In Store Tasting 2/23: 2010 Descendientes De J. Palacios Bierzo Petalos

Today we are trying the 2010 Descendientes De J. Palacios Bierzo Petalos from Spain. This has a lighter body, similar to a Pinot Noir but is the Mencia grape. This has an interesting nose of raspberry, licorice and flowers. The mouthwatering acidity reveals flavors of raspberry, cranberry and mineral. A very interesting wine and a nice change from the norm.

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Notes on 6 Aged Wines from a Wine Club Meeting

This past Saturday night was my quarterly wine club meeting and the theme was any wine you wanted but it had to have 10 years of age on it. Now for the average person, finding a wine with 10 years of age on it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You can’t just walk into any wine shop and get a bottle. You may get lucky but you really need to know where to look (FYI Oxford Liquor Shoppe has many). All wines were tasted and scored blind with a reveal at the end once the scores had been tabulated.

Wine 1 – 2003 R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva Vina Bosconia

As soon as I smelled this wine I knew it needed air. Got a lot of barnyard and cigar box on the nose with some bricking on the edges of the glass. The body was light on this and I got a lot of sour cherry and raspberry with a hint of earth. I wasn’t really crazy about this upon first trying it but it improved by the end of the night. I gave this 88 points and it came in 5th on the night.

Wine 2 – 2003 HDV Chardonnay Carneros

I was a little thrown at first but once I got my bearings this tasted like a fine aged Burgundy. Had a very golden yellow color. Got a lot of beeswax and honeydew on the nose. On the palate got melon, tart citrus fruit and a nice mineral edge. Ended with a nice finish. When the bag came off I was surprised but at the same time I wasn’t. Surprised because the wine actually came from California. Not surprised because it was the joint venture of the Hyde family and de Villaine family from the greatest Burgundy estate of them all, DRC. I gave this 91 points and it finished tied for 2nd on the night.

Wine 3 – 2000 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Cuvee Ste. Cathrine

The slight petrol scent gave this away to me as the wine I brought. The nose also had aromas of flowers with a hint of honey. I got a lot of mineral on the palate of this with some wet stone and a touch of green apple. I enjoyed this quite a bit and have one more bottle. Curious to see how this ages further. I gave this 92 points and it came in tied for 2nd on the night.

Wine 4 – 2001 Chateau Haut Bages Liberal

Perhaps this was the most controversial wine of the night. Some people loved it while others hated it. I for one was in the loved it category. This had smoke, cherry and tobacco on the nose. It revealed flavors of cherry, raspberry, and a touch of earth. It ended with a very nice finish. Needed some air upon first trying but improved throughout the night. To me it screamed Bordeaux and I was right. I gave this 90 points but it came in 6th on the night.

Wine 5 – 2001 Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja

This wine really threw me for a loop. The fruit in this was by far the freshest of any wine on the night. It had scents of cherry, earth and raspberry. On the palate I got more cherry and raspberry, blackberry, and a touch of plum. I guessed a Malbec but I wasn’t even close. I gave this 92 points and the wine came in 4th.

Wine 6 – 1997 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux

If wine 5 was the most difficult to pinpoint this might have been right behind it. The color on this was brown, which made me think it was a lot older than it actually was. On the nose I got a lot of honey and botrytis. This was a fuller bodied white, I think the sweetness added a little body with flavors of apple and honey. It ended with an impressive finish. I guessed a Semillon. Although it tasted fine I am guessing it was kept in less than ideal storage conditions because I don’t believe it should have been that brown at this age but I could be wrong. I gave this 92 points and it got WOTN.