4th Saturday Group brown bagger

Rich & Dana's
Tasted Saturday, July 28, 2012 by AllRed with 333 views

Introduction

Wines are tasted double blind, the obvious exception being those you bring. Each flight is tasted, discussed and unveiled prior to moving on to the next flight.

Flight 1 - Warm ups (3 Notes)

Flight 2 - Reds (5 Notes)

I should note that others enjoyed this flight, particularly the first three wines, much more than Domino and I.

  • 2007 Paul Hobbs Syrah Kick Ranch 86 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County

    Inky purple color. Aromas of incense, dark fruit and garrigue with meaty undertones. Also shows quite a bit of alcohol, perhaps served a touch too warm. Full-bodied, with flavors of syrupy black fruit, roasted herbs and blackberry; cough syrup. Guessed Petite Sirah.

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  • 2007 Robert Biale Sangiovese Nonna's Vineyard 85 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Deep ruby color. Cherry and red currant notes with pine resin and medicinal overtones. Medium-bodied with flavors of cherry cough syrup and candied red fruit.

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  • 2010 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail 87 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas

    Electric purple ruby color. Smells of cherry cough syrup, blueberry and blackberry. Gets more syrupy/spoofilated as it sits. Medium- to full-bodied with flavors of cherry, clay, garrigue and ripe red fruit with way too much alcohol. Guessed Syrah.

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  • 2005 Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Tradizione 92 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino

    Deep crimson core, turning much lighter toward the meniscus. Lovely bouquet featuring black fruit, lavender, rose petals, tobacco and red currant. Medium-bodied, with a nice mix of red and black fruit on the palate, as well as flavors of herbs and white pepper. Lengthy finish. Quite a bit of acid too- needs food- guessed Sangiovese.

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  • 2006 Long Shadows Wineries Syrah Sequel 90 Points

    USA, Washington, Columbia Valley

    Opaque inky crimson color. Notes of black fruit, incense, blue fruit and roasted herbs. Full-bodied with flavors of roasted meat and dark fruit. Shut down quite hard as it sat in the glass, dominated by vanilla qualities and really nothing else. Guessed Syrah.

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Flight 3 - Reds (5 Notes)

  • 2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 89 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Garnet color. Red and black fruit notes, also herbs/garrigue, with an earthy undertone. Develops a subtle vegetal quality as it sits. Medium-bodied with herbs, red fruit and pepper flavors. Guessed S. Rhone.

    The vegetal note does have that wet hay/horse blanket quality (brettanomyces), though it wasn't too distracting here.

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  • 2007 Ca' Marcanda (Gaja) Promis Toscana IGT 91 Points

    Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

    Garnet color. Initially a bit reticent, this took some time in the glass to open. Herbal, with green bell pepper overtones and hints of black fruit and cigar box underneath. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced featuring black fruit, cherry and currants. Medium+ finish. I thought this was Cabernet that was just a bit underripe, but I did not think old world.

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  • 2008 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 86 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Crimson color. Aromas of cherry cough syrup, herbs, grapefruit and sour red fruit. Medium-bodied, with high acidity and weedy red fruit flavors that develop a sour edge as this sits in the glass. While a few of us found this sour, some did not. I was shocked when this was unveiled.

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  • 2008 Martín Códax Bierzo Cuatro Pasos 86 Points

    Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo

    Inky crimson color. Meaty red and dark fruit notes with vanilla overtones. Full-bodied with firm tannins and flavors of red fruit, new oak and vanilla. Simple.

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  • 1998 Paloma Syrah 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District

    Deep crimson color. Lovely bouquet of garrigue and black fruit, with an enjoyable funky/barnyardy undertone. Medium- to full-bodied with flavors of dark fruit, herbs and earth. Finishes well. Until we began unveiling the wines, I thought this was our Beaucastel.

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Flight 4 - Nonblind dinner/dessert wines (2 Notes)

R&D made pulled pork and slaw, and others contributed with potato salad and from-scratch cherry pie.

Closing

Another fun evening with our good friends in the Saturday group.

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