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 over the past few weeks:
2011 Baer Winery Chardonnay Shard Stillwater Creek Vineyard: Retail $25. Solid citrus nose with the slightest hint of creaminess. Bright and fresh on the palate with that same citrus and a dash of minerality. A great option for the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) crowd. Really any crowd that likes solid wine. Very Good. 87-89 Points.
1998 Jean-Claude Belland Corton-Grand Cru Clos de la Vigne au Saint: Retail $100. This was another of the “I am worried all of my Burgundies Suck” dinner. This one didn’t. At all. Raspberry coulis and red earth here that I could sniff for most of the rest of my middle age years. Whoa. Gorgeous reserved red fruit, great acidity and an incredible finish. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa–goosebumps kinda whoa. Oustanding. 94-96 Points.
2004 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Narvaux: Retail $50. After last night (when I pulled three bottles, including one of these–and all were oxidized) I was paranoid. Really paranoid. So I grabbed this to take to our favorite BYOB fearing the worst. Whoa. This is what an older white burg should be. Whoa (and that’s 2). The slightest hint of oxidation from the golden elixir along with faint lemon curd and a hint of oak. Rich and unctuous on the palate with that white burg goodness. Whoa (and we have three). Finish lasts for quite some time.Outstanding. 92-94 Points.
2012 Gruet Winery Grand Blanc de Noir Limited Release: Retail $33. There are times in your life that you have regrets: I should have tried out for the football team in college (we were horrible–I could have ruled); there was the time in Champagne that I passed on a Krug tasting for a longer bike ride (I know, I know); and I never asked out the hottest woman in my graduating class after contemplating it most of the four years there (I found out a decade later she would have said yes). Here? I should have bought more of this. A lot more. I fooled my wife into thinking this was champagne–deep and complex flavors, vibrant acidity, enduring finish. Outstanding. 90-92 Points.
2006 Clos Mogador Priorat: Retail $80. A tiny bit of Brett but that quickly blows off (but I am one who likes Brett in moderation) revealing some raspberry, cassis, and plenty of earth. On the palate? This gets a Whoa, and maybe more (3?). Cinnamon and spice with red berry fruit. Finish? Fantastic. Outstanding. 92-94 Points.
NV Charles de Monrency Champagne Brut Réserve: Retail $30. Well, this is a bit of a departure from my previous notes on this wine since I found this bottle at least slightly better than the last three. Why? Well, I noticed a bit more nuttiness and intrigue here and that rates in my book. Still not going to blow your mind, but then how often can one’s mind be blown? Very Good. 87-89 Points.
2012 Uvaggio (L’Uvaggio di Giacomo) Moscato Secco: Retail $20. I guess if I were to say this has a pleasant “musky” aspect to it, I could be accused of being a bit cliché, but it’s there, along with melon and vibrant white flowers. On the palate, dry as a bone, but with fruit flavors that trick you into to thinking there is some sweetness to it. This is a wine to pull out to stump people–and a fun wine to drink as well. Very Good. 87-89 Points.
WINE OF THE WEEK: This week was full of contenders since I decided to pull out a bunch of good bottles after I had the Burgundy scare (also known as “the Night of Crappy Wines”). The Clos Mogador was fantastic, which is good since I have another five bottles. The Girardin Meursault tried its hardest to restore my faith in (and love affair with) White Burgundy, but that wound is still fresh and rather deep. No, this week’s Wine of the Week falls on the sloped shoulders of the 1998 Jean-Claude Belland Corton-Grand Cru Clos de la Vigne au Saint. This is one of the bottles that I brought back from France about a dozen years ago and it was more than memorable. Corton is really the only remotely affordable Grand Cru from burgundy and it tends to be a little coarser than its brethren from the North. I have one more bottle of this, which I think I will save for a special occasion–I should be in my wife’s doghouse again soon enough and this just might be the ticket to get me out of it….
What was your Wine of the Week?