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Upcoming February 2013 WSR – Super Tuscan

WSR meets at the Fraser/Overton avocado farm on Feb 5 at 7:00.  Tasting will begin at 7:30.  We will have some Italian sparkling wine and then launch into a tasting of Super Tuscan wines including an Ornellaia and a Tignanello. 

You’ll remember we tasted a Bolgheri at David Ries’ tasting last month – a DOC Bolgheri that is referred to as a Super Tuscan – or is it a Bolgheri? Super Tuscans were hot in the 90’s. They lost some of their luster after a flood of Super Tuscans came on the market – many at high prices that did not match the quality of the wine.  Are they coming back again stronger and more assuredly than before?  Just about every producer in Tuscany makes a Super Tuscan but are they super?  Does a Super Tuscan have to cost over $100 to make it Super? 

We’ll see since we will have some highly regarded wines referred to as Super Tuscan that are available for under $50.00.  Super Tuscans can be categorized into those that are 100% Sangiovese, Sangiovese blends, Merlot-based wines and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines (or Bordeaux blends).  Some have Syrah in the mix.  There are no real rules for Super Tuscan since this is mainly a marketing term.  Some are DOC, some IGT and some undesignated.  Confused?  We’ll try to sort it out and test your ability to distinguish grape varietals. 

Mostly we’re going to have some fun seeing if these wines can be considered “Super” and find out if there are any that we might want to have in our cellars.  For more information about Super Tuscans see the articles below, they are PDf files and will open on your screen when you click on the name.

Super Tuscan Information:

Super Tuscans 

Italy’s Super Tuscan Win..

Are Super-Tuscans Still Super

Super Tuscan Seconds

Tuscan wine – Wikipedia

 Top 10 Super Tuscans  

Top 5 Super Tuscans


January 24, 2013 Posted by | Group Tasting Notes, Italian | Leave a comment

January 2013 WSR – A New Years Mix

Happy New Year to one and all!  First let me me thank Charlene for allowing me to host at her home. Second let me thank Richard, Richard and Linda for all of their help in setting up, prep, and cooking.

I hope that everyone found both some food and wine that he/she liked.
Here is some information about the wines we ended up tasting that night.
Rose flight:
1.2010  MALIBU ROCKY OAK HEALDSBURG PINOT NOIR ROSE  $15 (in my opinion, and that of the group: a much lesser wine than the second Rose’)
2. 2010 LE CLOS DU CAILLOU COTES DU RHONE ROSE’ $20 (Year in and year our one of all time favorites, and that of the group this night).
Riesling flight:
3. 2006 MILL GROVE MARLBOUGH RIESLING.(NEW ZEALAND) $20 (The drier of the 2, good, but not the favorite of the group except Salt)
4. 2000 GREENWOOD RIDGE VINEYARDS (MENDOCINO RIDGE WHITE RIESLING, $20, (1.8% residual, and aging well)
Pinot Noir flight (Salmon course)
5 2006 APVIN (ANDREW P VINGLELLO) GARY’S VINEYARD, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIR, $50 14.5%al. ( OK, but not what I had hoped for from Gary’s,  my least favorite)
6. 2002 LUCIA GARY’S VINEYARD PINOT NOIR $55, 14.5% al. (to me this is what Gary Pissoni’s Vineyard Pinot Noir can and should taste like with 10 years age. I lie all Lucia wines and particularly the Gary’s P.N.)
7. 2003 TWOMEY RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR $50 (14.4%al., still lots of Russian River fruit from this Redlands U. graduate PN)
8. 1997 SAINTSBURY CARNEROS PINOT NOIR 13.5%al $45, (Rare, because an arson fire cost them their library wine cellar, lighter, older, lower alcohol than the others, but one of my favorites, and seemingly the group’s favorites. aging beautifully)
Added Pinot Noir:
9. 2006 BROGAN CELLARS, ANDERSON VALLEY, MY FATHER’S VINEYARD SHULA’S POND PINOT NOIR $70, 14.7%al. (Although opened later and still aa little cold, I think that this PN from Burt Williams vineyard, made by his daughter, was one of my favorites, and the groups favorites. Yet, it still seemed quite youthful)
CA. Cabs. and Italy (meat course)
   cab.,merlot, petit verdot, malbec & cab franc from George’s benchland and mountain vineyards_Ok, but not as good as the last bottle that I tried; therefore, somewhat disapointing)
11. 1991V.SATTUI WINERY SUZANNE’S VINEYARD ESTATE NAPA CABERNET, 13%al.,$65, (lots of ripe Napa fruit still)
12. 2001 JONES FAMILY VINEYARD CALISTOGA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 14.7al. $95, (The hands down favorite of everyone at our table, including me. Still made by Heidi Barrett with David Abreu managing their vineyard, Lots of ripe, dark, Napa fruit with many years to go)
13. 2009 FATTORIA DEL CERRO VINNO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 13.5% $20, (90& Sangiovese, 5% Colorino, 5% Mammolo,  recent 92 points by Parker,  Good, and well priced, but very young)
14. 2008 GUADO AL TASO, BOLGHERI DOC SUPERIORE, ANTINORI $110 (65% Cab, 20% Merlot, 12% Cab Franc, 3% Peiit Verdot, 98 points from the Wine Enthusist,  Very good, but very young, only time will tell if the 98 points are justified)
dessert wine
15. 2009 BANYULS RIMAGE, DOMAINE LA TOUR VIELLE $25, 16.5%al. ( I presented this wine {BANYULS} as my favorite wine to have with chocolate, and it seemed to be a group ffavorite with even those whom declined the chocolate.  It was also, nice to introduce the group to an area with which others were not familiar)
Again,  I do hope that each member found something to eat,and drink that was enjoyable.  The little notes that I made here are in no way ment to be definitive, but hopefully helpful.  Most of the rest of you probably have better notes to offer Scott for the site, since with cooking I did not even sit down to take tasting notes.
 P.S. Please let me know if you want some Banylus, and how much.

January 8, 2013 Posted by | Group Tasting Notes | Leave a comment

WSR – January – Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso – David

1. Az Agr. Baccinetti “La Saporoia” K&L Wine Merchants, Hollywood $34.98

 92 points – James Suckling: “A beautiful perfume and sweetness to this wine with plum, dark cherry and flowers. Full and very silky tannins with berry and blackberry tart flavors. Enticing and friendly. Try it in 2013.”

 K&L: “Baccinetti is on Montalcino’s south fact, not far from Castel Sant’Angelo and next to Lisini.  The nose is wild, full of gamey aromatics coupled with intense Marasca cherries and cranberries – it just gushes from the glass.  On the palate the wine has a dense sweetness to it; it lush, but shows focus and balance while still giving the feel of weight and size in the mouth.  The finish is very spicy, full of Middle Eastern intrigue, exotic and enticing.  It is incredibly rich.  Its dense testier, together with the spicy fruit, make for a long and complexity-filled finish.

 2.  Baccinetti “La Saporoia 2009 Rosso de Montalcino K&L Wine Merchants, Hollywood $16.99

 K&L:  Affectionately named “Cat-zilla” by our staff because of its Cat adorned unique label this is the newest addition to our direct imports from Montalcino. From vineyards adjacent to Lisini on the south face of Montalcino this wine is a thrilla! Lush, rich texture balanced with spice, complexity and a long finish. This tiny winery was brought to our attention by a couple of loyal K&L customers (Mark & Lori thank you) and is just an awesome drink right now at an unbelievable price. You’ll love the richness, be cativated by the complexity and be back buying more!

 3.  Canalicchio Di Sopra  Hi-Time Cellars, Costa Mesa $54.98 “In 1962 Primo Pacenti, a lover of the land with a knowledge of its products, founded Azienda Agricola Canalicchio di Sopra. Situated in the northern side of theMunicipality ofMontalcino and in the middle of the tourist itinerary of Val d’Orcia, the farm extends for about 60 ha, 15 of which are cultivated with vines and 2 with olive groves.

Three generations live here side by side with the common aim of producing quality wines: the generation of the grandfather, Primo Pacenti, who founded the farm and managed it until the 1990’s, as well as participating actively in the social life of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino; that of the father, Pier Luigi Ripaccioli, who with the grandfather has undertaken to increase the quality by proposing careful and meticulous work; that of the grandchildren, Simonetta, Marco and Francesco who joined the management in 2001, bringing with them new ideas and new technologies always in respect of ancient methods and customs.

The vines grow in two of the zones with the highest vine growing and wine making vocations in Montalcino: Canalicchio di Sopra and Le Gode di Montosoli. The different exposure and the geological differences of the soils produce different Sangiovese grapes where balance and power compensate one another in the wine cellar through the patient work which always seeks the best blend of tradition and innovation.

The Wine Advocate:  “The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino comes across as tightly wound and inward at this stage. With time in the glass the wine’s inner perfume gradually comes to life, even if this remains a reticent Brunello within the context of the vintage. Still, it is impossible not to admire the inner sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time, maybe a little more than usual in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. ” 94 Points

4.  Mastro Janni  14.5% Hi-Time Cellars,Costa Mesa $46.98

From Jim Suckling: Fascinating aromas of strawberry tart, dried fruits and tobacco box. Full body, with tobacco and berry character. Flavorful finish. I like the sweet, silky texture. This is racy and very refined. Traditional in style. Needs three to four years of bottle age.

Antonio Galloni writes: The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a wonderfully plush, warm Brunello loaded with radiant fruit. Flowers, licorice and leather develop in the glass, adding dimension to this opulent, expressive wine. The sheer depth of the fruit and the open, sweet bouquet completely cover the tannins, making this one of the most approachable wines of the vintage. This remains a rich, full-bodied Brunello capable of delivering plenty of enjoyment now and over the next handful of years at a minimum.

5.  Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona “Pianrosso”  Hi-Time Cellars, Costa Mesa $53.98

 K&L: “Ciacci’s location in southern Montalcino gives it lots of ripeness to work with, and in Paolo Bianchini’s hands it shines. This vintage’s Pianrosso is the best I can remember in years: the fruit is classically Ciacci-flashy and ebullient, however very complex this year.  There’s lots of plum and cherry, but this vintage has more spice, earth and verve.  The wine has focus, length and, while it shows real palate plushness, it has the structure to age as well.  The wine finishes with a balanced and bold replay of the fabulous fruit character it displays in the nose.” 93 pts.

6.  La Fortuna 2009 Rosso de Montalcino  K&L Wine Merchants, Hollywood $19.99

90 points Wine Spectator: “Juicy and appealing for its black cherry, raspberry, licorice and sweet spice flavors, this red is buoyed by its bright acidity. Long, rich finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,100 cases made.” (09/11)

 7.  La Poderina  Hi-Time Cellars, Costa Mesa $45.98

 95 points James Suckling: “Blueberries, flowers and raspberries. Love the nose, like so many others. Full body, with fine tannins and a silky textured finish. So much going on here. Class. Best after 2013.”

 92 points Wine Enthusiast:  “La Poderina’s Brunello shows impressive balance between its bright fruit and sassy spice components. On the close, the wine exhibits a tight, firm and penetrating feel that is carried forth by acidity and the natural firmness of the tannins.” (04/11)

 90 points Stephen Tanzer: “Good full red. Withdrawn but pure aromas of cherry and iron. Juicy red fruit and mineral flavors are a bit sullen today but show good depth. Began serious and savory but time in the glass brought more texture and sweetness. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length.” (Jul/Aug 11)

 8.  Lisini 2009 Rosso de Montalcino Hi-Time Cellars, Costa Mesa $26.98

 Lisini’s 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is all class and elegance. A floral, open bouquet leads to layers of bright, high-toned fruit in this understated, feminine Rosso. This is a terrific showing from one of Montalcino’s historic names. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019.

 9.  Poggio Antico 13.5% Alc Hi-Time Cellars, Costa Mesa $63.98

 95 points James Suckling: “Fascinating aromas of blackberries, flowers, dark chocolate and nuts follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long, intense aftertaste. Bright acidity. This is structured and held back. Massive wine. Most structured ever from here. Give it four to five years of bottle age before opening. Impressive power. (1/15/11)”

95 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): “Bright, dark red. Knockout perfume of black cherry, black raspberry, minerals, violet, rose petal and a whiff of dark chocolate. Silky on entry, then almost painfully intense in the middle, with terrific backbone and acidity to the classy fruit, mineral and dark chocolate flavors. This boasts fruit of steel, and great clarity. Finishes with a compelling savory quality, a spine of noble tannins and outstanding subtle persistence. (Jul/Aug 2011)”

93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): “[$80 list] The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty, elegant wine. Fine, silky tannins frame a core of crushed berries, flowers, licorice and new leather in this mid-weight, gracious Brunello. The wine’s inner sweetness emerges over time, adding harmony and class. This is a super-elegant, refined Brunello from Poggio Antico. The estate gave the Brunello three years in Slavonian oak, yet the wine remains fresh and vibrant. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. (May 2011)”

93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): in big, Slavonian oak botti ranging from one to twelve years of age. The first class bouquet jumps from the glass in a beautiful mélange of cherries, woodsmoke, orange peel, a touch of gamebird, lovely soil tones and a topnote of Tuscan herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and precise, with a lovely dollop of old school Brunello elegance, fine mid-palate depth, ripe tannins and excellent focus and grip on the very long, refined and chewy finish. A classic in the making and one of the best 2006 Brunellos I have had the pleasure to taste. 2016-2050. (May/Jun 2011)”

93 points Wine Enthusiast: ” Poggio Antico consistently delivers standout Brunello, and this expression from the 2006 vintage is no exception. The wine is plush and rich with deliciously soft succulence. In the background, it delivers loads of vanilla, sweet spice, clove and black cherry. (Apr 2011)”

 “Poggio Antico has the good fortune, along with Gianfranco Soldera, to have their vineayrds at the highest elevations in Brunello di Montalcino, and this has certainly benefitted them in the hot 2006 vintage. The ’06 Poggio Antico is an absolute classic in the making, coming in at 13.5 percent alcohol and having been raised entirely.”

10.  Uccelliera (A Mark deGrazia Import) 15% Hi-Time Cellars,Costa Mesa $63.98

 94 points Wine Enthusiast: “A stellar performer year after year, Uccelliera’s confident delivery is characterized by intensity, purity and personality. This Montalcino favorite also delivers plush softness with thick texture and a focused point of bright acidity.” (4/1/2011)

 93 points Wine Spectator: “Starts out supple, with licorice, dried cherry and plum flavors, picking up a touch of herbs as this glides to a lingering conclusion. Elegant and almost racy, with grip and character. Best from 2013 through 2025.” (06/11)

 91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 11: “Good deep red. Black fruits, licorice, black pepper, spices, underbrush and minerals on the nose. Dense and sweet but also nicely structured, offering good energy for such a creamy wine. A bit unwieldy today owing to its high alcohol, but the wine’s powerful tannins are nicely supported by ripe, deep fruit. Give this at least four or five years to come into harmony.”

January 13, 2012 Posted by | Group Tasting Notes, Italian, Red Wines | 1 Comment

December 2011 WSR Champagnes – Tim’s

As 2011 came to a close, Tim put together an exceptional champage list to end the year with and including some I have never had (being a novice and all).  It was good to finally taste a Crystal and Dom to see what all the hubub was about with these highend champagnes, still thinking about those!!

Tim added some notes to his email of which has been included here:

I think everyone took home some new knowledge and perhaps a whole new set of expectations.  There were quite a number of favorites among the group, not unexpected when you stack the deck (ratings were 93 or above for every wine), but then that really was my intent.  The take home message:  READ, READ and READ some more and when you find a general consensus of very favorable ratings by reviewers go out a try that particular wine, especially if it is $40. and not $200. as was the case with several wines last evening.  As I mentioned everything we tasted last evening is available at ‘local’ shops.

Aperitif                                                                     Price              Score

 Jaume Serra Cristalino – Brut Nature- 2008          $  13. (mag)     91 W&S

    30% Chardonnay, 30% Xarel·lo, 20% Macabeo. 20% Parellada          

 Sparklers :

 Flt 1 

Roederer – L’Ermitage – Brut – 2002                          $  39.              94 W&S

            60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Charles Heidsieck – Brut Reserve – NV                      $  38.              93 W&S

           34% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Meunier.

Dom Perignon – 2002                                                        $ 130.             96 RP

            Variable blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Veuve Cliquot – Brut – 2002                                           $  70.              94 WE

            60% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 7% Pinot Meunier

 Flt 2

Krug – Grande Reserve – NV                                               $ 160.             95 W&S, RP

       Variable blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, 9 or more vintages in the blend

Henri Billiot – Brut – 2004                                                $  63.              93 WA

            75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

Roederer – Cristal – 2002                                                    $ 200.             100 W&S ,98 WE

            60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay                                                                    

Argyle – Brut – Extrended Tirage – 2000                       $ 51.              95 W&S

           54% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir

 Flt 3

Billecart-Salmon,Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart 2000    $ 100.             95 WE

            60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

Henriot – Brut – Blanc de Blanc – NV                                $  40.              93 RP

            100% Chardonnay

Charles Heidsieck – Brut Cuvee Royale 2002         $  75.              94 W&S

          50% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir, 9% Pinot Meunier

Gramona – III Lustos – Gran Reserva – 1997           $  51.              94 ST

            70 % Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeo

December 28, 2011 Posted by | Bubbly, France, Group Tasting Notes | Leave a comment

WSR – Thanksgiving Feast 2011

Over the past few years the group has decided to do a Thanksgiving dinner and have everyone bring a wine of their choosing that they think will go best with the turkey, dressing, gravy and all the makings.   This year there was a little bit of everything across the spectrum of wines, see list below.  

 The Thanksgiving Dinner and tasting was put on by Richard R. and Linda and what a feast it was!  The champane openers were excellent that went with all the cheeses, olives and pate.  The turkeys were cooked to perfection along with stuffing, yams, potatoes, green beans and gravy.  Last but not least pumpkin pie to finish the night off!!  What a way to get the season off to a festive start and yes the wines were exceptional as well. 

Here was the line up for the wines and pardon the spelling mistakes and hope they can be corrected as I was reading the bottle labels off the pictures that were taken. 

1)      Artarelli – Balcana Verdelho

 2)      Dr Loosen – Weldener Somenalor Riesling  2009

 3)      Albarino – Paco Lola – Paso Robles

 4)      Carlson Vineyards – Cougar Run Dry Gewürztraminer

 5)      Mer Soleil Silver – Uncorked Chardonnay 2010-SantaLuciaHighlandsMontereyCA.

 6)      Peoret Jacquenart –Champagne

 7)      Brouilly – Joseph Druhin  -2009

 8)      Chenas – 2009 Hubert La Pierre

 9)      Morgon –CoteDu Bly

 10)  Patricia Green Cellers – Pinot Noir 2006Oregon

 11)  Anglum – Pinot Noir 2007 – Paso Robles

 12) Meridian– Pinot Noir – 1998Santa Barbara

 13)  Chapellet – Musgey les Charmes 1988

 14)  Gigondas – Domain le Goubet

 15)  Richards Granacha

 16)  Kenneth Volk Vineyards – Touriga – Paso Robles 2009

 17)  Preston Dry Creek Zinfandel 2007

 18)  Black Bart – Syrah

It was a lot of wine to go through but someone had to do it.  Tasting notes are in the comment section and I don’t think there were any group choice favorites just good wines!  Add your comments below.


November 23, 2011 Posted by | Group Tasting Notes | 2 Comments

WSR – September 2011 – Charlene’s Surprises

Every Septemeber the wine group meets after the summer break to start the year off on Charlene’s patio to see what adventure she was on for the summer, this year was no exception, she went to Rhode Island!   The tasting did not include all wines from that region as she actually included wines from other areas as well, France, Italy, Argentina and California.  Food dishes were made to go with the wines and they were very tasty indeed.  I will look forward to next year to see what region she ventures too!

Here was the lineup:

O – Jaffelin Cremant de Bourgogne – Blanc de Blanc Brut  %100 Chard               $12.99

O – Blason de Bourgogne Cremant de Bourgonge – Brut Rose, 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamany  $10.99

1. Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri 2010 – Santorini Greece – 75% Assyrtiko, 25% Athiri      $13.99

2. Colli di Luni  2010 – Vermentino – Lynae, Italy                                      $12.99

3.  Bodega Norton 2009 –  Torrontes – Mendoza River Valley, Argentina                 $7.99

4. Colli di Luni 2010 – Vermentino – Terenzuola Estate, Italy          $17.99

5. Newport Vineyards 2010- Gewurztraminer, Rhode Island           $18.99

6. Newport Vineyards 2009 – Cab Franc & Cabernet , Rhode Island        $16.99

7. Newport Vineyards 2009 – Landot Noir, Rhode Island                         $19.99

8. Newport Vineyards 2009 – Cabernet Franc, Rhode Island                   $19.99

9. Ridge 2008 – 72%zin, 20% Carignane, 6% pet. Sirah, 2% Mataro – Geyserville, Ca   $31.00

10. Ridge 2008 – 74% zin, 21% Pet Sirah, 5% Carignane – Lytton Springs – Dry Creek Valley  $27.99

11. Titan Hills Vineyards 2008  – Fiasco – Zin, Pet. Syrah, Barbara – Paso Robles         $6.99

12.  Ridge 2009 – Pono Zinfandel – 98% Zin, 2% Petite Sirah – Russian River             $24.99

13.  Ridge 2008 – Pagani Ranch –  85% Zin, 10% Alicante Bonschet, 3% Pet. syrah, 2% Carignane – Sonoma- $29.99

October 18, 2011 Posted by | California, France, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines | Leave a comment

WSR – April “The Great Debate” Tasting

Aprils gathering at Dads (Gerry’s) was an educational experience.  As he wrote in his
introduction  – “I am setting this up as a challenge, and a bit of fun.” 

Last summer at the annual SWE convention, Ed Korry set up a formal debate (a real one
with an advocate and rebuttal and then a second for the proposition and another rebuttal)
on the issue of whether wine prices and wine quality were correlated.  It was a fun event
and I scribbled notes as best I could and captured most of it which is attached here for
you review prior to the Tuesday event.  At the SWE we only got to do 4 wines, so I have
expanded this to include a spread of:
–the sparklers (yes, even they will be brown-bagged!)
–6 whites
–a pair of roses
–6 reds

It was very interesting and everyone jumped right in to the task at hand when they arrived.
As the group went through the process of #1 guessing what price mark the wine was at and
#2 which they thought was the best quality of wine of the two, it was clear that everyone
has an opinion as to what they thought  the wine is worth and really a mixed bag as to what was
everyones favorite! 

There were 10 people making the guesses so I have put the vote count under the wine of
where each person thought the wine price should fall. 
After the actual price of the wine I put an (F) to show the group favorite of the two wines.

Sparker 1 – Roderer Anderson Valley NV                                                       $15
                 $7=1 $15=4  $25=2   $35=3  $50=0

Sparker 2 – Roderer Champagne NV                                                                 $40(F)
                 $7=1  $15=1  $25=3   $35=5  $50=0


#1 – Chateau St-Jean des Graves, Graves blank 2008                              $14(F)
                $7=4  $15=6  $25=0   $35=0  $50=0

#2 – chateau Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Leognan 2004                                    $38(F)
                 $7=1  $15=4  $25=5   $35=0  $50=0
#3 – Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige 2009                              $21
                $7=0  $15=6  $25=3   $35=1  $50=0

#4 – Le Measure Pinot Grigio, Venezia Giulia IGT 2009                          $12(F)
               $7=2  $15=1  $25=3   $35=3  $50=1
#5 – Nickel & Nickel Russian River Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard 2008 $36(F)
                $7=2  $15=4  $25=2   $35=2  $50=0

#6 – Buehler Chardonnay, Russian River 2009                                           $12
                $7=0  $15=5  $25=4   $35=1  $50=0

#7 – Domaine Gros-Nore, Bandol 2009                                                         $29(F)
                 $7=1  $15=5  $25=3   $35=1  $50=0

#8 – Domaine ott, Bandol 2009                                                                         $34
                $7=1  $15=3  $25=4   $35=2  $50=0


#9 – St. Inocent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Villages Cuvee, 2009 $20
                 $7=0  $15=5  $25=4   $35=1  $50=0

#10 – Beaux-Freres Willamete Valley Pinot Noir 2007                          $45(F)
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=6   $35=4  $50=0
#11 – Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco, Reserve 2009               $50
                  $7=1  $15=0  $25=4   $35=5  $50=0

#12 – Porducttore del Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Lange 2009                     $18(F)
                 $7=0  $15=0  $25=0   $35=3  $50=7
#13 – Perrin et Fils, La Gille, Gigondas 2007                                                 $26
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=6   $35=4  $50=0

#14  La Font de Vent Cotes-du-Rhone, “Notre Passion” 2007               $14(F)
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=1   $35=6  $50=3
I think the learning process here is that everyone has an opinion as to what they
feel is a wine of there preference and also an option of what they would pay for
that bottle of wine.  The interesting thing is that in some cases the cheap
wine showed better than the expensive wine so what ever the outcome, we really don’t
know the real answers, just what wines we really prefer when all said and done!

April 27, 2011 Posted by | California, France, Group Tasting Notes, Rose Wines, White Wines | Leave a comment

WSR February 2011 California Oldies

February tasting was a late unexpected gathering since our original intent was to taste melbecs at the Brinkerhoffs,  David stood in to cover this months tasting so we thank him for that!

Wow, as David has been doing over the past year, he has been sharing some his cellar holdings to show us how the old stuff is holding up or not, and to really demonstrate that California Vineyards can produce some incredible wines that will last for decades.  Fortunately for all of us on this night we were able to see what “35 year old” wines tasted like and for the most part some incredibly well!!

 Below is the line up of which we tasted, so enjoy the list as the rest of us enjoyed the wines.  We do wish a speedy recovery to those that could not be with us on this night.

A. NV Laurent-Perrier Brut L.P. Champagne  (about 10 years old)
1. 1998 Byington Santa Cruz County Viognier (only 12 yr. old)
2. 1989 Caymus Napa Zinfandel ( only 21 yr. old)
3. 2003 Schrader Napa Old Vine Charbono, (head pruned Tofanelli Vineyard) (a mere baby of 7)
4. 1989 Rabbit Ridge Zinfandel, 85% Dry Creek & 15% Russian River (another young adult of 21)
5. 1978 Montclair Winery Sonoma Zinfandel, Limerick Lane Vineyards, (the winery was in Oakland, CA. (this 32 year old Zin was one of the favorites of the evening, even though the wine press generally says that Zin. does not age)
6. 1976 Hop Kiln Winery, Russian River Zinfandel (a mere 34 years old)
7. 2004 Schrader Old Vine Napa Zinfandel (Ira Carter Vineyard) (the 6 year old baby of the evening)
8. 1976 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon (another 34 year old from this family owned winery that moved to St. Helena in 1934, although, not listed on the label the grapes were from Sonoma’s Monte Rossa Vineyard) (the group favorite of the evening)
9 . 1978 Villa Mt. Eden Napa, (Oakville) cabernet Sauvignon (another 32 year old)
10. 1994 Robert Keenan Napa (Spring Mountain) Cabernet Sauvignon (a 16 year old teenager)
11. 1981 Robert Keenan Napa (Spring Mountain) Cabernet Sauvignon (a 29 year older brother to the teen)
12. 1985 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvgnon, Napa (Diamond Mountain) (25 year old)
13 . 1977 Montevina Estate Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (a 33 year old Shenandoah Valley, Amador County Cab.)

*1988 Vichon Napa Merlot (this 22 year old was BAD (not just one that had not aged gracefully) which reminds us that not all bottles age well)

February 10, 2011 Posted by | California, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines | Leave a comment

WSR January 2011 Beaujolais Tasting

What a great way to start off the New Year if I do say so myself!  Beaujolais and Coca au Vin at Scott’s, what a great combination.   I was really impressed that these wines showed so well and unique to themselves.  Wonderful fruit, tourier and in the Fleurie,  Chenas and Moulin-a-Vent showed good structure and long finishes.  I would never have given these a second look when purchasing wines but at the price they are at and the quality of the wines, I will absolutely put a few on my shelf for drinking. 

I want to thank everyone for their kind notes and hope you all enjoyed or will enjoy Beaujolais from here on out.  Here is the list of wine poured:

O- Maison Ambroise – Cremant de Bourgogne                        $18 (WE)

Flight 1:

1) Terres Dorees Jean- Paul Brun – Beaujolas Blanc (char) 2009   $15 (HT)

2)  Hubert Lapierre – Chenas 2009                                $18(K&L)

3) Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais Vielles Vignes 2008         $ 16 (HT)

4) Louis Jadot – Beaujolais – Villages 2009                      $9 (HT)

Flight 2:

5) Chateau Thivin – Cote de Brouilly 2008                        $20 (HT)

6) Domaine Des Braves – Regnie – Grand Vine du Beaujolais 2009   $16 (HT)

7) Domaine Calot – Morgon 2009                                   $22 (HT)

Flight 3:

8)  Domaine Cheveau – Saint-Amour 2008                            $20 (HT)

9) Domain Cheysson – Chiroubles                                  $16 (HT)

10) Terres Dorees – Fleurie 2009                                 $24 (WE)

Flight 4:

11) Chateau des Capitans – Julienas  2009                        $16 (HT)

12) Pascal Granger Earl – Julienas Grand Reserve  2005           $22 (HT)

13) Thibault Liger Belair – Moulin a Vent 2009                   $25 (WE)

January 11, 2011 Posted by | France, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines | 1 Comment

WSR December 2010 – Champagne

Happy Holidays everyone!!  Well this years holidays tasting at Tim’s was a wonderful tasting which again he seems to exceed our expectations and bring something new to the table for all of us to enjoy.  This years Champagne were all Rose’s from France (with exception to the opener).  Each one brought a non typical excitement to the mouth and palate and there was not a bad one in the bunch. 

We had a great assortment of food which went very well with each of the champagnes.  A roasted pork loin was served as the main dish, there was a baked crab dip, smoked salmon and cream cheese, cheeses, crackers, mushroom topped mixture over a bagette, and salty potato chips!  (Yes they really do go well with champagne!)  I have to admit that the appetizer that I found most delightful was the pepper & salt potato chip, topped with sour cream, smoked salmon and chive was so simple but so good.  🙂 

Thanks to Tim for a wonderful tasting and hope he can out do this years lineup next holiday season.  Hope Santa is good to you all and see you next year.

O.  Schramsberg Mirabelle – Brut Rose                                               $ 19.           93 WS
 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay     

1. Nicholas Feuillalatte – Brut Rose NV                                               $ 40.         92 WS
 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay

2. Chartogne Taillet – Le Rose NV                                                          $ 50.            92 RP
 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

3. Phillipponnat Reserve Rosee Brut NV                                             $ 60.            91 WS
 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier,

4. Rene Geoffroy – Brut Rose de Saignee NV                                     $ 55.            93 RP
 100% Pinot Noir

5. Charles Gardet – Brut Rose 2002                                                      $ 36.              93 WS
 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Petit Meunier

6. Bollinger Grande Année Rosé 1999                                                $150.            97 ST
 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay

7. Andre Beaufort – Brut Rose 2002                                                   $ 85              94 WE
 100% Pinot Noir – Late disgorged – 2009

8. Charles Heidsieck – Rose Reserve NV                                            $ 60.            94 WS
 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay

9. Louis de Sacy – Brut Rose Grand Cru NV                                      $ 36.                93 WS
 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Petit Meunier

10. Vilmart  – Cuvee Rubis NV                                                                $ 60.               93 WA
 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay

11. Henri Goutorbe – Brut Rose NV (2006-disgorged 2009)    $ 52.               93 WA
 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

12. Egly Ouriet – Brut Rose Grand Cru N

December 16, 2010 Posted by | Bubbly, France, Group Tasting Notes | 1 Comment