Summer of 2021 Cornucopia of Wines

Dogwood Grove, Garezers, HHI

Tasted August 19, 2021 by pgb67 with 25 views

Introduction

Notwithstanding the Delta variant and the unvaxxed, we had many get-togethers and wine drinking nights this summer and here are the highlights.

Flight 1 - The Hits (6 notes)

Red
2017 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
I just loved this, so much fruit and texture. Notes of raspberry jam, blackberry, and hints of mocha. Tannins are silky and fine. Balanced and easy to drink while at the same time delivering a serious experience. I can only imagine what big brother Odette delivers. Everybody liked it and it was gone too soon.
Red
1996 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
This had been gifted to me (along with a bottle of Red Burgundy) with instructions to hold it for 20 years and for some crazy reason I complied. Immediately reminded me of the last 20-year old Napa cab I had a couple years ago because of its wonderful raspberry sherbet mystique – creamy, poignant raspberry notes. So interesting how Napa cabs can age. Oh, and that red burg that I held for 20 years was a dud. Napa>Burg.
Red
2009 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères Jadis France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Faugères
93 points
Wow was this a pleasant surprise since I am generally unfamiliar with this maker and this appellation. But a trusted salesman turned me onto it many years ago and some ageing really did wonders for it. A bit like the Beaulieu Cab above, this has developed a bit of a raspberry mousse or pastry element to it which was intoxicating. In addition, there are elements of forest and game and it’s all just a nice package and evolves in the glass as well.
Red
2009 Prunotto Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
Delivered exactly what I love about Barolo, deep and sophisticated nebbiolo notes of tar, rose petal and dried cherries. Brooding tannins balance well against the lithe fruit notes on the palate. For me, this in a perfect drinking window at about 10 years. The fact it's not from a top-rated vintage just means more value and inventory for us.
Red
2016 Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Romane Machotte France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
92 points
Fruity, generous wine that almost tastes new world, but also has Rhone roots. Notes of wild strawberry, wild herbs and a touch of savory with black olives and roasted meats. Sleek, firm tannins. Seemed to wow some entry-level wine drinking friends.
Red
2009 Château d'Issan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
A pretty classic Bordeaux, showing red plum, cedar, and berries on a stony edge. Elegant and charming with a long finish. This is the sort of wine that shines best when it is on its own and not served as part of a broader lineup of wines. Next to a Rhone or a California cab, it tends to get shy and unfairly outshined, which is what maybe happened to it at a summer party where I popped it. But that's okay, more for me to sip.

Flight 2 - The Misses (4 notes)

Red
2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
Not every R-M hits, although most do. A little weightier and more full-bodied than I like my R-M pinots. This showed flavors and aromas of boysenberry, currants and mocha.
Red
2017 Carlisle Zinfandel Mancini Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Not every Carlisle hits, although most do. This showed crushed berries, spice and had a floral nose, but it also had a dusty element that gave it an overly dry finish which I didn’t like. Also, the finish just wasn't that long, especially compared to some other bottles on the table. But my guests seemed to like it a lot so maybe I was just in a tough rating phase.
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Red
2010 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Terlo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
88 points
This surprised me a bit because I thought I had Terlo figured out and that 10 years was the sweet spot for drinking, so not sure what happened here since it was closed or maybe just not that good. Maybe 2010s should still sit in the cellar for a while.
Red
2008 Château Talbot France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
88 points
I prefer Talbot and Bordeaux in general in riper vintages (I’m an American!), and this seemed just a bit too muted for me on the palate with too much chalk and cedar. Similarly the nose featured a woodier element that didn't impress.

Flight 3 - Blancs (4 notes)

White - Off-dry
2007 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese * Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
94 points
I have had mixed results with ageing my Rieslings – some come out to be a syrupy mess that you might consider putting on pancakes (but don’t!), but this time we had a majestic experience and our most sophisticated tasters were entranced by it. Yellow with a green glint, with a cornucopia of apple, peach, and orange aromas and flavors. But the real star here is probably the texture - thick, oily, so interesting.
White
2018 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Les Chanteaux France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon
89 points
I have a soft spot for Chinon Blanc, having discovered and enjoyed it in France (not actually in Chinon, but Chinon is definitely worth checking out). This is a strong wine, with an anise element to it on the palate along with dried apricot notes that show on the palate and on the nose. Versatile, and could stand up to red meats or briny oysters.
White
2017 Domaine Servin Petit Chablis Sur les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Petit Chablis
92 points
Petit Chablis is another wine for which I have a soft spot because when I discovered it I assumed this was a Chablis made with lesser grapes or something, when in fact it’s simply a region and a fine wine region at that, providing many of the pleasures of Chablis at a more “petit” price point. Classic nose of the sea and seashells with more of the same on the palate, together with pleasing lemon and lime elements as well.
White
2019 Quinta do Regueiro Alvarinho Secreto Reserva Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
90 points
Super floral nose which really wows you. Love these dry and still vinho verdes – so unexpected to get a serious wine from this region and one that lacks effervescence. Nice flavors of honeydew, cantaloupe and honey.

Flight 4 - Values (3 notes)

Red
2015 Daniel Gomez Jimenez Landi Méntrida Las Uvas de la Ira Vina de Pueblo Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Méntrida
92 points
A solid Spanish red, evincing blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors of purple fruit, walnuts and dust. Medium-bodied with tight tannins and a fresh, vivid finish. This producer has never made a bad wine for me and I’m always a buyer for their products.
Red
2017 Alexander Koppitsch Rét Austria, Burgenland, Neusiedlersee
91 points
A very cool wine, which I suppose might fall into the glou glou category if I understood what that is. Fruity, tangy, sour, floral, crunchy, it has a bit of everything.
Red
2018 Sattler Zweigelt Austria, Burgenland
90 points
Outstanding value (the cheapest wine on this board), medium-bodied with clove and cinnamon notes surrounding plum and dark cherry flavors. Aromatic and expressive, with charming character.
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