Staff Favorites for Christmas Day

Staff Favorites for Christmas Day
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, December 17, 2011

FLIGHT 1

NV Jose Dhondt Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut – France, Champagne, Oger, Champagne Lemon zest and nuts on the nose, with some floral notes, yeast, and apples. Lemon and roasted almonds on the palate, with bread and pear underneath, and a good floral finish. (92 Points)

2009 Chiarello Family Vineyards Zinfandel Giana – USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena Floral, peppery, and smoky on the nose, with bramble and black currant underneath. Rich on the palate, with raspberry and black currant, some earth and pepper, and a great smoky finish. (92 Points)

2008 Gérard Bertrand Minervois Syrah-Carignan – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Minervois Smoky and rich on the nose, with dark black fruit and roasted meat, and some stone at the end. Rich with dark fruit and smoke on the palate, and a nice meaty mid-palate. It finishes with some minerals notes. (90 Points)

NV Paul Berthelot Champagne Brut Reserve 1er Cru – France, Champagne Fresh dough and apple on the nose, with citrus and floral notes right behind, and nuts at the end. Fresh baked bread and roasted nuts on the palate, with some floral notes, and a good citrus finish. (89 Points)

2009 Shooting Star (Jed Steele) Blaufränkisch – USA, Oregon/Washington, Columbia Valley Cherry and raspberry on the nose, with dark chocolate and earth, and some spice at the end. Cherry and earth on the palate, with some chocolate and pepper, and a good raspberry finish. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Domaine Leroy Puligny-Montrachet – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet Burnt butter and stone on the nose, with lemon and tropical fruit in the middle and some apple at the end. Lemon zest and crushed rocks on the palate, with tropical fruit on the mid-palate, and a little butterscotch on the finish. (93 Points)

2007 Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Yverdon – USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District Wood and spice on the nose, with black currant and cherry underneath, and some licorice at the end. Rich on the palate, with dark fruit and spice, some wood on the mid-palate, and a big spicy finish. (92 Points)

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