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White
2015 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
100% Riesling hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts in old, wooden casks in a deep, cool cellar.

A(ccuracy)=2: Bright pale straw. Focused, floral, petrol, mineral.
B(alance) =3: Fruit forward yet backed by vibrant acid structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Apple, pear, peach, hint of honey, flint, saline minerality. Sweetness bit simple as yet.
D(epth) = 2: Excellent length, finish and aftertaste.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,2] = 9/10

Ultra traditional style: terroir-driven and cask produced.

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  • WineTally commented:

    8/24/21, 7:41 PM - Sorry we no longer have the bottle or AP#.

Red
2015 Guillaume Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Bel Ami Grenache Blend, Grenache
50% Grenache 50% Syrah from 50-90 yr old vines in organically farmed Croix du Bois vineyard.
Manual harvest, 60-100% de-stemmed. Natural yeast fermentation for 20-30 days.
Aged 30% each in cement, stainless, wood vats, rest in demi-muds.
14.5% Abv.
Owners: Guillaume Gonnet (3rd generation) and his Australian wife Kelly.

A(ccuracy)=2: Med Light cherry/ruby. Fragrant, spicy Rhone blend.
B(alance)=3: Vibrant components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Red and dark berries, spices, mineral.
D(epth)=1: Round, supple mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1] = 8/10

Elegant, dainty style with sense of place.

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  • WineTally commented:

    2/24/21, 1:58 AM - Thanks for the correction. We took the blend composition from the
    winery's tech sheet: http://www.guillaumegonnet.com/bel-ami-rouge.php which apparently is generic and not vintage specific.
    See also https://www.instagram.com/p/BgkN2FMgVGr

Red
2016 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
50 % Merlot, 47 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 % Cabernet Franc
from 120 ha (83 planted) of gravel on a deep clay-limestone subsoil.
Manual harvest by selective passes from Sep 26 to Oct 20.
20-35 day fermentation by indigenous yeast in stainless steel and
cement vats separately by parcel and varietal. Spontaneous malolactic.
Aged 12 months in 100% new French oak.
14% Abv.
Proprietors: Jean Gautreau (since 1969) and daughter Sylvie.

A(ccuray)=2: Deep ruby. Opulent Bordeaux blend.
B(alance)=3: Robust components in harmony with tension.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, graphite, spices.
D(epth)=2: Firm mouthfeel. Concentrated palate and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,2]= 9/10

Relative bargain for top notch Médoc.

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  • WineTally commented:

    11/14/19, 12:40 AM - This was for trade tasting at an International Wine Fair.

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