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Grill Wines From All Over

What People liked: The 2017 Empire Estate Dry Riesling for the way that its Riesling spice nicely offset its rounded fruit.
June 12, 2019


The Pinot Noir fruit and nice acidity of the 2018 Domaine Henry PellĂ© Menetou Salon Morugues Rose.

Early On:

The 2015 Jeff Carrel Lilac Cotes de Roussillon Villages jumped out of the glass with very pretty fruit. Some got lilac, which they said was not the power of suggestion in the name. 

Later in the tasting:

The first bottle of 2011 Chionetti Briccolero Dogliani we opened was prematurely oxidized and tasted porty, almost sweet. A second bottle was gloriously fine and as poised and elegant a rendition of the grape as we have tasted.

The 2015 Sijnn Kingfisher Malgas took a long time to open, but showed both powerful and exotically fruity at the end of the tasting.



2017 Empire Estate Dry Riesling; Aroma: light refreshing diesel, smoky, rather Mosel-like; Mouth: clean rather bright rather full, spicy acid, dry, clean herbal, long intriguing finish; Very Good Plus19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99



2018 Domaine Henry PellĂ© Menetou Salon Morugues Rose; Aroma: sweet rather fine acidity, pungent, a light but deep-noted fruit, caressing texture; Mouth: juicy rich & fleshy, fresh, fullish with a deep raspberry plum middle, a crisp finishing note; Very Good Plus 16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44



2015 Jeff Carrel Lilac Cotes de Roussillon Villages; Color: very dark; Aroma: herbal, rather dense, fullish, very floral notes, heady lifted very pretty; Mouth: clean smooth, fullish rather dense, spice at the end, clean bright acid with very nicely full, mid mouth; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2011 Chionetti Briccolero Dogliani: Combination of blueberry, cassis, mint and herbs with depth and complexity. Fresh and pleasant on the palate. Excellent 22.99/bottle 20.69/mixed case 19.54/case

2016 Gal Tibor Egri Bikaver Titi; Aroma: heady, herbal, nutty plum & granite; Mouth: smooth bright texture, clean a nutty under-taste, dimensioned, sweet bright firm, very good layered length; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2015 Sijnn Kingfisher Malgas; Aroma: very heady rather dense, very full, very rich, spicy rather pretty very rich full; Mouth: juicy bright rather dense, full, clean very rich, smoke & spice bright acid, long clean; Very Good Plus 26.99; Mixed Case, 24.29; Case, 22.94


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