You be the Critic!

You be the Critic!
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 27, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2005 Villa Creek High Road James Berry Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Spice and dirt on the nose, with some black currant and blackberry in the middle, and some floral notes at the end. Black fruit on the palate, with some spice and dirt on the mid-palate, and a floral finish. (90 Points)

2010 Mohua Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough Grapefruit and pineapple concentrate on the nose, with hints of lemon lychee and grass. The palate was almost the same. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple, some lychee in the mid-palate, and a lot of lemon zest on the finish.

2009 Domaine de Bernier Vin de Pays du Val de Loire – France, Loire Valley, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire Lots of fruit on the nose. Peaches, apricot, pineapple, and citrus. There’s a little stone, plus some floral notes at the end. Crisp and clean on the palate, with pineapple and citrus, some stone on the mid-palate, and a nice citrus finish.

2008 Treana White Central Coast – USA, California, Central Coast Peach and lemon on the nose, with some herbs and fresh ground tea leaves. Rich and thick on the palate, with tea leaves and lemon, and little peach, and a nice herbal finish. (89 Points)

2009 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough Pineapple and pine nuts on the nose, with small amounts of tropical fruit and burnt twigs. Crisp on the palate, with lemon and tropical fruit, toasted nuts, and a nice tropical finish. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Corrina Rayment Shiraz Expatriate Oliver’s Taranga – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale Toast and coffee bean on the nose, earth and graphite, black fruit, and a some floral notes at the end. Soft on the palate, with nice black fruit, earth and pencil lead, and a good toasty finish.

2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT Licorice and toast on the nose, with black fruit and spice underneath. Rich and spicy on the nose, with toasted wood and black fruit. The finish is very spicy. (92 Points)

Great BBQ Wines

Great BBQ Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 20, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2009 Costa De Oro Pinot Noir – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County Strawberry and cherry on the nose, along with spice, and artificial orange flavoring. Earthy and spicy on the palate, with rich berry and citrus notes. (89 Points)

2006 Cristom Syrah Estate – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola – Amity Hills Blackberry and pepper on the nose, with some tar and spice, and a little plum at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with loads of pepper, some earth, and a plumy finish. (89 Points)

2008 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir North Valley – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley Cherry and spice on the nose, plus a little smoke and a little rose oil at the end. The palate had roses and cherry, some spice on the mid-palate, and a good raspberry finish. (88 Points)

2007 Summers Winery Zinfandel Four – Acre Zin – USA, California, Napa Valley A wonderful nose of pepper, bramble, concentrated cherry juice, and earth. Not as good on the palate, but still nice. Cherry and earth, pepper and bramble, and a little spice on the finish. (88 Points)

2007 Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley Tobacco and black currant on the nose, with licorice and plum, and a little spice at the end. Slightly tannic on the palate, but with lots of fruit yo cover it up. Black currant, plum, and cherry upfront, with tobacco and earth in the middle, and some licorice on the finish. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Vineyard 29 Zinfandel Aida Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena Spicy, with lots of berry on the nose. Underneath is earth and flowers, and a little pepper. Berries and pepper on the palate, with earth and flowers on the finish. (90 Points)

2007 B Cellars Blend 24 – USA, California, Napa Valley Lots of berry and cherry on the nose, with some leather at the end. The palate was much the same – lots of fruit and a little leather. (89 Points)

Common vs. Uncommon Varietals

Common vs. Uncommon Varietals
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 13, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2009 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Erre punto R. – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Pear and crushed rock on the nose, along with spicy floral notes and a little citrus. Rich and juicy on the palate, with lots of stone and great acidity. The pear and spice appear on the mid-palate, and it has a nice floral finish. (91 Points)

2009 Terredora di Paolo Fiano di Avellino Terre di Dora – Italy, Campania, Fiano di Avellino Apricot and minerals on the nose, with purple flowers and peaches right behind. Rich and spicy on the palate, with stone and ripe apricot, a little peach, and some flowers on the finish. (90 Points)

2009 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa Valley Pear and almonds on the nose, with some orange peel and honey underneath, followed by tropical fruit and floral notes. The palate is very smoke, with the same orange and pear fruit, and a nice honey-covered almonds finish. (89 Points)

2009 Azienda Agricola Cos Frappato Sicilia IGT – Italy, Sicily, Sicilia IGT Cherry and cedar on the nose, along with dusty floral notes and spice. Slightly sweet on the palate, with sour cherry and mint, some floral notes on the mid-palate, and some cedar on the finish. (88 Points)

2008 Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Reserva – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo Vanilla and spice on the nose, with dark black fruit supporting everything. It ends with some floral notes. Rich and juicy on the palate, with black currant and blackberry upfront, with some vanilla and spice underneath. (88 Point)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Colección Vivanco Parcelas de Mazuelo – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Lots of earth and dirt on the nose, with hints of cigar and barnyard. The red fruit comes on in the middle, and it finishes with some stone. The palate has more red fruit, but the earth/barnyard flavors are still there. (90 Points)

2006 Viña Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon Bramare Marchiori Vineyard – Argentina, Mendoza Grilled meat and sweet red fruit on the nose, with some floral notes and damp earth right behind. Lots of fruit on the palate, with a nice earth back note. (90 Points)

Staff Favorites

Staff Favorites
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, August 06, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2005 Betts & Scholl Hermitage Blanc – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage Peach and pineapple on the nose, with whipping cream covered apples underneath. At the end was some stone and floral notes. Rich and toasty on the palate, with peach and tropical fruit, and lots of minerality on the finish. (92 Points)

2007 Copain Les Copains James Berry Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Very floral on the nose, with lots of ripe red fruit and milk chocolate. The palate has more fruit than the nose, with the floral notes in the background. It finishes with dark chocolate. (91 Points)

2008 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py Vieilles Vignes – France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon Cherry and dusty earth on the nose, with underlying notes of raspberry and red currant. At the end is some crushed rock. Meaty and stony on the palate, it is supported by sour red fruit and some nice earthiness. (90 Points)

2008 Bodegas Borsao Campo de Borja Berola – Spain, Aragón, Campo de Borja The nose is all rich, creamy black fruit. The was a tiny bit of mocha behind the fruit, but not much else. The palate is much better. It still has the same rich, creamy, black fruit and the mocha, but it also has some earth and oil notes. (90 Points)

2008 Azienda Agricola Moroder Rosso Conero – Italy, Marche, Rosso Conero Smoky on the nose, with sour cherry and rocks, plus some floral notes. Dark and chalky on the palate, the fruit is not as tart, and there’s a nice powdered chocolate flavor on the finish. (88 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains Creamy and rich on the nose, with red fruit and smoke, and some minerals at the end. The palate has an earthiness that is not on the nose. Cigar mixed with red fruit and espresso. The smoke flavors come on in the mid-palate and it finishes with some stone. (90 Points)

2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino Lots of red fruit and floral aromas on the nose. There was also a little minerality. Chalky and stony on the palate, with the red fruit underneath. It finishes with some floral notes. (87 Points)