Over the past several years I have been writing my blog I am sure I have bored you with some of the details of Herb Krumsick’s Annual Real Estate Forecast and Hunt I attend in Fall River, Kansas. But it’s that time again and I tried some great wines that I really wanted to talk about.
This get-together has been going on for years and is about much more than hunting pheasants and shooting clay pigeons. It’s about bringing people together to renew old relationships or to create new ones. A number of the guys are now bringing their middle-aged sons…giving everyone the chance to know two generations of a family.
The group of guys who attend this event are pretty wine savvy. As I have said many times, wine is something that brings people together, be it friends, family or new acquaintances. Wine does promote conversation, good energy and experiences.
Friend, and host, Herb Krumsick is a great wine connoisseur and recognizes the benefits of wine. Each year he offers up some excellent top scoring wines for all of us to enjoy…this year was no exception. Below is the list of wines we had the privilege of pouring this year.
2020 Bwana’s Wine Tasting, Flint Oak Ranch
*2016 Antinori Tignanello – 97 points
*2016 Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet – 97 points
2016 Chateau Gloria – 96 points
2015 Chateau Montelena Cabernet – 95 points
2014 Corliss Cabernet – 96 points
2016 Darioush Cabernet – 96 points
*2012 Futo Estate Red – 99 points
2016 Kathryn Hall Cabernet – 97 points
2016 Leonetti Cellars Cabernet – 93 points
2016 Long Shadows Feather Cabernet – 95 points
*2012 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello – 95 points
2016 Sinegal Cabernet – 95 points
2016 Sojourn Gaps Crown Pinot Noir – 93 points
*2016 Spottswoode Cabernet – 100 points
2018 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc – 94 points
I didn’t taste them all, but I did enjoy a good number of them. Here are my thoughts on the ones I did taste*.
2016 Antimori Tignanello Tuscan Red Wine (Tuscany, Italy)
Even though this is a relatively young wine it was absolutely delicious. The wine was a deep rich ruby red in color. On the nose there were aromas of ripe fruit such as blackberries and other dark fruits. On the palate the wine was soft but rich and enlightening. The finish was ripe with well-balanced tannins. The blend is 80% Sangiovese, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. The wine scored between 96/100 and 98/100 points. This wine will drink best from 2022 to 2040. It is available to order on the internet.
2016 Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet (Napa Valley, Calif.)
This wine started with wonderful aromas of black fruit, cedar and notes of floral. The wine was a deep purple-black color. On the palate the wine offered hints of flavors such as red fruit and coffee as well as hints of chocolate. The finish was full-bodied with balanced tannins and had a long finish of black fruit and a small amount of spice. The wine is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine scored from 93/100 to 97/100 points. The wine is available from the winery or through internet sales.
2012 Futo Estate Red (Napa Valley, Calif.)
This was a complex wine with lots going on with the nose and on the palate. The color was ruby-purple which is very typical of a Bordeaux Blend. The wine threw off aromas of fruit, flowers and charcoal. On the palate the wine had hints of blackberries and blueberries along with notes of mocha, truffles and cedar. This is a full-bodied wine that doesn’t get heavy or chewy and finishes with great energy. The wine is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The wine is available through internet sales. The wine is rated from 94/100 to 99/100 points. The wine will drink well from now through 2045.
2012 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino Altero (Tuscany, Italy)
I am a big fan of Brunello di Montalcino wines. This wine was ripe with plenty of aromas of plum and red fruit on the nose. It certainly was full-bodied on the palate and offered hints of dark cherry and blackberry along with some spice and licorice. On the finish the wine was young and tight and would benefit from a few more years of bottle aging. I believe this wine will drink much better after 2023 and last for another 10 to 15 years after that. The wine scored from 90/100 to 95/100 points. The wine can be purchased through internet sales and perhaps your local wine shop.
2016 Spottswoode Cabernet (Napa Valley, Calif.)
This was one of my top two favorite wines of the weekend. It was absolutely fabulous and aging another four years or more will do nothing but improve it as it ages in the bottle. The wine was a deep purple in color. The wine is still so young its nose was still very tight. As it opened, after a period of time in the glass, it began to throw off aromas of blueberries, a little hint of earth tones and oak. This blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot hits the palate with a full-bodied, heavy texture of fruit and grainy tannins. The finish was outstanding with some spice, fine acidity, was well-balanced and of great length. The wine needs another 4 to 10 years of bottle age and it will be even better to drink. This wine should age for another 25 to 30 years. The wine received three scores of 100/100 points and three more from 96/100 to 99/100 points. If you get the chance to taste this wine get ready for a stunning glass of wine.
In next week’s blog I will talk about another group of wines I also enjoyed thanks to good friend Gregg Cook sharing some of his amazing collection at the Hunt. My second favorite wine of the weekend was in that selection. Many thanks to Herb Krumsick for hosting this event all these years. I can’t wait to see what wines we will have next year.
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LEX 530 Events
Spring Wine Dinner – Friday, April 17, 2020 — CANCELLED
High Tea – Sunday, April 26, 2020
Mother’s Day Brunch – Sunday, May 10, 2020
Important Wine Holidays
- April 17 – International Malbec Day
- May 1 – International Sauvignon Blanc Day
- May 9 – World Moscato Day
- May 21 – International Chardonnay Day
- May 25 – National Wine Day
- June 26 – International Rosé Day
- June 21 – Lambrusco Day
- August 1-5 – International Albariño Days
- August 4 – National White Wine Day
- August 18 – International Pinot Noir Day
- September 3 – International Cabernet Day
- September 18 – International Grenache Day
- November 7 – International Merlot Day
- November 12 – International Tempranillo Day
- November 18 – National Zinfandel Day
- November 19 – Beaujolais Nouveau Day
- December 4 – Cabernet Franc Day
- December 20 – National Sangria Day