The "After-A-Really-Bad-Wine-Tasting" Wine Tasting

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Tasted September 15, 2013 by robertdtwo with 118 views

Introduction

We were invited by friends to a school auction purchase of a hosted wine tasting at local suburban wine establishment, where they bill themselves as the best wine shop in St. Louis. Laughable event, to the point I didn't write one thing down, or even save their taste sheet. I rarely drink whites, but the highlight of their offerings was the nights's opening pour...a white burgundy. This was followed by a grocery-store quality California chardonnay and two pinot offerings, one domestic and one an import. When we asked the store's employee, we discovered that "the best wine shop in town" doesn't even carry a single cabernet sauvignon. Hmmm, interesting. I'm doing them a big favor by not mentioning their name!
At any rate, half the group decided that what was needed was a change of venue and the consumption of some good wine to clear our palates.

Flight 1 - 100% Cabernet Franc (1 note)

Red
2007 Delectus Cabernet Franc USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
90 points
Smooth tannins, spicy green nose with a light mineral on the finish. Enjoyable, but not overly notable... I didn't get as large a sense of sweet, lush fruit as several others did in this bottle.
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Flight 2 - Howell Mountain Cab (1 note)

Red
2010 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
93 points
Dark, intensely black-purple juice pooled in the decanter, while the initial notes of red and dark fruit wafted into the room. There is a smoky sweetness on the palate, but I can't tell just what it is. Some research from the vineyard mentions graham cracker and toasted marshmallow, but I wasn't able to discern that myself. This is rich, big and serious, yet also elegant and sensual. For an early taste, I was very delighted and look forward to the evolution of this Howell Mountain beauty!

Flight 3 - Napa Valley cab reserve (1 note)

Red
2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Very dark, with fair amount of sediment... Lush, dark fruit jumps from the glass with rich palate of fig, cherry and dark chocolate. Medium-long herbal notes on the finish. This is a very satisfying and luxurious CAb! Fantastic.

Closing

Have you been subjected to a terrible retail tasting?
Follow it up with a quality tasting from your own cellar.
Cheers!