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WSR – April “The Great Debate” Tasting

Aprils gathering at Dads (Gerry’s) was an educational experience.  As he wrote in his
introduction  – “I am setting this up as a challenge, and a bit of fun.” 

Last summer at the annual SWE convention, Ed Korry set up a formal debate (a real one
with an advocate and rebuttal and then a second for the proposition and another rebuttal)
on the issue of whether wine prices and wine quality were correlated.  It was a fun event
and I scribbled notes as best I could and captured most of it which is attached here for
you review prior to the Tuesday event.  At the SWE we only got to do 4 wines, so I have
expanded this to include a spread of:
–the sparklers (yes, even they will be brown-bagged!)
–6 whites
–a pair of roses
–6 reds

It was very interesting and everyone jumped right in to the task at hand when they arrived.
As the group went through the process of #1 guessing what price mark the wine was at and
#2 which they thought was the best quality of wine of the two, it was clear that everyone
has an opinion as to what they thought  the wine is worth and really a mixed bag as to what was
everyones favorite! 

There were 10 people making the guesses so I have put the vote count under the wine of
where each person thought the wine price should fall. 
After the actual price of the wine I put an (F) to show the group favorite of the two wines.

Sparker 1 – Roderer Anderson Valley NV                                                       $15
                 $7=1 $15=4  $25=2   $35=3  $50=0

Sparker 2 – Roderer Champagne NV                                                                 $40(F)
                 $7=1  $15=1  $25=3   $35=5  $50=0

Whites:

#1 – Chateau St-Jean des Graves, Graves blank 2008                              $14(F)
                $7=4  $15=6  $25=0   $35=0  $50=0

#2 – chateau Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Leognan 2004                                    $38(F)
                 $7=1  $15=4  $25=5   $35=0  $50=0
——
#3 – Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige 2009                              $21
                $7=0  $15=6  $25=3   $35=1  $50=0

#4 – Le Measure Pinot Grigio, Venezia Giulia IGT 2009                          $12(F)
               $7=2  $15=1  $25=3   $35=3  $50=1
——
#5 – Nickel & Nickel Russian River Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard 2008 $36(F)
                $7=2  $15=4  $25=2   $35=2  $50=0

#6 – Buehler Chardonnay, Russian River 2009                                           $12
                $7=0  $15=5  $25=4   $35=1  $50=0
——
Rose:

#7 – Domaine Gros-Nore, Bandol 2009                                                         $29(F)
                 $7=1  $15=5  $25=3   $35=1  $50=0

#8 – Domaine ott, Bandol 2009                                                                         $34
                $7=1  $15=3  $25=4   $35=2  $50=0

—–
Reds:

#9 – St. Inocent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Villages Cuvee, 2009 $20
                 $7=0  $15=5  $25=4   $35=1  $50=0

#10 – Beaux-Freres Willamete Valley Pinot Noir 2007                          $45(F)
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=6   $35=4  $50=0
—–
#11 – Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco, Reserve 2009               $50
                  $7=1  $15=0  $25=4   $35=5  $50=0

#12 – Porducttore del Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Lange 2009                     $18(F)
                 $7=0  $15=0  $25=0   $35=3  $50=7
—–
#13 – Perrin et Fils, La Gille, Gigondas 2007                                                 $26
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=6   $35=4  $50=0

#14  La Font de Vent Cotes-du-Rhone, “Notre Passion” 2007               $14(F)
                  $7=0  $15=0  $25=1   $35=6  $50=3
I think the learning process here is that everyone has an opinion as to what they
feel is a wine of there preference and also an option of what they would pay for
that bottle of wine.  The interesting thing is that in some cases the cheap
wine showed better than the expensive wine so what ever the outcome, we really don’t
know the real answers, just what wines we really prefer when all said and done!

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April 27, 2011 Posted by | California, France, Group Tasting Notes, Rose Wines, White Wines | Leave a comment

WSR Thanksgiving 2010

It’s that time of the year again where we attempt to find the ultimate wine that goes with Turkey and all the fixings!  The question is… did we succeed or did we find ones that really don’t favor the main holiday feast? 

I think in some respects we are finding that some veriatals are becoming standouts such as Rieslings and Pinot Noir, other which we think will work  just don’t hold up such as the Syrahs and Sangiovese, to the dishes being served.  Not that they are bad wines, they are in fact good wines, but they just don’t mesh with turkey and the fixings!   

Below is a list of what wines were served with notes to follow.  A few out of this list that were hits was the Falanghina, Willams Selyem and other Pinot’s.  I hope you find the list useful?

O#1 – Campogrande – Orveto  07

O#2 – Tablas Creek – Roussane 07 – Paso Robles

#1 Frase, Stanza Gewerztraminer 08 – Monterey  $19.99

#2 Holly, William Fevee Chablis 05 – Chablis France

#3 Charleen, Ancien Pinot Noir 07 – Russian River $48

#4 Frase, Sarahs Vineyard Grenache 09 – Central Coast

#5 Tim, Ravens Wood Chardonnay 06 – Sonoma $15

#6 Mary, Navaroo Riesling 09 – Anderson Valley, Mendocino

#7 Gerry- Williams Selyem Pinot Noir 08 – Westside Road Neighbors Russian River $45

#8 Richard R2 – Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir 07 – Leros Family Vineyard, R. River $45

#9 Salt – Terradora DiPaolo Falanghina – Compangia 08 $12

#10 Linda – Mount Aukum winery Syrah 06 – Fairplay,  $26

#11 Scott – Podigal Pinot Noir – Santa Rita Hills, $45

#12 Derickson – Preston of Dry Creek Syrah 06

#13 Richard W. – Amador Foothill Winer Sangiovese 04, Shendoah Valley, CA $25

#14 Ries – Domain Jean Luc Dubois Beaune Bressandes Premier Cru 06, Burgundy Fr.

#15 Ries – Nuit St. George Les Cailles 1st Cru – Alain Michelot 88,  Burgundy Fr.

#16 Filippi Creme Sherry Reserve – Rancho Cucomonga

#17 Bodega Dios Baco Creme Sherry

#18 Fess Parker  Traditions Port, Santa Barbara

November 19, 2010 Posted by | California, France, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines, White Wines | Leave a comment

Weekend at the Santa Barbara Vineyards

Spring growth in the vineyards!

This past weekend was the Annual 2010 Santa Barbara Vitners Festival in the Santa Rita Hills area outside of Lompoc Ca.  A great event put on each year by  the local wineries and restaurants to showcase the 130 wineries in the area and bring food and merchandise to accompany a delightful afternoon in the park.  

 This year seemed to show very exceptional wines and after tasting them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday it made for an extended venture to quite a few of the wineries to taste and purchase wines. 

http://sbcountywines.com/events/festival.html

Below are some of the wines and wineries that I found to be producing great wines and worth venturing to there wineries if in the area.  I do have to note that most all Syrah wines we tasted were excellent, Pinot Noir were hits and misses for me but the ones I liked and my taste will be noted below.  We also tried a few Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc’s that stood out too.

Andrew Murray
 – 08 Viognier ($12.50 sale)
        – Syrah, Esperance, Grenache ($30-50)  (Ok, i’m bias)

Gainey  – 07 Pinot Noir ($48)
  – 06 Syrah ($42)

Fess Parker
 – 08 Viognier ($24)
 – 06 Syrah. Am. Tradition ($50)
 – 06 – Pinot Noir – Ashleys ($50)

Foxen Canyon
 – 07 Pinot Noir, Bien NacidoVineyard Block 8 ($54)

Foley Estates
 – 06 Pinot Noir, Barrel Select ($50)

Koheler
 – 08 Sav. Blanc ($12)
 – 05 Cab. Reserve ($50)
 – 07 Granche ($25)

Prodigal
  – 05 Pinot Noir, estate ($45)
  – 06 Pinot Noir ($35)
  – 06 Pinor Noir, fiddlestix ($45)

I am sure there are many more that didn’t make the list, but these were my favorites of the weekend.  If any of you have a chance to go to this event in the future I think they have finally got it down to where it all works and there is plenty of room for people to roam.

-Scott-

April 20, 2010 Posted by | California, Other Tasting Notes, Recomendations, Recomendations, Road Trip, Wineries | Leave a comment

April WSR Bordeaux Blanc & Sauterne at Hillier Sr.

April has arrived and so has another WSR event which was outstanding in both food and wine.  We ventured to the region of Bordeaux France and worked our way through the Grave region and Sauterne.  Since being a member of this group we have never done Sauterne and what a treat they were!  

The opening wines were paired with appetizers of blue and goat cheeses, olives and nuts.  The main course was cooked cold salmon with aoli and a tartar sauce, cold asparagus and salad of eggplant, zucchini and garlic.  We had a pear tart to accompany the last course.  All I can say is yummy!!

Below is the wine line-up and tasting notes will follow in comments:

Sparkling flight: (from the Loire)

A. Domaine du Viking, Vouvray, Brut, méthode traditionnelle, NV, Gauthier-Lhomme, 37380 Reugny.  (100% chenin) $17.99 (K&L)

B. De Chanceny, Crémant de Loire, Rosé Brut, méthode traditionnelle, NV,  Cave de Saumur, 49260 St-Cyr-en-Bourg. 
( likely rosé of cabernet franc)           $12.99 (K&L)

First flight: Graves and Bordeaux sec

1. Château St-Jean-des-Graves 2008, J. et E. David (Ch. Liot), 33720 Barsac     $13,99 (K&L)
 
2. Château L’Avocat 2006, Château du Seuil, 33720 Cérons, (40% sauvignon, 50% semillon, 10% sauvignon gris) $14.99 (K&L)

3. Château Toumillon 2007, Vignobles Sevenet, 33210 St-Pierre-de-Mons (60% semillon, 40% savignon)   $20.98 (Hi-T)

4. Château Tour de Mirambeau 2007, Despagne, SECA de la Rive Droit, 33420 Maujan et Postiac, Bordeaux sec  $16.99 (Wine X)

Second flight : Pessac-Léognan

5. Château Olivier 2005, Jean Jacques de Bthmann, 33850 Léognan (50% semillon, 50% sauvignon)   $24.99 (Wine X)

6. Planteurs des Haut-Brion 2006, Domaine Clarence Dillon, 33850 Léognan       $39.99 (WX)

7. Château Carbonnieux 2005, Famille Perrin, 33850 Léognan (65% savignon, 35% semillon by vignoble,  label says 70-30)            $49.99 (Schneider’s)

8. Château Smith-Haut-Lafite 2007, Daniel et Florence Cathiard, 33650 Martillac,
 (90% sauvignon, 5% sauvignon gris, 5% semillon)         $79.99 (K&L)

Third flight : Sauternes

9. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2005, Groupe Suez, 33210 Bommes (90% semillon, 8% sauvignon, 2% muscadelle)  $32.99 (K&L) 

10. Château de Malle 2003, Comtesse de Bournazel, 33210 Preignac (70% semillon, 27% sauvignon, 3% muscadelle) $49.99 (Schneider’s)

11. Château Rieussic 2005, Domaines Barons de Rothchild, 33210 Fargues-de-Langnon
 (92% semillon, 6% sauvignon, 1% muscadelle)         $59.00 (Schneider’s)

Fourth flight : Sauternes

12. Château Coutet 2003, Philippe et Dominique Baly, 33720 Barsac
 (75% semillon, 22% sauvignon, 3% muscadelle)         $59.99 (Schneider’s)

13. Château Suduiraut 2005, AXA Millésimes, 33210 Preignac (90% semillon, 10 sauvignon)    $69.99 demi (Schneider’s)

14. Château Guiraud 2005, O. Bernard, R. Peugeot, X. Planty, S. Von neipperg. 33210 Sauternes
 (65% semillon, 35% sauvignon)           $69.99 (Schneider’s)

April 7, 2010 Posted by | France, Group Tasting Notes, White Wines | Leave a comment

ZD wines and guest

Last night I and many others (13) attended a wonderful tasting of ZD wines put on by our wine leader John Slater.  John invited the president and part owner of the ZD Winery Brett deLurze to attend, present and enjoy the fruits of his labor with the rest of us.  Most all of these bottles were pulled out of the groups cellars for all to enjoy.  If you have never had a ZD wine I highly recommend that you search their wines out and enjoy. 

Our tasting consisted of 4 flights of wines and 5 course meal put on my Chef Leone of Mario’s. They were as follows and my comments will follow:

First Flight: 

1. 2008 Chardonnay
2. 2004 Chardonnay

3. 2007 Reserve Chardonnay
4. 1998 Reserve Chardonnay
First Course: Octopus, fingerling potatoes, lemon, Sicilian extra virgin olive oil & fleur de sel
Second Flight:

5. 2007 ZD Pinot Noir
6. 2001 ZD Pinot Noir
7. 1999 ZD Pinot Noir

8. 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir
9. 2004 Reserve Pinot Noir
Second Course: Papardelle with Ragu of Kurobuta Pork shank, Parmigiano Reggiano
Third Flight:

10. 2007 Cabernet
11. 1994 Cabernet

12. 2006 Reserve Cabernet
13. 2000 Reserve Cabernet
14. 1995 Reserve Cabernet

Third Course: Roast Rack of Lamb with “Fritto” of eggplant & zucchini, oil-cured olives, tomato confit, basil jus

Fourth Flight:

15. Abacus VIII

Cheese Course: Etxegarei / Taleggio / Piave Vecchio

Desert Course: Goat Milk Yogurt Panna Cotta w/ poached bartlet pear, Sauternes coaked raisins, drizzle of honey

March 12, 2010 Posted by | California, Other Tasting Notes, Red Wines, White Wines | 3 Comments

March WSR Ries Lineup

David brought forth an interesting list of wines to present to the group this month.  The wines were from 4 continenents acompanied with appitzers and BBQ of sausage and flank steak and rice.  Below is the line-up… comments?

O1) NV ROEDERER ESTATE BRUT $16.95

O2) ALIMANT LAUGNER CREMANT ALSACE ROSE NV BRUT (100% PINOT NOIR) $19.99

1) ’05 SCHILD ESTATE BAROSSA UNWOODED SEMILLON $14.99
2) ’07 SAINT COSME COTES-DU-RHONE BLANC (GIGONDAS) $19.99
3) ’07 MADRONA RESERVE ESTATE ME’LANGE (56% MARSANNE, 22% ROUSSANNE, 22% VIOGNIER_EL DORADO COUNTY) $18.00
4) ’06 CRETA ROBLE (100% TEMPRANILLO_SPAIN) $10.99
5) ’08 BODEGA PRIVADA MALBEC_ARGENTINA $13.99
6) ’05 POMEROL CHRISTIAN MOUEIX (95% MERLOT, 5%CAB. FRANC_FRANCE) $23.99
7) ’07 TWO ANGELES CABERNET (NAPA, MAYACAMAS MOUNTAINS) $20.99

8) ’04 LE CIGARE VOLANT, BONNY DOON (38% GRENACHE, 35% SYRAH, 12% MORVEDRE, 8% CARRIGNANE, 7% CINSAULT) $24.99
9) ’04 VERGET COTES DU LUBERON, (GRENACHE, SYRAH, CARRIGNANE ?) $17.95
10)’06 ADELINA GRENACHE (CLARE VALLEY, AUSTRALIA) $22.99
11)’05 DOMAINE MALYS-ANNE RECITAL, MINERVOIS, FR. (GRENACHE, SYRAH, CARRIGNON_IMPORTED PERSONALLY BY: THE BEAR)
12)’06 SLIPSTREAM FASTBACK MCLAREN VALE, AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ $35.99
13)’03 REYNELLA BASKET PRESS SHIRAZ, MCLAREN VALE, AUSTRALIA $28.99
14)’07 VINA VON SIEBENTHAL CARMENE’RE (VALLE DE ACONCAGUA, CHILE) $14.99
15)’06 VINA VON SIEBENTHAL TOKNAR PETIT VERDOT (HAND PICKED, SINGLE VINEYARD, UNFILTERED, ACONCAGUA VALLEY, CHILE) $64.99

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Australia, Bubbly, France, Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines, White Wines | 1 Comment

February WSR Mendoza Malbecs at Brinkerhoffs

TORRONTES, two, one Salta, one Mendoza, and one CHARDONNAY

A.  Colome,, WA 3 stars, ’09 Torrontes, Valle Calchaqui,  Salta, Alt.. 6500-7500’,
Alc 13.5.  One of the Hess Family Estates since 2001, others in Aus., CA, S. Africa     Hi-T $11.99

B.  Zolo, WA 3 stars, ’08 Torrontes, Mendoza.  P & B Fincas Patagonicas,
selected & shipped by Vino del Sol, “the best of Argentina.”  Alc. 13.6.    Winex $8.99  G 9.99

C.  Terra Buena ’06 Chardonnay, Mendoza, Alc. 13.5.  Vinted & Bottled by
Laurel Glen Vyd., Graton, CA.  Bob Kirkland’s “one cent sale”                           G 5.99

MENDOZA MALBECS
1.Tritono ’04.  Bastianich, Mayor, Clifton, Alc. 15.  Bastianich is a NY restaurateur;
  Mayor is a Mendoza vintner; Clifton, of Brewer-Clifton, is a Santa Barbara County
  winemaker.            G $35.99, G Disc. 32.99
 
2. Weinert ’04, Alc. 14.5.  Winex Stock Report, January, 2010, p. 21, states this wine
  was  aged in larger, older barrels, is the current release and “builds in intensity as it airs.
  Always a good sign.  Quite a show for the fare.”                                      Winex 18.99

3.  Catena Zapata Alta ’05, Alc. 13.9. WA 5 star, WG “powerful, rich and meaty red.”    Hi-T 46.99

4.  Catena Zapata Alta ’06, Alc. 13.9. WA 5 star                                        Hi-T 46.99

5.  Catena Zapata ’07, Alc. 13.5. WA 5 star.  WA 91+, WS 91, top 100 #69), “four
    separate vineyards 2,850 to 5,000 feet high.”  Hi-T $18.99, WC $19.99               Winex $17.99

6.  Navarro Correas ’07, Alc. 13.9. WA 3 stars,’05 Best Buy, Decanter Rec. ’06.         G Disc. 32.99

7.  Pascual Toso ’07 Rsv., Alc. 14.  WA 3 stars; Silver medal at ’09 Int’l. Wine
    Challenge.  Consultant, Paul Hobbsof CA                                             WC 17.99

8.  Kaiken ’07, Alc. 14.5.  WA 3 star, WG, “textbook Mendoza Malbec made by Chilean
    winemaker Aurelio Montes, this offers great character and value.”  WC & G 10.99.    G Disc. 9.99

9.  Luca ’07, named for her firstborn by owner Laura Catena, Alc.14.5.  WS ’08 top 100  WC 28.99

10.  Gascon ’08, Alc. 13.9.  Established in 1884.   Cost Plus 10.99, HI-T, G, & Trader Joe’s 9.99

11.  Layer Cake ’08 Alc. 14.9  Parker 91, “like a $30-50 bottle”                        Hi-T 12.99

12.  Alta Vista ’08, Alc. 14.  WA 5 stars “In addition to the single vineyard and Alta
     wines, they also produce two excellent value wines, a Malbec and a Torrontes.”     BevMo 11.99

OPTIONAL:  MALBEC BLENDS, ONE MENDOZA, ONE SALTA
13.  Clos de los Siete ’07 by Michel Rolland of Bordeaux, Alc. 14.5.  WA 91,
     Rec. WG.  48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah                 Winex 14.99

14.  Colome ‘07 (see A above), Alc. 15.   ws 92, top 100 #32.  85 % Malbec,
     8 % Tannat, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah.  WG, “fruit-forward red.”            Hi-T 24.99

(In case you forgot, Gerrards, hereafter G, means their buyer Bob Kirkland sells it in Redlands; Disc. indicates what we paid.  Hi-T stands for Hi-Time, Costa Mesa; WC equals the Wine Club, Santa Ana, and Winex refers to the Wine Exchange, Orange.  Descriptions and ratings come from: WA, Parker’s Wine Advocate, and number of stars from Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide No. 7 (2008), Decanter, WE=Wine Enthusiast, WG=Anthony Giglio, Wine Guide 2010 (Food & Wine Magazine), WS=Wine Spectator.)

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Group Tasting Notes, Red Wines, Uncategorized, White Wines | 2 Comments

Wines enjoyed over the 2009 Holiday

Hope you all had a great Christmas and memorable New Years.  Now that the 2009 holiday season has come to a close it was time to do some clean- up……of wine bottles that is, from the past few weeks of gathering with friends and family. I thought I would take a quick inventory of what I tasted and enjoyed with good food or just a bottle for dinner. Mind you this was over the last 3 weeks time period not in any particular order and enjoyed by many.

  • Roederer Estate Sparkler – Anderson Vally $20
  • Schramsburg Cremant – $27 (favorite)
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut St Supery – 2006 Merlot, Rutherford
  • Domanie Pichit – Vouvray 2007 (France)
  • Wildhurst – 2008 Savignon Blanc
  • Ferrari Carano – 2008 Fume Blanc
  • William Selyem – 2005 Pinot Noir, Russian River (very nice and better than the Serene as I remember)
  • Andrew Murray – 2006 Syrah, Black Oak Vineyard (yummy)
  • Domaine Serene – 2005 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve, Willamette Valley
  • MacMurry Ranch – 2006 Pinot Noir
  • Barrel 27 – 2006 Viogior/Roussane/Marsanne – high on the hog, French Camp
  • A Rafanelli – 2006 Cabernet – Dry Creek (big red)
  • Wine Gurrella – 2006 Zinfandel, Sonoma

What did you drink this season and was it memorable?

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Bubbly, Other Tasting Notes, Red Wines, White Wines | Leave a comment

French vs. Ca. Ridge

I had the opportunity to attend a tasting last night and venture down a few highly well known French vineyards in Burgandy and Bordeaux and a selected California vineyard in comparison.  The tasting also included selected food courses to accompany the wines.  Not having tasted any of these wines in the past it showed me as a wine lover exactly why these vineyards have the notoriety they have and why we continue to buy and drink these wines after centuries of cellar time.  I was grateful for the invite and just to have the opportunity to taste wines that I might never have the chance to drink again.

 Rhone (Hermitage) blanc

1)  1990 Chapoutier Chante Alouette – (Deep yellow, oak and botrytis, some acidity with hints of butterscotch.  Smooth long finish.)  Rating 91

2)  1988 Chapoutier Chante Alouette – (Appeared closed, then vanilla sweet oak, slight acidity, apple, flinty on finish.) Rating 92

3) 1986 Chave – (Musty, wet, edge of cork, high alcohol, taste cork thru finish (N.S) , 1 hr later: candy nose, no cork, honey and round on finish.) Rating 91+

 Course: Minestrone of Cannellini Beans and Escarole w/prawns, herb-fennel seed infused

 Bordeaux Blanc

4)  1979 chateau La Louviere – (Musty, nice balance, some tartness and nice finish) Rating 89

5)   1988 Chateau Haut Brion – (Deet, bug spray, some tartness, high acidity, finish was harsh and never changed.)  Rating 83

6)   1993 chateau Haut Brion – (Tropical fruit, coconut, dry and flinty, round smooth texture and nice long finish.) Rating 91

 Course: Citrus Risotto and Bay Scallops

 Chateau Lafite Rothchild

7)  1966 Lafite – (dusty, musty, mushrooms, brown edges, pepper, still cherry fruit and slight tartness.) Rating 93

8)  1970 Lafite – (black cherry, some slight tannins and acidity, good balance, smote, tobacco on finish and some bitterness later.) Rating 94

9)   1981 Lafite – (slight must, cedar, black cherry fruit and some flint on finish). Rating 92

 Course: Porcini crusted swordfish and truffled polenta, baby spinach and red wine reduction sauce

 Ridge Monte Bello

10)  1978 Ridge – (musty, cherry fruit, smoke, dry tobacco finish, fruit on outer edges and dry in middle, some tannins.) Rating 93

11)   1980 Ridge – (Tobacco, alcohol nose, green stems tannins, tobacco box on finish, not my style other liked it.) Rating 88-

12)   1992 Ridge – (wet cloth, nice black cherry, round finish and good balance, nice tannins but some slight steaminess.) Rating 92

13)   2006 Ichiro 51 – ( yound fruit, cherry, nice round finish, some tannins, just young.) Rating 89

 Course: Grilled Venison Chop and spices, root vegetables and pomegranate – black pepper jus

 Zind Humbrecht

14)   1993 Zind – Heimbourg Turchheim Pinot Gris – Grans Nobles – (dark yellow/orange, great botrytis and long finish)

 Course: N Blooms Lemon cheesecake

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Other Tasting Notes, Red Wines, White Wines | Leave a comment