Rare Breeds; Less Common Grapes from Lesser-known Regions

Rare Breeds; Less Common Grapes from Lesser-known Regions
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, October 08, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2008 Domaine Tempier Bandol – France, Provence, Bandol Plum and blackberry on the nose, with spice and smoke, and some beef juice at the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, with blackberry and plum, some spice, and very meaty finish. (92 Points)

2007 Tardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Vieilles Vignes – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Blueberry and cherry on the nose, with pureed figs and spice, and a good licorice finish. Soft and velvety on the palate, with black fruit and spice, earth and licorice, and a great cherry finish. (91 Points)

2004 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante-Alouette – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage Very nutty and creamy on the palate, with some stone and floral notes. The palate is creamy and nutty as well, but also adds in some peach on the mid-palate. It finishes with crushed rock and flowers. (91 Points)

2007 Höpler Blaufränkisch – Austria, Burgenland Lots of red fruit on the nose, with some spice and earth at the end. The palate was much the same as the nose and very soft. (87 Points)

2010 Bodega Colome Torrontés – Argentina, Salta, Calchaquies Honey and peach on the nose, with hints of rock, floral notes, and roasted nuts. Minerals and nuts on the palate, with some peach and floral notes.

FLIGHT 2

2001 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe – Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Leather and plum on the nose, with sour cherry and coffee, and a good prune finish. Soft and juicy on the palate, with cherry and leather, coffee and plum, and a good prune finish. (92 Points)

2007 R Wines Chateau Chateau Leaf Turner – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley Smoke and blueberry on the nose, with cherry and stone, and some spice at the end. Soft and smooth on the palate, with blueberry and spice, and a very rich finish. (90 Points)

2008 La Scolca Gavi – Italy, Piedmont, Gavi Burnt match and roasted nuts on the nose, with some stone and citrus underneath, and floral notes at the end. Lots of citrus fruit on the nose, with rocks and flowers on the mid-palate, and good smoky finish. (88 Points)

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