
Red
2016 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Nuits Villages France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Nuits Villages
88 points
Raspberries, forest floor, spices and damp earth. Medium finish.

Flight 3 - Table Three (6 notes)

Highlights: Nothing.

White
2015 Airlie Winery Pinot Gris USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
83 points
Basic wine with little going on. Floral and soft fruit. Short finish.
White
2018 Anne Amie Müller-Thurgau Cuvée A Anne Amie Estate Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
84 points
Not my thing. Sweet with floral and apple notes. Very simple wine.
White
2017 Anne Amie Müller-Thurgau Cuvée A Anne Amie Estate Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
87 points
Apricots, floral and semi sweet. Not bad and better than the first two wines.
White
2017 Airlie Winery Seven USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
A fragrant wine with floral notes, honey suckles and perfume. Nice finish.
Red
2014 Airlie Winery Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
88 points
Clean wine but not inspiring. Cranberry, cherry and earth. Medium finish.
Red
2017 Anne Amie Pinot Noir Winemaker's Selection USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
87 points
EArth, smoke, wood and some funk. A bit clunky of a wine. Hold.

Flight 4 - Table Four (9 notes)

Highlights: A lot of good wine. La Crema Chardonnay was outstanding along with the WillaKenzie Rose, WillaKenzie Pinot Noir, Siduri Pinot was excellent and Penner Ash Syrah.

White
2017 Domaine Laroche Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
90 points
Solid wine with shells, lemon, spice and mild oak. Refreshing wine and medium finish.
White
2016 Penner-Ash Viognier USA, Oregon
88 points
Floral, orange peel and minerals. A nice wine but very pricy.
White
2015 La Crema Chardonnay Yamhill-Carlton USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
92 points
My second favorite white at the tasting. Rich with apple, mild oak, spice, minerals and floral notes. Medium plus and complex finish.
White
2015 Gran Moraine Chardonnay USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
91 points
Rich with apple, pear, earth, dust and mild oak. Medium finish and picks up some orange peel.
White
2017 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
85 points
Another example of an underwhelming Pinot Gris. Chalk, minerals, and a lack of fruit come together to create a boring wine.
Rosé
2018 WillaKenzie Estate Rosé USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Very good featuring watermelon, stone and floral notes. Very clean wine and flavorful.
Red
2016 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Very good base bottle. Good acidity featuring raspberries, earth, mushroom and cranberry. A rustic wine.
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Red
2017 Siduri Pinot Noir Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Really liked this wine and the price is a great value. Light in color featuring rose petals, minerals, strawberries, smoke and mild wood. Medium plus finish. Very good.
Red
2014 Penner-Ash Syrah USA, Oregon
92 points
Very nice wine. Normally not a big fan of the Rogue Valley Syrahs' but this one exceeds. Floral, pepper, cherry, earth and tar. Medium plus finish.

Flight 5 - Table Five (7 notes)

Highlights: David Morey St Denis along with the Elk Cove wines and the Leah Jorgensen Malbec.

Red
2015 David Duband Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbé France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
93 points
Very nice wine and tied at the top of the tasting. Intense wine with earth, minerals, mild oak. dark cherries and floral notes. Medium to long finish and balanced has been achieved.
White
2016 Leah Jorgensen Cellars Blanc de Cabernet Franc Mae's Vineyard USA, Oregon, Southern Oregon, Applegate Valley
82 points
Sometimes wine makers should not experiment and this is one of those times. Bitter, earth and lacks any complexity. A mess of a wine.
Red
2017 David Duband Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits
88 points
Solid wine with earth, mushrooms, cranberry and floral notes. Medium finish.
Red
2016 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Clay Court Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
91 points
Very solid wine with earth, forest floor, blueberries, bramble and possesses good acidity. Medium plus finish. Should drink well with some age.
Red
2016 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Five Mountain USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains
92 points
Very nice a one point higher than the Clay Court. Spice, dust, earth and floral notes. Medium plus finish and complex wine.
Red
2015 Andrew Rich Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
87 points
Simple wine with earth, red fruits and mild spices. A bit pricy.
Red
2016 Leah Jorgensen Cellars Malbec Crater View Vineyard USA, Oregon, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
91 points
Very interesting wine and tasty. Perfume, blueberries, cherries and earth. Some nice dusty notes on the medium plus finish.

Flight 6 - Table Six (11 notes)

Highlights: Burrier Morgan and Xavier Meursault.

White
2016 Château de Beauregard (Joseph Burrier) Pouilly-Fuissé France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
88 points
Nice with minerals, floral, lemon and chalk. Medium finish.
Red
2017 Domaine Xavier Maranges 1er Cru Clos de la Fussière France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Maranges 1er Cru
88 points
Nice overall with oak, cherry, plum, minerals and roasted meat. A bigger style wine.
White
2016 Xavier Monnot Meursault Les Chevalières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
92 points
For sure a highlight of the tasting. Slate, shells, lemon, sour apple and floral. Medium plus finish and concentrated wine. Would love to try this again soon.
White
2018 King Estate Sauvignon Blanc USA, Oregon
89 points
Probably the most explosive wine at the tasting. Grass, floral and grapefruit in spades. Medium and good acidity.
Red
2017 Joseph Burrier Morgon Grands Cras France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
91 points
Really nice Beaujolais. One of my favorite wines at the tasting. Funk, earth, floral and red currants. Medium plus finish. A buy wine!
Red
2017 Michel Magnien Bourgogne France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
90 points
A very good Bourgogne. Flavorful featuring strawberries, minerals and earth. Medium finish.
Red
2016 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Fixin
90 points
Not bad for the money. Minerals, earth, earth and dried leaves. Good concentrated medium plus finish. Very nice.
White
2016 A. et P. de Villaine Aligoté Bouzeron France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Bouzeron
88 points
Not too often do you drink an Aligote based wine. Bread crust, shells and orange peel. Short to medium finish and tasty overall.
Red
2017 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune
89 points
Earth, cherry and rose petals. Good wine overall.
White
2017 Cooper Mountain Vineyards Pinot Gris USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
86 points
Simple wine with light spices, floral and apple. Simple but refreshing.
Red
2017 Cooper Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Spice, floral, some funk and red fruits. Very good value Pinot Noir from Oregon.

Closing

How can you go wrong with this event that cost only $25.00.

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