Browsing all posts from July, 2013.

LangeTwins 2011 Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot

July 25th, 2013 | No Comments

LangeTwins 2011 Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot I think there is a blueberry farm next to the LangeTwins winery because it is a common note in their wines and this blend is no exception. Sweet blueberries abound in this ready to drink goody. When its warm out, I am a big fan of the “petits.” This wine […]

Van Ruiten 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

July 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Van Ruiten 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cherry and Oak are wonderful in the nose. This is a lighter cab with dabbles of spice on the back of the tongue. Long finish, tannins abound! This would be good with food. http://www.vrwinery.com (K & S Rating: 5 of 6) – $18.99 Winemaker Notes: Our Cabernet Sauvignon is […]

St. Jorge 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel

July 18th, 2013 | No Comments

St. Jorge 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel Expected plum notes. Good balance and overall easy to drink. Retail: $28.00 http://www.stjorgewinery.com (K & S Rating: 3 of 6)

Oak Ridge 2011 Old Soul Petite Sirah

July 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Oak Ridge 2011 Old Soul Petite Sirah My nose found figs and cocoa which I found an odd couple.  The wine is made well and a delightful blend.  The tannin structure is pleasant and has a good finish. Retail: $16.99 http://www.oakridgewinery.com/ (K & S Rating: 2)    

Alamos 2012 Torrontes

July 14th, 2013 | No Comments

Alamos 2012 Torrontes Yummy citrus aroma followed by a woodsy green apple. Very even on the tongue, mild spice on the mid-palate with a great finish. A great selection from Trader Joes. Retail: $12.00 http://www.alamoswines.com (K & S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “This Alamos wine comes from high-altitude vineyards in the Salta wine […]

Freemark Abbey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

July 14th, 2013 | No Comments

Freemark Abbey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Ripe red fruit bring and spice bring this cab alive. Lots to describe in the glass and on your tongue. A traditional Napa cab for sure and it doesn’t disappoint. Great structure. Full body and long finish. Retail: $44.00 http://www.freemarkabbey.com (K & S Rating: 5 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “The […]

Viaggio 2011 Reserve Zinfandel Dessert

July 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Viaggio 2011 Reserve Zinfandel Dessert Very sweet with maple, hickory and brown sugar notes wafting from the glass.  Great as an after dinner sweet treat. Retail: $27 http://www.viaggiowinery.com (K&S Rating: 3) Winemaker Notes: “A late harvest Zinfandel infused with Brandy. The perfect finish for any evening. “

Evangelho 2011 Mourvedre

July 12th, 2013 | No Comments

Evangelho 2011 Mourvedre Soft cheddar in the nose. Mushrooms, yeast and intricate spices through the mid-palate. A hint of musk here and there. Silky on the tongue and not too heavy to drink alone. Retail: $35.00 http://www.neyersvineyards.com/ (K&S Rating: 5) Winemaker Notes: “Frank Evangelho’s vines come from the sandy soil of Oakley, in northeastern Contra Costa […]

Bouchaine 2009 Pinot Noir

July 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Bouchaine 2009 Pinot Noir Plum notes and black fruit are well blended in the nose and in the mouth. Second swirl and sniff might sneak hints of coffee. Acidic finish is unexpected and could easily pose as a Zin in disguise. Retail: $35.00 http://www.bouchaine.com (K & S Rating: 4 of 6)   Winemaker Notes: “This particular Pinot […]

Todd Taylor 2011 Blue House Primitivo

July 10th, 2013 | No Comments

Todd Taylor 2011 Blue House Primitivo Assorted berry notes drive the aroma.  The blackberry and boysenberry are most notable. Delicious. Nutty tannins add to a balanced finish. http://www.toddtaylorwines.com Retail: $50.00 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6)