Browsing all posts from October, 2013.

Rombauer 2009 Carneros Merlot

October 31st, 2013 | No Comments

Rombauer 2009 Carneros Merlot The plum notes are most notable as with many Merlots.  The aromas get more complex with assorted berries as you dig deeper.  Inhale before your first sip and you will find a cool cedar flavor which is refreshing.  Decent and enjoyable finish. http://www.rombauer.com Retail: $32.00 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker […]

Clarksburg Wine Company 2010 cVociferus Blend

October 30th, 2013 | No Comments

Clarksburg Wine Company 2010 cVociferus Blend Mostly Petite Sirah but blended with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Cab is the minority stakeholder in this business but it just won’t be restrained and pushed to the front of your nose.  In fact, it smells like a typical Cab grown next to a riverbed covered in […]

Dancing Coyote 2011 Petite Sirah

October 29th, 2013 | No Comments

Dancing Coyote 2011 Petite Sirah Oh the color of this wine!  Dorothy is missing the ruby from her slippers in my glass. Be prepared for a shocking bramble berry bite when this little guy hits your palate.  Hints of smoke before its finished.  It’s a fairly simple wine but a solid show before its done. […]

Secret Somm: Oregon’s Surging Wine Country

October 28th, 2013 | No Comments
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Secret Somm

Oregon’s Surging Wine Country Who’s ready for a fun filled wine weekend getaway in Oregon? Once you land in Portland you are only 45 min North of the astonishing Willamette Valley (pronounced Will-am-et) There are actually a  few amazing wine regions in Oregon but the flagship and the stronghold of Oregon’s famous pinot noir culture […]

Grgich Hills Winery

October 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Grgich Hills Winery The Grgich Hills Winery is located in the heart of Napa Valley in the town of Rutherford.  The winery is right on Hwy 29 which is the main artery traveling along the western edge of the valley. The tasting room is open daily from 9:30am – 4:30pm.  This is one of the […]

Peirano Estate 2010 “The Other Red” Blend

October 26th, 2013 | No Comments

Peirano Estate 2010 “The Other Red” Blend This blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Syrah.  Notes of plum erupt from the glass first followed by a spicy cedar. Blackberries are noticeable on the fore palate which is quickly consumed by black licorice.  Spices will linger for quite a while on the finish. […]

Klinker Brick 2012 Rosé Blend

October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Klinker Brick 2012 Rosé Blend This little gem smells like a field of flowers near a berry covered river bank.  A hint of earthy minerals anchors what could be train wreck with so many grapes.  Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, Mourvédre and Zinfandel are the cast in this light comedy.  A bunch of sweet and a touch […]

Miner’s Leap 2011 Pinot Noir

October 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

Miner’s Leap 2011 Pinot Noir Hints of blueberry in the nose.  You do have to dig in there to find it though.  It’s not bold in the nose.  A touch of pipe tobacco here and there.  I also found a bit of citrus, maybe orange as I began to take my first sip. Lingering spices […]

Bogle 2010 Essential Red Blend

October 22nd, 2013 | No Comments

Bogle 2010 Essential Red Blend The Essential Red Blend is essentially an old vin zin.. or at least its nose carries that way.  It’s well crafted with a big of a “dips-doo” in your mouth.  It hits your tongue with spicy vanilla.  The spices crescendo in your mouth and then melt away as fast as […]

Clarksburg Wine Company 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

October 21st, 2013 | No Comments

Clarksburg Wine Company 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon This is a clean wine.  Well crafted. It is sleek.  Not sleek like a race car but sleek like a flawless piece of fruit freshly picked from the tree.  It is definitely not trying to do too much and lives by the rule that less is more. Full of […]