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)

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