Torbreck is no joke
I attended Morell profile tasting.
Morrell is this slightly more expensive store where you stop an hour before a tasting and they find you the perfect bottle in 5 minutes. No deception included, never, ever, except for...their portfolio tasting.
Sorry to report that the wine selection was really disappointing...downhill from any store tasting or any bottle purchased at this great retailer.
Who tasted the Italian selection!!! Dude, I didn't know vinegar could be sold for $22 and called Avignonesi 2001.
Biale Zinfandel Old Crane Saint Helena 2002 is great for illustrating the IMBALANCE of sweetness in Red wine. The problem is the price point, $45 a bottle. Too expensive to showcase as TOO SWEET at the 101 wine tasting. Oh, RP 93, who is RP again !
Well let's say that if you didn't attend, no regrets. Take your $40 and buy one of the following.
For best of the show, I would put Chateauneuf Clos des Papes 2002. ($35) as the runner up, good producer, bad year. The wine has a generous nose and a nice backbone but not enough flesh. I will taste this one in 2001, a much better year, and report asap.
For third place, I would say Marques de Tomares Crianza Rioja 2001 ($19). It's no pretension but a nice balance, good finish and some finesse in the red berry flavors. My Juan Gil (see previous post) can take him any day, even with an higher alcohol content. (I wish Juan would buy in Rioja).
Astrales Ribera del Duero 2002 ($55) was too young for winning but the red berries flavors, wild strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are delicious, the attack is soft and the texture coats your mouth with a delicious touch. The Rio Tinto grape doesn't structure the wine so it flows nicely during the tasting. The tannin at the finish will disappear, please give him time.
Torbreck, I read about you, you convinced me. The wine is forward with light fine chocolate, some caramel and berries. Where the Marquis Philippe hits and run with its barrel flavors, Torbreck The Steading 2002 ($35) develops, nuances, lingers and says goodbye. The alcohol content is not overwhelming and the mid palate is convincing. Marquis will stay marquis and Torbreck the count.
Torbreck / Marquis, a nice face-off. (I offer 2/3 for Torbreck).
Tuesday, Madame Leroy tasting at Acker. The best Burgundy can make. My best bottle are from Bordeaux. Will she get in and downgrade my best memories, Calon Segur 95 or some old Croix Figeac 1975? Scared to face the assault...Answer Tuesday nigth.