October 2010: Holiday Gift Wines ~ $40 & Up

October 21, 2010 at 6:19 am Leave a comment


We’re back … leaner & meaner (Details?) … to taste, note & rank wines on any given theme in the Seattle marketplace.   This tasting focused on a lineup of HOLIDAY GIFT WINES (from around the world) which retail above $40.  We do this tasting every fall in preparation for the upcoming wine-giving season & it’s a great one as there’s never a bad wine in the bunch.  You should have seen Jens today, trying to decide which one of the 3 wines that scored 94 points should be his favorite for the unveiling, going with the one he noted as rocking!  And that’s our new thing, watching people discuss wine can be more fun (for some people) than reading wine notes, so if you’re interested … here’s the UNVEILING>

And for you old fashioned fans, here’s the final ranking with notes.  Wine receiving the same score are ordered alphabetically:

Cadaretta 2007 Syrah (94 points)
Region: Columba Valley, WA; Varietals: Syrah
Retail: $38.99 | Mixed Case $31.19
Tasting Notes: Nose: big, bold aromas of grilled & charred beast, dark berries, burnt vanilla, thick cut crispy bacon with raspberry jam. Palate: sweet rigpe fruit of brambleberries, roasted coffee beans, roasted beef, dried herbs – thyme + oregano & spices – coriander & clove. (Ken’s personal favorite – 93 points)
 
Finca La Anita 2006 Petit Verdot  (93 points) 
Region: Mendoza, Argentina; Varietals: Petite Verdot
Retail: $39.99 | Mixed Case $31.99
Tasting Notes:  Very inviting aromas of dark fruit, blackberry pie with some spicy notes.  Aahhh … this is wonderful! Excellent mouthfeel. Wonderful acidity & tannic structure. Layers of red & dark fruit. Ripe black & blueberries, dark chocolate & mocha. Finish goes on forever.  Rocking!  (Jens’ personal favorite –94 points)

Vall Llach 2006 Priorat 
(93 points)
Region: Priorat, Spain; Varietals: Garnacha/Carinena/Cab/Syrah/Merlot
Retail: $39.99 | Mixed Case $31.99
Tasting Notes: Nose has nice spice, black pepper, nice amount of ripe black fruits, balanced light acidity. Very smooth, rich fruit on the palate. The fruit is ripe enough to pair with duck & raspberry sauce. Yum! (Gina, 93 points)

Chateau de Saint Cosme 2008 Gigondas (92 points)
Region: Southern Rhône, France; Varietals: Grenache/Syrah
Retail: $44.99  | Mixed Case $35.99
Tasting Notes:  Beautiful aromas of red & dark fruit with lots of pepper.  Intense, tight flavors of dark fruit – lots of blackberries & raspberries & lots of pepper … I mean pepper! Very long finish. Lots of potential! (Jens, 92 points)

Boekenhautskloof 2006 Syrah (92 points)
Region: Coastal Range, South Africa; Varietals: Syrah
Retail: $53.99 | Mixed Case $43.19
Tasting Notes:  Very lovely nose – lots of ripe dark fruit with some herbal notes. Big, full-bodied, but well-balanced. Excellent fruit. Again lots of dark fruit, mainly blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate with some herbal notes. Long, elegant finish. (Jens, 94 points)

Mas Doix 2007 Salanques Priorat (92 points)
Region: Priorat, Spain; Varietals: Garnacha/Cariñena/Syrah/Merlot/Cab;
Retail: $44.99  | Mixed Case $35.99
Tasting Notes:  Nose: Cherry blossoms, sweet grass, raspberry pie, mocha on the nose, clove too. Palate: Dark berry, marionberry fruit, coca-cola, bramble, sticks & stones – very elegant & almost velvet on the palate. (Ken, 93 points)

K Vintners 2008 Morrison Lane Syrah
(91 points) 
Region: Walla Walla Valley, WA; Varietals: Syrah
Retail: $51.99 | Mixed Case $41.59
Tasting Notes:  This has a subtle nose, red fruits – raspberries & cranberries. The color isn’t as vibrant … perhaps has a few years on it.  Delightful, on the palate fruit is subtle like the nose. Earthy & nice acidity. Tart cherry but elegant. (Gina’s personal favorite – 88 points [not her highest ranking, but still her favorite wine])

October 2010 Tasting Panel:  Jens Strecker, Gina Gregory, Ken O’Hara

The following wines are in-stock or can be ordered at:
Portalis Wine Shop + Wine Bar
email: info@portaliswines.com
phone: 206-783-2007

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