Så här i semestertider tänkte jag tipsa om några amerikanska producenter som jag nyligen provat. Jag rekommenderar Er att öronmärka samtliga när/om de dyker upp i Sverige!
Provningsanteckingarna är på engelska p.g.a. att jag initialt publicerade merparten av dessa på www.erobertparker.com. För att läsa inlägg där måste man vara medlem, så se detta som en sommarbonus á la Livets Goda. Förutsätter att Michel Jamais kommer att följa upp samtliga producenter mer djuplodande framöver.
Önskar Er alla en underbar sommar!
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Brilliant first effort. Solidly structured, and sincerely true to its origin. I was afraid that his wines would be ”too sweet” for my palate, but this perfectly honest and balanced. I sense a sort of upgraded Dunn feeling here. 94+/100 p.
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Fantastic aromatics, and while less structured than its older sibling, this has a sexier inner sweetness, and it’s also in a way more naked and refined. As it’s somewhat lighter on its feet and for sure more charming, it still possesses intensity and severe length. Might well be the best 2011 that I’ve tasted so far. For my ”European palate”, this is NOT a write-off vintage, if you choose well, and even if Roy himself dismissed 2011 in one of his amazingly well written Napa Valley summaries way back, I think his own produce clearly shows that greatness was possible. 94/100 p.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Flirting with perfection, this is one of the greatest young Napa CS’s I’ve had so far. Needless to pinpoint why – this is just another main reason for drinking Napa Cabernet in the first place. 98+/100 p.
2014 Sauvignon Blanc Dry Stack Vineyard, 89/100 p.
Loads of melon and guava aromas dominate this wine, but there’s also an positive herbaceous addition. Great oak handling, but I wished they’d picked earlier, and so retained more varietal character.
2014 Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch, 88/100 p.
This is a great vineyard for SB, and for sure this wine is lovely too. Just a tad too alcoholic for my taste, and therefore sort of missing the SB-ballpark.
2013 Chardonnay Richie Vineyard, 93/100 p.
In a way, this isn’t my preferred style either, but is just so freaking good, it’s impossible not to fall in love with its citrus oil infused tropical fruits, toasty and flashy oak and lengthy, full-bodied, richly textured finish.
2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Petaluma Gap, 89/100 p.
Well it’s ripe and considering the site pretty full-bodied, with ripe tannins and toasty oak additions – sort of in-your-face, kind-of-style. I was expecting more finesse.
2013 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Summit 1376, 92/100 p.
Aromatic and generous, this bold offering shows a Syrah-ish fruit profile, including allspice and mulberry aromas, framed by sweet, toasty oak and juicy acidity. The alcohol shine thru on the finish at it heats up, but apart from that, its amazingly velvety and caressing. By far the best of the 3 PNs.
2013 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown, 88/100 p.
For Syrah fans. It’s a lovely drink, but for me PN is the holy grail, and should be treated as such.
2013 Pinot Noir, 90/100 p.
Always add ca 2 points on any score given by me to this specific producer, as I’d like to refer to these as my ”house wines”. But I really enjoyed the ’13 here. It shows less oak (if any), and is lighter in style compared to previous vintages. I like this stylistic change.
2013 Grenache-Syrah, 93+/100 p.
Ruby, lively color with medium intensity. Pure, youthfully un-evolved nose with complex herbaceous additions to its dark cherries, blackberries, spice and mineral scents. There’s some cool funkiness to it as well. Medium-bodied on the palate with very present acidity, no sugar whatsoever and its strict tannins dominate the wine at present, but there’s great and naked fruit underneath coming thru with aeration. Long, well-balanced finish showing elegance, positive stalky bitterness and mineral spiciness. I feel confident in aging this up to 15 years, and as I bought a case, it’ll be a fun wine to follow. Serious upside potential here.
2014 Trousseau Gris, 89/100 p.
Well it looks like a rosé, and I seriously think that most ”pink” wines are useless, regardless of the producers’ initial intentions. This wine is WINE, and therefore it’s interesting to me. Raspberry coulis flavors are framed by nicely judged acidity and really, really soft tannins, which coats the palate and create a luscious mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable.
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2012 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard.
I sincerely think that this is one of the greatest PN from the New World that I’ve tasted so far! Amazingly textured, yet bone-dry, fresh, positively stalky, chalky and gently red fruit scented with floral accents, this barely medium-bodied offering clearly show that THIS site can create wonders. This was served blind, and all the Sommeliers around the table sort of silenced for a while. So did I, despite pouring it. Kick-ass wine.
2013 Chenin Blanc, 90/100 p.
If you ever tasted AA Badenhorst’s CB from Swartland in SA, then you’ll have an understanding of this naked, yet seriously intense and mineral-lazed wine. I haven’t tasted much Chenin Blanc from the US, but this comes highly recommended, bringing ripe pitch fruit, spice and a chalky feeling to the powerful finale.
2013 Trousseau, 92/100 p.
I could live with the fact that this would be my determined day-to-day-wine for the coming 20+ years. Texture, liveliness, dark berries, elegance, compete dryness, spicy minerality and OK length as well. Versatile on the dinner table and great on its own too.
Inte helt ny producent per definition för varken mig eller Michel, men följande nötter gäller deras nya årgångar. För mig är Jim Maresh ett geni!
2012 Chardonnay Dundee Hills, 93/100 p.
Sleek, juicy and lively lemon verbena flavors are complicated by ripe pears and grilled lemon additions with tiny hints of oak. Medium-bodied and seriously structured, this Oregon version will provide enjoyment over the next 10+ years. Puligny-Montrachet goes US?
2012 Chardonnay Maresh Vineyard, 95+/100 p.
Still a baby, but this vintage may well be Jim Mareshs’ best to date. Amazing structure and almost brisk acidity are balanced by tart apple flavors and lemon rind additions, showing great and pure minerality on the lengthy, sleek and at the same time expanding finish. This will easily cruise 20 years, and will eventually merit a higher score.
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Kram / Jörgen