Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, November 06, 2010


2008 Vincent Girardin Santenay Terre d’Enfance – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay Really chalky and mineral-driven on the nose, with violets and dried cranberry and currants playing a backup roll. The palate had the stone flavors as the nose and great acidity. The fruit seemed more like fresh red fruit, as opposed to the dried ones on the nose. It finished with a lovely rose petal taste. (91 Points)

2006 Roth Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley What a nice nose. Nothing really dominated, but it all seemed to weave together. There was blackberry and nutmeg, cherry and mocha, toasted oak and plum. There was a little more fruit upfront on the palate, mainly blackberry and plum, but underneath was a spicy chocolate layer framed in oak. (91 Points)

2009 Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône An initial attack of fresh cut flowers on the nose, with small amounts of tobacco and tar, supported by black raspberry and black cherry. The palate flavors actually went in the reverse order of the nose. Lots of dark fruit upfront, followed by tar, charcoal, and violets. The mid palate was a bit hollow, but other than that, it was pretty good. (87 Points)

2008 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon Next of Kin Margaret River – Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River This had a very spicy nose, but also quite a bit of plum. There was also some oak, but not too much. The palate was not as good as the nose. Tannic and overly acidic, it really had nothing except a little bit of plum.

2006 Château Laforge – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru I loved the earth and berry mixture on the nose of the this wine. Unfortunately, it also had a creamy oak aspect that over-powered everything else. It was more obvious on the palate that this wine was over-oaked. Creamy, but not in good way, green and tannic, with nothing to make it worth drinking. (72 Points)

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