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!


Les Couarres Extra Brut Champagne Pinot Noir 2016

A pleasant straw yellow color with tiny greenish hints throughout in the glass. Fine bubbles that are pleasing to the eye. The nose positively explodes with pears and green apples initially. A kick of ginger and herbs. The fruit aromas are taut and hyper focused upon opening. Cherries and lemon rind with a touch of lime. Orchard fruits begin to dominate after some air with some cheese notes coming to play, as well.

In previous vintages, the Les Couarres bottling was 100% Pinot Noir but the 2016 vintage has switched to 60/40 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir. Single vintage, single plot from Merfy with nervy acidity and plenty of zippiness. This is an exceedingly energetic champagne full of tension and character. Disgorged in September of 2020 after three years. Extra Brut low dosage and perfectly terroir driven.

Bruised apples and minerality on the palate. Just the right amount of spice with a slight touch of bread. All the citrus fruits on the tongue with a little red fruit just for good measure. The finish is long and titillating. Everything from Chartogne-Taillet is pure joy but this is definitely near the top.
— 2 years ago

Andrew, Ericsson and 19 others liked this
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Rubicon Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2017

Way too young to drink…but cassis, plum and vanilla on nose. Good acidity, dry, smooth tannins with red fruit and cocoa. — 2 years ago

Ericsson, LM and 6 others liked this

Giovanni Rosso

La Serra Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

Strawberries on the nose. Light ruby color. Light like Pinot. Slight acidity. No taste of strawberries. Floral notes on the front of the tongue — 2 years ago

Andrew, Ericsson and 9 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

Balanced and bright, yet earthy. Lots of fruit with hints of tobacco and mushroom. Excellent on its own but about to have it with some tacos! :-) — 2 years ago

Ray, LM and 9 others liked this

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Ripe cherries with hints of toffee. Bouquet opens up nicely. Velvety finish and medium tannins.. — 2 years ago

LM, Andrew and 11 others liked this


Al Passo Toscana Red Blend 2017

Really good 13.5% Toscana that we both liked. Light enough, but still nice earthiness & spice. Fairly good value at Vendome, at $27, if buying 6 bottles.
Z says she even liked it a little more than Yantra (1/4/22)
— 2 years ago

Ericsson, LM and 3 others liked this

Maison Des Ardoisières

Silice Vin de Pays d'Allobrogie Jacquère 2020

I just love Ardoisieres! Liquid saline rocks for about $25. Would have this as my house white anytime. 100% Jacquere — 2 years ago

Ira, Ericsson and 7 others liked this

Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1988

4hr decant. The dormant acidity and fruit woke up simultaneously around 3.5 hour mark to deliver an experience we didn’t want to end. Sokolin bought. Perfect condition. Red fruits and perfume for days. Some wines can’t be described just experienced. Wow! — 2 years ago

Eric, Paul and 9 others liked this
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Very nice 🍷🍷

Domaine Marquis d'Angerville

Domaine du Pélican Arbois Poulsard 2018

#4 of Jura Savoie evening
Lovely aromatics, very Pinot style with red berry fruit and nice undergrowth. A good mineral whiff, too.
On the palate this is feather light but with loads of character. Nice precision with a light yet persistent tannic frame, juicy acidity and light red berry fruit.
Brilliant drinkability though, I admit, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
Love it!
— 2 years ago

Daniel, Pinotman and 12 others liked this