Over 100 Notes from a Spring Wine Tasting in NYC

In early March I ventured down to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan to attend the Spring tasting of wine distributor Michael Skurnik. Last year was the first time that I attended and it was quite impressive. Probably about 1000 wines to try but they also had many of the winemakers and owners there to pour there wines, something we don’t see a lot at the Connecticut tastings. The event is for their customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, so some of the wines I tasted could be distributed by another distributor or not available. I was able to try a lot of nice Burgundies, Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s and Barolo’s.

2009 Domaine Newman Beaune Rouge 1er Cru ‘Greves’ – Dark fruit profile and can be drunk now. 91 Points

2009 Domaine Newman Mazis-Chambertin – More in the way of finesse with some flowers on the nose and red fruits on the palate. 92 Points

2009 Domaine Lafond Chateauneuf-du-Pape – lot of nice upfront fruit but definitely needs time in the bottle. 92 Points

2009 Clos des Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Lot going on with the nose but comes back to some classic Chateauneuf fruit and a nice finish. 92 Points

2009 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Loving these grenache dominated Chateauneuf’s! This had a lot of black and blue fruits to go along with some earthiness. 93 Points

2010 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – Some stony mineral to go along with flavors of peach and melon. Delicious and perfect for Summer! 94 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St. Georges Blanc ‘La Gerbotte” – Very nice entry level White Burgundy that delivers suttle fruit and nice acidity. 91 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Blanc ‘Clos de l’Arlot” – A nice step up in quality with more pronounced fruit and longer finish. 93 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Cotes de Nuits-Villages ‘Clos du Chapeau’ – Again, nice entry level Pinot from this Domaine displaying some of the characteristics of the house style. 90 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Le Petit Arlot’ – Another nice effort. Fruit is a little more powerful in this one, with dark red fruits and plum. 92 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Petits Plets’ – Super wine with lots of big fruit but built to age. 93 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos de l’Arlot’ – Another tremendous effort, this packs power and elegance. Needs time. 92 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos des Forits St. Georges’ – Another impressive wine although I found this a tad backward at the moment. 91 Points

2010 Domaine de l’Arlot Vosnee Romanee ‘Les Suchets’ – Awesome wine. Layers of dark fruit and a finish that is mesmerizing. One of the stars of the tasting. 95 Points

2001 Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos des Forits St. Georges’ – a Library release they brought to show how their wines age, which was quite impressive. Showed nice mature notes but still plenty of fruit. 93 Points

2011 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – Great flavors of mineral, stone and apple with fresh acidity. 92 Points

2010 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ‘Cuvee Speciale Vieilles Clairettes’ – Similar to the 2011 but more pronounced fruit flavors. 93 Points

2010 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Delicious and elegant with complex nose of smoke, tobacco and licorice. 92 Points

2010 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Auguste Favier – A step up in quality, this exhibits nice notes of spice, licorice and blackberry. 94 Points

2010 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud – Stunning wine, with vivid fruit flavors and an awesome finish. One of the best I have had from this region. 97 Points

2010 Domaine Ferrando Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘Colombis’ – 100% Grenache that is another thrilling wine. Intensely flavored but elegant and pure. 97 Points

2009 Domaine Allary Haut-Brion – Located in the Haut-Brion vineyard, this is very impressive. Has some great fruit with a lot of tar. Very big wine now and needs time. 92 Points

2010 Domaine Marc Roy Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Vieilles Vignes’ – The entry level bottling is actually my favorite. Has some good fruit to go with some nice tobacco and earth notes. 92 Points

2010 Domaine Marc Roy Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Clos Prieur’ – Another nice effort, although I did not detect a large difference between this bottle and the bottle below. 91 Points

2010 Domaine Marc Roy Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Cuvee Alexandrine’ – 91 Points

Boyer-Martenot – Dazzling set of wines from Boyer-Martenot that captured ripe fruit flavors, the perfect amount of oak aging and great terrior. My favorite whites from the tasting.

2010 Boyer-Martenot Meursault – 93 Points

2010 Boyer-Martenot Meursault ‘Narvaux’ – 93 Points

2010 Boyer-Martenot Meursault ‘Tillets’ – 94 points

2010 Boyer-Martenot Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Reuchaux’ – 94 Points

2010 Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er ‘Perrieres’ – My favorite white of the tasting. Incredible flavor intensity and acidity. 96 Points

2007 Clos Figueres Priorato Tinto – Big wine with tons of big fruit. 95 Points

2008 Clos Mogador Priorato Tinto – Similar to the Figueres but liked this a tad more. 96 Points

2009 Mud House Pinot Noir Swan Reserve Central Otago – Very nice value for the money. Close to Oregon than Cali. 90 Points

La Spinetta – 4 nice wines from this house. Liked both the Barolo’s a better than the Barbaresco’s. A more modern style.

2007 La Spinetta Barbaresco ‘Bordini’ – 91 Points

2006 La Spinetta Barolo ‘Garretti’ – 93 Points

2008 La Spinetta Barbaresco ‘Gallina’ – 91 Points

2007 La Spinetta Barolo ‘Campe’ – 93 Points

Domenico Clerico – Another nice set of wines from Clerico. Their Barolo are always super impressive. The 2006 was my favorite.

2007 Clerico Arte – 91 Points

2008 Clerico Barolo Pajana – 93 points

2008 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra – 92 Points

2006 Clerico Barolo Aeroplan Servaj – 94 Points

2003 Clerico Barolo Per Christina – Interesting to taste one with  little age. Still has a long way to go till maturity. 93 Points

Cavallotto Fratelli – Impressive set of wines. My two favorite Barolos from the entire tasting.

2007 Fratelli Barolo Bricco Boschis – 90 Points

2005 Fratelli Barolo Riserva Vignola – 95 Points

2005 Fratelli Barolo Riserva San Giuseppe – 94 Points

2010 A to Z Pinot Noir – Another nice effort following their back to back 2008 and 2009 vintages. Just as good. 90 Points

Domaine Serene – Year in and year out they seem to make very nice wines here.

2010 Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve – Never had the chardonnay before, which I thought was really impressive. 92 points

NV Rose “R4” – Nice wine but too expensive for a rose. Better values out there. 90 points

2009 Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee – 91 Points

2008 Pinot noir Evenstad Reserve – One of the best Pinot’s of the tasting. Very elegant. 95 points.

2009 Soter Vineyard Pinot Noir Mineral Springs (White Label)- Very good pinot with nice upfront fruit but excellent balance. 95 points

Breggo Cellars – hailing from Anderson Valley, they presented a very impressive set of pinots. Lots of character and typical California Pinot fruit.

2009 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard – 94 points

2009 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard – 93 points

2009 Pinot Noir Donnelly Creek Vineyard – 94 points

Anthill Farms – former cellar rats for Williams Selyem are making some excellent Pinot. I don’t remember being this impressed with these wines last year but wow.

2010 Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard – 91 points

2010 Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard – Super impressive. Tons of fruit at lower alcohol. 95 points

2010 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch – 93 points

Wesmar – Another Williams Selyem connection, this time Denise being Ed Selyem’s daughter. Similar to the Anthill farms. Tons of Cali fruit and pinot character but at lower alcohol levels.

2009 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – 92 points

2009 Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard – 94 points

2009 Pinot Noir Salzgeber Vineyard – 95 points

Hirsch Vineyards – I have enjoyed the Williams Selyem vineyard designate for years. The winery’s own wines are also quite good.

2010 Pinot Noir Bohan-Dillon – 91 points

2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast San Andreas – 93 points

2009 Pinot Noir Reserve – 93 points

Kistler – They didn’t make it to the tasting last year but I was glad I got to try the wines this year. I have only had the wines once before but I have recently read that they have changed the style of the wines they make. Previously, they made super concentrated, proud to be California wines. Now, apparently, they have dialed back the intensity in favor of a more elegant, balanced style. I must say that I really wasn’t that impressed considering their reputation. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t bad wines, but considering the price you can certainly find better values for the money, at least with the wines that I tried. Will have to try and taste some of the previous vintages.

2010 Chardonnay Les Noisetiers Sonoma Coast – 89 points

2010 Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain – 90 points

2009 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard – 91 points

2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 89 points

2009 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard – 91 points

Siduri – Glad I had the chance to taste and meet Adam Lee who was an awesome guy. The wines were quite impressive as well.

2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 92 points

2010 Pinot Noir Chahalem Mountain – 91 points

2010 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – 93 points

2010 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch – Always one of my favorite Kosta Browne wines. Siduri proves they can make an outstanding wine from here as well. 94 points

2009 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe – 93 points

Martinelli – Another winery that didn’t make it last year. Enjoy their wines although I think they can be a bit over the top at times. These were all pretty nice.

2008 Chardonnay Three Sisters – 93 points

2008 Chardonnay Lolita Ranch – 92 points

2009 Pinot Noir Three Sisters – 91 points

2010 Pinot Noir Bondi Home Ranch – 94 points

Ramey Wine Cellars – Always solid Chardonnays and Cabernets from Ramey. Never over the top and always a good value for the money.

2009 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – 90 points

2009 Chardonnay Russina River – 90 points

2009 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard – 91 points

2008 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard – 93 points

2008 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard – a great value compared to other wineries that make Ritchie vineyard designates. Nice fruit with a mineral driven finish. 94 points

2009 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard – Another knockout but the fruit is a tad more concentrated compared to the Ritchie. 94 points

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 92 points

Paul Hobbs – Always top quality wines from Hobbs. Expensive but you get what you pay for with them.

2009 Chardonnay Russian River – 91 points

2009 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard – 92 points

2009 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard – Impressive, like the Ramey, but quite a bit more per bottle. 94 points

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 93 points

Peter Michael – probably my biggest let down of the tasting. Had the 09 Chardonnay’s last year and they blew me away. The 2010’s, overall, were way over the top, alcoholic, and unbalanced for the money. Perhaps they need a few years to flesh out.

2010 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir – 89 points

2010 Chardonnay La Carriere – 89 points

2010 Chardonnay Belle Cote – 92 points

2010 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille – 91 points

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots – 92 points

2009 L’Espirit des Pavots – 89 points

Corison – Nice wines made in a more classic style.

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa – The best Cab was the one with some age on it. 92 points

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa – 90 points

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa – 89 points

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos – Impressive but expected given the vintage. 92 points.

Robert Biale – Always quality Zins from Biale

2010 Zinfandel Party Line – 91 points

2010 Zinfandel Black Chicken – 91 points

2010 Zinfandel Moore Vineyard – 91 points

2009 Red Blend Like Father Like Son – 92 points

2009 Red Blend Basic Black – 91 points

Turley – If you are looking for big, burley Zins then look no further than Turley. Not the most impressive set from them but they are truly one of a kind.

2010 Zinfandel Juvenile – 89 points

2010 Zinfandel Duarte – 90 points

2010 Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard – 90 points

2010 Zinfandel Dragon – 91 points

2011 Charles Smith Kung-Fu Girl Riesling – Liked this just as mush as the 2010 that we have in store. 90 points

2009 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – Not a bad cab with a lot of dark fruit and chocolate. 90 points

Andrew Will – Never had their wines before but they were quite nice. Lots of complexity and varietal character.

2008  Red Bordeaux Blend Two Blondes – 92 points

2008  Red Bordeaux Blend Ciel Cheval – 94 points

2008 Red Bordeaux Blend Champoux – 93 points

In Store Tasting 4/14: 2009 Can Blau Montsant Blau

Today we are trying the 2009 Can Blau Montstant Blau. Made up of 50% Mazuelo, 25% Syrah and 25% Garnacha, this is the entry level bottling from Can Blau. Has a big nose of smoke, earth and dried herbs that leads to flavors of cherry, licorice, earth and currant. Very impressive finish for an $11.99 wine! Drinks like a $50 bottle of wine!

In Stock $11.99