Monday, January 10, 2011

La Belle Epoque Wine Bistro Tuesday Tasting January 11, 2011 Not Napa California

Shannon Ridge Barbera Lake County 2008 #13600

Quoted at $24.00*......PLCB Sale $14.99

"Color: Deep purple/garnet. Aroma: Black cherry, cedar, chocolate Flavor: Blackberry, dried cherries, spice. Texture: Full, rich, muscular, well balanced with a lush velvety finish."

"A very nice example of California Barbera, medium and lush with dark fruits from cherry to raspberry, full of fruit and structure, hints of chocolate, spice and cinnamon. Will work with many different foods: roasted chicken, pasta, beef or even pizza.
--Steve Pollack, wine buyer for the Chairman's Selection program

Bernardus Marinus Carmel Valley 2004 #12868
Quoted at *40.00......PLCB Sale $19.99

"Firmly tannic, with rich currant, cassis and black cherry notes accented by vanilla and toast highlights. There are good spicy qualities on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2014."
*88 points, Wine Spectator, October 31, 2008

"Firm and hard in tannins and very dry, this Bordeaux blend shows the hallmarks of a wine that will benefit from time in the cellar. It has a dense core of black currants and cedar, and is very balanced. Should blossom after 2010."
--91 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon 58% Merlot 31% Cabernet Franc 7% Malbec 3% Petit Verdot 1%

Leonhardt Zinfandel Reserve Dry Creek Valley 2006 #30907
Quoted at *$48.00 ............. PLCB Sale $24.99

"Color: Dense black purple. Aroma: Beautiful fruit aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, and currents, along with black pepper and clove spice, and hints of violets and lavender. Flavors: Intense, luscious blackberry and black raspberry fruit, hints of cherry, plum, and currents, chocolate, thick, mouth-coating texture on the mid-palate, great length and persistent flavors on finish of black raspberry, pepper, and clove spice. Balanced, complex, and flavorful." *Winemaker's notes

"Don't confuse this great California Zinfandel with the high-alcohol, port-like styles that dominate the category, or, worse, with white zin. This wine is medium-full-bodied, lush and velvety, with raspberry, chocolate, black berry and cherry, medium alcohol and tannins. Finishes with hints of spice and sweet strawberry vanillan. I keep a notebook with the few wines I taste that really leave a lasting impression. This one made the list." PLCB Wine Buyer Steve Pollack

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