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A Few Wines at the International Gold Cup


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This past Saturday we hosted our 9th annual tailgate party at the International Gold Cup in Virginia.  We took a much needed break from entering the Tailgate Competition.  This allowed us to scale back the decorations, food preparation, and cocktails.

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We had an uncoordinated selection of wines this year.  The 2011 Francois Villard, Les Contours de Deponcins, Viognier is a superb wine in both aromas and flavor.  I managed to take a tasting note from a full glass that evening which I will post separately.  My favorites of the red wines included the 2009 Domaine Leon Barral, Faugeres which continues to be a top-notch wine and drank great after a long double-decant.  The 2009 Vinedos de Ithaca, Akyles proved to be an excellent follow-on and is even better than the 2008 vintage.  It showed lots of personality and minerality.  The 2008 Remelluri drank well too with its dark and more approachable nature.  The 2001 Firesteed, Citation, Pinot Noir was fully mature right out of the bottle with red fruit, leather, and complexity.  It did seem to dry out after a few hours of air, so I would decant off the sediment then set about drinking it.  The 2009 Reignac was just brought over by a visiting exchange student.  It was a modern, forward wine without any edges.

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