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WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Jenise » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:57 pm

Stuff I haven't had time to post individual notes for lately:

2006 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch
While no Pagani I've ever had can match the power and finesse of a Geyserville or a Lytton Springs, it can be a darned good bottle of expertly made zinfandel while the big boys continue resting, and this was that wine. Spicy blueberry notes here with silky tannins and just on the edge of developing secondary nuances of bark and leather. Perfect for a spicy southwestern dinner of green enchilada pie.

2002 Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, Central Valley
Initial nose of black cherry, dust and something sharp and green. Develops chocolate in the glass--a big dose of carmenere in the blend would explain the green and chocolate elements. Spice and earth emerge come next. Would drink remaining sooner than later but on the whole this is balanced and pleasant, especially so for a $12 Chilean (probably wholesale price, but still).

1998 Kay Brothers Shiraz Block 6 Amery Vineyards, McLaren Vale
First of two bottles purch'd at the winery in 2000, and very different from other recent reports so possibly a flawed bottle. Black currant off the bat followed by a sour burst of buttermilk, after which licorice and soy sauce flavors filled in and faded. Drinkable, but no joy.

2002 Dunham Cellars Syrah Frenchtown Vineyard, Columbia Valley
One of the best WA syrahs I've had. The Frenchtown vineyard produces very Cote Rotie-like syrah; Dunham recognizes this and bottles it separately from the blacker, plusher Lewish fruit. This bottle demonstrates why that's such a good idea: bright raspberry-centered fruit with tangy herbs and spice in the foreground, with minor notes of bacon, fennel and toast. Feminine and refined; more similar to Chapoutier's Les Becasses than any Washington syrah I've had. At 11 years it's in peak form. I'm crushed that I don't have another bottle, but look forward to my 05's drinking this well in three years.

1995 Terrabianca Campaccio Selezione Riserva Toscana IGT, SuperTuscan Blend
Outstanding fruit and concentration; elegant and unnaturally youthful presence. Should hold here for years. Wish I had more.

2005 Red Car Syrah The Fight, Napa Valley
Another Mike-over-the-fence bottle; this one given to him by Drew Bledsoe. Rich, ripe and admirably concentrated, but it stops just short of over-the-top. Black fruit and violets with roasted meat and tar. Especially good as an after-dinner sipper.

2004 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate, Napa Valley
Another wine over the backyard fence; Mike's bottle. Big, ripe, and drinking very well now though it should acquire more depth with time.

2000 Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley
Opened to celebrate the life of Tammy Faye. Unfortunately, this hasn't matured in the most interesting way possible--tired, and oxidation looms.

2011 Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California
I detest the fat, porty, alcoholic zin type that is every Rombauer zin I've had in the past, but this was excellent: concentrated spicy zinberry fruit with racy acidity, great presence and balance. Either they've changed their style or this is, from their point of view, a bad vintage.

2009 Cline Cellars Zinfandel Sonoma County
What a dog. Simple, dilute flavors on the palate, turns into vinegar overnight. Arf arf.

2010 Quails' Gate Estate Winery Chardonnay, British Columbia
Like this a lot. Bought a case for summer eves. In the way that the best wines from this area do, it bridges the gap between new world fruit and old world flavors with that resplendent Okanagan minerality. A bit sweet and buttery right now, but I believe that will firm up with more time in the bottle--it def as the stuffing to hang around for awhile. Question is, will I be able to keep my hands off 'em? Don't bet on it.

2012 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Los Vascos Rosé,Colchagua Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry and simplistic--all top notes, no depth. And disappointingly, none of the red rose petals and dust that I love about cab sauv roses. Would not buy again.

2008 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Tradition Le Grand Montmirail
All black fruit and asphalt; drinkable but unfriendly (especially w/o food). Lowish acid but reasonable tannins leave me confused. Not one for the ages but not quite one for right now either--check again in a year.

1999 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille, Columbia Valley
Served to the neighbors, my bottle. Very cut and structured, like an Oscar statue, with bold, complex, spicy black fruit. After years of backwardness, it's excellent drinking right now and should hold here if not improve for years to come. Read once that Parker called Chaleur (another WA wine) the Lafite of WA; if that's true, then this is the Leoville Las Cases. Very grand juice. Sadly, it's my last of six (why I know so much about the backwardness.)

2003 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Another of my neighbor's wines. Stunningly and unexpectedly svelte for a 2003 with excellent concentration, spice and style. Big alcohol not evident. Drank very well (popped and poured) but it has another decade of life left.

2007 Corliss Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Mike's bottle. Possibly the best WA cabernet I've ever tasted. Power and elegance with classic cabernet flavors and terrific balance.

2000 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Dedication Series, Columbia Valley
Very good, but picking up some brown notes. Definitely on the downhill slide from the perfect bottle a year ago May.

2008 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Mike's bottle. Maybe it was because it followed a big WA cab, but while very enjoyable I didn't find as much to love as I read in others' notes on Cellartracker. Allred fruit, lowish on acids and tannins, only the faintest funk. Blind, would never have picked it out as the caliber of wine it is. It was just at the top of very good, but not excellent. (And I own some, so would hope for more.)

2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Unnamed, Walla Walla Valley
Needs time. Expected it to be a pop and pour because an 09 In The Rocks was two weeks ago, but it needed three hours to develop the fruit in balance to the overtly herbal green olive note that was it's primary feature early on. Could be wildly stupid to speculate, but though TU is less enjoyable than In The Rocks (below) at this stage it has the makings of the longer-lived wine between the two.

2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks, Walla Walla Valley
Opened a bottle to show John and Annabelle what Reynvaan can do. Made some fans! Raspberry, olive, tar, roasted meat and funk--all that old world stuff was there, and it's as exciting a young bottle of WA syrah as I've ever had. Gotta dig one out to show my friends over the border that something like this is possible from the New World.
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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by David M. Bueker » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:15 pm

Gosh I can remember when Kay Brothers Block 6 was one of the hot items. ah how times have changed (and not for the better with that wine).

The '04 Montelena is alarmingly easy to drink. I wish it had more tannin or I had more willpower.
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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Jenise » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:32 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:Gosh I can remember when Kay Brothers Block 6 was one of the hot items. ah how times have changed (and not for the better with that wine).

The '04 Montelena is alarmingly easy to drink. I wish it had more tannin or I had more willpower.


Yes, I saw your note on a half bottle when I posted my note on CT. Guess where my neighbor got that bottle? Some local collector decided to move to Australia, and he sold off his collection. He got WineBid to give him an offer: and then put up the collection for sale locally (Seattle)--for 10% UNDER WineBid's lowball price. He swears he sent me the list--I never got it. OH WOE.
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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Lou Kessler » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:55 pm

2008 was a pretty tough year in both the Northern & Southern Rhone. Of course there are always individual exceptions.
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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Jenise » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:11 am

Lou Kessler wrote:2008 was a pretty tough year in both the Northern & Southern Rhone. Of course there are always individual exceptions.


You know what, I know that's generally the case. But we spent three weeks over there when the 08's were in release and in general found the wines much more engaging than we expected to, especially at the top end like Pegau and especially compared to some of the fleshy, Californicated hot 07's still lying around. Even tasted the Brusset I mentioned at Brusset, and liked it a whole bunch more than I liked this bottle. I don't have many, and would expect to drink most of my 08's earlier than other vintages, but I expected to find them all good value early drinkers. Might not work out that way. (Fave of the vintage so far: Mordoree.)
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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Jason Hagen » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:20 pm

Fun stuff. Glad to gather yours and David's intel on the 04 Monty. Here is how I finished my note from 4 years ago, "Showing the signs of a classic Montelena although maybe not the greatest." Sounds like it is continuing to develop nicely. Probably pop one on my daughters 16th since it is one of her birth year wines.

Jenise wrote:2002 Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, Central Valley
Initial nose of black cherry, dust and something sharp and green. Develops chocolate in the glass--a big dose of carmenere in the blend would explain the green and chocolate elements. Spice and earth emerge come next. Would drink remaining sooner than later but on the whole this is balanced and pleasant, especially so for a $12 Chilean (probably wholesale price, but still).


Nice. Who socked away and $12 Chilean cab?

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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Jenise » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:00 pm

Jason Hagen wrote:
Nice. Who socked away and $12 Chilean cab?

Jason


Moi. Back story: at a brown bag tasting lunch in Vancouver, the proprietor, who was also a wine importer and collector with a 30,000 bottle collection, threw this bottle into the mix to stump the chumps. I liked it a lot; and he sold me a few bottles at his cost. Drank most of them long ago but somehow lost track of this one.
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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Jason Hagen » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:44 am

Jenise wrote:
Jason Hagen wrote:
Nice. Who socked away and $12 Chilean cab?

Jason


Moi. Back story: at a brown bag tasting lunch in Vancouver, the proprietor, who was also a wine importer and collector with a 30,000 bottle collection, threw this bottle into the mix to stump the chumps. I liked it a lot; and he sold me a few bottles at his cost. Drank most of them long ago but somehow lost track of this one.


Fun. I really enjoy when I find a bottle that I had forgot about and often think is going to be dead only to discover that a humble bottling is shinning after so many years.

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Re: WTN: Montelena, Betz, Beau, Ridge, Kay Bros, Reynvaan, etc

by Jenise » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:36 pm

Jason Hagen wrote:
Fun. I really enjoy when I find a bottle that I had forgot about and often think is going to be dead only to discover that a humble bottling is shinning after so many years.

Jason


Me, too. And while I try to keep track of my inventory, I no longer worry about the ones I believe are there but can't be readily found, as the sheer process of losing/finding those bottles has given me confidence about the wines I tend to like being those that tend to age comfortably well until they resurface. When I come across them, they're like a little present from the past.
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