Last Sunday, September 29, Lynn and I hosted a singles wine tasting. In my wine collection is a medley of single bottles. Some were given to us by friends and some are extras from samples received as well as remnants from purchased bottles from around the world. I assembled a selection of these wines for what turned out to be an interesting and exceptional wine tasting. Here are the highlights.
2012 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru - This really stood out. Deep gold colored, it possessed a rich, almost spicy nose of semi-dried fruits and minerals. At seven years of age, it was still finely fruited and developing the complexities of a mature white Burgundy, turning nutty delicate and lingering on the finish. 19.5/20 points.
2012 Georges Vernay "Coteau de Vernon" Condrieu - This was the other standout white, produced from the Viognier grape. Coteau de Vernon is Vernay's top cuvée. It showed a deep gold color, turning amber and luxuriant aromas of semi dried fruits, orange peel and perfumes. The flavors were rich yet laser-like with plenty of backbone to carry it over seven years. With touches of hazelnut and lemon peel, the finish was complex and exquisite. 20/20 points.
2015 Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny Les Baudes, Premier Cru - This was a lovely red Burgundy. Medium brick colored, it emitted lovely, perfumed aromas of strawberries, cassis, violets and incense. The flavors were medium bodied and mouth caressing yet forceful, with touches of nougat and toast accenting the red fruits, followed by a long, complex finish. Tasted even better the next day. 19.5/20 points.
2012 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton-Bressandes, Grand Cru - This was a beautifully matured Burgundy from a fine but not great vintage. It showed a brick red color with an edge of garnet and rich, earthy bouquet, evocative of the Bois de Corton, along with whiffs of wood smoke. The flavors were medium bodied but full and round, with a long, elegant finish. 19+/20 points.
2013 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf du Pape, "Les Hautes Brusquières" - This South Rhone red showed a brick red color with garnet edges. The flavors were beginning to mature, with a smoky bouquet and rich, round fruits that were turning slightly nutty, showing the masculinity of old vines in the long, fleshy finish. 19+/20 points.
2013 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino - This was the star of the Italian wines tasted. Garnet colored, it possessed aromas of semi dried fruits, dried rose petals, tobacco and smoke. The flavors were authoritative, rich, sweet-dry, followed by a long, complex finish of hazelnuts and Amaro. 19.5/20 points.
2013 Pio Cesare Barolo - This was classic Nebbiolo from the Italian Piedmont Langhe. Garnet colored, it had a classic nose of semi-dried fruits, dried rose petal and tar. The flavors were in the traditional style, but with flair. The back picked up roasted berries and hazelnuts, followed by a long finish that was imbued with dried fruits and Amaro. 19+/20 points.
2010 Clos de L'Oratoire Saint Emilion Grand Cru - This 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc from Bordeaux' Right Bank showed a ruby-garnet color and smoky, earthy aromas of roasted berries and nuts. The medium full bodied flavors were fine and fleshy, rounding out nicely and marked by notes of roasted coffee and steely minerals, followed by a long sweet-dry finish. 19/20 points.
2012 Chateau Lascombes, Margaux - This Haut Medoc red was composed of 48% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. It melded these varieties together nicely, with rich aromas of semi dried fruits and wood smoke and flavors of roasted berries and nuts, mocha and toffee, followed by a lingering finish with the tannins smoothing out. 19/20 points.
2011 Pavelka Dunaj Vino Cervené Red Wine - This Slovenian wine was quite interesting. I researched Slovenian wines, but was unable to determine the varieties in this wine. It showed a deep ruby color and an earthy nose of dried fruits and wood smoke. The flavors mirrored the aromatics with notes of licorice, cocoa and grilled meats. The finish showed considerable depth and length. 19/20 points.
2016 Adams Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, Red Willow Vineyard. - This was left over from samples sent. This came on as being highly distinctive, with classic Cabenet aromas and deep authoritative flavors, well structured, yet expansive, marked by dark fruits, integrated oak and an incredibly long finish. This is testimony to Mike Sauer;s viticultural expertise.It will have a great future. My score: 20/20 points, based on potential, the same as in my Review in the March issue of the Review of Washington Wines.