Surfing Delectable: What The Pros Are Drinking

Pax Mahle – Winemaker and proprietor of Wind Gap Wines, Agharta & Pax2.0

Wind Gap Wines Woodruff Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
“Can’t wait to show these two off in the big apple @In Pursuit of Balance on Monday!”

Guilhem Et Jean-Hughes Goisot Côtes d’Auxerre La Ronce Rouge
“This is not proper Pinot…so pure…”
Rated 9.0

Grosjean Vigne Rovettaz Petite Arvine 2012
“So fresh and so clean…”
Rated 9.3

Domaine Dujac Les Gruenchers Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2006
“Man I love Pimento Cheese…& stems…”

Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere Et Fils Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2001
“Sooooooooo sexy….”
Rated 9.9

Domaine Uroulat Cuvée Marie Jurançon Sec Gros Manseng/Petit Courbu
Rated 8.2

Sandlands Amador County Syrah 2011
“Just fantastic…”
Rated 9.6

Michael Scaffidi – Wine Director at Union Square Café

Ulysse Collin Les Maillons Rose De Saignee Extra Brut Champagne Pinot Noir Rose
Rated 10

Krug Clos Du Mesnil Blanc De Blanc Brut Champagne Chardonnay
Rated 10

Cordero Di Montezemolo Vigna Enrico VI Barolo Nebbiolo 2004
Rated 10

Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo 1986
Rated 9.8

Cordero Di Montezemolo Monfalletto Barolo Nebbiolo
Rated 10

Bruno Giacosa Santo Stefano Riserva Barbaresco Nebbiolo 1982
Rated 10

Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc De Blancs Brut Champagne Chardonnay
Rated 6.6

Marc Hébrart Rive Gauche-Rive Droite Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne Blend 2008
Rated 10

Pascaline Lepeltier – Wine Director at Rouge Tomate

Les Cailloux Du Paradis Quartz Vin De Pays Du Loir-Et-Cher Sauvignon Blanc 2011
“Quite closed and a bit clumsy now knowing the usual definition of the wine. Still one of the great non-varietal SB of the Loire, a keeper and a favorite of mine. I will taste again in 6 months.”
Rated 8.8

Andre Beaufort Brut Millésimé Champagne 2002
“Degorged in 2012 - super showing with the usual oxidation yet back to a floral ton. Sugars present but perfectly integrated.“
Rated 9.4

François Chidaine Le Bouchet Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2008
“I love this wine in 2008, with lifted acid balancing the usual broadness of this cuvee”
Rated 9.5

Turley Vineyard 101 Zinfandel 2000
“Smart alternative to a port when looking for more sweet-sour notes, less sugar and more tannins. Aromatically still very fresh and not hot at all.”
Rated 8.8

Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 1999
“A way stronger, balanced and structured showing than the 1996 the week before – graciously poured by Matthew Conway.”
Rated 9.0

Philippe Delesvaux Anjou Feuille D’Or Chenin Blanc 2008
“More underrated dry chenins from Anjou Noir – and of course their sweet versions worth more than a simple recognition.”
Rated 8.9

La Pousse D’Or Clos De La Bousse D’Or Volnay 1er Cru Pinot Noir 1988
“Old Pousse D’Or twice in a week I won’t say no – this 1988 even though quite fresh and dense was not as precise and focused as the 83 60 ouvrées.”
Rated 8.0

Meg Maker – Wine writer

Schloss Johannisberg Rotlack Kabinett Feinherb Riesling 2013
“Powdery white flowers and a whiff of field herbs complement aromas of faint pineapple and wet stone. Supple and very serious on the palate, with modest acidity and quiet yellow fruits. This wine feels like a rain shower on dusty pavement after a long, dry season.”
Rated 9.2

Schloss Johannisberg Gelblack Feinherb Riesling 2013
“A floral perfume of jasmine and green tea is anchored by notes of ginger and Meyer lemon. Just off-dry, the body has a soft, pliant texture and crackly mid-palate minerality that keeps things serious. The acid hits you at the end as a starburst of ginger lemonade.”
Rated 9.0

Bonny Doon Vineyard Riesling To Live 2006
“Tropical fruits and pithy green citrus characterize the flavor profile, but overall these notes are quiet, almost muted. The dominant theme here is acid; it’s a tart and crackly traditional method sparkler, and although the texture of the mousse is very fine, the effervescence seems to emphasize the wine’s acidity. Give it twenty minutes of air to open up.”
Rated 8.0

Herdade Do Esporão Private Selection Alentejo Sémillon 2012
“A light amber color, this Portuguese Sémillon is redolent of peaches, green almond, and the nutty heart of stone fruit. It’s slightly oxidative, with a sable texture and rounded flavors of ripe yellow apple and waxy Asian pear. The finish drifts into sunlit glen. Curious, but interesting.”
Rated 8.8

Bonny Doon Vineyard Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2008
“Aromatically, this wine is about red cherries, black raspberries, bean paste, and eggshell. On the palate it’s about soy sauce and dark red fruits. It’s deeply savory, almost Marmite savory, with a zing of red fruits at the finish.”
Rated 8.5

Paul Mabray – Chief Strategy Officer at VinTank

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne Blend NV
“You can never go wrong with salmon.”
Rated 9.1

Bedrock Wine Co. Compagni Portis Vineyard Sonoma Valley White Blend 2013
“Super tasty.”
Rated 9.2

Chualar Canyon Winery La Marea Kristy Vineyard Albariño 2014
“Solid representation of Albariño from CA.”
Rated 8.5

Graham Beck The Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012
Rated 8.5

Château Durfort-Vivens Margaux Grand Cru Classé Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010
Rated 9.5

Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
“A beautiful chardonnay but a bit pricey. Recommended.”
Rated 9.4

Julien Fayard – Winemaker at Fayard Wines

Behrens & Hitchcock July Fourteenth Red Blend 2004
“California can age beautifully. 10 years old and still young.”
Rated 9.8

Meteor Vineyard Perseid Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Rated 8.9

Kristine Ashe Vineyards Entre Nous Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Rated 9.5

Perfect Season Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
“Knights Valley gem!”
Rated 9.3

Dana Estates Onda Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Rated 8.8

Di Costanzo Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
“Superb and classic – cellar favorite.”
Rated 9.5

Alain Thienot Brut Champagne Blend
“Tres brut almost bone dry and some interesting tropical fruit.”
Rated 9.0

Richard Betts – Master Sommelier

Aborigen Clandestino Grenache
Rated 7.7

Casa Madero Chenin Blanc 2013
Rated 7.6

Betts & Scholl Riesling
Rated 9.1

Domaine Le Couroulu Vieilles Vignes Vacqueyras Red Rhone Blend 2011
Rated 8.4

Ashton Hills Blend No. 1 Cemetery Block Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2013
Rated 9.1

Viñedos Y Terruños Icaro 2010
Rated 8.9

Raphael & Vincent Bérêche Vallée Millésime Grand Cru Champagne 2002
“Wow. ’02.”
Rated 10