Wine Geeks of the Twin Cities

  • Another great get together with wine geeks in the Twin Cities. It is amazing that more wine drinkers don’t get together instead of paying someone $65.00 for six modest Pinot Noirs. Dinner was only $80.00 at the Kenwood plus a nice bottle which equals for 3.5 hours of enjoyment. Contact me to get involved in the wine dinner scene.

Champagne Flight

White Flight

  • 2014 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series – Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
    Always a solid. Rich wine featuring lemon, spice, floral, burnt toast and mild oak. Complex wine and medium plus finish. Should drink well for 5 plus years. (93 pts.)
  • 2015 Lillian Winery Roussanne – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
    Unique wine. Intense with minerals, lemon zest, floral, honeysuckles and minerals. Won’t think this is a Northern Rhone but an interesting wine and would love to try this again in a smaller group. 92+ (92 pts.)

Pinot Noir Flight

  • 2012 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
    Others like this more than I did. No Pinot character here. Spice, pine tar, dense fruit and chalk. Clunky wine. (87 pts.)
  • 2012 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
    Big style Pinot but enjoyable. Strawberry, floral, rose petals and earth. Medium plus finish. For sure some ripeness here. (91 pts.)
  • 2013 Brick House Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais Ribbon Ridge – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
    This evolved in the glass. Up front a ton of cinnamon overload. 15 minutes later a much better wine that featured spice, mild funk, forest floor and sour cherries. Medium finish. Hold this for a few years. (92 pts.)


  • 2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    Top 3 wine! Garrique, funk, stone, spices and earth. Featuring raspberries and cherry. Very balanced and drinking well. Medium plus finish. Got some likes at the tasting. (94 pts.)

Bordeaux Flight

  • 2000 Château Cantemerle – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
    Some funk, spice, light fruits and earth. Lacks concentration and personality. Short to medium finish. (87 pts.)
  • 1998 Château Smith Haut Lafitte – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
    Boring and weak wine. Earth, water chestnuts, muted fruit and tobacco. This lacks concentration and is past peak. Consume immediately. (88 pts.)
  • 2001 Château Gazin Pomerol – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
    Excellent! 3rd best wine at the tasting. Funk, tobacco, gravel, chestnuts and cherry. Really good concentration and medium plus finish. Still young and a decade plus of enjoyment. (93 pts.)

Ending Flight

  • 2011 Bernard Magrez Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley
    Port like. Blackberries, blueberries, coffee beans and earth. Medium to long finish. Will revisit day 2. I like the wine but could see where others would find it unbalanced.
    Day 2: Big style. Certainly not going to find balance but tasty nonetheless. (91 pts.)
  • 2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
    This wine was unfortunately at the end of the tasting but the star. Finished a glass at home. Holly Cow!!! White pepper, stone, blueberries, cherry, dust, black olives and earth. Concentrated and long finish. This is a top 10 for sure for 2020! Cheaper than Cayuse and is as good! Wow!
    Day 2: Not as good. Lost the intensity. This is a consume on day 1. (95 pts.)

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