This was a RossBott tasting. 16 people, 8 wines. We tasted blind and individually ranked them. The rankings are compiled and tallied, yielding a group score, ranking and a spread. The score is 1 point for each 1st place vote, 2 for 2nd and so on down to 8 for 8th, so the lower the score the better. The spread shows the number of votes for the following rankings: 1st/2nd/3rd/last.
A) Nose - deep, dark, sappy, herbal, intense dark fruits.
Intense, round, herbal, rich, black plum, lemon marmalade, nice medium toast. 96 pts
My #1, group #5 4/1/1/0 (69)
Alesia '04 Kanzler
Big shocker for me! From what I've read, this is one of their less well received wines. Certainly didn't fit the impression I got. Glad I have a bottle.
B) Nose - cherry, higher toned, black plum, bay.
Smooth. Sneaky entry blossoms into intense, dark, toasty fruit. Deceptively low-key, quite complex. Should improve with time in the cellar. 94 pts
My #2, group #3 1/6/2/1 (64)
Alesia '04 Sonoma Coast
C) Nose - candied, roasted fruit, black plum, sage.
Tight. Spiced plum, dusty, bay, sage, redwood, with a toasty char finish. Drink '11-'21 93+ pts
My #3, group #2 3/2/3/0 (63)
Rhys '06 Alpine Vyd.
D) Nose - dark, sappy, black plum & black currant, rosemary, dried basil.
Piney, with dense, dark fruit. Darker toast. More flash, less substance. San Mateo? Drink now-'13 92 pts
My #4, group #1 1/3/3/1 (54)
Alesia '06 Sonoma Coast
E) Nose - Minty, high toned, herbal, red cherry, raspberry, touch of black plum. A hint of out house appeared after 15 minutes or so.
Minty, toasty, black plum, iodine. Drink now-'11 91+ pts
My #5, group #4 4/1/2/1 (68)
Alesia '05 Falstaff
F) Nose - bright, rhubarb, strawberry, balsam.
Zesty, black plum and raspberry, roasemary. Seems a bit ungiving. Needs time. Drink '13-'18. 91 pts
My #7, group #6 0/3/2/4 (91)
Alesia '05 Chileno Valley
G) Nose - minty, milky, toast, red cherry.
Sappy, dusty, lemon zest, strawberry and red cherry. 89 pts
My #8, group #7 2/1/1/5 (94)
Alesia '06 Green Valley
H) Nose - very very shy, strawberry, bay.
Marsannay-like fruit, pert, mildly grippy tannin, sultry, earthy, raspberry, orange zest. Relatively thin. 91 pts
My #6, group #8 1/0/1/4 (99)
Alesia '06 San Mateo
Interesting that the wines with the most 1st place votes finished 4th and 5th. There was certainly a consistency of style, though a couple showed a heavier toast. A couple people liked them all so much, regardless of the great variation of vineyard expressions, that they had trouble ranking them.
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