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)

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