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Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:01 pm

WTN: More BalancedWineSlctns Wines/mostly Reds..(long/boring

by TomHill » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:04 pm

We tried this week (8/29/18) More (mostly) BalancedWineSlctns Wines:
1. Julien Pilon AC: Vernon/Condrieu (11%-14%; www.JulienPilon.Fr) 2015: Med.light gold color; lovely Viog/pear/
peach/spicy bit quiet classic Condrieu slight mineral nose; quite tart/tangy rather Viog/pear/peach slight
stony/mineral classic Condrieu flavor; very long quite tart bit lean pear/peach/Viog some mineral classic
Condrieu finish; lots of classic Condrieu/mineral character but a bit on the quiet side; quite a pretty
Condrieu but just that. $48.60 (BWS)
2. Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond AP: Condrieu Cote Chatillon (13.5%) Ampuis 2014: Med.light gold color; lovely
pear/peach/Viog classic Condrieu bit reduced maybe light oak nose; bit softer classic Condrieu/quite mineral
very strong Viog/pear/peach slight herbal fairly rich/lush spicy/mineral beautiful flavor; very long/lingering
spicy/mineral classic Condrieu slight herbal strong pear/peach/Viog/floral finish; a classic Condrieu w/ lots
of minerality at a good price. $47.70 (BWS)
3. Dom.Courbet Trousseau AC: Cotes du Jura (12.5%) Nevy sur Seille/Jura 2015: Light ruby red color; rather
fragrant floral/violets/Trouss strong earthy/mushroomy bit loamy/root cellar slightly rustic complex Alpine red
nose; fairly tart/tangy rather earthy/Jura/alpine/mushroomy some floral/violets/Trouss somewhat complex flavor
w/ light tangy tannins; very long rather earthy/mushroomy/Jura/apline red light floral/violets; a fairly
classic rather rustic Trousseau. $22.50 (BWS)
4. Dom.Courbet Trousseau Violette AC: Cotes du Jura (12.5%) 2015: Slightly darker light ruby/red/garnet color;
somewhat more fragrant floral/violets/lilacs less earthy/mushroomy bit simpler quite fragrant/lovely nose;
bit softer/richer fairly tart/tangy/bit grapefruity strong Trouss/floral/violets/lilacs some earthy/mushroomy
bit complex flavor w/ lighter smoother tannins; very long/lingering strong floral/lilacs/violets/Trouss some
earthy/mushroomy/loamy finish w/ light smooth tannins; a bit less Jura/earthy/mushroomy and more floral/fragrant
Trouss; quite a pretty expression of Trousseau. $29.70 (BWS)
5. Bisson IlGranaccio IGT: Colline del Genovesato (Grenache; 14.5%; Pierluigi Lugano 2009: Dark
color; very strong TCA/corked/musty slight Grenache strawberry; very strong musty/TCA/corked w/ some strong
plummy/Grenache/strawberry fruit underneath; pretty horribly corked. $35.00 (DaV)
6. Francesco Versio DOCG: Barbaresco (14.5%) Neive/Piemonte 2014: Med.color; very fragrant lilacs/violets/Nebb/
floral very slight tarry slight rose petal quite attractive nose; lightly tart strong floral/Nebb/lilacs/violets/
rose petal slight tarry/pungent flavor w/ modest bit astringent tannins; very long strong floral/Nebb/lilacs/
rose petal/high-toned finish w/ light bit astringent tannins; probably could use another 3-6 yrs; a quite
pretty light-weight fairly drinkable Barbaresco w/ emphasis on the floral aspects of Nebbiolo. $35.10 (BWS)
7. Sobrero DOCG: Barolo Ciabot Tanasio (14%) Castiglione Falletto/Cuneo 2012: Med.dark color; very strong floral/
lilacs/violets/Nebb some pungent/road tar bit complex quite fragrant nose; fairly tart very strong floral/Nebb/
violets/lilacs/perfumed sligt pungent/tarry some complex flavor w/ modest bitey/astringent tannins; very long/
lingering fairly tart strong floral/Nebb/violets light tarry/pungent complex finish w/ some bitey tannins;
lots of floral Nebb character & not really brutal tannins; a relative early drinker that can use 3-8 yrs.
$42.30 (BWS)
8. Reva DOCG: Barolo (14%) Monforte d'Alba 2013: Med.color; bit lighter/quieter some fragrant floral/Nebb/lilacs/
violets more pungent/road tar fairly complex nose; pretty tart/tannic/hard strong floral/Nebb/lilacs/violets
some road tar/pungent/smokey some complex flavor w/ ample astringent/fierce tannins; very long/lingering strong
floral/Nebb/lilacs/rose petal some tarry/pungent some complex finish w/ ample hard/brutal tannins; a bit quieter
Barolo but a pretty classic Barolo at a great price; needs 5-10 to soften up a bit. $37.80 (BWS)
9. Julien Cecillon Bel Horizon Syrah IGP: Collines Rhodaniennes (12%; Nancy Kerschen &
Julien Cecillon/Tournon/Ardeche 2016
: Med.dark color; lovely spicy/Syrah/blueberry/blackberry quite peppery some
roasted/Rhonish/roasted meats fairly classic NRhone nose; fairly tart quite peppery/black pepper/roasted/Rhonish
some blackberry/Syrah/spicy/blueberry flavor w/ modest smooth tannins; very long/lingering strong black pepper/
Rhonish/roasted meats/pungent fairly strong blackberry/Syrah/blueberry/bit licorice bit complex finish w/ some
smooth tannins; one of the better Collines reds I've had w/ strong NRhone character; lots of black pepper
character and very reasonably priced at $19.80 (BWS)
10. Patrick et Christophe Bonnefond AC: Cote-Rotie LesRochains (13%) Ampuis 2013: Very dark color; strong blackberry/
blueberry/Syrah some NRhone/roasted/roasted meats light floral/violets fairly complex nose; lightly tart strong
blackberry/Syrah/blueberry some low-key roasted/NRhonish/peppery flavor w/ modest gentle tannins; very long some
blackberry/Syrah/blueberry/bit floral/violets some roasted/NRhonish w/ light gentle tannins; more of a Calif-style
Syrah and not as much roasted/NRhonish character as I'd like; a pretty decent C-R at a fair price. $50.00 (BWS)
11. Antico Broilo Schioppettino di Prepotto DOC: Friuli Colli Orientali Riserva (13.5%) Giovanni
Battista & C./Prepotto 2012
: Very dark color; very strong classic Schio/very peppery/black pepper/licorice/very
spicy slight black cherry very fragrant nose; fairly tart/tangy very peppery/black pepper/Schio/licorice/spicy
slight pungent/black cherry fairly structured flavor w/ modest ripe tannins; very long/lingering very strong
peppery/black pepper/pungent/licorice classic Schio slight black cherry finish w/ some ripe/smooth tannins;
loads of cracked black pepper character; a pretty classic expression of Schio though not as complex as the Ronchi;
very well-made Schio at a very attractive price. $35.10 (BWS)
12. Ronchi di Cialla DOC: Friuli Colli Orientali Sottozona Cialla Schioppettino di Cialla (12.5%; 0585 btls;
Lyra Imports) Prepotto 2011
: Very dark color; intense very herbal/thyme strong black pepper/licorice/Schio light
toasty/oak somewhat pungent complex classic Schio nose; rather tart/tangy/hard strong black pepper/Schio/pungent/
licorice bit herbal/thyme slight toasty/oak structured flavor w/ some hard/chewy tannins; very long/lingering
tart/tangy/hard quite structured very strong Schio/black pepper/licorice/pungent bit herbal/thyme light toasty/oak
finish w/ some hard tannins; very structured and loads of classic Schio character; needs 3-6 yrs age; a beautiful
expression of Schio by the masters of Schio. $45.00 (H-T)
More ekerspottle from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. The previous week, we tasted a bunch of whites from Balanced Wine Selections, an importer who also does DTC sales.
The wines were, for unknown producers, outstanding. We returned to order two more cases worth. This tasting again
focused on more wines from BWS, mostly red this time. They were not quite as outstanding this time around, but
they were, across the board, very good wines at very fair prices.
2. Condrieu: These two Condrieus were, I thought, quite decent solid expressions of Viognier in Condrieu. And at
reasonably fair prices. That siad, didn't feel compelled to order more btls of them.
3. Schiopettino: This is, of course, the variety that was rescuced from near-extinction by Paaolo Rapuzzi at Ronchi
di Cialla. Now deceased, RdC is run by his sone, Ivan. It is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to Schio.
But I was fairly impressed by this Brolio and will go back for more. A grape they should be planting all up&down
the Coast of Calif.

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