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Malibu Family Wines Semler 2009 Syrah

July 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines Semler 2009 Syrah Floral with a hint of blueberry and burnt molasses. Acid driven and lots of round tannins to play with in your mouth. It’s got substance. Starts easy on the palate and crescendos to a pretty large finale. It’s a big ride. Retail: $36 http://www.malibufamilywines.com/ (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) […]

Villa San-Juliette 2010 Petit Verdot

July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Villa San-Juliette 2010 Petit Verdot So floral in the nose with some good old fashioned sweet. Smells pretty. Think blooming flower garden under a bakers kitchen window. The aromatics are unreal. Gets pointed on the palate. The tannins are spunky. Wild acidic structure but on a leash. Expect a nice an long finish. Would be […]

Andis 2011 Barbera

July 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Andis 2011 Barbera Oh that smells good! This little goodie is a Barbera with a little Zinfandel and Grenache to make it a party. More like a mellow soirée but you get the idea. Strawberries, raspberries and some spice in the nose. Smells delightful. It sits so casual on the palate. It’s not suppose to be big. […]

Outpost Winery • (Howell Mtn) Angwin, CA

July 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Outpost Winery • (Howell Mtn) Angwin, CA I was lucky enough to visit Outpost Winery in May of 2014.  It’s in Angwin, CA which is in the heart of Howell Mountain. (Definitely my favorite part of Napa Valley especially when the red juice is being poured.) Howell Mountain overlooks the Northern end of the Napa […]

Medlock Ames 2012 Chardonnay

July 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Medlock Ames 2012 Chardonnay Oak and spice sure smells nice. Smells of a relaxing summer afternoon. Simple. Not looking to do it all. Average acid structure makes it a fairly easy drinker. Simple finish. • 845 cases Retail: $27 http://www.medlockames.com (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Tasting Notes: “Bright floral aromatics and hints of slate and minerality are nicely […]

D’Art 2011 Zinfandel

July 17th, 2014 | No Comments

D’Art 2011 Zinfandel Blackberries and spice. A cool and cha-cha-cha combo for your nose. Sweet fig and tons more spice on the palate. It’s big!  I mean big.  Great contrast between sweet and spice tones.  Finishes strong. Retail: $24.00 https://www.dartwines.com/ (K&S Rating: 3 of 6)

Copain 2011 Wentzel Pinot Noir

July 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Copain 2011 Wentzel Pinot Noir A dull ruby tint deceives the eye while the nose is greeted with bright red cherry. Dig deeper into the bell to find some sandalwood and maybe a hint of mint. A vibrant acid structure makes the fruit dance and puts it center stage. The finish begins with a nice tart […]

Estate Crush 2011 Sangiovese

July 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Estate Crush 2011 Sangiovese  A little floral and a lot of bright red fruit. Unabashed! The grapes speak wildly but not recklessly. A big acid structure that is bright and lively at the top of the palate. The finish is a trip! It feels as if this little guy will keep on chugging forever in […]

Toasted Toad 2011 Viognier Frizzante

July 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Toasted Toad Viognier Frizzante Crisp citrus blossoms, a hint of peach and toasted hazelnuts. A syrupy and tart start. Look forward to a bit of ziz and zip reminiscent of a sparkling white. An easy drinker for sure. Great for wine newbies. Serve it ice cold. Love the idea but not my style. An easy one […]

Malibu Family Wines Semler 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

July 11th, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines Semler 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Soft nose. The citrus is airy. Gentle aromatics.  A bit buttery with an acidic splash. Interesting contrast between the two. The structure was a bit bumpy. I liked the concept. Good finish for a light Sauv. Blanc but in a tough price range. Could be good for the emerging, […]