Notes on over #250 Wines from the Skurnik Tasting in NYC

On March 11th, Distributor Michael Skurnik Wines held their annual trade tasting in New York City. This is one of the best shows of the year that highlights their portfolio from high ends wines to some great value wines. Since the show services the Tri-State area, some of the wines I tasted may not be available in Connecticut or distributed by another company. If you are interested in something please contact us to confirm availability.

When I go to these events I try to taste through as many wines as possible in a  very short period of time. There is no way I can taste every wine there. Therefore, it is relatively difficult to write detailed tasting notes about each wine. What I try to do is write some comments on the producers that really stuck out and assign each wines a score. If I give it a score I can at least let you know how much I liked the wine. Onto the wines.

Charles & Charles/Bieler Pere et Fils – Really nice value wines. Rose wines were certainly impressive and inexpensive.

2013 Rose – 90

2012 Chardonnay – 88

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah Post No. 35 – 89

2013 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose ‘Sabine’ – 90

Charles Fournier

2012 Chardonnay Gold Seal Vineyards – 87

2012 Riesling Gold Seal Vineyards – 90

2013 Rose Gold Seal Vineyards – 89

Onabay Vineyards – New York is starting to do some interesting things with Cab Franc. Not only in Long Island but the Hudson Valley and Finer Lakes.

2009 Blanc de Blanc – 87

2012 Chardonnay Yellow Crown – 88

2011 Cabernet Franc ‘Cot-Fermented’ – 88

2010 Cabernet Franc ‘Night Heron’ – 88

Silver Thread

2012 Dry Riesling – 88

2012 Chardonnay – 86

2013 Good Earth White – 88

2012 Semi-Dry Riesling – 88

Pinot Project

2012 Chardonnay – 88

Owens and Vaughn – Nice value wine.

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon California – 88

Alpha Estate – Greek estate showing a lot of promise. The 2008 Estate was particularly interesting with a blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Xinomavro and 20% Merlot.

2009 Xinomavro ‘Hedgehog Vineyard’ – 88

2009 Xinomavro (Old Vines) – 89

2008 Alpha Estate Red – 91

Bodegas Ladera Sagrada – Tasty Godello at a very reasonable price.

2012 Valdeorras Blanco (100% Godello) ‘Papa’ – 92

Quinta da Muradella

2009 Blanco ‘Muradella’ – 92

2008 Blanco ‘Gorvia’ – 92

Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (CVNE) – Impressive set of wines. White was very nice and the reds had nice structure. Made in more of an old world style.

2012 Rioja Blanco Monopole – 90

2010 Rioja Crianza – 90

2009 Rioja Crianza Vina Real – 90

2009 Rioja Reserva – 91

2007 Rioja Reserva Vina Real – 92

2007 Rioja Reserva Imperial – 93

2006 Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Real – 89

2007 Rioja Reserva Contino – 92

Bodegas Emilio Moro – Another set of Spanish gems. The two high end wines were quite nice but the Resalso is a great value.

2012 Ribera del Duero Finca Resalso – 90

2010 Ribera del Duero – 91

2009 Ribera del Duero ‘Malleolus’ – 90

2009 Ribera del Duero ‘Malleolus de Valderramiro’ – 94

2009 Ribera del Duero ‘Malleolus de Sanchomartin’ – 93

Bodegas Cepa 21 – Again, fine entry level wine and the Malabrigo was on another level.

2010 Ribera del Duero ‘Hito’ – 90

2009 Ribera del Duero ‘Cepa 21’ – 92

2010 Ribera del Duero ‘Malabrigo’ – 94

La Rioja Alta – Impressive showing. The 2001 and 1998 were both stellar. Benchmarks for aged Rioja.

2007 Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Alberdi’ – 90

2005 Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Arana’ – 93

2004 Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ – 92

2001 Rioja Gran Reserva ‘904’ – 94

1998 Rioja Gran Reserva ‘890’ – 95

Domaine Saint Prefert – Top Chateauneuf producer but for more reasonable prices.

2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘Reserve Augueste Favier’ – 93

Domaine Isabel Ferrando

2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘Columbis’ – 93

Domaine Rolet – Sparkling wine tasted like a fine champagne costing twice the price. Chardonnay comparable to a fine white Burgundy. Both are splendid and affordable.

2008 Crement du Jura  – 90

2009 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay – 91

2010 Arbois Chardonnay – 90

2007 Arbois Blanc ‘Tradition’ – 89

2011 Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes – 88

2009 Arbois Rouge ‘Tradition’ – 87

Domaine Marc Roy – Year in and year out these wines are very consistent. Not to mention coming from one of the best vineyards in Burgundy and for very reasonable prices.

2012 Marsannay Blanc ‘Les Champs Perdrix” – 91

2012 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Vieilles Vignes’ – 91

2012 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘La Justice’ – 92

2012 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Clos Prieur’ – 92

2012 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Cuvee Alexandrine’ – 92

Clos des Brusquieres

2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape – 90

Le Vieunx Donjon

2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – 92

2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape – 92

Clos des Papes – Both wines were excellent, the red probably being my favorite wine in the entire tasting. Estate is just on top of their game at the moment.

2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – 93

2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape – 96

E Pira – Chiara Boschis – First in a line of excellent Barolos. Both 2009 and 2010 stood out here.

2010 Barolo ‘Cannubi’ – 94

2009 Barolo ‘Mosconi’ – 94

2010 Barolo ‘Mosconi’ – 93

2009 Barolo ‘Via Nuova’ – 94

2010 Barolo ‘Via Nuova’ – 93

Ciacci Piccolomini

2008 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

2008 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Pianrosso’ – 93

La Spinetta – I found these the most impressive from Piedmont. Both the Barbaresco and Barolo wines were breathtaking. Based on what I tasted here, 2010 is a great vintage.

2010 Barbaresco ‘Bordoni’ – 93

2010 Barbaresco ‘Gallina’ – 95

2010 Barbaresco ‘Starderi’ – 94

2010 Barbaresco ‘Valeirano’ – 94

2010 Barolo ‘Garretti’ – 95

2010 Barolo ‘Campe’ – 96

S & B Borgogno

2009 Barbaresco – 91

2009 Barolo – 92

2008 Barolo ‘Cannubi’ – 92

2006 Barolo Riserva ‘Cannubi’ – 93

Vallana – Excellent value wines that also age very well. Had a 64 Spanna last you that was one of the best older wines I have ever had.

2012 Barbara Piemonte – 89

2010 Campi Raudi VdT – 89

2012 Campi Raudi VdT – 89

2011 Colline Novaresi Spanna – 90

2010 Spanna ‘Cuvee Bernardo Vallana’ – 91

2007 Boca – 89

2005 Gattinara – 91

Domenico Clerico – Consistent producer of some of the regions best Nebbiolo based wines. Had a 99 Barolo Per Cristina last year that was just starting to enter it’s prime.

2012 Dolcetta Langhe ‘Visadi’ – 89

2010 Arte – 92

2009 Barolo ‘Pajana’ – 93

2008 Barolo ‘Pajana’ – 93

2009 Barolo ‘Ciabot Mentin Ginestra’ – 94

2008 Barolo ‘Ciabot Mentin Ginestra’ – 93

2008 Barolo ‘Aeroplan Servaj’ – 94

2005 Barolo ‘Per Cristina’ – 94

Moccagatta

2010 Barbaresco DOCG – 92

2010 Barbaresco ‘Basarin’ – 93

2010 Barbaresco ‘Bric Balin’ – 94

2008 Barbaresco ‘Bric Balin’ – 91

2005 Barbaresco ‘Bric Balin’ – 93

Revello

2010 Lange Nebbiolo – 90

2010 Barolo – 92

2010 Barolo ‘Vigna Gattera’ – 93

2010 Barolo ‘Giachini’ – 93

2010 Barolo ‘Conca’ – 94

2010 Barolo ‘Rocche dell’Annunziata’ – 93

Gianni Brunelli

2008 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

Uccelliera

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

2008 Brunello di Montalcino – 92

2008 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 93

Voliero

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 92

2008 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

Mocali

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 92

2008 Brunello di Montalcino – 91

2009 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna Raunate’ – 92

2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 93

Siro Pacenti

2009 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Pelagrilli’ – 92

2008 Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli’ – 93

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 94

2008 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

Mud House – Producer of some great Sauvignon Blanc and impressive Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Prices are more than reasonable for the quality.

2012 Sauvignon Blanc Hay Maker – 89

2012 Sauvignon Blanc – 90

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Central Otago’ – 90

2011 Pinot Noir Estate ‘Golden Terrace Vineyard’ – 91

Altos Las Hormigas – Impressive value wines that over-deliver. A no brainer buy for the price conscious. Malbecs are top notch wines and simply delicious.

2013 Malbec – 90

2011 Malbec ‘Terroir’ – 91

2012 Malbec ‘Hormigas Reserva’ – 92

2009 Malbec ‘Appellation Vista Flores’ – 90

Dos Minas

2013 Torrontes – 89

2012 Malbec – 90

Kallune

2010 Mendoza Blend – 89

Huarpe

2013 Malbec Lancatay – 90

2012 Torrontes Taymente – 88

2012 Pinot Noir Taymente – 89

2012 Malbec Taymente – 89

Tres Palacios – Another nice set of value wines headlined by the Carmenere wines that proved flavorful and interesting.

2012 Pinot Noir Reserva – 87

2011 Carmenere Reserva – 90

2010 Carmenere ‘Family Vintage’ – 91

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva – 87

Kingston Family – Impressive showing, especially for the Pinot Noir which was very nice. Quality is definitely improving for Chilean Pinot Noirs, with the closest comparison being California.

2012 Sauvignon Blanc ‘Cariblanco’ – 90

2010 Pinot Noir ‘Tobiano’ – 90

2010 Pinot Noir ‘Alazan’ – 90

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Family Vintage’ – 89

Backstory

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘California’ – 88

Robin K Winery

2012 Chardonnay ‘Russian River’ – 88

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’ – 88

Joel Gott Wines – Great values. 2012 Cab was killer for the money. We have the 2011 in stock still but the 2012 should be coming soon.

2013 Sauvignon Blanc California – 89

2012 Chardonnay ‘Monterey’ – 88

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘California’ – 90

2011 Zinfandel ‘California’ – 90

Anthill Farms – Have been impressed with their wines when I have had them this year and two years ago. Very elegant.

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’ – 93

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Campbell Ranch’ – 92

Knez Winery

2012 Chardonnay ‘Demuth Vineyard’ – 91

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Anderson Valley’ – 89

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Cerise Vineyard’ – 88

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Demuth Vineyard’ – 91

Sandlands – The line for this was crazy so by the time I came back there was only 1 wine left. Specializing in obscure grapes.

2012 Trousseau Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’ – 90

Sandhi – Interesting wines but some can be quite expensive. Really showcases what the Santa Barbara region can do.

2012 Chardonnay ‘Santa Barbara County’ – 88

2011 Chardonnay ‘Sanford & Benedict’ – 90

2011 Chardonnay ‘Rita’s Crown’ – 90

2011 Chardonnay ‘Bent Rock’  – 92

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Sanford & Benedict’ – 89

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Evening Land Vineyard Tempest’ – 92

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Santa Rita Hills’ – 91

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Wenzlau’ – 92

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Rinconada’ – 93

Domaine De La Cote – New venture by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman.

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Santa Rita Hills’ – 90

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Bloom’s Field’ – 88

2011 Alakai – 90

Joseph Swan – Very nice showing for this winery. Never knew they made a Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay but represents a outstanding value compared to some other wineries that make one but charge double the price.

2011 Chardonnay ‘Ritchie Vineyard’ – 94

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Cuvee de Trois’ – 92

2010 Pinot Noir ‘Trenton Estate Vineyard’ – 93

2008 Zinfandel ‘Mancini Ranch’ – 90

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Trenton View’ – 92

Hirsch Vineyards

2012 Chardonnay – 88

2011 Pinot Noir ‘ Sonoma Coast – San Andreas’ – 89

Failla

2012 Chardonnay ‘Sonoma Coast’ – 91

2012 Chardonnay ‘Fort Ross-Seaview Estate’ – 91

2012 Chardonnay ‘Hudson Vineyard’ – 91

2012 Chardonnay ‘Haynes Vineyard’ – 89

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’ – 90

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Keefer Ranch’ – 92

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Savoy Vineyard’ – 93

Stony Hill

2009 Chardonnay ‘Napa Valley’ – 90

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Napa Valley’ – 89

O’Shaughnessy – First time trying their wines. Cab was very impressive, especially considering that 2011 is not a great vintage for Napa Cabs.

2012 Chardonnay ‘Oakville’ – 90

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Howell Mountain’ – 93

Kistler – Impressive set of wines this year. I got to try some of the Sonoma Coast Pinot hours after tasting it initially and it really blossomed. The score below reflects my initial thoughts but improved to a 93.

2012 Chardonnay ‘Les Noisetiers – Sonoma Coast’ – 92

2012 Chardonnay ‘Sonoma Mountain’ – 93

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Russian River’ – 90

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’ – 90

Martinelli

2009 Chardonnay ‘Bella Vigna’ – 90

2010 Chardonnay ‘Zio Tony’ – 91

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Bella Vigna’ – 90

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Moonshine Ranch’ – 92

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Bondi Home Ranch’ – 94

2011 Zinfandel ‘Vellutini Ranch’ – 89

2012 Zinfandel ‘Giuseppe & Luisa’ – 90

Siduri – Caught some flack from some critics for being too tannic but I really enjoyed the wines. Lot of bright fruit and complexity.

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Russian River Valley’ – 90

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ – 92

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Gary’s Vineyard’ – 92

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Keefer Ranch’ – 93

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Hirsch Vineyard’ – 92

Soter Vineyards

2012 North Valley Chardonnay ‘Willamette Valley’ – 91

2011 North Valley Chardonnay ‘Reserve’ – 92

2012 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir ‘Oregon’ – 90

2012 North Valley Pinot Noir – 91

2011 North Valley Pinot Noir ‘Reserve’ – 92

2011 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir ‘Mineral Springs Ranch’ – 91

Cristom

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Mt. Jefferson Cuvee’ – 89

2010 Pinot Noir ‘Sommers Reserve’ – 88

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Eileen’ – 90

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Jessie’ – 89

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Louise’ – 91

2011 Pinot Noir ‘Marjorie’ – 91

Corison – I like the wines, made in more of an old world style, and the fact they hold back inventory to release in the future.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Napa’ – 92

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Napa’ – 92

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Kronos’ – 92

Favia

2010 Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Cerro Sur’ – 93

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Napa Valley’ – 94

2011 Syrah ‘Quarzo’ – 92

2011 Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre ‘Rompecabezas’ – 92

Ramey Wine Cellars – Year in and year out, very consistent. Chardonnay are always excellent across the board.

2011 Chardonnay ‘Sonoma Coast’ – 90

2011 Chardonnay ‘Russian River’ – 91

2011 Chardonnay ‘Platt Vineyard’ – 91

2010 Chardonnay ‘Hyde Vineyard’ – 94

2010 Chardonnay ‘Ritchie Vineyard’ – 94

2012 Claret – 91

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Napa Valley’ – 91

Paul Hobbs – Again, good wines across the board. The 2012 Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s were quite nice!

2012 Chardonnay ‘Russian River’ – 92

2012 Chardonnay ‘Ellen Lane Estate’ – 94

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Russian River Valley’ – 93

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Hyde Vineyard’ – 94

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Napa Valley’ – 91

Peter Michael – Another impressive set of wines from this winery. The ‘Ma Belle Fille’ Chardonnay was superb and the ‘Les Pavots’ was up to it’s usual standards in a not so great year. The real surprise was their new Cab ‘Au Paradis,’ which comes from Oakville and was right up there with the ‘Les Pavots.’

2012 Chardonnay ‘La Carriere’ – 90

2012 Chardonnay ‘Belle Cote’ – 92

2012 Chardonnay ‘Mon Plaisir’ – 90

2012 Chardonnay “Ma Belle Fille’ – 95

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Les Pavots’ – 94

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Au Paradis’ – 94

2011 Red Bordeaux Blend ‘L’Esprit des Pavots’ – 91

Charles Smith Wines – Producing some of the best value wines in the market right now. Kun Fu girl is consistently good year after year. The Merlot is top notch for $12.99 and the Cab is also good.

2013 Kung Fu Girl Riesling – 91

2012 The Velvet Devil Merlot – 90

2012 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2012 K Vintners Viognier – 90

2012 K Vintners Sauvignon Blanc 89

2011 K Vintners Syrah ‘Milbrandt’ – 92

Turley – For Zinfandel producers, Turley is at the top of the food chain. The Juvenile is especially impressive in the 2012 vintage and is affordable.

2012 Zinfandel ‘Juvenile’ – 90

2012 Zinfandel ‘Kirschenmann’ – 90

2012 Zinfandel ‘Mead Ranch’ – 90

2012 Zinfandel ‘Rattlesnake Ridge’ – 90

Robert Biale

2011 Petite Sirah ‘Royal Punishers’ – 90

2012 Zinfandel ‘Black Chicken’ – 91

2012 Zinfandel ‘Moore Vineyard’ – 92

2012 Zinfandel ‘Rocky Ridge’ – 91

Von Winning/Dr. Deinhard

2012 Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Riesling Trocken – 90

Eugen Muller

Forster Kirchenstuck Riesling Spatlese Trocken ‘Cyriakus’ – 91

Weigart

2012 Bopparder Hamm Engelstein Riesling Kabinett Feinherb – 91

Vols

2012 Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett – 91