Browsing all posts from March, 2014.

Banshee 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

March 31st, 2014 | No Comments

Banshee 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Tamed melon and citrus notes are fairly easy to pick out.  It’s passive juice so don’t expect it to ask you to dance.  Gentle acid structure will saturate your mid-palate.  Not mild but not bold either.  An interesting finish that I struggle to describe as anything but a sticky kiss. Retail: […]

Cycles Gladiator 2011 Zinfandel

March 29th, 2014 | No Comments

Cycles Gladiator 2011 Zinfandel I re-opened this one Saturday afternoon. Good choice for a rainy afternoon. When you dive in, look for a nice blend of herbs and spices.  I want to say mint, sage and/or rosemary.  It’s a fun nose. Wait until the dark, jumble of berries to bring up the rear.  An easy […]

Oak Farm 2012 Verdelho

March 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Oak Farm 2012 Verdelho Orange and other citrus in the nose.  Smells tangy. Soft and gentle acid structure. This is an easy sipper for you wine snobs rocking the training wheels. What a nice and easy finish. Exhale… Retail: $22 http://www.oakfarmvineyards.com/ (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “This special Portuguese varietal grows especially well […]

Borra Vineyards 2011 47.5° Red Wine 2011

March 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Borra Vineyards 2011 47.5° Red Wine 2011 Cherry and mint notes are pretty easy to identify in this interesting blend. Acid driven. Fruit structure is slightly tart which is welcomed as it spreads out on your palate. Solid tannins definitely make it an “E” ticket ride.  The adventure is substantial.  Good juice… tough price point. […]

Pondl 2011 “The Pinup” Rosé

March 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Pondl 2011 “The Pinup” Rosé A pale rosé.  Not gleaming or that typically bright rose color.  The pale color was a hint that I completely missed.  Some wine snob I am… That’s what I get for assuming I knew what I was tasting. Nice gentle strawberry notes in the nose, very subtle.  The palate is […]

Abundance 2010 Elegante Rosé

March 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Abundance 2010 Elegante Rosé Rosé of Carignane which is a novelty in itself.  Look for over ripe strawberries in the nose.  A sweet and delightful little Rosé with a dabble of tartness.  Not very complex but its not trying to either.  Great Rosé for wine newbies at a great price point.  Solid finish as well. […]

Fields Family 2013 Rosé

March 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2013 Rosé A mostly Syrah Rosé.  Soft strawberries and raspberries maybe with a hint of currant.  I expected this to be sweet but with a really low residual sugar, it is not what you might expect.  In fact, a slightly tart start gives you an unexpected twang on the side of your tongue. […]

Ripken 2012 WineBarn Red

March 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Ripken 2012 WineBarn Red An interesting Spanish style red blend for sure.  60% Trincadera Preta, 25% Tinta Roriz, 10% Touriga  and Souzao rounds out the company.  Consider this is a crazy fruit delight.  Expect a huge complex fruit blast in the nose.  It is delightful to smell.  I wasn’t in a rush to get it […]

Cycles Gladiator 2012 Chardonnay

March 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Cycles Gladiator 2012 Chardonnay Light citrus in the nose.  My best description is a lightly sugared orange sherbet for grown ups.  Nice acid structure which has an interesting characteristic of getting “wide” across your palate very quickly and then slows down once it gets to your back of your tongue. Retail: $9.00 [Doors Closing Sale!] […]

Obsidian Ridge 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

March 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Obsidian Ridge 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Their tasting notes say “dusty” and they didn’t exaggerate. Plum, blueberry and then you get hit with the hickory stick. Acidic on the tongue and a bold tannin structure that will put your tongue in a head lock. Feels a bit unbalanced. Trying to do a bit too much of […]