Red Blends

Red Blends
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, January 22, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2005 DiStefano Meritage – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley A nose of raspberry and barnyard lead to subtle spice and floral notes. The tannins are ripe, and the floral, spice, and earth flavors are really good. The finish has a sweet berry flavor that last a long time. (89 Points)

2006 Keith Tulloch Per Diem Quantum – Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin A nice touch of eucalyptus and floral notes on the nose, with raspberry and cherry fruit surrounded by Indian spices. Soft and minty on the palate, the raspberry and cherry fruit had a nice tartness. The finish was spicy and long. (89 Points)

2005 Christian Moueix Médoc – France, Bordeaux, Médoc Heavy notes of tobacco mixed with ripe plum on the nose. Behind that was berries covered in syrup. Firm tannins and strong acidity give a nice frame to the berry fruit and cigar leaf flavors. The finish was good and had a stewed plum taste. (88 Points)

2008 Chappellet Vineyard Mountain Cuvée – USA, California, Napa Valley Stewed plums and toasted oak greet the nose. There was also some coffee bean and spice, cherry and vanilla. Soft on the palate, it was rich and oaky. There was some cherry and plum, and a little spice, but the oak was over-powering. (86 Points)

2008 Robert Foley The Griffin – USA, California, Napa Valley A fruit bomb on the nose, it has loads of blueberry and raspberry with a peppery back-drop. The vanilla is also prominent. More restrained on the palate, the fruit takes a back seat to the pepper and spice flavors. It is a little over-oaked for my taste. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT A heavy dose of black licorice and tar on the nose, with blackberry and oak at the end. Rich and thick on the palate, the licorice and tar flavors were strong, with the fruit in the background. (91 Points)

2005 Domaine Gilles Troullier Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes L’esprit du temps – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes A bunch of tar and olive juice on the nose, plus some stone and blueberry. The end had a little raspberry and some toasted vanilla. The palate had great acidity and nice firm tannins. The berry and earth flavors were nicely balanced, and the pencil lead on the finish was tasty. (90 Points)

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