On February 20th 2013 I tasted through the 10 of the wines in Napa Valley from Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Starting with the 2011 Chardonnay from both winery, the Far Niente is made in the white Burgundy style while the N&N is more of a traditional California style. N&N starting making there first Pinot Noir called EnRoute from the Russian River, bright red fruit and easy drinking wine.
Far Niente 06 Cabernet is classic rich Oakville fruit, well structured, blackberry, cassie with a well rounded finish.
I tasted through five of N&N 2009 single vineyards Cabernet from several well known vineyards in Napa Valley. I thought the CC Ranch was Juicy full body and very expressive on the finish. Hayne Cabernet, has rich black cherry, complex mid palate leads to lingering finish. Kelham Cabernet I thought this was most structure of all the wines from N&N, Black Currant well integrated tanning that leads to a mouth watering finish begging for more. Quarry Cabernet, blackberry, tea, black cherry, this wine has the most distinct profile of all the wine and did i say it very good. The last red is the State Ranch Cabernet, dark red fruit strong tanning and a big finish.
Then there is 07 Dolce the best made sweet white wine made in America, and has it own winemaker. All I could say was “WOW” I tasted Pear, orange, apricot all combined together to give your palate a joyful experience. Thanks to my friends at Far Niente and N&N for a great tasting.
On Thursday, October 17, 2013 I attended a very exclusive port wine dinner at Del Frisco’s steakhouse Chicago Illinois hosted by www.Kobrandtrade.com. The port wines were paired perfectly by Del Frisco’s GM Troy Smith, who is by the way the best Chef in the game for pairing food and wine. Korband has several outstanding Port families under its umbrella, TaylorFladgate.com, Fonsecaport.com, and Croftport.com . We tasted through nine different ports with the assistance of Del Frisco’s Sommelier Michael Taylor, who explain that vintage ports are only produce when the farmers determined that they have an outstanding crop of grapes. We tasted vintage ports ranging from 2003 until 2011. Taylor Fladgate 2009 and 2011, were simply stunning in appearance, deep purple, and just a mouth full of joy. The winemaker at Taylor Fladgate for the past 40 years, believes that the 2011 Taylor Fladgate port is the best port that has ever been made and after tasting it I can not disagree with his statement. The 2009 Fonseca was in my opinion a delicious wine and possibly the best wine of the night. We also tasted the 2003 and 2009 Croft port, excellent wines and I thought the 2009 needed a little bit more time but will get better with age. And finally the food was paired absolutely perfectly with the port wines, and all complements to Del Frisco’s chefs.
2007 Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley $58.98 ST95 AG97 Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Nov/Oct 11 (blended with 15% merlot): Deep ruby-red. Explosive nose offers boysenberry, redcurrant, cherry, tobacco, graphite and sandalwood. Wonderfully silky and concentrated, with outstanding lift to its almost painfully intense berry, spice, earth and mineral flavors. The pliant middle yields to a gripping, mineral-driven, very long finish. A beauty, but the 2008 may well surpass it in the long run. 95 points
Tasting note – Possessing even greater depth of flavor and length than it did 9 months ago, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Michael & Lauri Corliss is simply jaw dropping and raises the quality bar for the top red wines being produced in the Columbia Valley. Boasting an impenetrable opaque purple-color the 2007 Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon delivers a superb perfume of black currants, and blueberries, notes of grilled bread, green olive and espresso. This wines formidable core is bursting with gorgeous, perfectly ripened flavors of crème de cassis, black plum, blueberries and mineral infused chocolate that grabs the palate with force yet remains light on its feet given the level of freshness that pulls together the flawless finish. In a word, this is a near-perfect wine from passionate folks who simply will not settle for second place. Give this powerful wine 4-6 years of additional bottle age and drink it through 2030. 97 points