Our good friend and RNDC/Kentucky rep David dropped in right after Lou with another bag full of tastiness:
Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009. Grade=Average. This is a fairly familiar tasting SB – I think Marlborough SBs are becoming undistinguishable. Shows off some nice grapefruit and gooseberry notes. Clean acidity. Lively finish. Not unlike watching Forrest Gump for the 200th time.
Route Stock Cellars Chardonnay Carneros 2009. Grade=Outstanding. A really nice surprise. Well-Routeintegrated fruit balanced with slightly creamy vanilla, nutmeg, tangerine and toasted oak notes. A nice value too.
Sequoia Grove Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding-. Kinda flat in comparison to the Route Stock. More oak, more buttered popcorn, lots of butterscotch, caramel and nectarine notes, but finishes a bit flat, like day-old Sprite.
Route Stock Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Lots of cherry fruit, baking spices, light mocha and cola nut underpinnings. Medium-bodied with a very fruity red berry finish.
Route Stock Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Textbook Napa with full-bodied delivery of black currants, black raspberries, chocolate, tar, cedar and baking spices. Very good for the price point!
Next: Red Wine Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Very bashful following the Route Stock Cab, this velvety red is timid with its dark fruit aromas and flavors, a bit of a wallflower now, but hinting at blooming into a pretty sexy beast. Give this one some time.
Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio del Cinghiale Campo di Sasso Toscana Rosso 2007. Grade=Outstanding+. Yummy, yummy yummy, this Syrah/Merlot driven blend from Tuscany is full-bodied, possessing brilliant blue and black fruits, loads of brown spices, dried herbs, olive tapenade, cedar smoke, cigar box and hints of black truffles. Stunning stuff!