Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wine Barn Holiday Wine Tasting Part 1

Last Saturday I went to Wine Barn's third annual holiday wine tasting. The Wine Barn is known for selling their wine at wholesale prices. Their mantra is, "If it's not great, we don't sell it." The wine barn also stores its wine properly by having a temperature controlled facility.

The holiday event had 200 wines to taste. The event also had food samples including: Charcuterie, Cheese, bread, and gelato. I thought the event was done well. They put up three big tents and all the wine tables were located under the tents.

Below are some pictures of my favorite wines that I tasted.

The picture above shows the 2008 Duckhorn "Decoy" Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. To the right of that is the 2009 Prisoner Zinfandel blend. For the price, the Decoy Cabernet is pretty good. It is made by Duckhorn vineyards as a more price friendly wine. The Decoy Cabernet received 91 points from Robert Whitley of Wine Review Online. Meanwhile, the Decoy Zinfandel has received 91 points from Wine & Spirits and 92 points from Wine Spectator.
The Prisoner is a zinfandel blend and includes: 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Grenache, and 1% Malbec.

The picture above shows three different wines from South Africa. These wines are all made off the Stellenbosch wine route. The first wine on the left is the Philosphers Stone made by Camberley. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

The wine on the right is the Post House "Penny Black" blend. I really enjoyed this wine. It is a blend of Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet, and Petit Verdot. The 2007 vintage received 91 points from Wine Spectator.

I will post more of my favorite wines from the tasting later this weekend!

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