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Karmère 2013 Temprance Blend

November 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Karmère 2013 Temprance Blend The “Naughty Bawdy” brought to you by the “Temperance Tarts.” This is a liter jug of fun. A table wine with a little sass. Get’s started with mixed fruit and some plum notes for the nose. The palate is on the sweeter side. Oaky and toasty. Definitely one the sweeter side. The […]

2011 Nine Gables Syrah

November 24th, 2014 | Comments Off

2011 Nine Gables Syrah Some sweet strawberries and a hint of spice. The spices really deliver on the palate. It gets interesting there. A tart start. Solid tannins greet you while the spices continue to entertain. The finish is wild. Don’t expect a passive glass from this rascal. Retail: $24 http://www.9gables.com/ (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) […]

Elevation Ten 2012 Zinfandel

November 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Elevation Ten 2012 Zinfandel A lovely floral nose. Has a hint of white pepper and spice but they are restrained . Once on the palate, the flowers blow out the window. Gives way to a dense, chewy start. The tannins get big in a hurry. No shrinking violet here. The finish gets even and the acids […]

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 […]