Orlando CT & Friends Offline


Tasted July 10, 2021 by MC2 Wines with 39 views


As part of COVID we find ourselves as part of the cliche of people who moved to more southern environs and so we found it was a short drive to join some fellow CTers at an Orlando Offline. Many thanks to Michael for organizing and the group for sharing some really fun wines.

Flight 1 - Pre-dinner drinks (1 note)

We were lucky enough to be stumbling distance from the restaurant at our hotel with a room on the top floor with a terrace so opted to do the pre-dinner drinks up there.

2013 Xavier Gerard Condrieu Côte Chatillon France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu
Bonus bottle to start off the evening. I had almost missed this on previous labels but looks like this wine was when Xavier's father was still making the wine (Francois). This bottle was similar to our last in that it was drinking well. Lots of caramel notes. There's a hint of age here but not that much. Lends it a bit of heft. Still very strong acid. Drinking well although perhaps a slightly heavier white than you'd want sitting outside on a summer afternoon in Florida.

Flight 2 - Welcome and ordering (2 notes)

I believe you always need a bubbles to start a meal and then a white doesn't hurt either when you are first coming in from a Florida summer day.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
Part of the newer purchases and yet surprised at how well this is drinking. It went pretty fast and I regret not bringing a second bottle since it would have been excellent with the starters. Very soft (perhaps because it had been in wine suitcase so had a chance to warm a bit from refrigerator temp). Vanilla bean and very soft bubbles. Easy to drink.
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2018 Domaine Berthelemot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
A sneaky tasting note for sure as I didn't really drink this wine (not a Chardonnay person) but I wanted to capture that it was at the event. Suspect it might have worked well with the Bang Bang shrimp that we had and was reasonably enjoyed by the table although we were a table where the reds were the main event.

Flight 3 - Non-Cab reds (2 notes)

This was a bit of a funny flight (and totally blame me for the odd ordering). The tempranillo prob would have been happier later in the line-up but didn't make as much sense given the abundance of cabs.

2014 Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Big wine. Very intense and spice forward. There's fruit there too and it's just hitting that edge of the very ripe. Dark and a hint brooding in style. For me would need some years to soften a bit.
2006 Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Funny to see my note from a few years ago because I took a similar approach here and had a bit of it when first served, but saved the wine for the end of the dinner as well. And much as it did then this really evolved into quite a lovely wine. It's got fruit (which to be fair is my preferred style of Pinot) but there's a lovely elegance to it. Darker and a bit restrained with some time. Lovely and quite enjoyable.
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Flight 4 - Old Wolrd Bordeaux (and Dunn) (4 notes)

Easy Bordeaux line-up and then because we wanted to do a side by side with the '94s we pulled the Dunn in here. Always fun to see where people come out when they can more clearly taste across the two styles.

2013 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
This was infanticide for Bordeaux I think even with a more approachable year and that seemed to show in the wine. Overall tight. It was a bit closed down and didn't quite open as much as I'd hoped during the dinner. Wait on these.
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2000 Château Pontet-Canet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Person who brought this wine noted that he had moved up the drinking window given some recent experience with the wine. I will say the fruit is more muted here and it's already well into secondary (which surprised me a bit for a 2000 but we haven't drunk as many of those so perhaps it doesn't have the aging that some other big vintages have). It's very spice cabinet. I think it could open up more with some age and do more but it's a wine that might need a few more years rather than a lot. Enjoyable.
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1994 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Very similar to our last bottle and a real contender for WOTN. We served this next to a '94 Dunn and for no reason other than the difference in vintages I expected that wine to really outshine this one. But it really didn't. This was great. Vibrant and pretty. More floral than I remember. Lots of secondary notes. It's probably right in the sweet spot of drinking window and really drinking quite well.
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1994 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
Opened and decanted for sediment and then rebottled and brought to a restaurant for drinking that night. So it didn't have a lot of air but did have more agitation and time than the last one we drank which worked for it. It's not quite as young tasting as I remember. Spice cabinet and lots of red and black fruits. Tobacco. Interesting. It's got that old world style but the new world fruit is very much there. Served in a side by side with the Montrose and I found myself in the Bordeaux camp but there were many who preferred this and I can understand why.
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Flight 5 - Napa Cabs (3 notes)

An interesting collection with the Spottswoode almost belonging in the flight before and the Larkmead being full bore.

2008 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
A sweet spot wine for me as I really like this producer and this is one of my favorite Napa years. Still on the young side and probably makes sense to hold these, but you can tell that the age is starting to show at least a bit more here. Nice floral side to it in addition to the red fruits and a lot of spice characteristics. Also an old world style (e.g. a bit more restrained, fruit less ripe, more acid) which I appreciate. Drinking nicely.
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2008 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
Much more of the quintessential napa cab. Blueberry jam comes to mind. Some baking spice. More intense and as the previous note mentioned very grippy.
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2009 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
Ended the reds with the youngest Napa and it was perhaps the most Napa of the bunch. Fruity and intense and very bright and big and bold. Some white pepper which was there although the fruit dominated.
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Flight 6 - Dessert (2 notes)

Some lovely bonus bottles at the end

White - Sweet/Dessert
2017 Kloster Eberbach Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
End of the evening and there were some compelling reds so I just took a few sips. This was nice. Very sweet (TBA) and yet with the acid to make it more manageable (Riesling). It's young and bright. May need a bit more age to get all of the complexity to it. Refreshing and worked with a butter cake.
Red - Fortified
2000 Smith Woodhouse Porto Vintage Portugal, Douro, Porto
Very little of this as it was the last drink of the evening and previous experience has taught me to go light on the port in those circumstances. It's your standard more dried fruit style of port. A bit of heat there as a warning although fairly easy to drink.
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A nice evening and lovely to meet some fellow wine lovers in the sunshine state and only a few hours away. Food was also nicely done and service was impeccable. Some really great wines - favorites included the 94 Montrose, 06 Marcassin, and 08 Spottswoode. And funnily enough for me the Bereche which was the basic bottling but I think showing really well. Looking forward to the next one.

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