Officially good friend and Tramonte rep Devon’s last hurrah, she dropped in to bid us a fond adieu, as well as introduce to me our new Tramonte rep, Kevin. And Devon, in keeping with her fabulous self, decided to go out with a bang, cracking open some remarkable wines:
Giornata Vermentino Paso Robles 2010. Grade=Outstanding. This unbelievable white wine is fairly rich on the palate, with lovely pear, almond and mineral notes. Extremely well-done.
Runquist Barbera Amador County 2009. Grade=Amazing. Phenomenal blue and red berry fruits, loads of baking spices, rich earth, violets, espresso and bacon fat. Medium-bodied with beautifully-velveteen tannins.
Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina 2009. Grade=Amazing. A powerful Pinot Noir, lush and dense with lots of black cherry, dark plum, cola and vanilla notes. A big, rich Pinot Noir.
Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah Napa Valley 2007. Grade=Amazing. Godzilla on steroids, draped in velvet, this gargantuan red is brimming with blueberry jam, red currant, olive tapenade and baking spices, finishing up with boysenberry pie overtones.
(A 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from California of which I cannot name). Grade=Amazing. Funny how I cannot name this wine because I can’t sell it here in KY but this voluptuous, well-made California Cab is full-bodied, dense and extraordinarily complex, and loaded with copious amounts of blackberry, black currant, coffee, chocolate, graphite, cedar and tobacco notes. It’s a shame I can’t name names here. Perhaps
I should call this wine Valdemoort?
Of course, friends of Devon threw her a bon voyage that I wanted to attend, but didn’t get to make it out there. I hope she forgives me enough to call me from time to time, and let us all know her progress toward making her very own wines, and how her life is going. She has been and always will be a dear friend, and from all us at DEP’s Fine Wine & Spirits, and most of all, from me, we wish you all the success in the world.