02/120/19 Mixed Bag Tasting
Today’s first tasting included an eclectic mix of wines. One Austrian wine, two French one Spanish and one Washington State wine.
Hopler Gruner Veltliner Burgenland 2017. Light yellow color, light body, mineral laden wiht reduced acidity and a relatively short finish.
Gachot Monot Saint Aubin (Chardonnay) 2016. Pale yellow color, very translucent. Light nose of vanilla and pear. On the palate, bright acidity, vanilla spice. Medium+ body, definitely a product of malolactic fermentation and lightly oaked. 9 mos in 20-30% new French oak.
Chateau Lestrille-Capmartin Cuvee Tradition Bordeaux Superieur. 2012. 60% Merlot, 25% Cab, 15% Cab Franc. Dark ruby color. Spicy French oak and red fruit on the nose. Very textural, low acidity, mild red fruit. Sourced from near Entre Deux Mers on the right bank side.
La Cartuja Priorat. 2016. Bright ruby color, medium color saturation, spicy red berry nose, velvet tannin, juicy red fruit. Quite textural. This is a chew and fruit driven Spanish red.
Pamplin JRG Colombia Valley Bordeaux Blend 2014. 75% cab, 20% merlot, 3% malbec, 2% petite verdot. Dark ruby color, spice and caasis on the nose. Velvety soft tannin with great structure. Acidity is on the soft side making the fruit appear sweeter than it actually is. .