Bargins vs. Big Boys

Bargins vs. Big Boys
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, September 17, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru – USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena Tobacco and cherry on the nose, along with blackberry and spice, and some mocha at the end. Rich and dark on the palate, with black cherry and blackberry, coffee and spice, and a good tobacco finish. (91 Points)

2010 B.R. Cohn Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros Lemon, toasted oak, and apple on the nose. It also had some minerals and floral notes at the end. Crisp on the palate, with apple and lemon, and a slight hint of oak in the middle. It finished with stone and flowers. (89 Points)

2006 Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve – France, Alsace, Alsace AOC Honey, lemon, and pear on the nose. There’s a slight floral and mineral note at the end. Beeswax and honey on the palate. It also had flowers, stone, and some citrus and pear on the finish. (89 Points)

2009 Jermann Vinnaioli Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT – Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT Peach and lemon on the nose, with cantaloupe and stone underneath. Rich and viscous on the palate, with loads of minerals and citrus. It finishes with melon and a little tropical fruit. (88 Points)

2008 Definitive Pinot Noir – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast Cherry and sandalwood on the nose, plus some earth at the end. Sour cherry and cedar on the palate, with some earth, and a good vanilla finish. (88 Points)

2009 Far Niente Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa Valley Buttered popcorn and apple on the nose, along with apricot and pear, and little minerality at the end. Lots of oak on the palate, which covers up the nice apple, pear and apricot flavors. Fair acidity and a good finish, but not my style. (85 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Juslyn Vineyards Perry’s Blend – USA, California, Napa Valley Coffee and tobacco on the nose, plus black fruit and spice in the middle, and some candied fruit at the end. Rich and thick on the palate, with black and blue fruit, spice, cigar leaves, and a good mocha finish. (91 Points)

2009 DuMOL Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley* A lot of fruit on the nose, especially cherry, cranberry and rhubarb. The mid-palate adds in some earth, and it finishes with lots of pepper. Cherry and earth on the palate, with cranberry and rhubarb on the mid-palate, and a slightly spicy finish. (91 Points)

Wines of Paul Hobbs

Wines of Paul Hobbs
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, September 03, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Viña Cobos Cabernet Sauvignon Bramare – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo Tobacco and milk chocolate on the nose, with cherry and toasted oak underneath. Rich and thick on the palate, with some cherry and chocolate, and some smoke on the finish. (91 Points)

2008 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon CrossBarn – USA, California, Napa Valley Mocha and blackberry on the nose, with some spice and black currant right behind. Spicy on the palate, with loads of black fruit and bittersweet chocolate. (90 Points)

2010 Laird Family Estate Pinot Grigio Cold Creek Ranch – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros Pineapple and orange on the nose, with tangerine and honey following close behind. It has a tiny bit of floral notes and some minerality, but it’s mainly all fruit. Nice and acidity and lots of tropical fruit on the palate. It finishes with some spicy honey. (88 Points)

2007 Laird Family Estate Chardonnay Cold Creek Ranch – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros Caramel and vanilla bean on the nose, along with toast and citrus and floral notes. Toasty on the nose, with tropical fruit, spice, and a nice floral finish. (89 Points)

2007 Pulenta Estate Chardonnay VIII – Argentina, Mendoza Tropical and spicy on the nose, with a small amount of vanilla at the end. Much the same on the palate, but with good acidity and a little minerality.

FLIGHT 2

2008 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros Blueberry and cherry on the nose, with some earth and spice, and some floral notes on the finish. Soft and smooth on the palate, it has lots of cherry and blueberry, some earth and floral notes, and a nice spicy finish. (90 Points)

2006 Pulenta Estate Gran Corte VII Alto Agrelo – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo, Agrelo Cherry and raspberry on the nose, plus some spice and mocha notes. There’s a little earthiness in the middle, and a good stony finish. Soft and juicy on the palate, with earth and spice on the mid-palate, and black fruit and mocha finish. (90 Points)