Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac, 1994

Some Wild Geese for Dad’s Birthday.

Perhaps a bit over the hill, not quite vintage Lynch-Bages.

It was a bit thin with a rusty colour around the edges.

Nonetheless, a nice nose and you could taste the remnants of a more complex or fuller texture.

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Negotino, 2011, puklavec & friends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Grapes from Negotino in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and bottled in Slovenia.

High alcohol (14%), this was a nice find in the wineonline.ie potluck sale. 

One to watch, though they need a label designer – there is a competency in creating a nice wine here.

http://puklavecandfriends.com/en/our-wines/cabernet-sauvignon-merlot

The Stump Jump, d’Avenberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, McLaren Vale

Would I have bought this off the shelf? Probably not but I’m glad it came in the wineonline Pot Luck sale.
Earthy Cab Sav, lots of fruit, dry finish.

Nice philosophy, if you can read the label after a glass then you can have another glass. Named after a plough.

Cono Sur, Reserva Especial, 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon

I liked this, big refined Cab Sav from Chile.

Winery Fact sheet:

RESERVA-ESPECIAL-CAB-SAUV-2011-ENG

Benziger Family Glen Ellen Winery Tour & Tasting, Sonoma Valley

A very pleasant tour through their “Demeter certified Biodynamic” vineyard and extensive new eco-Cellars. We also witnessed the start of the crush and their new super duper optical grape sorting camera-laser machine.

There is an interesting desplay at the entrance to the vineyard with explains their BioDynamic philosopny which takes an originally organic ethos to a new level through all aspects of the business (http://www.benziger.com/winegrowing-practices).

The wines we tasted were:

new 2012 Signaterra “West Rows” Chardonnay

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We tasted this sheltering from the sun under a tree in the vineyard – more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a traditional Oaked Chardonnay, this was a crisp drop with a hint of Melon nose. $32.

2012 Signaterra “La Reyna”Pinot Noir

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Light, cherry fruit with a hint of spice. €49

2011 Oonapais Sonoma Mountain Red

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Names after one of their plots this had tints of Leather and Coffee. $49

2013 Frank Johnson Sauvignon Blanc

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A typical ‘agrume’ Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon, Lime and Apple orchard. $26

2011 Winemaker’s Bend

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A blend of 6 varietals from the various plots, more leather and coffee with a plum nose. Lesley’s favourite. $42

2011 Signaterra “Three Blocks” Cabernet Sauvignon

The star for me: black fruits with a dry finish and great mouthfeel. $49.