Summer Party

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Tasted June 14, 2008 by JavaMonkey with 404 views


Just a casual get-together with friends. No theme or structure to the tasting, just enjoying some wine with appetizers and grilled food. I threw in the Canon-la-Gaffelière to add some interest.

Flight 1 (6 notes)

2003 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vineyard USA, California
90 points
Dark, dark purple color. Blackberry explodes from the glass. Tobacco, leather, and vanilla rounds out the nose. Great lush fruit on the palate. Very tasty, you can sip this forever. Long, enjoyable finish. Easily the WOTN by everyone who tried it. Just delicious.
2005 McManis Family Vineyards Viognier USA, California
87 points
Pale gold color. Aromas of green apple and underripe stone fruit, with a touch of honeysuckle. Nice balance, there's just a touch of sweetness, but with a nice crispness to counter.
2004 Ty Caton TyTanium Caton Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
89 points
Dark purple color. On the nose, there's sweet blackberry, dark chocolate, and smoke. Nice full palate. Good structure with some firm tannins. Medium length finish. This is a very hedonistic wine. Very enjoyable, but not the most thought-provoking.
2004 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Indian Wells USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
86 points
Pale straw color. Some green apple and vanilla on the nose. The palate is a little thin. Not as good as the last bottle I had, maybe this is past it's peak.
1995 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
Medium garnet color. The nose has cassis, cherry, and tobacco. There's some good fruit on the palate, with some tobacco and a little bit of spice. This bottle has beautiful balance, and a very dignified character, but it's not going out of it's way to impress.
2005 Concha y Toro Chardonnay Marqués de Casa Concha Chile, Maipo Valley, Pirque
88 points
Medium yellow color. The nose has green apple, some not too ripe pineapple, and some citrus. Nice, medium bodied palate has some crispness to it. A good, solid chardonnay.


I had planned to open some more reds, but it was really too warm for red wine. Several people were drinking the whites, but there were actually more people drinking beer than red wine. I was a little disappointed in the Canon-la-Gaffelière. I was expecting a bit more. Maybe it needs more time, or possibly it was not stored well previously. The American reds showed well, though.

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