March 2016 Notes

Nineteen wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2014 Domaine Andre Vatan Sancerre.

2013 Stephen Vincent Sonoma Chardonnay 2013 Stephen Vincent Sonoma Chardonnay
golden. banana, mango, lemon zest, butter, toast, cinnamon. med+ acid. $12
2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo 2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo
cherry, plum, roses, red licorice, tea, tar, spice. med+ acid. structured tannins. $26
2007 Acacia Vineyard PinotNoir 2007 Acacia Vineyard Pinot Noir
ruby. raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry, earth. flavors keep developing. med. acid. $21
2011 JLohr GSM 2011 JLohr Gesture GSM
inky color. lavender, blackberry, plum, raspberry, pepper, fresh soil, cedar. med+ acid. $28
2012-GrgichHills-NapaValley-Chardonnay 2012 Grgich Hills Napa Valley Chardonnay
straw. banana, green apple, citrus, clove, spices, butterscotch. med+ acid. $29
2014-LesVins-de-Vienne-Viognier 2014 Les Vins de Vienne Viognier
straw color. orange flowers, apricot, pear, lemon, hint of RS, honey. acid: med $23
2013-CaleraWinery-Viognier 2013 Calera Winery Viognier
straw color. apricot, peach, pear, honey, smoky, lemon candy, hazelnut. med+ acid. $24
2003-Dehlinger-Syrah 2003 Dehlinger Syrah
ruby color. earth, sage, smoke essence, game, earth, dark cherry, blackberry, spice. $28
2008-ChateauLaCaminade-Cahors 2008 Chateau La Caminade Cahors
deep ruby color. tart cherries, blackberry, oak, dark chocolate, cedar. $20
2009-Podere-Sapaio-Bolgheri-Volpolo 2009 Podere Sapaio Bolgheri Volpolo
ruby red. black plum, cherry, earth, smoky meats, spices, dark chocolate. med: acid. $33
2012-Eroica-ColumbiaValley-Riesling 2012 Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling
pale color. white flowers, apricot, white peach, faint petrol, honey. high acid. sweet. $22
2010-ErikBantiMorell-Ciabatta-Sangiovese 2010 Erik Banti Morell Sangiovese
ruby red. black cherry, plum, berry, leather, earth, savory meat. med+ acid, med+ tannins. $20
2014-AwatereRiver-SaveeSea-SauvignonBlanc 2014 Awatere River Savee Sea Sauvignon Blanc
pale color. lemon grass, herbaceous, straw, mineral. med+ acid. $12
2014-DryCreekVineyards-SauvignonBlanc 2014 Dry Creek Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
faint yellow color. lemon grass, grapefruit, citrus pith, flint, musky cat box. med+ acid. $15
2014-DomaineAndreVatan-Sancerre 2014 Domaine Andre Vatan Sancerre
lemon, cut grass, wet rock, chalky, flinty, green vegetable, mineral. med+ acid $19
2014-LesHauts-de-Lagarde-Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2014 Les Hauts de Lagarde Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
white flowers, lemon, grapefruit, mineral, oxidized. med+ acid $12
2014-Valcantara-Garnacha 2014 Valcantara Garnacha
dark ruby red. cherry, blackberry, cassis, pepper, earth, vanilla. med+ acid. $15
2011-Domaine-EGuigal-CotesduRhone 2011 Domaine E.Guigal Cotes du Rhone
inky & red color. black cherry, cranberry, bramble fruit, leather, clove. $25
2014-JLohr-Wines-RVG-Gesture 2014 JLohr Wines RVG Gesture
light straw color. musky spice, honeysuckle, white peach, orange, lime. med+ acid. $32

Name that Red Varietal

This month we had one of our favorite tastings “Name that Red”, featuring the varieties: Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Carignane and Zinfandel. East Bench wins for the 2nd consecutive month, taking top honors in last month’s Zinfandel tasting.

Flight: Name that Red

Name that Red

Top Pick:
2012 Ridge Vineyards East Bench Dry Creek Zinfandel, $27 K&L
note: dark red, purple rim, in the color. plum, blueberry, earth, on the nose. cranberry, plum, spice, on the palate. medium-plus acid, soft tannins, on the finish.

Competition:
2010 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva, $28 K&L
2009 Qupé and Verdad Wines “Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard” Edna Valley Syrah, $30 K&L
2010 Kennan Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $42 K&L
2013 Left Bend Santa Cruz Mountains Carignane, $30 Left Bend Store
2009 Remelluri Reserva Rioja, $26 K&L
2012 Luca Malbec Uco Valley Argentina, $30 K&L

Blind Tasting Practice:
2014 Nobilo Wines Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2012 A Cote Santa Barbara Chardonnay
2013 King Estate Winery Oregon Pinot Gris

Pre Wine: New Release
2014 Left Bend Winery Cabernet Franc Rose

Post Wines:
2002 Ridge Vineyards Dynamite Hill Petite Sirah
1994 Ca’Togni Late Harvest Red Blend