Dallas Wine Club - Tasting Event - July 20

Dallas Wine Club - Tasting Event - July 20

Dallas Wine Club - Tasting Event - July 20

The Meeting

This was without a doubt a special evening.  Not only were we in great company of guests worthy of the wine to be enjoyed, but Blake shocked us all by bringing the two 80+ year old bottles you'll read about below.

This night encompassed the true intended purpose of the Dallas Wine Club.  The guests were an even sample of Industry Professionals, Service Industry Veterans, and Enthusiast / Nerds (the category I fall into).  We all brought a bottle we were proud of, and enjoyed every single one, sharing in friendly arguments, agreements, and disagreements about every aspect of the wines.  The most important of which... of course... was quality.  Not based on price, age, or even allure; but focused on one simple thing.  Is this wine... great

Let us dive into the Wines

 

Reviews

 

2013 Solar Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux AOC

2013 Solar Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux AOC

Nick

Slight chalkiness, minerality, characteristic sauvignon blanc on the nose. Slightly dry, sour, almost grapefruit citrus notes, smooth finish with almost unrecognizable bitter note.

Should you buy? - Buy, definitely refreshing.  Great for those hot summer days

Drinking Window - Drink now through the next few years

Rating - 89

Ian

Grassy grapefruit and goose berry on the nose. Stony minerals. Beautiful acidity and fruit structure. Great mid palate and medium long finish.

Should you buy? - Great buy

Drinking Window - Drink now

Rating - 89

Blake

A really fresh citrusy wine that is perfectly refreshing.  Theres a bit of a wet stone flavor but not much else in terms of complexity.  Its pretty well balanced for such a value and is great for a hot patio summer day.

Should you buy? - Strong value, buy by the case for parties and pool days

Drinking Window - 2015 through 2017

Rating - 89

 

2012 Domaine Michel Gros, Hautes Côtes de Nuits

2012 Domaine Michel Gros, Hautes Côtes de Nuits

Nick

Pleasantly explosive nose. Notes of thick creamy cocoa, hint of strawberry backed up with subtle blue fruits. Clear presence of young tannins coats your mouth with medium acidity and a surprisingly smooth finish.

Should you buy? - Not a bad buy, but you’re spending an extra $10 retail in my opinion.

Drinking Window - 2020 through 2030

Rating - 92

Ian

Big cherry notes with blue fruits in the background, barley noticeable limestone mineral notes and green herbs. silky smooth tannins, medium acid and medium long finish. Nose is much better than the palate.

Should you buy? - It’s an okay buy

Rating - 89 points

Blake

Full throttle, explosive and ripe to the smell, this wine was a bit of a contradiction.  It smells like really deep dark red and blue fruits with a bit of pinot spice, if I was blind I would say 09 Chambolle Musigny.  Drinking it is tough though, it is painfully young and, in my opinion, monsterously overextracted, leaving harsh green bitter tannin from what was undoubtedly whole cluster fermentation.  There is depth here, but I am not sure if the fruit will last long enough for this wine to come into balance.  If it sheds these tannin, it will be one of the best values you will ever see in Burgundy – but this is a big if.

Should you buy? - Curiosity buy, it’s worth a shot if it sheds its dominant tannin

Drinking Window - Don’t drink before 2020

Rating - 86 points 

 

2012 Michael Pozzan, Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Michael Pozzan, Cabernet Sauvignon

Nick

Docile nose, notes of yeast cultures, red fruit, tannin.  Medium plus tannins, subtle decline revealing notes of buttered bread crust.

Should you buy? - Buy

Drinking Window - Drink now through 2025

Rating - 88 points

Ian

Dusty cassis and other red fruit, nice structure with notes of vanilla, brioche and hints of eucalyptus. smooth tannins and long finish.

Should you buy? - Buy

Drinking Window - Drink now for the next 10 years

Rating - 90 points

 

2014 Girl & Dragon Malbec, Mendoza

2014 Dragon Girl Malbec, Mendoza


Nick


Floral nose, earthy and expressive. Tannic and fruity front, annoyingly boring palate, finishing with characteristic pepper and body.

Should you buy? - ehh

Drinking Window - Drink now

Rating - 86 points

Ian

Light and elegant. Cherry and cranberry on the nose with floral almost sunflower notes. Like most typical malbecs all the action is upfront almost missing any real mid palate development. Mild oak treatment and subtle baking spices Short and spicy finish.Ehh it's Malbec.

Should you buy? - Pass

Rating - 87 points

Blake

On the fresh side with really bright cranberry fruits, this is not a rich or decadent Malbec.  It’s a nice departure from the Malbecs that taste like a milkshake, but there is nothing particularly flavorful or interesting.  Mid Palate is in between hollow and non existent.

Should you buy? - Buy Beaujolais Villages instead, at least you will look more hip and get better quality for this style.

Drinking Window - Drink now

Rating - 85 points

 

2008 LTU, Malbec

2008 LTU, Malbec

Nick

Leathery nose, notes of tobacco, slight woodiness, light red fruit.  Plum notes followed by medium tannins, dates, uncooked bacon back, and earthy mid palate.

Should you buy? - Buy

Drinking Window - Drink now for another 10 years

Rating - 93 points

Ian

Very well developed wine. Notes of leather, tobacco, baking spices and vanilla. Fruit is very secondary with this wine showing under ripe plum, dates, cassis and kirsch. Herby notes toward the mid palate. This is top tier for a Malbec. Very well developed with beautiful tannins and long finish.

Should you buy? - Buy

Rating - 92 points

Blake

Unimaginably unapologetic, this rich, thick, multilayered wine is built more like a Graves/Saint Emilion hybrid than an Argentinian Malbec.  What is even more stunning is its freshness, power and weight on the mid palate comprised of figs, damsum plum coulee, black raspberry, crème de cassis and Kirsch liquer.  The wine has matured quite well and the silky tannin are almost completely integrated.  There are traces of earth, wet cigar tobacco and Asian 5 spice lingering around the end too making this wine completely complete.

Should you buy? - This Malbec soars above its peers and is a deep value at any price point

Drinking Window - 2015 to 2024+

Rating - 95 points

 

1931 Chateau Mosse, Rivesaltes

1931 Chateau Mosse, Rivesaltes

Nick

Notes of prune, dates, raisins, clearly fortified. Fruity, thick, slightly creamy. Mid palate notes of almonds, walnut, intense lightly burnt sugar, honey, brandy, and burnt pound cake edge.

Should you buy? - Definitely Buy, this juice is incredible

Drinking Window - Right after you buy, whenever that is

Rating - 98 points

Ian

Honey, Carmel toffee. Toasted almonds sliver and fresh tobacco. Raisen and dates take a back seat to toasted cashews beautiful structure. Super long finish that is such a beautiful experience. Perfect. 

Should you buy? - Buy

Drinking Window - Now

Rating - 98 points

Blake

The 1931 Rivesaltes from Chateau Mosse is a blend of 70% Grenache with the addition of Grenache Gris and Macabeu and it comes from a 250-litre barrel. It has a lovely oxidative nose with dried honey, smoked walnut, rhubarb, fresh ginger and chlorine. What it lacks in delineation it makes up for in thick, rich, honeyed, seared lemon peel tinged deliciousness.  Even though it is lightly fortified, the booze is very much in the background and elevates its somewhat waxy texture. The palate is medium-bodied with a potent, oxidative entry – very nutty and sherry-like, but showing good tension on the finish.  Its interesting that a sweet fortified wine can be so easy to drink, 2 full glasses isn’t enough. My score indicates its potential to improve over the coming decades and its outright yumminess, but it still hasn’t gained enough complexity to provide an emotional response.

Should you buy? - Buy

Drinking Window - 2015 to 2040

Rating - 96 points

 

1934 Chateau Mosse, Rivesaltes

1934 Chateau Mosse, Rivesaltes

Nick

Subtle nose.  Notes of brandy, dates, dried raisin, and tobacco. Intense sweetness on the front palate, with raisins and Carmel. Mid palate expresses intriguing deep notes of dates, well done pound cake crust, and almond slivers.

Should you buy? - Buy, insanely awesome wine

Drinking Window - Drink Now

Rating - 97 points

Ian

Holy juice!!! Toasted almond, toffee and honey. So beautiful and such a special experience to have. It coats your mouth like the taste from a kiss of a beautiful woman. The finish is like freshly roasted cashews. Freakin perfect.

Should you buy? - Buy

Drinking Window - Drink Now

Rating - 99 points

Blake

The 1934 is sweet, rich and explosive, but almost all fruit.  It feels a bit clumsy but we are splitting hairs here.  This is a blockbuster just waiting to hit adolescence.  Low acid and thickness is the name of the game here.  Oxidative notes, white pepper notes, lemmon, melons, apples and acacia flowers can be found behind the fruit and almonds, but you have to look pretty hard to find them.  Is there enough tension to age well or will this get downright exotic?  Not sure.

Should you buy? - Buy

Drinking Window - 2015 to 2025

Rating - 92 points

 

Cheers

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