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!

Jean Bourdy

Château-Chalon Savagnin 2014

Lyle Fass

Just outrageous. — a month ago

Jay, Ira and 16 others liked this

Torbreck Vintners

The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz 2020

Okay. Probably got the the apex of our Barossa experience. Insane. So concentrated. Drippings of luscious deep dark bramble, plum, edges of jammyness guided by beautifully round, fresh, present tannins that guides the wine to a finish that settles you down for a long, cozy winters nap. Oops, not possible because you want that next sip, again, again and again. Beautiful experience because we had it with perfect food (bbq Lamb, pomegranate Cyprus salad) and great company!! So thankful 🙏🙏🙏 — a month ago

Tammy de Weerd
with Tammy
Tammy, Andrew and 3 others liked this
Tammy de Weerd

Tammy de Weerd

The perfect wine - made even more so with the incredible setting, people, and food!


Estate Grown Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noir 2019

Nice pinot with R&G Lounge house speciality salt and pepper crab...life is good! — a month ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
with Brenda
Brenda, Daniel P. and 16 others liked this

Château Cantenac Brown

Grand Cru Classé Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Great Bordeaux wine. Rich notes of fruity dark cherry and blackberries. Goes well with Brie and bread. — a month ago

Ira, Peter and 2 others liked this

Château Gloria

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Wonderful blend - smooth perfect pairing with salmon and steak tar tar — a month ago

Peter liked this

Robert Mondavi Winery

The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

This is fantastic. So well balanced and not what I thought it would at all. Much more savory herbs and graphite than I was expecting. The fruit almost supports the rock and spice blend. Good tart berries. The finish is long and dry and lovely. I’d say this lives up to hype and scores. — a month ago

Randy Boesch
with Randy
Ericsson and Tom liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Le Chevalier de Sterimberg Blanc Hermitage Marsanne Roussanne 2018

A full body, heavy blanc Hermitage, 66% Marsanne and 34% Roussanne. Yellow hay color, brilliant. Noticed nose of pear, strudel apple, even guave.
Thick palate, meaty in structure (for wine), very balanced. Missing the final kick of the minerality. Great experience.
— a month ago

David, Daniel P. and 5 others liked this

The Mascot

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Jan A

The Mascot is made from the young vines of Harlan, Promitory and Bond and you can really taste the royal pedigree here. Still in the fruit/primary phase with drying tannins. Very singular palate with a lot of concentration. Give these some additional cellar time to really shine. 95/96 potential — a month ago

Tom, Peter and 13 others liked this
John Van Trijp

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Give it a day of decanter next time

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2005 vintage. Wowzers. Never been the biggest Lafite guy. Have had all the big vintages since/including 1961 but never been officially “wowed” or wowzered by Lafite. Achievement unlocked. Decanted and tasted after 2.5 hours. Threw a pretty respectable amount of sed. Cork was pristine. Nose was slightly more forward upon a high decant than usual. Light-medium body. Great, underlying richness flowing through from start to finish. An incredible 45 second denouement. Showing fantastically currently but no rush to crush. This ain’t goin nowhere. 11.5.23. — a month ago

Shay, Jan and 19 others liked this
Tyler Felous

Tyler Felous

Curious to ask/learn more about expected sediment in this old of a wine…asking bc I just opened an 03 Ornellaia and it threw no sed whatsoever. Was surprised. What does that mean? Thanks and cheers
Scott@Mister A’s-San Diego

Scott@Mister A’s-San Diego

@Tyler Felous It would seem that the 2003 was both fined and filtered since there was no sediment. Usually, with a 20 yo wine, there would be at least a discernible amount of sediment. Some winemakers neither fine nor filter their wines. Some do one or the other. Some do both. Seems to be a matter of winemaker preference. Intervention vs minimal intervention. Have had great wines on both ends of the spectrum and in between. I post amount of sed(iment) notes for the older wines as more of a “heads up” for those opening those wines in more of a relaxed setting, such as the family over for the holidays. You get to talking while pouring/decanting and a moment’s inattention can result in a glass/decanter filled with grit. Some people love sifting through the sediment but in my experience, it’s a small percentage. They can always pour those last few drops into their glass if they really want to go to town.
Tyler Felous

Tyler Felous

I see. Thanks for the learning, and, inspo to track down more of these great bottles!