This past weekend our wine club got together for our Spring meeting. Four times a year we get together to sip wine, eat food and enjoy good conversation. Sometimes we have themes but this time people could bring whatever they wanted to eat or drink. Everything is served blind and we score all wines. The wine of the night was a big surprise.
Wine #1 – This wine was my least favorite of the night, although it did start to improve towards the end. It had an interesting nose of cherry, strawberry, blackberry with some floral and spice notes mixed in. Medium bodied, the bouquet smelled slightly aged and the color had a slight haze to it. On the palate I got some more cherry and blackberry but also some raspberry, dill and spice. I guessed it was a 2007 Chianti and gave it 88 points. Turns out we drank this way to young.
2008 Monte Degli Angeli Barolo (Overall 89.2)
Wine #2 – This was the most difficult but fascinating wine of the night. The nose smelled young with aromas of melon and honeysuckle. I did not detect a high level of alcohol but other people did. It was just really balanced to me. For the palate I got tangerine, orange, apple, slate and honey. This was just a wonderfully balanced and complex wine. I thought it was a young Sauterne. Never would have guessed this came from CT, let alone a Port! I did not taste anything like a Port though. This was the wine of the night and I gave it 94 points.
2008 Digrazia Vineyards White Port from Brookfield, CT (Overall 91.6)
Wine #3 – This threw me for a loop as well. The nose on this reminded me of a white Burgundy with some pear, lime and apple. Had a nice floral element and detected some wood but definitely not overpowering.
When I first tasted this I got some grapefruit, lemon and tangerine, which lead me to believe it was a Sauvignon Blanc from France. After some time I started to get some vanilla and a nutty character. I guessed a 2009 White Burgundy and gave it 91 points.
2007 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Russian River Valley Reserve (Overall 90.2)
Wine #4 – I knew what this was right off the bat because I had brought it. It had a wonderful nose of cherry, pomegranate, cinnamon, and rose petal. My favorite nose of the night. The palate was a bit of a let down. I read this needed more time and I can see why. Got some sour cherry, raspberry, earth and thyme. Was expecting a little more fruit although this was some people’s wine of the night. I gave it 90 points.
2009 Melville Pinot Noir Estate (Overall 90.6)
Wine #5 – This wine threw me off as well. It had a youthful aroma of grapefruit, lime and kiwi with no detectable wood at first. On the palate I got a ton of grapefruit and kiwi. I said if this isn’t a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then I don’t know what I’m talking about. It wasn’t. But after the unveiling, the fruit got richer and some oak started to come out. Made sense at that point. I gave it 89 points.
2010 Tzera Vineyard Neve Ilan Chardonnay from Israel (Overall 89.6)
After tasting all the wines we enjoyed some turkey burger sliders, brocoli rabe with pasta and sausage, sweet potatoes, clam pizza from Harry’s in West Hartford and some brownies from The Bakery of Southbury. Overall a very enjoyable night.