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May 30, 2010 at 10:47pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $31.99
Added May 30, 2010 at 10:42pmIf you like strong raspberry flavor in your Pinots like the best of Bien Niciedo in Santa Ynez, this Pinot takes that style to another level of maturity that is not typically found in Sonoma. Light bodied and very approachable and elegant.
May 30, 2010 at 11:42am
Added May 30, 2010 at 11:42am5/29/2010 High alcohol (15.5%) pinot with syrupy, full bodied red and blackberry flavors especially black currant and boysenberry. Cinnamon and asian spice notes. Rounded accessible finish. Highly herbal nose with orange peel perhaps from the stem inclusion in the fermentation process.
Apr 8, 2010 at 11:27pm
Added Apr 8, 2010 at 11:27pmI am reviewing a bottle fo the source wine for the award winning rose - the 2007 Barbera from Bray. I adore the legendary SF Chronicle Rose winner that is made from the Barbera grape. This wine keeps winning awards because it is good and unique. But don't expect too much and you won't be let down. Barbera is inherently a lighter red so it is hard to give it a 5. Most of us only try the Italian Barbera d'Alba, but this Barbera is just as accessible but uniquely Californian. This terrior is UNIQUE and it works. It turns this lighter, non-tannic grape into an aromatic expression of a bouquet of flowers, and subtle cranberry smells. The palette delivers the the cranberry and rasberry and lemon zest on the finish. It is understandable why the makers would taste this and say, let's do a rose. What is remarkable is that this Barbera stands on it's own. SNOOTH - please break this varietal out in your system!
Apr 6, 2010 at 11:13pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $19.99
Added Apr 6, 2010 at 11:13pmUnbelieveable price/value wine. Clearly a separate growing and winemaking process than than the standard mass produced Bogle. This wine reflects intense care in grape cultivation, reflected by the unusual grape combination from this region and winemaker, and care in production. The combination of Petite Syrah, and Old Vine Cal Zin and Old Vine Mouvedre (which vineyard in Cal produced that???) leads to an evolving tasting experience from the nose through the palette into the lingering aftertaste. Upon opening, my first reaction was "Faux-Malbec" due to the Mouvedre and intense anise, earthy nose. As the wine opened and softened the cornicopia progression of smell and taste sensations hits you in a timeline: earthy toasty oak, violet clove, black pepper nose and berries - are they blue? black? or cherry? or all the above? Berry taste fades and anise, vanilla finish. Clearly not a Malbec. At this point, I am curious how the tannic finish will soften with cellaring.
Mar 18, 2010 at 11:15pm
Added Mar 18, 2010 at 11:15pmNot nearly as creamy as the Estate Grown Pinot Gris 2007 which I preferred and much more bitter. Baked green apple, pear and lemon zest. Very bitter lingering finish. Grapes grown from a VERY difficult hillside and commendable passion went into the construction, however, other years are likely to be much better than this one.
Mar 17, 2010 at 11:58pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $39.95
Added Mar 17, 2010 at 11:58pmBlack pepper and dark chocolate nose. Orange dark chocolate, black berries and hints of cassis and mint. Softens up dramatically once aerated, especially for a Zinfandel, but is very interesting to taste the transformation during the process. Perhaps the 1929 organic farmed old vines are the reason for this alluring transformation.
Mar 9, 2010 at 10:15pm
Added Mar 9, 2010 at 10:15pmBeautifully well balanced and drinkable with a wide range of foods. Nice complexity and balanced acidity on the finish. Nose faintly of metallic, white pepper, not overwhelming. Crisp green grape palette. Great value.
Mar 6, 2010 at 10:41pm
Added Mar 6, 2010 at 10:41pm3 different Zins: the basic Zinfandel, The Fiddlehead and the El Dorado. The basic Zinfandel is not basic. A true Fruit Bomb with a blend of 60% Sierra an 40% Northern CA. Smoky black pepper nose yields to enormous red fruit especially sweet prunes. Lots of complexity and a lingering fruity finish.
Mar 6, 2010 at 10:34pm
Added Mar 6, 2010 at 10:34pmLeafy, herbal aromas on the nose. Crisp, dry with distinct Alto Adige terroir minerality. Medium body with notes of pear and hints of cirtrus.
Mar 5, 2010 at 10:17pm
Added Mar 5, 2010 at 10:17pmSubtle and balanced. Drinkable with wide variety of foods. Mild banana/apple cream taste. Classic alto adige terroir minerality. Lacking the impressive floral nose from the region.