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Julietta Winery 2012 Syrah

November 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Julietta Winery 2012 Syrah A minty berry start. The fruit is almost masked by the spices. A slightly chalky mouth full of sharp tannins. A deep tart squeeze in the back of the mouth. Not a little wine. Finishes with a hint of raspberries and maybe a caper or two. While rewarding, the finish is short. […]

Borjón Winery

November 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Borjón Winery  • Plymouth, CA The Shenandoah Valley AVA is an adorable little wine region in the Sierra Foothills of California about 40 miles east of Sacramento. It is scenic and the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon or even a weekend sightseeing and drinking wine. Borjón Winery is a perfect example of the small, adorable family […]

Carvalho 2012 Dolcetto

November 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Carvalho 2012 Dolcetto Strawberry and maybe a boysenberry or two. It’s a high sweet nose. Tangy on the palate. Makes you smack your mouth. <smack> After that initial smack, the tart fruit wets the tongue. It gets slippery. It also wakes up as well like it was hiding. A hint of spice and some tangy acidity vibrates […]

Helwig 2012 Barbera

November 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Barbera An herbal and spice filled nose. Its full of assorted red fruit. A seashell. Keep digging your nose in there and you can smell the vineyard air in the Shenandoah Valley here in Amador, CA. Neat trick. The pepper and spice livens up the palate in a hurry. Its always good to […]

Beckmen 2013 Grenache Rosé

November 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Beckmen 2013 Grenache Rosé A wonderful coral color. It looks lovely in the fall sun in Los Olivos CA near Santa Barbara.  Hints of orange, assorted citrus and rose petals. Go figure. Rose in rosé. Not as fruity on the palate. Cleans the palate. Acid driven and pointed. Finishes heavier than it looks. Can hold […]

Acquiesce 2013 Viognier

November 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Acquiesce 2013 Viognier Dry peach and cut rose stems. The nose is bright and sweet with a little adventure. Lovely with a little wild. She smells like a rascal. Oh yeah.. first sip confirmed it, she’s a rascal. A white wine for the red wine dinner. Acids jump and shout. They demand your attention. Nice […]

Toasted Toad Cellars

November 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Toasted Toad Cellars • Lodi, CA My favorite way to go out wine tasting is to choose an AVA and follow my nose. A sign here, a wine map there, a healthy does of Google Maps and let the adventure begin. A few months ago, I decided to take a trip into downtown Lodi here […]

Karmère 2010 Barbera

November 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Karmère 2010 Barbera An amazingly transparent nose. I got some high spices but not much else. Odd. I couldn’t dig anything out of there. Maybe it was just my nose. Just took my first sip… the palate is definitely not passive. Big fruit and matching acidity game plan. Go big or go home. Now I’m […]

2011 Nine Gables Mission Old Vine

November 12th, 2014 | No Comments

2011 Nine Gables Mission Old Vine  The Mission grape is an old varietal and one of the first to make its way to North America with Spanish missionaries. I always find Mission an interesting experience on my palate. I have tasted so few in my adventures but as soon as it hits my mouth I […]

Elevation Ten 2012 Petit Verdot

November 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Elevation Ten 2012 Petit Verdot There are some great sweet cherries in there. A lovely nose. Offers a big sweet fruit start. A delight for the tip of the tongue. Full of lively floral notes. A typical trait of PV but I never seem to grow tired of it. Offers some silky and dry tannins. The […]