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Wine Notes: September

Jeffery Lindenmuth - September 2013

Segura Viudas Brut Cava Aria NV
Paired with shellfish, enjoyed as an apéritif, or topping a cocktail, this cava pours bubbly and bright, with a compelling bready note from extended aging on the lees. Lean and dry to the core, taut apple, stone fruit, and melon flavors are joined by herbal notes, with a crisp citrus character appearing on the refreshing finish.
Score: 86
Cost: $136
Cases: 20,000

Bogle Zinfandel California Old Vine 2010
Flashy and bold, this Zin heaps on the fruit with dense flavors of strawberry jam and raspberry coulis. As waves of fruit lap at the palate, generous flavors of sweet vanilla, black pepper, and smoky oak are revealed. The fruit is intense and fully ripe, yet lively and fresh on the palate, as it coasts through a rich and rounded finish.
Score: 87
Cost: $112
Cases: 240,000

Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Monte Oton 2011
This Spanish co-op, a true value veteran, delivers a bold and elegant red that seizes upon the popularity of Garnacha, its dark fruit and inky berry flavors underscored by licorice and spice. Along with generous body and polished texture, this wine is seamless in its fresh acidity and smooth tannins.
Score: 89
Cost: $80
Cases: 5,000

A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Turner Vineyard 2011
Turner Vineyard is distinguished for yielding classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot, fresh and vibrant, with richness, complexity, and depth, making it a perfect target for Andrew P. Vingiello’s San Francisco winery operation. Ripe berry and tart pomegranate meet white pepper and earthy forest floor in this compelling and age-worthy Pinot.
Score: 91
Cost: $624
Cases: 75

Ceretto Barolo Zonchera 2008
This entry-level Barolo is no wallflower, with intense aromas of cherry, licorice, tobacco, and rose petal. On the palate, it’s tightly wound with sweet fruit, savory mushroom, and seductive spice, showing solid structure and some brawny tannins that will benefit from cellaring.
Score: 91
Cost: $400
Cases: 5,400

Chalk Hill Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2010
Cool Russian River fruit and French oak form an elegant marriage, boasting creamy texture and concentrated flavors. The breadth of fruit flavors begins with chewy fig and apricot leading to more tropical mango. Finally, flavors of toast, hazelnut, and baking spices appear on the lingering and richly layered finish.
Score: 92
Cost: $400
Cases: 12,400

Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato 2008
An exquisite and ethereal wine, redolent of strawberry, roses, licorice, and spice. Graceful on the palate, it displays elegant proportion, building in intensity as the flavors flit across the palate, joined by a mineral note before the fruit finally yields to a savory finish.
Score: 95
Cost: $1,049
Cases: 1,800

Antinori Toscana Solaia 2009
Aromatic of cherry, currants, and milk chocolate, this red is both pretty and muscular, setting the palate awash in bright acidity and fine tannins, the sweet ripe fruit persisting through a long graceful finish sprinkled with spice and minty herbal notes. 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 percent Sangiovese, and 5 percent Cabernet Franc.
Score: 95
Cost: $2,400
Cases: 500

Denis Mortet Clos de Vougeot 2010
A pretty red, showing great purity of fruit with vibrant cherry and raspberry taking center stage, backed by vanilla and floral notes. Even with 100 percent new oak, the spice and vanilla are well integrated as the concentrated berry fruit meets fine polished tannins that add to the lush texture and superb balance.
Score: 95
Cost: $4,000
Cases: 4 imported

Note: Wine Spectator rates on a 100-point scale. 95–100: Classic, a great wine. 90–94: Outstanding, superior style and character. 80–89: Good to very good, a wine with special qualities. Prices listed are average wholesale case prices. All ratings are taken from Wine Spectator with permission. Wine Spectator School professional courses are now free with a membership ($49).