Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, April 09, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2009 Ferraton Père & Fils Condrieu Les Mandouls – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu Honey and beeswax on the nose, with good amounts of tropical fruit – mainly peach and mango. The spicy floral notes on the tail end are nice. The palate flavors are much the same as the nose, but the beeswax flavors last all the way through the transition of the other flavors. (90 Points)

2007 Domaine de Deurre Côtes du Rhône Villages Vinsobres – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Vinsobres Roasted herbs and cigar box dominate the nose, but there is some barnyard and raspberry aromas as well. The flavors on the palate are the same as the nose, but they are a little more balanced, with nothing really dominating anything else. (90 Points)

2008 Trimbach Riesling – France, Alsace, Alsace AOC Lots of green apple on the nose, plus hints of citrus and gasoline. The back end adds in a little bit of minerality. This wine has an incredible amount of acidity on the palate. This really brings out the citrus and stone flavors. The apple flavors, which were so strong on the nose, finally peek out on the finish. (89 Points)

2007 Azienda Agricola Moroder Rosso Conero – Italy, Marche, Rosso Conero Floral and spicy on the nose, with a good backbone of roasted meat and dark berries. The palate is much like the nose and has nice acidity. (88 Points)

2005 Prunotto Barolo – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo Dark cherry and prunes on the nose, with a nice spice layer underneath. Soft and velvety in the mouth, with firm tannins, the cherry and spice flavors take center stage, and the prunes come in on the finish. A little one dimensional, but good. (88 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Fidelitas Boushey Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley You can really smell the oak on the nose. It has loads of sweet vanilla, but there is also some graphite, dark black fruit, cinnamon rolls, and a touch of flowers. The oak is not as dominate on palate as it is on the nose, but this wine still needs time. Pencil lead and flowers, spice and dark fruit, and a nice vanilla finish. (91 Points)

2006 Long Shadows Wineries Pirouette – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley A lot of blueberry upfront on the nose, with a little earth, BBQ, and spice. The palate is much the same as the nose. It tastes good, but I find it to be relatively uninteresting. (90 Points)

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