Tasting Notes - July 5, 2007 - Jack

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Biodynamic Wines

Renaissance des Appellations
Fourth American Biodynamic Wine Tasting
Tasting held February 12, 2007  - Skirball Center, Los Angeles, CA

This trade tasting of mostly Biodynamic Producers (organic wines noted below) illustrated to me why wineries are converting to biodynamic growing; not just for sustainability but also because the wines are (mostly) excellent and reveal more minerality/soil characteristics.
This tasting is put on by Nicolas Joly's group - the Renaissance des Appellations. This event also featured several panels, including two panels moderated by Anthony Dias Blue. I came away with the impression that every winemaker or vigneron applies biodynamics in their own way.

(The wines are listed in the order they were presented in the room.)
Wine Tasting Notes
# Btls Desired
NV Champagne Fleury Brut Tradition Carte Rough  
1-2?
NV Champagne Fleury Rosé Brut Pretty, elegant.
3
1996 Champagne Fleury Brut Millésimé Interesting nose. Complex. Closed a bit.
?
2000 Champagne Fleury Cuvée Robert Fleury Long tasty finish.
3
1999 François Bedel et Fils Entre Ciel et Terre  
2+
1999 François Bedel et Fils Dis Vin Secret 96% Pinot Meunier. Interesting. Need to try a bottle.
2+?
2004 Marcel Deiss Engelgarten Hmmm.
2+
2003 Marcel Deiss Burg Yum. Age it 10+ years minimum.
3-4+
2003 Marcel Deiss Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim A bit sweet.
3-4
2004 Zind Humbrecht Zind Good nose.
2
2004 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Gueberschwihr Nice balance. Integrated acids. Ready.
3+
2004 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen Smokey notes.
3?
2004 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl Wild gewurtz. Big flavor. Very balanced.
3-5?
2005 Martin Schaetzel Pinot Blanc Cuvée Reserve Sharp finish.
1
2005 Martin Schaetzel Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg I like.
2-3
2005 Martin Schaetzel Tokay Pinot Gris Oberberg  
2-3+
2005 Martin Schaetzel Tokay Pinot Gris Grand Cru Marckrain  
3?
2005 Martin Schaetzel Gewurztraminer Cuvée Isabelle Yum!
4
2004 Marc Tempé Pinot Blanc Zellenberg Lot of tartness on finish, but not unpleasantly.
2?
2004 Marc Tempé Riesling Zellenberg Very pleasant.
2
2003 Marc Tempé Pinot Gris Zellenberg Oaky finish.
1-2
2004 Marc Kreydenweiss Clos du Val d’Eleon 50/50 Blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris.
1-2
2004 Marc Kreydenweiss Wiebelsberg Riesling  
2?
2003 Marc Kreydenweiss Kritt Pinot Blanc  
1-2+
2003 Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Gris Grand Cru  
3-4?
2005 Ostertag Fronholz Pinot Noir  
2-3
2005 Ostertag Fronholz Pinot Gris  
2
2005 Ostertag Fronholz Muscat  
1-2
2005 Ostertag Muenchberg Grand Cru Riesling Shy.
2-3
2004 Josmeyer Pinot Auxerrois “H” Vieilles Vignes Acids too dominate on finish.
1
2004 Josmeyer Riesling Le Dragon Very riesling nose.
3
2004 Josmeyer Riesling Grand Cru Hengst Not enough acids.
2+
2004 Josmeyer Pinot Gris 1854 Fondation  
2-3
2004 Josmeyer Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Brand  
3?
2005 Stéphane Tissot (André et Mireille Tissot) Arbois Rouge Trousseau Singulier Closed.
?
2004 Stéphane Tissot Arbois Chardonnay Les Graviers Cool gravelly!
2-3+
2003 Stéphane Tissot Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Barberon Wow! Soooo interesting. Minerally.
3+
1999 Stéphane Tissot Has a mustiness to it. Long finish.
?
2004 Stéphane Tissot Arbois Chardonnay Le Clos de la Tour de Curon  
3
2004 Stéphane Tissot Arbois Traminer  
3?
2000 Château Tour Grise Brut Non Dosé  
1+
2003 Château Tour Grise Saumur Rouge Les Vigneaux Tannic.
 
2004 Château Tour Grise Saumur Rouge 253  
2+
2006 Château Tour Grise Zero Pointe Grape juice like.
1-
2003 Château Tour Grise Saumur Blanc Les Amandiers  
2-3+?
2003 Château Tour Grise Saumur Blanc Les Fontenelles Intense.
1-3+
2004 La Coulée de Serrant Les Clos Sacrés "2004 is a great vintage."
2-3+
2004 La Coulée de Serrant Clos de la Bergerie  
3
2004 La Coulée de Serrant Coulée de Serrant  
4-5?
2004 Saint Nicolas Fief Vendéens Les Haut Clous Nice! Good acids
2-3
2004 Emmanuel Giboulot Cote de Beaune La Grand Chatelaine Blanc  
2-3
2005 Emmanuel Giboulot Bourgogne Blanc  
1+
2005 Emmanuel Giboulot Beaune Lulune Rouge  
1-2
2004 Pierre Morey Bourgogne Chardonnay  
2+?
2003 Pierre Morey Meursault Blanc Wow! Good acids.
3-4
2003 Pierre Morey Meursault Les Tessons Blanc  
3-4?
2004 Pierre Morey Monthelie Rouge Wild fruit.
2+?
2001 Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le dos d’Ane Very smooth.
4
2001 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon 1er Cru  
2-3+
2004 Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc  
2
1998 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Folatieres Long finish!
4+
2004 Château Falfas Les Demoiselles de Falfas Unoaked.
1+
2004 Château Falfas  
1-2
2004 Château Falfas   Tannic. Green fruit.
1-3?
2003 Château le Puy Tradition  
2+
2003 Château le Puy Barthélemy Like this.
2-3+
2004 Château la Grolet Cuvée Classique  
1+
2004 Château la Grolet Cuvée Prestige Tête du Cuvée  
2-3+
2004 Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours Cru Bourgeois   (Converting to Biodynamic)
1-2
2003 Château Le Thil   Organic
1+
2004 Domaine les Aphillanthes Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Galets  
1-2+
2004 Domaine les Aphillanthes Côtes-du-Rhône
3 Cépages
 
1-2
2004 Domaine les Aphillanthes Côtes-du-Rhône Le Cros  
2
2004 Domaine les Aphillanthes Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Cairanne L’ancestrale du Puifs  
2+
2005 Domaine Viret Solstice V  
2
2004 Domaine Viret Renaissance  
1-2+
2001 Domaine Viret Les Colonnades  
?
2001 Domaine Viret Emergence  
3
2004 Domaine Viret Mavéotis  
2-3
2005 Domaine Montirius Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre
1-2
2004 Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras Classic Rouge 70% Grenache/30% Syrah
1-2+
2003 Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras le Clos Rouge 50% Grenache/50% Syrah
3
2004 Domaine Montirius Gigondas Rouge 80% Grenache/20% Mourvèdre
2+
2001 Clos du Joncuas Séqueret Domaine la Grancière Blanc Organic.
2+
2005 Pierre André Châteauneuf de Pape Blanc Very interesting! Peppery.
2-3+
2005 Pierre André Châteauneuf de Pape Rouge  
2-3
2004 Pierre André Châteauneuf de Pape Rouge  
3+
2003 Pierre André Châteauneuf de Pape Rouge  
3+
2001 Pierre André Châteauneuf de Pape Rouge  
2-3
1998 Pierre André Châteauneuf de Pape Rouge  
2-3
2004 Domaine de Villeneuve Châteauneuf de Pape Rouge Interesting, but…
1-2
2003 Domaine de Villeneuve Châteauneuf de Pape Rouge  
1-2?
2005 Château Romanin Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Blanc Simple, yet pleasing. Good value.
2+
2003 Château Romanin La Chapelle de Romanin Rouge Les Baux de Provence  
1-2
2003 Château Romanin Rouge Les Baux de Provence  
3+
2000 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Rouge  
2-3+
2003 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Rouge  
2+?
2004 Château Sainte Anne Côtes du Provence Rouge  
2
NV Domaine Beauthorey Fontain Wine Very fun. Good value. A simple quaffer.
2-3?
2004 Domaine du Tragnier Banyuls Blanc  
2-3
2004 Domaine du Tragnier Collioure  
2
2001 Domaine du Tragnier Cuvee de Capatas  
2-3+?
2001 Domaine du Tragnier Cuvee d’Octobre  
2-3+
2005 Weingut Wittmann Riesling Trocken  
1-2+
2005 Weingut Wittmann Morstein Riesling Große Gewächse  
1-2?
NV Weingut Sander Riesling Sparkling Brut  I’d drink.
2?
2005 Weingut Sander Sauvignon Blanc Single Vyd  Very nice.
2--3
2005 Weingut Sander Riesling Halbtrocken   
2
2004 Weingut Sander Dornfelder   
1-2+
2005 Weingut Sander Gewurztraminer Auslese  Good.
2+
2005 Nikolaihof Hefeabzug Grüner Veltliner trocken  
1-2+
2005 Nikolaihof Im Weingebirge Grüner Veltliner Federspiel trocken  
2+
2005 Nikolaihof Vom Stein Riesling Federspiel trocken Very nice.
2-3
2002 Nikolaihof Im Weingebirge Grüner Veltliner Smaragd trocken  
2
2003 Nikolaihof Steiner Hund Riesling Reserve trocken  
3+
1991 Nikolaihof Vinothek Grüner Veltliner trocken (goes for $125-$150/btl) Stored for 15yrs in a big oak barrel, bottled March 2006. Very appealing and young.
3-4
2004 Movia Ribolla (Rebula) Fine but closed.
?
2005 Movia Lunar 100% Ribolla Gialla. Very cool orange color. No sulfites. Whole cluster. "Surface of barrel is like wine skin..."
?
2002 Movia Veliko Bianco Wow!
6+
2000 Movia Veliko Rosso  
4+
2002 Movia Pinot Noir (Modri Pinot/Pinot Nero) Maybe much higher…wasn't in my glass long enough.
3+?
2000 Movia Puro Sparking on lees. 80% Ribolla.
2
2001 Telmo Rodríguez Matallana Ribera del Duero  
3
2004 Telmo Rodríguez Altos Lanzaga Rioja Long finish. Elegant.
3-4
2003 Mas Estela Vinya Selva de Mar  
2+?
2004 Mas Estela Quindals  
2+?
2005 Cascina Degli Ulivi Gavi   
1+
2005 Cascina Degli Ulivi Gavi Filagnotti   
1+
2004 Cascina Degli Ulivi Montemarino  
1-2+
2005 Cascina Degli Ulivi La Merla Bianca  
2+
2005 Cascina Degli Ulivi Dolcetto Nibio  Awful!
0-1
2005 Stella di Campalto Rosso di Montalcino  Organic. Barrel sample.
1+
2004 Stella di Campalto Rosso di Montalcino  Organic.
1-2
2005 Poggio Trevvalle Santippe Organic.
1+
2005 Poggio Trevvalle Morellino di Scansano  Organic.
2?
2005 Poggio Trevvalle Montecucco Rosso Organic.
1-2
2004 Poggio Trevvalle Morellino di Scansano Larcille  Organic.
2-3?
2004 Tenuta di Valgiano Colline Lucchesi Rosso  
2
2003 Tenuta di Valgiano Colline Lucchesi Rosso  
2-3
2004 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d’Abruzzo  
2-3+
2001 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  
3?
2002 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  
3+
1995 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva  
3+
1985 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva  
2-5
2001 Rozendal Jonkershoek Valley First biodynamic vintage.
2+
2001 Rozendal Jonkershoek Valley Fruity wines. Not sure about them.
2+
2005 Millton Vineyard Chardonnay Opou Vyd  
1-2+
2005 Millton Vineyard Chenin Blanc Te Arai Vyd  
2+?
2005 Millton Vineyard Viognier Clos de Ste. Anne Estate Quite pleasant.
1-2?
2005 Millton Vineyard Pinot Noir Clos de Ste. Anne Estate  
2+
2006 Castagna Ingénue  
2-3
2004 Castagna Genesis Syrah  
3
2005 Castagna Genesis Syrah Needs time.
3-4
2005 Castagna Un Segreto  
3+
2005 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling  
3
2004 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz Needs time.
3+
2004 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz Needs time.
4+
2005 Cullen Ephraim Clarke Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
3?
2004 Cullen Chardonnay  
2+
2004 Cullen Mangan Malbec/Petit Verdot
2+
2004 Cullen Diana Madeline Cab Sauvignon/Cab Franc - Get some!
4+
2004 Antiyal Long finish.
2-4+
2004 Antiyal Kuyen Valle del Maipo  
2+
2003 Viñedos Emiliana G  
3+
2004 Viñedos Emiliana Coyam  
2
2005 Viñedos Emiliana Natura Carmenere  
2+
2005 Araujo Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vyd Great! Best California Sauvignon Blanc I've ever tasted.
4+
2003 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vyd  
4-6+
2002 Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir Vandal Vyd Los Carneros Barely Pinot-ish.
1-2+
2002 Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir Four Vyds Los Carneros Not very Pinot-ish.
2+
2002 Robert Sinskey Vineyard Reserve RSV Proprietary Red Napa Valley Acidic. Big.
?
2004 Frog’s Leap Merlot Napa Valley Organic. Might develop.
2-3
2003 Frog’s Leap Rutherford Organic. Tannic, teeth gripping.
2-4+
2004 Tres Sabores Zinfandel Rutherford Organic.
2-3+
2004 Tres Sabores Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon Organic.
2+
2003 Benziger Tribute Sonoma Mountain A bit wild. Acidic finish.
3+
2003 Benziger Maria de Paradiso Sonoma Mountain Sauvignon Blanc I like…
2+
2004 Coturri Zinfandel Estate Organic. 4% RS, so sweet but has some elegance.
?
2003 Coturri Sangiovese Freiberg Vyds Organic.
2+
2004 Coturri Merlot Feingold Vyds Organic. Big fruity taste. Hmmm.
2-3
2002 Bonterra McNab Ranch Red Table Wine  
2
2003 Bonterra McNab Ranch Red Table Wine  
2-3
2002 Ceago Vinegarden Merlot Camp Masut Tannins dominate.
2
2002 Ceago Vinegarden Cabernet Sauvignon Camp Masut Rough.
2
2004 Mendocino Farms Red Vine Series Cab 80%/ Petit Syrah 15%/ Syrah 5%. Quite Promising.
3?
2004 Paul Dolan Vyds Deep Red Mendocino  
2+


Telmo Rodriguez
Telmo Rodriguez

Aleš Kristančič of Movia and Jeffrey of Domaine Select
Jeffrey Meisel of Domaine Select observing
Movia's Aleš Kristančič decanting the 2005 Movia Lunar
(note the orange color of this wine)
in a Riedel decanter he borowed from the Riedel table


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