February 2018 – Notes

2014 Eric Kent Atoosas Vineyard Syrah
deep ruby, in color. blackberry, raspberry, savory, roasted, black pepper, licorice, leather. $37
2015 Black Stallion Carneros Chardonnay
light straw, in color. white flowers, pineapple, lemon, vanilla, nutmeg, butter, citrus zest. $40
2017 Left Bend FizNat Sparkling Rose of Syrah
grapefruit, guava, citrus peel. bright, fresh and a lot of fizz. $28
2015 MacMurray Ranch RRV Pinot Noir
lavender, raspberry, dark cherry, boysenberry, crushed pepper, leather, vanilla. $25
2013 Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Church Block Cab/Syrah/Merlot
ruby, in color. blackberry, currants, blueberry, pepper, eucalyptus, leather, dry, astringent finish. $18
2016 Ludwig Neumayer Traisental Gruner Veltliner
white flowers, celery, peach, grapefruit, lime, mineral. herbal, mouth watering finish. $22
2016 Ledge Vineyards Paso Robles Grenache Blanc
white flowers, honeydew, apricot, peach, mineral. medium acid, on the finish. $25
2016 Le Raisin à Plume Patis des Rosiers Gamay
natural wine. medium ruby, in color. sour strawberry, cranberry, juicy. hollow mid palate. $21
2014 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Grignolino
pale ruby, in color. geranium, leafy, sour cherry, strawberry, white pepper. strong acid, on a tannic finish. $20
2015 Palacios Remondo Rioja La Vendimia Grenache
crimson red, in color. raspberry, cherry, earth, spice, licorice. sour fruit, bright finish. $16
2014 Mendel Wines Malbec
deep ruby, in color. violets, cherry, blackberry, raspberry, black pepper, spice, vanillla. $24

2015 Southern Rhone

This month we tasted wines of the Southern Rhone. Six selections, one each from: Cotes-du-Rhone Villages, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Gigondas. Grenache rules the land with Syrah as a major supporting role. Then the remaining balance belongs to Mourvèdre, Carignane, Cinsault.

2015 Southern Rhone

Top Pick:
2015 Domaine de la Ganse Vacqueyras, $18

Competition:
2015 Bosquet des Papes “Tradition” Chateauneuf-du-Pape, $35
2015 Domaine de la Janasse “Terre d’Argile” Cotes-du-Rhone Villages, $18
2015 Domaine de la Mordorée “La Dame Rousse” Lirac, $20
2015 Domaine de Beaurenard, $24
2015 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas, $27

Pre Wine:
2015 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc, $13
2016 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, $24
2017 Left Bend Riesling (sample)

Post Wine:
2011 Troon Vineyard Insomnia Dessert Wine
2013 Côtes du Rhône Villages Famille Perrin
2006 Sine Qua Non Chardonnay Mr. K The Noble Man