Thursday, April 21, 2011

Terlato with george vial/chris dodgen/ major brands

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV.. to be served at the royal wedding rehearsel dinner?? predominately chard with 40% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. stinky nose of yeast and oak..the palate though has a mocha, yeasty character

Hanna Sauv Blanc Alexander Valley 2009 easy and not too grassy but I was still ta sting the Champagne

Terlato Angels Peak Merlot/Cabernet 2006.. again with the stinky feet, a bit vegetal on the nose and palate.. that may go away with age but it already is 5 years old.. red berrys and cedar

Jack Nicklaus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.. nice and viscous with dark fruit..finished a little hot on the palate but for the money this would make a good present for the golfer.. which cant really be said for

Nicklaus Private Reserve 2008...for the money increase from the regular you really do not see a lot of difference.. maybe a little more body and not as hot but..

Gaja Promis Toscana 2008 sangiovese and syrah.. aromas of sangiovese but the flavors and finish of a good syrah... yummy.. but not as yummy as

Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2009 winner of the day... one of those noses I could smell all day.. violets, pepper, and dark fruit.. all of which transfers to the palate.. but as some Australian Shiraz are overpowering after the first glass the lightness of this wine makes it much more food friendly. They do add the Viognier to the tank of Shiraz (co-fermenting) like they do in the northern rhone.

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