|Region:||Italy » Piemonte » Barbaresco » Alba|
A subzone of Monteroero Grapes are bought from a single vineyard 10 months in wood, almost all botte Nice classic nose of rose hips, prune plum and cherry in alcohol. Smooth and nicely balanced in the mouth this is easygoing on the palate and v...
|Winery:||Big House Wines|
|Region:||USA » California » Central Coast|
Lots of floral and citrus notes on the nose, with a similar palate, leading into a slightly vegetal finish of cucumber. Fairly complex with an interesting blend of grapes (malvasia bianca, muscat canelli, viognier, and roussanne). There's a bit of oak ...
|Winery:||Clos de los Siete|
|Varietal:||Cabernet Sauvignon , Malbec , Merlot , Petit Verdot , Syrah|
I am not quite so aware of the political implications of a Parker-Rolland relationship, but the wine is fair grog for the price - especially if you seek a French rendering of Mendoza grapes. The nose is an interesting melange of cola, plum, mushroom a...
|Winery:||Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery|
|Region:||USA » Wisconsin|
From my chocolate and wine trail trip. Good like white seedless grapes.
Grapes manually harvested from selected parcels. Aged 14 months in French Oak. Dark red colour, aroma of red fruits predominantly cherries. A powerful taste with a very good structure, rounded, and in excellent harmony with the oak tannins. Potential s...
|Winery:||Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars|
|Region:||Canada » British Columbia » Okanagan Valley|
Light yellow in color - typical at this age - this wine opens to the nose with gobs of citrus (especially lime rind) and cold table grapes. The attack is quite tart - very much like Premier Cru Chablis, though perhaps a bit short on minerality. A goo...
|Winery:||Pieve De Pitti|
|Region:||Italy » Tuscany » Chianti Classico|
|Varietal:||Sangiovese , Canaiolo , Malvasia|
Good and smooth tasting Chianti, it's a cuvée of Sangiovese (90%), Canaiolo and "Malvasia Nera" grapes
|Region:||USA » Rhode Island|
The nose was lovely (in my notes I actually underlined lovely several times) with that rich, deep sweetness that you so often get from Vidal Blanc grapes. In the mouth, the wine is smooth and rich, with soft notes of apricot. Definitely a nice desser...
|Region:||Italy » Tuscany » Chianti » Chianti Colli Senesi|
Another hot summer day, and since I just went to the gym I figure I should reward myself with a lovely porterhouse, and what could go better with a nice steak than a nice bottle of Chianti? So tonight I've opened a bottle of the July selection from my...
|Region:||USA » California » Monterey|
Interesting New World take on one of my favorite white wine grapes. Somewhat fuller bodied than a German riesling but still a fairly light wine. Floral, honey, peach, and apple notes were detectable. Off dry sweetness. This is a good wine and is de...
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As you may know I love Zinfandel. I think it’s the greatest domestic wine produced in this country, both for its historic significance as well as for the exquisite expressions of variety and terrori that the great examples are capable of. As these great examples continue to become more expensive, many are above $40 now, certainly remaining good ... Read More
Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. Rain came early, often and didn’t want to go away. It was a cool year as well, forcing winemakers to spend even more time walking the vineyards than usual. Napa Valley is accustomed to dry, warm, sunny growing seasons. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely known for ... Read More
To welcome fall, and without a doubt the season has arrived, like clockwork, the moment our Labor Day weekend had wrapped up, I have always had a bit of a tradition of opening some Barbaresco. While my heart may belong to Barolo, the somewhat more elegant and more approachable wines of Barbaresco are perfect for times when you are looking for so... Read More
Just a selection of less ripe, less powerful grapes, a little Barolo one to one and a half years in botte, very Barolo like elevage Lovely fruity on the nose with aromas of wild raspberry in alcohol that are light and fragrant, followed by a bit of a jammy wild berry note. Opening with good acids and ripe tannins this displays lovely, burnished ... Read More
A subzone of Monteroero Grapes are bought from a single vineyard 10 months in wood, almost all botte Nice classic nose of rose hips, prune plum and cherry in alcohol. Smooth and nicely balanced in the mouth this is easygoing on the palate and very much in the style of the vintage. With good fruit, modest complexity, classic hints of leather ap... Read More
While there are some tastings I do not look forward to each year, there are others that I can’t wait for. For the most part that means things like Barolo and northern Rhone Syrah, but it also includes the greatest set of value wines I get to sample each year; inexpensive Portuguese red wines!Now, admittedly that’s a pretty broad category of vino... Read More
In a world where extremes are becoming the paradigms for perfection its a little surprising that one doesn’t hear much of the wines of Saxony. Strike that. One doesn’t hear anything about these wines. And that is not surprising because the production is tiny and the wines almost all consumed locally. But you should be hearing about these wines, ... Read More
I was right, Taste of Sonoma was a cattle call. The gates opened at 11:00, we rolled in at 11:30 and the line was longer than I have ever seen. This was half way in... Not sure what was worse, waiting in line or being treated to a woman behind me going on and on about wine, grapes, commercial harvesters etc when she had no clue what she was talk... Read More
The basic bottlings of those Pinots are generally right around 13.9%. But Calera also makes a number of vineyard designated bottlings, like those from Mt. Harlan, that come in at 14.9. So does Acacia - DeSoto and Horseshoe Bend for example, and Cambria - like Barbara's.That's right around what the Seghesio Sonoma Zin usually is. Then there are b... Read More
So, I finally re-introduced myself to Zinfandel. I bought a half bottle of Seghesio Sonoma '12. I decantered it for 1 hour and ate it with spaghetti w/tomato-basil sauce. The wine was dominated by the alcohol -- 14.8% -- and while I tasted black fruit and a very interesting roasted sage note on the mid-palate, the alcohol drive of the wine ma... Read More
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