On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Taste Washington : Red & White Party

29 Mar 2019

Taste Washington kicks off their three day festivities with the Red & White Party held at Aqua Restaurant on the waterfront in Seattle: 30 wineries are in attendance pouring a total of 65 wines – I wandered round the room and tasted 47 of them … and here were my findings and favourites:

Best Wine of the Night … Va Piano

Va Piano Vineyards 2015 Rosebud Cabernet Sauvignon … (**** ½)


Bubbling Under for the Best …

Dunham Cellars 2014 Kenny Hill Cabernet Sauvignon … (****+)
Long Shadows 2013 Sequel “Bin 898” Vintage Select Syrah … (****+)
Passing Time Winery 2016 Cabernet Red Mountain … (****+)
Sparkman DarknessSparkman Cellars 2014 Darkness Syrah … (****+)


The Four Stars Wines I’ll Remember …

DeLille Cellars 2016 Quintessence … (****)
Leonetti Cellar 2015 Merlot … (****)Leonetti Merlot
Obelisco Estate Winery 2015 III Nefer Cabernet Sauvignon … (****)
Passing Time Winery 2016 Cabernet Walla Walla … (****)
Quilceda Creek 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley … (****)


The Rest That Impressed …

Dunham Cellars 2016 Shirley Mays Chardonnay … (*** ½)
Figgins 2011 Estate Red … (*** ½)
Guardian Cellars 2015 Felony Cabernet … (*** ½+)
Long Shadows 2007 Feather Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon … (*** ½+)
Mark Ryan 2017 Chardonnay … (*** ½+)
Mark Ryan 2016 Lonely Heart … (*** ½+)
Passing Time Winery 2016 Cabernet Horse Heaven Hills … (*** ½)
Quilceda Creek 2014 Palengat Propreitary Red Wine … (*** ½+)
Tranche Cellars 2016 Blue Mountain Grenache Blanc … (*** ½)
Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Vintners Cut Bank Estate Vottavo … (*** ½)

 

 

Report from : 2014 Brunello Anteprima

15 Mar 2019


(February 2019) … The vintage on display: 2014 … the amount of wines: 117, which includes some “select” and “single vineyard” selections …  I tasted a majority of these wines.

The results:  Sadly 2014 is a weak and simple vintage with few exceptions, for a wine at this price point that’s hard to accept, and may cause some problems for Brunello going forward; but I do have a solution, if Brunello wants to make some new friends and show some goodwill they will lower the price of the wines from this vintage, by doing so they may gain some new fans who will be happy to fork over the higher prices once they regain their prestige, power and elegance in the upcoming 2015 and 2016 vintages … for now they have made some fairly simple quaffers and that makes it hard to recommend many of these wines based on their price point.

For now it’s time to grade these wines, not by scores but by what they might be in the coming years, and the ones that might be worth picking up.  Below is a list of the wine based on their potential of being good or better to put in your cellar, or maybe even drink over the next 10 years. Sadly, there were no wines in this set I would put in the “Best” category.

As with most Anteprima I grade on a Good / Better / Best scale and you can see my evaluations below:

Good …Brunello 2014

Albatretti 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Baricci 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Bonacchi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Caparzo 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Corte dei Venti 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Cupano 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Fattoi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Giani Brunelli Le Chiuse di Sotto 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Il Pino – Fattoria del Pino 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Il Poggione 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
La Fornace 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
La Lecciaia 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Le Chiuse 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Mocali 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Paradiso di Montalcino 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Pian delle Vigne 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Piombaia 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Poggio dell’Aquila 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Poggio di Sotto 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Quercecchio 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Ridolfi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Ridolfi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino “Donna Rebecca”
Tenute Silvio Nardi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Val di Suga 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

 

Better …

Banfi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino “Castello Banfi”
Barbi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Carpinetto 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Fanti 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Fuligni 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Lisini 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Palazzo 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Poggio Il Castellare 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
San Polino 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
San Lorenzo 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Sassodisole 2014 Brunello di Montalcino
Tenuta Buon Tempo 2014 Brunello di Montalcino “P. 56”
Villa Poggio Salvi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

 

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