Double Blind Tasting – 5/29/2011

Double Blind Tasting – 5/29/2011
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Sunday, May 29, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2004 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Dark black fruit and scorched earth, with pepper behind that, and pencil lead at the end. Rich and dark on the palate, with burnt wood and graphite, and a nice spicy finish. (91 Points)

2004 Reilly’s Shiraz Dry Land – Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley Blueberry pie and raspberry jam on the nose, with hints of pepper and earth. There’s some floral notes at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with ripe dark fruit, a little earth, and a pepper finish. (90 Points)

2005 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve – USA, California, Napa Valley Earth and spice on the nose, with dark red fruit on the backend. Rich and juicy, with a fair bit of tannins are sharp acidity. Lots of fruit, with spice and earth flavors underneath. (90 Points)

2000 Château Faugères – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru Dark rich raspberry on the nose, with hints of black currant and white pepper, funk, and a slight touch of flowers. Dark, rich black fruit, with lots of tannins and fairly high acidity. The funk is there, as well as the pepper. (89 Points)

NV La preuve par Carles – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Fronsac Raspberry and cherry, spice and pencil lead, and some smoked meat at the end. Smoked meat and graphite, with hints of raspberry and cherry, and a spicy finish. (89 Points)

2006 Agharta Wines Exhibit B – USA, California, Napa Valley Raspberry and black currant on the nose, with hints of wet leaves and spice. Rich and spicy on the palate, with graphite, wet leaves, blueberry, blackberry, and some spice on the finish. (89 Points)

2009 Rocca di Tufo Orviéto Classico – Italy, Umbria, Orviéto, Orviéto Classico Tropical fruit and apple on the nose, with floral notes and spice. Creamy and slightly butter on the palate, with tropical fruit and citrus, good acidity, and a spicy floral finish. (88 Points)

2004 Domaine Joseph Roty Bourgogne – France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Cherry and cola, with raspberry and forest floor underneath. Cherry and forest floor on the palate, with a tiny bit of cola, and some spice on the finish. (87 Points)

Spanish Reds

Spanish Reds
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, May 28, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2005 Telmo Rodríguez Ribera del Duero M2 de Matallana – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero Lots of smoke-type aromas on the nose – charcoal, roasted coffee beans, and grilled meat. There’s also some blackberry and raspberry, and a little spice. Even more smoky on the palate than it is on the nose. The dark fruit is also more intense. (92 Points)

2009 Bodegas Volver La Mancha Single Vineyard – Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha Rich, salty, and stony on the nose, with deep dark black fruit surrounded by floral notes. For all it richness, there is nice balance on the palate. The flavors are the same as the nose, and the finish is really long. (90 Points)

2009 Telmo Rodríguez Toro Dehesa Gago – Spain, Castilla y León, Toro Blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with smoky earth underneath. There are some floral notes in the middle, and some spice at the end. Soft on the palate, with lots of juicy acidity. The dark black fruit comes on in the mid-palate, and the finish is floral and spicy. (90 Points)

2008 Pasanau Priorat Ceps Nous – Spain, Catalunya, Priorat Loads of cedar and spicy on the nose, with dark ripe fruit behind. More fruit forward on the palate. Here the spicy and cedar are in the background. (89 Points)

2006 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Scorched earth and minerals on the nose, with floral notes behind that are framed by blackberry and cherry. The palate is very smooth, with decent acidity. There is more fruit upfront, with the earth flavors coming on in the middle. (88 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Crushed rock on the nose, with hints of blackberry and raspberry, some smoky meat, and a hint of floral notes. Rich with lots of minerals on the palate. The smoky background is nice, and the dark fruit and floral notes on the finish round it all out. (91 Points)

2004 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Gran Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Perfumed and earthy on the nose, with dark fruit and salt rock underneath. The palate is similar to the nose, but more restrained, and with lots of tannins. (87 Points)

90+ Rated Wines

90+ Rated Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, May 21, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2007 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Crianza – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero A wonderful sticky nose of barnyard and leather, with a little spice and blackberry underneath. Very soft on the palate, it has more fruit upfront, with the earth flavors adding support to the fruit. (91 Points)

2006 Domaine du Pesquier Gigondas – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas The nose starts off with real licorice and damp earth, slowly adding cherry, chocolate and strawberry. Much fruiter on the palate, but it still has the nice earth and licorice flavors, but they are in the background. 90 Points)

2009 Terredora di Paolo Greco di Tufo Loggia della Serra – Italy, Campania, Greco di Tufo DOCG A rich nose, with peach and white flowers. More complex on the palate, it has nice spice mixed with beeswax, peach and tropical fruit, and a nice floral finish. (89 Points)

2009 Castello di Luzzano Colli Piacentini Tasto di Seta – Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Colli Piacentini Tropical fruit and peaches on the front of the nose, with nice purple flowers and a little spice. Slightly less interesting on the palate, it has lots of tropical and peach fruit, but not much else. Maybe a little floral notes. (87 Points)

2009 Piattelli Malbec Premium – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo A simple nose of sweet red fruit (plum and cherry) and just a touch of spice. The palate was much the same. All fruit and a little spice. (84 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Peirson Meyer Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley A nice mix of blueberry and blackberry on the nose, with some oak and spice at the end. Rich and thick on the palate with flavors exactly like the nose. (91 Points)

2009 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley A big nose of dark cherry and raspberry, with cinnamon spice and dusty tannins. Soft and smooth on the palate with red fruit and baking spice supported by some earth flavors. (90 Points)

Bread Adventures – Rye

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Germany

Germany
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Sunday, May 15, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2004 St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer Sage and other dried herbs on the nose, plus candied peaches, citrus and floral notes. Sweet herbs on the palate, with nice peach and grapefruit flavors, and a nice floral finish. (93 Points)

2007 Müller-Catoir Haardter Mandelring Scheurebe Spätlese trocken – Germany, Pfalz Crushed oyster shells and lime on the nose, with some juniper berries at the end. Rock and lime filled the palate. It was spicy with a salt lick flavor on the finish. (92 Points)

2009 Weingut Jakob Schneider Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Eiswein – Germany, Nahe Smoky oil and peach on the nose, with citrus and floral notes. Sweet on the palate, with lots of acidity. It was stoney and viscous, with a lemon peach finish. (92 Points)

2009 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Germany, Nahe Lots of grapefruit and peach on the nose, plus stone and citrus, and some floral notes at the end. The palate was sweet, with peach grapefruit, stone, and spice. (91 Points)

2008 A.J. Adam Dhroner Hofberger Riesling Kabinett – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer Floral notes and grapefruit on the nose, and a nice touch of stone at the end. Sweet and floral on the palate, with stone on the mid-palate and a lime finish. (91 Points)

2009 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Nahe Grapefruit and oil on the nose, with some floral notes and minerals. Sweet grapefruit on the palate with stone, and a good oily finish. (91 Points)

2007 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Spätlese trocken – Germany, Nahe Peach and lemon on the nose, with lemon and floral notes, and a touch of petrol. Sweet lime and peach on the palate, and a little floral and petrol notes. (90 Points)

2007 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Brut – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer Peach and apple on the nose, with hints of stone, and some floral notes at the end. A nice mineral palate, plus some peach and apple. (89 Points)

1992 Schneiders-Reis Briedeler Herzchen Riesling Beerenauslese – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer This one seemed corked to me, but others thought it was just oxidized. I kind of liked the bitter creaminess of it and the gasoline. (Flawed)

Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, May 14, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2005 Croze Cabernet Sauvignon De Coninck Vineyards – USA, California, Napa Valley Rich on the palate, with a nice mix of herbs and a little coffee bean. The palate is much like the nose, but the flavors are much more intense. (92 Points)

2007 Carr Cabernet Franc – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley Earthy and spice, with dark fruit underneath and spice wrapping around it all. Soft and juicy on the palate, with mocha and blueberry upfront. The middle is spicy, and there’s a nice vanilla hit on the finish. (91 Points)

2009 Familia Zuccardi Torrontés Serie A – Argentina, Salta Honey and stone on the nose, with some tropical fruit and coriander behind. Rich and mineral driven, the palate has very subtle tropical fruit flavors, and a nice spicy finish. (90 Points)

2006 Poggio al Tesoro Meditérra Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT Roasted meats with herbs greet the nose, with hints of black currant and black cherry. There’s a hint of pencil lead at the end. The palate is slightly tannic, but has good acidity. The fruit is dark, but with a floral tinge. (90 Points)

2006 Luna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Rich and dark on the palate, with lots of coffee and toffee aromas. The palate is exactly like nose, with a little spice added in. (90 Points)

2009 Giacomo Vico Langhe Chardonnay – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC Green apple and orange zest on the nose, with hints of spice at the end. A tasty and fruity palate, with a hint of oak. Apple and orange flavors, with a good amount of spice on the finish. (90 Points)

2009 Château Haut Bertinerie – France, Bordeaux, Côtes de Blaye, Premières Côtes de Blaye Rich and oaky on the nose, it has very little fruit, but some citrus. The palate was much like the nose, but here the citrus fruit was dominate. It had the same richness and a slightly spicy finish. (89 Points)

2009 Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna – Italy, Sardinia, Vermentino di Sardegna Citrus and beeswax on the nose, with stone and floral aromas in the background. Slightly sweet on the palate, with pear and lemon flavors mixed with wax. The mid-palate has floral notes, and there’s some minerals on the finish. (88 Points)

NV Giacomo Vico Langhe – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC Lots of perfume on the nose, with plum and candied strawberries. More complex on the palate, the fruit is restrained and there’s some spice mixed in. (88 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Oak and burnt meat upfront, with black currant and blueberry in the middle. The finish has a medicinal quality. Still too tannic on the palate, but the flavors are the same as the nose. (91 Points)

2007 Casar de Burbia Bierzo Tebaida – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo Stony and floral on the nose, with black currant and cherry, spice and vanilla, and a hint of earth at the end. The palate is like the nose, but a little less interesting. I think it is too young. (89 Points)

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Bites

Here’s a nice, versatile way to prepare eggs. I used onions and red and green bell peppers, but any vegetable will do. You can eat them cold or hot, but I prefer them hot.

Sausage bites

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Bites

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small bunch of dark greens, such as kale, Swiss chard, beet greens or spinach
  • 1-2 cups of crumbled, uncooked sausage
  • 8-10 eggs
  • a small bunch of parsley or other fresh herb

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  2. Slice the greens into thin strips (if using kale, removed the stems). Saute in oil or butter over medium heat for several minutes, then add the crumbled sausage.

  3. Continue to saute until sausage is basically cooked, then turn off heat.

  4. Whisk the eggs then stir in the parsley, kale and sausage.

  5. Pour into a greased 8?ó8 pan. Bake 20-25 minutes.

  6. Let cool slightly before cutting into squares.

Bread Adventures – Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls

Bread Adventures – White Bread

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Bread Adventures – French Bread Loafs

French bread1

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