Sunday, July 24, 2011

WBC 11: Live Wine Blogging - The Reds!

A belated post from the WBC 11... It's time for live wine blogging Part 2. Five minutes for each wine. Here are the notes:

Decibel Hawkes Bay NZ 2009 Malbec. Tiny production. 50 cases. $18 retail. Vanilla and oak. Lighter style. Coming to 4 or 5 states. Different style than Argentina. Pair with lamb, roasted veggies. ***

Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Single vineyard. Sonoma Valley. Alexander Valley. $75. Earthy nose with some chocolate. ***1/2

Château Edmus 2007. St. Emilion Grand Cru. $30. Very smooth Bordeaux. Dark berries. Some tobacco. ****

Veritas Pet it Verdot 2009 Monticello, VA. Drinks smooth. Minimal tannins. Winemaker's favorite red. Nice balance. Five acres planted. $25. Some black pepper. ****

Luis Can as Reserva 2003. 95% Tempranillo. Green pepper and vegetal flavor. Fruit bright. Not a favorite. **

Artesia, Carneros, CA. 2009 Pinot Noir. Light body. Complex with red fruit. $20 to $25. Not yet on market. ***1/2.

Rappahannock Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc. Mellow and flavorful Cab Frac. Slight pepper punch on the end. Glenway Vineyard.***1/2.

2009 Tapena Tempranillo. $10. Barbecue summer wine from Spain. Tasty for the price. ***

Jefferson Vineyards 2005 Petit Verdot Reserve, Virginia. 60 cases. ****

Keswick Vineyards. 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Monticello, VA. Governor's Cup winner. 75% Cab, 25% Merlot. $35. Beautiful full body. Fresh. Smokey black cherry. ****

Talisman 2007 Red Dog Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain. Unfiltered. $46. 218 cases. Delicate flavors. The grapes do the talking. ****1/2

Lovingston 2006 Pinotage, VA. Old school value. Warm flavor notes with vegetal taste. Well constructed. Unique. Hand-picked, gravity flow, small lot. $24. ****

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