Double Blind Tasting – 1/23/2011

Double Blind Tasting – 1/23/2011
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Sunday, January 23, 2011


2008 Clawson Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir Angela – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley Dark red in the glass. A nice mix of mushroom and raspberry on the nose, With a little spice and cherry thrown in. Soft and smooth on the palate, the raspberry and cherry fruit was more upfront, with the earth and spice in the background, especially on the finish. (90 Points)

2006 Rusden Grenache Christine’s Vineyard – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley Medium red in the glass. Earthy and fruity on the nose, with lots of sweet spice underneath. The cherry and herbs at the end made for a nice finish. Rich and soft on the palate, it was a bit thin at first, but the earth and sweet spice was very nice. (89 Points)

2006 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Dark red in the glass. The wine smelled a lot like blueberry pie topped with whipped cream. Spice and tobacco round out the nose. Rich on the palate, The tobacco and blueberry flavors were really well married together. The cigar finish was very appealing. (89 Points)

2005 La Buena Vida Vineyards Pinot Blanc Springtown Reserve – USA, Texas Pale yellow in the glass. Honey infused pear on the nose, with a nice floral background and a mineral tinge around the edges. The apple and citrus on the backend add a nice finish. Beeswax and honeyed pear on the palate, nestled between crushed rock and purple flowers. The acidity really shined on the finish, with lots of apple and citrus. (89 Points)

2008 Windward Pinot Noir Monopole – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Medium red in the glass. Raspberry and spice on the nose, with a touch of barnyard on top. Slightly sweet towards the middle, the earth aromas come on strong at the end. The tannins are firm and ripe, with nice acid on the palate. The mix of earth and sweet berry flavors on the finish are very good. (88 Points)

2008 Bergström Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley Dark red in the glass. Starts off with a load of dark, black fruit on the nose – mainly black currant and raspberry. Behind that are aromas of milk chocolate and vanilla, with just a touch of spice and tobacco at the end. Rich on the palate, with firm, slightly bitter tannins. The tobacco and spice are strong on the mid-palate, with dark fruit finally coming around on the finish. (87 Points)

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