This past weekend for the Saginaw Uncorked tasting group:
White varietal comparison:
2011 Left Foot Charlie Riesling Dry Antrim/Grand Traverse/Leelanau Counties-- A very nice Riesling at any price, and this one is very nicely priced!
2010 Domaine Michel Briday Rully-- Lovely minerality and balance
2011 Oppermann's (LWS) Pinot Grigio California--at $10 a great bargain, and showed nice varietal characteristics to compare with the Riesling and Chard.
Pinot Noir flight:
2007 Brys Estate Pinot Noir Old Mission Peninsula -- Just starting to be in a good place right now, nicely balanced.
2007 King Estate Pinot Noir Oregon -- the simplest and fruitiest of the three.
2007 Domaine Bernard & Sophie Morey Santenay 1er Cru Passtemps -- a bit rustic and a tad restrained, this really benfitted from an extra 45 minutes in the glass.
Red varietal comparison flight:
2009 Sichel Margaux--An excellent bottle of early-approachable Bordeaux with a tilt toward Cabernet Sauvignon. Lacks some of the classic Margaux perfume, however.
2009 Chateau Haut Ballet Fronsac. Dense, chewy and young 100% Merlot. If you like "Parkerized" Bordeaux, this is an excellent modern wine at an affordable price.
2010 Chateau Hyot Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux--The character of Cab Franc carries this wine, which is very fresh and vibrant with a leafier edge. A great wine for the price.
Bottles opened after the "official" club tasting:
2004 Chateau St. Pierre--young, but still very enjoyable, outstanding.
2001 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Napa Valley--Drinks well right now.
2001 Yalumba Shiraz "the Octavius"--rich complex and very ripe notes, half-way to port, but perfectly mature.
1985 Porto Talyor Fladgate -- Excellent, and in a nice place right now, but could go longer.
2002 Chateau Latour-- My WOTN. This is a great wine regardless of what you think of the vintage. Really an excellent bottle and approachable now, though not finished with its evolution.