Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Lunch Tasting With Sashi Moorman

I was invited by The Wine Agency to meet Sashi Moorman and taste some of the wines from his and Rajat Parr´s estates - Sandhi and Evening Land - and from his own Piedrasassi.


Sashi is like the Sandhi Chardonnay below, a charmer, and it was a treat listening to his philosophy on wine making and the stories behind the different estates. Kudos.

2016 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay, Sandhi
Sashi calls 2016 "a charming vintage" and the Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is a charmer. The nose is cool and flowery with notes of peach, white currants and gravel.
The taste is light and distinct with notes of dried apricots, peach and chrushed rocks. A very fine acidity. A handsome wine.
90p   (tasted 2019/04)

2015 Seven Springs Chardonnay, Evening Land
A deep, fine nose with notes of red currants, earth, oyster juice and a hint of grass. Very fine.
The taste is fine limbed and tight with notes of dried flowers, sea shells, gravel and grass. Long and balanced. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2019/04)



2015 Seven Springs La Source Chardonnay, Evening Land
The La Source is a winner. The nose is crisp, refined and intense with notes of ripe lemons, grilled lemons, lemon fudge - there is a theme here... A very fine concentration and a lightness of being.
The taste is smoky and tight with a stunning acidity and gorgeous lemon dominated fruit with lots of sweet minerals. Very, very long. Impressive. 5+ years.
95p   (tasted 2019/04)

2017 Seven Springs Gamay, Evening Land
This Gamay shows a cool, herbal nose with notes of ripening lingon- and blueberries, clay and rubber. Some whit peppar. A bit thin in the middle.
The taste is dry and herbal with a cool lingonberry fruit, a high acidity and a medium long finish. Good.
86p   (tasted 2019/04)

2015 Seven Springs Pinot Noir, Evening Land
A deep, round nose with notes of smoke, raspberries, licorice and fine barnyardy aromas. Very, very good.
The taste is spicy and racy with notes of raspberries, a hint of tobacco, earth and rhubarb. Complex and very fine. 4+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/04)




2016 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, Sandhi
A deep, compact nose with notes of undergrowth, root vegetables, smoke and raspberry candy. Very good.
The taste is finely concentrated with a fine warmth and raspberry fruit. Long and sandy.
90p   (tasted 2019/04)

2017 Santa Barbara County Syrah PS, Piedrasassi
A very young, light peppery nose with notes of blueberries, graphite, violets and a hint of green bell pepper. Very good.
The taste is light, cool and energetic with notes of blueberries, black pepper and asphalt. Seedy and fine.
88p   (tasted 2019/04)


2016 Santa Rita Hills Syrah, Piedrasassi
A deep, black peppery nose with notes of violets, ripe dark flowers, damsons and a fine perfumed scent. Very fine.
The taste is tight and concentrated with taut tannins and dark, broading fruit. Handsome. A lovely wine. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2019/04)

2016 Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Syrah, Piedrasassi
A deep, tight nose with notes of ink, lingonberries and pomegranate. Seedy and backward. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and concentrated with notes of black olives, blueberries and earth. The finish is like licking on a litmus paper. Needs time, 7+ years.
91p   (tasted 2019/04)

2016 Arroyo Grande Valley Rim Rock Syrah, Piedrasassi
This is a fabolous wine. The moment you put your nose in the glass you sense greatness. It displays notes of ripe blueberries, fir wood, violet pastilles, meat on the grill and some barnyardy aromas. Great wine.
The taste is intense and focused with notes of perfect ripe blueberries, damsons, bonfire smoke, black peppers and dried meat. The finish is very, very long and finely balanced. 6+years.
96p   (tasted 2019/04)



2016 Ballard Canyon Mourvédre, Piedrasassi
From only three year old vines this Mourvédre displays an outgoing, fine nose with notes of herbs, damsons, violets and blue ski wax. Very, very good.
The taste is big and juicy with notes of cooked blueberries, dried herbs and asphalt. A very good structure and a fine warmth. 4+ years.
91p   (tasted 2019/04)

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