Notes on over 270 Wines from the Skurnik Tasting

Back in March, Skurnik distributors held there big Spring tasting in NYC. Always a really fun tasting, you get to taste not only their Connecticut portfolio but there New York one too. Some of the stuff they carry in New York is carried by a different distributor in CT so we really get to taste a wide range of wines.

This year the big category for me was the 2010 Barolo’s, which they had some last year but carried over to this year, and the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Both were excellent and standout from the other vintages for sure. Due to the volume and brevity of tasting each wine, I try to give everything a score on the 100 point scale for easy reference. If something really stand out I try to make a note of it.

Hermann J. Wiemer – a new addition to there portfolio this year. This is one of the top, if not the top winery in the Finger Lakes.

2013 Riesling Dry – 89

2014 Riesling Dry – 89

2013 Riesling Reserve Dry – 91

2013 Riesling HJW Vineyard 90

2013 Riesling Magdalena Vineyard – 92

2013 Riesling Semi Dry – 90

NV Rose Cuvee – 88

2013 Cabernet Franc – 90

Gruet – Great sparkling wine house out of New Mexico.

NV Blanc de Blancs “Methode Champenoise” – 90

NV Brut “”Methode Champenoise” – 90

NV Blanc de Noirs “Methode Champenoise” – 89

NV Brut Rose “Methode Champenoise” – 89

Pinot Project 2013 Pinot Noir – 87 Not as good as previous vintages. Little thin.

Brick House – Decent Pinot producer for the money. Focus on Burgundian style.

2012 Chardonnay Cascadia – 88

2-13 Gamay Noir – 88

2013 Pinot Noir “Select” – 90

2012 Pinot Noir “Dijonnais” – 91

Soter Vineyards – Consistent producer of lovely Oregon Pinot Noir. Their White Label offering has been excellent the last few years.

2012 North Valley Pinot Noir – 90

2012 North Valley Pinot Noir Reserve – 92

2011 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir “Mineral Springs” (White Label) – 92

Shea Wine Cellars – First time being at this tasting I believe and first time meeting Dick Shea. Been buying these Pinots for years and they are always excellent. Not cheap but the bump in quality is worth the cost. The Estate is always a excellent value.

2011 Chardonnay – 90

2012 Pinot Noir “Estate” – 92

2012 Pinot Noir “Homer” – 96

Ken Wright Cellars – Renown producer from Oregon who offers some good wines but not always great for the money. Their entry level offering are decent values but the single vineyard offering don’t always offer the bump in quality that comes with the higher price.

2012 Pinot Blanc – 89

2011 Chardonnay “Celilo Vineyards” – 92

2013 Pinot Noir “Willamette Valley” – 90

2013 Pinot Noir “Bonnie Jean” – 90

2013 Pinot Noir “Bryce” – 89

2013 Pinot Noir “Canary Hill” – 91

2013 Pinot Noir “Carter” – 89

2013 Pinot Noir “Guadalupe” – 90

2013 Pinot Noir “Savoya” – 89

2013 Pinot Noir “Shea” – 90

Joel Gott – Producer of some tasty, entry level wines at a great price.

2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 88

2013 Chardonnay “Unoaked” – 88

2013 Pinot Noir “Oregon” – 89

2013 Pinot Noir “California” – 89

2012 Grenache “Alakai” – 87

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 815 – 90

2012 Zinfandel – 90

Turley Wine Cellars – Makers of big, bold, teeth coating Zinfandels. One of the best producers for the varietal in California. Juvenile is a terrific value.

2013 Zinfandel “Juvenile” – 91

2013 Zinfandel “Cobb” – 91

2013 Zinfandel “Duarte” – 92

2013 Zinfandel “Mead Ranch” – 94

2013 Zinfandel “Estate” – 93

2013 Zinfandel “Rattlesnake Ridge” – 94

Siduri Wines – Missed Adam Lee this year. Glad he is staying on as winemaker. Consistent brand for quality Pinot Noir.

2012 Pinot Noir “Chehalem Mountain” – 91

2012 Pinot Noir “Sta. Rita Hills” – 91

2013 Pinot Noir RRV – 90

2012 Pinot Noir “Santa Lucia Highlands” – 91

2012 Pinot Noir “Pisoni” – 93

Martinelli winery – producer of some great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Can sometimes be a bit over the top though.

2012 Chardonnay Zio Tony – 93

2012 Pinot Noir “Bella Vigna” – 91

2012 Pinot Noir “Bondi Home Ranch” – 94

2013 Pinot Noir “Zio Tony” – 91

2012 Zinfandel “Vellutini Ranch” – 92

2012 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa” – 91

Paul Hobbs – Great label that excels across all price points. Crossbarn imprint quality has been steadily improving the last few years although it’s still a little expensive for entry level wines.

2013 Crossbarn Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – 90

2013 Chardonnay RRV – 90

2014 Crossbarn Rose – 90

2012 Crossbarn Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 90

2012 Pinot Noir RRV – 89

2012 Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 90

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 93

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Beckstoffer Dr. Crane” – 95

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Nathen Coombs Estate” – 93

Capiaux Cellars

2013 Pinot Noir “Chimera” – 89

2012 Pinot Noir “Pisoni” – 92

O’Shaughnessy

2013 Chardonnay “oakville” – 88

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mt – 92

Charles Smith Wines – Great value wines we have in stock with quality consistent with the previous vintage.

2013 “Velvet Devil” Merlot – 90

2013 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

Cayuse – Super excited to try these wines. Doing some phenomenal things with Syrah in Washington.

2012 Camaspelo – 93

2012 Syrah “Bionic Frog” – 95

2012 Syrah “En Chamberlin” – 96

2012 Horsepower Syrah “The Tribe Vineyad” – 95

The Withers

2014 Rose “El Dorado” – 89

2013 Pinot Noir “Peters” – 89

2013 Pinot Noir “Charles” – 90

2013 Pinot Noir “English Hill” – 91

2010 “Mr. Burgess” – 91

Anthill Farms – Been tasting these for the last few years and they are quite consistent. All former Williams Selyem employees and that is reflected in the wine.

2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 90

2013 Pinot Noir “Campbell Ranch” – 91

2013 Pinot Noir “Peters” – 90

2013 Pinot Noir “Tina Marie” – 91

Wind Gap Wines – Excited to finally try these wines and they did not disappoint. Wines were very nice across the board. Pinot’a are wRoth seeking out.

2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 92

2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 92

2012 Pinot Noir “Sun Chase” – 92

2012 Pinot Noir “Gap’s Crown” – 93

2012 Grenache Old Vine “Sceales” – 91

2012 Syrah Sonoma Coast – 91

2012 Syrah “Nellessen” – 91

2012 Syrah “Armagh” – 91

Sandhi Wines – Prodices some nice Pnot Noirs and Chardonnays, although prices on their higher end wines don’t see an acompanying jump in quality.

2013 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County – 88

2012 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills – 90

2013 Chardonnay “Mt. Carmel” – 89

2013 Chardonnay “Sanford & Benedict” – 90

2013 Chardonnay “Bent Rock” – 92

2012 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills – 91

Domaine De La Cote – I enjoyed this set of wines much better than last years. Although pricy, these wines showed pure Pinot flavors and good balance.

2012 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills – 92

2012 Pinot Noir “Bloom’s Field” – 92

2012 Pinot Noir “La Cote” – 94

Piedrasassi – first time trying these wines by the same winemaker as Sandhi. The Syrah Blue Label, which saw 40 months in barrel, was incredible.

2013 Sauvignon Blanc “Dohmeyer” – 91

2013 Syrah “PS Central Coast” – 92

2011 Syrah Santa Barbara County (Blue Label) – 96

Hirsch Winery

2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast “San Andreas” – 90

Failla – Impressive set of wines. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were consistently good.

2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – 91

2013 Chardonnay “Fort Ross-Seaview Estate” – 91

2013 Chardonnay “Hudson” – 92

2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 92

2013 Pinot Noir “Keefer Ranch” – 92

2013 Pinot Noir “Savoy” – 91

Stony Hill Vineyard – Always have good old world style Chardonnay, but we were treated to an aged one that was quite exquisite.

2013 Riesling – 90

2010 Chardonnay – 92

2001 Chardonnay – 94

Kistler Vineyard – Renown producer of fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this year they really lived up to the hype. Their new Occidental label was quite good.

2013 Chardonnay “Les Noisetiers” – 92

2013 Chardonnay “Sonoma Moubrain” – 93

2012 Chardonnay “Vine Hill” – 94

2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 93

2013 Pinot Noir Russian River – 92

2013 Pinot Noir “Kistler” – 94

2012 Occidental Sonoma Coast – 95

Ramey Wine Cellars – One of the most consistent producers of high quality Cabernet and Chardonnay in all of California. Was sad to hear they are no longer making Chardonnay from the Hudson Vineyard though.

2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – 92

2012 Chardonnay Russian River – 92

2012 Chardonnay “Platt” – 93

2012 Chardonnay “Hyde” – 95

2012 Claret – 93

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 93

Peter Michael Winery – Top Californai winery for Cabernet, Chardonnay and now Pinot Noir. The Chard this year were top notch and was excited to try the Pinot for the first time and it did not disappoint.

2013 Chardonnay ‘Belle Cote’ – 97

2013 Chardonnay ‘La Carriere’ – 96

2013 Pinot Noir ‘Le Caprice’ – 94

2013 Pinot Noir ‘Moulin Rouge’ – 95

2012 L’Esprit des Pavots – 92

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Les Pavots’ – 96

Joseph Swan – Famed producer from the Russian River Valley, their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are remarkably consistent and reasonably priced for the quality your getting.

2012 Chardonnay ‘Kent the Younger’ – 91

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Cuvée de Trois’ – 91

2012 Pinot Noir ‘Trenton Estate’ – 92

2009 Zinfandel ‘MancinI Ranch’ – 91

Altos Las Hormigas

2013 Malbec – 89

2012 Malbec ‘Terroir’ – 91

2012 Malbec ‘Hormigas Reserva’ – 92

2012 Malbec ‘Appellation Vista Flores’ – 94

Quinta da Muradella

2010 Blanco ‘Muradella’ – 94

La Rioja Alta – didn’t get a chance to try the entire lineup this year but the two aged Gran Reserva’s are excellent and affordable year in and year out.

2004 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 – 96

2001 Rioja Gran Reserva 890 – 94

CVNE – line was too long this year to taste all the wines.

2007 Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial – 94

Domaine Clusel-Roch

2013 Condrieu – 91

David Duband

2012 Cotes de Nuits Village – 91

2012 Gevrey-Chambertine – 93

Didier Fornerol – I really enjoyed both of these Village level wines and represent good value.

2012 Cotes de Nuits Villages Blanc – 91

2012 Cotes de Nuits Villages Rouge – 92

Boyer-Martenot – first time having these wines but walked away very impressed.

2013 Meursault ‘Cuvée Fernand Boyer’ – 93

2013 Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Reuchaux’ – 91

2013 Meursault 1er ‘Charmes’ – 91

2013 Meursault 1er ‘Genevrieres’ – 93

2013 Meursault 1er ‘Perrieres’ – 92

Domaine Alain Gras

2012 St. Romain Blanc – 91

2013 St. Romain Blanc – 91

2012 St. Romain Rouge – 91

2013 St. Romain Rouge – 91

2012 Auxey-Duresses – 90

2013 Auxey-Duresses – 91

Domaine Marc Roy – Excellent producer of Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin.

2013 Marsannay Blanc ‘Les Champs Perdrix’ – 87

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Vieilles Vignes’ – 90

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Clos Prieur’ – 92

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘La Justice’ – 92

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Cuvée Alexandrine’ – 94

Hudelot-Baillet

2013 Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc – 88

2013 Bourgogne Rouge – 88

2013 Chambolle-Musigny ‘Vieilles Vignes’ – 90

2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Charmes’ – 92

2013 Bonnes Mares – 94

Domaine De L’Arlot – Interesting to try the 2009 next to the 2013. Rated similar from Burghound when releases but with a few years of age really made a difference.

2013 Nuits St. George’s Blanc ‘Gerbotte’ – 92

2013 Cotes de Nuits-Villages ‘Clos du Chapeau’ – 89

2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Le Petit Arlot’ – 90

2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos des Forets St. Georges’ – 92

2009 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru ‘Clos des Forets St. Georges’ – 95

Paul Blanck et Fils

2013 Riesling Classique – 88

2010 Riesling ‘Rosenbourg’ – 90

2011 Riesling Grand Cru ‘Schlossberg’ – 92

2009 Riesling Grand Cru ‘Sommerberg’ – 92

Domaine Egly-Ouriet

2004 Prestige Vintage Brut 100% Grand Cru – 94

Domaine Rolet – Impressive lineup, especially for the cost. Very interesting to try the 2002, which had aged quite nicely.

2009 Cremant du Jura – 92

2011 Arbois Chardonnay – 89

2009 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay – 90

2008 Arbois Blanc ‘Tradition’ – 90

2011 Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes – 89

2009 Arbois Rouge ‘Tradition’ – 87

2006 Arbois Vin Jaune – 92

NV Macvin du Jura Blanc – 95

NV Macvin du Jura Rouge – 94

2002 Cotes du Jura Chardonnau – 92

2002 Arbois Rouge Trousseau – 88

2002 Arbois Rouge ‘Memorial’ – 92

Domaine Saint Prefert – Classic producer of some of the best wines out of Chateauneuf-du-pape with price s that are pretry reasonable for the quality.

2014 Cotes du Rhone ‘Clos Beatus Ille’ – 92

2014 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc- 92

2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc ‘Cuvee Vieilles Clairettes’ – 93

2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – 92

2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Reserve Auguste Favier’ – 92

2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Collection Charles Giraud’ – 94

2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Colombis’ – 92

Domaine J.P. Lafond

2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – 93

Clos des Brusquieres

2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – 91

Le Vieux Donjon

2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc – 93

2012  Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – 92

Domenico Clerico – consistently good wines with their Barolo’s just starting to get good 10 years after release. Had 98 Pajana a while back that had not come around yet.

2013 Dolcetto Langhe ‘Visadi’ – 88

2012 Barbera d’Alba ‘Trevigne’ – 89

2010 Barolo ‘Pajana’ – 92

2009 Barolo ‘Pajana’ – 93

2010 Barolo ‘Ciabot Mentin’ – 93

2008 Barolo ‘Aeroplan Servaj’ – 92

Gianni Brunelli

2010 Brunello dI Montalcino – 93

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 92

2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 91

2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 92

2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 93

Paolo Conterno – first time having their wines and they were quite impressive.

2010 Barolo ‘Riva Del Bric’ – 92

2010 Barolo ‘Ginestra’ – 93

2007 Barolo ‘Ginestra’ – 92

2006 Barolo Riserva ‘Ginestra’ – 93

Silvio Grasso – Quite an impressive lineup with the 2010’s being some of the best wines I tasted for Barolo.

2011 Barolo – 92

2010 Barolo ‘Giachini’ – 93

2010 Barolo ‘Turne’ – 95

2010 Barolo ‘Bricco Liciani’ – 95

Terre Nere

2013 Etna Rosso – 90

2012 Etna Rosso ‘Calderara SottAna’ – 90

2012 Etna Rosso ‘Santo Spirito’ – 92

2012 Etna Rosso ‘Feudo di Mezzo’ – 90

E Pira – Chiara Boschis

2011 Barolo ‘Cannubi’ – 90

2011 Barolo ‘Via Nuova’ – 90

La Spinetta – one of the premier producers of Nebbiolo bases wines. The 2010’s were also quite good.

2010 Barbaresco ‘Bordini’ – 90

2010 Barolo ‘Garretti’ – 93

2010 Barbaresco ‘Valeirano’ – 95

2005 Barbaresco ‘Starderi’ – 94

2006 Barolo ‘Campe’ – 95

Ciacci Piccolomini

2010 Brunello di Montalcino – 94

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 92

2008 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Pianrosso’ – 91

2007  Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ‘Pianrosso’ – 93

Caballots – Yet another set of fine Barolo. Very consistent across the last few vintages.

2010 Barolo ‘Bricco Boschis’ – 94

2008 Barolo Riserva ‘San Giuseppe’ – 93

2007 Barolo Riserva ‘San Giuseppe’ – 93

2007 Barolo Riserva ‘Vignolo’ – 94

S & B Borgogno

2011 Barolo – 90

2010 Barolo ‘Cannubi’ – 91

2008 Barolo Riserva ‘Cannubi’ – 90

2006 Barolo Riserva ‘Cannubi’ – 90

Poggio Nardone

2010 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

Mocali

2010 Brunello di Montalcino – 92

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 90

2010 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Vigna Raunate’ – 92

La Serena – Their 2010 Brunello was the best one I tasted today, perhaps the best wine.

2010 Brunello di Montalcino – 95

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

2008 Brunello di Montalcino – 91

Podere Brizio

2010 Brunello di Montalcino – 92

2007 Brunello di Montalcino – 91

2004 Brunello di Montalcino – 93

La Colombina

2010 Brunello di Montalcino – 91

Tiezzi

2010 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Pottio Cerrino’ – 93

2010. Brunello di Montalcino ‘Soccorso’ – 91

Vallana – one of my favorite value producers from Northern Italy. Wines showed well with many values.

2013 Barbera Piedmonte – 87

2013 Campi Raudii – 85

2011 Colline Novaresi Spanna – 88

2011 Spanna ‘Cuvée Bernardo Vallana’ – 90

2010 Boca Antonio Vallana – 91

2005 Gattinara – 89

1998 Gattinara – 92