Tasting Notes on 4 Wines from our Wine Club Meeting


Our Spring meeting was an open meeting so members could bring whatever food and wine that they wanted. Turned out to be quite an interesting spread. For food, I brought some Fried Calamari, then we had grilled steak and elk, smoked salmon and some cheese and crackers. The wines were all good, although nothing really stood above the pack.

  • 2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Gris – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
    Tasted blind. This was the first wine served and I was convinced it was a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of grapefruit, kiwi and lime led to a strong flavors of grapefruit on the palate. A nice wine but kid of a one trick pony with the dominant grapefruit flavor. This was also served way too warm. Didn’t have a complexity to merit a higher score although to say some people liked this more than me is an understatement since it won wine of the night and it came in forth for me. (88 pts.)
  • 2010 Philippe Leclerc Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons – France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
    Tasted blind. I brought this an immediately knew what it was. Decanted it for 2 hours. This had aromas of tea, cherry, raspberry and a hint of earth. Got some more tea with flavors of cherry, earth and mushroom on the palate. Ended with a decent cherry, mineral and earth finish. Seemed kind of tight still but had some the next day and it had not budged. Would be curious to see where this goes in a few years. (89 pts.)
  • 2008 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva – Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
    Tasted blind. Tried this and identified it as a Chianti so I was pretty proud of myself. Aromas of dried cherry, leather, raspberry and rose petal on the nose. This had flavors of cherry, black olive, earth and tar that ended with a nice 20 second finish. My favorite wine of the night. I thought this was really drinking great for what it was. (91 pts.)
  • 2013 William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux – France, Burgundy, Chablis
    Tasted blind. The last wine tasted and maybe the most intriguing. Aromas of slate, pear and apple on the nose. I got some sweeter fruit on the nose but the palate was just the opposite. Flavors of starfruit, hint of pear, mineral and slate. Bone dry. I was kind of thinking Riesling but not really. Perplexed. Seem to have trouble identifying these lately. When the bag came off it all made sense. This is really nice for the money. (90 pts.)