Thanksgiving Wines

Thanksgiving Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, November 20, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2009 Terredora di Paolo Greco di Tufo Loggia della Serra – Italy, Campania, Greco di Tufo DOCG A stone fruit dominated nose of peach and nectarine, it had a good backbone of minerals and herbs. The slight floral smell at the end adds extra dimensions to the aromas. Much more weighty and creamy on the palate then I was expecting, the stone fruit flavors really shined. The stone and minty mid-palate really opened things up for the floral finish. (90 Points)

2009 Long Shadows Wineries Riesling Poet’s Leap – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley An interesting nose of burnt match and melon, there were secondary aromas of peach and flowers. Slightly sweet on the palate, it had lots of peach and stone, a little melon in the middle, and a pleasant floral finish. (90 Points)

2006 Perrin & Fils Vacqueyras Les Christins – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Vacqueyras If you’re looking for lots of fruit, this ain’t it. Pencil lead and licorice aromas surrounded the red and dark fruits. There was lots of acid on the palate, and the graphite and iron flavors were very pronounced. It finished with dark fruit. (89 Points)

2007 Hugel et Fils Riesling – France, Alsace, Alsace AOC A lively nose of lime zest and tropical fruit, there was a creaminess to it that carried some stone and floral notes. The initial attack on the palate had crushed rock and sour lime. The acid was pretty good, but the mid-palate and finish fell off too quickly. (86 Points)

2006 Anglim Roussanne – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles An herbaceous nose, but lacking much fruit. There was a little apple, but not much else. The acid was very good on the palate, and the herbaceous flavors really stood out. It had a good mouth feel and a little more fruit than the nose – mainly apple and peach. It finished with a little stone. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2004 Hartwell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve – USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District Coffee and blackberry on the nose, with some cherry and cassis, and a little slate. Rich and dark on the palate, it was lots of mocha and coffee bean flavors, with just a touch of dark fruit on the finish. (91 Points)

2007 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Hailey’s Block- USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley This has a huge nose that is very un-pinot like. Loads of raspberry and cherry, some slate, and a little clove. Rich and thick on the palate, this wine seems more like a napa cab than a pinot. It was way too alcoholic and the richness makes me think it must have some syrah. Not horrible, but it doesn’t taste like pinot. (NR)

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