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WTN: Easton/DTR Spring Release...(short/boring)

by TomHill » Tue May 29, 2018 1:34 pm

We had a tasting last night (5/28/18) at Pig+Fig of theNew Easton/TerreRouge release + Others:
1. Easton SauvBlanc MonarchMineVnyd/SierraFoothills (14.2%; www.EastonWines.com) Plymouth 2017: Pale
yellow color; ripe/melony/SB light herbal/grassy bit spicy very attractive nose; fairly tart clean/
zippy/bright ripe/melony/SB slight herbal/thyme lithe flavor; very long/lingering quite melony/SB/bit
lemon/lime slight herbal/grassy/thyme finish; quite an attractive easy-drinking ripe expression of
SauvBlanc. $nc (B&JE)/$22.00
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2. Dom.TerreRouge Vin Gris d'Amador SierraFoothills (41% Grenache/41% Mourvedre/6% Roussanne/
6% GrenacheBlanc/6% Viognier; 14.0%) 2017
: Pale salmon/copper color; very fragrant/strawberry/Grenache
somewhat spicy bright/perfumed rather Provencal-like nose; fairly tart somewhat rich/lush very bright
strawberry/Alpine strawberry/Grenache flavor w/ light gentle tannins; very long/lingering bright
strawberry/Grenache/Alpine strawberry/spicy quite fragrant slight earthy finish w/ light tannins; not
the minerality/bracing acidity of some Provencal roses but the aromatics are there; a lovely easy-drinking
style of rose. $nc (B&JE)/$20.00
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3. Easton Zin AmadorCnty Lot 1852 (50% whole-cluster; 14.5%) 2017: Med.light color; very bright Zin/
raspberry/Zinberry/spicy slight herbal/cornichon very fragrant/perfummy quite lovely nose; fairly
tart bright/spicy/raspberry/Zinberry/Zin slight herbal very un-Amador-like vibrant/bright/zippy flavor
w/ little tannins; very long bright/Zinberry/raspberry/bit strawberry/spicy scintillating/zippy finish
w/ little tannins; a very bright drinkable/quaffable expression of Zin that you seldom see and can
drink w/ gusto. $nc (B&JE)/$22.00
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More twitprattle from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. Zin 1852: Bill created this wine to celebrate the arrival of Zin in Calif in 1852 and in a style he thought
those first Zins may have been made. It was half whole-cluster ferment in a sealed vessel (hence a bit of
carbonic maceration character) and the other destemmed & fermented normally w/ twice a day punch-downs.
Presumably no or little barrel aging. Bill describes it as Zin w/ a Beaujolais twist. I was expecting
something like the old Montevina Zin Nuevo (a Bojo-like Carbonic Maceration) but it was a long way from that.
I think Bill nailed it with this wine. It's a bright/quaffable/drinkable glou-glou kind of Zin. I hope all
the somms who push the glou-glou Trosseaus and Carignanes will be able to try this.
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2. DTR VinGris: I think this VinGris has changed in style some over the yrs. The early ones were more Mourvedre-
based and more like Dom.Tempier in style. With more Grenache in it, it has much more perfume & fragrance and
seems more Provencal in style.
Tom

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