Our good friend and RNDC/Kentucky rep The David Show came by with a glad bag of wines from Coppola and King Estate amongst many others:
Su Yuen Riesling Monterey County 2009. Grade=Average. Fairly sweet and syrupy peach and golden apples, with a bit of Chinese Five Spice. A strange finish that has me wondering if I am languishing somewhere southeast of the Twilight Zon.
NXNW Riesling Horse Heaven Hills 2010. Grade=Outstanding. Now we are talking. Stunning. Lovely notes of Rainer cherries, lime, apricot and mineral components, with slightly perfumed aromas of white flowers, and well-balanced acidity.
Coppola Pavilion Chardonnay Diamond Collection 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Yes, this is a very nice, well-balanced Chardonnay with ripe stone fruit and tropical fruit notes. Yes it is very easy on the oak and has nice acidity. But do we really need ANOTHER Coppola Chardonnay?
The Seeker Pinot Noir Vin de Pays Vignobles de France 2008. Grade=Average. Very earthy and dusty with tart cherry, cola and undertones of dried herbs.
Su Yuen Syrah California 2008. Grade=Average. Very odd. Plummy with hints of umami washing throughout its sundried cherry context. Finishes unusually sweet and tart at once, like a cherry pie with underripe fruit.
The Seeker Malbec Mendoza 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Decent South American red with nice, deep blue fruits, some smoky plum, vanilla and baked earth.
Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Sonoma Heritage Vines 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Medium-bodied with brambly black and blue fruits, black cherries, vanilla, white pepper, milk chocolate and violets, a bit of cinnamon and pecan pie underneath its jammy core.
NXNW Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Amazing. A big, bold Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon with plump, velvety tannins, big aromatic notes of blackberry, cassis and peat, and a rich, dense boysenberry jam-meets-chocolate-pie finish, intermingling with espresso grounds, chicory and plum pudding.