Location: Temecula, CA
Writer and business consultant. Fair and tough on wine reviews. Palate biased towards cold viticulture, Old-World styles.
Showing 1-11 of 49 wines total
Feb 15, 2010 at 9:46pm
Added Feb 15, 2010 at 9:46pmMilagro Farm, Vineyards and Winery is owned by Kit & Karen Sickels, and is a 90 acre farm and vineyard in the Romona AVA. The winery is located at 2,600 feet which has a definite impact on the diurnal and peak temperature ranges. The altitude, combined with careful winemaking has allowed them to create a special wine, that tastes like it is from much farther North. The Milagro Chardonnay has orange floral notes, bosc pear and a definite creaminess. One third of this wine underwent malolactic fermentation in Oak. This Chardonnay was an unusual example, more typical in style to a Chablis, but with more fruitiness. There was a good amount of minerality present and it was a wonderful example of Chardonnay, and the nicest Californian Chardonnay that I have tasted.
Jan 13, 2010 at 6:55pm
Added Jan 13, 2010 at 6:55pmHad a bottle the other day with dinner and thought it a fluke, so I purchased another to review. Typical Petit Verdot Inky-Purple color, huge crimson legs. Very high amount of extract. Hot nose, violet, white rose, and American Oak(?). Right here I am stopping the review for a moment to say, this is the first wine at Trader Joes that actually needs some age on it. Everything I have every had from them is either candy flavored or ready to drink. Jumble in the mouth, good acid, quite tanic, with a tea bag after taste. This wine is in the style of a Cold Climate Petit Verdot. I think that in a year or two this is going to be a great example, especially for $10.00. 2nd) Picking up caramel notes in addition to aforementioned aromas. Taste is sorting itself out, becoming smooth and balanced, still tanic, but the tea bag aftertaste has fallen away. I know from a few days ago this wine can put up with rich food. ten-buck Chuck?
Dec 1, 2009 at 1:42pm
Added Dec 1, 2009 at 1:37pmBeautiful golden color developing, slight frizante. Aroma of green apple, pear/petrol, hint of tropical (developed more in the glass to pineapple and tangerine). Big, typical cold-climate Riesling nose. Taste was initially flat with honey notes, followed by a big burst of acid. Pretty simple tasting. Medium finish with pineapple aftertaste. 12%, 0.8 Brix, $12.99 Ralphs. I wanted to like this wine more, but the taste was just too flat. 2nd) After about an hour the taste started to open up to the typical traffic crash of tastes that is Riesling. Starting to get grapefruit coming through. Will definitely taste more examples from this vintner.
Nov 6, 2009 at 7:46pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $54.99
Added Nov 6, 2009 at 7:46pmNearly pitch-black with red velvet robe. Extreme pigment extraction. Pencil, oak, pale red fruit (plum) on the nose. Hint of Lanolin and VOC of some sort, but not unpleasant. Smooth mouthfeel, hardly any tannin, more oak...too dominating...more VOC, slightly annoying this time. Medium finish. For the price point it is reasonable.
Oct 21, 2009 at 12:18am
Added Oct 21, 2009 at 12:18am$6.99 Capsicum, hint of ripe tomato, old cigarette butt, dusty spice and dirt. Fantastic color as always! 2nd) Muted red fruit, pencil, cigarette (2 hours later) 1st) Lively and juicy red fruit. Pretty balanced, a little tannic...just enough to stand up to a wide range of food. Pairs exceptionally well to very-spicy Asian food. Nice smooth finish, lingering aftertaste. Glowy, creamy aftertaste. Put this wine on your budget Go-To List, for the price, it over-delivers!
Oct 20, 2009 at 9:05pm
Gascon Malbec 2008
Added Oct 20, 2009 at 9:05pmDark pigment, typical Malbec. Leather nose, oak (American?), spice, dark berry fruit, smoke (this may be from my BBQ). Indeterminate fruit, not much going on in the mouth. Furry tannins. Hit of alcohol on the back. Lingering finish, but long aftertaste in the mouth, kind of an annoying coating. Nothing special, nor disappointing here, but it and you will get your monies worth. $11.99
Oct 10, 2009 at 12:16am
Los Rocas Garnacha 2005
Added Oct 10, 2009 at 12:16amOak and spice nose, pencil, plum. Picking up some flavors I am having trouble identifying, kind of like cedar, wood chip, spice, but none of the above. Nice balance, smooth tannins, a little heat on the back. Long finish with pencil aromas...very interesting. I like this wine, it has some neat stuff going on with it. Very easy drinking, but not for a beginners palate.
Oct 9, 2009 at 9:04pm
Added Oct 9, 2009 at 9:02pm1st) Mouthwatering nose (literally). Green apple, petrol notes, hint of slate. Big piece of pineapple and canned fruit cocktail on the back end. Too much fruit; leaning more towards Californian style than German (which I dislike). Sweet wine (too much for me, might be OK with spicy food), but drinkable. Disappointing finish. 2nd) Wine opening up quite a bit. Mouth-feel is now balanced, sugar is no longer distinct. It's not a crisp Riesling, but it has a lot of body. Finish is now lingering and quite pleasant. Ten minutes in the glass totally changed this wine. $12.95 3rd) Caramel notes now on the finish...this is a wild wine in the glass, seems to evolve ever few minutes.
Sep 25, 2009 at 11:04pm
Added Sep 25, 2009 at 11:04pmRight off the bat, this is a blush Cabernet Savignon, likely a by-product of sangiee. Slightly petulant, which was interesting and quite refreshing on this 110+ degree day. Strawberry and stone fruit (plum). Berry, bubblegum, a good amount of residual sugar. Lingering finish with a hint of tannin and tingling of alcohol. Simple wine, nice on a hot day.
Sep 25, 2009 at 10:52pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $11.99
Added Sep 25, 2009 at 10:47pm1st) Violet, grassy, dank red beef and dirt nose (not unpleasant). Mild approach for a malbec, balanced, medium finish. Leather and oak, not a lot of fruit. Velvet tannins that stay with you long after the finish is gone. Wine making has made this wine too approachable to be a typical Mendoza, oriented towards mass market, which is reflected in it's price of $9.95. 2nd) Initial tasting was a little cold. Picking up a little more fruit and balanced taste. Good for 1/2 more point.