Our Heidelberg rep and favorite wine mama, Wendy+1 was back in Thursday afternoon with her long-time friend Jaime from the Sorting Table, a fairly new importer of wines from all over, and they were in to give us the business:
Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2009. Grade=Outstanding. A kinder, gentler version of NZ SB, with more melon and lemon meringue notes and more sublime acidity. I really like this style.
Substance Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. A fantastic value from this brand new winery from – you guessed it – Washington State! Light-bodied with notes of apples, almonds and orange blossom. Finishes light and lively.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc Alsace 2008. Grade=Outstanding. A well-made, light-to-medium-bodied white with Golden apples, d’Anjou pears and toasted brioche.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Alsace 2008. Grade=Outstanding+. Incredible Alsatian PG with nice structure and complexity. Peaches and cream with some pear, honeysuckle and lemon curd notes.
HDV Chardonnay Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2007. Grade=Outstanding+. A big Titan of a Chardonnay with voluptuous notes of pear, apple, pineapple and apricot notes, creamy oak, ginger, caramel and butterscotch and touches of vanilla and nutmeg. Gorgeous!
Substance Syrah Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. A terrific example of just how Washington State gets Syrah right, this red shows off some blueberry compote, rhubarb and raspberry notes, with hints of mint and rosemary, and some black and white pepper leading up to a jammy, juicy finish.
Substance Merlot Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Amazing. I reviewed this back in January, and it is still drinking well. I think it’s one of the best Merlots at this price point from Washington, or anywhere.
Colazzi I Bastioni Chianti Classico 2007. Grade=Amazing. Primarily Sangiovese with 20% Merlot and Syrah, this Super Tuscan styled CC is big, sexy and sensuous with full-bodied tannins, Baked Alaska, cinnamon, mocha and chocolate-covered cherries.
Waters Syrah Columbia Valley 2007. Grade=Outstanding. Fuller-bodied than the Substance, this “big brother” Syrah has considerable weight on the palate, which is mystified by its subtle notes of blackberry, raspberry and blueberry flavors, and its splashes of white pepper, dark chocolate and rosemary.
Waters Interlude Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Amazing. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc come together to show off their Bordeaux influences and stretch out with abundant black and blue fruit aromas and flavors. Really nice!
HDV Belle Cousine Hyde Valley 2006. Grade=Amazing. Powerful, sexy Cab/Merlot blend, this red has tons of complex blackberry, chocolate truffle, cedar, tar, black currant, milk chocolate, coffee, and baked earth notes. Its tannins are silky and its presence on the palate, decadent.
Hesketh The Proposition Premium Cuvee NV. Grade=Outstanding. This groovy, semi-dry sparkler from Down Under is fun, light and refreshing with notes of strawberries, buttered brioche and ginger candy and Bing cherries.