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Livermore Visits III

Next on the schedule was a stop at Cedar Mountain Winery.

(serious detail in the notes starts falling off; we tasted a lot of wine)

Yeah, like Bent Creek, it's a winery I've written about before.

Earl and Linda are just fabulous, and they make some really nice wines. Theres's nothing they make that I haven't liked. They also do an excellent olive oil.

On the sell-out list is their divine Pinot Grigio (of which we had bought several cases). That still left quite a few wines to taste.
  • 2004 Livermore Sauvignon Blanc: Light, fruity, quite a bit of mineral. We bought a case of it.
  • 2001 Blanche's Vineyard Chardonnay: Their estate chardonnay, with almost no butter or oak, is loaded with green apple and other fruit flavors
  • 1999 Zinfandel: Nice, traditional big zin. Lots of acid, lots of tannins, lots of fruit.
  • 1998 Merlot: A merlot worth drinking. Quite a bit of cherry, quite a bit of character
  • 2000 Merlot (not officially released yet): If you can get this, it's better than the 1998 or 1999. Possibly the best merlot I've ever had and quite reasonably priced. Lots of fruit, lots of tanin, lots of everything. Proof California merlot can be great. Bought a case.
  • 2000 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: It's a nice little cab. Good flavor and balance.
  • 1998 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: About the only really expensive wine that Cedar Mountain has, if you're a fan of cab it's splendid. Nice balance of acid and fruit
  • 1999 Duet (Cab Sauv/Merlot blend): It's a blend. It's a very nice blend. It's got a lot of flavor, but is still pretty mellow.
  • 1999 Late Bottled Vintage Port: Portugese varietals and a bit of their estate cabernet make for an interesting shift in this not-quite-traditional port. Tart, fruity, with a bunch of sweetness and honey
  • 1998 Cabernet Royale: an all-cabernet "port." It's difficult to describe. Not quite as sweet as the LBV, a bit heavier than a classic ruby port, with a touch more oak.
  • 2003 Chardonnay Del Sol: An all-estate-Chardonnay "port," heavy on the sweet pear flavors, with a hint of tartness. This may not age well; the brandy tends to take over in white ports after about a year, knocking down the fruit and the sweetness, but it's showing promise.
  • 2003 Viognier Port: You missed your chance to taste this one; there are still a few cases available for purchase, but this was the last weekend they were pouring it in the tasting room. Sweet, loaded with apple and pear. Again, may not age well.

Part of the reason we picked up 2 cases is there is a special this month for club members: 50% off case purchases, one time only. We also picked up our club selection, all in all it was a real bargain stop.

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johnnyeponymous
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
Hey, there are some here that I know!
Being more of a port fan than a regular wine fine (I like desert wines, even with dinner) There are ones here that I've actually had at friends tastings and a couple of restaurants.

# 1998 Cabernet Royale: an all-cabernet "port." It's difficult to describe. Not quite as sweet as the LBV, a bit heavier than a classic ruby port, with a touch more oak.#
I'd certainly agree with you on this one, though it's also got a touch of a smokey-sweet explosion. Unlike most rubys, you don't wanna go with choclate for it, but instead heavier berry-type stuff (like a nice berry tart).

# 2003 Chardonnay Del Sol: An all-estate-Chardonnay "port," heavy on the sweet pear flavors, with a hint of tartness. This may not age well; the brandy tends to take over in white ports after about a year, knocking down the fruit and the sweetness, but it's showing promise.#
Nope, most don't age well at all, but at the right moment it's delightful. I thought it was a touch too fruity, but I like the way it holds up with sweet and sour things. It's actually fantastic with something like Ossa Buco, and a place I went to in Sonoma actually recommended it with dinner!

# 2003 Viognier Port: You missed your chance to taste this one; there are still a few cases available for purchase, but this was the last weekend they were pouring it in the tasting room. Sweet, loaded with apple and pear. Again, may not age well.#
My friends all loved it when we poured it, and I liked it, but it sorted over-powered me a touch. It's just so big and brassy.
Chris
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