In Store Tasting 8/25: 2010 Montepeloso A Quo Toscana

Today we are trying the 2010 Montepeloso A Quo Toscana. A true Super Tuscan, being a blend of Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Marselan and Alicante Bouschet, this recently got 92 points from Wine Advocate. This has aromas of cherry, leather, blackberry to go with flavors of cherry, plum, spice and herb. A very nice wine for the money.

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4 Wines from a Weekend BBQ including QC, Belle Glos, etc.

A couple of times a year I get together with two of my buddies in Waterbury to cook some food and drink some wine. One of my friends works at Roma in Oakville (a great spot if your in the area) so he always brings some interesting wines. This time he didn’t disappoint and we had a nice little feast my friend cooked, mostly from his garden.

2006 Domaine Rolet L’Etoile Chardonnay

We started off with this and it was a very nice wine for the money. This French Chardonnay is from the Jura, an under the radar region that is located directly to the East of Burgundy. This proved very interesting! Almost green in color, it packed a nice nose of lemon, mineral and some nuttiness. On the palate, this had more lemon, almond, and mineral with a very fresh acidity. It tasted like a very young wine and has many years of aging ahead of it. I hear this is what white Burgundy use to be like and a terrific value as well. I gave it 90 points.

2004 Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey Chambertin

We followed up the Chardonnay with a red Burgundy. This village wine was nice and probably has another 5-7 years of pleasant drinking ahead of it. Started off with some nice aromas of earth, cherry and mushroom that led to flavors earth, blackberry and dried cherry. Not bad for a village wine. I gave it 89 points.

2010 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone

When I first started to get into wine, I started off with the basics then discovered my love for Pinot Noir. First it was Sanford, then I moved into Belle Glos. I really did enjoy these and still do, although I think these wines have gotten more extracted and sacrificed structure. This has a lot of big red fruit on the nose with blackberry, cherry and boysenberry. On the palate, this revealed a ton of cherry and plum flavors that are very big but it lacked the structure I use to find in the wines. Perhaps it needed more air? Still not a bad wine. I gave it 90 points.

2008 Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley

This is their entry level wine and a great value considering the flagship wine sell for $135 a bottle. I decanted this as soon as I got there and it sat in the decanter for about 2 hours before we poured it with steaks. This was definitely more open at this point than the 2007 I had last year. It had an interesting nose of smoked meat, vanilla, black cherry and spice. The palate revealed more of the same but ended with a nice long lingering finish. You get a little heat in there but not to the point where it is a detriment and it simmered down as the night went on. I gave this 92 points.

Notes on 7 Wines from a Wine Club Meeting

This past weekend our wine club got together for our Summer meeting. The theme was Old World whites, meaning wines from France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. Figured this would be nice because of the warm weather and we would get to try something some of us would not normally bring. It proved to be an interesting meeting with a few surprises.

Wine 1 – 1995 Louis Jadot Corton-Vergennes Grand Cru

I could immediately tell that this was an older wine. It had a golden color and an aged bouquet. I really didn’t get a lot of fruit on the nose but it did have a floral and spice thing going on. It was tough to pick out the fruit on the palate but I could taste some oak and vanilla. Hard to describe because I don’t drink white wines this old that often but I really did like this. Come to think of it, this might be the oldest Chardonnay I have ever had. I had a 94 Jadot but that was a few years ago so this bottle had more age on it when we drank it. I gave it 91 points and this was the groups 2nd highest rated wine of the night.

Wine 2 – 2010 Cadei Frati Lugana

This reminded me of a Sauvignon Blanc at first but I later switched it to a Riesling. Unfortunately it was a Trebbiano from Italy. I did get some grapefruit, lime and kiwi on the nose with more of the same on the palate. Also had some nice minerality to it. I gave this 90 points and it came in 6th.

Wine 3 – 2011 90+ Cellars Sancerre Lot 69

I was happy because I guessed Sancerre on this and I was right. I have to say though that I have never had 90+ Cellars wines but I was quite impressed. Supposedly, 90+ Cellars gets wines that received at least 90 points from a major publication, puts it under their own label and only tells you what and where the the wine is from. You never find out who the actual producer is. Again I got some nice flavors of grapefruit, lime and kiwi on the nose and palate but the touch of slate is what got me thinking it was from France. I gave this 90 points and it came in 5th.

Wine 4 – 2009 Domaine de la Crea Saint Romain Sous Roche

At this point my senses were starting to dull and my defenses were letting me down. I got some peach? and lime on the nose of this but the palate was totally different with a note of almond. Definitely detected oak on this but the gap between the nose and palate were totally off. I guess I need to drink more White Burgundy! That being said I did like the wine. I also gave this 90 points and the wine was tied for 3rd.

Wine 5 – 2009 Chamarre Chardonnay Grand Reserve

Most of the wines were kind of neck and neck for me most of the night. This was the one wine I definitely wasn’t as fond of as the rest of the group. Again I got scents/flavors of lime and peach but it had this searing acidity that kind of got in my way. In the end it was just a little over the top for my tastes but this was by no means a bad wine. I gave it 89 points and it was tied for 3rd.

Wine 6 – 2009 L’Espirit de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Leognan

The oak in this wine threw me off a little at first. I was thinking it was a Chardonnay. But after I tasted it again I noted the peach, lime and grapefruit notes in the wine and guessed it was a White Bordeaux. I enjoyed this but feel it can benefit from some short term cellaring. I gave this 91 Points and it was the groups Wine of the Night.

Wine 7 – 2007 Haut Charmes Sauternes

This was not reviewed and was more of a night cap. Supposedly this is the second wine of Chateau D’yquem. Whether it is or it isn’t, the wine is very good and a awesome value. Stop by the shop and pick yourself up a bottle.