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!

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend 2012

This 2012 Rioja is so rich and complex. It is drinking perfectly now, and needs no decant. La Rioja Alta is one of my favorite producers and this less expensive wine is a great purchase. Elegant fruit flavors, followed by an intense earthiness. There are so many flavors in this wine. — a month ago

Jamie, Eddie and 4 others liked this
Ericsson

Ericsson

Love this producer.

O'Shaughnessy

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Paul K
9.3

Delicious. A little surprised as it’s a ‘17, but maybe I should stop saying that. Those that avoided smoke and heat made some good wines. — a month ago

Steve, Eddie and 25 others liked this

Sottimano

Cottá Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2004

Mahogany Nebbiolocolour in the glass.
Cherrycoke, tar, sticky date pudding, dried flowers, tobacco, toasted oak, sweet brown spices.
Masculine and powerful, still pretty tannic upon opening. A wine for the dinner table.
— a month ago

Peter, Dick and 19 others liked this

Quilceda Creek

Palengat Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

2018 opened Oct 2021. Red raspberries and thyme on the nose. Dried currents on the front that are almost immediately balanced by some flinty notes that tingle on the front of the tongue. On the mid palate it continues with mild red-fruit flavors that are offset by some delicate high notes—that remind me of the smell of the loess that that gets blown off the Horse Heaven Hills on dry summers days. It has a slightly tart finish that lingers—but the satiny tannins offset this zing, and they hold this wine together from beginning to end. I’d want to call the tannic structure “heavy” except that they never come to dominate the tasting experience. This wine is lush and zaftig from start to finish, but its tremendous sophistication offsets any heaviness.

BTW, the fruit (which is subtle to begin with) fades after an hour of decanting. The tannic body opens up (i.e. it gets even smoother and fuller) but some harsh high notes begin to dominate on the finish. Frankly, I like this wine best a half an hour out of the bottle. If an increase in intensity is OK for you, go for a longer decanting. I like it better with less oxygenation. The fact that it gets a bit more intense with decanting makes me wonder if this vintage won’t lose some of its subtlety with aging. I’m not going to be able to resist drinking up my limited allocation, so, l’ll never be able to perform the aging experiment.
— a month ago

Shay, Neil and 4 others liked this

Jean-Yves Péron

Champ Levat Mondeuse 2018

Wild, very pure and direct in complexicity of grapes used!! What a wonderful biodynamic red!!
Carbonic maceration and spontaneous alcoholic fermentation with local yeasts for 2 months in neutral oak barrels. After that another 12 month in oak barrel,

Dazu: Cote de Bouef am offenen Feuer - Morcheln - Rinderherz / Löwenzahn - Walnuss / Brokkoli / Kartoffelgratin
— a month ago

Byron, Ira and 3 others liked this

Domaine Berthelemot

Monthélie Pinot Noir 2017

Dark forest fairy tale. Elegantly earthy, soft cherry laden salts. Beautifully refined and terrific entry into Burgundy. — a month ago

Severn, Sharon and 22 others liked this

La Rioja Alta

Viña Alberdi Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2016

Apple smoked meats with vanilla soaked cherry cordials on the nose. Intense and smooth with fruit-filled smokey complexity and a long yet silky tannic finish. — a month ago

Byron, Paul and 9 others liked this

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

This 1996 Lafite bottle after a 4.5 hour decant not as good as the previous one. It still combines sheer massivity with elegance. Notes of leather, earth, lead pencil, plums and olives dominate. Unfortunately there is a slight rustic note that seems to come and go that detracts in this bottle. Still a superb wine and loom forward to the next bottle! — a month ago

Ira, LM and 15 others liked this

Lieu Dit

Santa Maria Valley Melon de Bourgogne 2019

Rocky, saline beauty from Bien Nacido and Lieu Dit. So refreshing. — a month ago

Ericsson, Byron and 7 others liked this
Eric Urbani

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@Kamall A relatively unknown, terrific producer with a wide range of wines at excellent QPRs !