South America vs. North America

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


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)

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  • John Ogden

    Hi Mike, this wine has a bit of grenache in it…could you tell? Raspberry is usually the tell for me on grenache and I see you got that in the wine. Nice note, btw. Glad you enjoyed this wine too!

  • Anonymous

    The dusty raspberry on the nose made me think there might be another Rhone varietal mixed in, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Nice to now know.

    Your Syrahs are always some of favorites, so they’re easy to enjoy. :)