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Tasted April 18, 2020 by Woodbridge Brad with 79 views

Introduction

My wine bar/merchant needs to pay rent and keep the lights on so he is doing pickup 6 packs of selected wines to customers. Tasted a number of wines with him at safe social distances and practices today. Nice to share a glass and discuss.

Flight 1 (15 notes)

Red
2018 Viu Manent Malbec Secreto Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley
87 points
Very dark color, buttery berry/floral nose, soft yet full in the mouth. Fairly unadorned and fresh, with good acid balance, there is heat and modest tannin in the finish. Decent everyday red, might develop.
Red
2017 Viu Manent Pinot Noir Secreto Chile, Casablanca Valley
84 points
Medium color with a funky nose that suggest Pinot, alcohol warm with a decent balance and structure, not sure I would drink a second glass but I have had less interesting wines for the same price.
Red
2017 Viu Manent Syrah Secreto Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley
87 points
Dark big red, hints of sake and ashes, mint, but not fruit. Big, lush in the mouth, quite drinkable amorphous lush red with an edge of tannins.
Red
2017 Durigutti Bonarda Argentina, Mendoza
90 points
This is big inky wine, the nose is somewhat vague (needed air), but in the mouth it is a juicy excellent red, that is very well balanced and structured. Lovely tannin structure and finish. Some aging potential
Red
2017 Durigutti Cabernet Franc Argentina, Mendoza
88 points
Dark color slightly closed nose, something green hint of butter. Far better in the mouth, lovely weight and balance. Nice finish. Wine needed a bit of air. Very nice value red.
Red
2016 Ego Bodegas Jumilla El Gorú Spain, Murcia, Jumilla
90 points
Nice full dark color, vines, brambly. Full and lush in the mouth, fruit and acidity that echoes the nose. Really, really drinkable.
White
2017 Cyprus Chardonnay USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
No joy here just a tired aging barrel Chardonnay that sags in your mouth and you spit it out. There is a reason this still around, a bad one.
Red
2018 Villa Tonino Nero d'Avola Sicilia Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
87 points
Medium dark color, mint and cherry nose, clean and fresh in the mouth, fruit, good texture and slightly tart balance. This is an unadorned red with some acidity for seafood. Very pleasant
Rosé
2018 Domaine Santa Giulietta Corse France, Corsica, Corse
Not showing so well any more, it was good while it was fresh
White
2018 Cantine Ermes Sicilia Road Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
84 points
Simple fresh fruit that was white fruit pear and green apple there is also a note of bubble gum (from sorbates, a preservative). Other than that a clean, simple, balanced somewhat fresh white wine.
Red
2015 Fattoria di Basciano Chianti Rùfina Ginestraia Riserva Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina
84 points
Dark with a classic mint nose, but also more than a hint of Brett. I can almost tolerate this wine now, it has the right balance, texture, structure and finish but then I would wonder what it would have been without that.
I certainly would not hold it in my cellar, it will only get worse. Pity
White
2016 Castel Sallegg Pinot Grigio Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
84 points
Tasted this wine in 2017, apparently it is still in wholesale warehouses sitting. It still has some green freshness but has also is a developed white wine. Still drinkable and still has some depth of personality if you drink soon. Past its sell by date, soon to be past its drink by date.
White
2018 Vignamato Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Valle delle Lame vignamato Italy, Marche, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico
85 points
Light straw color, nose of pears, viscous in the mouth, cloy, tannins from skin contact.. okay but not my favorite style. Others liked at the table.
Red
2016 Càntele Primitivo Salento IGT Italy, Puglia, Salento IGT
87 points
I have tasting $13-$20 wines the last few days, inventory being promoted in these COVD times by my wine bar merchant to pay the rent. This gem is a more than adequate hearty red. Has some personality, not overpowering personality but one sip invites the next. Spices and fruit, somewhat integrated but certainly smooth and lingering. Would hold hold this wine beyond a year or two more. Outside BBQ with social distancing.
Red
2018 Domaine Le Clos Des Lumières Sud de France Les Cypres France, Languedoc Roussillon, Sud de France
87 points
Very dark, complex nose honey, berry orange peel, very fresh. This is a big bright fleshy wine, all up front and juicy. Concentrated but very approachable. Needs bold food to match. Not sure how it will develop.
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