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Sauvignon Republic - Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
I fine example of an NZ Sauvignon Blanc, this showed the classic gooseberry (aka, "cat's pee") character but not in an offensive way. It was light on the palate, minerally and not too acidic. A great pairing with Linguine in white clam sauce garnished with Bluetail Shrimp, capers and Asparagus Tips. (And, as an added bonus, it was vinified at a merciful 13% ABV level).
Vougeraie - Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice
My, what a few months of bottle age can do! When I tried the first bottle in February, it was relatively weak and too open-knit. This bottle was concentrated and really expressive of its terroir, showing that classic Gevrey "black cherry" character. It will be exciting to see how this evolves - should have a terrific future ahead of it.
Familia Nueva - Cabernet Sauvignon Liberte`
This was relatively concentrated for a Paso Robles Cab; held together through the course of the evening. A good value for the price.
Gattavecchi - Vernaccia
This was quite lean, green and somewhat unripe-tasting. While I appreciated its crisp, light mouthfeel, I was hoping for something a little more flavorful and less "green". Will try bottles from other vintages and compare.
Mas d'en Compte - Porrera
This is very rich with a silky mouthfeel. At first, it showed a little too much residual sugar, but became more balanced after approx. 15 minutes of aeration in a Riedel Bordeaux glass. This is a substantial wine that has New World ripeness and Old World complexity. Drink now through 2019.