We tried last night (11/1/17) Some New Wines:
1. Feudi di SanGregorio DOC: Falanghina del Sannio (13.5%; www.TerlatoWines.com) Sorba Serpico/AV 2015: Med.
yellow color; some pear/mango/light spicy perfumed talc fairly aromatic attractive nose; rather soft slight
tangy light mango/pineapple/pear/perfumed talc slightly off-dry pleasant flavor; med.long fruity/mango/
pineapple soft simple off-dry finish; a pleasant simple fruity white but just that; rather on the dull
side. $16.00 (KK)
2. Terredora Di Paolo Corte di Giso DOC: Falanghina Irpinia (13%; www.TerreDora.com; ViasImports) Montefusco
: Light gold color; rather mineral/stony/chalky light mango/pear lightly fruity nose; soft light stony/
mineral very light mango/fruity bit off-dry almost vapid/dull falvor; very short soft slight stony/mineral
light toasty/burnt marshmallw finish; rathe simple and low-impact that borders on dull/vapid/watery.
$16.00 (KK)
2a. FontanAVecchia Taburno Falanghina del Sanno (13.5%) LiberoRillo/Torrecluso (BN) 2015: Med.light gold color;
fairly strong pear/apple fragrant light stony/chalky/earthy slight Elmer'sGlue/graham cracker nose; bit soft/
lush slight metallic/tangy light pineapple/pear/mango slight stony/earthy bit simple/fruity flavor; med.
soft/underacid slight tangy/metallic/stony/earthy bit off-dry light fruity/pear/mango/pineapple bit simple finish;
a pleasant simple white but not very exciting; best of the unthrilling Italians. $16.00 (GMT)
3. Arnot-Roberts Falanghina Handal-DenierVnyd/DryCreekVlly/SonomaCnty (4 brls; 12.5%) 2016: Light gold color;
very attractive/fragrant pear/apple/mango light stony/mineral/earthy bit baked apple/spicy quite pleasant nose;
fairly tart light appley/baked apple/pear light earthy/stony/mineral slight tangy/metallic slightly neutral flavor;
med.long lightly fruity/pear/apple/baked apple some stony/earthy/mineral fairly tart/tangy finish; an altogether
pleasant white but just that; the best of a sory lot of four. $25.00
4. Ryme Fiano LagoVnyd/SonomaCnty (12.2%) 2015: Light gold color; rather musty/TCA/corked no fruit nose; very light
quite musty/TCA slight metallic flavor; pretty much destroyed by the TCA. $30.00
4a. Ryme Fiano LagoVnyd/SonomaCnty (12.2%) 2015: Med.light gold color; rather fragrant floral/pear/carnations/spicy
light stony/mineral quite aromatic lovely nose; quite tart/stony/mineral somewhat floral/carnations/pear blossom
slight metallic/tangy/steely clean/crisp flavor; long fairly floral/carnations/pear some stony/mineral finish;
plenty of brisk acidity but a richness that keeps the wine from seeming lean & eviscerated; not as fragrant/perfumed
as the "Hers" Vermentino but more minerality. $30.00
5. AmbythEstate SauvBlanc O.W. CoquelicotVnyd/SantaBarbara (Amphora; Organic; NativeYeast; U/U;
Frmtd w/ skin contact in 300 & 500 litre amphoras for 9 mo.; 13.5%; no added sulfites; www.AmbythEstate.com)
: Deep golden/burnished bronze quite cloudy color; rather reduced/stinky/cabbagey that clears quite phenolic/
resiny some orangey bit herbal/weedy interesting complex nose; very tart/austere quite phenolic/resiny/orangey bit
tannic slight honeyed/herbal/SB complex flavor; very long rather tart/austere/sour quite phenolic/resiny/skin-contact
fairly tannic/bit bitter slight orangey/honeyed/herbal finish; huge amount of phenolic/resiny/skin-contact character;
not fun to taste and needs food with it to reign the flavors in. $30.00 (UDW)
6. BK Wines Savagnin Skin n' Bones Skin Contact White Lenswood/AdelaideHills (11.8%; VineStImports/
MtLaurel/NJ; www.BKWines.com.Au) BasketRange/SouthAustralia 2016
: Med.light color; very strong toasty/tobaccoy/oak/
burnt toast very light phenolic/resiny/skin-contact slight herbal no fruit nose; rather tart/lean strong toasty/
tobaccoy/burnt toast/charred oak light phenolic/resiny flavor w/ slight bitterness; med.long tobaccoy/burnt toast
slight phenolic/resiny/skin-contact finish; virtually no fruit but loads of oak and a bit of skin-contact character;
not very fun to drink; overpriced at $40.00 (UDW)
7. LimerickLane Zin RockyKnoll/RRV/SonomaCnty (EG; 15.2%; www.LimerickLaneWines.com; 12 brls;
+ PetiteSyrah/Mourv/Carignane/Syrah) Healdsburg 2015
: Very dark/near black color; very strong toasty/oak intense
blackberry/Zin/boysenberry/very spicy/peppery quite dusty/OV very perfumed/aromatic some complex beautiful nose;
rather tart/tangy very intense blackberry/Zin/boysenberry/very spicy quite dusty/OV structured some toasty/charred/
oak bit earthy beautiful flavor w/ strong firm/ripe tannins; very long/lingering intense blackberry/boysenberry/Zin/
very spicy/bit peppery quite dusty/OV some toasty/oak light earthy finish w/ ample brisk/ripe tannins; a terrific
example of OV RRV Zin; reminds some of ole JoeSwan's Zins but more acid and structure; should age very well for at
least 10 yrs. $56.00
8. LimerickLane 1023 RRV/SonomaCnty (EG; 52% Zin/45% Syrah/3% Grenache; 15.2%; 16 brls) 2015: Dark color; strong
blackberry/Zin/Syrah/very spicy bit lighter less toasty oak slight strawberry/Grenache more aromatic/high-toned
complex nose; lightly tart/tangy very strong blackberry/RRV Zin/Syrah/very spicy slight strawberry/Grenache bit
leaner/lithe some dusty/OV light toasty/oak complex flavor w/ lighter/smoother tannins; very long/lingering
very spicy/blackberry/Zin/Syrah some dusty/OV light toasty/oak finish w/ some smooth/ripe tannins; more aromatic/
perfumed/high-toned not as structured and a bit more drinkable than the RK; a beautiful Zin/Sayrah blend that
needs age. $68.00
9. LimerickLane Syrah/Grenache RRV/SonomaCnty (68% Syrah/21% Grenache/17% Mourvedre/2% PetiteSirah;
14.5%; 11 brls) 2015
: Very dark/near black color; slight alcoholic/fumey very intense blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah/
spicy some strawberry/Grenache/perfumey quite toasty/oak somewhat peppery beautiful/complex nose; bit soft lush/ripe/
rich very blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry some Grenache/strawberry slight dusty/OV some toasty/oak flavor w/ modest
smooth/ripe tannins; very long/lingering intense spicy/Syrah/blackberry some high-toned/strawberry/Grenache rich/ripe/
lush structured some toasty/oak lovely finish w/ modest smooth/ripe tannins; a bit softer/riper/smoother/more drinkable
than the Zins and not quite as interesting but a lovely expression of RRV Syrah; very fairly priced at $45.00
10. LimerickLane Syrah Headpruned Block RRV/SonomaCnty (EG; 14.5%; 12 brls) 2015: Very dark/black color; very intense
blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry/very spicy some peppery/c-c Syrah rather toasty/Fr.oak/smokey very spicy nose; lightly
tart smooth/ripe/lush structured strong blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah/very spicy light toasty/oak slight peppery flavor
w/ modest smooth/ripe tannins; very long/lingering very strong blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah/very spicy some toasty/
smokey/Fr.oak light peppery/c-c Syrah rich/lush very structured finish w/ some ripe/firm tannins; quite rich/lush
but balanced out by a nice acidity; should age very well. $50.00
Stuff from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. Falanghina: A grape variety found on the coast of Compania and enjoying a mini-revival. There are
actually two varieties, falanghina beneventana and falanghina flegrea. Usually blended together.
Asimov has a NYTimes review of Falanghinas:
The Arnot-Roberts is the first released Falanghina from Calif. It was easily the best of the sorry
lot of four Falanghinas. Still not what you call a profound wine.
2. Savagnin/SavagninBlanc: Is not SauvignonBlanc. Savagnin is grown mostly in the Jura, used for VinJaune. It was thought
to be the same as Traminer of the SudTirol. Galet thinks it has an unstable genome and mutated going from the Tyrol
to the Jura. Not sure what the DNA tells us. There is a sizeable planting in Australia, where it was once thought
to be Albarino, but later identified as Savagnin.
3. LimerickLane: Another really outstanding release from JakeBilbro and crew. Their Zins rank right up there w/ Carlisle/
Bedrock/Once&Future. The wines are big & extracted but they always have a brisk acidity that keeps it in balance and
keeps them from being over-the-top. I don't think they get the recognition for the Syrahs they make...as good as
any in Calif. Little did I know when I first tasted the Rancho Sotoyome Syrah back in the early '80's that such
great Syrah could come from this area on LimerickLane. It became ChristopherCreekWnry later on. This was just before
you got to LimerickLaneWnry going up the road. I presume the LL Syrah was planted by MikeCollins from cuttings
taken down the road there.
4. The Ryme Fiano was tasted a week later from a good btl I opened. It seems to have put on a bit more weight from when
I first tasted it.