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  1. Presenters
  2. Participants
  3. The wines
  4. Information on the wines
  5. Member’s wines ratings


Orlando Reos, Miguel Segovia, Alfonso Sanchez

TYPE :  Blind


Mario Aguilar, Cecilio Berndsen, Jaime Estupiñán, Italo Mirkow, Orlando Reos, Lee Samuelson, Jairo Sanchez, Alfonso Sanchez, Jairo Sanchez, Miguel Segovia.


This presentation revisits three red wines that Club Members rated with the highest scores in previous tastings.

  1. 2015 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Blanc, Bastide St. Dominique
  2. 2007 Seghesio –  Barolo – la Villa – Piemonte
  3. 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Penfolds –Bin 407
  4. 2009 Poesía – Clos des Andes, Malbec Reserva


  1. Assorted Cheese Plate
  2. Mix Salad
  3. Veal Ravioli
  4. Grilled Beef Medallions and Vegetables
  5. Desert and/or coffee


(All information obtained and condensed from several Internet articles.)

2015 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Blanc, Bastide St. Dominique

bastideThe Wine: Indicative blend: Clairette Rose, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. While southern Rhone red blends are far more common in this part of France, white wines are included in several notable appellations in the region. Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is the most famous of these, using Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette and a small handful of obscure local varieties. White Cotes du Rhone wines use a similar blend, often along with Marsanne and Viognier.

Since there are so many possible incarnations of the blend, it is extremely difficult to narrow down any singular characteristic in these wines. The aromas, flavors, bodyweight, mouthfeel, aging potential and dryness level all depend entirely on the grape varieties used and the winemaking techniques involved.

The Winery: La Bastide Saint Dominique estate lies in the heart of Provence, right in the foothills of Chateauneuf du pape, buffeted by the gusts of the Mistral wind and bathed by the bright southern sun. Located at the heart of the Southern Rhône Valley, a stone’s throw away from Châteauneuf du Pape, La Bastide Saint Dominique estate enjoys optimal climate with the unique Mistral wind and very hot and dry summers.

Read More about the winery here: http://bastide-st-dominique.com/?lang=en

2007 Seghesio –  Barolo – la Villa 2007 – Piemonte  

fratelli-seghesio-la-villa-baroloThe Wine: Nebbiolo 100%.  Seghesio’s Barolo is concentrated, big and muscular with pure Nebbiolo aromas and velvety texture. The estate is no-longer the secret of those in-the-know, ever since the 2004 vintage received 95 points from the Wine Spectator. Ageing:   24 months in French oak barriques and tonneaux with a further 12 months in bottle prior to release.

The Winery: Brothers Aldo and Riccardo Seghesio began bottling their wine from their ten-hectares in the La Villa cru in 1988; the cru, in the Castelletto subzone not far from Manzone’s Gramolere, is another one of the most precipitous, best-drained expositions in all of Barolo, reached only by a ride of switchbacks up from the town of Monforte.

Read more about the Seghesio Frateli Winery here: http://www.fratelliseghesio.com/en/

2010Cabernet Sauvignon – Penforlds –Bin 407

Penfolds 407The Wine: Winemaker’s Notes: Deep magenta in color. The nose is energetic exuberant. Varietally pure – cassis/blackcurrant, at the physiologically riper end of the spectrum – no herbal or green cues. Other aromatics include derived scents extolling memories of homemade cannoli – its pastry and custard/chocolate. Upon sitting, a suggestion of Chinese sausage. French oak is evident, with clove, cedar, pencil shavings. The palate is full-bodied, fresh, bright and lively. It is defined and focussed. Solid, granular tannins, balanced acidity and friendly yet reserved oak, beckon an impressive structural conveyance. Palate length and persistence? Only one way to confirm… please pour.

The Winery: For over 170 years, three distinct styles have underpinned the Penfolds winemaking philosophy: single vineyard or single block, single region or sub-region, and multi-region or multi-varietal blending.

Penfolds single vineyard and single block wines are celebrated for their unique terroir and sense of place. These include Magill Estate Shiraz, Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Reserve Kalimna Block 25 Mataro, and 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz.

Similarly, Penfolds wines sourced from a single region or sub-region represent the best of what that region or sub-region can offer. These wines are regarded for their optimised regional character and microclimate variants such as soil, drainage and aspect. Examples include RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz and Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.

Finally, both multi region and multi-varietal blending exemplify what Penfolds is best known for from a winemaking perspective – crafting wines to a house style.  Penfolds Grange is the original and most powerful expression of this blending philosophy, which results in a consistency of style and quality across vintages. Other examples of this style include St Henri Shiraz, Yattarna, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz and Grandfather Rare Tawny.

Read more about the winery here: https://www.penfolds.com/en-us

2009 Poesía – Clos des Andes, Malbec Reserva

poesia-clos-des-andes-2009-malbec-reserva-mendozaThe Wine: This wine is 100% Malbec.  This is not the same wine we rated and tasted before but is made under similar approach as the Poesía blend tasted in meeting No. 52.  The nose reveals notes of leather, truffles combined with notes of fruits and a touch of chocolate powder. The palate is fresh, mineral, fruity, fat and offers a good fruit expression and a half weight matter. In the mouth it expresses notes of black fruit (plum, black cherry), cherry and slight notes of chocolate associated with a touch of coffee and leather. Tannins are melted.

The Winery: This is a small winery (13 hectares) located in Luján de Cuyo at about 3100 feet of altitude. Owned by the Gracin family who settled from Bordeaux and bottled their first crop in 2002.  They are dedicated to produce Bordeaux-type wines.

Read about Poesia Winery here: http://www.bodegapoesia.com/english/index.htm


Rating Scale:

  • 96-100 Pts. – Exceptional
  • 90-95 Pts.  –  Outstanding
  • 86-89 Pts.  –  Very good
  • 81-85 Pts.  –  Good
  • 76-80 Pts.  –  Acceptable
  • 75 or fewer – Mediocre

Participants ranking, average scores and wine prices :

  1. 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Penfolds –Bin 407
    • Expert Ratings: Avg   91 Pts.
    • Member Ratings: 92 Pts.
    • Price: $45
  2. 2007 Seghesio –  Barolo – la Villa – Piemonte
    • Expert Ratings:  Avg. 91 Pts.
    • Member Ratings:   92 Pts.
    • Price: $52
  3. 2009 Poesía – Clos des Andes, Malbec Reserva
    • Expert Ratings: Avg.  87 Pts.
    • Member Ratings:  91Pts.
    • Price: $30
  4. 2015 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Blanc, Bastide St. Dominique
    • Expert Ratings: WS 94  Pts..
    • Member Ratings:  91 Pts.
    • Price: $35

See full detailed evaluation here: tasting-_54-best-of-past-years-evaluation