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Story Wines 2010 Mission

October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Story Wines 2010 Mission A great blend of fruit and earth in this Mission varietal. For those of you new to this varietal, it was brought to California by the Spanish missionaries. Now a rare grape so pay attention when you see it on the shelf. The vines that produce this juice are old. That […]

Bray Vineyards 2010 “BrayZin” Hussy Red

October 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Bray Vineyards 2010 “BrayZin” Hussy Red Licorice and burnt, wet hickory fills your nose in this Zin and Sangio blend. It smells big. Hits your palate and spreads out quickly. Big rectangular tannins. They are laced with spices from left to right. The mouth is full of activity. The finish is long and well received. […]

Tablas Creek 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel

October 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Tablas Creek 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel Sweet currant and leather notes will take over your nose. Maybe a sprinkle of cherry and raspberry for good measure but the darker, bolder, earthier notes will stay in the spotlight. The palate is full of bold acidity with added spices. Sits on your palate big but with all things in […]

Fields Family 2011 Syrah

October 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2011 Syrah A very fruity nose. Jumbles of ripe raspberries. An acidic entrance for what I thought was going to be a whole lot more Shirley Temple. Slightly tannic and alive on the tongue. Tart fruit dominates the palate. Late, silky tannins emerge after the moment you have chalked up the experience. I […]

Kidder Family Wines 2012 Zinfandel

October 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Kidder Family Wines 2012 Zinfandel I was delighted with some raspberry and fig notes. Don’t let the fruit completely distract you. The structure is rooted with some great earth tones. It’s a very soothing nose. A restrained Zin. Very clean style. Just when the acidity began to crescendo, it backed off at just the right […]

Amador Cellars 2010 Rocky Point Zinfandel

October 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Amador Cellars 2010 Rocky Point Zinfandel Very similar on the nose to the 2010 Zin but then again, it isn’t. The jumbled berry goodness is there but its not as spicy. This is from Rocky Point and even the name feels bigger. A big jammy rascal that tingles the front of your tongue with big […]

Todd Taylor 2012 Reserve Blue House Primitivo

October 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Todd Taylor 2012 Reserve Blue House Primitivo Sweet fruit and boysenberry. Has a slightly woodsy feel. Expect the tannins to come and get you early in the adventure. Not a huge wine but your tongue will know its been dragged off to a brand new world. The tannins are round and come with a tangy […]

Draconis 2009 Zinfandel

October 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Draconis 2009 Zinfandel Mixed berries and oak with a hint of cinnamon. I think there’s a bit of brown sugar in there? Mmmmmmmmm. That smells good. Thats a nose that will put you in a good mood. Aged well and sits regally on the palate. I think its the barrel time. The sweet almost playful nose was […]

Carvalho 2012 Verdelho

October 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Carvalho 2012 Verdelho A nose full of tropical citrus and a hint of pear and honeysuckle. After digging back some grapefruit began to emerge. It’s a simple wine. A very linear story. Easy going and easy drinking. A great wine for newbies. A few sours play with your tongue along the way. Makes for a […]

Helwig 2012 Primitivo

October 11th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Primitivo  Red raspberry, oak and just the right amount of spice. Time to move it along little ones, the big kids want to play on the swing set! The tannins are large and in charge. Round not edgy. Despite its voluptuous curves, it is so very balanced. It’s like dancing with a professional […]