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DALLAS 2ND WEDNESDAY GROUP – NOVEMBER 2012 – Michael Byington’s house in North Dallas (11/3/2012)

The Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group got together Saturday night this month. When this group was started many years ago (a few years prior to my joining) the first wine dinner was a Zinfandel tasting. Every year since we have a Zinfandel tasting in commemoration of that first dinner. This year we gathered at our fearless leaders’ place in North Dallas for some excellent smoked meats and tasty Zinfandels The company as usual was stellar. Here are the results of the tasting:

  • 2010 Antica (Antinori) Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa Valley, Atlas Peak
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of pineapple, lychee and camphor. Flavors of dried pineapple, lemon and creme fraiche. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink over the next 5 years. (91 points)

  • 2007 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of berries, currants and raspberries. Flavors of berries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 2008 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of soapstone, berries, talc and plum. Flavors of berries, currants anc cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 2001 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines – USA, California
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, pretty clear looking. Nose of camphor, white pepper, melted licorice and a bit of berries. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. Yes, I said that. Drink or hold although I’d likely drink. (92 points)

  • 1995 Cline Cellars Zinfandel Big Break – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of spice, camphor, red berries and white peppers. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Racy acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink soon. (91 points)

  • 2009 Williams Selyem Zinfandel North Flats Forchini Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, a hint of smoke, white pepper and mixed dark fruits. Rich flavors of currants, berries, blueberries and a bit of plum. Medium acidity. medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

  • 1999 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of leather, pepper, Kirsch and plum. Flavors of currants, plum and berries. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (91 points)

  • 2009 Ridge Geyserville – USA, California, Sonoma County
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of camphor, currants and berries. Flavors of berries, currants and toffee. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 points)

  • 2007 Jacob Toft Sarah’s Cuvee – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of melted black licorice, pepper and plum. Flavors of currants, berries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short to medium term. (91 points)

  • 2007 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of rubber, spice and berries. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

I missed roughly 4-5 wines so I beg your forgiveness. Many thanks though to Cam for smoking all of the meats. Job well done. Many thanks also to our fearless leader for once again opening his home to us. Another great event hits the books.

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DALLAS 2ND WEDNESDAY GROUP – OCTOBER 2012 – Urbano Cafe, Dallas, Texas (10/10/2012)

The Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group got together this week to drink a few Italian wines together. Reds had to be Brunello (a few bottles varied) while whites could be anything (preferably Italian). We ended up with a nice mix of wines covering the gambit of quality versus pricing. Here are the results:

Sparkling and Whites

  • NV Montesel Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Vigna del Paradiso – Italy, Veneto, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene
    WIML88

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Straw color in the glass, clear looking throughout with a good ever essence. Nose of yellow pears, yellow apples and a hint of cream. Flavors of yellow pears, yellow apples and a hint of sweet cherry on the finish. Bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink now. (88 points)

  • 2009 La Scolca Gavi Bianco Secco – Italy, Piedmont, Gavi
    WIML89

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of sulfur, ash and a hint of lychee. Flavors of lime, lychee and minerals. Medium acidity, light bodied. Drink now. (89 points)

  • 2011 Château Petit-Freylon Bordeaux Blanc – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of grapefruit, apricot and peach. Flavors of peach, grapefuit and lime. Bright acidity, light body. Drink now. (90 points)

  • 2011 Massican Annia – USA, California, Napa Valley
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of flowers, lychee and pineapple. Flavors of lemon, lychee, lime and tangy apple. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink now. (91 points)

Reds Mostly Brunello

  • 2003 Fattoria La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of dried herbs, white pepper and mixed berries. Flavors of berries, plums and a little bit of cherry. Medium to bright acidity, medium to drying tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 points)

  • 2000 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose started with a hint of varnish followed by aromas of pepper, plums and berries. Flavors of berries, cherries and plums. Bright acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

  • 1988 Pertimali (Angelo Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose started with some bottle must giving way to aromas of berries, licorice and plums. Flavors of berries, raspberries and plums. Tart acidity, integrated tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now.

    The wine at first blush came across as ever so slightly corked so no rating as a result.

  • 1997 Fattoria dei Barbi (Colombini) Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of rich currants, plums and berries. Flavors of solid berries, raspberries, plums and a dash of cherry. Bright acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 1999 Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, berries, plums and a hint of roasted meat. Flavors of plum, berries, currants and cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins. full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 1997 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of a little brown sugar, berries, white pepper and a bit of currant. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Bright to tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 2007 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of talc, perfume, pepper and plum. Flavors or berries, plums and cherries. medium to bright acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

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DALLAS 2ND WEDNESDAY GROUP – SEPTEMBER 2012 – (9/19/2012)

The Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group got together this past Wednesday for our September wine dinner. Our wine theme for the evening was Rhone wines both North and South. We ended up with quite the eclectic and unexpected mix of white Rhones, a Tavel and a handful of Red Rhones. It was fun! Here are the results:

  • 2004 Jacques Copinet Champagne Cuvée Marie Etienne – France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs, Champagne
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout with tiny, fairly quick dissipating beading. Nose of sea spray, lime and wet stones. Flavors of lemon, lime and minerals. Bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 points)

  • 2008 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of talc, lime spritz and wet stones. Flavors of peach, lime and apricot. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 2005 E. Guigal Condrieu – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of matchstick, flowers and yellow pears. Flavors of yellow pears, lemon wedge, a bit of hazelnut and a bit of an earthy finish. Bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 2009 Saint-Cosme Condrieu – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ash, kumquat, talc and a hint of rose petal. Flavors of lemon, yellow pears and minerals. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 points)

  • 2010 Cave de Tain l’Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage Blanc – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of peach, apricot and grapefruit. Flavors of peach wasser, citrus fruits and apricot pit. Bright acidity, medium bodied. Drink or hold. (90 points)

  • 2005 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Blanc Les Rocoules – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of camphor, spice, yellow pear and yellow apple. Flavors of yellow pear, lemon and a bit of an earthy finish. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

  • 2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ash, yellow pears and wet stones. Flavors of yellow pears, yellow apples and minerals. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink now. (91 points)

  • 2011 Les Vignes des Precheurs Tavel Rosé – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Tavel
    WIML89

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Deep rose colored in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of strawberry, red berries and a hint of bubble gum. Flavors of red berries, red raspberries and a hint of red cherries. Medium to bright acidity, light to medium body. Drink now. (89 points)

  • 2009 Château des Hautes Ribes Vacqueyras – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Vacqueyras
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of spice, smoke, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black berries, black raspberries and black cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium body. Drink or hold. (90 points)

  • 1996 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Generations Gaston Philippe – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of smoke, pepper, plums and wet stones. Flavors of black berries, black raspberries and plums. Tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d drink. (90 points)

  • 2006 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, white pepper, plums and berries. Flavors of raspberries, tart berries and a bit of cherries. Tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. I’d drink now. (91 points)

  • 1998 Château Cabrières Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige Tête de Cru – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of tobacco, brown sugar and mixed berries. Flavors of berries, plums and a hint of cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now. (91 points)

  • 1998 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of ash, white pepper, plums and a hint of barnyard. Flavors of berries, raspberries and a bit of minerals. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium bodied. Drink now. (90 points)

  • 2003 Château Redortier Gigondas – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, spices, mixed dark fruits and a bit of smoke. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now. (90 points)

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DALLAS 2ND WEDNESDAY GROUP – AUGUST 2012 – IN MEMORY OF DAVID WHITE – Suze, Dallas, Texas (8/8/2012)

The Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group got together Wednesday night to honor the memory of our dear friend that passed away a few years ago, David White. David was a very active member of our group and actively participated in every event held by our group. He particularly loved French wines as well as Suze restaurant as a gathering place so we gathered this year once again to honor his memory by tipping a few glasses and sharing fond memories of our dearly departed friend.

The Wines of David White

All of these wines are from the cellar of David White.

  • 2006 Bergström Chardonnay “Sigrid” – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Floral notes on the nose followed by aromas of wet stones, lychee, talc and graham crackers. Flavors of yellow pears, creme and minerals. Medium acidity, medium body. Some thought this was on the down hill side but I disagree. Seems right where it should be for an Oregon Chardonnay and can be drank now or held for five years or so.

    This bottle was from the cellar of our dear friend David White. (91 pts.)

  • 1997 Huët Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg – France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of graham cracker, cinnamon, cookie dough and mixed yellow fruits. Flavors of lychee, simple sugar, apricot and a hint of peach. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. Should last at least 4-5 more years.

    This bottle was from the cellar of our dear friend David White. (93 pts.)

  • 2000 Château Langoa Barton – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose started with light notes of barnyard followed by tobacco, spice box, camphor and plum. The palate is still a little tight with flavors of black berries, black raspberries and black cherries peeking throughout. Bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with some time in the decanter or continue to hold.

    This wine was from the cellar of our dear friend David White. (91 pts.)

  • 1980 Offley Boa Vista Porto Vintage – Portugal, Douro, Porto
    WIML87

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose is a bit hot showing notes of Kirsch, Armagnac and a little graphite of all things. Flavors of berries, light notes of currants and sweet plums. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (87 pts.)

Champagne flight

A few bubbles to get things started properly.

  • NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier – France, Champagne
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Straw color in the glass, clear looking with tiny beading. Nose of lemon zest, dough and brown spices. Flavors of lemon, brandy soaked pears and Granny Smith apples. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 pts.)

  • 2004 Jacques Copinet Champagne Cuvée Marie Etienne – France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs, Champagne
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout tiny and rapidly diminishing beading. Nose of sea breeze, light lime notes and some notes of wet stones. Flavors of lemon curd, light creme notes and some yellow pears. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (91 pts.)

White flight

A few whites as an intermezzo. Oddly, one wine seems to be off theme as is the norm for our group.

  • 2002 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim – France, Alsace, Turckheim, Alsace AOC
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lychee, apricot, spice and wet stones. Flavors of apricot and lychee. Light acidity, light to medium body. Drink or hold. This bottle is a little lighter in weight than the last bottle I tried but still acceptable. Provenance issue? Phase? (92 pts.)

  • 2004 Domaine Roger Belland Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot-Clos Pitois – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose started with a little sulfur followed by notes of ash, talc and yellow pears. Flavors of yellow apples, yellows pears and light mineral notes. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink or hold. I’d lean little more toward drinking now. (90 pts.)

  • 2003 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of sulfur, vanilla, talc and a little hazelnut. Flavors of vanilla, cream, lemon and tangy green apple. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink now. (91 pts.)

Sauternes & Foie Gras flight

Yummmm…hedonism at its’ best.

  • 2003 Château Guiraud – France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Light gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose is a little tight right now giving way to notes of crushed almond, honeysuckle and light spice notes. Flavors of honey, lychee and nuts. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d lean toward holding a few years to see if it fills out a bit better. (93 pts.)

  • 2001 Château Coutet – France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Served from 375ml.

    Light gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of hazelnut, honeysuckle and lychee. Flavors of lychee, light honey notes, a bit of nuts and some minerals on the finish. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 pts.)

Red flight

Quite the mix of reds.

  • 2000 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose is tight giving way to notes of camphor, a little band aid and a tequila smell (the graphite/ash smell you get when you rub tequila in the palms of your hand). Flavors of berries, herbs and a dash of Ricola on the finish. Medium acidity, lighter tannins, medium body. Drink over the short term? Not sure. This wine was not as expressive and of sufficient weight for a 2002 CdP. Seems a bit off so no rating.

  • 1998 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of barnyard, spice, saddle leather and a bit of mixed dark fruit. Flavors of black berries, black raspberries and a bit of cherry. Medium to tart acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now and over the next 5+ years with a little time in the decanter to allow some of the green to blow off. Several at the table noted it was way too green when they tried it but by the time I got to it and some serious air had gotten to it the green had blown off. (91 pts.)

  • 1989 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of dirty diaper and fertilizer. Muddled red fruit on the palate. Tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied.

    Many at the table were having orgasms over this wine but by the time it got to me and had been exposed to a fair amount of air it was cratering. Therefore no rating. If drinking this wine I’d pop and pour in a small intimate environment instead. In any event drink over the next few years.

  • 2000 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, perfume, spice and mixed dark fruits. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and plums. Bright acidity, firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with some air (had roughly 90 minutes by the time I got to it) or continue to hold. No rush on this wine.

    This wine was definitely drinking about its’ pay grade this evening. I might even go WIML94. (93 pts.)

  • 1998 Jacques Cacheux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose started with a hint of barnyard followed by aromas of white pepper, rose petals and berries. Flavors of berries, cherries and a hint of raspberries. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 pts.)

  • 2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of cocoa powder, smoke, black berries and a hint of flowers. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and a hint of raspberries. Hold. (92 pts.)

  • 2002 Frédéric Magnien Chambolle-Musigny – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Light nose of perfume, berries and soapstone. Flavors of berries, raspberries and tart cherries. Bright to tart acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 pts.)

  • 2000 Alter Ego de Palmer – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of leather, cocoa powder, a hint of thistle, light notes of pepper and some plum. Flavors of berries, plums, raspberries and cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold. Should be more than fine over the next 5-7 years. (91 pts.)

  • 2003 Château Ollieux Romanis Corbières Cuvée Classique – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbières
    WIML88

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of leather, spice, pepper, berries and cedar chest. Flavors of berries, plums and light notes of raspberries. Medium acidity, light to medium tannins, medium body. Drink now. (88 pts.)

Sweet flight

One sweet to wrap up assuming of course you ignore the port and the two sauternes.

  • 1999 René Renou Bonnezeaux Tri de Vendange – France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Bonnezeaux
    WIML86

    Tasted non blind.

    Gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose was not as I was anticipating. Aromas of ash and graphite dominate up front followed by some notes of spice and a hint of floral notes. Light flavors of honey, lychee and some nuts on the clipped finish. Light to medium acidity, light to medium body. Drink now. (86 pts.)

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DALLAS 2ND WEDNESDAY GROUP – JULY 2012 – Caravelle, Richardson, TX (7/11/2012)

The Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group decided to get together last minute this month. Since the temperature here has been hitting the century mark regularly we decided to have a theme of “light, cold and white” for our July wine dinner. That naturally begged a venue like Caravelle in Richardson. Their Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine begs for the white wines of the Loire and Alsace. Our smallish group this month put up wall of nine wines, all of which showed well. Remarkable given the age of some. Here are the results:

  • NV Jaume Serra Cava Brut – Spain, Catalunya, Cava
    WIML88

    Tasted non blind a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout with tiny steady beading. Nose of ash, matchstick and a hint of creme. Flavors of lemon zest, lime and a hint of minerals. Bright acidity, medium body. Drink now. (88 pts.)

  • 2011 Jerome Gueneau Sancerre Le Clos Chartier – France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of grapefruit, ash and sea spray. Flavors of lemon, lime, a little grapefruit and some minerals. Bright acidity, light to medium body. Drink over the short term. (90 pts.)

  • 2005 Paul Blanck Pinot Gris Furstentum – France, Alsace, Kientzheim & Sigolsheim, Alsace Grand Cru AOC
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over a couple of hours.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of paraffin, apricots, kumquat and talc. Flavors of apricots, kumquats and a hit of cherry on the medium finish. Medium to bright acidity, medium body. Drink or hold. I’d drink. Tasting pretty good right now. (90 pts.)

  • 2007 Paul Blanck Pinot Gris Altenbourg Vendanges Tardives – France, Alsace, Kientzheim & Sigolsheim, Alsace Grand Cru AOC
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 90 minutes.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of apricot, kumquat and orange. Flavors of apricot, kumquat and orange. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 pts.)

  • 2005 Huët Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg – France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 90 minutes.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of kumquat, orange and camphor. Flavors of apricot, kumquat and minerals. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d likely hold. Still a baby and might be entering a shut down phase. (91 pts.)

  • 1992 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Herrenweg de Turckheim Vendange Tardive – France, Alsace, Turckheim, Alsace AOC
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about an hour.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of heavy diesel aromas, creme, flowers and spices. Flavors of lemon, pear and minerals. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink now. (91 pts.)

  • 1994 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles – France, Alsace, Alsace AOC
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about an hour.

    Dark yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of honey, roasted nuts, apricots and florals. Flavors of honey, lemon and nuts. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 pts.)

  • 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendange Tardive – France, Alsace, Alsace AOC
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 30 minutes.

    Dark yellow to gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of honeysuckle, spice, flowers and soaked pears. Flavors of honey, spice and soaked pears. Medium acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (90 pts.)

  • 2002 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume – France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Quarts de Chaume
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 30 minutes. Served from 375ml format.

    Dark yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of anise, honeysuckle and spice. Flavors of honey, soaked pears and nuts. Drink or hold. I’d hold. Seems to be in a little bit of a transition phase. (93 pts.)

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DALLAS 2ND WEDNESDAY GROUP – FEBRUARY 2012 – Food from Galilee, Dallas, TX (2/1/2012)

The Dallas 2nd Wednesday Group got together on the first Wednesday of this month to help avoid the mad rush that is Valentine’s Day. We popped into a local Mediterranean food place for a little hummus, some gyros and a mixed bag of lower end wines such as base level Rieslings, Dolcettos, etc… I missed a few notes on wines like the double blind Beaujolais and Italian, the Tokay and another wine but here is a sampling of the wines for the evening.

  • NV Moutard Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée – France, Champagne
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow to yellow in the glass, clear looking throughout with tiny, steady beading. Nose of sea spray, lime and a hint of cream fraiche. Flavors of lemon, tart yellow apples and yellow pears. Bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. I’d drink. (90 pts.)

  • 2004 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett – Germany, Nahe
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of petrol, quince and apricot core. Flavors of cherry, peach and orange. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 pts.)

  • 2002 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ocean breeze, lime, flowers and a bit of peach. Flavors of sweet peaches, cherries, lime and a hint of dried pineapple. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 pts.)

  • 1993 Jos. Christoffel Jr. (Christoffel-Prüm) Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
    WIML90

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of light notes of Ricola up front followed by petrol and mixed yellow fruits. Flavors of cherries, lemon and minerals. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink now. (90 pts.)

  • 2007 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of apricot, diesel and acacia. Flavors of peach, a hint of cherries and dried pineapple. Bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 pts.)

  • 1983 Pheasant Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, Texas, Texas High Plains
    WIML90

    Tasted double blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet color in the glass, slightly dusty looking. Nose of eucalyptus, tobacco, smoke and black pepper. Flavors of berries, cherries and a hint of mint. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now. (90 pts.)

  • 2003 Il Palazzotto Diano d’Alba Vigna Santa Lucia – Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Diano d’Alba
    WIML88

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of banana, graham crackers and berries. Flavors of berries, raspberries and a hint of cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium body. Drink now. (88 pts.)

  • 2005 Azelia Barbera d’Alba Vigneto Punta – Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d’Alba
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of cardamon, white pepper, black berries and a hint of black cherries. Flavors of black berries, black raspberries and a hint of black cherries. Bright acidity, medium tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. (91 pts.)

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