EPISODE #43
Manager Zach Cox & Thanksgiving Wines

2015 Bouchard Vosne-Romanee ($62)

Medium red. Sappy, rich but youthfully subdued nose offers black fruits, spices and exotic floral oils, with sexy suggestions of white peach and mango emerging with aeration. Then very rich and brilliantly delineated in the mouth, with grand cru weight and fruit intensity. This sweet, velvety wine really saturates the palate with raspberry, flowers and minerals. Very classy juice, but give it four or five years in the cellar.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 90

Tom: 87

George: 89

Zach: 91

Sourced from Monterey, San Luis, and Santa Barbara counties, this wine has a dark ruby color with a great nose of cherry, cola, and a wonder floral component. Flavors of cherry, cola, plum, herb, are intermixed with lovely acid to keep it fresh, lively, and not too heavy. While this is a juicy and upfront wine, this has the texture and secondary characteristics of a wine that costs much, much more.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 87

Tom: 87

George: 86

Zach: 88

2015 Jackhammer Pinot Noir Monterey County ($13)

2014 North Valley by Soter Pinot Noir Willamette Valley ($48)

This Pinot noir exhibits charming aromas of bright red fruits, with baking spices and underbrush. The nose is bright and high toned - very expressive. Medium bodied on the palate with a darker fruit profile, the wine is sleek and silky in texture. Additional notes of black mission figs and plums emerge, with some anise, black pepper and a little forest floor note. In the finish, the wine reveals clove and hints of espresso. Soft, youthful tannins are nicely balanced with acidity, and the wine is quite seamless.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 92

Tom: 94

George: 93

Zach: 93

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