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Sep 03

Old Vine Reds Tasting

Another guest post! This one is from a friend of mine, "Freddie," who also writes for the Cincinnati Burger Guys. We often run into him and his wife at the great Party Source EQ tasting classes. Here’s his review of a recent Old Vines tasting at The Party Source:
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Thank you Michelle! For those of you who haven’t attended a tasting at the Party Source, you are missing one of the best wine education events in the city. At least 6 of our friends attended their first Party Source tasting on this day, and all were impressed with Jay and the staff.

The Party Source’s theme on this day was Old Vine Reds. As a lover of old vine zins, I just had to attend this one. Two surprises for me: no old vine zins were on the program (boo), yet the pleasant results on the program (yeah).

Voillot Bourgogne Vielles Vignes 2005 ($23.99)
The 47-50 year old pinot noir vines delivered cranberry with a touch of sourness. Fellow Burger Guy Bucky loved this one because he likes the earthy tones of Burgundy pinots. Those who prefer the satin tones of California pinots, stay away from this one.

Domaine de Noiré Chinon Charactère 2005 ($23.99)
Made from 60 year old cabernet franc vines, the subtle nose preceded a tannic, earthy taste. No doubt, this very dark cab franc (the darkest wine today) was my least favorite of the day.


Tour Boisée "Plantation 1905"
($14.49)
This vin de table from Languedoc is made the old fashion way: from a single vineyard containing 23 different varietals planted in 1905. Providing dried fruit, low tannins, and low acidity, I declare this easy-to-drink gem the Best Bargain of the Day!

Atteca Old Vine Garnacha 2006 ($17.99)
No doubt about it, I usually cringe when I see Grenache on the label. I know, I’m missing out on one of the world’s greatest grapes. These Spanish 80-120 year old vines grown at a high altitude in a low rainfall area yielded rose petals, earth, and crisp berries to accompany the light tannins. Yes, my Pleasant Surprise of the Day!

Michelle’s Note: This is one of the favorite wines in the Wine-girl.net household!

D’Arenberg Laughing Mapgie Shiraz-Viognier 2006 ($24.99)
Who else but the Australian’s would deliver a name like Laughing Magpie at this price! The core shiraz grapes are over 100 years old gives you ripe fruit as strawberry, a mild tartness, with a long finish. Wow: Simply very good! The Best of the Day!

Cline Small Berry Mourvèdre 2004 ($30.99)
Would you have guessed a California mourvèdre to be part of an old vine red tasting? Not I, then again, I’m not surprised that Cline did this. Grown in Contra Costa county’s phylloxera-resistant sandy soil, this wine also takes in the menthol character of the nearby eucalyptus trees. Low tannin, low acidity, and lots of berries are in this bottle.

Michelle’s Note: Another perennial favorite in our home!

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With an excellent review like that, I know you want to attend the upcoming wine tasting at The Party Source that benefits the Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship. You can find more information here!

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