Daily Archives: November 6, 2008

La Tour Blanche 2003

Chateau La Tour Blanche, Sauternes, 1er Cru 2003 The nose is marked by honey and minerality and appropriate VA. The pungency of the cleanser-like VA will certainly be too much for some as it does interfere with the fruit in … Continue reading

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Rosenblum Late Harvest Viognier

Rosenblum Cellars, Lodi, Ripkin Ranch, Late Harvest Viognier, Lot 34 This is peaches in a glass with a thick mouthfeel, a little heat and the low acidity that often marks Viognier. The fruit was botritised and harvested at 36 brix. … Continue reading

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Flora Springs Trilogy 2001

Flora Springs, Napa Valley, Trilogy 2001 There is a medley of brown spices in the nose and a supple, now is the time to drink this, profile in the mouth. There’s complexity and the acidic frame carrying on – nice. … Continue reading

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Chateau Nenin 2002

Chateau Nenin, Pomerol 2002 Stepping back a year to the ’02, there is a sense of earthy cheese rind in the nose. This is much more rustic than the ’03, with ample acidity and chewy tannins. Notes on the newer … Continue reading

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Clos du Marquis 2003

Clos du Marquis, Saint-Julien 2003 There is vibrant sweet, black fruit in the nose. In the mouth you could swear this wine is from the New World. While the structure associated with Bordeaux is on stage in this wine, the … Continue reading

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Chateau Fombrauge 2005

Chateau Fombrauge,Saint-Emilion, Grand Cru 2005 The nose is smoky and toasty with tobacco lead and cherries. The sense of pipe tobacco follows through in the mouth ripe red fruits and the structure that you expect in Bordeaux. There is great … Continue reading

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Runquist Clarksburg Cabernet Franc 2006

R, Clarksburg, Salman Vineyard, Cabernet Franc 2006 The nose combines vanilla with red fruits and a little cedar. There is suppleness to the palate and a moderate amount of Cab Franc’s natural acidity with plenty of California fruit. The vineyard … Continue reading

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Voss Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Voss, Napa Valley, Rutherford Estate Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Today on the first of April, 2009 the citrus is holding steady and the wine retains its freshness – bravo! In the fall of ’08 I noted:  there’s a sense of … Continue reading

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Jean Reverdy Sancerre 2007

Jean Reverdy, Sancerre, La Reine Blanche 2007 Once again the smell of grass and grapefruit are in full force while the mouth follows suit with plenty of acidity and a little minerality. My notes from the previous three vintages show … Continue reading

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