Italy

Italy
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 28, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2007 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa – Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore The nose had perfume, sweet cherry and spice, leather and raspberry, and little dirt towards the end. The palate was smooth, with perfume and cherry, leather and cedar, raspberry, and a good earth finish. (91 Points)

2005 Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella – Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella The nose had toasted herbs and raisin, spice and raspberry, and some black currant. The palate was rich, with herbs and black currant, spice and raspberry, and a nice raisin finish. (91 Points)

2008 Casanova di Neri Sant’ Antimo Rosso di Casanova di Neri – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Sant’ Antimo The nose had dirt and raspberry, cedar and cherry, leather, and a little vanilla. The palate was rich, with raspberry and leather, cedar and cherry, spice, and a slightly oaky finish. (90 Points)

2003 PrimoVolo – Italy, Vino da Tavola Rosso The nose had raspberry and spice, plum, and a little vanilla. The palate was soft, with raspberry and cedar, plum and spice, and a bit of oak on the finish. (88 Points)

2007 Tenuta di Petrolo Torrione Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT The nose had plum and jammy raspberry, cedar and spice, and a lot of vanilla at the end. The palate was juicy, with raspberry jam, cedar and spice, and big oak finish. (82 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2004 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino The nose had dried berries and tobacco, mushroom and cherry, and some floral notes at the end. The palate was rich, with berry and cigar, earth and cherry, and dried flower finish. (94 Points)

2005 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro – Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico The nose had cigar and pepper, cherry and raspberry, ad some floral notes at the end. The palate had tobacco and cherry, raspberry and pepper, and a floral finish. (89 Points)

Egg recall exposes unsafe US food supply

The egg recall is only the latest in a long list of health, labor and environmental violations, as well as numerous charges of animal cruelty.

The recalls underscore the vulnerability of the population to the most preventable illnesses because of the subordination of public health and food safety to the profit motive. Corporations have been allowed to engage in blatantly unsafe practices, with nominal fines, while the government has rejected even the most basic steps required to improve food safety.

Anything Goes

Anything Goes
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 21, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2004 Ferrari-Carano Prevail West Face – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley The nose had toast and black currant, sweet raspberry and tobacco, and a little earth. The palate was soft, with black currant and spice, tobacco and toast, and spicy finish. (90 Points)

2005 Boroli Barolo – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo The nose had flowers and perfume, red berries and spice, and a little raisin at the end. The palate was a little too tannic, but did have raspberry and cherry, floral notes, and a little spice. (89 Points)

2008 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Prologue – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had cherry and toast, mocha and damp earth, and a little vanilla. The palate was rich and juicy, with cherry and black currant, coffee and spice, and an earthy finish. (89 Points)

2007 Ca’ Marcanda (Gaja) Promis Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT The nose had cherry and dirt, spice and raspberry, and a little vanilla. The palate had lots of sour cherry mixed with earth, some spice and raspberry, and slightly oaky finish. (88 Points)

2008 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Finca Resalso – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero The nose had floral notes and cherry, leather and spice. The palate was slightly bitter, with cherry and leather, floral notes, and a spice finish. (84 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Château Léoville Barton – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien The nose had lettuce and brussel sprouts, cherry and leather, and a little vanilla at the end. The palate had mocha and raspberry, cherry and spice, and a good leather finish. (90 Points)

2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose had clove and cedar, cherry and nutmeg, raspberry and vanilla. The palate had cherry and clove, raspberry and spice, and a good cedar finish. (90 Points)

Under the Stars

Under the Stars
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Thursday, August 19, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2004 Coume del Mas Banyuls – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Banyuls The nose had red berry and caramel, and a little honey at the end. The palate had red berries and coffee, some caramel, and a nice honey finish. (91 Points)

2006 Domaine la Crau des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape The nose had tar and pepper, blackberry and black currant, and a little game. The palate was rich, with lots of dark fruit and spice, some tar and earth, and a nice gamey finish. (89 Points)

2009 Château Tour de Mirambeau – France, Bordeaux, Entre-Deux-Mers The nose had grapefruit and lemon zest, apple and stone, and a little sweaty socks. The palate was crisp, with lemon and grapefruit, minerals and apple, and some earth on the finish. (88 Points)

2006 Château Malmaison Baronne Nadine de Rothschild – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc The nose was very jammy, with lots of blackberry and raspberry, dirt, and a little spice. The palate was slightly tannic, with blackberry and raspberry, earth, and a little spice on the finish. (87 Points)

2007 Domaine Saint Laurent Côtes du Rhône Noel St-Laurent – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône The nose had apricot and floral notes, but was pretty tight overall. the palate was fat and rich, with apricot and stone, and a floral finish. (87 Points)

The Northerners vs. The Southerners “Hemispheres Collide”

The Northerners vs. The Southerners “Hemispheres Collide”
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 14, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2004 Sieber Rd GSM – Australia, South Australia, Barossa The nose had smoked mushrooms and pepper, earth and raspberry, and a touch of blueberry at the end. The palate was rich and thick, with pepper and earth, raspberry and smoke, and a blueberry and truffle finish. (89 Points)

2008 Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley The nose had chocolate and concentrated cherry juice, spice, and a little mint. The palate had espresso and cherry, spice, a nice berry finish. (88 Points)

2004 Icaria Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley The nose had loads of fruit – blackberry, blueberry, cherry, and black currant. It also had cedar and coffee. The palate was very tannic, with blackberry and raspberry, cherry and mocha, and big cedar finish.

2008 Tarrawarra Pinot Noir – Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley The nose had cherry and raspberry, tree bark, and a little nutmeg. The palate was soft, with sour cherry and spice, raspberry and earth, and a floral finish. (87 Points)

2009 Bodega Colome Torrontés Estate – Argentina, Salta, Calchaquies The nose had tropical fruit and acacia flowers, lime and minerals, and a little rose at the end. The palate had lots of stone rose petal flavors. The was also a little grapefruit, and a touch of flowers on the finish. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2005 Rusden Shiraz Black Guts – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had smoke and meat, blueberry, and a little bacon. The palate was juicy and rich, with blueberry and game, smoked meat, and a slight oaky finish. (90 Points)

2005 Roy Estate Proprietary Blend – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had chocolate and black currant, earth and spice, and a heavy dose of vanilla. The palate was slightly tannic, with dark fruit and mocha, forest floor and spice, and a big oak finish. (89 Points)

Bordeaux Varietals

Bordeaux Varietals
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 07, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2005 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Franc Caitlin’s Select – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had dirt and cocoa powder, ripe raspberry and floral notes, and a little red currant at the end. The palate had firm tannins, with floral notes and chocolate, dirt and raspberry, and a good currant finish. (92 Point)

2005 Spann Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mayacamas Range – USA, California, North Coast, Napa / Sonoma The nose had toast and caramel, cherry and cinnamon, and a bit of herbal tea at the end. The palate had cherry and caramel, spice and herbs, and a toasty finish. (90 Points)

2004 Gianni Paoletti Malbec – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had smoke and plum, cherry and floral notes, and a little earth at the end. The palate had tar and chocolate, plum and raspberry, and a nice floral finish. (89 Points)

2006 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had coffee and licorice, cherry and raspberry, and a little plum. The palate was soft, with mocha and licorice, plum and cherry, and a spicy finish. (89 Points)

2007 Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon Round Pond Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford The nose had blackberry and herbs, raspberry and spice, and a little vanilla. The palate had bitter tannins, but also had some blackberry and raspberry, cedar and spice, and a vanilla finish. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

1996 Burgess Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Selection – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had lots of earth and stone, some raspberry and rosemary, and a touch of vanilla. The palate had dried herbs and earth, some raspberry and spice, and a very mineral finish. (90 Points)

2006 Montes Carménère Purple Angel – Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley On the nose I got lots of Mexican food spice. There was also some blueberry and toast. The palate had blueberry and blackberry, spice and perfume, and a finish of toasted oak. (89 Points)