Friday, July 17, 2009

Tasting Notes from Last Week

Alois Lageder 07 Pinot Grigio, Italy
Lemony gold colored wine with fresh hay and fruit wafting
from the nose. Very pleasantly creamy in texture while
remaining light. It has pretty, delicate fruit with a
lightly spicy note at the end.
Crisp at the end, showing good acidity.

Baileyana 06 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley
Red velvet colored wine with a nose composed of perfume
and lavender. Silky and soft on the palate, the wine
offers up red cherry fruit with real length and complexity.

Beaumont des Crayeres NV Brut, France (Champagne)
Pale gold with a fine bead. Cream, lemon and apples to
the nose. Sharp, tart fruit, lots of green apple and lemon.
Fresh, lively and zippy.

Ciacci Piccolomini 06 Toscana Rosso, Italy
Dense, black wine with a violet rim. The nose is composed
of smoke and salumi. On the palate it's velvety, with a
real depth of black fruit and some pleasant dust. Very well put together.

Duckhorn Decoy 07 Red Blend, Napa Valley
Rich, red garnet colored wine with a big, forward nose that
offers red fruit and graphite. Big and juicy on the palate,
with lots of cassis that calls to mind Bordeaux.
There are little hints of anise, cedar and even violets.
Lush, pretty wine.

Lombard NV Brut Champagne, France
Tawny gold color with a spicy, herbaceous nose showing
off some butter. Fat and rich, with creamy fruit and some
nice toast to the finish.

Macduff 90 Single Malt Scotch
Golden nut colored whisky with quick thick legs.
There's a coastal quality to the nose, a hint of
salted almonds. Full and soft on the palate it
starts out with sweet malt opening into smoke and a
nice hint of the sea. Real complexity to this whisky,
with a light touch of bacon to the finish.

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