Blind Tasting Buddies, by Medium Plus

Apr 19/20, Skin-Contact White Wines

Wine Tasting, April 19th and 20th, 2018

An exploration of wines made with white/pink grapes, fermented/aged on the skins. 

Countries represented: Italy, Greece, Spain, Austria, Germany, France, Australia, United States.

Wines (Thursday pouring order):

  1. 2015 Azienda Agricola COS, Pithos Bianco, Sicily, IT – 😊
    • Apricot, saline, sardine, orange rind, aggressive palate, sour, high tannin, nori, earthy, lean, hard-edged.
    • Pinot Noir style tannins, chalky tannins, dried apricot.
  2. 2015 A.D. Beckham, Amphora Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon, US – 😊
    • Suede, nectarine, red apple, blood orange juice, strawberry, floral, rose petal.
    • Chunky appearance, cranberry sauce, plums, ‘taste of amphorae’, mud dust.
    • Pair with Hum Bao, Chinese roast pork and pineapple, Bouillabaisse.
  3. 2015 Stéphane Tissot, Savagnin Amphora, Jura, FR – 😊
    • Banana, funk, mushroom, white wine vinegar, carnitas, pork fat.
    • Animal, peaches, ginseng, dried squids, dried mushroom, Chinese herb shop.
  4. 2016 Lucy Margaux, White Blend, Adelaide Hills, AU – 😐
    • Aromatic, sour, high vinegar, passion fruit, cider-y, lychee, sharp, lemongrass.
    • VA off the charts, too sour, yeasty finish. Pair with Al Pastor tacos and sour things.
  5. 2012 La Stoppa, Ageno, Emilia-Romagna IGT, IT – 😢
      • Sharp, rubber, VA, sour, peppermint, lemon verbena, beeswax, high tannin, old sneakers, wood smoke, lemon oil, wood sorrel, root beer, menthol, pepto bismol, goat/sheep cheese. Extreme. High Brettanomyces.
      • Lite spritz, CO2, hard tannin, strange tannins, Mezcal smoke, burnt rubber, wet hay.
      • Wet tennis shoes which were left out in the rain.
      • This wine had the most 4EP character caused by Brett, encountered on any wine in recent memory, white or otherwise. The aroma increased in the glass over time and as the wine warmed up – theorized that active Brett cultures were aerobically active, and producing 4EP as a result of their oxygenation.

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Apr 12/13: Blind Wine Classics

Wine Tasting, April 12th and 13th, 2018


  1. 1907, Alkaline Water, Kaimanawa Ranges, North Island, NZ
  2. 2014 Trimbach, Gewurztraminer, Alsace, FR
  3. 2016 Tyrrell’s Wines, Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, AU
  4. 2014 Altos Las Hormigas, Malbec “Reserve”, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, AR
  5. 2006 Malvirà, “S. Guglielmo” Rosso, Langhe DOC, Piemonte, IT
  6. 2014 14 Hands Winery, Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, US
  7. 2014 Stolpman Vineyards, “Carbonic” Sangiovese, Ballard Canyon, California, US
  8. 2017 Quinto do Bomfim, Touriga Franca, Douro, PT
  9. 1994 Royal Oporto, Vintage Porto, PT
  10. NV Bernard Boutinet, Pineau de Charantes Blanc, Charantes, FR
  11. 1988 Disznókő, Tokaji Aszú Eszencia, Tokaj, HU

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Mar 29/30: Aussie White Wines

Wine Tasting, March 29th and 30th, 2018


  1. Starkey, Still Spring Water, Council, Idaho, US
  2. 2016 Notable, Chardonnay, Australia
  3. 2016 Tolpuddle Vineyard, Chardonnay, Coal River Valley, Tasmania, AU
  4. 2015 Pikes Wines, “Traditionale Dry” Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, AU
  5. 2016 Jim Barry, “The Lodge Hill” Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, AU
  6. 2007 Schloss Schönborn, “Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg”, Riesling Spätlese, Rheingau, DE
  7. 2016 Clarevale, Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, AU
  8. 2016 Tyrrell’s Wines, Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, AU
  9. 2015 Torbreck, “Woodcutter’s” Semillon, Barossa Valley, South Australia, AU
  10. Yalumba, Viognier, Eden Valley, South Australia, AU
  11. 2016 Pewsey Vale, “Individual Vineyard Selection” Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia, AU

Attendance, 3/29:

  • Bennett B.
  • Stefanie C.
  • Nick D.
  • Ian D.
  • Xin F.
  • Lily K.
  • Sachiko M.
  • Jane W.
  • Jennifer W.

Attendance, 3/30:

  • Nick D.
  • Scott H.
  • Christian V.

Mar 22/23: Tannin Sequence

Wine Tasting, March 22nd and 23rd, 2018


  1. Mountain Valley Spring Water, Sparkling, Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
  2. Selters, “Classic” Natural Sparkling Mineral Water, Löhnberg, Hesse, Germany
  3. 2014 Charles Joguet, “Cuvée Terroir” Chinon, Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley, France
  4. 2015 La Crema, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
  5. 2009 Rocca Felice, Barolo DOCG “Riserva”, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy
  6. 2013 Franco Molino, “Cascina Rocca” Barolo DOCG, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy
  7. 2015 Bodega Renacer, “Punto Final Reserva” Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
  8. 2011 Penfolds, “Bin 28 Kalimna” Shiraz, South Australia, Australia
  9. 2014 Bernard Magrez, Domaine Excelcio, Syrah/Grenache Blend, AOG Guerrouane, Morocco
  10. 2008 Antonelli San Marco, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG “Passito”, Umbria, Italy

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Archetype: Tokaji Aszú Esszencia 1988/2000

Wine Tasting, March 18th, 2018

Featured Wines:

  • 1988 Disznókő, Aszú Eszencia, Tokaj, Hungary
  • 2000 Chateau Pajzos, Aszúesszencia, Tokaj, Hungary

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Mar 15/16: South Africa

Wine Tasting, March 15th and 16th, 2018


  1. Sant Aniol, Still Mineral Water, Garrotxa, Catalonia, ES
  2. 2017 A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines, Cinsault Rosé, Swartland, Coastal Region, ZA
  3. 2016 Southern Right, Sauvignon Blanc, W.O. Walker Bay, Cape South Coast Region, ZA
  4. 2015 Boekenhoutskloof, Porcupine Ridge, Sauvignon Blanc, W.O. Western Cape, ZA
  5. 2016 Creation Wines, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, W.O. Walker Bay, Cape South Coast Region, ZA
  6. 2015 Sadie Family, “Palladius” White Blend, W.O. Swartland, Coastal Region, ZA
  7. 2014 Chamonix Wine Farm, Cabernet Franc, W.O. Franschhoek, Costal Region, ZA
  8. 2014 Boekenhoutskloof, Porcupine Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, W.O. Coastal Region, ZA
  9. 2007 Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Estate W.O Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay District, Cape South Coast Region, ZA
  10. 2014 Storm, Pinot Noir, ZA
  11. 2012 The Winery of Good Hope, Pinotage, W.O. Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, ZA
  12. 2015 Kanonkop, “Kadette Cape Blend”, Pinotage Blend, W.O. Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, ZA
  13. 2015 Boekenhoutskloof, “The Chocolate Block” Syrah Blend, W.O. Swartland, Coastal Region, ZA
  14. 2013 Boekenhoutskloof, “The Chocolate Block” Syrah Blend, W.O. Western Cape GU, ZA

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Feb 28 + Mar 2: Blind Wine Classics

Wine Tasting, February 28th and March 2nd, 2018


  • 2016, Melipal, “Ikella” Torrontés, Mendoza, AR
  • 2015 Ginglinger-Fix, Gewürztraminer, Alsace, FR
  • 2012 Château du Seuil, Graves Blanc, Sémillon / Sauvignon Blanc (70/30), Bordeaux, FR
  • 2013 Schoenheitz, Riesling, Alsace, FR
  • 1995 Poço do Lobo, Arinto, VR Beiras, PT
  • 2014 Kenbishi, “Kuromatsu” Honjozo Sake, Hyogo, JP
  • Okunomatsu, “24%” Sake, Fukushima, JP
  • 2014 Domaine de Pallus, “Les Pensées de Pallus” Chinon, Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley, FR
  • 2013 Bruno Colin, “Vielles Vignes” Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, FR
  • 2015 Manos Andinas, “Reserva” Malbec, Mendoza, AR
  • 2013 Emmolo, Merlot, Napa Valley, CA
  • 2015 Yalumba, “Hand Picked” Shiraz/Viognier, Eden Valley, AU
  • 2016 Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes, “Albariño de Fefinanes”, Rías Baixas, Galicia, ES
  • 2015 Lucien Albrecht, “Tradition” Pinot Gris, Alsace, FR
  • 2014 Domaine des Baumard, Savennières, Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, FR
  • 2015 Turley Wine Cellars, “Cederman” Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, California, US
  • 2013 Talty Winery, “Estate” Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, California, US
  • 2009 Cave Saint Cyr, Chénas, Gamay Noir, Beaujolais, FR

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Feb 22/23 – Blind Wine Classics

Wine Tasting, Feb 22 and 23, 2018


  1. 2016 Louis Michel, “Vaillons 1er Cru” Chablis, Chardonnay Burgundy, FR
  2. 2016 Domaine Delaporte, “Chavignol” Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, FR
  3. 2015 Marc Brédif, “Classic” Vouvray, Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, FR
  4. 2015 Damien Laureau, “La Petite Roche” Savennières, Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, FR
  5. 2002 Lucien Albrecht, “Cuvée Marie” Gewürztraminer, Alsace, FR
  6. 2015 Torii Mor, “Reserve Deux Verres” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
  7. 2013 Wahluke Wine Co., “Luke” Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, WA
  8. 2016 Vistamar, “Sepia Reserva” Carmenère, Cachapoal Valley, CL
  9. 2013 Duckhorn, Merlot, Napa Valley, CA
  10. 2014 Stolpman Vineyards, “Hilltops” Syrah, Ballard Canyon, CA
  11. 2009 Torre de Oña, “Reserva” Tempranillo, Rioja, ES
  12. 2016 Frog’s Leap, Zinfandel, Napa Valley, CA
  13. 2013 San Felice, “Il Grigio da San Felice” Sangiovese, Chianti Classico “Riserva”, Toscana, IT
  14. 2001 LVDH, “Château Gaudin” Pauillac, Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Bordeaux, FR

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Fri May 19

Wine Tasting, May 19th 2017


  1. 2005, Château de Beaucastel, “Vielles Vignes” Chateauneauf-du-Pape Blanc, 100% Roussanne, Southern Rhône, FR
  2. 2014, Do Ferreiro, Rías Baixas “Salnés” Albariño, Galicia, ES
  3. 2016, Hess Family Latin America, “Colomé” Torrontés, Valle Calchaquí, Salta, AR
  4. 2015, Vita SRL, ILauri, Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP, IT
  5. 2011, Roland Lavantreux, “Fourchaume 1er Cru” Chablis, Burgundy, FR
  6. 2008, Domaine François Raveneau, “Butteaux 1er Cru” Chablis, Chardonnay, Burgundy, FR
  7. 2012, Carpe Diem Cellars, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley, Sonoma, California, US
  8. 1998, R. Rostaing, “La Landonne” Côte-Rôtie, Syrah, Northern Rhône, FR
  9. 2004, Shafer Vineyards, Merlot, Napa Valley, California, US
  10. 2000, Falletto di Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, IT
  11. 2001, Sandrone Luciano, “Cannubi Boschis” Barolo, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, IT
  12. 2007, Mongeard-Mugneret, Echezeaux Grand Cru, Pinot Noir, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR

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Cellar Selections – May 11

Wine Tasting, May 11th, 2017

Master Sommelier Exam, prep group. Hosted at Canlis Restaurant.

Thanks to Rob R. for offering the wines for this epic tasting.


  1. 2003, Domaine William Fevre, “Le Clos” Chablis Grand Cru, Chardonnay, Burgundy, FR
  2. 1997, Mathilde et Yves Gangloff, Condrieu, Viognier, Northern Rhône, FR
  3. 2004, Weingut Bründlmayer, “Langenloiser” Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Niederösterreich, AT
  4. 2005, Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon, Bordeaux, FR
  5. 1997, Bott-Geyl, “Tokay, Sélection de Grains Nobles” Pinot Gris, Alsace Grand Cru Sonnenglanz, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, FR
  6. 1998, R. Rostaing, “La Landonne” Côte-Rôtie, Syrah, Northern Rhône, FR
  7. 2006, Dominus by Christian Moueix, Cabernet Blend, Napa Valley, California, US
  8. 2007, Mongeard-Mugneret, Echezeaux Grand Cru, Pinot Noir, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, FR
  9. 2004, Shafer, Merlot, Napa Valley, California, US
  10. 2001, Sandrone Luciano, “Cannubi Boschis” Barolo, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, IT

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