Callaghan Vineyards

Archives: March 2013

Markus Molitor, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Spatlese 2009

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Straw.

Discreet nose of white peach, nectarine and incipient petrol.

Sugared, perfectly ripe nectarine/peach in the mouth, with mineral/acid structure to balance. Beautiful “interplay” between ripe stone fruit and acid.. Mineral/acid structure dominates the finish and extends fresh nectarine flavors. Yes, this is RFG, and well-timed for the approaching summer.

$25.   100% Riesling

Anderson’s Conn Valley "Right Bank" Napa Valley 2010

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Deep red/purple.

Opened yesterday – beautiful nose of herbs, toast, black raspberry, melted chocolate. Fresh, nuanced.

Round and luxurious in the mouth – all over the place – and yet has a firm spine of acid-driven tannin that slowly manifests itself.
Bright flavors of mint, tar and blackberry. Even shows a slightly saline aspect. This is RFG. Acid/tannin structure coats the front
in “chew”. Only one bottle left – not touching it for at least 8-10 years..

$60 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc.

Quinta do Vallado "Field Blend Reserva" Douro 2008

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Saturated purple/red.

Opened yesterday – deep smoke, tar nose with black fruit submerged. A bit more nuanced yesterday when it showed some fragrant herb action.

Round and loaded in the mouth, slightly saucy/baked. Fairly strong acidity keeps this playing in the center of the mouth, despite its breadth. Very serious action. Finishing acid/tannin synergy is significant but reasonable refined. Interestingly, I think this was brighter and more complex yesterday without aeration. Nevertheless, extremely impressive dry red from the Douro.

$50   30% each Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), 20% Touriga Franca, 17% Tinta Amarela and 3% Sousao.

Remezieres "Cuvee Emilie" Hermitage 2000

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Saturated red.

Vinturi – smoked meat/bacon, grilled and wilted herbs, tapenade, black pepper, coriander and roasted almond nose. A PFG meal.. Very composed/integrated.

Round, plush middle-weight in the mouth. Beautiful mid-palate flesh and density, with smoked meat and herb “inner-mouth perfume”. Really saturated flavor pixel count – grainy. Acid/tannin structural synergy builds slowly to ultimately impede flavor flow in the finish, but this is brilliant for a middling vintage. I’d guess this will continue to improve for at least another 3-4 years and drink well for many more..

$45 on release.   100% Syrah.