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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Round Barn Winery/Free Run Cellars Tasting Room – Union Pier 7/15/08

Round Barn Winery / Free Run Cellars

We got here and a limo full of women were loudly drinking and having a good time, while the lone employee looked positively haggard. I figured we'd stick around and try to hang back while people watching. I'm not 100% sure how this place worked, there seemed to be wine from two different producers in this tasting room.

Free Run
2006 Dry Gewürztraminer – I thought something was up with the glass as it smelled distinctly like turned it was the wine. Oddly, it tasted thoroughly dull, almost watery. Strange.

Union – big cinnamon nose / blackberry, plum, some alcohol burn – there was a lot going on here that I couldn't place, so a bottle review is forthcoming.

2005 Cabernet Franc – mild nose, smooth, smokey, and more cherry

2005 Syrah – Lots of chocolate on the nose and palate – somewhat weird honestly, a lot of cocoa powder and just a strange feel to it....I almost wish I grabbed a bottle because it was so weird.

Round Barn
Gewürztraminer – good character – sweet, spice, peach and apricot, great balance.

Vineyard Red – earth, chocolate, and raspberry nose – not much acid, lots of chocolate, with some oak and cherry.

Merlot – trash on the nose with some oak / something seems off on this one, but I can't place it – vanilla, ultra ripe, black fruit, and some carob on the palate.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Oak, vanilla, and cherry – not bad at all.

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