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by TomHill » Tue May 17, 2022 5:11 pm

Tried these three w/ DinDin last night:
1. Ser Chard CoastviewVnyd/MontereyCnty (13%; www.SerWinery.com; 150 cs) NicoleWalsh/SantaCruz 2015: Med.gold color; very strong melony/floral/Chard/celerey seed/almondy bit citric light pencilly/oak slight spicy/nutmeg really lovely nose; fairly tart/tangy rather citric/grapefruity strong melony/Chard/bit honeysuckle/almondy light spicy/nutmeg slight pencilly/oak bit complex lovely flavor; very long/lingering quite spicy/bit nutmeg bit citric/grapefruity strong floral/melony/Chard/celerey seed light pencilly some complex finish; a rather lithe/vibrant/svelte expression of Chard that can still go another 206 yrs. $28.00
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2. S.Anderson Merlot StagsLeapDist (14.5%; www.4Bubbly.com) Yountville 1999: Med.dark some browning color; rather cedary/pencilly/oldRed bit toasty/oak some herbal/Cab bit oldBdx some oxidative/tired nose; soft pretty oxidative/tired/cedary/oldRed slight Merlot/grapey some toasty/oak rather earthy/oldBdx flavor w/ light astringent tannins; med.long some oxidative/oldBdx slight herbal/grapey rather tired/astringent/metallic sligt herbal/Bdx finish w/ light astringent/drying tannins; not totally dead & still clinging to life but offers up little pleasure. $nc (B&SR)
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3. Ch.Feuillet Torrette Dd'OP: Valle d'Aosta (13.5%; 90% PetiteRouge/10% Mayolet; Lotto 07/19; KermitLynch/Berkeley) Maurizio Fiorano/St.Pierre/Vd'A 2018: Med.color w/ slight bricking; lovely very fragrant cherry/black cherry/blackberry rather floral/lilacs/Alpine red light earthy/dusty/OV slight pencilly/oak almost Savoie Mondeuse-like fairly complex nose; lightly tar bit earthy/dusty/OV strong black cherry/blackberry/alpine floral/lilacs/spicy bit licorice/pungent light pencilly/oak fairly complex flavor w/ light tangy tannins; very long/lingering lightly tart/tangy some earthy/OV fairly strong blackberry/black cherry/Alpine floral/lilacs bit pungent/licorice light pencilly/oak some complex finish w/ light tangy tannins; a lovely Alpine/Vd'A red that resembles a bit a Savoie Mondeuse but more high-toned/Alpine in character; very attractive price at $24.50 (KK)
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A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. Ser is the wnry of NicoleWalsh. She started her wine career in Michigan, then moved to Calif. She started wi/ Randall at BonnyDoon and continues there, w/ a brief stint in NewZealand.
I like her wines quite a lot. Don't know if she's regarded as a natural winemaker or not, but her wines are clean/well-made & show no natty character whatsoever.
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2. S.Anderson was a wnry that started in the early '70's w/ a focus on Sparkling wines. When that market stagnated, they switch to Merlot/Cab. In 2001, they were sold to RaySignorello and Cliff Lede. They no longer make wines under this label.
This wine was recently gifted me from Bill&Sheila Reed, friends from Charlottesville. The storage provenance was questionable.
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3. Torrette is an AC that is mostly a blend of PetiteRouge w/ other red varieties. Both PetitRouge & Mayolet are varieties indigeneous to the Vd'A. This red displayed a floral character that I oft find in Alpine reds.
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Re: WTN: A Chard, a Merlot, and a Torrette Walk Into a Bar..

by Jenise » Tue May 17, 2022 6:13 pm

The Swiss wines I've had recently that mirror the grapes of the Valle d'Aosta have made me deeply curious about their Italian counterparts. Haven't had the latter that I know of. Certainly if I have, it was someone else's bottle. Really need to find out more about this region; this note is yet more encouragement.
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by TomHill » Tue May 17, 2022 6:17 pm

Jenise wrote:The Swiss reds I've had recently that mirror the grapes of the Valle d'Aosta have made me deeply curious about wines of that region. Haven't had one ever that I know of. Certainly if I have, it was someone else's bottle. Really need to find out more about this region; this note is yet more encouragement.


Well, Jenise.....there are a number of grapes common to Suisse & the Val d'Aosta. Alas, the Swiss wines are
very hard to find & frightfully expensive. The Val d'Aosta wines are a bit more available and not as expensive.
But I love most of the wines that come from the Vd'A.
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by Jenise » Tue May 17, 2022 6:24 pm

I've been able to get a few of the Swiss wines, and own some even now. But VdA? Newp. Just now checked wine.com as I got a coupon in the mail. Nothing in stock, though in the recent past they've carried some Feuillet wines.
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by David M. Bueker » Tue May 17, 2022 6:52 pm

I am looking forward to Tom’s note on the Ser in the year 2228.
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Re: WTN: A Chard, a Merlot, and a Torrette Walk Into a Bar..

by Steve Edmunds » Tue May 17, 2022 7:25 pm

My interest in Val d'Aosta began not with wine, but with the cheese known as Fontina Val d'Aosta I remember first tasting from a cheese shop on San Anselmo Avenue in San Anselmo, CA in the Spring of 1982, when I was a letter carrier for the US Post office for a few years, and I delivered mail to that shop. That cheese can be pretty captivating, and I found it irresistible. When I found out they made wine, my intuition suggested it was likely to be compelling stuff. If you enjoy great cheese, and run across this one, I think you'll want to try it.
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by TomHill » Tue May 17, 2022 8:22 pm

Steve Edmunds wrote:My interest in Val d'Aosta began not with wine, but with the cheese known as Fontina Val d'Aosta I remember first tasting from a cheese shop on San Anselmo Avenue in San Anselmo, CA in the Spring of 1982, when I was a letter carrier for the US Post office for a few years, and I delivered mail to that shop. That cheese can be pretty captivating, and I found it irresistible. When I found out they made wine, my intuition suggested it was likely to be compelling stuff. If you enjoy great cheese, and run across this one, I think you'll want to try it.


Yup, Steve... know that cheese well. One of the best of the Alpine cheeses.
I think I know that small grocery store you're talking about. They also had a nice wine department. But can't recall the store's name. Nothing to do with old age, be assured. There was a small creek running beside it. One of my favorite stops heading North out of the Cite.
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Re: WTN: A Chard, a Merlot, and a Torrette Walk Into a Bar..

by Jenise » Wed May 18, 2022 9:31 am

Checked the online store of my local wine merchant (a small but adventurous shop) for Valle d'Aosta wines, and it came back with four options from Baja California. No, I don't think so....
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Re: WTN: A Chard, a Merlot, and a Torrette Walk Into a Bar..

by Jenise » Thu May 19, 2022 10:57 am

Steve, I was at Whole Foods yesterday afternoon searching their cheese wall for pecorino when, lo and behold, there was Fontina Valle d'Aosta, an aged one that looks Comte-ish. Haven't tried it yet but you might be interested in knowing they carry it.
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