Social distancing blind tasting

Tasted July 17, 2020 by isaacjamesbaker with 55 views

Introduction

We shared 1/3 of a bottle with each other and then virtually tasted them blind. Fun times, great wines. I miss pre-pandemic times for sure.

Flight 1 (3 notes)

White
2017 Domaine Belluard Gringet Vin de Savoie Le Feu France, Savoie, Vin de Savoie
94 points
I am obsessed with these wines, and this one showed wonderfully. Deep yellow color. Crunchy aromas of candied orange peel, yellow and green apples, with lemon crème, sea salt, some olive oil and raw almond notes. The palate is rushing and exciting with a mountain stream and cold ocean wave aesthetic. Lemon peel, orange, key lime, kumquat fruit (gorgeous fresh, crunchy fruit). Complex notes of chalk, mineral, quinine, limestone - just all sorts of amazing depth here. Blind, my friends were wondering Muscadet, natty Pacific Northwest, Chablis, Alpine wines. It got even better the next day and really does well in a decanter. This deserves age and my respect.
Rosé
2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
94 points
Medium copper color. An interesting mix of racy, spicy, complex aromas: watermelon rind, rosemary, mint, candle wax, cherry jam and candied orange peel. The palate shows briskness and tartness but a gorgeous depth of texture, with this waxy but refined mouthfeel. Red apple, watermelon and juicy red cherry fruit is pure and lively, but backed with complex cheese rind, tobacco, mint, oregano, some clay and read rose bush notes. So fresh, a long ager. So, I tasted this blind and knew it immediately, I just didn't know what vintage it was. This one is one to age, as it is gorgeous right now but tons to unpack. The next day it was crazy complex. Lovely wine.
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Red
2017 Davenport Vineyards Pinot Noir Diamond Fields United Kingdom, England, Kent
91 points
Medium ruby color. Gorgeous nose of red cherries and raspberries, with pepper, rhubarb, rose petal, incense sticks - really inviting. Crisp and cool on the palate, juicy and fresh , pretty and brisk with red plums, ripe cherries, raspberry. I get complex notes of pepper, rhubarb, leather, some mineral and red licorice tones. Tasted blind, upon sniffing, I immediately thought of Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir. But after tasting, I kept thinking Morgon, with these red fruits and mineral, earth, savory elements. Either way, I was completely stoked on this wine, while sort of knowing that it was something unexpected. Sure enough, English Pinot Noir. Eye-opening wine.
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