Northern Rhone Blind Tasting Dinner

Bill & Brenda's

Tasted December 5, 2009 by Pinot Evil with 341 views

Introduction

Fort Worth Secret Wine Society (aka SWineS) Northern Rhone & dinner at Bill & Brenda's.
Dinner was Thomas Keller's Boeuf Bourguignon http://www.winespectator.com/video/content/id/40468 paired with the WS pairing of 2006 J. L. Chave Selection St. Joseph Offerus and Chocolate Pots de Creme for dessert.

Flight 1 - Welcome Flight (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2004 Frank Family Vineyards Blanc de Noirs USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
85 points

Flight 2 - Blind flight (4 notes)

Red
2006 Domaine Duclaux Côte-Rôtie Maison Rouge France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
93 points
Deep purple like the rest of the Northern Rhones of the evening. This wine was the clear favorite of the group, cherry, black cherry and currant.
Red
2004 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
91 points
Deep ink purple, in fact all 4 Northern Rhones we blind tasted were virtually identical in color. Black cherry and currant notes. #2 of 4 tasted blind.
Red
2002 E. Guigal Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
91 points
This wine displayed the same dark purple ink color that was consistent with all other Northern Rhones tasted blind. In addition to the cherry notes I got hints of plum, nice mouthfeel and texture, my personal favorite of the evening. #3 of 4 tasted blind
Red
2006 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
90 points
Same dark purple ink as all other Northern Rhones tasted blind. The nose and taste were a little more barnyard than the rest, blackberry some currant. #4 of 4 tasted blind

Flight 3 - Dinner flight (1 note)

Red
2006 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Offerus France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
92 points
Consistent with prior notes, silky cherry nicely balanced not tasted blind but runner up for evening.
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