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Upcoming Wine Tastings – 2015

January 20, 2015 Merlot at Cellar 55 in Vacouver


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  • 2011 Greywacke Chardonnay
    <font color='maroon'><b><a href=''>2011 Greywacke Chardonnay</a></b></font><br>The 2011 Chardonnay opens with some sulfides on the nose before tons of vibrant stone fruit and grapefruit characters emerge along with notes of ginger and honey, baking bread and almonds. Medium-bodied with tons of flavor, the sulphide notes lend a savoriness on the palate melding with a citrusy lift in the long finish. I met-up with legendary Marlborough winemaker and very talented photographer Kevin Judd in Central Otago this trip. Along with the new releases, he presented me with a vertical tasting of The “Wild Sauvignon Blanc” to demonstrate how it ages. Kevin Judd (who, I should probably point out, was one of the founders and the former winemaker at Cloudy Bay), was emphatically not looking to reinvent Cloudy Bay's Te Koko with this wine. And although it too is a barrel fermented style, this is where the similarities end. Produced from a sub-set of the batches that go into his straight Sauvignon Blanc label, for this wine he is looking for a riper cross section of batches with slightly higher alcohol. So ten different batches usually compose the wine. The real difference between these two styles is in the fermentations. With the Wild, it is wild, i.e. all natural fermentation and malo-lactic. He begins with clear juice so as not to produce too much of that (currently trendy) sulfide character. Fermented in oak - 7% new, Mercury French oak, lightly toasted - the wine is unsulfured until it comes out of barrel. 2/3 -3/4 of the barrels go through malo-lactic. It is then transferred to tank and stirred on lees in the tank. In contrast to Te Koko, which is in some ways more about the winemaking, with this wine Judd told me he wanted to show more of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit, and and is ultimately looking to forge a fresher, more varietally expressive style.<br> Rating: 92  <a href= >Estimated Cost: $30-$36</a>

Dr Vino

  • Tasting note: “bitter clown tears”
    <p>This tasting note is no doubt better than the wine! But, oddly, I bet it actually helped sales of the wine (assuming people read it). It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a store out there somewhere that posted only mockeries or send-ups of tasting notes. Would resonate well with the youngs. If anyone lacks […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Tasting note: “bitter clown tears”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>
  • Q&A: Jean-Marc Roulot
    <p>I met up with Jean-Marc Roulot recently. Not only does he make the excellent wines at Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault but he has pursued a parallel acting career, with 52 credits to his name including Haute Cuisine (fire it up on Netflix during this blizzard). In case you missed it, you can check out […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Q&A: Jean-Marc Roulot</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>
  • RIP SkyMall, purveyor of random wine stuff
    <p>Forget the ECB–the big business news of the day is that the parent company of SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy! Yes, the catalogue found “in the seat back in front of you” that peddled bizarre but somehow captivating objects is on a ground stop that may really be interminable. SkyMall loved pets–everything you never thought […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">RIP SkyMall, purveyor of random wine stuff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dr Vino's wine blog</a>.</p>


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