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!

Bernard Burgaud

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2015

Deep purple with medium intensity, developing aromas of grilled meat, smoke, blackberry, black pepper, mint, tar and forest floor. Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium tannins, medium (+) body, medium alcohol (13.5%).
Well-integrated flavors of blackberry, black plum, tar, mint, forest floor, black olive. Medium (+) finish. Very good quality - drink now but has potential for aging. Very approachable.
— 2 years ago

Julia, Paul and 2 others liked this

Les Athlètes du Vin

Chinon Cabernet Franc 2017

A very smooth Chinon Cab Franc. A bright pale red in the glass, I was sensing subtle hints of green pepper on the nose with some playful blackberry, cassis and violet on the palate. I enjoyed this wine with a fabulous burger at Toronto’s outstanding Aloette restaurant. How do you say a “magnifique” pairing!? — 2 years ago

Trixie, David and 20 others liked this
Tyler Martinelli

Tyler Martinelli

Chinon is an underrated gem 💎
And that label is amazing!
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

@Tyler Martinelli Agreed on both points!

Yehuda

Reserve Judean Hills Dry Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and bell pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature and remove some of the vegetable notes.

I had it a couple of years ago and it was very austere, now it is very drinkable although still young.

Aged for 24 months in New French oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.
— 2 years ago

Daniel P., P and 19 others liked this

Once & Future Wines

Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2017

I wish more Zinfandel could be made like this. While this is just a baby, it’s already delivering so much pleasure. Very primary with bright red fruits and spices. Good acid. Long finish. A few years in the cellar will do these wonders and there’s no reason to doubt the Bedrock bottle will have the ability to age gracefully for well over a decade. Such an exciting project from Joel Patterson and looking forward to trying more!! — 2 years ago

Dr., Hermes and 3 others liked this

Clos de Chacras

Gran Estirpe Malbec 2004

Last bottle of the Gran Estirpe, Malbec from Argentina. This go around decanted for 2 hours. Dark and red cherries, blueberries, cassis followed by musky wood and smoke. Vibrant acidity with cranberry candy finish and mild white peppers. soft to medium chewy tannin. The tannin doesn’t linger along the cheeks and tongue just quite enough, similar to the last bottle (but now I’m knit picking). Overall, decanting for over 2 hours definitely enhanced the flavour profile and allowed for greater appreciation of the wine’s complexity. Alcohol content 14.5%. Served with homemade red Thai chicken curry. — 2 years ago

P, Ryan and 9 others liked this

Aperture

Soil Specific Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ron R
9.5

With spring in the air, it’s time to get your SB on.
We were expecting 17 vintage to be a bust, but these guys proved us wrong. The nose is incredible with jasmine, honeysuckle and white flowers. Palate reveals nectarines and lemon and quince. So structured on the palate with bright acidity, and complimentary sweetness. Finishes with verve and urgency. Wifey gave it a 95. Who am I to argue...
— 2 years ago

Shay, Jason and 35 others liked this
David L

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2 cases of the Chenin Blanc. 6 bottles of this SB coming on Friday.
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@Greg Ballington Have to try the 17 now. Perfect spot!
Greg Ballington

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@David L grabbed three off the bottling truck. Sadly for the cellar, they didn’t make it back from Mexico 😜

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

If I was to identify a North Coast California vintage that is a “go to” right now I’d select the ‘05 without reservation, I’ve had so many spectacular samples lately and I’m smitten. This Backus was just singing tonight. Gorgeous, powerful multi dimensional nirvana. — 2 years ago

Bill, Eric and 46 others liked this
Jeff D.

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05 was a banger of a vintage!
P A

P A

@Bill Bender Bill you’re spot on 2005 was a good one Cheers 🍷
Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

Dimensional nirvana. NICE

Paul Hobbs

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

My first Dr. Crane, have had To Kalon which I love, but this was yummy as well! 🍷👍 — 2 years ago

Shay, Susan and 16 others liked this

Clase Azul

Reposado Tequila

Better by the case! — 2 years ago

P, Ron and 13 others liked this
Howard Greenfield

Howard Greenfield

Nice- Stockpiling for rainy day???
leon egozi

leon egozi

Ha hurricane season is coming😀

Marie Duffau

Napoleon Bas Armagnac

Love Armagnac!

92 points
— 2 years ago

Mark, P and 5 others liked this
P A

P A

@M. Christopher Roebuck Nice setting Cheers 🍷