Napa vs. Sonoma

Napa vs. Sonoma
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, June 04, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2006 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – USA, California, Napa Valley Blackberry and licorice on the nose, with background notes of bittersweet chocolate, black olives, and toasted oak. Minty on the palate, with dark rich fruit and chocolate underneath. The mid-palate adds in some licorice, and it finishes with some mineral drenched olives. (90 Points)

2007 Forchini Zinfandel Proprietor’s Reserve – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley Bramble and berry on the nose, with sweet spice underneath. There’s a nice deliciousness to this wine. It’s not big or over-the-top, but it still has all the flavors you associate with Zin. (89 Points)

2006 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley Blueberries and cherry on the nose, with hints of chocolate and licorice behind. Rich on the palate, with dark chocolate and licorice, violets and cherry, and a nice blueberry finish. (88 Points)

2006 Swanson Merlot – USA, California, Napa Valley Ripe fruit on the nose, especially black currant and raspberry, along with a little pepper and mocha. Quite tannic on the palate, and pretty oaky. The fruit and spice flavors are there, but in the background. It may need more time. (86 Points)

2006 Blue Rock Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley A fairly tight nose, but it had lots of fruit – blackberry and cherry, and some floral notes. The palate is the same as the nose. Very uninspiring. (83 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Realm Cellars The Tempest – USA, California, Napa Valley Coffee and chocolate on the nose, with hints of cherry and smoke. Soft and juicy on the palate, it has smoke and coffee, with cherry undertones. It finishes with espresso and spice. (90 Points)

2008 DuMOL Chardonnay Chloe – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Lychee and orange peel on the nose, plus pear and minerals. Much more buttery on the palate than the nose, but the flavors are the same as the nose, but much more subdued. (87 Points)

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