|Winery:||Orin Swift Cellars|
|Region:||USA » California » Napa|
Vines on Pine
95 points. This wine’s aroma is extremely concentrated with deep, dark smoke and black stone aromas at first. The cloud of initial darkness gives way to bramble fruit, rose vines, and exceptional dark fruit tones. There is an impression of sea fog, bl...
|Region:||New Zealand » Wairarapa » Martinborough|
The nose on this lovely wine opens with an array of fresh spring flowers, including rose and hibiscus, followed by fresh cut grass, red fruits, pre-ripe tomato and red bell pepper, then wafts of leather, tobacco, pine, menthol, cinnamon roll, vanilla a...
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Liver what? It’s that great wine region you’ve never heard of. Less than an hour from San Francisco. A growing wine scene based on a century and a half of history. Great climate, friendly people, tasting rooms that are not filled to capacity with people you don’t want to be rubbing shoulders with. You know, one of those regions that is truly up ... Read More
It's not often that I have a plan. Well, a detailed plan at least.. Some sort of a plan not being a requirement for those in this business. But a detailed plan, and over-arching theme for a visit to wine country can certainly come in handy. This month’s, or rather last month’s theme was, surprisingly enough: Zinfandel. I say surprisingly becaus... Read More
I’ve already written up my thoughts on some white wines tasted while in Portugal this past summer. I wanted to get that information out in front of you while it was still most pertinent, hot, and sunny. Now as we transition to Autumn I want to give you the rundown on the red wines I enjoyed while in Portugal, wines that are well suited to the co... Read More
The world of wine can generally be split into two halves, the familiar and the new, two pieces of a whole that keeps us excited and satisfied. Interestingly there is some similarity between the two. With the familiar we discover new vintages and producers with some regularity, while the new is all based on those moments of discovery. Of course a... Read More
I wrote yesterday about the 2009 vintage in Barolo and today I begin reporting on the wines tasted. with over 30 winery visits o the region last month there's a lot of wine to report on. I've included my notes below, broken down by visit in roughly chronological order. As you can see not everyone was able to present the 2009 Barolo for each of t... Read More
Being a cab lover I am hesitant to stray from what I like. On a recent occasion I had the opportunity to try a Zinfandel and to my amazement, it had some of the same attributes of the cabernets I love so well. I perused Snooth and stopped on a particular zin from Bogle vineyards. Gregory Dal Piaz gave it a nice rating and being a member of Snoot... Read More
On the third day of the incredible Oregon Wine Harvest Tour through the gorgeous state I proudly call home, our group of wine writers was lucky enough to sit down with four of Oregon’s top producers of fine Chardonnay: Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Don Lange of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, Erik Kramer of Domaine Serene and Rober... Read More
Sometimes, I’m not exactly sure what my job is here at Snooth. I do get to review wine, which many people think is a glamorous and desirable thing to do. The truth is, it’s just a great vehicle for pissing people off. I can piss off producers by either not reviewing their wines or not reviewing their wines well, and I can piss off the consumers.... Read More
After last week’s look at value-oriented Zinfandel, I was pretty excited to jump into and taste some higher end wines. I love Zinfandel’s many iterations. From the Claret styles of yore to the fruit bombs that have made bold headlines and big points over the past decade, there is a great variety of styles well suited to many cuisines. Of course,... Read More
Dear Snooth readers,I had the pleasure to taste through seven recent vintages of Domaine Niellon Clos de la Maltroie premier cru Chassagne Montrachet last week.Niellon is a traditional producer with a long history in the region. Focus is on low yields and no more than 12 months aging in 2nd and 3rd fill oak barriques. He is also one of the more... Read More
Jul 25, 2011 at 12:03pm
Store was prompt and shipped wine well with insulating cushioning; it arrived just fine and in timely manner. However, the wine shown on the web site and the wine I ordered was 2009 vintage and the wine shipped was 2010. As it turns out, this wine is quite acceptable but I was disappointed at the change.
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