2009 Merlot

6 selections from France’s Right Bank plus one made in the french style to mix it up a bit. seven in the panel.

Flight: 2009 Merlot

2009 French Merlot

Top Pick:
2009 Château Thénac Bergerac Rouge, $20

Competition:
2009 Robert Keenan Winery Napa Valley Merlot, $29
2009 Haut Prieur Côtes de Bordeaux “Vielles Vignes”, $12
2009 Côte Montpezat “Compostelle” Côtes de Bordeaux, $17
2009 Arnauton, Fronsac, $16
2009 Pérenne, Premières Côtes de Blaye, $15
2009 Martinat, Côtes de Bourg, $15

2010 Zinfandel

This session we explored Zinfandel, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, focusing in on the regions of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma and Napa Valley.

Flight: 2010 Zinfandel

2010 Zinfandel

Top Pick:
2010 Green & Red “Chiles Canyon Vineyard” Napa Valley Zinfandel, $20
note: dark red, in color. dark fruit, earth, white pepper, on the nose. blackberry, plum, spice, clove, nutmeg, olives, on the palate. good aroma on this wine. mild acid, medium tannins, on the finish.

Competition:
2010 Chateau Montelena Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel, $32
2010 Four Vines “The Sophisticate” Sonoma County Zinfandel, $22
2010 Alexander Valley “Redemption” Zinfandel, $12
2010 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $23
2010 Unti Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $26

Pre Wines:
2001 Cloud 9 Seity Amador County Zinfandel
2009 Blacksmith North Coast Chenin Blanc

Post Wine:
2002 Ridge Late-Picked Caboose Zinfandel