Due Vigne 2013 Chardonnay An “unoaked” Chard served at room temperature. Before I could even ask about the temperature, the Tasting Room Manager Jeremy offered that they found the wine never showed its true personality when served chilled. I guess you could say this wine needs to “warm up” to company. (See what I did there? […]
Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Zinfandel Experience (Part 3) More from my adventure at the Zinfandel Experience by Zinfandel Advocates & Producers held at the beautiful and scenic Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Come along with me on my journey through #ZinEx! Stay tuned for more episodes to come. Cheers!
Revolution St. Rey 2012 Celeste Field Blend Dusty raspberries and raisins. Gives it a wise nose. Gentle acids and tannins greet you at the door. Accommodating. Welcoming and gentle like walking into your grandmother’s house. Mellow and inviting. Just when you think you have this one pegged, the finish puckers at the end. The easy […]
Melka 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon A spicy, dark fruit jumble. The nose is alive! Plenty of currant and plum to go with the spices and oak. The palate buzzes instantly. The acidity is electric like lightening in a bottle. Definitely a wine for big kids. Young palates need not apply. The tannins are slightly dusty and […]
Heritage Oak 2010 Petit Verdot Dusty oak and some faint floral tones claim the nose. It smells regal. I do love Petit Verdot, especially when featured on its own stage. A tart start but not until mid-palate. The dusty tannins arrive immediately but in a supporting role. The finish starts early, if that makes sense. Its delicate […]
Valley of the Moon 2013 Pinot Blanc A regal peach nose. Smells absolutely delightful. Thank goodness the peach continues through the palate. It would have been sad to see it go. Some clean bitter twinkles on the rear palate. Finishes quickly. Doesn’t hang around for a long curtain call. Crisp ending. Great idea for the […]
M2 2013 Viognier Silky pear notes followed by citrus and honeysuckle. Smells like an spring, afternoon snack. Tart pear acidity drives the palate. It’s not a big wine but definitely not tame. Finishes slightly creamy. Not my style of white but quoting Layne Montgomery, the winemaker at M2, “That’s ok we got plenty more.” Layne’s […]
St. Amant 2012 Speakeasy Red An earthy, jumbled fruit nose with a hint of spice. Hello! Forget about a long introduction. Excitement now. The tart, dry tannins make quite the statement on the mid-palate like a blanket being thrown over your mouth. The finish is just as big. Bold. Quite the argument for a cold […]