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Second Annual Wine Walk - Red Wine Tasting Notes

posted May 20, 2012, 4:14 PM by Vickery Place   [ updated May 20, 2012, 4:19 PM ]

We are less than two weeks away from the Second Annual Vickery Place Food & Wine Walk, and the menus are being finalized! Please check back for more details. In the meantime, below this post are the winemakers tasting notes for some of the red wines we will have at the third house on the tour. We challenge you to find a wine & food paired tasting event with such fine wines for  anything close to $30 per ticket. Remember that advance online sales are only $25 per ticket. In the next few days, we shall provide more details on the food menu. Please click here to purchase advance tickets for the 2012 Food & Wine walk.

Please scroll down for the winemaker tasting notes for some of our featured red wines.

Pinot Noir

Cambria 2009
Aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum, rose petal, brown spice, earthy/mineral, toast and toffee. Palate is supple, juicy entry and palate texture held in check by a firm structural element. Finishes with a pronounced gravel streak.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Taz Santa Barbara County 2008
The nose is rich and complex with aromas of wild strawberry, black tea, dusty cherry and cinnamon. The palate follows through with notes of red cherry, vanilla and clove.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast

Chehalem Stoller Vineyard 2009
The spice and fruit complement each other nicely, with highlights of clove and nutmeg all the way to cinnamon hard candies. Dark, yet bright fruits such as plum and cherry are ever-present, and a mix of dark chocolate and cigar box put finishing touches on the wine for the evening.
93 Points Wine Spectator


Freemark Abbey 2008
The color is a deep and rich ruby-garnet. With integrated spicy sweet oak, there are layers of flavor composed of black cherry, black currant, plum, mincemeat, juniper berry, mushroom, vanilla and dark chocolate, with an underlining complexity of leather and tobacco. The entry and finish are very smooth with integrated fruit resembling black cherry and a rich dark currant syrup.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags' Leap Winery 2009
Well-delineated blueberry and blackberry flavors buoyed by fresh herbs and a touch of spice. The oak is seamlessly integrated, showcasing rather than masking the fruit, and the tannins are reactive without being aggressive. Long on fruit, this is a coherent, focused and bright Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Catena 2009 
The Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina shows a dark violet color with shades of rubies. On the nose it offers aromas of ripe black currant, sweet spice, red fruits and cassis. On the palate it displays layers of cassis, tobacco and black pepper. This cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine with tannins that provide structure and a long, persistent finish.
90 Points Robert Parker

Freemark Abbey 2007
The appearance is opaque dark ruby with reddish hues. On the nose, this wine shows black currant, blackberry compote, juniper berry and dark chocolate, with cinnamon and clove. The oak is well integrated with a slight nuance of aromatic cedar. The flavor has full cherry-berry notes with cassis and a fleshy mid-palate over a bed of resolved tannins. A very inviting wine, it is full flavored from start to finish, with a very long lingering fruitfulness.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Glenelly Glass Collection 2009
This charming South African Cabernet delivers a classic Bordeaux profile, with excellent structure and balance. It flaunts complex flavors of blackcurrant, cherry, and dark chocolate, tinged with alluring herbal and spice notes.
90 Points Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast


Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2004
Lively and fresh, this focused red offers plum, mineral, sanguine and tobacco notes backed by firm tannins and good acidity. Though supple, this drives through the spicy finish.
91 Points Wine Spectator

Torres Celeste Crianza 2007
Opulent floral fragrance with ripe red fruits and a hint of cassis. Rose petals, cherry, sweet blueberry, and boysenberry. In the mouth it is ripe and juicy. The texture is creamy smooth. Tannins are mild as is the acidity.

Lacrimus Rioja 2006
Dark cherry-red with garnet hues. Very intense and complex nose, with an initial waft of spicy and balsamic aromas against a background of ripe fruit. Round and unctuous with ripe tennis and notes of licorice, oak and spice.
91 Points Robert Parker