Browsing all posts from January, 2014.

VML 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

January 31st, 2014 | No Comments

VML 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Melon, peach some citrus and a touch of yeast.  Expect a bit of a snap on your palate and then expect it to pull a ninja and disappear.  Big acid notes that are…. wait where did they go.  That dang ninja did it again.  Great adventure. A bit of a roller […]

Matrix 2011 Bacigalupi Chardonnay

January 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Matrix 2011 Bacigalupi Chardonnay Very mellow green apple and soft oak.  Very gentle in the nose and the palate experience will be silky.  A little buttery but not over done.  I repeat!  “I am not a Chard guy.”  This one… I would serve in my home.  Nice… Retail: $36.00 http://www.matrixwinery.com (K&S Rating: 5 of 6) […]

Bogle 2011 Petite Sirah

January 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Bogle 2011 Petite Sirah If you are a red wine newbie, pay attention because this may be your next wine.  It is easy on the pocket book and just as easy on the palate. Delicious blueberries and oak accompanied with a hint of yeast aromas.  So gentle on the palate.  Definitely should be near the […]

Jessie’s Grove 2011 Westwind “Old Vine” Zinfandel

January 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Jessie’s Grove 2011 Westwind “Old Vine” Zinfandel Assorted berries will look for your nose.  Plum will emerge as the front runner.  Plan on a tart start which is interesting for your tongue.  The finish will offer hints of sweet fig and it is in no rush. Retail: $32.00 http://www.jessiesgrovewinery.com (K&S Rating: 3)  

McConnell Estates 2008 Merlot

January 26th, 2014 | No Comments

McConnell Estates 2008 Merlot Soft cherry notes in the nose.  It is not a forward wine., almost apologetic.An acidic ride from the first second it hits your tongue.  Acid subsides as soon as it arrives. Neat trick.  It begins to sit up because of the solid tannin structure on the mid-palate. Gets very smooth, silky, […]

2012 Burbank Ranch Fall Colors Zinfandel

January 25th, 2014 | No Comments

2012 Burbank Ranch Fall Colors Zinfandel The nose on this guy was a bit deceiving for me.  I was thinking plums like a traditional Zin.  That description didn’t sit right. When I came back later, and dug in again, it felt more like a good mix of dark red fruits.  Maybe cherries and dark raspberries with […]

McCay Cellars 2012 Rosé

January 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

McCay Cellars 2012 Rosé Bunko!  That is exactly where this little tasty rascal belongs.  In the center of a table of folks having a great laugh together.  Sip, laugh and repeat, just in case you needed the steps. Notice the half empty bottle.  Couldn’t wait to start the party. Great green apple notes without too […]

M2 2011 Tormenta Tempranillo

January 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

M2 2011 Trio Blend I would really like to get my nose back into this guy.  I feel like I missed something. It was talked up to me by someone I met and also in the tasting room.  The talk started with the 2010 but folks were raving about this wine. After tasting the offerings […]

Last Wine Purchase

January 21st, 2014 | No Comments

I am curious? I often go to local wine shops, grocery stores and walk the wine aisles.  I am not looking to purchase but rather to ask questions.  I usually watch a customer until they have finally pulled a bottle off the shelf and I watch.  I am waiting for them to stop looking at […]

Silverado Vineyards

January 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Silverado Vineyards Silverado is a stunning hill top winery on the southern end of the Stags Leap District.  They offer a collection of tours and tastings for all levels of aficionados.  Many wineries in Napa have absolutely ridiculous tasting fees.  When you get millions of tasters every year, I guess you can pull it off. […]