It’s Chile – NOT Chili Wine Tasting

It’s Chile – NOT Chili Wine Tasting
Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar
Tasted Saturday, May 05, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2010 Casa Rivas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva – Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley Peach and grapefruit on the nose, with crushed rock underneath, and some roasted sage at the end. Lots of minerals on the palate, along with great acidity. Grapefruit dominates the flavors, but there is some tropical fruit, plus some herbs on the finish. (89 Points)

2010 Casa Rivas Chardonnay Reserva – Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley Lots of butter and nuts on the nose, with pineapple and citrus on the tail end. Good acidity on the palate, and very fruity, with tropical fruit and nuts upfront, and subtle butter notes on the finish. (88 Points)

2010 Casa Rivas Merlot Reserva – Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley Lots of oaky vanilla on the nose, followed by black fruit and spice. Soft and spicy on the palate, with blackberry and cherry on the mid-palate, and a touch of oak on the finish. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2009 Casa Rivas Carménère Gran Reserva – Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley Cherry and jalapeño on the nose, with oak and pepper towards the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, with cherry and pepper upfront, and some oak on the finish. (90 Points)

2010 Casa Rivas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva – Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley Coffee beans and mocha on the nose, with cherry and blackberry in the middle, and some spice at the end. Soft on the palate, with dark chocolate on the front end, some black fruit and spice on the mid-palate, and a good cherry finish. (89 Points)

2010 Casa Rivas Carménère – Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley Cherry on the nose, with background notes of spice, and oak. The also some vegetables notes at the end. Cherry and oak on the palate, with some spice on the mid-palate, and a nice vegetal finish. (88 Points)

FLIGHT 3

2009 Montes Carménère Purple Angel – Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley Chocolate and tobacco on the nose, with blackberry and black current, and some oaky vanilla at the end. Dark chocolate and cigar leaves on the palate, with back fruit on the mid-pala, and a good oaky finish. )91 Points(

Steele Wines

Steele Wines
Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar
Tasted Saturday, April 28, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2009 Steele Wines Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, North Coast, Lake County Rich and spicy on the nose, with dried herbs and black fruit mixed with pepper. Juicy and black on the palate, with black currants upfront, followed by spice and herbs. (89 Points)

2010 Steele Wines Pinot Blanc – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County Creamy on the nose with hints of tropical fruit and apple, plus some peach and melon at the end. Rich on the palate, with tart green apple, some melon on the mid-palate, and a nice spicy finish. (88 Points)

2008 Steele Wines Pinot Noir Carneros – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros Strawberry and earth on the nose, with some cherry and cigar leaves at the end. Cherry and tobacco on the palate, with some strawberry and earth on the finish. (88 Points)

2009 Steele Wines Chardonnay Steele Cuvée – USA, California, North Coast, Lake County Tropical on the nose, with lots of pineapple and mango, along with some butter and spice. Buttery on the palate, with back notes of pineapple and mango. It finishes with some spice notes. (87 Points)

Wine, the antidote to jackasses

Wine, the antidote to jackasses
The Bridge of death
Tasted Saturday, April 21, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2001 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, Washington Spice and cigar leaf on the nose, with black fruit and chocolate, and some floral notes at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with tobacco and spice, black fruit on the mid-palate, and nice bittersweet chocolate finish. (94 Points)

2009 Agharta Wines Cataclysm – USA, California, North Coast Rich and floral on the nose, with beeswax and citrus, and some spice at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with spice and beeswax, some floral notes on the mid-palate, and a good citrus finish. (93 Points)

NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru – France, Champagne, Ambonnay, Champagne Yeast and strawberry on the nose, with cherry and spice underneath. Lots of strawberry on the palate, with bread notes and cherry on the mid-palate and a good spice finish. (92 Points)

2009 Aratas Petite Sirah – USA, California, Napa Valley Black fruit and pepper on the nose, with mocha and tobacco in the middle, and some orange peel at the end. Rich with dark fruit on the palate, along with espresso and tobacco, and some pepper and orange on the finish. (92 Points)

2008 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst – USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena Black currant and spice, with some earth and mocha. Rich and juicy on the palate, with black fruit and spice, some tobacco and chocolate, and a good earthy finish. (92 Points)

2005 Chanson Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Champimonts – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru Cherry and forest floor on the nose, with with spice and dirt at the end. Juicy on the palate, with lots of cherry and earth, and good spicy finish. (91 Points)

2006 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley Milk chocolate and raspberry on the nose, with cigar box and spice box aromas at the end. Rich and slightly sweet on the palate, with chocolate coveed berries, some tobacco, and a good spicy finish. (90 Points)

2005 Dirler-Cade Pinot Noir Cuvée Ludivine – France, Alsace, Alsace AOC Cherry and strawberry on the nose, with some forest floor and spice, and some cigar box at the end. Cherry and earth on the palate, with strawberry and spice on the mid-palate, and a good tobacco finish. (88 Points)

2009 Vignobles Mayard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos du Calvaire – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Black fruit and spice on the nose, along with sweaty socks and floral notes. Black fruit and spice on the palate, with floral notes and sweaty socks. (87 Points)

Tax Weekend Wine Tasting!

Tax Weekend Wine Tasting!
Hello Kitty Den
Tasted Saturday, April 14, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT Raspberry and spice on the nose, along with dirt and cherry, and some leather and smoke at the end. Cherry and leather on the palate, with some dirt and spice on the mid-palate, and a good spicy finish. (91 Points)

2009 Xavier Vignon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chateauneuf de Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Meat and leather on the nose, with red fruit in the middle, and some pepper at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with dark fruit and game, some leather on the middle palate, and a nice pepper finish. (90 Points)

2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Bright fruit and leather on the nose, with pepper and game underneath. Rich and juicy on the palate, with leather and dark fruit, and a pepper and game finish. (90 Points)

2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Lychee and spice on the nose, with hints of pear and beeswax, and some floral notes at the end. Lychee and pear on the palate, with spice on the mid-palate, and a good floral finish. (90 Points)

2010 Domaine Coston Coteaux du Languedoc Les Terrasses du Larzac – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Coteaux du Languedoc Les Terrasses du Larzac Black fruit and game on the nose, with pepper and leather at the end. Rich on the palate, with some game and leather, black fruit on the mid-palate, and a good pepper finish. (90 Points)

2006 Blair Fox Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County Meat and pepper on the nose, with red fruit and leather, and some pepper at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with some red fruit and leather, a little pepper, and a good meaty finish. (90 Points)

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley Black fruit and bramble on the nose, with pepper and game at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with pepper and sweet black fruit, and great bramble finish. (90 Points)

NV Warre Porto Den Kongelige Livgardes Finest Reserve Ruby – Portugal, Douro, Porto Raisins and plum on the nose, with hints of spice and fig. Rich and juicy on the palate, with raisan and fig, a little spice, and a nice floral finish. (90 Points)

2005 Rubicon Estate / Niebaum-Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvée Rutherford – USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford Raspberry and leather on the nose, with some spice and game in the middle, and a little chocolate at the end. Raspberry and dark chocolate on the palate, with leather and spice, and a good games finish. (89 Points)

2008 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Médoc Réserve Spéciale – France, Bordeaux, Médoc Cherry and leather on the nose, with spice and dirt at the end. Smooth and juicy on the palate, with tobacco and cherry, leather and dirt, and a good spicy finish. (88 Points)

2009 Domaine des Cognettes Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Selection des Cognettes “Tradition” – France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Lots of stone on the nose, with a little lime and peach. Great acidity and mine reality on the palate, with lime and peach. (87 Points)

2010 Bünchen Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer Pear and honey on the nose, with some citrus and floral notes underneath. Honey on the palate, with lots tropical fruit and floral notes. (87 Points)

2004 Craneford Shiraz John Zilm – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley Rich and sweet black fruit on the nose, with some leather and pepper underneath. Rich and juicy on the palate, with some meat and pepper on the mid-palate, and a good leather finish. (87 Points)

Call me a Cab(ernet)!

Call me a Cab(ernet)!
Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar
Tasted Saturday, April 07, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2005 Grace Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville Mint and red fruit on the nose, with cigar box and baking spice on the tail end. Rich and toasty on the palate, with some spice and mint on the mid-palate, and a good minty finish. (91 Points)

2008 Testamento Cabernet Sauvignon – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo Cake spice and tobacco on the nose, with some candied cherries and cocoa powder at the end. Rich and smooth on the palate, with dark fruit and chocolate, mixed with a little spice and cigar box. (88 Points)

2009 Major’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Wine – South Africa, Breede River Valley, Robertson Raspberry and dried flowers on the nose, with hints of dirt and spice. Dark fruit on the palate, with a little oak and spice on the finish. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2009 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon Caravan – USA, California, Napa Valley Lots of fruit on the nose – plum, blueberry, and cherry, along with mocha and cooking spice. Rich and velvety on the palate, with cherry and blueberry fruit, some chocolate, and a nice spicy finish. (91 Points)

2007 Shinas Estates Cabernet Sauvignon The Verdict – Australia, Victoria Rich red fruit and creamy chocolate on the nose, with spice in the middle, and some tobacco and floral notes at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with some bright red fruit and spice. There’s a little chocolate on the mid-palate, and it was a good floral finish. (90 Points)

2009 Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Jammy on the nose, with pepper and chocolate underneath. There’s a little black tea at the end. Very smooth on the palate and not as jammy. A nice mix of red fruit, pepper, and black tea. It finishes with a little dark chocolate. (90 Points)

FLIGHT 3

2008 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – USA, California, Napa Valley Rich ripe fruit on the nose – especially plum and blackberry, along with milk chocolate and spice. Rich on the palate, with ripe fruit and chocolate, and a good spice finish. (92 Points)

What Would You Drink – Sommelier’s Favorites

What Would You Drink – Sommelier’s Favorites
Pappas Bros.
Tasted Friday, April 06, 2012

FLIGHT 1

1997 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Dusty and earthy on the nose, with cherry and raspberry, coffee and leather, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with lots of earth and coffee notes. It finishes with a nice mix of leather and chocolate. (92 Points)

2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan Coffee and espresso on the nose, with green veg and cherry. Coffee and mocha on the palate, with some veg and cheery at the end. (91 Points)

2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Cherry and leather on the nose, with some pepper and game. Leather and cherry on the palate, with some spice and game on he finish. (90 Points)

2009 Weingut Darting Pinot Meunier trocken – Germany, Pfalz Cherry and earth on the nose, width spice and floral notes. Cherry and spice on the palate, with forest floor on the mid-palate, and a good floral finish. (90 Points)

2010 Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Ventoux Raspberry and pepper on the nose, with a little game and leather. Soft on the palate, with leather and spice, raspberry and game, and a slight floral finish. (90 Points)

2008 DuMOL Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Cherry and forest floor, some spice and cranberry, and some floral notes at the end. Cheery and cranberry on the palate, with some earth and spice, and a good floral finish. (90 Points)

2006 La Sirena Moscato Azul – USA, California, Napa Valley Melon and apple on the nose, with some peach and floral notes underneath. Lots of melon and peach on the palate, with a nice spicy note behind. There’s some floral notes in the middle and it finishes with some minerals. (89 Points)

2009 Robert Foley Vineyards Charbono – USA, California, Napa Valley Cherry and dark chocolate on the nose, with earth and leather, and some spice at the end. Cherry and milk chocolate on the palate, with some leather and earth, and a good spicy finish. (89 Points)

2005 Gaja Barbaresco – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco Leather and dirt on the nose, with some cherry and spice at the end. Leather and cherry on he palate, with some dirt and spice on the finish. (89 Points)

NV Taittinger Champagne La Française Brut – France, Champagne Apple and bread on the nose, with pear and minerals at the end. Apple and pear on the palate, with hints of yeast on the mid-palate, and a good stony finish. (89 Points)

2008 Viader Cabernet Franc Dare – USA, California, Napa Valley** Earth and cherry on the nose, with some floral notes and spice. Forest floor and cherry on the palate, with some pepper on the finish. (88 Points)

2006 Domaine Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d’Âne – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru Apple and little butter on the nose, with some floral notes and stone. Buttered popcorn and apple on the palate, with some minerals, and a little pear on the finish. (88 Points)

Wines from Portugal

Wines from Portugal
Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar
Tasted Saturday, March 24, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2009 Sogevinus Fine Wines Douro Veedha – Portugal, Douro Rich and dark on the nose, with chocolate covered plums, along with raisins and spice. Just as rich on the palate, with plums, figs, dark chelate, and a nice spicy finish.(90 Points)

2010 Herdade do Esporão Vinho Regional Alentejano Monte Velho – Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano Peach and lemon zest on the nose, with some floral notes and spice at the end. Rich and thick on the palate, with lemon and peach upfront, some floral notes on the mid-palate, and a nice spicy finish. (88 Points)

2009 João Portugal Ramos Alentejo Marquês de Borba – Portugal, Alentejano, Alentejo Cherry and spice on the nose, wih some fresh herbs and flowers, and a hint of earth and the end. Rich and spicy on the palate, with good red fruit and a good herbal finish. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2009 Quinta dos Murças Douro – Portugal, Douro Sweet red fruit on the nose, with milk chocolate and spice, and some floral aromas at the end. Rich and slightly tannic on the palate, with raspberry and black currant, spice, and a good chocolate finish. (90 Points)

NV Luis Pato Baga Espumante – Portugal Strawberry and spice on the nose, with some cherry and a hint of yeast. Strawberry and bread on the palate, with some cherry on the mid-palate, and a very spicy finish. (88 Points)

2010 Herdade do Esporão Vinho Regional Alentejano Monte Velho – Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano Lots of oak and vanilla on the nose, with some red fruit and spice underneath. Oaky on the palate, which hides what little fruit there is. (81 Points)

FLIGHT 3

2007 Herdade do Esporão Vinho Regional Alentejano Reguengos Private Selection – Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano Rich and chocolates on the nose, with dark fruit and spice, and a good dose of tobacco at the end. Rich and toasty on the palate, with lots of tobacco upfront, followed by dark fruit and spice. It finishes with some spice. (91 Points)

2008 Quinta dos Murças Douro Assobio – Portugal, Douro Red fruit and spice on the palate, with some floral notes and earth. Rich and earthy on the palate, with dark red fruit and spice. It finishes with some floral notes. (89 Points)

Sale Wines

Sale Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, January 07, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2008 sanglier Viognier Kick Ranch – USA, California, Sonoma County Citrus and stone on the nose, with roasted nuts and peaches, and some floral notes at the end. Rich and stony on the palate, with citrus and tropical fruit, and a good nutty finish. (90 Points)

2007 Counterpoint (Laurel Glen) Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain 90 Point – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain Olives and herbs on the nose, with a little red fruit, and a touch of spice at the end. Lots of olives and roasted herbs on the palate, with hints of red fruit on the finish. (90 Points)

2009 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT Rich red fruit on the nose, with earthy undertones framed by baking spice. There’s a little chocolate at the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, with red fruit and earth, some spice on the mid-palate, and a slight mocha finish. (89 Points)

2006 Barnard Griffin Zinfandel Hill’s Gate – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley Raspberry and oak on the nose, with a little oak at the end. Rich on the palate, with dark fruit and mocha, and a little oak at the end. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley Black raspberry and black currant on the nose, with some earth and spice aromas. Rich and juicy, with dark fruit and spice on the palate, and a good earthy finish. (92 Points)

2005 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Blueberry and vanilla on the nose, with some stewed plums and cherry. Rich and juicy on the palate, with vanilla and plum pudding. (89 Points)

2006 Bridesmaid Wines Red Wine – USA, California, Napa Valley Cherry and cranberry on the nose, with some spice towards the end. Rich and slightly tannic on palate, with red fruit and spice. (89 Points)

New Years Eve Bubbly

New Years Eve Bubbly
Farpointe Cellar Tasted Saturday, December 31, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs – USA, California Apple and tropical fruit on the nose, with roasted nuts and beeswax in the middle, and some baked bread at the end. Tart on the palate, with lots of lime and green apples. It has some honey roasted nuts on the mid-palate, and finishes with beeswax. (90 Points)

NV Nicolas Maillart Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru – France, Champagne, Bouzy, Champagne Strawberry and yeast on the nose, with floral notes and perfume underneath. Red fruit and bread on the palate, with flowers and strawberry on the finish. (90 Points)

NV Jean Pernet Champagne – France, Champagne Yeast and apples on the nose, with citrus and nuts underneath. Rich and creamy on the palate, with apple and baked bread, lemon, and some nuttiness on the finish. (89 Points)

NV Jean Pernet Champagne “Cuvée Prestige” Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru – France, Champagne Apple and yeast on the nose, with citrus and floral notes at the end. Fruity and bready on the palate, with a good floral finish. (89 Points)

NV Bruno Paillard Champagne Brut Premiere Cuvée – France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims, Champagne Yeast and apple on the nose, with some roasted almonds and ripe pineapples at the end. Good acidity on the palate, with apple pie and nuts, and a good tropical fruit finish. (88 Points)

FLIGHT 2

1999 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Cuvée Creation – France, Champagne Bread dough and apple on the nose, with floral notes and citrus in the middle, and some spice at the end. Great acidity on the palate, with nice yeast notes and apple pie flavors. There’s some citrus on the mid-palate, and some spice on the finish. (93 Points)

2002 Perrier-Jouët Champagne Belle Epoque – France, Champagne Creamy tropical fruit and smoke on the nose, plus some biscuit and apple aromas. Rich and creamy on the palate, with lots of smoke and tropical fruit. It finishes with some sourdough starter flavors. (92 Points)

Merry Christmas from Farpointe!

Merry Christmas from Farpointe!
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, December 24, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Ancien Pinot Noir Carneros – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros Cherry and chocolate on the nose, with plum, strawberry and floral notes at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with sour cherry and plum, and a nice cocoa finish. (91 Points)

NV Henriot Champagne Brut Rosé – France, Champagne Yeast and strawberry on the nose, with some smokiness and cherry at the end. Strawberry and cherry on the palate, with bread and spice on the mid-palate. It finishes with some spice. (90 Points)

2008 Enkidu Sangiovese Rosso Fazekas – USA, California, North Coast, Napa County Dried red fruit and roasted nuts on the nose, with some vanilla and whipped cream at the end. Rich with raspberry liqueur on the palate, with sour cherry and vanilla in the middle, and a nice nutty finish. (90 Points)

2006 Saint-Laurent Syrah – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope BBQ’d meat and blueberry on the nose, with cherry and floral notes, and some spice at the end. Gamey and rich on the palate, with floral notes and spice, and a nice blueberry finish. (90 Points)

2009 Januik Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley Buttered popcorn and apple pie on the nose, with spice and citrus on the back end. Less oaky on the palate and much fruitier, with lots of spice on the finish. (88 Points)

**2007 Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley88 Cassis and sweet spice on the nose, with some oak and tobacco at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with red fruit, spice, and some leather on the finish. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut – France, Champagne Raspberry and strawberry on the nose, with some floral notes and bread dough right after. Strawberry and currants on the palate, with yeast and rose petals on the mid-palate, and a smoky finish. (91 Points)

2007 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Tropical fruit and nuts on the nose, with some smoke underneath, and some crushed rock at the end. The palate has good acidity and nice smokiness. There’s a little oak on the mid-palate, and lots of tropical fruit on the finish. (90 Points)

2008 Grassi Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Wood and earth on the nose, with some dried berries and floral notes. Rich and tannic on the palate, with blueberry and berry, and some oak on the finish. (89 Points)

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