Pinot Noir vs. Pinot Noir (Oregan and California)

Pinot Noir vs. Pinot Noir (Oregan and California)
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 31, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2007 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The North Slope Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley The nose had cloves and forest floor, cherry and currant, and some spice at the end. The palate was soft, with cherry and red currant, earth and cloves, and a spicy finish. (89 Points)

2008 Clawson Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir Angela – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose had cherry and floral notes, raspberry and toasted herbs, a just a touch of spice. The palate was soft and had cherry and raspberry, toast and floral notes, and a spicy finish. (89 Points)

2008 Costa De Oro Pinot Noir – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County The nose had strawberry and earth, spice, and a little vanilla. The palate had cherry and strawberry, forest floor, and a spicy finish. (86 Points)

2006 Falcor Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley The nose had plum and cherry, mushroom, and some oak at the end. The palate had plum and earth, cherry and oak, and a slightly bitter finish. (86 Points)

2008 Tarrica Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Limited Release – USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey The nose had cherry and cranberry, spice, and a little oak. The palate had cherry and spice, some cranberry, and a very vanilla finish. ()84 Points

FLIGHT 2

2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola – Amity Hills The nose had cherry and raspberry, tar and smoke, and a little earth. The palate was over-extracted, with harsh tannins. It had cherry and raspberry, smoke and tar, and a little forest floor. (87 Points)

2006 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley The nose was over-extracted with loads of dark fruit and floral notes. The palate was thick and rich, with blueberry, raspberry, and some floral notes on the finish. (87 Points)

Spanish Wine Dinner

Spanish Wine Dinner
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Thursday, July 29, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2007 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja – Spain, Aragón, Campo de Borja The nose had sweet black fruit and smoke, some spice, and a hint of floral notes. The palate was rich and sweet, with black cherry and black currant, spice and a great floral finish. (93 Points)

2008 Bodegas Avanthia Valdeorras Avanthia – Spain, Galicia, Valdeorras The nose had stone and citrus, spice and a little peach, and a touch of apple at the end. The palate was crisp and clean, with citrus and stone, peach and baking spice, and a a great apple finish. (89 Points)

2005 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Mas Donís Barrica (Old Vines) – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant The nose had crushed rock and licorice, black currant and leather, and a little spice and vanilla. The palate was slightly tannic, with minerals and leather, black currant and licorice, and a very gamey finish. (87 Points)

2007 Domaine de La Pigeade Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise The nose had apricot and peach, honey and clove, and a little stone. The palate was thick and rich, with honey and apricot, peach and spice, and a mineral finish. (87 Points)

2004 Bodegas LAN Rioja Gran Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja The nose had smoke and floral notes, black currant and cherry, and a little spice. The palate had smoke and licorice, black currant and cherry, and a spice finish. It was a bit too tannic for me. (86 Points)

The New York Times and the Afghan documents

I guess they think they should decide what we need to know.

The overriding significance of the tens of thousands of documents posted by WikiLeaks is their detailed exposure of the atrocities carried out by the US occupation against the people of Afghanistan. The cumulative impact of one report after another is a portrait of a ferocious war against the civilian population, the aim of which is neither combating terrorism nor promoting democracy, but annihilating an entirely legitimate popular resistance to foreign occupation.

The Sherrod affair and American social reality

Divide and conquer at it’s finest.

But the real story here says something very different. It speaks to the fact that there are two Americas, divided sharply along class lines. The political and media establishment could so seriously misread the Sherrod case in part because it is insulated by a hundred layers of wealth and privilege from the reality of the working class and the poor, and the sentiments of millions of working people about American life, even if they are not yet fully articulated.

V.I.P Australia Tasting

V.I.P Australia Tasting
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Sunday, July 25, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2005 Clarendon Hills Shiraz Brookman – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon The nose had olive paste and cigar leaves, blackberry and raspberry, and some earth at the end. The palate had blackberry, and earth, raspberry and tobacco, and spicy olive finish. (93 Points)

2005 Two Hands Shiraz Ares – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had smoke and blueberry, pepper and spice, and a bit of raisin. The palate had blueberry and raspberry, spice and smoke and a great cherry finish. (93 Points)

2003 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Sémillon – Australia, New South Wales, Big Rivers, Riverina The nose had honey and beeswax, tropical fruit, and a little citrus. The palate had honey and wax, citrus and tropical fruit, and a a good apricot finish. (92 Points)

2006 Kaesler Shiraz Old Bastard – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had toast and mint, cherry and earth, and just a touch of blueberry. The palate was rich and spicy, with blueberry and evergreen, cherry and earth, and a great toasted oak finish. (92 Points)

2000 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz E & E Black Pepper – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had blueberry and smoke, spice and earth, and a little cherry. The palate was slightly sweet, with blueberry and spice, smoke and cherry, and a little earth. (92 Points)

1996 Penfolds Bin 389 – Australia, South Australia The nose had dirt and spice, cherry and cocoa, and a little raspberry. The palate had espresso and cherry, dirt and spice, and a great raspberry finish. (91 Points)

2005 Glaetzer Godolphin – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had blueberry and spice, cherry and earth, and a little chocolate. The palate had blueberry and raspberry, spice and earth, and a good blueberry finish. (91 Points)

2004 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Romas – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon The nose had licorice and blueberry, and a little spice, but over all the nose was pretty tight. The palate had loads of blueberry jam, licorice and spice, and a good earthy finish. (91 Points)

2006 Kalleske Shiraz Greenock – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had spice and smoke, blueberry and roasted meat. The palate was rich and thick, with blueberry and smoke, spice and bacon, and a little cherry. (89 Points)

2006 Shirvington Cabernet Sauvignon – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale The nose had toasted oak and black currant, spice and sour cherry, and a little blackberry liqueur at the end. The palate was rich and jammy, with blackberry and cherry, spice and toast, and a little earthiness on the finish. (89 Points)

2006 Giaconda Nantua Les Deux – Australia, Victoria, North East, Beechworth The nose had apple and buttered popcorn, some citrus, and a tiny hint of spice. The palate had apple and butter, spice and citrus, and a little lemon on the finish. It was crisp and clean and not as over-oaked on the palate as I expected. (89 Points)

2008 Two Hands Shiraz Bella’s Garden – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had cherry and raspberry, powered cocoa and spice, and a little licorice. The palate had cherry and spice, raspberry and chocolate, and a black licorice finish. (88 Points)

Rhone Rangers

Rhone Rangers
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 24, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2008 Sanglier Cellars Rouge du Tusque – USA, California, Sonoma County The nose had meat and floral notes, blueberry and raspberry, and some creamy vanilla at the end. The palate had blueberry and toasted herbs, raspberry and pepper, and a creamy oak finish. (89 Points)

2005 Anglim Best Barrel Blend – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles The nose had spice and vegetables, raspberry and cherry, spice and pepper, and some black currant at the end. The palate had black currant and raspberry, spice and earth, and some pepper on the finish. (89 Points)

2007 R Wines Grenache Chateau Chateau Pergola Blewitt Springs – Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale / Barossa The nose had leather and cherry, spice and raspberry, and a little cream at the end. The palate had leather and cherry, spice and raspberry, and a good pepper finish. (89 Points)

2007 Four Vines Peasant – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles The nose had pickle juice and raspberry, spice and cedar, a little licorice, and some earth at the end. The palate had cedar and pickle juice, raspberry and pepper, and a licorice and earth finish. (88 Points)

2006 Anglim Cameo – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles The nose had honey and lemon zest, perfume and grapefruit, and some orange at the end. The palate was crisp and clean, with good acidity. It had lots of citrus, a little honey, and a good grapefruit finish. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2005 DeLille Cellars Syrah Doyenne – USA, Washington The nose had roasted meat and bacon, blackberry and blueberry, and a little smoke. The palate had blueberry and smoke, bacon and meat, and a little spice on the finish. (89 Points)

2005 Villa Creek Avenger – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles The nose had blackberry and floral notes, some raspberry and spice, and a little vanilla. The palate had pepper and cassis, raspberry and spice, and a little oak on the finish. (89 Points)

A lie exposed

Is this what you would call progressive social reform?

In fact, Obama’s plan to gut health care was part of the unfinished business of the corporate-government offensive against the working class launched in the 1980s. This was also signaled by the Democratic president’s attack on health benefits for auto workers during last year’s forced bankruptcy and restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.

Judge sentences US civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart to 10 years

I guess everyone is not entitled to proper representation.

It is clearer than ever that this “chilling effect” was precisely the government’s aim in prosecuting Stewart. The prosecution, indeed persecution, of the civil liberties lawyer for nearly a decade, has been bound up from the beginning with the government’s “war on terrorism,” which was launched in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Second Cousins

Second Cousins
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 17, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2009 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had limes and beeswax, orange peel and pineapple, and a little tropical fruit at the end. The palate had pineapple and honey, oranges and limes, and a nice mineral finish. (90 Points)

2005 Atalon Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had chocolate and pencil lead, clove and thyme, and some raspberry and plum at the end. The palate was smooth, with dark fruit and milk chocolate, graphite and herbs, and a little herbs on the finish. (88 Points)

2006 Saint-Laurent Merlot Estate Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope The nose had licorice and mint, dark chocolate and cherry, and a little coffee at the end. The palate was soft, with dark chocolate, licorice, cherry, and a good mocha finish. (87 Points)

2006 Thomas Henry Wines Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had black currant and black cherry, chocolate and spice, and a tiny bit of earth at the end. The palate was rich, with lots of dark, black fruit, dark chocolate, earth, and a spicy finish. (87 Points)

2006 Flora Springs Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had woodsy herbs and raspberry, and a little mocha. The palate had plum and raspberry, some herbs, and a little vanilla on the finish. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2003 Vérité La Muse – USA, California, Sonoma County The nose had coffee bean and raspberry, chocolate, BBQ’d meat, and smoke. The palate was soft and had berries and chocolate, espresso and smoke, and some roasted meat on the finish. (90 Points)

2007 Wolf Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Tres Hermanos Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had smoke and melon, honey and pineapple, and some tropical fruit at the end. The palate had honey and melon, smoke and tropical fruit, and some floral notes on the finish. (89 Points)

Liberal television host Rachel Maddow solidarizes herself with US military in Afghanistan

“Liberals” aren’t so liberal.

Maddow is part of the upper-middle-class liberal left. She is a product of a period in which questions of personal identity, at the expense of social class, emerged as the major component of the American liberal outlook and the orientation of the Democratic Party. The striving for privileges by sections of the African-American and Latino petty-bourgeoisie, the elevation of gender and sexuality to world-historical political importance—these are what formed Maddow. As a result, she is quite indifferent to the conditions of the working population.

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