2013 Review

Time files… not sure if it’s a lazy or busy year 2013 !

Although most of the tasting notes were documented in Vivino since March, not much “specials” were written. I am sure there’s a lot in the pipeline to be coming…

I still remember the year before (2012) my objective was to search some good bargain wine, looking at $10 to $20 wines, maybe. While this is still the trend in 2013, I was exploring more out of Western Australia, and getting to more “small but beautiful” (so-called boutique winery) wines, especially from the East Coast in Victoria. For example, Mount Mary, Wantirna Estate & Curly Flat.

There’s two aims mainly: First is to looking at the small production winery, at the range of thousand cases per year, or even smaller volume. The second one is to follow more on the Langton’s classification, trying to see if it can help to local some good wines in Australia for me.

Quite a lot of wines are ordered but not possible to taste all right now. Also, my first En Primeur in Australia, Giaconda (maybe the only one) was also done in the last year. I am sure there’s more to share soon…

All in all, the wines bolded in the following list were relatively remarkable for me last year. The best of the best in each category is:

Champagne: 2002 Mont d’Hor Champagne Saint-Thierry France

White: 2010 Curly Flat Chardonnay VIC Lancefield Australia

Red: 2008 Zonin Amarone della Valpolicella Gambellara Italy

Dessert: 1999 Disznoko Tokaji Aszu Kapi 6 Puttonyos Tokaj-Hegyalja Hungary

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Let’s Cheers for a better year 2014 !
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My 2013 Full Wine List:

Champagne/Sparkling:

NV Grandin Brut Sparkling France
NV Leglise St Martin Blanqte de Limoux Sparkling France
NV Ruinart Champagne Chardonnay Brut, Blanc de Blanc France
NV Dopff Au Moulin Sparkling PINOT BLANC + PINOT AUXERROIS Cuvee Julien Brut France, Alsace
NV Simonnet Febvre de Brgogne Sparkling France, Burgungy
NV Pol Gessner Champagne Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier Brut NM-243-069 France, Champagne, Epernay
NV Mumm Champagne Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier Brut Cordon Rouge NM-257-001 France, Champagne, Reims
NV Krug Champagne France, Reims
1998 Krug Champagne Brut France, Reims
2002 Mont d’Hor Champagne France, Saint-Thierry
NV Henkell Trocken Sparkling Dry Sec Germany
NV Ca Bolani Prosecco Sparkling Italy
NV Porta Dante Prosecco Sparkling Italy
NV The Rocks Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
NV Chandon Sparkling Australia
NV Hardys Sir James Brut Sparkling Australia
2009 Seppelt Sparkling Pinot Noir (63%), Chardonnay (28%), Pinot Meunier (9%) Salinger 2013 JH Top 100 & Best Australian Sparkling Category Australia, SA
2010 Seppelt Sparkling Salinger VIC
2009 Lost Lake Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Amici (Italian for Friends) JH 89 Eastbrook Valley, Pemberton WA
2007 Old Kent River Sparkling Pinot Noir 70% Chardonnay 30% Diamondtina Frankland River
2007 Houghton Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir Wisdom Pemberton
2012 Duke’s Vineyard Sparkling Riesling Porongurup
NV Cuvee Coonawarra Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut South Australia
NV Grant Burge Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay D&D’s Gift 2013 Xmas South Australia
NV Yellowglen Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir Colours Brut Cuvee South Australia
NV Zenith Sparkling Brut Reserve South Australia
NV Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava Spain
NV Jansz Sparkling Chardonnay (52%) Pinot Noir (48%) Premium Cuvee Tasmania
NV Bay of Fires Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut Tasmanian
NV Evans & Tate Sparkling Chardonnay Zamphire Western Australia
NV Sieur Darques Grandecuvee Sparkling

White Wines:

2011 Dopff Gewurztraminer Alsace
2012 Nigl Gruner Veltlner Gartling K4572319 Austria, Niederosterreich
2011 Domane Wachau Gruner Veltlner Terrassen Federspiel Austria, Wachau
2011 Dopff Au Moulin Riesling France, Alsace
2011 Dopff Au Moulin Gewurztraminer France, Alsace
2009 Fernand Engel Riesling Grand Cru Praelatenberg France, Alsace
2010 Wolfberger Riesling France, Alsace
2009 Clos Floridene Blanc Semillon (51%) Sauvignon (47%) Muscadelle (2%) 460 cases only RP90-92 France, Graves
2009 Chateau de Pommard Chardonnay France, Pommard
2007 Hugel & Fils Gewurztraminer Jubilee Hugel France, Riquewihr
2011 Azienda Agricola Pacina Toscana Bianco (Trebbiano, Malvasia) LA Cerretina Italy, Siena, Castelnuovo Berardenga
2010 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve USA, California
2012 Coco Farm & Winery Chardonnay 94%, Kellner 6% Kaze no Etude Japan
2013 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley
2012 Mockingbird Hill Chardonnay Classically Chare Clare Valley
2012 Lenton Brae Chardonnay Southside Chardonnay Margaret River
2007 Moss Wood Chardonnay Vintage 9/10 Margaret River
2012 Moss Wood Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Ribbon Vale Margaret River
2011 Woodlands Chardonnay Margaret River
2008 Xanadu Chardonnay Reserve Listed in Fat Duck UK menu Margaret River
2013 Warburn Estate Pinot Grigio Cooking NSW
2013 Castle Rock Estate Riesling Single Vineyard Porongurup, WA
2012 Grant Burge Chardonnay YUM Kitchen South Australia
2012 Pioneers Rest Pinot Grigio South Australia
2012 Farr Rising Chardonnay VIC Geelong
2010 Curly Flat Chardonnay VIC Lancefield
2008 Cherubino Riesling Mount Baker Western Australia
2012 Rothbury Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

Red Wines:

2010 Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir Burgundy
2009 Pierre Naigeon Pinot Noir 7800 bottles only Burgundy, Cotes de Nutts
2009 Pierre Naigeon Pinot Noir 3471 bottles only Burgundy, Marsannay
2008 Chateau Lavergne-Dulong 60%, Merlot, 30% Cab Sav, 10% Cab Franc #022283 France, Bordeaux
2009 Moulinet Lasserre Bordeaux Blend France, Pomerol
2001 Chateau Beauregard Merlot Cabernet Franc France, Pomerol
2009 Chateau de Pommard Pinot Noir France, Pommard
2010 Chateau de Pommard Pinot Noir France, Pommard
2010 Chateau Cheylno Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan France, Rhone
1996 Clos Du Marquis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2nd Growths Second wine of Château Léoville Las Cases France, Saint Julien
2009 Faizeau Bordeaux Blend France, Saint-Emilion
2010 Pio Cesare Barbera AAD 02202015 Lot: 12356 Italy, Dálba
2011 Pio Cesare Dolcetto AAB 06922138 Lot: 12254 Italy, Dálba
2011 Castello del Poggio Dolcetto Italy, Dásti
2008 Zonin Amarone Amarone della Valpolicella AAC 05194106 Italy, Gambellara
2008 Marques de Riscal Tempranillo (90%) Graciano (7%) Mazuelo (3%) Herederos Del Reserva Spain Rioja
2009 Erath Pinot Noir USA, Oregon
2010 Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir Vintner’s Reserve USA, Santa Rosa
2009 Murphy-Goode Zinfandel (98%) ,Carignane (2%) Liars Dice USA, Sonoma County
2007 Briarose Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Blackwood Cove Augusta
2009 Peter Lehmann Shiraz (39%) Cabernet (38%) Merlot (23%) Clancy’s Barossa
2007 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
2006 Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
2007 Alkoomi Shiraz Jarrah Frankland River
NV Cape Bouvard Shiraz Mandurah
2008 Brookland Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Premium Margaret River
2007 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot Diana Madeline Margaret River
2012 Dune Ridge Shiraz Margaret River
2008 Island Brook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
2008 Moss Wood Cabernet Merlot Ribbon Vale Margaret River
2000 Pierro Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Reserve Margaret River
2008 Wise Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 80 Margaret River
2011 Two Hands Shiraz Angel’s Share McLaren Vale
2011 Clonakilla Shiraz Hilltops NSW
2010 Krondorf Shiraz Barossa South Australia
2008 Penfolds Shiraz Cabernet Koonunga Hill Seventy Six South Australia
2011 Vasarelli Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Currency Creek, SA. Bottled by Wood and Co. SA South Australia
2009 Breamcreek Pinot Noir Tasmania
2011 Farr Rising Pinot Noir JH94 VIC Geelong
2010 Curly Flat Pinot Noir VIC Lancefield
2008 Moss Wood Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula Vintage 8/10 (First Vintage) VIC Mornington Peninsula
2010 Yering Station Pinot Noir VIC Yarra Valley
2009 Moss Wood Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula Victoria
2011 Abbey View Classic Dry Red, Bottled by Vinpac, SA Western Australia
2009 Te Mata Estate CabS (45%) Merlot (40%) CabF (15%) Awatea Hawkes Bay, NZ

Rose:

2012 Zonte’s Footstep Rose Grenache (100%) Scarlet Ladybird South Australia

Dessert Wines:

2001 Hugel & Fils Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive White/Dessert France, Riquewihr
2000 Chateau Imperial Tokaj Tokaj 4 Puttonyos Hungary
1999 Disznoko Tokaji Aszu Kapi 6 Puttonyos Tokaji Blend 500ml Tokaj-Hegyalja Hungary
2007 Hetszolo Tokaj Tokaj late harvest White/Dessert Hungary
2010 Brown Brothers Orange Muscat (80%) & Flora (20%) 375ml Australia
NV Campbells Topaque (Muscadelle) Rutherglen 375ml Australia, VIC
2011 Moss Wood Botrytis Semillon Ribbon Vale Vintage 9/10 Margaret River

… of course, many others not from my cellar !

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