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!

Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

Cheval blanc luncheon 82, 83, 90, 95, 98, 2000, and 2005. All beautiful 90 and 2000 the highlights depending on preference! — a month ago

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Jason Gaffner

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2000 is fantastic

Fleur de Mer

Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2019

I’m picky with my Rosé because I’m not a big fan but this one is pretty good! Evidently lavender flourishes in this region along with the Mediterranean Sea which influences this wine. Paired great with a shrimp boil on this beautiful day! — a month ago

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Jan A

Jan A

Same here, sometimes it's refreshing given the situation (mostly summer weather) but can't imagine to rate any rose anything higher than 94
Sharon B

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@Jan A i agree. I have to say that I really do enjoy a Rosé of Pinot Noir though!
Trixie

Trixie

Fine looking 🍤! Cheers!

Etude

Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Delicious! Medium bodied Pinot noir. Drier and less fruity than some. Lots of action and a fun mouthfeel. A bit earthy. — a month ago

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Domaine des Roches Neuves (Thierry Germain)

Clos Romans Saumur Chenin Blanc 2013

Holy hell. Acidity off the charts, lemon, green apple, spring meadow, sea salt, marzipan. This could age forever on its acidity but absolutely irresistible now. I killed half the bottle without even thinking about it while cooking. — a month ago

Severn, Jason and 29 others liked this

Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

It’s been a crazy time for us, these last six months. First, Em and I got married. Then, a few weeks ago, my mom passed away, after a long battle with cancer. Now, despite the strange timing we’ve just closed on a new place and are in the process of moving in. Heads spinning, we’ve had no shortage of emotions, or reasons to open good bottles of wine.

At first this was totally closed down. Into the decanter and a few hours later a fleeting high toned floral perfume develops. Glimpses of violets, some tart, just ripe black currants, red and purple fruited forest berries, and a hint of black pepper. So elegant, it’s hard to believe this is a Cali cab. It doesn’t taste old or new world really. It just is. Lithe, elegant, and transparent, with thrilling acid and gentle tannins. The structure is there.

All that said, the nose closes up some, after that initial flirtation. Seems to be shut down overall; tertiary qualities yet to develop. The potential is evident. 9.4++
— a month ago

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Positive vibes your way. 
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Josh Morgenthau Hugs sent in times of real challenges! Congrats! 🤗
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@Josh Morgenthau and Em, you are not alone. Keep doing what you’re doing 👊🏾

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1978

Needed to aerate and open up. But once it did, fruity and leathery with nice tannins and a great mineral taste. Surprisingly good even though it’s older than my children. Rich without being cloying. Creamy. — a month ago

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Viña Zorzal

Navarra Garnacha Rosé 2020

Blueberries, blackberries, then medicinal, maybe liquorice, a slight vanilla finish 🤔 From the April wine share 🍷 — a month ago

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Penfolds

Bin 600 California Cabernet Shiraz 2018

Rich crimson with purple tinges. It certainly has the Penfolds winemaking thumbprint of ripe fruit and toasty oak. As HH said it tastes more Australian than Californian even though all the fruit is Californian and it was vinified there. These are the details (78% Cabernet 22% Shiraz. Napa 45%, Sonoma 35%, Paso Robles 20%). In hindsight it probably tastes Australian because of the Cabernet Shiraz blend which is common in Australia and rare (or nonexistent in California?). This venture for Penfolds has been 30 years in the making with Shiraz cuttings being brought from South Australia to Geyser Peak in Sonoma back then as our host for the dinner explained on the night. 4 Cuvées, all Red have been made ranging in price of $95 for this wine to $950 for Quantum. 70% of the production has been allocated to the North American market so dinners such as the one we had are quite rare in Australia because of lack of stock. This Bin 600 even though the least expensive of the 4 Cuvées will live well into the late 2030s even though it is so well balanced you could happily drink it now. — a month ago

Juan, Shay and 26 others liked this
Ming L

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I think in Paso Cab/Shiraz is not uncommon.
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@Ming L Thanks. Good to know.

Lail Vineyards

Blueprint Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

4 hour decant (I’m sure 2 would suffice). Dark ripe fruit, leather, baking spices, mint. Velvety tannins with some acidity. Can see a few more years should help open it up but drinking well now. Juicy ripe black fruit leads to a nice silky finish. — a month ago

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