Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Wednesday! 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!

Holocene

Memorialis Pinot Noir 2018

Parents in town and I opened something different. This has a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the nose. Dark cherries and baking spices. Nice acidity. This is a big Pinot that probably needs another 3 to 5 years to really shine, but is drinking extremely well now. — a month ago

Tom, Ira and 16 others liked this

Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

Ron R
9.4

The best domestic PN in the price range, by a long mile. But don’t take my word for it. Tell me what’s better…
Merry Xmas, peeps!
— a month ago

Tom, Vin and 50 others liked this
Sharon B

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@Ron R merry Christmas!
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@Sharon B, and a very merry Christmas to you and yours. Drink great wines over Xmas!
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Great to hear. I still love the Lucia and Pisoni but will test it out

Bodegas LAN

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2012

loved this wine, seemed to be at peak performance, incredible nose, moderate tannin, would be killer with any sort of beef dish. awesome — a month ago

Brooke Gannon
with Brooke
Byron, Ericsson and 7 others liked this

Azienda Agricola F.lli Cigliuti

Serraboella Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2015

Takes a bit to open up, but well worth the wait. Elegant and soft textured. Pretty feminine- rose petals, button mushroom, sour cherry. Will definitely benefit another 5 years bottle age. — a month ago

Jamie, Ira and 8 others liked this

Jermann

Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio 2020

Enjoyed this Pinot Grigio. Wrongfully wrote off this grape for quite a while. the Italian grapes are so different from the US! Astringent lemon pith, bright, and effervescent on the palette with notes of green apple, wildflower honey, melon, & pear. Lemon juice aroma. Would definitely buy again, picked this up for $18 at Costco. — a month ago

Ethan HeyboerPeter HeyboerDiane Heyboer
with Ethan, Peter and 1 other
Alex, Paul and 7 others liked this

Luis Seabra Vinhos

Xisto Cru Douro Branco White Blend 2017

Multi-varietal blend, majority Rabigato. Lemon, orange and stone fruit on a tornado of minerals. Long finish, complex and luxurious. Reminds me of good loire chenin. — a month ago

Alsu ShakirovaAndrew SchirmerJudy Wagonfeld
with Alsu, Andrew and 1 other
Peter, David and 15 others liked this
Andrew Schirmer

Andrew Schirmer

Fabulous texture. Saline breeze, citron, lush mineral palate.
9.2

Williams Selyem

Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2019

Talk about pop and pour perfection! Paired with skillet grilled cowboy pork chop topped with Bosch Pear, baby carrot, blue cheese and drops of Aceto Balsámico di Modena IGP. Cheers. @Ron R this may be a contender. — a month ago

Ira, Scott and 27 others liked this

Domaine de la Bongran

Cuvée E.J. Thevenet Quintaine Viré-Clessé Chardonnay 2016

Tried 14,15 & this 16.
16 fits my palate the best since it has more acidity,
I’ll take this over any $100.00 plus California Chardonnay
— a month ago

Tom, Severn and 24 others liked this

Antoine Bouvet

Extra Brut Champagne Blend 2014

Pale yellow with effusive minuscule bubbles. Highly expressive aromas right out of the gate with toast with a dab of honey and smoke. Apples abound initially upon opening. Very pretty, delicate citrus notes of lemon zest and apricots. White grapes and really inviting spice. Dried fruit comes back with a warm embrace.

I’ve talked glowingly about these Bouvet champagnes before and will continue to do so because he just does not miss. The last vintage he made with his grandfather and though it’s oh so young, it exceeds expectations. Tiny production because most of the grapes are sold to Bollinger. Zero dosage so the terroir speaks clearly and the zippy acidity is pure. Composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Avenay Val D’Or, Bisseuil, and Mareuil sur Ay and disgorged in early 2020.

Very inviting in the mouth. No dosage isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but this is so warm and generous. Vibrant and engaging with orange and apricot notes. Toasty bread and hazelnuts along with chalk and sea spray. Exquisite minerality. These are exciting grower champagnes that seemingly only get better.
— a month ago

Alex, Andrew and 11 others liked this