Patio Party Vino - August 2014

Tasted August 20, 2014 by pgb67 with 255 views

Flight 1 - French Flight (2 notes)

2006 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
91 points
Not my favorite Fourrier, but the house style was evident in the lithe frame and pretty aromatics. Raspberry and raspberry ganache on the palate - surprising length for the vintage - clearly quality stuff.
2005 Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
92 points
Probably my WOTN, although I think it was the most food friendly in the bunch and that helped since it was consumed with a meal. Also, this had some added depth and character due to bottle age and hats off to CC for building a nice frame for this to develop in. Herbs, kirsch, meat are interwoven on the dynamic flavor and aromatic profile.
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Flight 2 - Syrah Flight (2 notes)

2008 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
90 points
Not as smooth as some other Two Hands bottlings that I've enjoyed over the years, and granted it's at a lower price point than the Gardens' wines, but I was still a bit disappointed. Firm core of blueberry fruit and a tangy finish, but a bit harsh too. Nevertheless, some of the party guests thought it was better than the Carlisle that I pit against it.
2010 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
92 points
Showed a bit more class and length than the Two Hands and caused an interesting debate over the relative merits of the two. Boysenberries with briar accents were the main feature, with a cabernet-style finish of green pepper and black pepper.
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