Callaghan Vineyards

Tasting Notes

Pax "Obsidian" Knights Valley 2003

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Opaque red.

Pax "Obsidian" Knights Valley 2003

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Opaque red.

Opened yesterday – deep Kalamata olive, melted black licorice, grilled meat, grilled herb, dried fig nose. Deep and saucy.

Low-toned palate impression, huge depth in the mid-palate is reined in a bit by seemingly strongish acidity. Not nearly as expressive in the mouth, but still quite a mouthful. It will be interesting to see if this gains the flavor complexity promised by the nose. But I think most folks won’t quibble on this point.

$60. 100% Syrah.

Pax "Obsidian" Knights Valley 2003

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Opaque red.

Opened yesterday – deep Kalamata olive,

Chateau Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux 2006

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Deep red.

Opened yesterday – expressive nose of embers, campfire, blackberry, black raspberry and fresh earth.

Round, with very nice mid-palate coverage. In fact, acid/tannin synergy shows quite late, but makes up for lost time in the finish. Acid-driven constriction shuts down the front of the mouth. Just needs a few more years in the cellar (4-6?).

$35.

Torbreck "Run Rig" Barossa Valley 1999

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Deep red.

Vinturi – very attractive, refined nose – fig, black raspberry, mole, earth/corn, oak spice and grilled meat.

Intense, but not at all heavy. Flavors of red fruit, game/sausage/bacon, leather and spice are driven by relatively strong acidity. Tannin is moderate and fine. Subtle, persistent length. Classy, delineated action. Exactly what many of us think Barossa can’t do..
RFG.

$90 on release. 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier.

Bastide Blanche "Fontaneou" Bandol 2007

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Very deep red.

Opened yesterday – expressive nose – clay/earth, licorice, blackberry and fragrant wood spices.

Intense, but not as dense as some other vintages. Not necessarily a bad thing. Really nice mid-palate flesh and flavor expression. Tasting extremely well already, but it’s hard to believe this won’t benefit from 5-8 more years in the bottle..

$27. 100% Mourvedre, I think.

Rocca delle Macie, Riserva, Chianti Classico 2006

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Red.

Opened yesterday – bright, lifted aromas of red cherry, earth, shoe polish and licorice. Very attractive.

Intense middleweight with enough textural “give” to keep it from being austere. Racy finishing acidity. Nimble and expressive.
Beautiful stuff and a great antidote for “thick” wines.. Variety = spice of life.

$25.

Macchiole "Paleo" Bolgheri 2001

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Deep red/purple.

Vinturi – great nose – embers/camp fire/smoky oak/earth/cinnamon/licorice/fig/black cherry.

Intense entry. Packed middle-weight, but acid/tannin synergy really clamps down on flavor expression. Nowhere near maturity. Nose far better than a bottle several years ago though. Give this 5+ years in the cellar.

$50 on release. 100% Cabernet Franc.

Cass "Rockin’ One" Paso Robles 2008

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Light yellow.

Deep bass aromas – corn tortilla, peach & spice. PFG.

Deep, loaded palate impression leavened beautifully by sneaky acidity and some mineral/phenolic (sulfide?) action that hones the mid-palate and finish. Side-teeth chew. RFG.

$35? Gift from Colin Waite.

Albino Rocca "Brich Ronchi" Barbaresco 1999

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Red, rust rim.

Vinturi – sexy cherry jam, woodsmoke/oak spice, roasted herb and earth aromas. Savory.

Nice breadth in the mouth, particularly for Nebbiolo. Manages to have a plush mid-palate as well as serious acid/tannin spine. Flavors express nicely. Finishing note of iron. Huge structure becomes apparent with extended air time. Beautiful wine in need of several more years of bottle-age, though it drinks reasonably well now…

$50 on release.