the 75th Tasting – Cab-Syrah

We celebrated our 75th tasting and our flight was Cab/Syrah & Syrah/Cab blends from Australia, Chile, United States and Bulgaria. The two varieties blend well because ‘while Cabernet retains life and freshness…its legendary “hole in the middle” is filled texturally by the sweet fruit of Shiraz’. – Brian Croser, Australian Winemaker

Cab-Syrah Blends

Top Pick:
2015 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet, $10

Competition:
2014 Left Bend Camel Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – $38
2013 Vistamar Cabernet Syrah Gran Reserva Chile, $19
2012 Yalumba “The Scribbler” Red Wine, $18
2011 Bulgariana Cabernet Syrah, $17
2014 K Vintners “Roma – River Rock Vineyard” Walla Walla Valley Cab/Syrah, $39

Pre Wine:
2017 Left Bend Fiz Nat Sparkling Rose, $28
2016 Left Bend Rosé of Syrah, $26
2008 Markham Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $28

Post Wine:
NV Left Bend Mashup V3
1999 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon/ Shiraz

January 2018 – Notes

New finds this month were the Cinsault from Lodi & the Tait Ball Buster from Australia.

2014 Tait Barossa Valley Ball Buster
purple, dark red, opaque, in color. black currants, plum, blackberry, cherry, pepper, spices, leather, savoriness, coffee. ripe fruit, grippy tannins, on the finish. $15
2015 Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal Gruner Veltliner
white flowers, grapefruit, white peach, white pepper, spice, mineral. $24
2015 Domaine Pavelot Burgundy Chardonnay
straw, in color. white flowers, yellow apple, pear, citrus, hazelnut, mineral. lasting lime juice finish. $36
2016 Birichino Mokelumne River Cinsault
translucent electric red, in color. strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, white pepper, savory, earth, gravel dust. the acid on the finish, turns into a bone dry finish. $20
NV Pierre Mineral Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
citrus zest, lemon, sourdough bread, chalk, citrus peel. $35
2013 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
ruby, in color. rose petals, raspberry, dark cherry, plum, turned earth, sassafras, pepper. juicy cherry finish. $25
2015 Hanzell Vineyard Sebella Chardonnay
orange blossoms, pear, yellow apple, grapefruit pith, mineral, crushed rock. Lemon zest finish. $24
2015 Columbia Crest Columbia Valley Syrah
magenta, purple, in color. blueberry, currant, dark plum, pepper, dark chocolate, herbs, cedar, vanilla. $11
2016 Greyrock Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
grapefruit, herbaceous, grass, asparagus, lime, citrus peel. med+ acid, on a crisp finish. $18
2013 La Ferme du Mont Jugunda Gigondas
blueberry, raspberry, plum, herbaceous, olive, mineral, savory meat, licorice, crushed pepper, leather. $32