February 2018 – Notes

2014 Eric Kent Atoosas Vineyard Syrah
deep ruby, in color. blackberry, raspberry, savory, roasted, black pepper, licorice, leather. $37
2015 Black Stallion Carneros Chardonnay
light straw, in color. white flowers, pineapple, lemon, vanilla, nutmeg, butter, citrus zest. $40
2017 Left Bend FizNat Sparkling Rose of Syrah
grapefruit, guava, citrus peel. bright, fresh and a lot of fizz. $28
2015 MacMurray Ranch RRV Pinot Noir
lavender, raspberry, dark cherry, boysenberry, crushed pepper, leather, vanilla. $25
2013 Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Church Block Cab/Syrah/Merlot
ruby, in color. blackberry, currants, blueberry, pepper, eucalyptus, leather, dry, astringent finish. $18
2016 Ludwig Neumayer Traisental Gruner Veltliner
white flowers, celery, peach, grapefruit, lime, mineral. herbal, mouth watering finish. $22
2016 Ledge Vineyards Paso Robles Grenache Blanc
white flowers, honeydew, apricot, peach, mineral. medium acid, on the finish. $25
2016 Le Raisin à Plume Patis des Rosiers Gamay
natural wine. medium ruby, in color. sour strawberry, cranberry, juicy. hollow mid palate. $21
2014 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Grignolino
pale ruby, in color. geranium, leafy, sour cherry, strawberry, white pepper. strong acid, on a tannic finish. $20
2015 Palacios Remondo Rioja La Vendimia Grenache
crimson red, in color. raspberry, cherry, earth, spice, licorice. sour fruit, bright finish. $16
2014 Mendel Wines Malbec
deep ruby, in color. violets, cherry, blackberry, raspberry, black pepper, spice, vanillla. $24

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