Browsing all posts from November, 2013.

Peirano Estate 2011 Tempranillo

November 30th, 2013 | No Comments

Peirano Estate 2011 Tempranillo Blackberries, coffee and hickory are dominant in the nose. Touches of pepper on the palate with plenty of acidity to go around. The finish is short without much complexity. Retail: $14.00 http://peirano.com (K&S Rating: 2 of 6) Winemaker’s (Tasting) Notes: “The color of this wine is a vibrant deep garnet.  The aromas […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving Wine Snobs! Life is too short to drink bad wine.  Gobble Gobble and Cheers!

Owen Roe 2009 Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc

November 26th, 2013 | No Comments

Owen Roe 2009 Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc is rarely seen on its own which to me is a travesty.  It is one of my favorite grapes. Owen Roe however is letting this usual “back-up singer” step into the lime light.  Unfortunately, they didn’t make much so its a bit hard to find. She’s […]

Revana Winery

November 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Revana Winery Revana Winery is a small winery in St Helena (northern Napa Valley) on the western side of the valley. All tastings are by appointment only at Revana and valued at $55 per tasting.  They are open most days from 10am – 4pm.   Their tasting room is small and quaint.  It is definitely […]

Clarksburg Wine Company 2011 Delta Rouge Blend

November 24th, 2013 | No Comments

Clarksburg Wine Company 2011 Delta Rouge Blend I heard this is their most popular wine.  It’s an interesting blend of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  If they have any left when you stop by the Old Sugar Mill, make sure you pick up a bottle just because the production is so limited. Light and […]

LangeTwins 2011 Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot

November 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

LangeTwins 2011 Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot This is an interesting blend.  These two wines are rarely allowed to take center stage.  They are usually the back up singers.  They supply the softer side and often additional character of the bigger and bolder varietals.  These back up singers hit the high note. Awesome ruby color.  Take the […]

Dancing Coyote 2012 Grüner Vertliner

November 22nd, 2013 | No Comments

Dancing Coyote 2012 Grüner Vertliner If you sat down with a bowl of french vanilla ice cream and this wine you would not be disappointed because you would be enjoying a Peaches and Cream dessert! Great peach and citrus in the nose.  Tangy acidity will cover your palate but not too boldly.  I enjoyed that. […]

Klinker Brick 2011 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel

November 21st, 2013 | No Comments

Klinker Brick 2011 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel Great dark berry aromas but you really have to dig into this one to really experience them.  They aren’t bold.  Go on… get in there.  Don’t worry about a little juice on your nose. Sip this juice slow because its smooth.  It will run over your the […]

Secret Somm: Regions within Willamette Valley

November 20th, 2013 | No Comments
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Secret Somm

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Secret SommSecret Somm: Regions within Willamette The map above illustrates the sub-regions within Willamette Valley. The distinct differences between the wines in this region ultimately boils down to the soil.  More than anything, soil affects the grapes the most in this wine region.  There are no […]

Decant

November 19th, 2013 | No Comments

How to decant a bottle of wine..