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Wine Wizards Monthly Tasting

Wine Wizards Stockton

Tasted December 3, 2020 by Woodbridge Brad with 40 views

Introduction

Not the most promising selection of wine but with K Lynch not sipping sample and the avalanche of wine in the system that were destined for the on premise trade we tasted some bargains and a couple of Champagnes that were just the right timing.

Also one of the tasters was finally putting his cellar on CT and like most of us found some forgotten gems that we tasted for history.

Flight 1 - OK Whites (3 notes)

White
2018 Mastroberardino Falanghina del Sannio Italy, Campania, Falanghina del Sannio
86 points
Clean dry white with mild stone fruit character and decent balance, mildly tannic in the finish. Decent afternoon sipper but not exceptional. Might have aging potential but not sure that would really elevate it.
White
2018 Colterenzio Schreckbichl Pinot Grigio Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige, Alto Adige - Südtirol
84 points
Second time tasing this one, the bitter note is still there but more subdued, but this wine still does not impress. Mild dry white, ok balance, faint vague fruit character.
White
2018 Delobel Sauvignon Blanc Touraine Angle Droit France, Loire Valley, Touraine
86 points
Good acidity and very mild Sauvignon Blanc character, good finish and linger. Kind of a B- at $17. Likable but forgettable, I passed.

Flight 2 - So-So Reds (6 notes)

Red
2017 Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso Italy, Campania, Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio
80 points
Light and charmless, a neutral lighter dry red with some tannin. Caraffe wine for a pizza
Red
2019 Sierra Norte Utiel-Requena Ananto Bobal Tempranillo Spain, Valencia, Utiel-Requena
86 points
Young and fresh, slightly tannic in a good way with balanced acidity and a clean finish. Good party wine if we ever get to have them again.
Red
2017 Domaine de Brin Gaillac Vendemia France, Southwest France, Gaillac
flawed
VA and badly reduced fecal notes, not sure it was just the bottle or the wine in general. Giving it the benefit of doubt, we did not have a second bottle to try, but that combination of defects rarely occur together in the bottle.
Red
2018 Delobel Pineau d'Aunis Val de Loire La parenthèse France, Loire Valley, Val de Loire
Underwhelming lighter red for $18, not a fan.
Red
2018 Il Palazzotto Diano d'Alba Sori Cristina Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Diano d'Alba
75 points
Second time around and still not better, nothing worth $17 or even $3.
Red
2018 Christian Giacometti pour Serge Ricco Patrimonio Sempre Contentu France, Corsica, Patrimonio
84 points
I really wanted to like this wine as I love wines of this area, this was okay but did not impress. Lighter red with vague characters, decent balance and finish.

Flight 3 - Good Sparklers (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Champagne Delong Marlène Champagne Brut Grande Réserve France, Champagne
90 points
A non vintage but the table defined the cuvee being from 2012, 2011 and 2010. A blend of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. The pinots really showed in the nose, very, very nice fruit and mouth. For me pricy at $42 but worth it if I was buying.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Union Champagne de Saint Gall Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
90 points
Not sure I will add much to the myriad of tasting notes on this wine, it appears that you either like it a lot or trash it. I really liked it.

Flight 4 - History Wines (3 notes)

Red
N.V. Delicato Barbera Barberone USA, California
Historically interesting case of lemons and lemonade. In 1988 Delicato received grapes labeled Merlot that were really Barbera as a result of a major fraud scheme that when far beyond these particular grapes ( see Bavaro Brothers and Michael J. Licciardi). Anyway the wine was made as inexpensive Merlot and bottled before the fraud was exposed. Wasn't bad wine but to sell it the winery relabeled it as Barberone and non vintage and only sold it in California.

At 30 plus years of age it was decent and still had life and interest, which only goes to show that Barbera should be planted in Lodi area more. We Also tasted a Greenstone Barbera from the same vintage as a comparison.
Red
1988 Greenstone Winery Barbera Limited Release Delta College Vineyard USA, California, Central Valley, San Joaquin County
Tasted against a Delicato Barberone, this was a fund raiser wine for made from the Delta College Vineyards by Greenstone Winery in Amador County. The wine benefited the Agriculture program at Delta College which serves the Lodi appellation.

It was very sound and again showed the reason so much Babera was planted din the area at one time. Not much is left as the demand for more mainstream varieties up rooted most of it. There a still a hand full of vineyards and wines and they are worth finding. Try St Amant, McCay, LangeTwins, or Heritage Oak of Lodi.

Greenstone Winery, which was/is right over the line from Lodi to Amador morphed into Clos du Lac Cellars many years ago. The Barbera Vineyard was removed some time ago, pity.
White
1986 Renaissance Riesling Late Harvest USA, California, Sierra Foothills, North Yuba
The color has maderized but the flavors are still riesling and wine was a balanced and delightful stickie. Fun memory wine.
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