Thursday, January 17, 2008

Freedom, let me tell ya about FREEDOM!

Not too much tasting this week due to all the new things happening at TexaCali Wine Co. More on this later. The highlight of the week however was my staff training at III Forks here in Austin. Oregon's Lange Estate Freedom Hill single vineyard bottles were in the spotlight - here are my notes:

2006 La
nge Estate Freedom Hill Chardonnay: Stunning! This vineyard is Dijon clone 76 and is fermented in both French oak and stainless steel. Very well balanced with rich layers and good acidity. Totally played with my taste buds - hints of golden apple, Asian pear - a little anise to boot. But I have to tell ya, I'm still thinking about the finish - and it's been 3 days since my last sip. Truly beautiful wine. Only 14 cases are making it to Texas this year.

2006 Lange Estate Freedom Hill Pinot Noir: STEAKHOUSE Pinot Noir for sure!Typical of this vineyard, this pinot is more structured. It shows dark, brooding fruit, and ripe blackberry, blueberry, anise, tobacco, and toast all balanced by a well integrated tannin structure and elegant acidity. Approachable now, this wine is a bit savage and untamed, with potential for a decade of positive development. Decant now, or hold for a few years. The finish was incredibly elegant after it was open for awhile...amazing! Only 400 cases made of this killer pinot.

Is it Friday yet??? Cheers - Ali (The Lange Family in the pic)

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