Saturday, March 03, 2012

Few Selections from Robert Kacher

I tasted through these wines this week with one of my local guys who reps some of the portfolio from Kacher. The overall feel or theme from these wines exemplifies what Kacher wines are typically going to show, mainly Old World quality in a reserved and balanced format. Wines of this style are typically not the biggest wines in the bunch, and may not appeal to the wine drinker looking for a fruit bomb. Who they will appeal to is the wine buyer looking for a great wine with true to origin flavor profile that will pair with food in a better than expected manner. See my notes:

Phillipe Portier Quincy, 2010 (Loire Valley, France)
Fresh aromatics with a tangy and juicy feel on the palate; touch of steely apple and mellow pear flavors; clean finish with some light ferment notes. 1+/3

Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone blanc "Becassone”, 2010 (S. Rhone, France)
Touch of wax or lanolin in the aromatics; easy and gentle feel on the palate with a waxy feel; finishes clean and fresh with soft fruit flavors. Single vineyard bought in 1978, about 800 case production. 1++/3

Manciat-Poncet Macon Charnay, 2009 (Burgundy, France)
Cheesy and apply on the nose; concentrated feel with a kind of linear feel on the palate, med- to med+ acids with a good feel; somewhat full flavors through the finish. All estate bottled and hand harvested that maintains concentration. 1/3

Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone, 2009 (S. Rhone, France)
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault, all done in SS. Old World style with reserved fruit that has good depth and width on the palate; cherry fruit, balanced with good acid level and grippy tannins - fairly full wine for the money. 1+/3

Santa Duc Gigondas "Garancieres", 2007 (Southern Rhone, France)
Garrigue-like aromas on the nose with bright, ripe, briary aromas; loads of big cherry and berry fruit flavors with spices; smoothness on the palate that moves to a dryness on the finish and leaves some grippy tannins. Fruit holds, too. Good. 1+/3

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