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Intriguing Flavors from Less Usual Wines

Last week's wines had strong characters, which led to diverse opinions.
May 29, 2019


The largest number of people liked two of the whites. The bold vibrancy of the 2017 Poggio Al Tesoro Vermentino Solosole appealed to many palates. The 2017 Wittmann Scheurebe’s dusty, citrus-inflected flavors and impeccable balance appealed to others. Julien Pilon’s Marsanne was a slow starter but finished the tasting strong, with creamy baking spice-inflected dryness that nicely balanced its piquant acid note.

Opinion on the reds was divided. Some people loved the Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac’s surprising elegance and finesse Mature at four years of age, it had the beginnings of the burnished quality of age. After last week we have only a case left.

The 2015 Azienda Agricole Reale Cardamone Costa d’Amalfi came across as the opposite, young and brash, full of fruit and vigorous tannin. Some people loved that quality – it was too much for others.

The Matchbook Petit Verdot showed distinctive oak notes, especially on first opening. Some found this jarring after the two previous wines. Later in the tasting, exposure to the air better integrated the wood notes. Then its unique strong flavor made it some tasters’ favorite



2017 Wittmann Scheurebe- Organic- Biodynamic; Aroma: elderberry, lime currant, Rather lifted and enchantingly herbal and vibrant; Mouth: light on its feet, rather clean herbal balanced, fresh and refreshing, lively & graceful; Very Good - Excellent 23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39

2017 Poggio Al Tesoro Vermentino Solosole: Bright green straw. Flowery aromas of green apple and pear with very good structure. Long pleasant finish and lots going on as the wine opens. Very Good to Excellent 21; Mixed Case, 18.90; Case, 17.85

2017 Julien Pilon Marsanne Le Bruit des Vagues; Aroma: very fresh lively, lemon spice, a floral; Mouth: fleshy rather dense smooth, a nutty herbal note., softly caressing texture, autumnal, sweet long finish; Very Good Plus; 21; Mixed Case, 18.90; Case, 17.85



2014 Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Terres Originelles; Color: rather dark; Aroma: fruity, marked by oak, rather dense, fresh, very pretty; Mouth: clean fresh very hearty base rather dense lightly clean pretty layered, elegant and prettily ripe, fine tannins tight clean, firm; Very Good - Excellent23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39

2015 Azienda Agricole Cardamone Costa d’Amalfi: Deep ruby. Where do we start with the aromas of dark fruit and spice accented by flowers. It all comes together on the palate with great complexity and structure. Long spicy finish. Very Good to Excellent 26.99/bottle

2016 Matchbook Petit Verdot; Color: very dark opaque; Mouth: smooth, lighter in the attack, brown spice, & dense fruit, herbal finish; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29


5-29 Intriguing Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $213

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