Archive | July, 2011

Brief Wine Notes – ’93 Latour Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

23 Jul

I recently had the opportunity to try this wine from a large format bottle at a friend’s 30th birthday.  The wine was a medium gold color, with aromas of butterscotch, cooked apple, and baking spices.  The palate followed through on the aromas, with the apple and the baking spices taking the forefront.  The finish was a bit abrupt and rough, with almost a citrus pith flavor.

Brief Wine Note – 2006 Feudi di San Marzano “Sessantanni” Primitivo di Manduria

16 Jul

Served blind during our weekly wine lunch – had been opened for 24 hours with VacuVin seal.

An old vine Primitivo from the San Marzano area of Puglia.

Saturated black purple and opaque in the glass.  Huge primary nose of  black and blue fruits, sweet tobacco, smoke, and vanilla.  On the palate the wine is stunning (almost literally) as it is just so over-the-top as to mask any signs of country of origin or varietal.  That said, if you are a fan of the ultraripe New World Cabernets, Merlots, etc., then this wine is right up your alley.  Mouth-filling blackberry, blueberry, and cherry flavors with some peppery spice, good amount of tannic grip, but perhaps a bit low on acidity (which may be perceived to add to the hedonistic quality of the wine).

Stylistically similar to Caymus, Shafer Hillside, and ealier vintages of Pride.  If  Bob Foley went to Italy and made an old vine Primitivo, this wine would likely be a twin to that result.

Brief Wine Note – 2004 Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett

16 Jul

Popped and poured, and then allowed to air over a 2.5 hour period.

Medium amber color, initial attack on the nose of acrid burnt sugar and petrol.  Initially feared that the wine had cooked.   Although it had come from proper storage, always a chance that it had been damaged prior to purchase.

With air, the wine blossomed and began to show lovely aroma as the burnt nose became caramel, with aromas of apple, pear, orange peel, dried flowers, and wet stone.  On the palate the wine has a bit of trapped CO2 and vibrant acidity.  The flavor is probably best described as a being a caramel covered Granny Smith apple from the county fair – in a glass.

Overall a lovely wine that is well into its second phase of life (for those of you who enjoy aged Rieslings as well as fresh ones).  I look forward to sampling and sharing some additional bottles of the ’04 from the cellar, as well as some ’01s, in the coming years.

Brief Wine Notes – 2008 Alexana Signature Pinot Noir

1 Jul

2008 Alexana Signature Pinot Noir.

Barrel Selection – 6 best barrels (140 cases).

Primarily Pommard clone.  Floral nose of rose and violet, red and black cherry, coffee, earth, and a hint of mocha or milk chocolate.  Exceptional balance, long finish.  Very feminine! Very Dundee!

Brief Wine Notes – 2008 Alexana Pinot Noir-Shea Vineyard

1 Jul

2008 Alexana Winery Pinot Noir-Shea Vineyard

A combination of the Wadensvil and 777 clones.  Blocks this wine is made from subtended by sedimentary soils, and relatively open with good exposure, so ripens earlier.

Notes of Chinese five-spice, blueberry, blackberry, and black cherry, with mocha, cinnamon, and a touch of anise/licorice.  About 1/3 new wood for 16 months.  The entry is smooth and light, gaining weight on the tongue, and finishing long with fine dusty tannins.

Brief Wine Notes – 2006 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir-Maresh Vineyard

1 Jul

A brief disclaimer to begin with – I am a sucker for most wines originating from this vineyard.  Several winemakers produce vineyard-designate wines from Maresh but, having grown up there, Jimmy Maresh probably has a better idea than most of how to handle the fruit.

Popped and poured from the cooler.  A bit closed on the nose initially, probably a touch below service temperature.  As the wine warms and airs in the glass, aromas of strawberry, red cherry, vanilla, earth, cinnamon, and Asian spices leap from the glass.

On the palate, the wine shows red and black cherry, strawberry, earthy mushroom, sweet tobacco, cinnamon, allspice, and a healthy dollop of white pepper on the finish.

This exceptionally balanced wine glides over the tongue, with fine, silky tannins.  There is plenty of acidity to allow the pairing of this wine with rich foods.