DFW #6: The Russians are Coming!
Thanks again to Cellochick for organizing our dinner, which was delicious.
Here are my notes on what I tasted, not necessarily in any order. As previously noted, my caveat is that I'm not good with floral notes and mid-palate finishes, so what you see here are basic notes combined with research on the winery websites. I will also let you know that I am a big red fan and don’t find a lot of whites pleasing unless they are crisp and dry. Obviously, YMMV (your mileage may vary).
Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée, 2003 – Could not find a web site for this winery which is odd given the number of wines they produce. Lighter shade of purple, almost clear to the bottom of the glass. Distinctive nose but can’t quite place the notes. Can really taste the Grenache in this Rhone blend. Web notes also indicate Syrah, but not sure if there are any other varieties included. Medium tannins with a decent finish. Really liked this wine, would like to taste it again in five years.
Malloy O’Neill Infante, 2004 – A blend of 54% Zinfandel, 22% Sangiovese, 22% Petite Sirah, and 2% Syrah, from Paso Robles. 15.2% alcohol and only 210 cases produced. Purple color, opaque. Can’t pick up much on the nose. Not as hot as expected from the specs. The Sangiovese definitely dominates the flavor. Medium finish with some tannins. Decent wine.
Boyden Vermont Ice Red – this wine is made from the Frontenac grape and lists at 15% residual sugar. Purple in color, tart and sweet taste at the same time, almost syrupy. Decent wine for dessert, but a little too sweet for my taste.
Kagor Dionysos Mereni Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon, Moldova, Dessert Wine, 500ml – 16% residual sugar. Very sweet nose, syrupy taste. Can’t believe this was a cab sauv wine. From Russia which made it tough to find specs. Found the web site, but couldn’t find this wine.
Alazanis Valley Semi-Sweet Red, 2007 – Estate bottled in Kakheti, Georgia. 11.5% alcohol. Made from Saperavi grapes. On the nose, sweet with berry notes and a hint of honey. Sweet taste with no tannins to speak of with a very short finish.
Donati Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Vineyard, 2006 – Solid purple in color, opaque. Berries on the nose. Typical cab flavor with medium tannins and a nice long finish. Liked this wine.
LangeTwins Merlot, 2006 (not to be confused with Lange Winery) – Purple in color, clear at the edge. Light hint of berries on the nose. Had a light taste with some tannins on the follow through. Average wine, would make for an everyday house wine.
Pedroncelli Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Family Vineyards, 2006 – Nice, dark purple in color, opaque. Couldn’t pick up much on the nose, maybe a little tar. Strong tannins, nice bite to the wine, with a long finish. This is a wine made to age.
Wellington Cuveé R Syrah, 2003 – Blend of wine from Wellington Estate Vineyard (old and young vines), Shumahi Ranch, and Demko Vineyard. The composition is 97% Syrah and a splash of Viognier. Nice purple color, opaque. A “dry” smell and did not pick up any berries as expected. This was a “mouth grabber” with medium to strong tannins. A little spice with a smooth finish. Liked this wine.
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige – A nice dry bubbly, and easy to drink.
The lineup from tonight:
Here's the link to pics of all the dinners: DFW Woot Dinners