|Winery:||Sine Qua Non|
|Region:||USA » California|
Hits some high, floral notes off the nose. Dominating palate, with a lush, silky mouthfeel, explosive red and dark fruits, but then finishing seemlessly, with precision and maybe even a bit of magic this wine has big and flavorful fruit combined with e...
|Region:||USA » California » Napa|
<p><b>2001 Blackford Cabernet Sauvignon</b><i> - USA, California, Napa Valley (1/12/2007)</i><br>GREAT NOSE! Sweet cassis, blueberry, a little tobacco, and maybe a little Szechuan pepper. Taste (immediately after opening) is cherry, tobacco, rosehips -...
|Region:||USA » California » Contra Costa|
2. 2007 Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre – Contra Costa County (15%) – Color: deep garnet with a purple tinge, Nose: (“Caramel…eraser shavings. I’m serious about the eraser shavings…and blueberries, that’s what I’m getting” – Hector), a little must, Tast...
|Winery:||Weingut Josef Leitz|
|Region:||Germany » Rheingau|
<ul type='square'><li><b>2003 Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spätlese</b><i> - Germany, Rheingau (2/19/2007)</i><br>Overwhelming aroma of minerals upon opening. After allowing to sit for about 40 minutes, nice floral and mild ...
|Region:||Spain » Aragón » Calatayud|
2. 2007 Atteca Old Vines Garnacha – Calatayud, Spain (14.5%) – Color: inky, purple. Nose: rich, sweet, vanilla, toasty, Taste: had to decant for an hour and a half simply to drink, medium to high tannins, very hot (alcohol), acidic, blackberry, weak fi...
|Region:||France » Bordeaux » Côtes de Bourg|
|Varietal:||Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot|
Well, this is a first! Having a wine blog I routinely place photos of the wines I try on the blog, and then maybe 3-4 times a year I post the reviews to Snooth, just to share with other fans (I guess I have enough to do to actually write the reviews a...
|Winery:||Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue|
|Region:||France » Languedoc-roussillon » Languedoc » Coteaux du Languedoc|
Color: true ruby, a little cloudy, Nose: a little musty, perhaps a raspberry, not the darkest fruit I’ve smelled, Hector: “Coffee, like straight coffee,” Taste: peppery on the palate, slight acidity, keeps it crisp, maybe raspberry, possibly cherry, He...
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Hi everybody, haven´t posted for a while... too busy drinking wine.Anyway, I have a trip to the Loire Valley coming up in July. We will stay 4 nights in Saumure and 2 nights in Sancerre. Anybody has ideas of which winemakers to visit? I like Pinots, Sauvignon Blanc, some Cabernet Franc and wouldn´t mind visiting a good Cremant maker. Anybody bee... Read More
I assume you know, Al, that Stags' Leap Winery is not the same as Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. The latter created the reputation for the name and area, while the former has mostly ridden on its coat tails due to the extremely similar names. SL Wine Cellars couldn't ask them to give up the name because the initial SL Winery farm with some grapes on ... Read More
Had a fun tasting matchup, another in the series of helping a young couple pick out their wedding wines. Schramsberg was my first thought, but I think they may have balked at the price (our local has a great deal @ $27), so we went ahead and set up a tasting along with a Roederer Estate, which sells closer to the $20 level.Started out with the R... Read More
OK, let's make it interesting and either more fantastic or real, considering possible venues and circumstances. I'll posit the circumstances, and ask for candidate recommendations for a couple dozen examples. Will give one example of a solution to start with, then leave the remaining two-dozen wine and food solutions as questions.Brown bagging w... Read More
What's the best wine and food combination that you can suggest for a date? Read More
I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my jet-lagged self to Alsace, France to tour a few wineries there (a couple hours from Frankfurt). BUT- I'm not really into white wines as much as reds, though I don't mind Gewurtzraminer and Dry Riesling.But I am thinking of taking a day off toward the end of the week. I can get pre... Read More
Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More
DM, I'm glad you asked, here's what I have so far:Staying in Santa Ynez Sat-W, probably going to miss the Farmer's Market, which is a shame since both the CFO and I really enjoy them.On Sunday we'll be stomping around the Lompoc wine ghetto. Planning to taste at Palmina, Samsara Wines, Arcadian Winery and Bratcher Winery and Piedrasassi Wine & B... Read More
I've moved my post from another thread discussing problems with a Virginian cabernet franc. Thought it would be better to have a dedicated discussion here, rather than burying the discussion in that ongoing thread that covers quite different subjects.Here it is... To get a better feel for the grape and what it can and should do, you guys should... Read More
Here for business, but finding the time to work in some wine escapades. Last year I met several Chicago wine people at a Burgundy tasting, and earlier this year some more at La Paulee. So on short notice I decided to let them all know I was coming to town, and luckily I got a good tip on an excellent restaurant near my hotel, Nico Osteria. Have ... Read More
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