Sunday I was at the last big tasting of the Fall season here in Connecticut but it did not disappoint. Held at the Aqua Turf in Southington, the wines are good but the food is always fantastic. Worth going for that alone. If anyone is looking for a place to have an event or a wedding I highly recommend it. That being said I had the chance to taste a lot of good wines today. The layout of the tasting room is a little funky so I’m going to list everything in the order of the book. Again, I hope this helps customers with any buying decisions in the next few months. If I list something we don’t carry, we can always order it for you no problem. Drop us email or give us a call for details. Onto the wines!
Folio Fine Wine Partners
The highlights here were the two Italian wines. The Luce is pictured above with the interesting bottle artwork.
2007 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon – Very atypical Cabernet. Certainly pleasant but nothing overly exciting. 88
2006 Emblem Cabernet Savignon Oso Vineyard – More structure than the Oberon, this had some nice up front fruit that carried onto the finish, which lasted about 25 seconds. Pretty nice but a little pricey (over $50). 90
2007 Medusa Lover’s Lane Old Vine Zinfandel – A little disappointing. Decent wine but where’ the fruit? This is a Zinfandel after all. 87
2005 Luce Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany – Very big wine with aromas of flowers, herbs and spices. Full bodied with some chewy tannins, this had some great flavors of herb, licorice, and spices. Needs some more time in the bottle but a very impressive wine. 94
2006 Masi Costasera Amarone Veneto – I didn’t get a big nose on this wine but it made up for it on the palate. Some great flavors of cherry, licorice and herb. Very balanced and not too much alcohol. 92
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants
Offered some decent value wines from France.
2009 Chateau Ducasse – Fresh and vibrant. Good for the money. Mainly Semillon. 90
2008 Domaine Regis Minet Pouilly-Fume Loire – Some nice fruit and minerality. Very crisp and had a decent finish. 90
2007 Domaine Champalou Vouvrau Sec – This was very nice with some big tropical fruit flavors on the nose and the palate. Most impressive 91
2008 Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Loire – Has some nice oak to go along with some plum and cherry fruit flavors. 88
2008 Clos la Coutale Cahors – Some nice upfront fruit with a nice touch of mocha of the finish. 80% Malbec. 89
2007 St. Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle – Very earthy with decent fruit but made in a very classic style. 88
2007 Chateau Bellevue Lussac St. Emillion – Again, very earthly wine with some herb and a little red fruit. Had a decent finish. 88
2007 Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Rhone – Nose had some barnyard on it but the palate had plenty of fruit and some earth. Not worth the money (over $50). 88
The Guigal wines were certainly impressive wines. I especially liked the Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
2009 Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc – Some nice upfront fruit but with some nice acidity as well to stand up to food.89
2006 Guigal Gigondas – Still a little tight but had some great fruit and coffee flavors and aromas. Not bad for the money. 90
2005 Guigal Chateauneuf-de-Pape – Lots of big fruit with blueberry and blackberry flavors. Very nice finish. 91
2001 Guigal Cote Rotie – This had a lighter body and an interesting nose that I really couldn’t figure out. Some decent fruit with a nice finish. 90
2006 Baumard Savennieres Loire – Still very fresh for a 2006 with a nice minerality. Citrus and melon fruit end with a decent finish. 90
2006 Baumard Quarts de Chaume Loire – Had a nice beeswax aroma that reveals flavors of honey, ripe melon and pear. Superb. 94
2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee – Has some big upfront fruit with sweet soft tannins. Super value for the price! 92
2004 Chappellet Merlot – Starts with a wonderful nose of blackberry and spice to go with flavors of plum, blackberry and mocha. Ends with a nice long finish. 91
2008 Chappellet Chardonnay – Has a nice touch of oak but lets the fruit shine with tropical fruit flavors and vanilla. 90
2005 La Fleur d’Or Bordeaux – Very nice Sautern although a little pricey. 91
Domaine du Pegau
2009 Plan Pegau Selection – Has some nice upfront fruit, mild tannin and made very early term consumption. A nice Chateauneuf for a reasonable price. 90
2007 Pegau Chateauneuf Cuvee Reserve – This is a very big wine that definitely needs some time in the bottle. Has some plum, currant and other dark fruits. Very complex. 93
2008 Chateau du Donjon Grande Tradition – A very nice value that has flavors of red berry, blackberry and herb. 90
A big fan of their Merlot. Was hoping to try the 2007 but they only had the 2006 with them.
2009 Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc – Big and fruity with some nice citrus flavors. 88
2006 Whitehall Lane Merlot – Some big fruit with black cherry, mocha, and currant flavors. Ends with a decent finish. 89
2006 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon – Has some nice dusty berry, dark fruit and mocha flavors. Nice wine but there are better values. 89
2006 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Very similar to the regular Cab bottling but the flavors were more pronounced and the finish was a little more impressive. 90
Known for turning out moderately priced wines that give people some value for what they are getting.
2008 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma – Decent Chardonnay for the money. Had some pleasant flavors of peach, pear and vanilla. 89
2008 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill – This was big and creamy with flavors of pear, apple and well integrated oak. 91
2007 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley – Had some big upfront fruit with cherry and currant. Had a decent finish with a touch of spice. 90
2007 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve – Even better than the regular bottling, this had a much fuller body and coated the mouth. Fruit was more intense. 92
2009 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Russian River valley – First 2009 Pinot I have had and this was very nice. Some great strawberry and raspberry flavors with a decent finish. 90
Their Chardonnays are right up there with the better producers our of California.
2008 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay – A top Cali Chardonnay for a reasonable price! Some great flavors of pear and nectarine to go along with nice balance. 90
2007 Landmark Chardonnay Damaris Reserve – Even better but of course it was more money. Has some nice melon and citrus flavors to go with a fuller body and flavor profile. 91
2008 Landmark Pinot Noir Grand Detour – Had some interesting dusty berry, strawberry and earth flavors but I found this a decent Pinot but better values exist for the money. (Over $40) 89
Robert Mondavi Winery
I don’t think I have ever tasted any Mondavi wine except the Cabernet so I was excited to try the other varietals. I decided to stick with the Cabernets after trying them though.
2008 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc – I was expecting a little more from this. I love Sauvignon Blancs aged in oak but I couldn’t really detect any in here. Where’s the smoke? 87
2007 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay – I found this rather thin and disappointing. It did have some pleasant simple flavors but I was expecting more. 86
2008 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir – Again I was expecting more from this wine. Had some decent fruit but lacked complexity I would expect from this world class winery. 87
2007 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – This is more like it. Made in a traditional style, this showed nice fruit, good balance and silky tannins. 90
2006 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – This had some tight tannins but had some great berry fruit, currant and sour cherry. Ended with a impressive 30 second finish. 94
2005 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – The 05 was more accessible with a bigger nose. Had some nice fruit as well but it faded early on the finish while the 06 kept going. 92
2004 Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne – Has some decent fruit but more earthiness. Tannins still need time to resolve although it had a pleasant finish. 89
2005 Argiano Solengo Tuscany – I had my doubts about this with a big whiff of leather and barnyard on the nose. The palate changed that with some nice dark fruits, licorice, herb and smoke. Needs time in the bottle but still drinking great. 92
2005 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany – Lighter body than I was expecting but had some nice fruit with licorice and tobacco. Smooth tannins. 89
2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Piedmont – What a great nose of strawberries, earth and flowers. Some great dark fruit, licorice and fine tannins. Haven’t liked this in the past but this vintage seems enjoyable. 90
San Francisco Wine Exchange
2008 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon – Has some nice fruit and sweet tannin even if it does seem a little out of balance. Justin is usually hit or miss but this seems a little in between. 89
2007 Justin Isosceles – Better balance than the regular Cab bottling with nice red and black fruits, chocolate and some toasty oak. This was tasty even if a tad expensive. 91
2008 David Bruce Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Very nice fruit and not bad for the money. 91
2006 David Bruce Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – This tasted very hot to me. I’m thinking it might have been flawed even though it didn’t dawn on me when tasting it initially. Flawed
2007 Mibrandt Traditions Merlot – Had some really nice fruit on the palate and a touch buttery. This is great for the money! 88
That’s it for the season! I look forward to this every year. Shoot me an email if you have any questions in regards to this or any of the other posts.