Notes from the JWSieg Tasting

Notes from the JWSieg Tasting

Posted on Jun, 09. 2010 by

Categories: Events, Wine

This is, admittedly, a little belated, but Thursday’s storms threw a nice little wrench into last week’s gears. In any case, we had Billy Koenig from JWSieg Wines pouring 6 very different wines for us. You guys keep showing up in droves every other wednesday, which is not only encouraging for us, but it also wows our distributor reps. Buying power…that’s right!

So, Billy brought a Rosé, 2 whites and 3 reds…like I said, all very different wines. The lighter-colored star of the night was clearly the 2009 Chateau Montaud Rosé (Provence). Aside from being ridiculously inexpensive, this was a solid, complete rosé…in pure Provence style. Salmon in color, dry, precise, full of eucalyptus and well-placed acid and dried flowers. I don’t want to oversell this, because the Domaine Dragon (from Will’s e-mail several days) is still my summertime rosé of choice, but the price is a couple bucks less here…and if you’re looking to go really cheap (say for parties, etc.) on your pink drink, this is perfect.

2009 Chateau Montaud Rosé
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $8.25 • Premier Cru: $8.63 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $11.25
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The three reds were each unique, distinct, purposeful. I’d love to be able to recommend the Obsidian Cab Sauv, I honestly would (because it’s a big, classic cali cab, for sure), but at a touch short of $30 at Guild prices (close to $40 retail!), we’re just not buying it. Weight doesn’t justify that upcharge! Speaking of weight, however, the 2004 Lan Rioja Reserva we definitely do recommend. What I was most impressed with in this wine is that it’s not a fat Parker-ite convert, as so many Riojas these days seem to be (as if they hired Rolland to consult for a weekend)…no, this is perfectly ripe without being overbearing, no boring opulence, plenty of spicy woodiness…and a dried fruit extraction almost like young tawny port. Between the depth on the nose, the relative briskness and the powerful, spicy finish (not to mention the great price as Riojas go), this is a perfect summer grilling wine…serious, but not too serious. Yeah, apparently Spain can still do great things for under $20.

2004 Lan Rioja Reserva
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.11 • Premier Cru: $14.75 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $19.25
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Thanks for everyone who came last week—and we’ll see you next week (Kevin Schultz of Dionysos will be pouring a bunch of new stuff just a few weeks off the container, including a collaborative Minervois from legends Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot that will rock you to the core).

One Response to “Notes from the JWSieg Tasting”

  1. Michael Davis

    09. Jun, 2010

    In addition to being deliciouse, the 2009 Chateau Montaud Rosé was awarded 90 points in the Wine Spectator. Unheard of for a wine at this price point.