Saturday, July 23, 2011

#WBC11 Red Wine Speed Tasting

Here’s some more speed tasting notes. Drink it!

Tarrara Casa Nova 2008

Cherry and raspberry aromas. Moderate tannins. Lengthy finish. This (and wines made in the similar BDX or Meritage style are making me think that blending could be the secret to great wines from up and coming US wine regions.

From the Commonwealth Collection which is a selection of the best barrels. Bordeaux style blend. Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv. Jordan started in restaurant business. Originally from Niagara region.

Barboursville Vineyard Octagon 2006

Huge aromas of cherry and red berries with some dark fruits and grape leaves. Very soft tannins. You feel the teeth chatter, but it slips away fast.

 Merlot, Cab Sauv and Cab Franc driven with some PV. First made in 1993.

Chateau Mukhrani Saperavi 2007

Deep purple color with intense nose with a black pepper and smoke. Dusty finish evocative of the warm climate wines found in Italy and Spain.

From the country of Georgia. New varietal and from a new country for me!

Boxwood Blend 2009

All Cab in the nose. Green flavors in the mouth with fine and smooth tannins. Long, slightly dry soil influence on the finish.

60% Cab Sauv, 36% Merlot, 4% PV. 100% of Estate fruit. 17 total acres, all red. Boxwood is the name of the farm which has a historical designation.

Abourious 2009

Wicked dark. Killer unique aroma. Jammy and wicked fruit forward like Zin. This shit sells itself. Has aromas and flavors with hints of hybrid grapes.

From the Russian River valley. The grape comes from France, south of Bordeaux. Not much is known about.

Sivas-Sonoma Old Vine Zin 2009

Very fruit forward with lots of red berries. Tannins are there but mostly at the very end.

This is the inaugural vintage and not yet in distribution in many locales.

Decibel Hawkes Bay Malbec 2009

A bit of funk in the nose. Very soft. This wine could take a NZ Pinot for a run with some lamb!

50 case production. Malbec is found mostly in Hawkes Bay within NZ.

Rodney Strong Alexander’s Crown Cab 2009

Deep color with a slight blue shift. Big in the nose. Tannins come in but stop short of getting wicked.

Robert Larsen is a funny guy.

Chateau Edmus 2007

Wicked funky nose. Need some brie and stinky fresh goat cheese. Tannins dry out at the end. Definitely a good example of Bordeaux.

Veritas Petit Verdot 2009

Deep purple color. Nice moderate aromas. Hints of deceptive residual sugar. Finish is not super long, but clean.

Lorinon Reserve 2006

Abundant fruit in the nose. Lots of cherry, with subtle wood notes in the mouth.

1 of 600 wines from Rioja. Pia is a cool name!

Artesa Pinot Noir 2009

Flowers and red berries in the nose. Raspberry, graphite and vanilla in the mouth. Nice subtle Pinot for Cali.



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