• Domaine Weinbach in Bothell on 4/15

    Domaine Weinbach of Alsace on Saturday the 15th
    It's odd that I picked wines from Alsace as a highlight for our Saturday tasting but thinking about the foods we might be taking down on Sunday...these wines are a pefrect match. All white wines except for one Bordeaux that should be on your table for those red meats coming off the grill or out of the oven.

    Let's start with the whites...

    Domaine Weinbach...

    2015 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Réserve - White summer blossoms and ripe green pears make for a fresh scent. The palate lifts these notions with bright lemon acidity. All is buoyed by some residual carbon dioxide. Drink soon while this is at its aromatic height.

    2015 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Réserve Personnelle - This wine possesses a very powerful nose that is typical of the varietal but not over the top. There is a touch of bitterness on the palate with some buttered raisin and earthy, smoky nuances. It is very thick in texture but also has nice balance with some racy acidity on the finish.

    2015 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Cuvée Théo - Aromatically ripe notes of peach and mandarin soar. The palate of this wine is equally generously fruited, with a vein of ripe lemon acidity at its fresh core. Juicy and very refreshing, it finishes dry and totally moreish with pink grapefruit.

    2015 Domaine Weinbach Gewürztraminer Cuvée Theo - The first impression is of spiced banana bread. Next the palate presents the soft richness of yellow plums and juicy nectarines. Underneath it all, a lemony freshness streamlines the rounded palate and makes this all the more appetizing. The finish is warm and rounded.

    2012 Château Rauzan-Ségla - The 2012 Rauzan-Ségla (54.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 1.5% Petit Verdot) is a classic Rauzan-Ségla, still relatively backward and tannic, but concentrated and extremely promising. Dense blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit along with some licorice, vanilla, foresty notes and spice are all present in this full-bodied yet structured and big, beefy style of Rauzan-Ségla . It may turn out to be somewhat atypical for this château in its size and masculine structure, but this is impressive wine, and one of the great successes of the vintage. Give it 5-7 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades.

    See what I mean? If you miss this tasting...your tastebuds will never forgive you!
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