Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Before we celebrate the coming weekend, we want to look back on drinks the Delectable community enjoyed and consumed this week. We've gathered a handful of reviews and notes that caught our eye. From detailed notes to standout photos, the Delectable community was busy this week, and there are so many great posts to read. Mark your favorites and pick up a bottle to try this weekend. Cheers!

Knudsen Vineyards

Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2017

The 2017 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay was sourced from their estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley. Weighing in at 13.5% alcohol, this starts off with a bouquet of Meyer lemon zest, Challah bread, Pink Lady apple and shades of clove. The palate reveals a silky texture and a soft mouthfeel that feels more than inviting. There is a wonderful feeling of elegance to this wine as it drifts through the palate in a seamless fashion. Citrus fruit and melon flavors connect with the bright minerality. Showing beautifully now, this will continue to develop lovely nuances as it evolves over the next decade or more. Drink 2019-2032- 93 — 4 months ago

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Marchesi Antinori

Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala Umbria Chardonnay Grechetto 2011

Solid Chardonnay that was very enjoyable with dinner tonight. From what I could understand from the label, this is a Chardonnay heavy wine with Grechetto as the secondary grape variety. this one poured a little darker amber color than I was expecting. Nose was apricot, peach, and minerals. Entry of this wine was quite soft. Buttered popcorn with definitely more of a sweet citrus... Pineapple and ripe pear. Gains more acidity towards the middle and finish. Finishes with more of to stone-ground fruits and dried herbs. I think this wine is drinking really well right now. I don't really think this is going to improve any more in the bottle, so drink up! — 4 months ago

Ryan, Weijie and 27 others liked this

Greywacke

Wild Sauvignon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Need more of this ASAP. I can definitively say this is my favorite Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve never been a huge fan of the variety but this is a game changer. — 4 months ago

Severn, P and 25 others liked this

Moulin de la Gardette

La Cuvée Ventabren Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2012

This bottle let me know I don’t drink enough Gigondas in general. Hints of mocha followed by garrigue, tapenade and floral flavors. Loved it with a good steak! — 4 months ago

Kohei, Severn and 5 others liked this

Weingut Weltner

Rödelseer Küchenmeister Trocken Sylvaner 2017

Lyle Fass
9.3

So so good. Glorious wintergreen mint and loads of mineral. Palate is rich yet also energetic with freshness from minerality but also excessive minerality. Green peas and sugar snap peas with a savory element and lovely length. Killer! — 4 months ago

Keith, Amr and 14 others liked this

La Crema

Shell Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

Interesting... I'm fairly new to PN. But this is clearly atypical. The color is a medium to deep purple. There are lots of oak notes on the nose. Strong vanilla, biscuits, wood, and a little animal/meatish. Underneath, is a slight mint tea note, and an unripe version of licorice. On the palate, it's a bit more like a Pinot Noir, but still very atypical. It's medium plus body, light acidity, light-med tannins. Finish is decent. To me this is unlike what I'm used to from La Crema, but I like it. This is likely because I'm a big red drinker. Not sure others would agree.

91 points
— 4 months ago

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@M. Christopher Roebuck M great review and pic. Do I see a little snow ❄️ Cheers 🍷
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No more snow @P A ! It finally is warming up here in Baltimore.
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@M. Christopher Roebuck M. Sounds crazy but we love the snow up here and hate to see it go Cheers ⛷

Phamus Winery

The Sister Napa Valley Red Blend 2016

Dark ruby in color with a short, cloudy reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, dried figs, vanilla, oak, chocolates, mocha, tobacco, light alcohol, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Valley red blend is very young, but already drinking nicely. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine. Needs an hour to open up properly, show some tannins and remove some acidity. Will be better in 3 to 7 years.

As it opens up (3 hours) it gets very earthy, and feels like a South American Cabernet Sauvignon.

A very interesting wine. Not one to drink just yet, as it needs a few years to come to its own. Has a good potential to be a 92+ wine in 5 years time.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petite Sirah and 30% Syrah. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels, new and slightly used.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$60.
— 4 months ago

Kirk, Dick and 16 others liked this

Bruno Paillard

Première Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

Crisp. Balanced. Pure. Smooth. Downright delicious. Straight out of the chute nougat, caramel wafer, and lemon curd on the nose. Once it got up to ~65°F while in the glass, however, some spicier notes were brought forth like gingerbread & molasses cookies and spiced apple tart. On the palate very fresh and lively, yet showing a mature restraint that encourages you to sip it and savor it instead of gulp it, which would be quite easy to do. Love this stuff. Disgorged Nov. 2017. — 4 months ago

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Ryan Nice review, pic and stemware Cheers 🥂
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Thanks @P A 🙏🏻

Augustiner Bräu

Maximator Munchen

Andrew Holod
9.6

Augustiner-Brau-München Maximator dopplebock.
After an afternoon of stuffing homemade sausages as a fundraiser for our kid's school, there may be no better nightcap than this impeccable beer.
Chocolatey, toasty, very well balanced, even with its relatively high gravity, many new world brewers could learn something here.
#1000 #dopplebock
— 4 months ago

Ellen, Aaron and 2 others liked this

Weingut Bründlmayer

Terrassen Grüner Veltliner 2017

Soooo good for the $$ ... lemon lime, fresh pea shoots, rocks yum!! — 4 months ago

Paul, Peter and 9 others liked this