Browsing all posts from September, 2013.

2009 Bogle Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

September 29th, 2013 | No Comments

2009 Bogle Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon A very understated nose with hints of cherry now and again.  Balanced with a long finish.  Not bad but I was left in search of a personality.  Price point will make it a consideration. http://www.boglewinery.com Retail: $10.99 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “A classic example of the varietal, Bogle’s […]

Key & Swirl featured on Infotainmentnews

September 28th, 2013 | No Comments

Key and Swirl featured at InfotainmentNews Hey Wine Snobs, Take a look at the webinar where we were featured by infotainmentnews.net this week.  We had a great discussion about what we do here at Key and Swirl.  We are looking forward to doing more vids like this in the future!  Stay tuned.  Cheers!  

Tejada 2006 Reserve Tempranillo

September 24th, 2013 | No Comments

Tejada 2006 Reserve Tempranillo You’ve got to take a close look at this juice before you do anything else.  Don’t swirl it nor sniff it.  It is a striking ruby read and teases the eyes with hints of blue.  Once you get your nose into this stunning liquid morsel, you will find strawberries and nuts […]

Wine 101: Understanding Bottle Types

September 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

Wine 101: Understanding Bottle Types This week we tackle the topic of why wine bottles are different shapes. It’s learning time wine newbies!

2010 Rombauer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

September 18th, 2013 | No Comments

2010 Rombauer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Solid tobacco and currant flavors come rushing out of this one.  Oodles of blackberry on the palate.  Short finish  and balanced tannin structure. http://www.rombauer.com Retail: $45.00 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “The fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our vineyards in Stags Leap, Atlas Peak, St. […]

Appolloni Vinyards 2010 Pinot Noir

September 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Appolloni Vinyards 2010 Pinot Noir This dream can open tight so wait for it. The vanilla is smooth like a warm blanket in the nose. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find eucalyptus and violets. It’s a pleasing backdrop for the vanilla. Light and refreshing on the tongue is odd to say about a Pinot […]

Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir

September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

Alysian 2010 Pinot Noir Elegant cherry and green florals hint at something complex. The aromas, however are simple and the structure isn’t hiding anything. There is a plan at work and it screams simplicity in opposition to overworked juice. Inhale once it hits your palate and it gains a woodsy and lavender feel. Appears bold […]

Oak Ridge 2011 3 Girls Cabernet Sauvignon

September 4th, 2013 | No Comments

Oak Ridge 2011 3 Girls Cabernet Sauvignon Intriguing in the nose.  Creamy vanilla, toasted caramel and berries jump out of the glass.  Tastes of green vines, yeast and spice rest on the palate.  The finish is smooth with a moderate tannin structure. Retail: $13.99 http://www.oakridgewinery.com/ (K & S Rating: 3)  

Seven Terraces 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir

September 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Seven Terraces 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir Earthy black cherry runs rampant through the nose. After you get comfortable with this cherry bomb, hints of blackberry and pepper emerge. This little rascal is sneaky and slips right past the front of your palate only To tickle you with green, sour like the first bite of a […]

Rombauer 2008 Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

September 2nd, 2013 | No Comments

Rombauer 2008 Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Dark berries and vanilla.  Oooooh yum!  Take a deep whiff and you’ll be rewarded with hints of warm cinnamon. The bold tannin structure will wrap your tongue and hold the finish until a sneaky collection of spices will surprise you just when you thought that was all she wrote. […]