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Kidder Family Wines 2012 Tempranillo

October 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Kidder Family Wines 2012 Tempranillo A mixed berry and mint nose. The palate is plummy with a currant tone and full of spices. Pointed but restrained tannins are abundant. Light body makes for a fun and food friendly wine. Playful. Reail: $24 http://kidderwines.com K&S Rating: 4 of 6 Winemaker Notes: “Derived from the Spanish word “temprano” […]

Elevation Ten 2011 Cabernet Franc

October 29th, 2014 | No Comments

Elevation Ten 2011 Cabernet Franc A nose full of earthy cherry with some white pepper and tobacco. I got my nose wet and it felt like a bit of raspberry as well. An earthy soul. So balanced. Sits well on the palate. Feels older than it is. The acid structure is so defined its a […]

Julietta Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio

October 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Julietta Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio Delicate citrus notes and a pinch of melon and maybe some green apple for a snappy disposition. Dainty though. A wonderful zing as it greets your tongue. Just wants to say hello. Stays alive on the palate for a fortnight which is quite the contradiction based on the delicate start. […]

Robert Sinskey 2009 POV

October 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Robert Sinskey 2009 POV I sat with my nose dug into this Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv blend for almost 5 minutes. It took me there. Memories of warm buttered toast on a rainy day and opening blackberry jam as your mouth waters in anticipation. I always love how olfactory memories emerge from the depths of […]

Carvalho 2012 Tempranillo

October 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Carvalho 2012 Tempranillo Gentle and easy raspberry and boysenberry notes in the nose. Bigger than average tannins gets the mouth chalky in a hurry. Tongue scraper please. The big red fruit keeps rolling down your palate with angular acidity. The finish is long with a few bumps along the way. Leaves a few spices to hang […]

Helwig 2012 Round Up Red

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Round Up Red A classy little, red table wine with an awesome, little price tag. Unpretentious loveliness Raspberry, plum and maybe a healthy dose of sweet blackberries all waft freely. The plum feels almost plum tree. Adds a little earth which gives the nose a little balance. Not big on the palate. It’s not trying […]

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 […]