Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tasting Notes from Thursday

Lots of exciting things....

Cune 2005 Rioja, Crianza $21
Red robed garnet colored wine with a nose composed
of earth and tar. Definitely Old World in style, with a
velvety texture and restrained dark fruit along with a touch
of leather to the finish. Well built,
with everything kept in balance.

Cune Monopole 2007 Rioja Blanco $20
Lemony straw colored wine with a pretty, floral nose.
Citrusy, floral, soft, with light herbs laced through this
fascinating wine. Finish with a nice snap of citrus. Speaking of
snap, red snapper, anyone?

Londer 2007 Late Harvest Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer $23
Platinum colored wine with lychee, white pepper and flowers to
the enticing nose. Medium weight, with honeysuckle fruit and perfume
notes, along with limes and peaches. Quite complex, quite well made
and amazingly crisp for all its sweetness.

Montaudon Brut Rose, Champagne $30
Dusty rose color with fine beads in abundance. The nose shows
off toast, vanilla and strawberries. Soft and juicy on the
palate with lots of cherry fruit and a delicate, dry finish.

Temple Family Vineyard 05 Cabernet Sauvignon $52
Rich, garnet color with a nose composed of earth and cocoa.
Big and chewy on the palate, with dark cassis and currants
and a very firm tannic structure. There are hints of tobacco
and a dark minerality to the finish.

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