January 18, 2010

A Quick Wrap-Up of Weekend Wine Notes

1999 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de mon Aieul--Good amount of barnyard on the nose. Funky, with notes of saline on the nose. Palate shows some dark fruit, slightly roasted plum notes, and cherry and meat notes. Rather brisk acidity cuts through and balances things nicely. Some herbal notes and pepper on the finish. Great weight and concentration to the wine. In a nice groove now, but will hold. Not a mindblowing Mon Aieul, but nice.

2005 Edmunds St. John Syrah Parmelee-Hill--In a recent post, I claimed that Steve Edmunds was a genius. This wine has not changed that assertion. He is certainly one of my favorite Cali winemakers. This win is so incredibly balanced, so delicious, and yet, so young. There is a nose of vanilla bean, iron, smoke, and dark fruit. Palate is tight, but so smooth. It's a graceful wine, yet it seems to be just revealing hints of what it will become. Very nice effort and ridiculous value at $25.

I was recently at the Ansley Kroger and picked up the 2006 Zepaltas Pinot on the closeout wall. A bit too "Cali" for me these days, but no real complaints.

2006 Zepaltas Pinot Noir La Cruz--Black cherry, smoke and baking spice on the nose. Palate is loaded with drippy black cherry and blackberry fruit. A lot of fruit here. It's integrated and there's a nice weight to the wine. Little bit of heat on the finish. It's full throttle, but nice.

1 comment:

  1. I need to get by to this Ansley Kroger. Supposedly it's the place...