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 — 5 years ago

P, "Odedi" and 10 others liked this

Department 66

Orin Swift Maury 'Fragile' Rose

Fragile - I don't believe it’s pronounced frah-ghee-lay - has a big, bright nose full of big, bright red fruit. A bit of heat pokes its head through, too, owing to the 15% alcohol content. That cherry-red fruit comes through on the palate as well, with a boatload of acidity to boot. The winery notes say Fragile pairs well with lighter fare and warm, sunny days. I'd have it with pork chops in a heartbeat. — 5 years ago

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Augustiner Bräu

Maximator Munchen

Andrew Holod

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
— 5 years ago

Ellen, Aaron and 2 others liked this

Weingut Weltner

Rödelseer Küchenmeister Trocken Sylvaner 2017

Lyle Fass

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! — 5 years ago

Keith, Amr and 14 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. — 5 years ago

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Ryan Nice review, pic and stemware Cheers 🥂
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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. — 5 years ago

Severn, P and 25 others liked this

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! — 5 years ago

Ryan, Weijie and 27 others liked this

Weingut Bründlmayer

Terrassen Grüner Veltliner 2017

Soooo good for the $$ ... lemon lime, fresh pea shoots, rocks yum!! — 5 years ago

Paul, Peter and 9 others liked this


Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay 2017

Medium lemon-green; medium plus intensity aromas of lemon curd, white peach, pineapple custard, organic earth, funk; dry, medium acid, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors of lemon curd, underripe stone fruit, funk, organic earth, pineapple custard; long finish, concentrated flavors, complex fruit and creamy texture, outstanding — 5 years ago

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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.

— 5 years ago

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