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Tua Rita Redigaffi 2009

Tua Rita Redigaffi 2009

I don’t know how this works for you, but sometimes (lots more often than I want to) I find it very difficult for blogging to keep up with the life. Once you are bitten by the blogging bug, even the routine experiences always raise the question in your mind – “does it worth a blog post”. And the answer is often “yes” (it is your personal blog after all, your life’s journal). But from the “yes” answer to the blog post your happy with, there is a thorny road, filled with sudden and unexpected traps, gaps, and changes of directions – the thing called “life”. Life gets in the way, and the unwritten posts become the heavy load, as pleasant as a toothache, drilling your brain with similar persistence “and remember, you still didn’t write that blog post… Yeah… What is wrong with you, huh? Come on already”.

As you might be able to deduce from this lengthy prelude, this blog post will be one of those, supposed to be written a while ago, but coming to life only now. Well, I still think it still has a merit, but you tell me.

At the beginning of September, I was lucky enough to attend 4 trade wine tastings in the row. The trade tastings are conducted by the wholesalers and distributors for the wine trade – retailers and restaurateurs – to introduce new wines coming to the market. These trade tastings are very large in size – they might consist of 100 tables, each table featuring 6-10 different wines, so total number of wines can be easily in 600-800 range. Nobody can taste each and every of the 600 wines within 4 hours which is the typical duration of the tasting – you have to chose what do you want to taste.

Now that I described the trade tasting to you, let me ask you a question – let’s just conduct a mini poll with only one question – do you think the trade tasting is a hard work, or it is all fun, and all the attendees are there just to drink free wine and have a good time?

Now, let’s rephrase the question:

Let me tell you – it is a hard work. You only have a few seconds to evaluate wine. You don’t have the time for the full assessment – most importantly, even if you try to do the full assessment, you don’t have the time to write down your notes after you sip, swish, suck the air, swish again, spit, move to the next. After 5 Barolos in the row, your mouth becomes completely numb, and you need somehow to restore your taste buds. You grab a piece of Parmesan cheese (either that or a sip of a cold sparkling wine), and your taste buds gradually recover, only to be hit again and again. By the end of the 4 hours, you are really overwhelmed, but generally happy.

So the four trade tastings I attended were definitely overwhelming, but exciting at the same time, as I had an opportunity to taste wines I would never be able to taste otherwise, like, for instance, Tua Rita Redigaffi. Of course when you focus on quantity, the quality might suffer – as the desire is to taste as many wines as possible, looking for unique profiles and new discoveries, it is obvious that something has to give. So in my case, I didn’t even try to write down full wine descriptions or rate the wines on my standard 10 points scale. To move fast from wine to wine, I used the “+” signs where + technically means “well, ok”, ++ means “very good”, and +++ means “excellent”. I guess “+++” should be equivalent to my standard 8 rating, but the problem is that thinking about actual numerical ratings for me requires time, and using this system of pluses was allowing me to move from wine to wine a lot quicker. Oh yes, and to stay with my traditional system of half points, I also used half of the plus sign (-|) to mark the wines which I thought were better than, let’s say, ++, but not as good as +++.

So below you will find a huge (I’m not kidding) list of wines I liked during the 4 tastings I attended. Absolute majority of those wines are +++ wines, but yes, you will see wines with other ratings too. I also sometimes used a single word or very short sentences to convey my impressions better, so you will see it reflected in the list below. Additionally, when available, I listed the grapes and some additional information about the wine.

Before I will let you ponder at the list and look for the familiar wines, I want to present some of my general conclusions based on those 4 tastings. Here we go:

  1. One must be humble around wine and never make any assumptions as to taste and value of the wine without actually tasting it. My experience with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an example of that (before tasting it, I couldn’t understand why would anyone pay for it double+ price of any other New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – now I do).
  2. Once you cross $60 (approximately), California Cabernet Sauvignon become “one better than the other”.
  3. Looks like 2010 was a great year in California, for sure for Cabernet Sauvignon – I didn’t taste a single bad wine from that vintage.
  4. I have a problem with California Chardonnay. It seems that all the complainers about too much oak, vanilla and butter finally had their way. Now, it is practically impossible to find those big and buttery wines, and most of the California Chardonnays produced today are dull, have no character and overall universally boring. Somebody, please change (fix) that!!!

Ready to look at the list? Hold on, here are some pictures of the wines in the tastings:

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I feel inclined to still add a few more comments, this time just explaining the logic of what you will find in the list. I was choosing the wines to taste based on the few factors:

1. Price – yes, I wanted to taste many expensive wines – go ahead, blame me for it.

2. Uniqueness – I don’t know when and if ever again I will have an opportunity to taste Tua Rita Redigaffi or Catena Zapata Adrianna single vineyard Malbec (both wines are part of my Must Try List) – so of course I made an effort to taste those wines.

3. Wines with rare grapes – as I continue my Wine Century journey, I still always look for the grapes I didn’t taste before. This time I added 4 – Moscatel Morisco, Sauvignon Gris, Kountouro Blanc and Tribidrag

4. Otherwise I was just following the lead of my friend Zak who was tasting wines for his store.

And (ready for it?), here is the list of the wines I tasted, sorted by the country – but I’m warning you – continue at your own risk – you might get overwhelmed too…

Reminder – unless otherwise noted, all the wines below are +++ wines, thus these are all the wines really liked, and it is only a fraction of what we had to work through…

Now – enjoy and cheers!


2006 Chateau Rauzan-Segla Segla, Margoux

2010 La Fleaur D’Or Sauternes, Bruges, France

2007 Cypres de Climens Barsac – excellent!

NV Cachette Brut Blanc de Blancs Cotes du Rhone – excellent, unusual, Airen grape

2010 Domaine Roblet-Monnot Volnay Saint Francois, Volnay, France – outstanding! Clean!

2009 Domaine des Boumard Quarts de Chaumes – exceptional!

NV Champagne Lanson Black Label Brut in Pouch – ++-| nice!

NV Champagne Lanson Brut Rose NV Rose Label – yeast, toasted bread

2011 Clos de Lumieres Cotes du Rhone Rouge – outstanding! Raspberries, pepper

2009 Pierre Gaillard St. Joseph – beautiful! Peepper and clean fruit

2011 Domaine Couly-Dutheil La Coulee Autumnale Rouge, Chinon, Loire – clean, nice, classic, pure

2010 Domaine Faury Sain Joseph Blanc – wow! Perfect!

2011 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Telegramme’ (90% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre) – beautiful!

2010 Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau – excellent!

2010 Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape



2010 Petrola Galatrona (Merlot) Toscana IGT – wow! Tannins!

2011 Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont – wow!

2009 Castello di Ama Haiku (Sangiovese/Carbernet Sauvignon/Merlot) Toscana Rosso IGT

NV G.D. Vajra Barolo Chinato, Piedmont – wow!

NV Boroli Barolo Chinato, Piedmont – ++++

2007 Poggio al Tesoro Dedicato “W” Toscana IGT – nice

2011 Tua Rita Rosso di Notri Toscana IGT (50% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 15% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot)

2011 Tua Rita Perlato Del Bosco Toscana IGT (75% Sangiovese and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon) – ++ nice, round

2009 Tua Rita Giusto Di Notri Toscana IGT (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) – excellent, nbeautiful fruit

2009 Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana IGT (100% Merlot) – amazing nose, round, soft, slightly roasted notes, delicious

2012 Ceretto Blange Arneis Piedmont

2008 Ceretto Barbaresco Asili Beranot, Piedmont – excellent!

2007 Ceretto Barolo Prapo, Peidmont – earthy!

2007 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche Brunate, Piedmont – perfect, open and clean!

2009 Ceretto Langhe Rosso Monsordo (Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah)

2010 Castello di Nieve Basarin Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – excellent!

2011 Castello di Nieve Pinot Nero Cortini Langhe DOC – varietally correct

2010 Castello di Nieve Santo Stefano Barbera D’Alba DOC – excellent, very clean

2009 Castello di Nieve Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC – wow!

2009 Castello di Nieve Barbaresco DOCG – wow! Spectacular!

2009 Castello di Nieve Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano DOCG – amazing, floral, soft, beautiful

2006 Castello di Nieve Barbaresco DOCG Riserva Santo Stefano – outstanding!

2009 Valle Reale Montelpuciano d’Abruzzo DOC – nice, clean fruit

2008 Valle Reale Montelpuciano d’Abruzzo San Calisto DOC – excellent!

2011 TraminStoan Bianco DOC (Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürtraminer) – nice!

2011 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Rosso – was served shilled. Spectacular!

2009 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone “Selezione Antonio Castagnedi” – +++!

2007 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone “Campo dei Gigli” – wow!

2009 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Cabernet Sauvignon “Torre Mellotti” – excellent!



2009 Ferre Bobet Priorat Seleccio Especial – dark fruit, wow!

2008 Telmo Rodriguez Ribera del Duero M2 de Matallana

NV Vallformosa Cava Brut Classic – excellent!

NV Vallformosa Cava Brut Rosado – excellent!

2010 Finca Antigua Moscatel Naturalmente Dulce DO La Mancha, Spain (100% Moscatel Morisco) – wonderful! (and a new grape)

2012 La Cana Albarino Rias Baixas

2009 Borsao Berola – wow!

2008 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva

2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva “Prado Enea” – needs time!

2010 Alto Moncayo Grenache “Veratron”

2011 Volver Tempranillo



NV Bodegas Valentin Bianchi Extra Brut Mendoza – wow! Classic!

2012 Bodegas Valentin Bianchi Elsa Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

2008 Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec, Mendoza  – beautiful, restrained

2009 El Enemigo Malbec Uco Valley, Mendoza – excellent!

2008 Alma Negra Misterio, Mendoza (Bomarda, Malbec, Petit Verdot) – excellent

2006 Alma Negra Gran Misterio, Mendoza (Bonarda, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah)

2011 Renacer Enamore Mendoza (50% Malbec, 25% Syrah, 22% Bonarda and 3% Cabernet Franc) – outstanding! Amarone style

2009 Renacer “R” Mendoza (98% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc) – excellent

2009 Nieto Senetiner Terroir Tri Blend Malbec Mendoza – ++-| powerful, nice dark fruit in the back

2011 Recuerdo Torrontes Mendoza

2011 Ricuerdo Malbec – berries, clean, perfect acidity



2008 Matetic Syrah San Antonio Valley – great!

2010 Terranoble Gran Reserva Carmenere, Central Valley, Chile

2008 Terranoble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley, Chile

2012 Cousino Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris Maipo Valley, Chile – excellent! (and new grape!)

2011 Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay, Maipo Valley, Chile – ++-| nice, good butter/oak in the back

2010 Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile

2009 Cousino Macul Finis Terrae, Maipo Valley, Chile – beautiful!

2008 Cousino Macul Lota, Maipo Valley, Chile – very unusual notes, can’t really describe (petrol?!)



2012 Thimiopoulos Vineyards Boarding Pass Malagouzi (80%Malagouzia, 20% Kountouro Blanc) – very good ( and new grape!)



2009 Jose Maria Soares Duorum Colheita (40% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and 20% Tinta Roriz) – excellent!

2007 Jose Maria Soares Duorum Reserva Old Vines (45% Touriga Nacional, 45% Touriga Franca, 5% Tinta Roriz and 5% Sousão) – excellent!

2009 Wine & Soul Pintas Character Tinto (blend of 30 indigenous grapes) – excellent!


New Zealand

2010 Seresin Estate Pinot Noir Leah Marlborough – wow! Powerful, clean!

2012 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc – elegant, restrained, unique

2009 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc – wow! complexity!


South Africa

2011 Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Perdeblokke Limited Release, Constantia – nice minerality

2007 Klein Constantia Muscat di Frontignan Vin de Constance, Constantia – exceptional nose



2009 Royal Tokaji Mad Cuvee Late Harvest,  Hungary



2008 PWR People’s Wine Revolution Petite Sirah Bea’s Knees, El Dorado County, California – very good (I marked it ++, but the label is too cool)

2012 PWR People’s Wine Revolution Grenache The People’s, Clemets Hills, Central Valley, California – very elegant (++ with the cool label)

2010 Ghost Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Oakville

2012 Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc Soliloquy Vineyard, Oakville – excellent

2010 Flora Spring’s Trilogy Estate (Cabernet Blend), Napa Valley – excellent, claret style

2012 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc Somerston Estate

2009 Priest Ranch Petite Sirah, Napa Valley – powerful, good fruit

2010 Somerston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon  Napa Valley

2011 Breggo Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley – excellent (++)

2010 Breggo Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley – excellent (++1/2)

2010 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District – wow!

2010 Hollywood & Wine Cellars 2480 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – nice, restrained, structured

2010 Brown Estate Chaos Theory (Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauvignon), Napa Valley – ++, nice, excellent acidity

2010 The Vineyardist Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District – wow! Structure and balance

2010 Perfect Season Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

2010 Babour Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena – sweet

2010 Casa Piena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Yountville – wow! Extreme balance

2010 Kamen Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Sonoma Valley – excellent, restrained

2010 Lagier Meredith Vineyard Syrah, Mount Veeder – ++, very nice!

2011 Lagier Meredith Vineyard Tribidrag, Mount Veeder – ++ very nice! ( and new grape!)

2009 Vineyard 7 & 8, Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Spring Mountain District – powerful, nice

2009 Aratas Petite Sirah Nape Valley

2010 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Nape Valley

2010 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard, Napa Valley – ++++, soft, round, wow!

2010 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa & Sonoma Counties – ++-|, restrained

2011 Tor Chardonnay Torchiana Beresini Vineyard, Napa Valley – excellent!

2011 Tor Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – excellent!

2010 Scherrer Chardonnay Sonoma – ++ butter, vanilla

2008 Scherrer Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard, Alexander Valley – wow! perfect fruit, smoky, classic, open

2012 Mason Cellars Cloudberry Red Wine, California – smokey, open, great!

2012 Slo Down Wines Chardonnay Broken Dreams, California – excellent!

2011 Slo Down Wines Sexual Chocolate (Red Blend) California – more of an Apotic Red style, too much burnt fruit – but the name of the wine sounds very interesting

2011 Linne Calodo Rising Tide (Grenache/Mourvedre/Syrah), Paso Robles – very nice!

2011 Linne Calodo Outsider (Zinfandel/Syrah/Mourvedre), Paso Robles – excellent!

2010 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Bricks & Mortar (Red Wine), Lodi – excellent!

2011 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine, Lodi – excellent acidity

2012 Waterstone Chardonnay Carneros – ++ beautiful

2010 Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley – excellent! 24 month in French oak

2010 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 24 month in French oak, 85% Nape Valley floor fruit, 15% – Harlan vineyards

2010 Chardonnay Expression 380 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast – ++-| excellent!

2010 Pinot Noir Expression 380 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast – wow! Clean, complex, excellent

2011 Pinot Noir Expression 390 Anderson Valley – excellent!

2008 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard, Oakville

2009 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley – excellent!

2011 La Follette Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

2009 La Follette Pinot Noir Manchester Ridge Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge – wow!

2008 HDV Belle Cousine Hyde Vineyard, Los Carneros (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon)

2010 Double Eagle Red Wine Napa Valley (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc) – excellent!

2009 J. Davis Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District – excellent!

2010 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley(38% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc)

2010 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Napa Valley (48% Merlot, 25%Cabernet Franc,22% Cabernet Sauvignon0 – wow!

2010  Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley (41% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon) – ++++, beautiful!

2010 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley (48% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot) – ++++ outstanding, soft

2008 Seghesio Omaggio Sonoma County (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Sangiovese)

2011 Textbook The Forager Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – nice, clean

2011 Miner Viognier Simpson Vineyard Napa Valley – outstanding

2011 Miner Chardonnay Napa Valley

2009 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley

2010 24 Knots Pinot Noir Central Coast

2011 Cosentino The Zin – Nice, light, good fruit

2010 Ladera Stile Blocks Howell Mountain, Napa Valley (98% Cabernet, 2% Petit Verdot) – wow

2008 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – excellent!

2006 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet – ++++ spectacular! Balance!

2010 Pillow Road Russian River, Pinot Noir – excellent! Perfect balance!

2009 Titus Vineyards Cabernet Reserve (Cabernet, Petit Verdot, Malbec) – nice

2010 Titus Vineyards Zinfandel (Zinfandel, Petit Sirah) – outstanding

2008 Burly Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – nice, soft

2010 Blue Rock Baby Blue Alexander Valley, Sonoma County (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah) – excellent!

2010 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – wow!

2012 Laetitia Chardonnay Estate, Arroyo Grande – excellent! Classic!

2011 Laetitia Pinot Noir Estate, Arroyo Grande

2010 Laetitia La Ciolline Pinot Noir – great depth

2010 Laetitia La Galetes Pinot Noir – great depth

2005 Turnbull “Black Label” Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

2011 Venge Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux Napa Valley – excellent!

2010 Coho Summitvine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – back end complexity

2010 Copain Monument Tree Pinot Noir Anderson Valley – wow!

2008 Heitz Wine Cellars Nepa Valley Cabernet

2006 Heitz Wine Cellars Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – luscious, perfect!

2005 Heitz Wine Cellars Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2010 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – wow!

2010 Dumol Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, California – excellent!

2010 Dumol Syrah Russian River Valley, California – excellent!

2010 Staglin Cabernet Salus Napa Valley – round, nice

2008 Viader Proprietary Red (40% Cabernet Franc) – excellent, different, restrained

2011 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – excellent!

2011 Loring Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard – bright, beautiful

2011 Loring Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard – perfect balance

2011 Loring Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard – wow!

2011 Loring Pinot Noir Aubaine Vineyard

2011 Loring Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard

2011 Loring Pinot Noir Gary’s Vineyard – finish too short.



2010 Adelsheim Vineyard Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon – beautiful!

2010 Adelsheim Vineyard Bryan Creek Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon – outstanding, soft, mellow, clean

2008 Adelsheim Vineyard Vintage 31 Willamette Valley, Oregon – excellent!

2012 Chehalem Pinot Gris 3 Vineyard Willamette Valley, Oregon – +++! Classic!

2011 Chehalem Inox Chardonnay Willamette Valley, Oregon – nice, clean, good fruit in the back

2009 Chehalem Dry Riesling Willamette Valley, Oregon – dry and beautiful

2010 Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon – amazing nose, outstanding, different!

2008 Chehalem Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley, Oregon – 31 years old vineyard, smoky berries on the nose, amnazing



2011 L’Ecole No 41 Semillon Columbia Valley – outstanding

2010 L’Ecole No 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – excellent!

2008 Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain, Washington – excellent

2008 Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Merlot Red Mountain, Washington

2009 Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Syrah Red Mountain, Washington – beautiful

NV Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Triple Threat Red Blend Red Mountain, Washington (58% Cabernet, 27% Syrah, 15% Merlot) – ++-| very good

2008 Terra Blanca Terra Blanc Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain, Washington – excellent, clean, balanced

2008 Terra Blanca Terra Blanca Merlot Red Mountain, Washington – spectacular, sweet fruit

2009 Terra Blanca Terra Blanca Onyx Red Mountain, Washington – spectacular, Bordeaux style

New York

2010 Wolffer Estate Chardonnay the Hamptons, Long Island, New York – excellent! Good fruit, classic

2011 Wolffer Classic White The Hamptons, Long Island, New York (47% Chardonnay, 29% Gewurztraminer, 24% Riesling)

2009 Wolffer Estate Merlot the Hamptons, Long Island, New York – excellent, simple, light

2010 Wolffer Letter Red the Hamptons, Long Island, New York (70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Verdot) – perfectly approacheable

2009 Wolffer Cabernet Franc the Hamptons, Long Island, New York (Cabernet Franc 76%, Merlot 24%) – excellent! Meaty, clean!

2012 Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes, New York – dry, minerality!

2010 Ravines Pinot Noir Finger Lakes, New York –  nice, smoky, roasted notes

2010 Ravines Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes, New York – outstanding, classic, bell peppers. Clean, prefect

2010 Ravines Meritage Finger Lakes, New York (Cabernet, Cabernet Franc & Merlot) – excellent!

2012 Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer Finger Lakes, New York – perfect!


  1. December 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I know it would have to be very hard work and impossible to taste 600 varieties of wines. After a many tastings the results would become a bit muddled I would think. Like this post a lot, I have never been to such a large tasting, and most likely will never attend anything like that but its interesting to learn more about them.

    • talkavino
      December 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thanks, Suzanne – such a tasting is a perfect mixture of both fun and hard work, but you feel exhausted at the end of the day.

  2. December 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Wow, that is certainly impressive! There is no way that I could taste all of those, that is certain….

    • talkavino
      December 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

      well, it is processed from the 4 different tastings. Somehow, I’m convinced you would do just fine : )

  3. December 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    As glamorous as trade shows sound, in my own experience, they tend to be work. Though I have never been to a wine trade show, I am sure that after the first few minutes the realization that work is involved occurs. The knowledge that one acquires even through osmosis is wonderful though. Keep plugging away at the wines and the blog, as we all enjoy your viewpoint and observations.

    • talkavino
      December 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      John, thank you for your kind words! Trade tastings are not glamorous at all, but of course tasting the wines involves fun, especially when you come across great wines.

  4. Fig & Quince
    December 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Very interesting prelude & musings re blogging, totally relate. Re the trade tastings, I admit I didn’t think it’d be hard work but I see now I was WRONG!

    • talkavino
      December 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      It gets so hard sometimes to get that blog post out, right? And it literally becomes a heavy load, pestering you all the time…

  5. PSsquared
    December 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    That is seriously hard work! Even just getting all those photos seems like work to me, and you know how much I love taking them. Thanks for sharing your insights, though. And I agree with your intro, about the blogging sorta taking over things. It’s a challenge, for sure. Cheers, my friend!

    • talkavino
      December 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Patty! Sometimes the going gets hard, but it is a nice feeling when you hit that “Publish” button : )

  6. December 2, 2013 at 4:56 am

    wow, that is a long list of wine tasted!

    • talkavino
      December 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

      it is – but I didn’t do it all in one sitting – both writing and drinking : )

  7. December 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

    WOW! That is a LOT of wine tasting!! No way I could get through it, even using the spit bucket. I’d be on the floor, passed out in a coma! That said . . . it does look like fun. Exhausting fun!! Salud!

    • talkavino
      December 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

      You should try it at some point : ) I’m sure you will enjoy it too!

  8. December 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    You had me at the first sentence! I can’t imagine tasting this many wines in an 8hour more less in 4hours. Thanks for sharing!

    • talkavino
      December 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Hope you find this list interesting!

  9. December 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Treevinos :
    You had me at the first sentence! I can’t imagine tasting this many wines in 8hours more less in 4hours. Thanks for sharing!

  10. December 4, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Wow, Anatoli: you sure had the opportunity to go through a huge number of great wines! I am very glad for you.
    Out of the Italians, I am glad you enjoyed the Tua Rita Giusto di Notri: I have two bottles in my cellar that are waiting to be opened, so I am looking forward to that. I also love the Barolo Bricco Rocche and of course the Montepulciano San Calisto. When I have the opportunity, I want to try the Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone as I have never had it, but your comments make me long for a bottle!
    Thanks for a great overview!

    • talkavino
      December 4, 2013 at 7:06 am

      Thanks, Stefano! There were quite a few wines we went through. And that Amarone is definitely worth trying.

  11. enobytes
    December 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Dang, you drank a lot of wine!!


    • talkavino
      December 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      well, yes – but it was across a number of tastings – and those were really tastings, with spittoons : )

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