This Saturday afternoon I attended an in store tasting at Post Wine & Spirits wine shop located at 510 Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. They had some of the beverage distributors pouring some of their wines, about a hundred. I started the day out by trying some of the white wines. The 2011 Di Filippo Grechetto was dark gold, floral with a mouthful of fruit. The 2010 Gini Soave Classico had a nose of hazelnuts with moderate fruit, a floral finish and good balance. The 2010 Flora Springs Soliloquy Oakville Sauvignon Blanc had a nose of white flowers with lots of melon flavor with none of the grassiness that you usually get in a Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2010 Domaine Crochet Vouvray Sec had a nose of wet slate with a crisp lemony finish. On to the reds, I enjoyed the 2007 Les Chemins de Bassac Isa Rouge from Languedoc, a blend of Syrah, Mouvedre, Cabernet and some Pinot Noir. A nose of damp earth, a mouthful of chewy fruit and a long finish. The 2010 Evesham Wood Le Grive Blue a Pinot Noir from Oregon was nice with a big nose of cola and black cherry and some earth, tight silky fruit with a long finish. The 2009 Dom Laurent Bourgogne Rouge was dark with a dusty, cherry nose tight and chewy with firm acids on the finish.
The 2009 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico was not a typical Chianti, dark and rustic with a nose of plums, with very chewy and earthy fruit and firm tannins on the finish. My favorite red of the night was the 2008 Frog’s Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Very elegant with restrained alcohol levels, a nose of green olives and tobacco, balanced fruit with silky tannins on the long finish. If I would have tasted it blind I would have guessed it to be a Bordeaux.