Browsing all posts from May, 2013.

Viaggio 2010 Carignane Reserve

May 31st, 2013 | No Comments

Viaggio 2010 Carignane Reserve An earthy raspberry vibe begs to be paired with some protein.  Slightly sour, moderate tannin structure but balanced finish. Retail: $24 http://www.viaggiowinery.com (K&S Rating: 4) Winemaker Notes: “Extremely smooth, this wine is delicious served with a beef, lamb, or pork dinner. Great for the best of tables, its hints of smoky […]

Hahn 2011 Pinot Noir

May 30th, 2013 | No Comments

Being a new age wine snob means finding good wine at an even better price. This is such a bottle. Lots of round, red fruit on the nose.  The raspberries grabbed me first and then the black cherry.  The fruit structure is very balanced making it very drinkable.  If you are not a typical red drinker, […]

Van Ruiten 2012 Chardonnay

May 29th, 2013 | No Comments

Van Ruiten 2012 Chardonnay This is a light Chard and even though it isn’t completely fermented in oak, the oak notes are present. Subtle… but present. The winemaker said he loved the honey and vanilla but I I only got honey. Heavy finish on the tongue but nice with a meal. http://www.vrwinery.com (K & S […]

Viaggio 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel

May 28th, 2013 | No Comments

Viaggio on the River is a wonderful winery.  It is a great place to bring a group, especially a large group for a tasting. Their patios and tasting room will easily accommodate your group. They often have live music playing and is a great place to sit and eat your lunch with a bottle of […]

St Jorge 2011 Verdelho

May 27th, 2013 | No Comments

St Jorge 2011 Verdelho  St Jorge pairs this deliciously, chilly wine with a soft Portuguese white cheese. Wonderful pineapple and tropical fruit notes begs this to be served ice cold at a picnic. This is a fantastic wine for those wine snobs who still swirl with training wheels. Amazing on the nose and great through […]

Grgich Hills 2008 Napa Vally Merlot

May 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Grgich Hills 2008 Napa Vally Merlot A cranberry sour with a hint of cedar. Moderate tannins and a good finish. Retail: $42.00 http://www.grgich.com (K&S Rating: 4) Winemaker Notes: This is a cool climate Merlot with bright fruit flavors and mouth pleasing acidity from our vineyards in southern Napa Valley grown within sight of the San […]

Viaggio 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

May 25th, 2013 | No Comments

100% Cab!  That is not something you see all that often.  Wonderful brown sugar and yeast notes warm the nose.  Soft tannin structure makes this darling great for sipping on the patio.  This is a beauty from a young winemaker that was well done. Retail: $18 http://www.viaggiowinery.com (K&S Rating: 5) Winemaker Notes: “Aged 3 years […]

August Kessler 2010 Pinot Noir

May 24th, 2013 | No Comments

Blueberry and currant are first in the nose. Acidic on the tongue.  Mushrooms, forest wood and slight tobacco flavors to follow. Finishes with a surprising lemon oil.  Rough tannin structure gives it an average finish.  Can be found $17-$20 online only. Interesting German Pinot is worth the taste. (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “A […]

LangeTwins 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

May 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

LangeTwins 2011 Sauvignon Blanc • Lodi, CA Lemon peel, pineapple and asst floral notes which slice through the sweet.  An unexpected rich  and creamy finish, especially for a Sauv Blanc.  Can be found for $11-$15 at BevMo and their website. http://www.langetwins.com (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “The initial aromatics of lush melon and […]

Van Ruiten 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel

May 21st, 2013 | No Comments

Van Ruiten 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel Put that on some toast! Blueberry jam fills your nose with your first smell. Just when you think the sweets have it, this little bottle flips the script. Now fresh spices hit the roof of your mouth with a hint of cedar on the finish. Retail: $22.99 http://www.vrwinery.com (K […]