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Three Notes That Fell Through the Cracks


I try to post my tasting notes in a timely matter.  However, some wines fall through the cracks when I alternate between using my laptop on travel and my desktop at home.  I have come across some of these notes which I will post this week.  Tablas Creek is our go-to producer for Rhone Ranger wines with this new Patelin showing promise for short-term development.  Unfortunately I suspect the George Viornery was underperforming.  The Domaine de Nidoleres is a good performer to drink or cellar over the short-term.

2010 Tablas Creek Vineyard, Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles – $18
This was purchased from MacArthurs.  This wine is a blend of 39% Syrah, 36% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, and 3% Counoise.  The fruit was sourced from two regions rich in limestone and fermented with indigenous yeasts.  The wine was aged in stainless steel and 1200-gallon foudres. On the second night, the nose was light and clean with aromas of black cherry.  In the mouth the ripe, darker red fruit had an almost-sweet black cherry flavor.  The fruit is concentrated, becoming muted midpalate then lifted in the finish.  The aftertaste shows bluer fruit, steely mineral notes, and a touch of heat.  This is well priced.  I would recommend letting it settle for 1-2 years before drinking.

2009 Domaine George Viornery, Cotes de Brouilly – $15
This wine is imported by Dionysos Imports and purchased from MacArthurs.  The flavors start with bright red fruit before becoming stone hard.  The bright acidity mixes with flavors reminiscent of Pomegranate before acidity turns steely in the finish.  I found the finish and aftertaste slightly acidic and hot.  On the second night we found notes of Humbolt’s Fog cheese.  I suspect this was an underperforming bottle.

2007 Domaine de Nidoleres, La Pierroune, Cotes du Roussillon – $17
This wine is imported by Cavattapi Distribuzione and purchased from Soul Wine.  This is a blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 10% Grenache.  The fruit is sourced from a single plot in Les Aspres with fermentation and aging taking place in vat.  There is a light nose of black fruit and herbs.  In the mouth there are restrained flavors of blue and black fruit, gobs of dried herbs, with a stone note in the finish.  The good aftertaste is inky, flavorful, and sports a fair amount of tannins.  On the second night, a menthol note develops.

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