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RECAP – W&S Top 100 Tasting

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By Derek Mims

Well, the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting event couple weeks back did not disappoint!  Two floors of wines to be tasted, as well as delicious foods to be sampled.  We enjoyed meeting many of the winemakers, along with other reps from wineries and distributors.  Some highlights included:

  • A new take on Shiraz from Penfolds: their 2006 Barossa Valley RWT (“red winemaking trial”), which is a delicious marriage of Australian Shiraz and French oak.
  • An intriguing 1987 white wine (yes, a 23-yr-old white wine: Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva) from Lopez de Heredia,a bodega known for aged white wines that offer “a seductive bouquet of spice, bitter almonds, vanilla and walnut-trademarks of the majestic and opulent Viña Tondonia whites” (quoted from www.lopezdeheredia.com)
  • As John predicted, GREAT stuff from Drew Wines (2008 Valenti Vineyard Syrah), Gramercy Cellars (2007 John Lewis Reserve Syrah), and Wind Gap (2007 Griffin’s Lair Syrah)
  • Excellent Eroica Riesling from the partnership of Washington State’s Chateau Ste Michelle and Germany’s Dr Loosen
  • Outstanding (as expected) Napa Cabs: Shafer’s 2007 One Point Five and Nickel & Nickel’s 2006 Vogt Vineyard
  • Another delicious entry in the “wines named for vine diseases” category – d’Arenberg’s 2007 The Dead Arm (shiraz)
  • A crisp and clean Portugese white blend from Niepoort – their 2008 Redoma Branco Reserva

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