Spring 2020 Memorial

Golf, Illinois

Tasted April 21, 2020 by pgb67 with 64 views

Introduction

In honor of my Dad, we held a small outdoor gathering to commemorate his memory and drink some of his favorite wines. Those wines are set forth in Flight 1. In the meanwhile, I've had a handful of nice bottles while homebound for the last month - those are set forth in Flight 2.

Flight 1 - GJB Memorial (5 notes)

Red
2001 Fontodi Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
91 points
I discovered Fontodi almost 20 years ago on a visit to Binny's with my Dad, where the experienced sales associate explained that top notch Chianti Classicos are comparable to some Brunellos and that in the chianti department, stick with the “Fs” including Fontodi, Felsina etc. And I’ve been buying them ever since, and drinking them with my Dad. This bottle was buried in my cellar for years, and once I noticed it a few years back, I decided it should be saved for a special occasion. Amazingly this wine had good life left in it. Mushrooms, leather, cedar, faint cherry are the main characteristics I’m picking up, and they make up a delicious buffet of flavors. The bottle held on for hours and provided an interesting adventure.
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Red
2014 Fontodi Chianti Classico Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
89 points
Sipping this next to the ’01 made me think we were committing (wine) infanticide – no secondary characteristics, aromas are fresh but not complex, palate is pleasing but not particularly long. Black cherry is the predominant characteristic with accents of fig and tobacco.
Red
2007 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Terlo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
94 points
WOTN by a wide margin, and in a perfect drinking window with still-active and impressive tannins lending a nice backbone and sophistication to the wine. The flavor profile fits perfectly with the structure, offering pleasing cherry, strawberry and tar notes. More cherries on the nose. Terlo Vineyard is fairly priced but it would be a mistake to consider it entry-level barolo. GJB always liked the idea of drinking the "wine of kings."
Red
2015 Cellier des Princes Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
88 points
If you are going to drink the wine of kings, you might want to add the wine of popes to the lineup as well. This is one of those less expensive CdPs that are equivalent to, or often even surpassed by, high-end Cotes du Rhone. I figured I’d try to minimize any quality issues by drinking it young (when it might still be fruity and "fresh"), but this was a mistake – it had an indistinct nose and the palate was quite tinny. Hold (or pass).
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Red
2018 Tim Smith Wines Grenache Bugalugs Australia, South Australia, Barossa
88 points
Our family members have always been fans of Two Hands and one of their bottles would have been a natural for this event, but I didn’t have any on hand. But my Dad also admired Aussie Grenache, so I pulled this bottle. Alas this is a somewhat ordinary everyday wine, on the sweet side and pretty international. Blueberry, vanilla, cream.

Flight 2 - Shelter-In-Place Vinos (5 notes)

Red
2006 Lillian Winery Syrah USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
95 points
Impressive wine with lots of finesse and class. Overpowering, perfumed aromas of violet laced with fresh berry fruit. Flavor profile shows lots of secondary character, with dark berry fruit accented by mushrooms. Notes of spice, forest, bramble also present. This was a pricy bottle but worth the wait.
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Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge
93 points
A delicious Carlisle wine – these guys really know how to do it. Shows zingy freshness on a palate featuring blueberries, vanilla, and tea leaves. Nicely balanced with gentle tannins, well-toned acidity, and a lip-smacking fruit finish that stretches on.
Red
2013 Mitolo Shiraz Angela Sandra's Block Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
90 points
A really pleasing syrah, bursting with flavor but balanced with good acidity and tannic structure. Ripe blueberries and vanilla on the bountiful flavor profile with more of the same on the nose. Would buy again.
Red
2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Crianza Viña Cubillo Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
89 points
Not my most successful Lopez de Heredia experience – this was a archetypal rioja but lacked some of the complexity and sophistication I’ve seen in other LdH bottlings. Maybe this needs more time or air to let the fruit shine through (but it is 10 years old so maybe not). Nevertheless, the bones are there and the wine demands attention- dark, brooding character, anise and tobacco notes on the nose, and a palate of dried plums and old wood.
White
2018 Carl Loewen Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
92 points
Alternates between crisp and sparkly, and sweet and round, depending on serving temp and points of the palate (entry is crisp, finish is round). Crisp notes of grapefruit, citrus zest, round notes of golden apple, flowers, melon. Quite good and classy.
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