Saturday, February 7, 2009

Club wine pickup at Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Nice day in the Livermore Valley today. Around 65 degrees. Picked up my club wine at Bodegas Aguirre. Non Vintage Forte Port. It's a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Touriga National and Tempranillo. Dr. Aguirre said it too four years to make this to achieve the right balance hence the non vintage status. 2007 Carneos Chardonnay. Full of fruit and 2004 Petite Sirah Gran Reserva. Very nice and very "BIG". Tasted the 2005 Trio which is a blend of 40% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and 40% Petite Sirah. Some people believe blends are cheap and not well made. Well, it takes talent to blend wine with balance. The 2005 Trio is full body, drinkable now. Very smooth.

Per Dr. Aguirre reported that the 2008 Grape Harvest shows great promise. Low yields of high quality grapes. He assures me that the Petite Sirah is so powerful in flavors and color he is tempted to sell it with whitestrips to prevent permanent tooth stains. Bring a tooth brush!

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