Browsing all posts from June, 2013.

Markham 2008 Altruist Cabernet Sauvignon

June 28th, 2013 | No Comments

Markham 2008 Altruist Cabernet Sauvignon Black cherry and soft vanilla and caramel. Great subtle nuances. Creamy mid-palate and a long finish. http://markhamvineyards.com/ Retail: $55.00 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “The Altruist, on the other hand, is sourced further north from our Calistoga Ranch, positioned at the base of Mt. St. Helena. Located in […]

St. Jorge 2009 Tougria National

June 27th, 2013 | No Comments

St. Jorge 2009 Tougria National Pine and eucalyptus notes are striking.  Balanced on the tongue and finishes with long, soft spicy tones. http://www.stjorgewinery.com Retail: $28.00 (K & S Rating: 4 of 6)  

Grgich Hills 2009 Napa Vally Cabernet Sauvignon

June 26th, 2013 | No Comments

Grgich Hills 2009 Napa Vally Cabernet Sauvignon Black cherry and assorted berry goodness.  Bold tannins with light spices. If you dig your nose into this one after a few sips.. look for cocoa aromas. Can you find them? Retail: $60.00 http://www.grgich.com (K&S Rating: 4+) Winemaker Notes: Our Yountville vineyard forms the heart of our Napa Valley […]

Van Ruiten 2012 Pinot Grigio

June 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Van Ruiten 2012 Pinot Grigio This little darlin tickled my nose. Vibrant citrus that will delightfully squeeze “yer jaws.” A pleasant pear flavor is welcomed on the mid-palate. Long finish on the tongue with touch of yeast. http://www.vrwinery.com (K & S Rating: 4 of 6) – $13.99 Winemaker Notes: Pinot Grigio has been said to possess […]

Todd Taylor 2010 Clone 337 “Alpha Wolf Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon

June 22nd, 2013 | No Comments

Todd Taylor 2010 Clone 337 “Alpha Wolf Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon Aromas are controlled by stubborn blackberry fruit. A few sneaky sweet fruits elude perception hiding as a teasing canvas. Moderate to Bold tannins with a deceptively smooth finish. Interesting… http://www.toddtaylorwines.com Retail: $40.00 (K&S Rating:4 of 6)

Opolo 2011 Summit Creek Zinfandel

June 21st, 2013 | No Comments

Opolo 2011 Summit Creek Zinfandel Typical berry aromas found in a Zin.  Hints of spearmint will waft into your nose. A slight sour touches your palate first until the rhythm section begins to play, in this case is the raspberries and blackberries.  Finishes with a hint of spice. Retail: $19.00 http://www.opolo.com/ (K&S Rating: 3) Winemaker […]

Markham Vineyards Petit Verdot 2009

June 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Markham Vineyards Petit Verdot 2009 Cherry and spice goodness.  Well balanced with the most wonderful, smooth tannin structure.  Finish with notes of chocolate.  This is a gentle giant. http://markhamvineyards.com/ Retail: $42.00 (K&S Rating: 5 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “The color of wine is an indicator of pleasure! Decadent marshmellow & chocolate covered cherry aromas meld […]

St. Jorge 2010 Tempranillo

June 19th, 2013 | No Comments

St. Jorge 2010 Tempranillo Whole grape fermented. Sweet red fruit notes. Spicy through the palate. St Jorge tastes it with sweet Portuguese bread similar to Hawaiian bread. http://www.stjorgewinery.com Retail: $18.00 (K & S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: Silverspoons Vineyards, our best tempranillo yet! Aged in French Oak for 17 months; well balanced. Rich […]

Helwig 2010 Round Up Red Blend

June 18th, 2013 | No Comments

Helwig 2010 Round Up Red Blend Big blueberries and raspberries in this fruit forward red blend. Not big on tannins making it an easy drinker, great for the patio or table wine. I found it acidic, especially when first opened, so pairing is best. Foccacia and fresh fruit was a good call. Retail:  $16 http://www.helwigwinery.com […]

Grgich Hills 2010 Napa Vally Chardonnay

June 17th, 2013 | No Comments

Grgich Hills 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay Green apple floral notes.  Clean finish.  I expected more oak and forest. Never judge a wine before you’ve been introduced. Retail: $42.00 http://www.grgich.com (K&S Rating: 3) Winemaker Notes: Following the classic style that Miljenko “Mike Grgich” established when we began in 1977, the wine’s crisp, yet rich, flavors of tropical […]