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Archetype: Wine Ideas

Ideas for Epic Tastings

FRANCE

  •  Burgundy
      • Ponsot
      • DRC Batard-Montrachet
      • DRC Montrachet
      • DRC RC
      • DRC La Tâche
      • Armand Rousseau, Chambertin
      • Roumier, Bonnes-Mares
      • Coche Dury Meursault
      • Coche Dury Corton Charlemagne
      • Chambertin
      • Raveneau, Clos Grand Cru
      • Vincent Dauvissat
      • Jayer, Richebourg
      • Jayer, Cros Parantoux
      • Emmanel Rouget, Cros Parantoux
      • Leroy Musigny
      • Leroy Romanée-St-Vivant
      • Leroy Richebourg
      • Domaine d’Auvenay (Leroy), Chevalier-Montrachet
      • Vogüé, Musigny Rouge
      • Vogüé, Musigny Blanc
      • Ligier-Belair, La Grande Rue
      • Leflaive, Chevalier-Montrachet

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May 10 – Soldera Sangiovese / Oak Sequence – Archetype Tasting Group

Wine Tasting, May 10th, 2018

Archetype Tasting Group: Endeavoring to experience the greatest wines in the world.

In this session, we discover Tuscany’s famed Sangiovese producer Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera, with the 2008 vintage labelled Toscana IGT.

Wines:

  1. 2015 Paolo Bea, “Santa Chiara” Bianco, White Blend, Umbria IGT, Italy
  2. 2016 Villa Pozzi, Nero d’Avola, Sicilia DOC, Italy
  3. 2015 Laureano Gomez, Valle de Uco Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
  4. 2009 Albatreti, Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy
  5. 2016 Casella, Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia
  6. 2014 Rymill, “The Shadow Jumper” Cabernet Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia
  7. 2008 Soldera, Sangiovese, Toscana IGT, Italy
  8. 2009 Bodega Familiar Uribes Madero, “Gran Calzadilla” Vino de Pago, Red Blend, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  9. 2014 Stolpman Vineyards, “Carbonic” Sangiovese, Ballard Canyon, California, US
  10. 2015 MicroBio, Verdejo Kilómetro, Castilla y Léon, ES

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Apr 26 – European Ciders

Cider Tasting, April 26th, 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.

Ciders:

  1. Domaine Dupont, “Cidre Dupont Reserve”, Calvados, Normandy, France
  2. Frédéric et Catherine Pacory, “Cidre Le Costaud”, Mantilly, Normandy, France
  3. Aspall, “Dry English Cider”, Suffolk, England
  4. Sidrería Isastegi, “Sagardo Sidra Natural”, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain
  5. Txopinondo, “Sagarnoa”, Basque Azkaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
  6. Michèle Giard, Manoir de Montreuil, “Cambremer Cidre Pays d’Auge”, Calvados, Normandy, France

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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

Wines:

  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

Wines:

  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

Wines:

  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

Wines:

  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

Wines:

  • 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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