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)

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