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!

Donkey & Goat

The Gadabout California White Blend 2018

Sage, leaves of grass, fresh river water. Lovely, piney bouquet.

Mmmmmm love this. Love the bubbles and zippy quality. Light grapefruit. Some of that herbaceousness, but well balanced with cloves and just a breezy wind, really.

Like a Jack Johnson song on a lazy beach day.
— 4 years ago

Eric, Severn and 15 others liked this

Domaine Vincent Paris

Granit 30 Cornas Syrah 2018

Really impressed. It's so rare that I get out of the new world. Tremendous power and finesse. Really very much enjoyed this!! — 4 years ago

Brandon, Shay and 25 others liked this


I rarely leave the new world. So it was interesting to get to the old world! Would love to try the 60! Great Garagiste Wine mystery meat!!!!
Shay A

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@TheSkip : Ah, now I see what you meant! What did you pay for this “30”?


$29 as a garagiste mystery wine

Calera Wine Company

de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Do not pop and pour! Give this a decant. This has improved so much with age. Intense ripe cherries and smoke with a hint of vanilla and some earthy tones on the nose. Soft fruits and sweetness on the palette with dusty soft tannins and uplifting acidity. This is a very nice subtle and gentle wine. — 4 years ago

David, Mike and 14 others liked this


Powder House Chardonnay 2017

Shay A

My wife’s birthday is this week, and Aubert is her favorite. I’d like to let the ‘17s rest a bit more, but when that’s all that is available at the house...

As I’ve noted previously, I think Aubert’s 2017 Chardonnays are, for the most part, more accessible than normal, and this did nothing to dissuade me from that line of thinking. If putting this in the lineup in regards to favorites and comparisons, I think this slots in towards the back-middle of the lineup, ahead of LH&S and Hudson, but just behind Eastside. It seems to be a marriage of Hudson (ripe, juicy, yellow fruits and herbs), & Eastside (more sea salt, streak of herb crusted stone fruits, lemon cream). What stood out to me on this was how tart it was...there was more lemon tang here than any of the other Aubert chards in the portfolio, with added oyster shell. While I think this will obviously get “different”, I’m not sold it gets better with age. It’s very giving now.
— 4 years ago

Martin, Tom and 64 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

2nd day wine if I remember correctly
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A: Nice, Shay. Haven’t tried the Powder House. Happy Birthday to your bride!
Kimberly Anderson

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Happy Birthday, Emily! 🥂🍾

Elio Grasso

Ginestra 'Vigna Casa Maté' Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

Barolo, bolognese, and Ella Fitzgerald, because F-you Tuesday, I need a nice night... 🙌🏾 — 4 years ago

Hugh, S.S. and 23 others liked this

Graziano Prà

Otto Soave Classico Garganega 2019

regular soave is my kind of wine (light and thin with bombastic acidity).

this is boutique soave - amazing.

100% organic garangea

stainless-steel only.

12% abv

grapefruit and other citrus, blossom and some fennel and it all ends with some wet stones.

a bit creamy in texture so I'm guessing sur lie.

medium + very enjoyable bitter 🎯

lovely with home made 🍕 with the usual tabasco and sriracha added.
— 4 years ago

Adam, Casey and 19 others liked this

Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 1966

Another trip around the sun, another “66 Bordeaux. This time it was the Cos d’Estournel. Clearly the best of the “66 vintage I have tasted over the last several years on my birthday. It started with salami and spice on the nose. Mid palate it morphed into this lovely soft earthy red fruit and finished with leather and spice. No hint of the typical Cos pencil lead. This wine still had depth and character. I was surprised by the richness and depth of color. It started to fade after about 45 minutes but wow, were those minutes an amazing wine experience. — 4 years ago

Shay, Eric and 32 others liked this
David L

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Nice pull for your birthday. Cheers
David T

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66 a very good acidity year for cellaring.
Tim McCarthy

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Les Orizeaux Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne 2013

Mouth filling juice! Made from the 2013 vintage. Dégorgement in June 2018. Dosage 4g/l, extra brut yet full bodied vinous champagne nicely balanced by citrus freshness. Love this champagne! — 4 years ago

Elise Zandbergen-Haverkamp
with Elise
Thijs, pascal and 30 others liked this

Lewis Cellars

Alec's Blend Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2017

What a great blend. Syrah Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Having a warm beet salad with it. — 4 years ago

Jim Hadley
with Jim
Ron, Paul and 14 others liked this