Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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Last night's tasting

Last night, we drank some good wine with friends at Salmonberg.

Grape

Wine

Price Notes

Barbera

2000 Barbera d'Asti Superiore 'Wink', Italy

? Gary Taxali label. Very high acids. Yucky.

Cabernet franc

2000 Kalinda Cabernet Franc, California

$15

Favorite wine of the tasting, by democratic agreement

Cabernet sauvignon

1999 Leasingham Bin 56 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

$11 Export only version of this wine with no Malbec, possibly? The label says it's strictly Cab... very odd, one of the least favorite of the tasting

Gamay noir

2003 Louis Jadot Beaujolais, France

$8 Another crowd favorite, #1 or #2

Grenache

2003 Las Rocas de San Alejandro, Calatayud, Spain

$7 Top 5, easily; damn good value

Malbec

2001 Altos Las Hormigas "Viña Hormigas Reserva" Mendoza, Argentina

$25 Frankly a letdown; boring and pricey

Mataro

2000 DEWN Mourvèdre, Oakley, California
Flash of autumn heat
the rage of duelling machines,
uneasy détente

$25 We called it "Angry Monkey" after the Taxali label. Brian's favorite. Wildly different than a traditional mataro. BTW, you can now buy a Taxali monkey if you're so inclined.

Merlot

2001 Sarah's Vineyard Besson Vineyard Merlot

$18 Actually really damned good. Another crowd favorite
 

2003 Charles Shaw Merlot

$2 I couldn't even bring myself to drink this; it smelled like a Kool-Aid industrial accident of some kind

Norton

2000 Mount Pleasant Norton, Augusta, Missouri

$20? Also known as The Tijuana Upholstery Shop Red; worst wine of the tasting

Pinot noir

2000 Berry Bros. Reserve, Burgundy, France

$14 Either this was over the hill, or the bottle was flawed. Totally awesomely wonderful smell, tasted off.

Pinotage

2001 Welmoed Pinotage, Stellenbosch, South Africa

$12 Yuck.
Syrah

2002 Milton Park Shiraz, Australia

$8 Prototypical Aussie raspberry motor oil
  2003 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District, Australia $50 Beautifully perfumed, but needs time
  NV Bouteille Call, port of syrah with raspberries $24 The final bottle of the evening, probably totally unnecessary.

Zinfandel

2002 Joel Gott, California

$14 Disgusting
 

2003 Ridge Paso Robles, California

$22

Much better, but too young to drink just yet
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