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Recent Reviews

This is where I post my three most recent wine reviews that aren’t part of full Good Vitis posts. These are likely to be less expensive, newer, “midweek” and “pop and pour” wines. You can view all my reviews on Cellartracker as well. Click on the hyperlinked wine name to find where to purchase the wine courtesy of wine-searcher.com.

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2014 Block Wines Chenin Blanc Block V10 Rothrock Vineyard (Washington) – Available only through the Fullpull email list. Friday, June 23, 2017 – Magical stuff, and only improving with aging and aeration. The nose is blossoming with honeysuckle, sweet lemon curd, parsley, big marzipan and just a whiff of ginger powder. The palate is medium bodied with cutting acidity and a well-framed structure. The fruit is sweet and comes in the form of lemon, peach, apricot and yellow plum. There’s a good dose of vanilla bean, a big streak of slate and just a bit of creaminess and some nice sorbet-tartness on the finish. The most compelling American chenin blanc I’ve tasted, this has at least three years of upward development ahead of it. Wish I had more than the one remaining bottle in my cellar. 93 points. Value: A

2015 Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel (California) – Sunday, June 25, 2017 – The intriguing nose offers bright cherry, dark boysenberry, black plum, tobacco, espresso, black pepper, lavender, rosemary, and some saline. The palate is full and lush with shiny, polished tannins, nice acidity and sweet fruit. The alcohol is a bit hot at this point, but I imagine will integrate with time. The fruit is all black and blue with blackberries, plums, boysenberries, and big, big blueberries, though there is also some really nice orange rind that keeps it from getting cloying. There is big slaps of smoke, cinnamon and sweet tobacco, which are great additions to this profile, and some mild green pepper. Really gorgeous, hedonistic zinfandel if you like that profile. Not my go-to style, but when I crave it this is what I want. 92 points. Value: A-

2005 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos (France) – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Looking gorgeous at twelve years old. The nose has brilliant oyster shells, lime and lemon zest, vanilla, star fruit, nugget. The body is medium in stature with bright but settled acid and a nice lushness in the back end. There’s nice honey flavor and texture, but it isn’t sweet. The texture of this wine is incredibly pleasant, it’s the highlight of the wine for me. There is also sea brine, parsley, and green onion. This still has good acid and life ahead of it, but doesn’t seem to need any more time to reveal its full self. Most likely a little past its prime. 92 points. Value: C-