Black Friday Wines

Black Friday Wines
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, November 26, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2003 Spencer Roloson Tempranillo Madder Lake – USA, California, North Coast, Clear Lake Smoky on the nose, with some cherry and plum, and a little spice at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with lots of tannins. The cherry and smoke come together nicely, and it finishes with some spice. (91 Points)

2004 Spencer Roloson Syrah Madder Lake – USA, California, North Coast, Clear Lake Leather and smoke on the nose, with dark black fruit and purple flowers. Blackberry and black currant on the palate, with smoke and leather on the mid-palate, and a floral finish. (91 Points)

2008 Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 3 – New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago Raspberry and pumpkin spice on the nose, with milk chocolate underneath, and some oak at the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, with raspberry and spice, some oak and bitter chocolate, and good acidic finish. (90 Points)

2006 Clos Floridene – France, Bordeaux, Graves Manure and hay on the nose, with cherry, saddle leather, and floral notes. Smooth on the palate, with lots of earth flavors supported by cherry and rose petals. (89 Points)

2008 Anglim Roussanne – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Pear and tropical fruit, with some minerals and floral notes. Viscous on the palate, with good acidity and stone flavors. The stone fruits come on in the mid-palate, and it finishes with dried flowers. (89 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Bodegas Mauro Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Terreus Pago de Cueva Baja – Spain, Castilla y León, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León A heavy dose of cinnamon and jalapeño peppers upfront, with chipotle chocolate and floral notes right behind, and black fruit at the end. Extremely plush on the palate, with black fruit, followed by peppery spices and bitter chocolate. (96 Points)

2009 L’Aventure Cabernet Sauvignon Estate – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Rich on the nose, with lots of black fruit and smoked meat. There’s some roasted herbs behind that and some red fruit at the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, with blackberry and herbs, raspberry and meat, and a spicy finish. (92 Points)

Wines to Pair with Chocolate

Wines to Pair with Chocolate
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, November 19, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2004 Spencer Roloson Syrah La Herradura – USA, California, Napa Valley Grilled meat and BBQ on the nose, with black fruit underneath. Much the same on the palate, but with a nice bit of fatiness to it. (91 Points)

2007 Coho Cabernet-Merlot Michael Black Vineyard – USA, California, Napa Valley Dark black fruit and dark chocolate on the nose, with some espresso and spice, and a little dusty earth at the end. Cherry and coffee on the palate, with roasted spices and earth on the finish. (90 Points)

2008 Montes Carménère Alpha – Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley Bouquet garni and cigar on the nose, with background notes of blueberry and crushed rock. It ended with some wet dirt. Blueberry and minerals on the palate, with spice and earth on the mid-palate, and good tobacco finish. (90 Points)

2010 Mollydooker Two Left Feet – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale Lots of fruit on the nose – plum, black currant, raspberry, and cherry, with a bit of vanilla after. Much more complex on the palate. Still has lots of fruit, but also has some hot spices and oak framing it. (89 Points)

2006 Two Hands Shiraz Max’s Garden – Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote Floral and dark on the nose, with blackberry and black currant. It ends with some plum. Fruity and tart on the palate, with vanilla and spice. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

1982 Bodegas Toro Albala Montilla-Moriles Don PX Gran Reserva – Spain, Andalucía, Montilla-Moriles Creamy chocolate and licorice on the nose, with some cigar leaves and spice underneath. There’s also some espresso and raisin at the end. Cocoa and coffee on the palate, with raisin and licorice on the mid-palate, and a great tobacco finish. (95 Points)

2008 Figgins Estate Red Wine – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley Vanilla and spice on the nose, with cherry and black currant after, and some spice and orange juice at the end. Cherry and spice on the palate, with black fruit and spice on the mid-palate, and a orange finish. (94 Points)

Tempranillo or Grenache/Garnacha

Tempranillo or Grenache/Garnacha
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, November 05, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2001 Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Rioja Rioja Gran Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Tobacco and saw dust on the nose, with cherry and dirt in the middle, and some spice at the end. The palate was smooth, with bright cherry flavors mixed with dusty spices. It finishes with some cigar leaves. (89 Points)

2007 Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas Rich black fruit on the nose, with some stone and floral notes. Rich and creamy on the palate, with black fruit and minerals. (88 Points)

2009 Bodegas Ribera del Jiloca Xiloca Vinae Mureri – Spain, Aragón, Ribera del Jiloca Incense and cherry on the nose, with some crushed rock and dirt underneath. Rich and juicy on the palate, with lots of cherry and minerals, and a good earthy finish. (88 Points)

2003 Bodegas LAN Rioja Gran Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Dried red fruit and saw dust on the nose, with hints of spice and floral notes. Firm tannins on the palate, with lots of juicy red fruit and spice. It adds some oak in the middle, and has a good floral finish. (88 Points)

2008 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos Toro Prima – Spain, Castilla y León, Toro Spice and black currant on the nose, with wood shavings and floral notes at the end. Blackberry and minerals on the nose, with spice and wood on the mid-palate. It finishes with some floral notes. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2008 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja – Spain, Aragón, Campo de Borja Blackberry and milk chocolate on the nose, with some some liqueur and spice in the middle, and some cherry at the end. Blackberry and spice on the palate, with cherry liqueur and spice on the finish. (92 Points)

2005 Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Rioja Mirto – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Smoked wood and leather on the nose, with some spice and black currant in the middle, and some jam at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with burnt wood and leather, some spice and black currant, and a good earthy finish. (90 Points)