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Fields Family 2009 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2009 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon “Foresty.” Full of cedar and black cheery. It grows organically the more you smell. Hello Big Napa Cab and right here in the heart of Lodi. Go figure. Wine tasting is always an adventure. Starts easy. Effortless. The tannins reach and stretch as if woken up from a […]

Three Wine Company 2010 Petite Sirah

September 29th, 2014 | No Comments

Three Wine Company 2010 Petite Sirah Dark and inky. Its a “hold it to the light and marvel” sort of color. The nose is filled with blueberries and a hint of wild sage. Big round tannins envelop the tongue quickly. Some interesting bitters stop by to fool around. I have had my tongue wrapped in […]

Helwig 2012 Petite Sirah

September 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Petite Sirah The nose is warm and oaky. The bright strawberries are enticing behind the wood. Such a welcoming tone. The palate is greeted by more strawberries, leather notes and an air of cedar. What a great start. It jumps on your palate and feels as if it cleans your tongue as if […]

Borjón 2012 Zinfandel Reposado

September 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Borjón 2012 Zinfandel Reposado A deep hue to this Zin. Cedar and strawberry notes. A hint of winery barn gives this guy a dusty feel. Sweet on the palate with a delicate acid structure. The mid-palate is a sprint and the finish is eager to get in the race. Once running, the finish is slightly tart […]

Harney Lane 2010 Tempranillo

September 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Harney Lane 2010 Tempranillo Jumbles and jumbles of berries with an underlying current of cedar. The nose is friendly and definitely doesn’t prepare you. Boom! This rascal is big from the minute it hits your tongue. Your tongue get’s pinned. Taken hostage. Tied down against your will with velvet ropes. Like getting beat wrestling by a huge, […]

Tablas Creek 2011 Côtes de Tablas

September 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Tablas Creek 2011 Côtes de Tablas A Rhone blend with great high, sweet strawberries and a healthy does of blended berries. A very pleasant nose. The mid-palate will offer a delightfully neat tannin structure. Its desirable and easy going. So mellow. A tart and crisp finish. This is a great call for a newbie looking to expand […]

Bray Vineyards 2010 Sangiovese

September 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Bray Vineyards 2010 Sangiovese Black cherry yumminess with some plum and maybe a hint of licorice. Big sour smack as soon as it hits your palate. I heard someone else in the tasting room literally smack their lips after they had their first taste. The tannins are chalky and all over the place. It spreads […]

Heritage Oak 2012 Zinhead

September 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Heritage Oak 2012 Zinhead A Zin and Petite Sirah blend (75/25) makes for a very interesting story for your nose. The plum notes are typical. That’s the Zin talking. This blend however adds bright cherry tones offering something different all together. High spices intrigue the palate as the round tannins envelop your mouth. I thought this […]

Amador Cellars 2011 Rapscallion

September 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Amador Cellars 2011 Rapscallion Blueberries, strawberries and a little pepper. Smells sweet with a wild side. There is actually a lot more going on in there. You would have to be a serious professional to sort it all out. It’s a complex nose. Not terribly big on the palate but has an edgy acid structure. Pepper […]

Spenker 2010 Petite Sirah

September 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Spenker 2010 Petite Sirah Slightly inky. Almost looks chewy. A subtle nose but I found black berries and raspberries. I have to admit, I had to fight to find them. Elusive. She’s a bit shy, especially for a PS. Tart, round tannins rule the palate but in an underwhelming sort of way. At 14+% this is not […]