Last week's batch - very behind
Tzora Single Vineyard Shoresh 2004 - Score A-
The nose on this garnet colored wine (100% Merlot) is laden with red berries, mineral aromas, cherry, and wood. The mouth on this medium bodied wine starts with tight tannins - though integrating and a strong and slightly complex attack of black cherry, and blackberry. The middle is filled with green, earth, and licorice. The finish is long and woodsy. This has changed since I last tasted it. If tasting blindly - I would have thought this to be a Cabernet Sauvignon. The licorice was a give away that it was not a cab - but still the earth, dense fruit, and cab like fruit - makes made do a double take.
Rothberg Cellars Winemakers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - Score: B+
The nose on this muddied reddish purple wine is crazy and may well be the wine’s best feature. It is an enveloping nose and one that lasts all night. The nose is filled with strong ripe fruit fragrance along with cranberry, pomegranate, and fig aromas. The mouth on this very smooth and full bodied wine is fruit forward with ripe fruit, blackberry and black plum notes. The mid palate is acidic in its core along with soft tannins and a hint of chocolate and tobacco. The finish is long lasting with fig and cranberry.
Beyond the technical details the things that stand out to me when thinking about this wine are:
* its acidic core
* its smooth nature
* its soft and integrated tannins
* the lack of overpowering oak - this wine is assisted to by the oak, it does not define it
* the muddied color and over ripe fruit flavors throw me a bit and lower the score
* the wine is at or just over its peak - drink up and really enjoy. This is not one to lay down for even a few more months.
* The wine felt like it was aged in French oak - no smoke or toasted spice just a nice and round fullness
Goose Bay Viognier 2007 - Score: A
This is an awesome and fun white. When we first opened it I was hoping for the perfume to overpower me and take control of my senses. However, the nose did not open up right away, instead the mouth was full of the perfumed fruit while the nose was hiding behind the mask of fruit and oak. The nose would open and so I will say that the notes here are from an hour or two in - with the difference being the deep and almost striking perfumed nose that showed itself later.
The nose of this light yet bright straw colored wine was filled with classic Viognier perfume, grapefruit, apricot and citrus aromas. The mouth of this medium bodied wine is strikingly fruity while also being infused with the perfume quality. The mid palate is strongly acidic and laced with grapefruit, lemon, and green flavors. The finish and acidic in an almost puckering way. This in contrast to last post’s wine was not overpowering and it did integrate well with the wine.
Beyond the technical details - this wine too has some nice take aways for me:
* The wine has oak but again in a supporting role - like it should be
* The wine is acidic to its core and here the acid truly integrates and lends a large assist to the wine
* The wine is perfumed in a way that also balances well with the oak and acid
* Finally, this too is a wine to enjoy now and for a few more months.