North Berkeley Imports Tasting

Park Restaurant Dallas

Tasted September 29, 2009 by OneLastSyrah with 647 views

Flight 1 (3 notes)

White
2007 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Mineral apple nose. Rich, bit lemon sweet tart. Light oak cereal. Interesting minerality and length. At $98 not interesting.
Red
2007 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Renardes Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
86 points
Very light, translucent ruby with a clear rim. Light wax, strawberry, touch of powder on the nose. Somewhat richer attack than I expected. Simple strawberry fruit forepalate with late earthy cigar tannins. I overheard someone else describe this as tight, but was not sure myself. $68.
Red
2006 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Le Corton Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
86 points
Slightly deeper color than the preceding Delarche '07. Translucent garnet with a clear rim. Earthy, rich nose with a hint of floral rubber. Slightly tannic with red berry fruit and a hard finish. $56.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

Red
2006 Domaine Arlaud Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Chatelots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
81 points
Translucent garnet. Strong peppery, cat's pee nose very reminiscent of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Medium tangy red fruit trending toward rhubarb. Strange. Possibly flawed, though the importer didn't seem to indicate such, making me think the entire vintage is like this. Don't get it. $76.
Red
2007 Domaine Arlaud Charmes-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
86 points
Slight brown tint to an otherwise garnet, translucent appearance with a clear rim. Earthy nose. Rich dark cherry fruit. Ok. Rustic. $106.

Flight 3 (4 notes)

Red
2006 Frédéric Magnien Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos Baulet France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
88 points
Translucent bright dark garnet. Slightly deeper in color than the preceding wines. High toned cherry, earth, chalk, with a touch of lime zest on the nose. Sweeter attack with bright fruit tending toward raspberry. Tangy. Pretty good. $65.
Red
2007 Frédéric Magnien Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
87 points
Bright translucent magenta. Reticent nose of earth. Sweetish attack of black cherry fruit. Turns tangy with citrus qualities late. Pretty good, but a bit too tangy in the finish for me. $59.
Red
2007 Frédéric Magnien Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
89 points
Deeper color than the preceding Magnien wines. Translucent garnet. Complex nose of earth, chalk, old wood, stems. Stemmy black cherry fruit on the palate. This is a pretty wine. Not sure about $.
Red
2007 Frédéric Magnien Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
90 points
Moderately deep, translucent ruby appearance. Earth, fruit rind, and a touch of something more exotic, like sandalwood and cigar spice. Slightly chewy red fruit on the palate. Somewhat short? Interesting nose, but I'm not interested at this price. $255.

Flight 4 (1 note)

Red
2004 Josetta Saffirio Barolo Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
88 points
Varietally correct aromas of wax, floral violet, and pretty tar. Pretty nose, suggesting a rather soft wine, but the palate showed more chewy with dark fruit flavors. Seems a bit one dimensional and hard in its present state. I heard another taster describe it as oaky, but it didn't make that impression on me. $63.

Flight 5 (1 note)

Red
2007 Domaine La Millière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Dark garnet, slightly translucent. Sweet smelling with a slight vanilla note over black cherry, garrigue, and a wax note. Sweet red and black fruit attack with a nuance of lavender. Ripe. Very nice. $39.

Flight 6 (2 notes)

Red
2006 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Les Quartz France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
90 points
Dark garnet, translucent. A bit of horse leather funk on the nose. Sweet attack of bright dark fred fruit with some chocolate covered cherry nuance followed by a finish that suggested whisky barrel. Should have revisited this one, but the overall impression was pretty favorable. $34.
Red
2006 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
90 points
Dark garnet, translucent. The nose is similar to the Les Quartz CdR - horse leather and cherry, but overall less funky. Sweet waxy cherry fruit attack with a suggestion of hard candy. Nice texture. This is pretty good, but at $95, I'd prefer the CdR at $34.

Flight 7 (3 notes)

Red
2007 Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Unique Le Cret France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
87 points
Includes 12% Viognier. Dark garnet, translucent.High toned lime, dark fruit, black cherry. Slightly peppery floral. Tangy red fruit attack with a slight floral olive note. Okay to pretty good. $90.
Red
2007 Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Unique La Brosse France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
89 points
Includes 3% Viognier. Slightly deeper color than the Le Cret, still translucent garnet. Lime, high toned dark fruit and leather. Dark fruit with a complex finish of sweet apricot and lavender. Interesting - pretty good. $90.
Red
2007 Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Unique Côte Rozier France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
92 points
100% Syrah. Medium garnet, slightly translucent. Lime, leather, dark fruit nose, somewhat less high toned than the two cuvees which include Viognier. Sweet, slightly candied red fruit. A pretty wine. $90. I think this is my favorite of the '07 Gaillard lineup.
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