There is something cool about being in a room full of wine professional spitting away into nice little spittoons with the greatest of ease. More and more I find myself spitting at larger wine tastings where the shear number of wines would make anyone tipsy if you drank it all. Plus it just feels cool. Haha Yes, save the comments, I know I am a geek. On the serious side, as one who goes to these larger tastings to expand my palate, when you are drunk, you don’t really taste anything so there isn’t any point in going past 8 wines or so. This is not to say I didn’t swallow any, I mean come on!
This week I got invited to a private tasting of some 40 plus wines, and it was another great experience to send the palate to school. I figured I would write about a couple of my favorites from the red and white category vs. going through the entire list, so here goes.
2006 Ancien Domaine des Pontifes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc – very nice floral aromas accompanied by pear and hints of citrus. On the palate was crisp apple, almond and mineral flavors that produced a wonderful clean tasting finish. The mid palate on this wine was soft and round but the refreshing crispness and moderate acidity was evident at the finish.
2004 Huber Riesling Von Den Terrassen – asian pear, peach and honey aromas with the classic petroleum smell rounding out the nose followed by similar flavors including a heavy dose of slate. Nice full round body, with good amount of acidity so not to seem flabby with the rich flavor profile. Good!!
2005 Chateau St. Andre Corbin St Emilion – Cherry, plum and red currant aromas followed by black cherry, wet earth, and basil flavors. Firm dusty tannins at the finish, the wine could definitely hold on for quite a few more years. Medium body, excellent structure.
2004 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus Estate Red – dark fruit, fig and leather aromas followed by lavender, chocolate and blackberry flavor profile. Very full and round body with soft, lush tannins.
Some Virginia wineries were being poured as well, White Hall, Rappahannock and Ingleside. I have visited both White Hall and Rappahannock in the past and have enjoyed their wines but Ingleside was new to me and I enjoyed their offerings. I have put on my need to visit list if I ever make it up to the Northern Neck area.