Bordeaux Varietals

Bordeaux Varietals
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 30, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Casale del Giglio Petit Verdot Lazio IGT – Italy, Latium, Lazio IGT Smoke and stone on the nose, followed by rich, dark, black fruit and a spice. It ends with a touch of earth. Rich and smoky on the palate, with minerals and spice in the mid-palate, and a nice earthy finish. (91 Points)

2007 Farrier Presshouse – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley Blackberry and cigar leaves on the nose, plus some damp earth and plums at the end. Rich and earthy on the palate, with plum, black currant, and some vanilla at the end. (90 Points)

2007 Château Pavie Macquin – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru Very rich on the nose, with blueberry, blackberry, and black currant. After that that is some minerals, charcoal, and a little spice. There’s a little more earthiness on the palate, but the fruit is still extremely rich. (88 Points)

2007 Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain – USA, California, Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain A very fruit driven nose of blackberry and black currant, with a little stone at the end. Rich dark fruit on the palate, along with some minerals and spice. (88 Points)

2008 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, North Coast, Red Hills Lake County The nose had plum, berry, and spice, but not much else. A little more complex on the palate, but the very rich with fruit. It had plum and raspberry, and finished with some spice. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley Sweet berries and cherry liqueur on the nose, with a little roasted herbs at the end. The palate is much like the nose, but with the addition of some coffee flavors. (90 Points)

2007 Château Lagrange St. Julien – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien Ben-Gay and cream-covered berries on the nose, with coffee and spice at the end. Much more traditional on the palate, with berries and chocolate, some spice, and a nice mocha finish. (89 Points)

Champagne Varietals

Champagne Varietals
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 23, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Rippon Pinot Noir – New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Lake Wanaka Floral on the nose, with vanilla beans and cake spice underneath. The fruit comes in towards the end, mainly cherry and raspberry. Much more fruit on the palate, but it tempered by some stone flavors. The spice notes are little less sweet than he nose, and the finish is all dried flowers. (90 Points)

2008 Lioco Pinot Noir Michaud – USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone A big fruity nose, mainly strawberry and cherry, with just a hint of floral notes at the end. The palate is much more stony and floral than it was fruity. The fruit is there, but more so in the mid-palate. It finished with some spice. (89 Points)

NV Taltarni Brut Taché – Australia An interesting nose of cherry bubblegum mixed with flowers and peach. Cherry and peach on the palate, with a little bread on the mid-palate and some floral notes on the finish. (88 Points)

2009 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose is heavy on the perfume, with some cherry and forest floor behind that. It ended with some spice. Spicy on the palate, with restrained notes of cherry and raspberry. It’s a little green on the mid-palate, but the earthy finish is good. (87 Points)

NV Francois Montand Champagne Blanc de Blancs – France, Champagne A little nail polish on the nose, with just the slightest hint of citrus. It’s a bit tight. A little more expressive on the palate, but still pretty tight. It has the nail polish and citrus, plus a little yeast at the end. (84 Points)

FLIGHT 2

NV Godmé Père et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve – France, Champagne Lots of yeast and stone on the nose, with citrus and earth underneath. It ends with a bit of spice. Bright with good acidity on the palate. The yeast and fruit are wonderfully balanced, and it finished with a little spice. (91 Points)

2009 Bergström Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton Smoky oak and dark cherry on the nose, followed by some spice and barnyard. Smoky and earthy on the palate, with lots of oak and cherry in the middle. It finishes with a touch of spice. (91 Points)

Old World vs. New World

Old World vs. New World
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 16, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo Lirano – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC Clove cigarettes on the nose, with some black licorice and sour cherry mixed in. A nice palate of tobacco, cherry, and licorice, with a pleasant minty finish. (90 Points)

2006 Valle Perdido Malbec – Argentina, Patagonia A huge nose of bittersweet chocolate and coffee bean, with undertones of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. Rich and juicy on the palate, with dark black fruit, mocha, and a nice milk chocolate finish. (90 Points)

2009 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre – France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre Lots of floral a grapefruit notes on the nose, with hints of citrus underneath, and some spice at the end. Grapefruit and citrus, with spice and floral notes in the middle. (89 Points)

2005 Château Le Sartre – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan Smoked meat and black candy on the nose, with dark fruit underneath, and some dried flowers at the end. Lots of minerality on the palate, along with black fruit, smoked meat, and a little licorice on the finish. (88 Points)

2009 Domaine Denis Carré Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune La Perriére – France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Sweet red fruit on the nose, with some perfume/floral notes and a touch of earth at the end. More earthy on the palate, but it still has the same sweet red fruit and perfume/floral notes. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Ferraton Père & Fils Côte-Rôtie L’Eglantine – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie Figs and fruitcake on the nose, with some cigar leaves and boysenberry right behind. It ends with some spice and plum. lots of plum on the palate, with some tobacco and raspberry and spice in the middle, and a very good boysenberry finish. (91 Points)

2008 Arietta Quartet – USA, California, Napa Valley Loads of very sweet blueberry and raspberry fruit on the nose, along with small amounts of earth notes, and a little spice. Soft on the palate with loads of fruit. Here the earth and spice flavors are very subdued. (90 Points)

South America vs. North America

South America vs. North America
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 09, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2006 Terrazas de Los Andes Cheval des Andes – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo, Vistalba Loads of black fruit on the nose, along with crushed rock, roasted meat, and coffee bean. There’s also a perfume smell towards the end. Earthy and meaty on the palate, with nice cherry and raspberry on the mid-palate, and minerals and coffee at the end. (91 Points)

2009 Viña Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon Felino – Argentina, Mendoza Lots of mocha and earth on the nose, followed by bright berries and cigar leaves. Much fruitier on the palate – mainly boysenberry and blackberry, along with pencil lead and coffee. It finishes with lots of earth. (90 Points)

2006 Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford Lots of spice on the nose, mainly cinnamon and cloves with a touch of white pepper. The fruit in the middle is very jammy, and the finish has just a touch of dirt. Less fruity on the palate, with lots more earth and spice. (90 Points)

2005 John Anthony Vineyards Syrah – USA, California, Napa Valley Ripe berries and chocolate on the nose, with globs of creamy vanilla and tar behind. There’s also some spice and plum at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with lots of spice and berry. There’s some green tannins on the mid-palate, but the finish recovers a little with some chocolate flavors. (89 Points)

2009 Pulenta Estate Pinot Gris – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo, Agrelo Peach and floral notes on the nose, with an interesting burnt match and citrus oil aroma underneath. Great acidity on the palate, with more stone and match flavors, followed by citrus and just a touch of peach. (88 Points)

Grilled Sirloin with Herbed Goat Cheese

Grilled Sirloin with Herbed Goat Cheese

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Top Sirloin Butt Steaks
  • 2 ounces Raw Amish Garlic and Chives Goat Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Beef Tallow
  • 1 package sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

  1. Rinse steaks under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.

  2. Allow steaks to come to room temperature.

  3. Preheat the grill to high heat.

  4. In a non stick frying pan, heat tallow on medium heat.

  5. Sautee mushrooms and onion, seasoning with salt and pepper, until onions are translucent, and mushrooms have softened.

  6. Grill steaks 6 minutes a side.

  7. Place cheese on steaks after the initial flip to allow melting during the remaining time.

  8. Top with sauteed mushrooms and onions, and serve.

Independence Day Wines

Independence Day Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 02, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2007 Smith Wooton Cabernet Franc Gallagher’s Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley Barnyard and cedar on the nose, supported by blackberry and raspberry jam, and a little spice. Earthy and fruity on the palate, with a nice spicy finish. (91 Points)

2007 Manzoni Estate Vineyard Syrah – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands Loads of black pepper and grilled meat on the nose, along with dark black fruit. Much more fruit on the palate, but still has lots of pepper and BBQ. (91 Points)

2007 Fritz Winery Zinfandel Estate Grown – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley The nose is all fruit – blackberry, blueberry, and black currant. This is all covered by some nice chocolate aromas. Soft on the palate, with the same flavors as the nose. The only difference is the addition of licorice on the finish. (90 Points)

2010 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Floral notes and peach on the nose, with crushed rock and cantaloupe behind. Much fruity on the palate, making it feel slightly sweet. The minerals and floral notes are there, but only on the finish. (89 Points)

2008 Barnett Vineyards Chardonnay Savoy Vineyard – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley Apple and butter on the nose, with floral notes and cake spice underneath. There also a nuttiness at the end. Less oaky on the palate, and much fruiter than the nose. The floral notes come on in the middle, and it finishes with a spicy nut flavor. (89 Points)