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!

Petaluma

Tiers Chardonnay 2002

Ron R
9.5

Petaluma Tiers - In my mind, a first-growth chard from down under.
I spat my pacifier out when the cork disintegrated, but I need not have been concerned.
The visual presentation is stunning - look at that golden color in the glass. The nose displays roasted almonds, nutmeg, toasted bread and white fruits.
Palate is regal, revealing poise, layers and complexity. The mouthfeel is dense, while notes of nuts, exotic fruits and oak are layered. The acidity provides a frame for the overall structure. The almost undetectable oxidation is to be expected, but that just adds to what is a stunning example.
@Bob McDonald, any backstories to share?
Pairing this with filet and porcini mushrooms (which I have never cooked) 😱
— a month ago

Anne-marie BeausejourEric LaMastersJoe Lucca
with Anne-marie, Eric and 2 others
Dick, Severn and 64 others liked this
Ron R

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Thanks, @John Adams. I’m trying to copy my artsy fartsy wife 😀
Mario Vaillancourt

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Very nice pic and the wine and food look delicious
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Thanks, @Mario Vaillancourt. Both food and wine were excellent 😊

Maison Stephan

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2017

This is really fragrant and perfumed, but wild as hell. There’s not a fruit in here that isn’t wild: wild strawberries and raspberries, and maybe even watermelon at first. But meaty and wild. Savory rich florals: curry plant and violet and rose. Really soulful and organically balanced. Unique as all hell, has a human feel. I’ve never had a cote rotie like this one. Really drinkable tannins. Excellent. — a month ago

Lyle Fass
with Lyle
Lyle, Josh and 26 others liked this

Twomey

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Last one of these in my cellar. Not much has changed...soft, balanced, lovely. Twomey makes a very nice Merlot, year in and year out. — a month ago

Michael SeelyJoe Roth
with Michael and Joe
David, Shawn and 14 others liked this
Jeff Orlowski

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No @Matt Duncan I have not. Have had 01, 07 through 09, and 12 through 14. Always good!
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Sounds like we should do a Merlot vertical when the winery reopens!
Jeff Orlowski

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@Matt Duncan Sounds great to me! 👍

Enderle & Moll

Liaison Pinot Noir 2018

Starts out very closed. Took two days to hit its stride in fact! But over time a high-tone perfume emerges; ethereal dark fruit, ripe Hungarian tart cherry, cherry lipstick and tart berry liqueur. A little va hinting at acetone. Some cardamom and white pepper too. Palate is riper than previous vintages I’ve tasted but still full of that driving acid, with substantial silky tannins and a finish that lingers forever. Lovely. This will certainly benefit from a few years of cellaring. — a month ago

Diane, Erik and 32 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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I take it you liked this '18 better than the rosé?
Josh Morgenthau

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@Severn Goodwin Yessir, nothing wrong with this bottle! Very hopeful the other bottle I had was just a one off.

Pierre Brisset

Cuvee Cassaneas Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2017

Just gorgeous bourgogne blanc, but I think this is Chassagne in all but name (Cassaneas is the ancient name for Chassagne). On the nose, sweet fruit at first, but becomes more taut: lemon, slathered with minerals, sweet lime. On the palate, ultra-focused acidity, crystalline lemon and lime, sour apple. Lovelt mouthfeel and a very focused and refreshing finish. Fantastic. Better than the 17 Dancer Bourgogne Blanc, which shows a bit more overt oak. — a month ago

Severn, Josh and 6 others liked this

Alain Gras

Saint-Romain Pinot Noir 2016

Delicious wine, lot’s of red fruit, medium bodied and very balanced with good acidity and approachable tannins. Drank side to side with the 2017 and we preferred the 2016 at this stage.

Nez de fruits rouges surtout. La bouche est savoureuse, équilibrée, acidité vive et tannins fondus et veloutés, très bel équilibre. Dégusté sur deux jours avec le 2017 et nous avons préféré le 2016 légèrement. 90-91
— a month ago

Daniel, Francis le and 14 others liked this

Raul Pérez

Atalier Rías Baixas Albariño 2018

One of the finest bottles of Albariño I’ve ever tasted. Precise & tense with excellent depth of fresh citrus & hints of tropical fruit. The. One has a beautiful coriander note. Gorgeous stuff. — a month ago

Severn, P and 55 others liked this
Ebbe Bonde Soerensen

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Raul is magic🇪🇸

Line Shack Winery

San Antonio Valley Petite Sirah 2017

Dark blackish purple. Inviting nose of blackberry cobbler and boysenberry syrup. Full-bodied palate echoes the nose adding supple, medium plus tannins and a backbone of medium acidity. A fantastic New World representation of the variety in which the signature body and structure sit squarely in a universal comfort zone. Enjoy with barbecue, steaks, pulled pork, or even American style cassoulet. Drink now through 2027. — a month ago

John, Deborah and 14 others liked this

Windchaser

El Dorado County Grenache Noir 2018

Crystal clear, unfined & unfiltered. Guessing young vine. Color depth depends on fill. Nice strawberry note, plum in the finish, medium length finish, tannins are light-medium. 14% ABV. Not complex, light and bright. Good red for warm weather. Good job. — a month ago

P, Chris and 8 others liked this