In our latest Chardonnay challenge, we had some “big guns” battling it out. The lineup for this tasting consisted of:
THE WINNER: PEIRSON-MEYER!
When reviewing the scores, Peirson Meyer received an average of 97.3 from our group!Always among the most expressive of Peirson Meyer’s Chardonnays
, this Chardonnay blend, Untitled #7
offers concentrated aromas of orange oil, citrus zest, and heady floral notes of Jasmine, wildflowers, and honeysuckle. A distinctive gun barrel minerality clearly contributed from the Charles Heintz Vineyard, interplays with light spice and hazelnut notes. The mouthfeel is broad and lengthy and maintains an extended presence on the palate.
Peirson-Meyer 2012 Chardonnay “Untitled #7” Sonoma Coast
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99 ~ FREE SHIPPING on 6+
Use code PM12CHD7 upon checkout
Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2012 Chardonnay Untitled No. 7 is a small cuvée. Similar to the Charles Heintz single-vineyard offering, it is an exotic white displaying notes of orange blossoms, honeysuckle, mango, crème brûlée and a wet stone-like minerality. Medium to full-bodied and pure, it spent 14 months in 45% new French oak and went through full malolactic. Drink now-2020.”
Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “”Another intense, racy wine, the 2012 Chardonnay Untitled #7, is a selection of the best barrels in the cellar. The textures are rich, oily and viscous in this large-scaled, creamy Chardonnay. Warm, nutty overtones add weight and nuance on the super-expressive finish. The Untitled Chardonnay is made to represent the style of the vintage. There is certainly plenty of vintage character here, although I don’t think the barrel selection is markedly superior in quality to the vineyard designates.”
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Our tasting group lined up some big hitters for a tasting:
- Arrow & Branch “Proprietary Red” (94 Parker)
- De Lille “Grand Ciel” (96 Parker)
- Barnett “Rattlesnake Hill” (96 Parker)
- Cabaud (96 Parker)
- Pahlmeyer “Proprietary Red” (94 Parker)
- Robert Craig Howell Mountain (95 Parker)
- Brand (96 Galloni)
- Passenger (92 Parker)
- Black Bird “Paramour” (94 Parker)
- Betz “Pere de Famille” construed (94 Galloni)
- Seavey (94 Galloni)
- Trespass “Intrigue”
is a small 5 acre all estate property in northwestern St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. The wines are hand-crafted by Kirk Venge who has been making wine since he was a little child under the tutelage of his dad Nils Vegne (the first 100 point winemaker in the US with his 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet). Kirk has wowed us with many great wines (Beau Vigne, Macauley, Honeycutt, Igneous, Venge, etc). Nils told me that at pre-school age Kirk knew he was going to be winemaker.
Trespass 2012 “Intrigue” Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 78.00 – GGWC 74.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6+, use code TRES12 upon checkout
Mix & match with other Trespass wines OK
The Trespass Intrigue is a fine Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon married with 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from their Estate property. This wine is known for its devout approachability. Already drinking nicely, it starts with a generous wafting of raspberry covered with a smooth milk chocolate and finishing with a creamy vanilla. This generous wine produces full flavors of kirsch, currant, plum, black cherry and a touch of cedary tannin for spice. The Merlot possesses the velvety charm to tame the strength and more powerful ego of the Cabernet. Only 180 cases were produced.
Make sure to check out their other great wine Trespass Cab Franc 2012 “Estate” andTrespass 2012 “Old Vine” Zinfandel
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