A Spring Assortment of Lovely Wines to Drink or Age
David Bloch returns with a trio of enticing wines.
2008 Rocca di Castagnoli, Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio A’Frati
One sip of this wine and you know it is from Tuscany. Very young and tight. Decanted for two hours and the wine blossomed. This is a deep and dark Chianti. Classic Sangiovese notes of tobacco. On the black fruit spectrum for sure. Some dirt and soil too, adding complexity. Licorice and some floral elements. I liked the acidity that is hidden behind all the fruit and tannins. This wine will reward another 3-5 years of cellaring and drink well for a long, long time.
2013 Château Guiraud, Le G, Bordeaux
I drink a fair amount of this wine vintage after vintage. The 2013 seems to be at the point of needing to be consumed. Not that this wine can’t age a bit, but I like the pungent aspects of the cepage and the freshness that this wine demonstrates now. Plenty of Sauvignon character. Indeed, cut grass and an herbal nose and palate masks the Semillon initially. Blind I would have said Sancerre. Then the wine becomes more round in the mouth and midpalate where the Semillon provides some citrus and tropical fruit notes that makes you want to take another sip. A half bottle was put back in the fridge after lunch on Saturday and finished before dinner on Sunday. The wine showed great the next day and should not be consumed too cold.
2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix
Decanted off some sediment for about two hours. Classic traditional CdP. The nose was great. Flowers and spice and dark fruits. The wine had great texture and again, plenty of spice, raspberry, dark cherry and some peppery notes in the mouth. Really long finish. This 2001 has performed beautifully and is quite mature. I was a little concerned when I encountered a spongy cork but the wine was a real beauty. I also have had the Vieilles Vignes several times from this vintage. I think the blend (70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah) yielded a more interesting and complex wine than the primarily old vine Grenache cuvee. This wine will keep in a cool cellar for many more years but if you own a few enjoy one now.