Browsing all posts from February, 2014.

Abundance 2009 Petite Sirah

February 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Abundance 2009 Petite Sirah Typical great dark hues in this PS.  Jumbled fruit and chocolate with hints of leather are ready to party.  Your nose will say thank you.  A lively acidity on the tip of your tongue.  Make sure you swirl and dig back in to find some great snappy plum notes.  Interesting complexity. […]

Ripken 2008 El Matador Tempranillo

February 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Ripken 2008 El Matador Tempranillo Raspberries and strawberries will entertain your nose.  Some traditional spices will jump into the action soon enough.  On your palate, the spices will continue and spread out.  Look for an oaky mid-palate and a few tannin “ruffians” to show up and push your tongue around.  This darlin is big and […]

M2 2010 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon

February 26th, 2014 | No Comments

M2 2010 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon A mellow cab indeed.  She’s not the life of the party.  In fact, she’s a bit of a wall flower.  Patient, reserved and once the music starts, she won’t step on your those.  Nice structure and a good cab for the wine newbies out there looking for a good […]

Berghold 2009 Viognier

February 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Berghold 2009 Viognier Buttery white peach and a batch of sweet assorted fruits.  Light and delicate on the palate with an easy and smooth finish.  Nothing complex here.  Just smooth and easy. Retail: $19.99 http://bergholdvineyards.com (K&S Rating: 3) Winemaker Notes: (2012) “This limited-supply Premium Rhone Wine has aromas of peach, mineral, butter and smoke, leading […]

Banshee 2012 Sullivan Vineyard Pinot Noir

February 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Banshee 2012 Sullivan Vineyard Pinot Noir Your nose will be full of white pepper.  I couldn’t crack what the next smell I was getting until my wife chimed in and saved my nose.  Think about the smell of “flour browning when you are making biscuits.”  Dang that woman!  She was right on.  Whatever that smell […]

VML 2012 Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir

February 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

VML 2012 Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir Blackberries will grab you first.  I was really digging around and found some great licorice notes that kept dancing around. I was enjoying it so much I got my nose wet.  Oops.  Don’t judge me. Ridiculously well balanced for its age. Expect a crescendo of acidity and then an […]

Matrix 2011 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir

February 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Matrix 2011 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir I call this the “other” variety of Pinot.  I do so because I am a bit biased and definitely favor the “other other” variety. Pinots are not quite so simple but I made this over generalization when describing California Pinots with some wine newbies recently.  I am partial to those […]

Michael David 2011 Ancient Vine Cinsault

February 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Michael David 2011 Cinsault Soft cherries and maybe plum in the nose.  Nothing is going to jump out and grab ya here.  A nice gentle red that wants to take a slow walk through the park.  Wine newbies, this maybe just up your alley if you are looking to get into reds.  I really enjoyed […]

McConnell Estates Winery

February 20th, 2014 | No Comments

McConnell Estates Winery McConnell Estates is a truly family owned business.  These nice folks have been farming this area for five generations and still going strong.  The McConnell Winery is a bit of an oddity because it is considered within the Lodi appellation but the winery is  18 miles to the North in Elk Grove.  Elk […]

Borra Vineyards 2012 Rosé

February 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Borra Vineyards 2012 Rosé The color of this rosé is absolutely unreal.  Rosé of carignane… who knew?  You don’t hear that too often.  Once you see the bottle, you’ll want to buy it for presentation alone. Wait until you open it.  Fruity cherries will jump out and bounce around your nose.  It’s enticing for sure. […]