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St. Amant 2012 Speakeasy Red

January 27th, 2015 | No Comments

St. Amant 2012 Speakeasy Red An earthy, jumbled fruit nose with a hint of spice. Hello! Forget about a long introduction. Excitement now. The tart, dry tannins make quite the statement on the mid-palate like a blanket being thrown over your mouth. The finish is just as big. Bold. Quite the argument for a cold […]

Mettler 2012 Epicenter Old Vine Zin

January 26th, 2015 | No Comments

Mettler 2012 Epicenter Old Vine Zin A Zin blend full of fruit goodness. The mouth is full. Fruity acidity all over the bottom of the palate. The tannins are bottom dwellers. I thought they were trying to burrow under my tongue. As they did, the acids got playful on top. That’s a neat trick! A sweet, […]

Nine Gables 2012 Cal Italia

January 23rd, 2015 | No Comments

Nine Gables 2012 Cal Italia A woodsy nose infused with fig. The palate starts with plum and wrapping tannins. No foreplay here, right to the action. The angular, edgy acids are short term players. They back off quickly and glide away smoothly. Ends with a nice acid bump out of no where leaving some spices to […]

Revolution 2013 Chenin Blanc

January 20th, 2015 | No Comments

Revolution 2013 Chenin Blanc Not sharp. Apricot, pear and peach with a hint of floral honey. Mellow tones on the palate. The acids are direct but not easy going. The finish is delightfully sour. Full of wet. It hangs out for a solid adventure. Wine newbies, a great wine for you! A great afternoon sipper. […]

Story Wines 2010 Alitia Zinfandel

January 16th, 2015 | No Comments

Story Wines 2010 Alitia Zinfandel This juice comes from younger vines than most of their other offerings. This Zin is named after a prize winning German Shepard. Interesting factoid to say the least. Hints of spicy cocoa and tobacco leaves. An interesting palate. Gets sours in a hurry. Fully of herbs and spices throughout the […]

Draconis 2010 Zinfandel

January 13th, 2015 | No Comments

Draconis 2010 Zinfandel Mint, dry oak and raspberry. An easy palate. Gentle and slightly sweet. The tannins are smooth and long. A slight acid bump at the end of the adventure definitely peaks your interest. The finish sparkles for quite a while. Retail: $50.00 http://draconisvineyards.com/ (K&S Rating: 4 of 6)  

Carvalho 2012 Barrel to Bottle Blend

January 12th, 2015 | No Comments

Carvalho 2012 Barrel to Bottle Blend A Zin and Syrah blend. It’s an old style. Not completely filtered so don’t panic when you notice it’s a bit cloudy. That can be unsettling for some. For me it’s a great part of the adventure. The wine geek in me loves it. She’s a young rascal. The […]

Valley of the Moon 2010 Barbera

January 8th, 2015 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2010 Barbera There be big aromatics in there! Sweet, over ripe cherries jump from the glass. Wow… hello! Maybe some plum and cocoa making the nose nice and round.  It definitely has depth. The palate starts with a little spice and a bit of oak. The cherries can’t help but continue […]

2015 S.F. Zinfandel Experience

January 6th, 2015 | No Comments

My experiences wine tasting are the driving force behind my blog. The experience is magical for me. An unpredictably yet predictable social event full of laughter, adventure and just the right dose of indulgence. What more could you ask for? Luckily, my adventures have exposed me to other avenues to taste wine outside of the traditional […]

Madrone 2012 Yoakim Bridge Road Block

January 5th, 2015 | No Comments

Madrone 2012 Cabernet SauvignonYoakim Bridge Road Block A wonderful nose of earthy spice and healthy cherry. Laveder tones give it a slightly floral nose. An interesting tannin structure. Starts chalky but ends silky. Neat trick. A lovely but short black licorice whip as it finishes. The finish seems likes its going to give up but […]