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WINE

winEmergency II Wine Tasting
updated: May 15, 2010, 10:30 AM

By Marc Liberts

Solvang, California - Periodically when we in the wine industry have accumulated too much wine, and our significant others begin to howl about the excess wine cases inhabiting the living room and dining room floors, we declare a winEmergency, and gather together, and thin down the herd.

Tonight at winEmergency II, the primary categories were Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah, and Rhone Blends. We tasted 30 wines total. All the wines were put in brown bags to insure wine anonymity, and all 12 tasters tasted every wine and provided feedback. Below are my scores and comments:

The hi-lighted wines were voted the winners in their respective classes.

The OVERALL winners tonight were:

1st Place Overall: 2008 THE PARING "The Hilt" Chardonnay

2nd Place Overall: 2005 ZEPALTAS - Rosella's Vineyard - Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

3rd Place Overall: 2006 REY Grenache - Central Coast

Below are all my scores and notes.

YEARWINECOMMENTSSCORE
2009THE PARING “The Point” ChardonnaySteely, sharp, crisp, citrus, refreshing90
2009DIATOM Drum Canyon Santa Rita Hills ChardonnayHighly acidic, light fruit.88
2008THE PARING “The Hilt” ChardonnayOaked, plush, long finish93
2006CHATEAU MONTELENA Napa Valley ChardonnayClassic chardonnay, light buttered popcorn, toasty oak but not heavy92
2008BREWER CLIFTON Sta. Rita Hills ChardonnayNice but somewhat un-focused, good fruit & oak90
2009BADGE “Blue Steel” Chardonnay – Sierra Madre VineyardLight and thin – slightly acidic85
2008FOXEN Steel Cut Chardonnay – Bien Nacido Vineyard – Santa Maria ValleyOut of balance – slightly bitter – too much citrus.85
2007STOLPMAN Grenache – Santa Ynez ValleyStinky nose – ok balance.85
2007TRE ANELLI Grenache – Santa Barbara CountyVegetal nose – weird chemical finish - harsh82
2007BECKMEN VINEYARDS Purisima Mountain Vineyard GrenacheGood wine – balanced, nice fruit and a long finish.89
2007FOXEN Grenache – Williamson-Dore VineyardStanky nose, but good fruit and a long, strong finish.92
2006REY Grenache – Central CoastMedicinal nose – balanced and very fruity.89
2004BECKMEN VINEYARDS – Estate Grenache – Santa Ynez ValleyVery pleasant – the extra age mellowed the wine nicely – great balance93
2008BRANDER Syrah – Clover Creek Vineyard – Santa Ynez ValleyBacon on the nose, light spice, big fruit87
2008LO STIVALE – Syrah – Santa Barbara CountyBalanced, peppery, big wine -pleasant but needs much more time.85
2006QUPE – Syrah – Purisima Mountain VineyardPomegranate on the palate, balanced, a good wine87
2006JADA – Jersey Girl SyrahNice syrah with pepper and good fruit88
2005BRIDLEWOOD – Syrah – Santa Ynez ValleyToasted Coconut on the nose and palate – interesting wine.88
2005ZEPALTAS – Rosella’s Vineyard – Santa Lucia HighlandsVery full-bodied, with rhubarb on the nose and a great full mouth-feel92
2004BECKMEN VINEYARDS – Syrah – Estate – Santa Ynez ValleyPleasant, nicely aged, the wine has an old-world feel.87
2005AMPELOS “Epsilon” Syrah – Alisos Vineyards – Santa Barbara CountyGamy nose, oaky, currant on the nose – a bright fruit wine.91
2006SNOSRAP – Cyrano – Monterey CountyRubber tire nose – balanced & peppery.90
2006CARINA CELLARS – Sibylline – Central CoastPleasant but lacking. Not terribly robust.86
2005DOMAINE de MURCHON – Grande Reserve – Cotes Du Rhone VillagesBig stinky nose, but very nice on the palate – good density.89
2006SAINT-ESPRIT – Cotes Du Rhone – DelasVery old world nose – barnyard and stinky – excellent on the palate – very long finish, really nice weight!94
2005CLOS SAINT MICHELLE – Chateauneuf de PapeVery barnyardy on the nose – nice old world wine with a toasty finish.90
2006AMPELOS – Syrache – Santa Barbara CountyVery fruit forward wine – nice!89
2008SAINT ESPRIT – Cotes Du Rhone - DelasSweet tart nose with a woody attack and a big cherry mid/finish.89

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