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)

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