Champagne and Cabernet

Champagne and Cabernet
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, December 11, 2010

FLIGHT 1

NV René Geoffroy Champagne Brut 1er Cru – France, Champagne A great nose of freshly activated yeast mixed with fresh whipping cream. The apple and pear aromas gave it a nice finish. Crisp and lively on the palate, the fresh baked bread flavor was really good. It had good apple and pear fruit on the mid-palate, and the finish had a nice creaminess. (91 Points)

NV Pol Roger Champagne Extra Cuvée de Réserve Brut – France, Champagne The coffee bean and danish pastry aromas on the nose were really good. add in some vanilla and nutmeg and you have a nose that you can smell forever. The minerals and chalkiness on the palate was tasty, with apple and pear on the mid-palate, and a nice finish of bread, vanilla, and coffee. (91 Points)

NV Pehu Simonet Champagne Brut Rosé Grand Cru – France, Champagne, Verzenay, Champagne The nose starts with a nice cherry aroma supported by stone and perfume. The bread underneath adds a good touch. The cherry deduction on the palate is really good. Add in some bread and stone and you have a really good wine. (91 Points)

NV Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur – France, Champagne A lively nose of fresh baked apple bread covered in a nice pear deduction sauce. The stone and citrus at the end nice as well. was The crispness and acid on the palate was very good. It really brought out the apple and pear flavors. The transition to the mid-palate picked up some minerality, and the finish added in a little lemon. (89 Points)

NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige – USA, California, Napa Valley An interesting melon and vanilla infused nose, with creamy citrus fruit underneath. The palate was somewhat flat. The acid started out sharp, but quickly disappeared. The melon and citrus did show until the mid-palate, and the finish, though slightly creamy, fell off fast. (85 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2002 Ayala Champagne Blanc de Blancs – France, Champagne A complex nose of honey and pencil lead, with cream covered peaches and mocha playing a supporting role. The peach on the palate was very nice, and the graphite and honey gave a nice lift to everything. (92 Points)

2007 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville The tobacco and cocoa on the nose were really good. The blackberry and cherry fruit added in some nice complexity, and the floral notes at the end rounded everything out. Rich and thick on the palate, the dark fruit flavors just saturate everything. The mid-palate had some spice and tobacco, and the finish was very floral. (91 Points)

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