26 June, 2010

Live Speed Dating (tasting) - Red Wine at #wbc10

Table TWENTY-SIX is the ShizIT! and we're off to the races.

12 Red Wines. Hawt!
 (Reverse Chronological Order)..and on twitter -- @20dollarwine

12th and last but not least is Stepping Stone 1008 Napa Cab Franc.

Balance. Balance. Like it quite a bit. Most balanced wine of the evening. Nice job, Craig!

Retail: $30
Grade: B+

11th is ANOTHER PINOT -- YES!!!!
2007 Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot
Interesting nose of barnyard and bret. (go French!)
Even, but a bit sweet. Would love a bit more acid, but still a nice example of Oregon Pinot....bordering on RRV, though.

REtail: $25
Grade: B

10th is Ponzi 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot.
Yumm. Finally some Pinot. Pleasant Pinot with pervasive plums and persimmons.
Like. That. Is. All.

Retail: $35
Grade: B+ (would be higher with better price)

9th Red is Trio Cellars "Riot" Red blend.
Sangio, Syrah, Mouvedre
Delicious. Balanced with good acid. Great with Pizza.
REtail: $18
Grade: A-

8th red is Molly Dooker Velvet Glove 2009 Shiraz
HEAVYWEIGHT Shiraz with plenty of everything and then some.
Evident red fruit and strawberry but far to big too drink with any food.
Retail: $180
Grade: Are you kidding me?

OK...halfway home now
7th wine is @duckpondcellars 2008 Red Blend
Merlot, Syrah, Cab.

Not remarkable, but decent. A bit of nice blue on the nose, even finish. good balance.

Retail: $15
Grade: B+

6th is Desert Wind 2008 Ruah Bordeaux Style Blend
Rich, structured with good solid Cab taste. Nice round finish. Good.

Retail: $28
Grade: B-

5th is "The Crusher" 2008 Petite Sirah from Don Sebastiani
Clarksburg AVA North of Sacramento, CA
Rich P. Sirah with great red fruit, round, jammy fruit. Great P. Sirah color - Deep purples
Mass market - 10K cases

Retail: 12
Grade: B

4th Red is Isenhower Bachelors Button 2007 Columbia Valley Cab
Vines planted in 1972. Rich, hot Cab. Good example of local Cab.

Retail $28
Grade B

3rd is Louis Martini 2006 Napa Lot1 Cab
Edged down to drink now. Low in tannin for Cab. Should be uber nice in a few year. A Cab I would drink.

Retail: $120
Grade: Not graded - Pricing out of line. (should be 50-60)

2nd is @ortmanwines 2008 Sangiovese
Jammy up front with decent structure, spicy with white pepper.
Very young.

Retail: $20
Grade: B-

1st Up - Magnificent Wine Co - "House Wine"
Follow them @magnifficentwine
Cab, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Zin, Petit Verdot, cab franc
Mellow, nice blend, good QPR. Everyday drinking wine..good with BBQ.

Retail: $13
Grade: B

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