Pork Shoulder “Pernil” with Cilantro-Citrus Adobo

Tonight I made Pork Shoulder “Pernil” with Cilantro-Citrus Adobo.

As a side dish, I made Creamed Kale from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.

V.I.P. Northwest Tasting

V.I.P. Northwest Tasting
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Sunday, September 19, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2006 Andrew Will Two Blondes Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley The nose had black fruit and woodsy herbs, spice and damp earth, and a little cedar at the end. The palate was rich, with black currant and black cherry, mocha and earth, herbs and spice, and a great cedar finish. (93 Points)

2007 Andrew Will Sorella – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills The nose had black currant and espresso, toast and spice, and some blackberry at the end. The palate was rich and thick, with blackberry and espresso, black currant and spice, and a toasted oak finish. (92 Points)

2007 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley The nose had plum and powered chocolate, black currant and cherry, and some spice at the end. The palate was rich, with plum and chocolate, black currant and spice, and a good cherry finish. (92 Points)

2008 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Roosevelt Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton The nose had cherry and meat drippings, blackberry and spice, and a little earth at the end. The palate was smooth, with cherry and blackberry, forest floor and meat, and some spice on the finish. (91 Points)

2008 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Ribbon Ridge – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge The nose had rose petals and damp earth, cherry and spice, and some white pepper at the end. The palate was soft, with cherry and loam, roses and pepper, and a good spicy finish. (91 Points)

2007 K Vintners Syrah Phil Lane – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley The nose had grilled meat and wet leaves, blueberry and stone, and some mushroom at the end. The palate was rich and thick, with meat juice and blueberry, stone and earth, and a good mush room finish. (91 Points)

2007 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc- USA, Washington, Columbia Valley The nose had nuts and floral notes, fresh herbs and citrus, and a little pear at the end. The palate was rich, with roasted almonds and herbs, citrus and floral notes, and a good pear finish. (90 Points)

2008 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard – USA, Oregon The nose had earth and raspberry, minerals and black currant, and a little spice. The palate was soft, with raspberry and black currant, forest floor and cola, and a nice mineral finish. (89 Points)

Spain!

Spain!
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, September 18, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2008 Bodega Numanthia Termes Toro Termes – Spain, Castilla y León, Toro The nose had raspberry and floral notes, chocolate and cherry, and a little vanilla at the end. The palate was rich, with raspberry and mocha, floral notes and vanilla, and a nice cherry finish. (91 Points)

2006 Artadi Rioja Viñas de Gain – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja The nose had earth and graphite, blackberry and cherry, and a big shot of vanilla at the end. The palate was smooth, with pencil lead and earth, blackberry and black cherry, and nice oak finish. (91 Points)

2005 Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero The nose had smoke and floral notes, roasted coffee and spice, and some cherry and raspberry. The palate was soft, with coffee and chocolate, spice and floral notes, and a good cherry finish. (91 Points)

2008 Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina – Spain, País Vasco, Getariako Txakolina The nose had crushed rock and fresh peaches, a little apple, and some floral notes. The palate was crisp and clean, with apple and stone, floral notes, and a good peach finish. (90 Points)

2005 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández La Mancha El Vínculo – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha The nose had saddle leather and cedar, blackberry and raspberry, and a touch of spice at the end. The palate was soft, with blackberry and leather, cedar and raspberry, and a nice vanilla finish. (90 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Alonso del Yerro Ribera del Duero Maria – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero The nose had leather and toast, espresso and cherry, and some blackberry at the end. The palate was smooth, with leather and cherry, coffee and blackberry, and a nice toasted oak finish. (92 Points)

2004 Costers del Siurana Priorat Clos de L’Obac – Spain, Catalunya, Priorat The nose had heavy perfumed spice, raspberry and stone, cherry and a little vanilla. The palate rich and tannic, with dark fruit and spice, and a spicy finish. (90 Points)

Mondavi Tasting

Mondavi Tasting
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Tuesday, September 14, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2006 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had black currant and dark chocolate, baking spice and cherry, damp earth and vanilla, and a little oak at the end. The palate was rich and thick, with black currant and espresso, cake spice and forest floor, and a big oak finish. (92 Points)

2006 Folio (Michael Mondavi Family) Cabernet Sauvignon Emblem – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had earth and dried berries, chocolate and spice, a little cherry, and a shot of vanilla at the end. The palate was soft, with dried cranberry and mocha, some earth and spice, and a big vanilla finish. (90 Points)

2009 Isabel Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé – USA, California, Sonoma County The nose had strawberry and raspberry, dirt and spice, and a touch of cedar at the end. The palate had good acidity and nice juicy fruit. It had strawberry and raspberry, a little spice, and a very slight wood finish. (88 Points)

2008 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay Carneros – USA, California, Sonoma County The nose had buttered popcorn and apple, spice and citrus, and a touch of vanilla at the end. The palate had lots of citrus and apple, some spice, and just a touch of vanilla on the finish. (87 Points)

2006 Oberon Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had black currant and mocha, spice and cherry, and little earth, and a touch of vanilla at the end. The palate was soft, with a nice chalkiness. It had black currant and espresso, some earth, and a big shot of oak on the finish. (83 Points)

2006 Isabel Mondavi Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose had cherry and asian spice, a little forest floor, and a touch of oak. The palate was soft, with cherry and earth, spice and vanilla, and slightly oaky finish. (82 Points)

Big Reds/ Crisp Whites

Big Reds/ Crisp Whites
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, September 11, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2006 Marietta Cellars Angeli Cuvée – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley The nose had chocolate and spice, blackberry and toasted oak, and some pepper at the end. The palate was rich and juicy, with blackberry and chocolate, spice and toast, and a great pepper finish. (92 Points)

2007 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley The nose had black currant and blackberry, spice and mocha, vanilla, and a little earth. The palate was rich and juicy, with blackberry and coffee, black currant and spice, and a big vanilla finish. (92 Points)

2008 Duckhorn Vineyards Zinfandel Decoy – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had raspberry jam and strawberry, cedar and earth, and some spice at the end. The palate was rich and thick, with raspberry and strawberry, earth and pepper, and a good spicy finish. (91 Points)

2006 Odfjell Cabernet Sauvignon Orzada – Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley The nose had blueberry and leather, mocha and black currant, spice and squid ink. The palate was soft and juicy, with black currant and leather, espresso and blueberry, and a good spicy finish. (91 Points)

2009 Acústic Cellar Montsant Acústic Blanc – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant The nose had smoky peach and stone, citrus and creamy oak, and some spice and tropical fruit at the end. The palate was rich and creamy, with tropical fruit and stone, roasted peaches and spice, and a citrus and stone finish. (90 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Kilikanoon Shiraz Testamen – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had blackberry and cake spice, blueberry and vanilla, mocha and earth. The palate was soft, with blueberry and spice, vanilla and espresso, earth, and good blackberry finish.

2005 Wolf Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had blackberry and fennel seed, cocoa powder and spice, and a good vanilla finish. The palate was lush and juicy, with blackberry and chocolate, spice and oak, and a good cassis finish. (92 Points)

Explorer and Cellar Rat

Explorer and Cellar Rat
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, September 04, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2006 Marcato Colli Berici Pianalto – Italy, Veneto, Colli Berici The nose had smoke and raisin aromas, black currant and spice, earth, and a little cherry. The palate was smooth, with raisin and black currant, smoke and cherry, and a some earth on the finish. (90 Points)

2006 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero The nose had toasted herbs and smoke, black currant and tobacco, spice, and a little earth. The palate was soft with smoke and roasted herbs, blackberry and spice, and some tobacco and earth on the finish. (90 Points)

2006 Calistoga Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had plum and dark chocolate, toasted herbs and oak, and a little cherry at the end. The palate was soft, with plum and espresso, herbs and oak, and a black cherry finish. (89 Points)

2008 Pulenta Estate Malbec La Flor – Argentina, Mendoza The nose had cherry and sweet spices, perfume and incense, and a little dark chocolate. The palate was soft, with cherry and perfume, spice and incense, and a little mocha on the finish. (89 Points)

2006 Seven Hills Vintage Red Ciel du Cheval Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain The nose had blackberry and black cherry, chocolate and spice, and a little vanilla at the end. The palate was rich, with blackberry and mocha, black currant and spice, and a big oak finish. (89 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had coffee and chocolate, vanilla and oak, cherry and cassis. The palate was smooth, with cassis and coffee, vanilla and milk chocolate, and a good cherry finish. (93 Points)

2006 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had loads of perfumed floral notes, spice and oak, black currant and graphite, and a sweet vanilla finish. The palate was rich, with black currant and spice, pencil lead and oak, and a spicy finish. (91 Points)