Monday, September 12, 2011

Le Caveau Tasting 09/10/2011

1) "2008 Domaine de Triennes Viognier "Sainte Fleur" Vin de Pays du Var
100% Viognier
The wine has pale straw color, with apricot, honeysuckle and an orange rind quality on the nose. It has a powerful mid-palate with stony mineral edge on the long finish.
Two of Burgundy's greatest names - Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti – are the partners behind this pioneering property in Provence. It is Fermented and aged 100% in steel tanks; some of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, while the rest is blocked at an earlier stage to retain its freshness."
nice icicle legs, smooth and silky in the middle, then slight edge at the end of the palate. yum. pairs well with stronger cheese, maybe a brie? Eric says French Viognier's are dryer than Californian ones. Californian Viogniers do not have the acidity to stand up to food.
2) 2009 Dr. Deinhard Deidesheimer Mäushöhle Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken
100% Riesling
This wine has a medium golden color, with a very exotic nose of pineapple, and herbs. The palate is juicy and refreshing, with suggestions of crushed stone and a long, succulent, dry finish.
The name of this site has nothing to do with a mousehole but is derived from the sloping vineyard site owned by a family named 'Maus'. The German word 'Halde' for 'Hang' (slope) became 'helde' and finally changed to 'Höhle' (hole). The hallmark of the vineyard is the tropical fruit aromas that the wines show.
pronounced dine-hard, die-des-hi-mer, mouse-hole-ah, kabi-net halb-trok-ken. Halbtrocken means half-dry. this guy owns the other 2 wineries in the area. The three of the wineries used to belong to an estate in the 1800s, but when the owner died he split it between his children (who did not get along very well), but now the 3 wineries are reunited again. this one is also aged in 100 Liter oak barrels, rare for German winemaking. this was Matt's first Reisling tasting!
3) 2010 Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair Marsannay Rosé
100% Pinot Noir
With a gorgeous pink color, this wine shows strawberry overtones on the nose and the palate delivers with cherry fruit with subtlety and crisp acidity. This is one of the more structured rosé wines we have that will be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
This Domaine was established in 1986, and although quite young, comprises 20 hectares of 50+ year old vineyards stretching from Savigny-les-Beaune to Marsannay.
pronounced doe-man, foo-juer-ray, day, bow-clair, mar-soe-nay, Rose-ay. this one is very close to Dijon area, and these are the only Rose's you can age. Matt says this is his FAVE Rose so far.
4) 2008 Demarie Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
100% Nebbiolo
This wine has a medium ruby color, with an intense nose that shows leather, violets, and ripe Morello cherry. The palate shows musky cherry fruit with lively acidity with a bit of star anise on the finish.
Nebbiolo is thought to derive its name from the Piedmontese word nebbia which means "fog." During harvest, which generally takes place late in October, a deep, intense fog sets into the Langhe region where many Nebbiolo vineyards are located.
white grape version is "arnies", region is pronounced Lawn-gay, Piedmont is in the North of Italy, top left of the boot if you are looking at a map. Barbaresco and Barollo also made from this red grape.
5) 2005 Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
100% Sangiovese Grosso
This wine has a bright, medium garnet color and a very expressive nose displaying sour red cherry and floral aromas along with smoke. The palate is bright and fresh, with flavors of red fruit, tobacco and earth. This wine is supremely balanced and long on the finish.
Though owner Riccardo Campinoti also owns a vineyard called Petroso and other vines in the Castelnuovo dell'Abate area, the 2005 Brunello was made exclusively from the estate’s holdings at Le Ragnaie, close to Poggio Antico, and among the highest-elevation vineyards in Montalcino. Roberto forgoes significant monetary gain as he makes only one wine and he blends his reserve barrels and regular barrels together. This single expression is, in his opinion, the epitome of the year.
$51.99 for this vintage
or $26.99 for the 2007 Rosso.
brick red amazing. that's all I have to say. WOW!

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