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2006 Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Chile

root1Nice garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, compost, herbs, ash, pencil shavings, menthol, slate earthiness, and subtle use of oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, black currants, cherry, minerality, with a moderate finish. I called this Cab Franc from Loire from a ripe vintage. Close, I guess, enjoyable wine that I will revisit.    

2007 Cedergreen Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

I like the price, not everyone is modest enough to realize that New Zealand is killing it at a pretty low price, and the only way to compete is to raise quality at lower prices. 5% Semillion is blended in. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, loads of melon, citrus fruit, grass, dill, not earthy, and not oaky either. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ acidity, creamy tart apple, lemon rind, grassy component, no oak, and not earthy in any way. A bundle of tropical fruit, and great acidity, this wine made me want to dominate some triple cream cheese from France.    

2004 Stevens Family Winery Black Tongue Syrah

A nice lady brought this in and shared a taste of this with me. They did camp for a while but that’s a common flaw amongst dinners. I have always respected the job that Tim and Paige do. This wine was perhaps the most nicely balanced wine I have tried of theirs. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, spice, black pepper, plum, fig, smoked meat stick, some oak, and some not very earthy. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, meat, smoke, baked plums and fig newton, but balance is the king here, with a perfumey spicy finish. Showing very well, but not sure how long this will last.    

Wine Adventure Washington

Robert, Virginia, and I helped Ben at Cadence this past wednesday, and crushed 6 tons of Red Mountain fruit, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cab Franc. All I can say is how eye opening this experience has been, the more I can hang with these gurus of wine making, the more I understand what it takes.    

2000 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella

A couple came in with this last week, but I don’t think they were a couple, more like japanese-american businessman in his late thirties with a lot of connections and attitude entertaining a moderately good looking but exposing too much cleavage kind of trampy girl looking for a little over-achieving, if you know what I mean. Funny thing was the wine wasn’t as good as the reputation suurounding the name, I honestly analyzed the wine long before they tipped me, and it’s been weeks since the tasting. On the nose, medium- intensity, bouquet, classic stewy fruit, chalky soil, tar, meat and spice, not oaky, and carrying some earthy character. On the palate, dry, obvious raisinated character, some earth, some oak, some pepper, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, and good length on the finish.I didn’t see what this cost but suspect that there are other wineries no one will recognize that produce the same kind of quality at a fraction the price.    

1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

The guy that brought this wine in is an interesting gent, he buys entire cellars, trophy asian cougar wife, and a load of kids he refuses to leave his massive cellar of wine. My first huff I called “likened to my grandmothers basement” he called “New York City cab seat” which I thought nailed it also. The wine forty minutes later really shifted and intergrated. On the nose, med+ intensity, bouquet all the way, showing secondary flavors, earth, cherry, currants, cigarbox, very leathery, cocoa, tobacco, extraordinary depth, loads of earth, and integrated oak. On the palate, dry, medium plus intensity, medium tannins, medium acidity, extremely deep in layers of complexity, great structure, and one of the longest finishes I have experienced to date. Will someone please will me a cellar full of these wines I can never afford but  always seem to find their way to my palate. What a tease.    

2003 Gorman Cellars The Evil Twin

It was a real treat to sample this vertical tasting a week or so ago. Chris Gorman was a wine rep with Elliot Bay Distributors, and made many connections in the industry, before turning his focus on wine production. The Evil Twin just received some serious scores and accolades from the media, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. The 03 is 66/33 Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon, and evolving nicely in the bottle. On the nose, moving toward bouquet, medium+ intensity, lots of plums, spicebox, cola quality, pepper, smoked meat, not earthy, and integrated oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, tannins have softened, velvety and luscious mouthfeel, and a nice finish. A+ wine that costs like a B, whats not to like?    

2004 Gorman Winery The Evil Twin

50/50 Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, moving toward bouquet, with the fruit taking a couple of steps back. Some animal, baseball card powdery gum component, spice, black pepper, blackberry, plum, some oak, and not earthy. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, nicely balanced tannin and acidity, sililar flavor profile, and a long finish of well integrated flavors.