Browsing all posts from August, 2013.

Todd Taylor 2010 Clone 8 “Alpha Wolf Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon

August 14th, 2013 | No Comments

Todd Taylor 2010 Clone 8 “Alpha Wolf Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon Black cherry and raspberry yumminess.  This doll sits nicely on the palate without making a big fuss. Moderate tannins and a slight green apple snap on the finish.  That was really a surprise and a bit of a treat. http://www.toddtaylorwines.com Retail: $50.00 (K&S Rating: 5 […]

Miner’s Leap 2010 Delta Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon

August 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Miner’s Leap 2010 Delta Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon Assorted berries in the nose with peppers and spice on the tongue. A bit of plum finds its way into the back of the nose after some heavy swirling. Black cherry merges on the mid-palate which I found a bit surprising. Didn’t see that coming. There are other […]

Klinker Brick Winery

August 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Klinker Brick Winery The Klinker Brick Winery is located in Lodi, California just East of CA-99 about 30 minutes South of downtown Sacramento. Klinker Brick is a nationally distributed wine and is named after the bricks commonly found in homes around Lodi.  The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm.  The […]

Oak Ridge Winery

August 10th, 2013 | No Comments

Oak Ridge Winery The Oak Ridge Winery is located in Lodi, California just East of CA-99 about 30 minutes South of downtown Sacramento. Oak Ridge has been experiencing quite a bit of growth lately which the staff is excited to talk about in the tasting room.  The room is “a converted 50,000 gallon redwood tank” […]

Oak Ridge 2012 3 Girls Pinot Noir

August 9th, 2013 | No Comments

Oak Ridge 2012 3 Girls Pinot Noir Great red fruit in the nose.  cherries and currant drive the flavor with rich floral hints.  Slightly acidic with a touch of spice.  The solid finish was greatly appreciated. Retail: $13.99 http://www.oakridgewinery.com/ (K & S Rating: 4)  

K&S Wine Ratings

August 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Key & Swirl Rating System I am not a huge fan of objective systems used to rate wine. I do believe such systems have their use. In fact, we wine neophytes can always use some guidance from well-trained noses out there. However, no matter how well trained some expert’s nose, it will never describe a […]

The Name Key & Swirl

August 7th, 2013 | No Comments

Where did you get the name Key and Swirl?

Todd Taylor 2011 Courier Syrah

August 4th, 2013 | No Comments

Todd Taylor 2011 Courier Syrah The wild raspberry aromas are muted but delightful. Warm flavors are soothing.  Great minerality.  Short but smooth finish.  This is an easy drinker. http://www.toddtaylorwines.com Retail: $30.00 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6)