Ronnie's Wine ExPO tasting notes - Printable Version
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- Drew - 02-28-2009 10:38 AM
Last Sunday, I attended Ronnieâ€™s Wine Expo at the Harford County Community College.
36 vendors with 204 wines offered for tasting. $40 per ticket with a nice variety of finder foods and a very nice auction area for wines and sports memorabilia. Last yearâ€™s event left me ho-hum as Ronnieâ€™s offered low end and unexciting wines, imho as well as the group we went with. This year, though, he brought out a very nice selection, probably due to complaints weâ€™re figurin. Anyway these are some of my top picks with impressions and the EXPO prices.
2005 Nickel & Nickel Carpenter, $69, a wow cab
2005 Geyser Peak Walking Tree, $18.75, very nice QPR Cab
2007 Penley Phoenix, $15.75 QPR Cab winner, Aussie Cab that is very well done. Deep and rich with a rustic edge.
2005 Honig Bartolucci, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, $67.50, very tannic but solid fruit, pricy.
2006 Honig Cabernet, $29.25, 95% Cabernet, 2% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, elegant cab. Very well done for a difficult vintage, showed better than the Bartolucci.
2005 Chimney Rock, Cabernet/Merlot, $43.49, beautifully done, big nose, lush
2007 Four Graces, $22.50 nice fruit and a little funk, nice pinot
2007 Wild Rock Cupidâ€™s Arrow, New Zealand, Pinot Noir, $16.50 QPR Pinot winner
2006 Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir, $27, big, rich pinot
2006 Sanford, $28.49, delicate with cherry and red licorice, nice.
2005 Torres Salmos Red, Garnacha, Syrah, Carinena, and Cabernet Sauvignon, $26.25, balanced, rich and elegant.
2006 Dom. Bois de St. Jean CDR, $9.75, very nice, fun CDR with a smidge of funk
2006 Ferrari-Carano Siena, 68% Sangiovese, 32% Mabec blend, $22.49, another winner, rich and balanced, nice food wine
Rosenblum Desiree Chocolate .375 dessert wine, blend of Zinfandel, along with two of Portugalâ€™s classic grape varieties and an infusion of rich, opulent chocolate. Really good and all the girls liked it
2006 Domaine Chandon Carneros Pinot Meunier, $20.25, for those that like Pinot Noir without the cola notes, delicious with hints of mushroom and tobacco.
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- hotwine - 02-28-2009 11:46 AM
Nice notes, Herr Inspektor! You must have carried a notebook around with you...
- TheEngineer - 02-28-2009 06:29 PM
Nice notes! I agree agree with the Chimney Rock! I've been going there every time I drive by.
- winoweenie - 02-28-2009 08:26 PM
Looks like the sight of that 44 Magnum in the holster last year did the trick. WW
- Kcwhippet - 02-28-2009 10:52 PM
We opened the Rosenblum Desiree at our weekly tasting just before St. Valentine's Day. It was a huge hit and we sold out two cases within a week.
- wondersofwine - 03-02-2009 01:53 PM
I bought a half-bottle of Desiree at the Rosenblum tasting room in Healdsburg on my Sonoma trip in 2007. I'm thinking I may take it as a dessert wine to the Baltimore offline in April.