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WTN: Cruse Zind Pibran Arcadian St. Jean Pontet Chappaz

by Bill Spohn » Mon May 14, 2018 12:44 pm

Lunch blind tasting notes.

Cruse Winery Ricci Vineyard Sparkling St. Laurent – huge fizz (presumably not method Champenoise) pale pink, peach nose, slightly sweet finish, cidery impression. Interesting.

2003 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain
– petrol Riesling nose, considerable colour – mid amber, smooth and dry, lacking fruit and slightly angular in the finish. Past its prime.

1990 Ch. Pibran – this Pauillac cru Bourgeois still shows good colour, lighter at the rim, a very good cedar and plum claret nose, with very good fruit and vanilla, balanced and finishing medium long with clean acidity. Good showing for a modest wine.

2006 Arcadian Pisoni Vd. Pinot Noir – medium colour, varietal nose, soft round and pleasant, with decent length.

2006 Ch. St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Eighty-Five Fifty-Five
– cab, merlot, petit verdot Malbec and syrah. Still purple even at the rim, a tad simple in the mouth and primary in the nose, and lots of ripe cherry at the finish.

2000 Ch. Pontet Chappaz – another cru bourgeois, this time a Margaux and one I had never heard of. Dark, balanced and ripe, it acquitted itself well. Solid mid-pack bourgeois.

Some of us retired to my place to wait out the traffic and we opened another bottle:

2006 Arcadian Stolpman Syrah – wow – wine of the day for me. Slightly vegetal nose but in a positive way, Red fruit and berry notes, with a French tone rather than American. Pretty wine with elegant nose, an American Cote Rotie? Probably needs drinking as I don’t think it will develop much from where it is now..
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Re: WTN: Cruse Zind Pibran Arcadian St. Jean Pontet Chappaz

by Jenise » Fri May 18, 2018 7:27 pm

Agree with your notes pretty much down the line, especially re the Arcadian Stolpman.

I'm sorry, in some ways, that I grabbed that bottle as I'd been planning to bring it sometime as one of a pair of Stolpmans (the other from Stolpman winery itself). I don't have another. However, I cannot regret for a moment opening that bottle now instead of later because boy is that one in the perfect place for current drinking. I didn't think of it so much vegetal as green olive-y, in the way that a good Crozes or St. Joseph can be without being underripe wines. DIVINE.
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