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2011 Dcubed Zinfandel Rosé

August 21st, 2014 | No Comments

2011 Dcubed Zinfandel Rosé Napa Valley A pomegranate colored rosé. Such a cool looking bottle of wine. The nose is understated. Coy aromatics. Smells a bit of vineyard, tomato vines, small red varietal fruit and a hint of toast. You may have to get your nose wet to dig out the details. I needed help […]

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August 20th, 2014 | No Comments

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Medlock Ames 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

August 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Medlock Ames 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Raspberries, rhubarb and oak. Demonstrative nose for sure. The palate is every so slightly sweet almost reminiscent of a pie. The tannins are dusty and slowly fill your palate. A bit overwhelming actually. They keep coming. I don’t think they want to leave… Solid finish. Shows big and begs for […]

Amador Cellars 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

August 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Amador Cellars 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Lemon zest and grapefruit. Crisp. Bright describes it best. Very fitting. Citrus acids are short, snappy and delightful. Settles quickly. A great choice and price point for wine newbies. It’s got a quick bite from the acids but worth the snap. Reail: $18 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker […]

Borjón 2012 Barbera Reposado

August 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Borjón 2012 Barbera Reposado Blueberries in abundance. Not a big nose though. Big acidic start. Jumps to the back of your mouth quickly. The expectation of a slightly sweet palate gives way to vanilla and a little leather. After a little acid bump for giggles, the finish strums. Its tasty and hangs in there for […]

Helwig 2011 Maestro Bodega

August 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2011 Maestro Bodega The nose is intriguing. I got plum and eucalyptus. Instantly round and smooth on the palate. Lulls you into thinking is going to be a passive ride. When he arrived at the rear palate, “ba-bomp.” Out of nowhere I got this bump of tartness. A few times I got a second […]

Giovinazzo 2012 Barbera Bianca

August 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Giovinazzo 2012 Barbera Bianca An interesting rosé. My first time with Barbera Bianca. A dull earthy color. The aromatics are not forward. Starts sweet and emerges tart and acidic. A hint of syrup as it finishes. A slow lip smacking end. Tough price point. Retail: $25.00 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6)  

Copain 2009 Kiser “En Haut” Pinot Noir

August 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Copain 2009 Kiser “En Haut” Pinot Noir Imagine a small clump of vibrant cherries. Powerful but not too many. Like a spoonful that overwhelms you. That’s the nose. The tannins are hesitant and just the right size. They settle and then the acidity give you a well planned surprise party. Great temporal structure. The finish […]

Three Wine Co 2011 Old Vines Field Blend

August 11th, 2014 | No Comments

Three Wine Co. 2011 Old Vines Field Blend A big blend with some big grapes. (38% Carignane, 21% Petite Sirah, 19% Mataro,17% Zinfandel, and 5% Alicante Bouschet) Raspberries and blueberries control the nose. It’s a wild blend. I found the Carignane a bit too fierce to be ignored. It’s the big dog in the lineup. […]

Toasted Toad 2011 Tannat

August 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Toasted Toad 2011 Tannat Big blueberries. What am I talking about. Big fruit. At least that is the way it smells. Just when your nose has come to a conclusion about the personality of this rascal, you take a sip… Bamm! Role reversal. Wow! Not big at all. In fact, it’s so gentle and so delicate. […]