Browsing all posts from December, 2013.

Berghold 2008 Syrah

December 31st, 2013 | No Comments

Berghold 2008 Syrah I found leather, plum and light tobacco in this dark ruby.  I don’t usually go for this variety of Syrah but this one is made pretty well and kept me guessing.  I have a soft spot for 2008 wine.  It was a tough year for California wine.  This guy is well balanced […]

Putah Creek 2011 Barbera

December 30th, 2013 | No Comments

Putah Creek 2011 Barbera Fresh, juicy blackberries just picked from a creek bed will greet you at the rim of your glass.  Well balanced on the palate.  Sits comfortably in the mouth. Smooth.  Well placed acidity.  The grapes do the talking in this wine.  Well crafted and an easy drinker.  Not as spicy as this […]

Lucas Winery 2012 Chardonnay

December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Lucas Winery 2012 Chardonnay Imagine sitting down for a picnic in a vineyard and cutting open a fresh melon.  That’s the nose on this guy.  Once on your palate, acidity is the name of the game.  The fruit demands it.  Sweet and soft finish. Retail: $31.95 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “From the […]

Jessie’s Grove 2010 Earth, Zin & Fire Zinfandel

December 26th, 2013 | No Comments

Jessie’s Grove 2010 Earth, Zin & Fire Zinfandel Berries and a hint of plum on the nose.  Bold spices will grab your nose before your palate.  Once they reach your tongue you will be in for it.  They will hang on your palate long after the finished has finished if you get my drift.  The […]

Merry Christmas Wine Snobs!

December 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Merry Christmas Wine Snobs! May your holiday season be filled with amazing wine that you share with just as amazing people. Cheers!

Turley 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

December 24th, 2013 | No Comments

Turley 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel Been waiting to pop this rascal.  I heard it is a bold Zin that will hold well so I decided to let it lay down for a while.  To be honest, it could have gone a few more years.  Bold, wet raspberries ripe with oak notes and hints of cocoa. […]

McConnell Estates 2012 Chardonnay

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

McConnell Estates 2012 Chardonnay An atypical Chard.  Not oaked, very fruity full of peach, green apple and sneaky citrus notes.  Great structure on the palate with a nicely delivered acidity.  Good finish for what I thought would be a let down by the big fruit forward start.  At the price point, add in the creative […]

McCay Cellars 2011 Grenache

December 22nd, 2013 | No Comments

McCay Cellars 2011 Grenache A delightful balance of mixed berries in the nose.  Cherries and french oak are the most notables.   I thought this sweet number was going to be a one trick pony.  I got no idea the spices would wait until the mid-palate to start playing.  They hung out and played for […]

M2 2012 White Wine Blend

December 21st, 2013 | No Comments

M2 2012 White Wine Blend Let’s call this the “get the party started wine!”  I’m starting to find lots of these out here in Lodi. Great sweet nose in this little guy.  Light citrus and assorted yum.  A little spark of acidity with a hint of yeast on the palate.  Finish laterally across the palate […]

Klinker Brick 2011 Farrah Syrah

December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Klinker Brick 2011 Farrah Syrah The owners of Klinker Brick, Steve and Lori Felten, named this little gem after their daughter Farrah who you may just bump into in their tasting room.  She joined the winery in 2009 and manages the tasting room and wine club. This syrah lets loose lots of dark fruit that sing […]