Wine and Cheese Pairing

Wine and Cheese Pairing
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, December 18, 2010


2007 Tudal Family Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Very earthy and spicy on the nose, the plum and black currant play a secondary roll. The vegetables at the end add a nice touch. Rich on the palate, I really enjoyed all the earthy flavors. The grip of the tannins on the mid-palate was good and spicy, and the finish was heavy on the plum. (91 Points)

2006 La Jota Vineyard Company Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain This nose reminds me of wild strawberries growing deep in the forest. The spice and black currant add to enjoyment of the nose. Rich and thick on the palate, the tannins have a nice grip, with just a little sweetness. The mid-palate had some good spice, and the dark fruit is really strong on the finish. (91 Points)

2006 Fall Line Winery Red Wine Artz Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain Graphite and grilled meat greet the nose on the first whiff. Black fruit follows, with herbs de provence at the end. Upon entry, dark, spicy fruit fills the palate. The mid-palate has sweet tannins and pencil lead, and the finish was nice and meaty. (90 Points)

2008 Coho Headwaters – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose was full of blueberry and spice. Slightly earthy underneath, it ended with some tobacco. The blueberry was upfront on the palate. Behind was some earth and spice. The cigar leave finish was good. (90 Points)

2006 Azienda Agricola Forestale Rigoloccio Il Sorvegliante – Italy, Tuscany, Maremma, Maremma Toscana IGT The cab franc really comes through on the nose. Heavy on the barnyard and fresh green vegetables, it gave a good lift to the sweet berry fruit and spice. The hint of wood at the end was nice as well. The sweet berry and balsamic notes on the palate were great together, and the earth and spice flavors in the middle rounded everything out. It finish with a healthy dose of cedar. (89 Points)


2005 Villa Creek High Road James Berry Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles This had a lot of spice on the nose, with a big dose of cassis. It’s a little more over-extracted than I would have liked. The palate was the same as the nose. Not my type of wine.

2007 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Meredith Estate – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Not my favorite kind of pinot. A big, over-extracted nose, with blackberry, black currant, black tea, and cola. The palate was the same as the nose. Over-extracted, rich and thick. Did they add syrah to this? I don’t like it. (84 Points)

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  • Dan Tudor

    I hope you could taste it again. Here’s what Master Sommelier Alpana Singh and Wine Enthusiast said about the wine – “You couldn’t ask for a fresher, more vibrant Sauv Blanc than this one. it’s bone dry and zesty and rich in pineapple, fig and mineral flavors, with a long spicy finish. 90 points and Editor’s Choice.- WE” and “A style that falls some where in between a grassy New Zealand and ripe California. Notes of Yuzu citrus, lemon peel and ripe figs. – Alpana Singh – Master Sommelier”