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2005 Chateau Bourgneuf Pomerol Bordeaux

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My second '05 Bordeaux, this is less intense than the Clerc Milon, but as beautiful in the glass. It's a bright cherry red, slightly translucent wine. Blackberry and other black fruit, anise, then old world components appear on the nose. It's medium to light bodied for a Merlot/Cab Franc blend, and the wine is relatively well balanced. The fruit is there, including black currants, dark cherries, blackberries, no intrusive alcohol, it's a soft Merlot but with characteristics I normally associate more with Rhone varietals (must be the Cab Franc) - some anise, dark cherry, thinner than most Merlot. There are tannins present, but I don't think they are nearly as intrusive as Parker did. Lots of taste on the front of the tongue, tannins on the gumline at the front, nice mid-palate, long finish that lasts at least a minute. About $50 on a pre-order a few years ago, tasted July, 2010.

This is my new favorite wine label - the front label is silver and black with stars in the sky including the famed Southern Cross constellation. The back label has a Skype address. And an e-mail address and web address (www.bodeganqn.com.ar).

Opening the bottle for the decant showed amazing aroma and in the glass while it opened it was present at least two feet away - intense, dark fruit.It's dark purple, opaque, and reflective. Close to the glass it reveals cooked dark fruit, juicy plums, black currant, and fresh dark fruit on the nose, well blended. There is a bit of spice on the nose, maybe some cocoa. The taste is full bodied, full on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blended at 65%/35%. (There isn't even a hint of green pepper or herbacious components that I find objectionable in some South American blends with Cab at this price level.) The dark fruit notes continue through the taste, a bit of heat, but well balanced with the fruit and tannins with structure and a bit of grip but not intrusive. The finish is long, full of dark fruit, mouth watering but with tannins present.

Tasted July 2010, about $20.

Cain Concept The Benchland 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Dark ruby red, opaque. The nose is primarily dark fruit, with some red, but no components I can isolate. It's a big red, viscous in the glass, heavy  mouth weight. Great balance and structure, moderate length finish. It has a good initial impression, good mid-palate flavor, and nice long finish. But I can't pull out much individually from the wine. It went well with a grilled porterhouse, complementing it nicely. I decanted it for about 2 hours before drinking it, tasting a bit immediately. Some of the dark, inky nose and taste blew off during the decant.

Winemaker notes are at https://www.cainfive.com/PDF/2006-Cain-Concept.pdf and his note says it's focused and pure compared to the 2004 which is complex. I think it's got great intensity, and if that's what he means by focused and pure I agree. It's a blend with 78% Cab, 22% Merlot, and 2% Cab Franc. It's unfiltered and had a good bit of sediment.

Miles would probably turn his nose up at the blend (sorry, watched Sideways last night), but it's an excellent wine, well integrated, and great to enjoy on its own or with food. Cain's site is at https://www.cainfive.com/wines/ The wine takes it's name from the Benchlands of Napa Valley, areas on the edges of the valley. The site is well done, lots of information about the vineyards, winery, wines, and their philosophy.

Tasted July 2010, about $49.

Bright translucent cherry red in color, transparent rim. Nose is definitely Burgundian - e.g., earthy, forest floor, then fruit. Red fruit is dominant in the taste, then the French oak appears, with some spice, vanilla, pepper, and other barrel-related components. Acidic on the tip of the tongue, medium body, red fruit, black pepper on the back, long duration of spice and fruit - about a minute, and it's mouthwatering. The wine is balanced, alcohol isn't too high. Fairly consistent with most good Sonoma Pinot, but with Burgundy styling, nice wine. Tasted July 2010, about $48.
 

Gorman "The Bully" Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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I love this winery's red wines. Deep purple, intense color. The nose is dark fruit, cassis, blackberry, and the taste follows through. Blackberries, dark cherries, toasty oak. It's full bodied, plush and well balanced. The fruit is very present, and it has smooth tannins, terrific front to back, ideal Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon with a little bit of Merlot and Petit Verdot blended in. Tasted July 2010. About $55 out here in New York.

Gorman is at http://www.gormanwinery.com/ and there are several reviews and interviews with Chris Gorman around the web. He also maintains a Facebook and Twitter presence - Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/GormanWinery where he posts updates from time to time on harvesting, vinification, bottling, along with pics.

Gorgeous bottle label graphics. Deep, purple-black in color, completely opaque. The nose is black fruit, spice, clear French oak, spice box, dark California Cabernet in it's entirety. The taste follows along with that - balanced acid, tannins, dark fruit, cassis, blackberry, full mouthweight, silky, dusty. Intense fruit, lasts at least 30 to 40 seconds, mouthwatering. This begs for a steak, but is beautiful on its own. About $45, tasted July 2010. The Wine House in Manlius has a terrific California selection, and always steers me in the direction that I enjoy.

Bacio Davino Cellar's notes are at http://www.baciodivino.com/pdfs/Janzen2007.pdf - they say about 1450 cases were made. It's early for the wine, and I'd suggest letting it age a few years to reach it's potential. Approachable now, fabulous later I suspect.

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