Wine for Warmer Weather

Wine for Warmer Weather
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, April 30, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Juan Manuel Burgos Avan Ribera del Duero Nacimiento – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero Lots of licorice upfront on the nose, with background notes of red berries and damp earth. It also adds in some pepper at the end. Extremely soft on the palate, with more fruit at the beginning. The licorice comes on in the middle and the earth flavors on the finish. (90 Points)

2007 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Black, dark and smoky on the the nose. Black cherry, black currant, licorice, wet leaves, and black pepper. Soft on the palate, with good richness. Just as black on the palate, the finish has a nice oiliness to it. (90 Points)

2008 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Semillon – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley A nice mix of oil, wax, and salt chips on the nose. Behind that is some melon and pear. The palate was much the same as the nose. The acidity could have been a little higher, but it had good viscosity. (88 Points)

2007 Amador Cellars Estate – USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County A good mix of earth and berries, with hints of plum and spice. The tannins on the palate have a nice grip, with sweet berry and leather flavors. (88 Points)

2009 Tommasi Pinot Grigio Le Rosse – Italy, Veneto, Venezie IGT Citrus and peach on the nose, with a little roasted nuts underneath. Lots of stone mixed with tropical fruit on the palate, with some citrus on the finish. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley I really liked the nose. Lots of leather and earth, with sweet red fruit around the edges, and mocha flavor wrapped around everything. Rich and juicy on the palate, it was the same flavors as the nose. (92 Points)

2008 Barnett Vineyards Pinot Noir Viento Valle Anderson Valley – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley Rich on the nose, with stewed tomatoes, cranberry, cherry, and forest floor. The palate was rich with fruit – cranberry, pomegranate, cherry, and boysenberry. There was a little spice, but it was too sweet for my taste. (90 Points)

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