|Region:||USA » California|
Wine and Shine
Lovely nose - very intense fruit. But this isn't all fruit as there is some nice complexity here with some minerality and earthiness to balance the fruit. Tannins are nicely controlled and just a bit of oak that isn't too overpowering. My friend called...
|Region:||USA » California » Napa » Howell Mountain|
This wine has a nice deep ruby, almost purple color in the glass, and a consistency that makes it shine as a solid example of a good Napa Valley vintage. The nose is filled with spices and rich ripe fruit, with notes of anise, tarragon and black peppe...
|Region:||Italy » Veneto » Valpolicella » Amarone Della Valpolicella|
I love this Amarone. Unbelievable value. Bright red fruit with subtle hints of oak and rich chocolate. A rich well structured, balanced wine. Give this one about 30mins to an hour and it will really start to shine. A very pleasant introduction to Amaro...
|Winery:||Bonneau du Martray|
|Region:||France » Burgundy » Côte d'Or » Côte de Beaune » Aloxe-corton » Corton|
No fat or flab here - this 2009 is mineral driven, from the aromatic nose to the bright, focused flavors. The nose delivers a tang of minerality, fleshed out with rich orchard fruits. The flavors are energized with a stream of acidity that brightens th...
|Winery:||Chateau Ste. Michelle|
|Region:||USA » Washington » Cold Creek|
Tight and taut on the nose with restrained fruit and moderately heavy, sweet, walnutty oak. In the mouth this is big and rich with excellent acids but a thick, almost chewy texture that can be a bit much for many people. This just feels a bit unintegra...
|Winery:||P. du Roy|
|Region:||USA » California » Napa|
The Soda Canyon vineyards were planned by Helen Turley and John Pina. It's easy to call them 'perfect' from a vineyard management stand point. The wine has been made by Philippe Melka who undeniably has a gift with California wines by allowing their ...
|Region:||USA » Washington » Columbia Valley|
A luscious yet friendly Chardonnay, fresher than a hickey on a Catholic school girl's neck on the first day of class. This Chardonnay is a true example of the style of Chardonnay for which Washington is becoming known. Crisp, clean, citrus and honey s...
|Region:||Italy » Sicily » Vittoria|
Rather assertive on the nose with dark cherry fruit topped with fine floral and herbal top notes. This smells decidedly ripe. Youthful and maybe a bit closed on the palate with a slightly dense feel, though this remains lively and elegant. There’s a re...
|Winery:||Bridlewood Estate Winery|
|Region:||USA » California » Santa Barbara|
Blackberry and spice really shine in this outstanding wine, even has a chewy tobacco on the backend. Really impressive wine.
|Winery:||Celler de Capçanes|
A full-bodied, deep wine, it’ll take time to open up. I shook mine in an empty and cleaned-out gefilte fish jar, to add oxidization quickly. But even then, it didn’t really shine until about an hour later. On the nose, it’s spicy and bewitching, a lit...
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Comparing Randy Dunn 's Howell Mountain fruit to To Kalon's Oakville valley fruit is a bit of a stretch. Then there's the Dunn winemaking stye...I've had plenty of To Kalon wines on the young side and I can say one thing, they are never lacking. Sure they were young but they showed the parts that will make them shine brighter in years to come. F... Read More
In the wine world, consumers judge the books by their cover. This past Friday, The Wall Street Journal reporter Lettie Teague dove into the world of wine labelling, talking with designers and experts about the visual coaxing which takes place when the average consumers walks into their local supermarket. “Ask someone the kind of wine he prefers... Read More
"When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed. Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women. This morning, with... Read More
A full-bodied, deep wine, itll take time to open up. I shook mine in an empty and cleaned-out gefilte fish jar, to add oxidization quickly. But even then, it didnt really shine until about an hour later.On the nose, its spicy and bewitching, a little woodsy laced with cinnamon.But its on the palate that this wine really shines.I mean that litera... Read More
Hi James, nice to have you back.Serve it colder than you'd serve any other wine. Not freezing, but definitely on the colder side. You taste far more sugar the warmer the beverage or food, and the sugar levels in that will make you nauseous at warm temps. You don't have to serve it at the same temp as an ice-cold beer, but I think it's better to ... Read More
I received a nice bottle of Ice Wine from a friend. Although I understand it goes well with fruit and desserts how do I drink this wine?Is there a way to prepare myself with food, wine temperature or do I just open it and sip it?I have never tasted this wine and don't know what to expect other than it's sweet like Sauternes. Read More
Success could be just a medal away. Wineries looking to make it big have a chance to shine at the 2015 Sommelier Wine Award$ (SWA)s. Registration for the competition is open and will conclude on January 30, 2015. The first round of judging for the competition will take place February 16-17 and 23-24. A second round of judging will take place Mar... Read More
I did not characterize it as "boring." In fact the general evaluation that I gave was that it was "pretty good."Two of the three people there DONOTGIVEADAMNABOUTWAHTISFUSSYVSWHATISSTANDARDINWINPROTOCOL. The third is observant enough to not shove it down their throats with "Oh no. We have to sit around and watch this open bottle for this for a... Read More
Bordeaux gets a bad rap for several reasons. the top wines are ridiculously expensive. They also require significant time in the cellar to really show their stuff, and the style of these wines has changed over the years, becoming bolder, riper, and to many palates both less fresh and less complex. That’s the problem with expensive Bordeaux, but ... Read More
Sweet, fresh and violet rich aromatics greet the nose followed by aroma of wild plums, almost tropical fruit, cinnamon and clay. Ths is smooth and polished with a fair amount of sweet extract concealing the acid and very soft tannins on the palate. Decidedly plummy in the mouth, and more a wine of texture than flavor, the acids struggle to shi... Read More
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