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Saturday, June 16, 2018

2005 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia and 2015 Terlano Vorberg

The '05 Bosconia is coming into its own nicely.  Mostly tempranillo with some Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo.

Smoky black cherry and plum with meaty nuance and spicecake. Very well balanced.  Tannins have mellowed... smooth as silk.  Had decanted and aerated for a couple of hours prior to drinking.  Went well with Latin mop bone-in pork chop.

What can I say about Vorberg that hasnt already been said... a lovely wine.

Friday, June 15, 2018

2010 Villa Le Prata Brunello di Montalcino

Villa Le Prata is a small family-owned winery with vineyard holdings in central and southern Montalcino region. The mainstay bottling is comprised of a blend from these vineyards:

Rizzieri (500m elevation)
Le Prata (510m)
Ramoni (210m)
Velona (250m)

15% abv. Aged for 3.5 years in a combination of 5 hectoliter French oak tonneaux and 30 hectoliter Slovenian oak barrels.

This is a very nice effort. Savory, sous bois-influenced nose that is irresistible, matched with big red cherry fruit palate accented with leather, anise and tobacco.  Soft, gracious tannins. Very open-knit and inviting texture. Paired beautifully with meat ravioli. Not the most complex wine but highly satisfying.

Monday, May 28, 2018

2014 Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons

Young with bracing salinity that frames a lemony palate.  This gets more interesting after an hour or so. The minerally cut is very mouthwatering. Fairly substantial texture and a slight oily-ness as it warms in the glass.  Highly enjoyable and early enough in the drinking window to hopefully avoid any premature oxidation.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2010 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto

Slow-o for around an hour before dinner.  This is a nice mid-weight blend sourced from estate parcels (each lot being vinified separately),  including a parcel of rosé clone. Drinking quite nicely with lithe tannins. There is an overall balance that showcases the classic nature of this vintage. Pretty cherry, tobacco, sous bois. Lovely food friendliness. Paired well with locally sourced goat cheese, sweet peppers and toast points. Cellaring should bring out more character over the next handful of years.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

2007 Schloss Lieser (Thomas Haag) Riesling Auslese Niederberg Helden

A nice treat since I dont have as much experience with Auslese as with Kabinett and Spatlese...... although I don't feel like I was able to get a truly accurate impression of this wine.  Opened several days ago and had a glass. Vacuvined and was able to devote more time several days later.

Overall, a ripe burst of pineapple fruit ... very mellow acidity allows the savory salinity to shine thru on the mid-palate. Nice bit of complexity but this is a rounder wine that is somewhat lacking in structure.   I miss the bracing framework and freshness provided by some of my favorite Auslese from Selbach-Oster, for example. 

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Pora and 2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Rio Sordo

This was great fun comparing these two. Paired with hamburgers grilled over charcoal topped with caramelized onions, tomato and alfalfa sprouts on brioche bun. 

Pora is very open and approachable. Round, velvety fruit with fully resolved tannins.  Pleasant but lacking in structure ... low acidity and tannins... seems advanced age-wise.  Nose has subtle attractive florals.

Rio Sordo is more complex with savory structure.. .dusty tannins, mid-weight fruit and nice tobacco accent. Very enjoyable aromatics that lean toward burgundian perspective ... super food friendly... a very interesting rendition of this vineyard...
Peaking in a handful of years....

Sunday, May 13, 2018

2014 Pattes Loup Chablis

Delightful wines with scallop & lobster soup followed by shrimp etouffee. 

The scallop & lobster soup was mind- bendingly delicious.  The 2014 Vorberg paired really nicely with it.

The shrimp etouffee was complemented by sauteed sweet potatoes that had been marinated. An interesting preparation that was wonderfully savory.
The Chablis went well with the etouffee... but was quite basic and uncomplex compared to the Vorberg.

The sparkling wine was new to me. From an appellation near Carcassonne. Made from Mauzac varietal.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

2014 Arterberry-Maresh Maresh Vineyard and 2014 St. Innocent Freedom Hill Vineyard

Fascinating comparison of two styles of Oregon Pinot Noir. 

Maresh Vineyard is in the Dundee Hills AVA. Jim Maresh is producing a wonderful Maresh Vineyard cuvee sourced from 40+ year old vines. 

Freedom Hill Vineyard (originally planted circa 1982) is a bit further to the south in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Mark Vlossak produces his version of the Freedom Hill cuvee at St. Innocent. 

While the Freedom Hill is very tasty right out of gate, it is the Maresh vineyard bottling that begins to rivet attention over the course of dinner and the evening.  Freedom Hill has exuberant up front fruit and minerally underpinnings, but is not the last word in complexity (at least in this early stage of development).

The Maresh Vineyard bottling unfurls slowly, more lightweight at first on the palate but gaining serious complexity. It becomes the clear favorite with food. Highly savory character, distinctive fruit (whole cluster?) ... and a nose to die for.  It echoes the depth and lovely framework of the 2014 Kelley Fox Maresh Vineyard bottling.  

Oregon winemakers are just killing it with uniquely original interpretations of great pinot noir.
Oregon is putting together a great run of vintages in 2014, 15 and 16...

Maresh vineyard is comprised of Jory soil.... here are interesting notes from the USDA NRCS website...

"...The Jory soil is recognizable by its red coloring and can be found in nine western Oregon counties on over 300,000 acres. Throughout the Interstate-5 corridor, a variety of crops and forests supported by Jory soil are visible on the foothills to the east and west of the valley...."
"...Although the Jory soil is found only in western Oregon, the soil developed mainly on Columbia River Basalt bedrock, originating from eastern Oregon lava flows. The weathering of these basalt uplands produced the deep, well-drained, rich, red characteristics of the Jory soil. These soil properties give the Jory soil a high productivity and capability for producing a wide variety of crops, orchards, vineyards, and high forest productivity...."