So far the wines have been very easy to taste. There is so much sweet fruit on the palate that the high tannins and high acids are masked by the fruit. These wines will need cellaring for the most part-much more than the very ripe fruit low acid 2003s. It is interesting that some great chateaux known for their power hardness (Cos, Latour, Las Cases) have taken the softer style approach while more delicate wines such as Ch Margaux have gone full throttle. We will taste Haut Brion and Haut Bailly and Lascombes this a.m. We were not able to taste Cheval Blanc as they thought it was better if journalists tasted instead of retailers-not a problem as we went instead to Vieux Chateau Certan, which made a fabulous wine. We discovered a fine new property: Rochebelle in St-Emilion and bought some great older vintages. This property sits next to La Mondotte and Tertre Roteboeuf and Troplong Mondot-great terroir. In fact, the property was larger until a piece was sold and became La Mondotte. Superb value wines from Rochebelle! Some of my top wines so far are Latour, Margaux, Las Cases, Palmer and Leoville Barton. More to come! -Clyde Beffa
K&L San Francisco April 8th, 2006 $20.00 for 10 selections Noon to 3 p.m. No. 1-N/V- Silvano Follador- Prosecco, Valdobbiadene Brut $10.99 No. 2-2004 Garlider – Muller Thurgau, Alto-Adige $18.99 No. 3-2004 Cos “Pithos” – Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo di Vittoria $36.99 No. 4-2004 Gulfi- “Rossojbleo”- Nero d’Avola $14.99 No. 5-2004 Corino – Dolcetto d’Alba $14.95 No. 6-2004 Ermacora- Refosco, Friuli $15.99 No. 7-2004 Ruggeri Corsini- Barbera d’Alba $13.99 No. 8-2001 Corte Rugolin – Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso $16.99 No. 9-2003 Cascina Val del Prete – Barbera d’Alba “Carolina” $33.99 No. 10- 1998 Isole e Olena – Vin Santo 375ml $35.99 Oleificio Chianti Olio Extra Vergine “Buonsapore”1ltr - $24.99
So far the wines have very expressive aromas and tons of fruit up front with lots of tannin and acid and fruit on the palate. Alcohol levels are very high but wines do not show it. The combination of high tannin and high acid make for dry sensation on the palate. Tannins are integrated. Pichon-Baron and Petit Village were great. Petit Village, Pomerol Their best in long time. 75% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc, very high cabernet sauvignon content. Spicy, clove-like aromas with some allspice notes. A touch of chocolate on palate. Tons of fruit. Very bright and lively. A touch tough at back. *1/2 Pibran, Pauillac 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. Cabernet did better here, and they used a lot in the final blend. Very expressive nose of black raspberry with cranberry undertones some orange zest on palate. A touch rustic, but should be a value. Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 64% cabernet sauvignon, 3% cabernet franc, 33% merlot. 13.6 alcohol and low pH of 3.7-means high acid. You do not taste the alcohol because of massive fruit, acid and tannin content. Very spicy aromas of red fruits and cassis-some cranberry notes. Deep color and very sweet entry to palate. Some dry tannins at back but they are integrated. Tobacco notes. Rich, lingering finish. ** S de Suduiraut, Dry White Bordeaux Had a wonderful spicy pear aroma that followed to the palate. Very rich wine with sweet tart flavors and lingering finish. Quite deep. 70% sauvignon blanc and 30% semillon. Suduiraut, Sauternes Otherworldly and delicious already. 90% semillon and 10% sauvignon blanc. Coconut and honey and pineapple aromas. Unctuous on the palate. Tons of balancing acid to go with the fruit. Creamy rich mid palate. A complete wine that is wonderful already. -Clyde Beffa
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