Broadbent Selections Tasting

A truly warm experience, I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with wine importer Bartholomew Broadbent and Broadbent Selections. The day began with a vertical tasting of Serge Hochar’s Chateau Musar at the Driskill Hotel, reaching back to the ’60s (which I’ll write about separately), followed by a Broadbent Selections Portfolio tasting in the ballroom, siptalk and Ephraim Owens at Vino Vino, Dale Watson at the Continental Club, and the Greyhounds at the Continental Gallery. Talk about great wine, folks, music, and dancing…

Spearheaded in Texas by Riley Gerber of Grape Nutz Wine, the quality of Broadbent’s wines and the sincere people surrounding them is stellar. The Broadbent Selections label gets a GTR Stamp-On-the-Head! Every single wine below is solid and worth buying. The genuine and true people behind the juice remind you what is special and unique about the wine business and how fortunate we are to be in it.

Below is my quick “take” on the wines I tried at the portfolio tasting. I didn’t get a chance to try Dragon’s Hollow, though I wanted to. Both the Musar and portfolio tastings were very well executed. I don’t know why most of these types of portfolio tastings in the industry aren’t more like this. An easy-to-follow, alphabetical note guide that truly goes in order of the wineries? This is a routine procedure, but it is rarely done well. It makes for a much friendlier rhythm, which makes buyers more excited about actually buying… Hats off to Broadbent, Gerber, Virtuoso, the Driskill Hotel, and the wineries.

My order preference.

1. ’02 Louis Guntrum Riesling Auslese Oppenheimer Sacktrager $32 A +9 **** 042009

2. ‘nv Ferreira Tawny Port 20yr. Duque Braganca $69 A+ -5 *****

3. ‘nv Broadbent Madeira Malmsey 10yr. $43 A -2 ****

4. ‘nv Delbeck Brut Heritage $60 A +9 ***

5. ‘04 Guntram Eiswein Penguin Silvaner(or Ries?) (375ml) $59 A +5 ***

6. ’06 Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional $100 A -34 ****

7. ’05 Quinta do Crasto Donna Maria Teresa $150 A -36 ***

8. ’07 Machherndl Chard $(?) tl26 A **

9. ’06 Quinta do Crasto Riserva Old Vines $40 A -4 ***

10. ’04 Vilafonte Series M $49 A +13 ***

11. ‘nv Broadbent Madeira Rsv 5yr $23 A -1 ***

12. ‘nv Delbeck Brut Heritage Rose $80 A- -24 **

13. ’04 Vilafonte Series C $67 A -3 ***

14. ‘nv Broadbent Port Auction Rsv $22 A +2 **

15. ’06 Louis Guntrum Riesling Niersteiner Bergkirche Kab $22 A- +2 **

16. ’98 Musar Rouge $50 A- -3 **

17. ’04 Warwick Three Cape Ladies $25 A- -1 **

18. ’02 Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande $19 A- +7 **

19. ’07 Warwick Cab Sauv First Lady $(?) tl24 A- **

20. ’06 Warwick Pinotage Old Bush Vines $20 A +4 **

21. ’08 Weinert Carascal White $14 A- +2 **

22. ’08 Machherndl Grun Velt Steinwand Smaragd $23 A- -1 ***

23. ’06 Warwick Shiraz $20 A- +7 **

24. ’07 Machherndl Grun Velt Steinwand Smaragd $23 A- -4 **

25. ’07 Machherndl Grun Velt Kollmutz Federspeil $19 A- +3 ***

26. ’08 Machherndl Grun Velt Kollmutzt Federspeil $19 A- -1 **

27. ’05 Pago de Larrainzar Red $60 A- -33 *

28. ’07 Quinta do Crasto White $22 A- -3 **

29. ’08 Warwick Sauv Blc $20 A- +3 **

30. ’03 Weinert Malbec $23 A- -4 **

31. ‘nv Ferreira White Port $17 A- +9 **

32. ’04 Musar Cuvee Blanc $19 A- -3 **

33. ’07 Quinta do Crasto Red $20 B+ -4 *

34. ’06 Louis Guntrum Riesling Dry $14 B+ -1 **

35. ‘nv Montsarra Cava $19 B+ -2 **

36. ’08 Spy Valley Sauv Blc $19 B+ -3 **

37. ’05 Weinert Carascal Red $14 B+ +1 *

38. ’07 Spy Valley Riesling $20 A- -4 *

39. ’07 Aresti Merlot $10 A- +3 **

40. ’07 Louis Guntrum Riesling $14 B -5 *

41. ’06 Casa Ferreirinha Esteva $14 B+ = *

42. ’07 Spy Valley Gewurz $20 B+ -5 *

43. ’08 Aresti Carmenere $10 A- +6 **

44. ’07 Aresti Cab Sauv $10 B+ +5 **

45. ’07 Aresti Pinot Noir $10 B+ +4 *

46. ’07 Aresti Gewurz LH 375ml $15 B+ +4 *

47. ’08 Aresti Gewurz $10 B+ +1 *

48. ’08 Aresti Sauv Blc $10 B -1 **

49. ‘nv Broadbent Vinho Verde (’07) $10 A- -1 ***

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WINERY INFO

(Aresti)

(Bodega Weinert)

(Delback, Port, Madeira, Dragon’s, Hollow)

(Ferreira, Casa Ferreirinha)

(Louis Guntrum)

(Machherndl)

(Montsarra Cava)

(Chateau Musar)

(Quinta do Crasto)

(Pago de Larrainzar)

(Spy Valley)

(Vilafonte)

(Warwick)

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~ by GoodTasteReport on April 22, 2009.

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