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Sunday, December 16, 2018

1999 Elio Altare Barolo Brunate

14.5% abv. Decanted and aerated for 4 hours and then poured back into clean bottle. Left to aerate in bottle for another 2 hours. 

Trying to recreate some of the magic atmosphere that we experienced in La Morra this past October  :) 

Easily one of the best wines I've enjoyed this year. Fascinating transformation over the course of the evening, with classic inner perfume manifesting itself slowly and then really blossoming late in the evening. The slightly disturbing bit of heat on the finish subsided, and gave way to a more balanced mouthfeel.... mellow tannins,  retaining a beautiful structure for the red cherry palate. More fruit and balsam than tar....with a hint of sweetness on the finish.  Truffle-y, sous bois thing going on with the nose. 

Elegant, harmonious, memorable. Damn, what a wine! It would be wonderful to taste this again in 10 years... only going to get better....

Paired with pasta covered with Alba truffles followed by grilled bone-in veal chops. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

2013 Bérêche et Fils Rilly-La-Montagne 1er Cru

Bérêche has become one of my favorite Producers with their fresh, elegant, minerally style. This Rilly-La-Montagne cuvee is absolutely delicious. I will be seeking out more.

Pop and pour. Enjoyed over the course of an evening. Don't be afraid to decant this to let it open up. 

The 30 plus year old vines contribute to a truly savory reflection of pinot noir (100%). Fermented in oak and aged under cork. 

Finely chiseled minerally palate. Riveting tension between fruit, acidity and mouthwatering salinity. Biscuit and delicate spicy floral nose.

A beautiful wine that will only get better with age.

Deg. January 2017
Dosage 3 g/l

Saturday, December 8, 2018

An Evening of Alto Adige

Great video on Alto Adige region


2015 Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg Riserva 14% abv
What can I say about this great wine that hasn't already been said... wow!

Let this open up since it is still a youngster. 
Sort of difficult to accurately describe, but the complexity even at this early stage is impressive. 

One of the most seductive examples of mouthfeel in any white wine. The front end is minerally and light, with stony white fruit dancing on your palate and just a slight kiss of sweetness. 

Then there is this amazingly balanced mid-palate viscosity that comes into play... all the while exuding the deftness of Fred Astaire gliding across the ballroom floor, with a finish that makes you dive in for another sip.

To me, this wine has some traits in common with a great Chenin Blanc.

Vorberg is sourced from very steep, high altitude vineyards above the town of Terlano. Bravo Rudi Kofler and team !

2010 Nusserhof (Heinrich Mayr) Südtirol Lagrein Riserva13%abv
Sourced from a southward facing vineyard , which is situated on the banks of the Isarco River within the township of Bolzano. This land has been farmed by Heinrich Mayr's family for nearly a century.

Decanted and aerated for several hours...
Bright piquant blackberry with hints of mocha and coffee with supporting acidity. Reticent nose.

Tannins have smoothed out quite a bit over the past couple of years, and the wine has taken on a more elegant character. 

Not a lot of complexity, but the bright berry flavor , especially toward the end of the evening, was really delicious. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

2005 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana, 2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric, 2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Ovello Riserva

2005 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 
First time I've had a Pajana that I can remember. It is a south-facing vineyard in the Ginestra cru. 

Opened and aerated in bottle for several hours, then decanted. Fascinating to follow its evolution over the course of around 7 hours. 

The first few hours, it echoed my past experiences with younger Clerico wines: iron fist in a velvet glove.  Beautiful upfront fruit framed with an elegant tannic structure. With air, the firm tannins softened somewhat, and instead of shutting down, the wine began to open up. 

Delicious black fruit with tar, iron and tobacco accents. Toward the end of the evening, an inner sweetness began to reveal itself, providing a glimpse of a very bright future. Would love to taste this again in 5 years and then again in 10 years. 

This ended up being the favorite wine of the evening. The elegant structure rivets your attention and complements food so well. 

Here are two wonderful articles on Domenico Clerico and his wines:

2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric
The classic nature of the 2004 vintage is on full display here. This is a blend from Cannubi,  Rocche di Castiglione and Bric del Fiasc vineyards. It's in the zone now and very enjoyable. Plush texture, alluring nose and tasty fruit with tar, tobacco and sous bois. Very satisfying on its own merits, but lacking the structure to make things truly interesting. 

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Ovello Riserva
Very forward and surprisingly soft structure. Irresistible black fruit, sous bois, truffle and mellow spice. This is delightfully savory, but somewhat lacking in traditional framework and typicity. Drink within the next 5 years.

Paired these wines with ...
Spicy sausage and swiss chard pizza
Pancetta, mushroom and egg pizza 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cru Bourgeois Tasting 26 November 2018

Cru Bourgeois
November 26, 2018
George Erdle and Robert Rostan
"Pinot From Around the World"

2014 Meursault Blagny - Louis Latour 1er Cru
2016 Soave Corte Sant Alda
2010 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne
2013 Kistler Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen Kistler Vineyard

First Flight - George Erdle
1) 2015 Rene Cacheaux Les Champs d'Argent 
2) 2015 Gabriel Tortochot - Gevrey Chambertin "Les Corvees"
3) 2013 Felton Road - "Calvert"
4) 2015 Domaine Bart Marsannay Les Ouzeloy (favorite)
5) 2014 Escarpment Te Rehua (2nd favorite)
6) 2014 Burn Cottage - Burn Cottage Vineyard

Second Flight - Robert Rostan
1) 2003 Roco: Private Stash
2) 2006 Kosta Browne (2nd favorite)
3) 2008 Archery Summit: Arcus Estate
4) 2009 Kistler Cuvee - Catherine Occidental Station Vineyard
5) 2011 Martinelli - Blue Slide Ridge (favorite)
6) 2012 Cirq - Treehouse

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2015 Chateau de Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône Les Deux Albion

Double decanted and enjoyed over a couple of days. Some fine grained sediment. (14.5% abv) 

Reflects the fine structure of the 2015 vintage. Raised in a combination of wooden vats and concrete tanks. Whole cluster Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (and a dollop of Clairette contributes a nice lift to the blend). 

Attractive violet and garrigue on the nose. Peppery ripe raspberry palate with a hint of marmalade on a mildly tannic finsh. This has a couple of years yet till peak.

At less than $25, a solid value and an exciting interpretation of Côtes du Rhône from the inimitable Louis Barruol.

Paired nicely with grilled rack of lamb.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

2017 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese

I am way too much of Mosel novice to offer an adequate appraisal of this wine, so I'll let The Mosel Report provide some background...

Cracked this puppy too young, but , holy smokes what a stunner !🥂 There is some kind of feinherb thing in the piquant nose that is fascinating.  Incredibly savory salinity on the palate,  yet overall remarkably balanced at this youthful stage...

-------(sourced below from The Mosel Report )------
2017er Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese
 AP 06 18  
rating  95 pts 

The 2017er Euchariusberg Spätlese (known internally as the “Klaus Lang” cask) comes from fruit harvested at 92° Oechsle in the prime Gross Schock sector of the vineyard and was fermented down to 65 g/l of residual sugar. This offers a gorgeous nose of pineapple, apple, coconut, pear and herbs. The wine develops the delicate presence of a light and creamy Auslese on the palate and leaves a comparatively dry and elegant feel in the long finish with almost Kabinett-like focus. This is a stunning Spätlese in the making. 2027-2042 

Notes from The Mosel Report on Falkenstein in 2017 vintage:

"...The Webers are quite upbeat about their 2017s: “We would have loved to have more wine of this quality. The wines are elegant, with the depth of the 2015s and the acidity of the 2013s. In many ways, they remind me of the 1971s and 1973s in the Saar. While 2016 was dramatic, with much pressure from diseases, the 2017s were easy … except for the late frost at the end of April, which costed us 40% of our yields. Fortunately, the remainder of the season was quite fine. We started our harvest extremely early, on September 23. This sounds like southern Europe but that was how the weather turned out to be. We finished on October 11. The quality of the fruit was great. There was nothing with less than 80° Oechsle. Despite the dramatic losses of yields, we were able to not only produce our usual portfolio, but we even added some casks from newly acquired vineyards and by bottling casks ourselves which we had sold to the trade so far.”  The Estate was able to produce its usual portfolio of wines, with the exception of the Euchariusberg Kabinett AP 13, which was not produced due to low yields. The Estate has added a new vineyard situated in a prime, south-facing part of the Niedermenniger Sonnenberg called im Kleinschock, which delivered a fruity Kabinett in 2017. It also added another cask of Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb (AP 23), whose fruit was sold so far to the local cooperative...."

"....What is there to say: We remained speechless in front of such a high quality collection. The wines may not have the ethereal lightness of 2016. The 2017er Falkenstein wines are, as at all Estates, denser. But they retain this utter finesse which has been the hallmark here since a few years now. The dry wines are stunningly pure, the off-dry wines as good as ever, the fruity ones deliciously zesty and the sweet Auslese a little beauty in the making. If we had to hint to “the finest among the finest”, we would draw our readers’ attention to the Estate’s two marvelous fruity Spätlese bottlings. But it would divert their attention from other beauties. Simply put, if you are in the luxury position to buy everything (the Webers told us that they start to get allocation headaches as they can no longer satisfy all demand), then buy everything. The wines are THAT impressive! ..."