Bargains vs. Big Boys

Bargains vs. Big Boys
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, March 26, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2006 Long Shadows Wineries Syrah Sequel – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley Loads of game, bacon, and smoke on the nose, with small amounts of flowers and blackberry. A wonderful mix of flavors on the palate. It moves from grilled meat to blackberry to cedar and then to tar. The tannins are soft and the finish is slightly spicy. (92 Points)

2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT A big nose of blackberry, oak, and licorice. A little more integrated on the palate than it was one the nose. Still big, but nothing seemed to overpower anything else. (92 Points)

2008 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir CrossBarn – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Big and juicy on the nose, with loads of bright raspberry and smoke. There’s some asian spice in the middle plus hints of wet leaves, and some floral notes toward the end. The tannins are very sweet and soft on the palate, with lots of ripe, red fruit and pepper. The mid-palate adds some floral notes and earth, and it finishes with more fruit. (91 Points)

2006 Château Quinault L’Enclos – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru Sweet oak and black cherry on the nose, plus earth and raspberry. The tannins are bit sharp and the oak a bit too prominent on the palate, but the fruit and earth flavors manage to save it. (88 Points)

2006 Veraison Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley A very earth-driven nose of wet dirt, crushed rock, and roasted herbs. The red fruit come on towards the end, and are very sweet. The palate flavors are the same as the nose, but the tannins are a bit harsh. (88 Points)

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