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Antinori Tignanello 2004 – Toscana, Italy
One of the first “Super Tuscans, Tignanello is meant to last although can be enjoyed while young too. The 2004 Tignanello (85 per cent Sangiovese, 10 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 per cent Cabernet Franc) presents a livelier shade of ruby along with fresher aromatics and flavors. The wines from Tuscany are very well known, however I picked this vintage for being ranked number four out of top 100 wines in 2007.

The nose shows layers of dark fruits and spice, with subtle notes of toasted oak. On the palate the wine is rich but well structured with fine tannins. Layers of fruit give the wine complexity, which continues through the long finish.

Estancia Piedra Seleccion 2002 – Toro-Zamor, Spain
Wines from Spain, specially the Toro region, have a distinguishably special taste, and Estancia Piedra Selección 2002 Toro is no exception. The secret of this success lies in the vineyard, where Estancio Piedra winery owns some 59 hectares of mostly Tinta de Toro grapes, planted as the traditional bush vines.

The average age of these vines is 40 years, and some of the vines in the single vineyard site “Paredinas” reach ages of 100 years or more. It is fleshy and smooth with sweet flavors of cherries and blackberries. The finish is long and complex. All this makes it into a wine that can be enjoyed from beginning to end. The winery is owned by a family who lives in Cayman and it would be a loss not to have this great wine on my list.

Pinot Noir Huckleberry Snodgrass Cherry pie 2007-Sonoma, USA
Two wines, two vineyards, one in Napa Valley Stanly Ranch and the other from the Sonoma Coast named Huckleberry Snodgrass.

Huckleberry Snodgrass is on a western facing hillside in the Sonoma Coast Appellation, over 800’ in elevation. Cherry Pie is another innovative offering from visionary winemaker Jayson Woodbridge, creator of Hundred Acre and Layer Cake Wines Jayson sought out the owners of Stanly Ranch, on the Napa side of the Carneros appellation, as their grapes were becoming well known as some of the most sought after Pinot Noir grapes in California. Stanly Ranch was first planted to Pinot Noir in the 1940s. and Stanly Ranch is now one of the most sought-after growers of Pinot Noir in California.

The wine is explosive on the palate, the flavors and aromas are rich and dense, with dark fruit flavors. They are partially barrel fermented, elegant and lovely. These wines are for food.  I personally know one of the part owners of the vinery which provided me the opportunity to have it on our wine list, exclusively on Cayman.

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