Saturday Tasting Archive: Australia, California, Greece and Washington

Free Weekly Saturday Wine (and sometimes spirits) Tastings

Taste Free 5 or 6 great wines buy them at  great prices Saturday at 3pm with our good friend Tim Dillon from Lauber Imports
90 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2012
“The 2011 MANTINIA is, of course, Moschofilero. This is the winery’s single vineyard Moschofilero, from Leonidas Nasiakos’ vineyard approximately another 175 meters above his family vineyards. It has the pretty green label, to distinguish it from the winery’s other appellation Moschofilero. Marketing aside, the game is not played on paper, but in the glass. This delivers. Now, Moschofilero does not produce powerful, thick wines, so have your expectations in order. This is not Chardonnay—or Assyrtiko. The best are elegant and transparent. This answers that call well, with what I would call “controlled density.” It seems to have fine depth, notably more concentrated and with a far better finish than the winery’s “regular” Moschofilero, but it remains elegant and transparent, laced with streaks of minerality and lingering beautifully on the palate. The finish can be quite gripping. It is refreshing, crisp and lively, gorgeously balanced and simply delicious. I bet this can hold a bit longer than normal—and hours later it was still in fine form–although for best results, it is still the type of wine that will be at its best when young and fresh. Drink now-2015.” -Mark Squires

92 Points – Wine & Spirits
“This is cool, intense, acid-driven chardonnay. Unimpeded by oak or malolactic fermentation, the fruit has the tangy cut of a pineapple on the edge of ripeness, while still holding plenty of concentration thanks to the notably long hangtime of 2011. The saline minerality of Lincourt’s two wind-battered Santa Rita Hills vineyards is on full display, and it’s also a steal – an honest, terroir-driven wine for under $20. Buy a case and drink it over the next several years with seafood.” 

“When we produced our first steel Chardonnay, we had no idea it would eventually become one of our most popular wines. From day one, the secret to our success has been the high quality of fruit from our estate Rancho Santa Rosa and Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards. This 2011 is both lively and concentrated, a rare vinous feat. The aromatics combine kiwi, mandarin zest and honeycomb. The palate is crisp and minerally with notes of lemons and green apples. As with its predecessors, this Stainless Steel Chardonnay is perfect as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or fresh fish.” -The Winery

89 Points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, January 2012
“Not quite in the same league as the winery’s Keefer Ranch bottling but certainly likeable in its own right, this wine skirts the edges of full-bodiedness while finding a slightly lighter quality than many of its peers. Its ample green apple fruit is joined by notes of toast, butter and a hint of roasted grains in both its well-crafted aromas and slightly oily yet solidly structured flavors. Long and lively by virtue of its ample acidity, it is a wine to be enjoyed alongside a platter of pan-grilled trout or Sole.” 

88 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2012
“Exhibits rich, focused ripe pear, citrus, spice and floral scents leading to a full body. Graceful and elegant, ending with a hint of butterscotch. Drink now through 2017. 1,721 cases made.” -James Laube

89 Points – Wine Spectator, July 2013
“Fresh and crisp, with a distinct mineral note weaving through the juicy plum and spice flavors, lingering pleasantly on the refined finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre.” -Harvey Steiman

89 Points – Wine Spectator, June 2013
“Fresh and vibrant, showing restraint in terms of size and structure, with red berry, cinnamon and savory spice flavors lingering against tight tannins. Best from 2014 through 2018. 3,248 cases made.” -Harvey Steiman

92 Points – Wine Spectator, March 2013
“Fresh, snappy and vivid, this red zeros in on a tightly focused beam of wild berry and raspberry flavors, ending with a mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 696 cases made.” -James Laube 

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2013
“This is consistently one of Zaca Mesa’s best Syrahs of several bottlings they produce every vintage. The mildly cool year was kind to the fruit, giving controlled blackberry and black currant flavors that are wrapped in refined tannins. The wine finishes with a swirl of smoke and peppery spice, plus a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Drink now–2015.” -Steve Heimoff

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