Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, November 13, 2010


2007 Newton Chardonnay Unfiltered – USA, California, Napa Valley A very exotic nose that kind of hid some of the oak. There was a smoky fig aroma that was mixed with melon and honey. The butter made an appearance at the end but it was masked a little by the spice. It had great acid on the palate and that nice smoky fig flavors, some melon on the mid-palate, and an interesting burnt honey flavor on the finish. (91 Points)

2008 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Finca Resalso – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero This had a really earth nose. It was very floral, with nice saddle leather aromas rounding it all out. The fruit was there, but in the background. Cherry and cranberry were the main ones. Soft on the palate, it had spice mixed with leather, and a good floral finish. (90 Points)

2007 Bacio Divino Pazzo – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose reminded my of a roasted mirepoix. It had lots of onion, celery, and carrot aromas after roasting them in the oven. It also blueberry and raspberry, and a touch of spice. There was a good amount of acidity on the palate, and that was accented by the roasted mirepoix flavors. The fruit was not as dominate on the palate, but I really like the vegetale aspect, so it didn’t bother me. (89 Points)

2005 Nota Bene Cellars Syrah – USA, Washington Loads of bacon and leather on the nose, with a shot of blueberry and black cherry. At the end, it was very gamey. Soft and juicy on the palate, it was a bit tannic, but the fruit and earth flavors made it all worth it. (89 Points)

2007 Mi Sueño Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley A big juicy nose of pomegranate and cake spice, with a bit of wet leaves thrown in at the end. The palate was not as good as the nose. It had good acid and minerality, but the fruit was a bit muted and the tannins were bitter. (80 Points)

2008 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja Veraton – Spain, Aragón, Campo de Borja I’m not sure what to make of the nose on this wine. All I got was toasted wood. Maybe a little spice, too. I think they used too much oak on this. The palate was much like the nose. Lots of wood that completely masked the fruit. (79 Points)

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