Over the course of a week, I taste a bunch of wine, usually with friends, and almost always with my wife. Here are some of the wines we tasted this last week that stood out:
1994 Robert Ampeau & Fils Meursault: Retail ~$60? A good friend brought this over and we gladly popped it. On the nose a bit odd (flawed?). I debated for a while, but there is a bit of ‘skunk’ on the nose. I have no idea what flaw that is (if any). On the palate, quite pleasant. A bit (but only) of fruit, and good acidity/balance. But that nose…. I do not think this one was flawed, just old. Still Good to Very Good. 86-88 Points.
2004 Ancient Coast Vidal Icewine: Retail ~$25 (375 ml). Really dark–more like a slightly diluted coke. Honey and orange peel on the nose. Quite sweet but also tart on the palate. Not cloying by any means, this is a solid dessert wine that will not overpower. Excellent. 90-92 Points.
2008 Argyle Brut: Retail $22. I bought a case of the 2008 a while ago, but this is only our second bottle that we have popped. Mostly some muted citrus on the nose and quite bright on the palate. Perhaps not as acidic as the 2006, but this wine shows that Argyle really makes an outstanding sparkler every year. Very Good. 86-88 Points.
2006 Buil & Giné Priorat Giné Giné: Retail $25? I have been sitting on these for a while, and I finally decided to twist a cap. Really nice fruit with an abundance of verve. I see this as a near perfect split between new and old world. The only problem? It is a bit schizophrenic, trying to decide what it wants to be. Very Good. 88-90 Points.
2009 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur: Retail ~$30. This followed the 1994 Ampeau Meursault, which was odd but bold, so it took a while to get into the Arthur. A nice lemony nose and quite austere on the palate. Acidic and bright, but lacking a bit of fruit to balance it out. Very Good, but I was hoping for more. 87-89 Points.
NV Krug Champagne Brut Rosé: Retail ~$120 (for 375 ml). From a 375 ml bottle. I am a huge Krug fan and an even bigger Krug Rosé nut, but this has to be labeled as a bit of a disappointment. The wine was not flawed in any way, but it lacked the richness and the depth that I associate with this wine. The fruit was there, but muted. Overall, still ‘Excellent‘ but Krug is supposed to knock your socks off–this barely unlaced my shoes. 89-91 Points.
2006 Sans Permis Chardonnay La Chanson: Retail ~$40? Wow. I paid just over $10 for this. Last Bottle claimed it was a $40 (+) wine. As far as I can tell, they were pretty much right. This was a wonderful wine that reminded me of a rich Meursault: creamy and rich with lemon curd and a bit of pineapple. The balance was spot on as was the finish. QPR off the charts. Excellent. 89-91 Points.
2004 Trentadue Winery Zinfandel La Storia: Retail ~$25. I had been sitting on this wine for a while since I like my Zins with a little bit of age on them. The bright raspberry fruit was still there as was a nice bit of mocha on the finish. Very Good. 87-89 Points.
2008 Domaine Vindemio Côtes du Ventoux Regain: Retail ~$14. I am kicking myself for not buying more of this. Great fruit and balance with a QPR off the charts (I paid $8 through Last Bottle). I would drink this in the short term, though. Very Good. 87-89 Points.
2006 Vista Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir TreeHouse: Retail ~$25. This was our second bottle of this and I remain impressed, especially given the price from the PLCB ($11). Good sour cherry fruit with a nice balance of acidity. This is not mind-blowing, but a good every night kind of Pinot. Very Good. 87-89 Points.
2003 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée Théo: Retail ~$35. Another case when the Cellar Tracker tasting notes are way off the mark. Drink by 2008? This wine is just hitting its stride. Great citrus and a classic Gewurz nose, this wine is considerably sweeter than I had expected. Rich and a bit unctuous this is close to being a dessert wine. Excellent. 90-92 Points.
WINE OF THE WEEK: You would think that any week that had a Krug Rosé, the only question would be ‘What is the second best wine of the week?’ Sadly, that was not the case this week–the Krug was a bit of a disappointment. The Sans Permis continues to by the best value wine of the year, but I knew it was going to be good since we have had several bottles already. The Weinbach was outstanding and although I did not know it would be good, I certainly expected it to make a positive impression. So instead, I will opt for the biggest surprise of the week, the 2004 Ancient Coast Vidal Icewine. When I grabbed it from the cellar, it was a bit of an afterthought–I had no intention of drinking any dessert wine that night. It really was superb and proved once again that I should not mock Canadians nearly as much as I do.
What was your Wine of the Week?