Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.
White number three. Copying notes from my recent note about 6 months ago. No surprise here, but this was rich and powerful. After it warmed up, the fruits became more honeyed, and there was an added smoked butter note. I enjoy Ritchie vineyard Chardonnays, and with Bevan’s take, I always get a very pronounced nutty type note...this vintage isn’t as pronounced at this stage. Not a bad or a good thing...just a thing. This vintages seems a bit more focused compared to previous vintages. In my opinion, the best vintage of Bevan’s Ritchie chard I’ve had. — a day ago
Monthly WTF wine group meet up. This month is new world vs old world Rhône’s. All wines tasted blind. 3 flights.
This was one of my contributions and it may have been due to the comparative style of the night, but this was more ripe than I expected. Many called this Aussie Shiraz. I decanted for about 2hrs by the time this was enjoyed and it was open for business. Ripe blue and black fruit, oak, and a hint of savory notes (sage, charcoal). To its credit, there was a nice lift on the mid palate that gave this a lighter than expected feel. — 9 days ago
The wine has an intriguing nose which shows apricot, Meyer lemon and tropical fruit. The palate shows why people like California Chardonnay. Tropical notes highlight the flavors, with a strong layer of minerals underneath. The 15 months of oak don't interfere as much as one might think, adding a noticeable - but not dominant - aspect to the profile. Racy acidity begs for a food pairing, and I'm thinking swordfish. The finish carries the fruit, not the oak. — 10 days ago
Aromas of buttered popcorn that blew off to butter, citrus and white flowers. Viscous wine that coats the mouth, but not in an unpleasant way. Bright key lime and other citrus with fresh mineral crispness. Definitely some oak influence, but not the primary like with a chard — a day ago
Weekly Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3-4 whites, 3-4 reds and 1 dessert wine format. Served blind.
I called this Russian River valley Pinot. Extracted, powerful and flavorful. Loads of black cherry, cola, sweet oak, and candied blackberry on the finish. Still young. Underlying notes of cedar and maple. — 9 days ago