TNs: Weekend Wines (Sorrel, J.M. Morey, Sesta di Sopra)

Had a long (Jewish) holiday weekend, so took the opportunity to make some nice meals and pop some corks on bottles I’d been looking forward to. After a streak of uninspiring wines over the past few months, was happy these all showed so well and went so nicely with the food. Only “dud” was a 2010 Henri Prudhon & Fils Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Sur Le Sentier Du Clou (Blanc), which, to be fair, wasn’t really a dud. It was just far from ready and needs time for the oak to integrate.

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2010 Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Santenay 1er Cru Grand Clos Rousseau - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay 1er Cru (6/13/2016)

Dark-hued but still visually transparent.

Nose is awesome. Super fragrant. An intoxicating perfume, kind of masculine. A little bit like sandalwood, but that’s not exactly right. After 2 hrs, an intense spice tingles the schnozz. I love when that happens.

Flavor is very much all about the tart red fruit, cranberry and raspberry, with a serious black tea component. Acidity is high and just right. Becomes very savory with time. A touch of earth. Attractive bitter element on the back-end.

This is why I drink burgundy.

Great now but has years ahead.

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2007 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Gréal - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage (6/13/2016)

Hermitage in a Burgundian vein.

Surprisingly light color. Medium weight on the palate (lighter than I expected), but packs a lot of punch. Power w/o weight, yadda yadda.

Flavor-wise: significant licorice element. Normally that’s not my thing, but here it plays a consistent, supplementary role that just worked for me with this wine and provided a great deal of interest.

With time, smoke and green olives come out, with the smokey element taking center stage with food - grilled bone-in ribeye, a great pairing.

Great experience with a lovely, lovely wine.

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2008 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (6/13/2016)

I haven’t had a Brunello in years, but this has me questioning why that is. What a fun and delicious wine.

Plums, chocolate, coffee, tobacco. Grapes!

Clearly very substantial, but not heavy. This seems to me to be very much in balance and tasty to boot. The wine is itching for a huge slab of red meat.

Need to expand my wine horizons and go this direction a little more often.

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Thanks for the notes Levi! Been a while since I have had a Sesta di Sopra, always enjoyed them but fell off my radar I guess.

This was my first time trying a Sesta di Sopra and I was very pleasantly surprised. Definitely going to stay on the lookout going forward.

And Scott - the Greal was a real treat and clearly well-stored. I think you’re going to enjoy your bottles.