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Monday, January 12, 2009

2001 Farella Park Alta

This wine is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot and is a small 300 case production. Fermented warm in a combination of open and closed tanks, pressed off after cap fall, 20 days average on the skins. Transferred directly to Taransaud French oak from the Nevers region after press-off, 75% new. Aged 28 months in barrels with 3 rackings. I have visited this winery before and thought the wines were of exceptional quality then and just tasting this wine I realize how great this winery really is. 

On the nose I get lots of cherry fruit, plum, plum skin, dirt and soil, tobacco, and tea leaf. The flavors of this wine are immense and extremely complex, deep cherry fruit, tobacco, plum, sweet tea, soil, and a amazingly long finish with milk chocolate and cherry. The tannins are totally integrated but there is still a good amount of acid which I think lends itself to even further development and aging potential. This wine is drinking magically! 94 points

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icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

Mmmm... this sound delicious.

Recently a friend (a non wine drinker) told me that he'd like to start drinking wine. He asked for a suggestion... but I didn't have one. He tends to like sweeter drinks. Do you have any suggestions for a beginner?

thomas said...

Yes! There are a few thing I would start with, Riesling being the obvious suggestion and make sure it's says Spatlese or Auslese on the label! Also Moscato d' Asti would work. For reds I suggest trying some Italian Refosco or Braquetto d' Acqui. Good luck!