Browsing all posts from April, 2014.

Wine Regions

April 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Explore the Wine Regions of California

Oak Farm 2011 Zinfandel

April 29th, 2014 | No Comments

Oak Farm 2011 Zinfandel Plum, dark cherry and hints of wood and maybe a sprinkle of tobacco.  Bold on the palate with a big acid bump as soon as it hits your palate.  Tannins are not too big but fun and definitely looking to put on a show.  The finish was long and slow with […]

VML – Russian River Winery • Healdsburg, CA

April 28th, 2014 | No Comments

VML – Russian River Winery • Healdsburg, CA VML Winery is located just west of the small Sonoma town of Healdsburg.  Healdsburg is approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. The tasting room is open daily from 11am – 5pm. VML is a label of Truett Hurst named after their winemaker Virginia […]

Ripken 2012 “Under the Sea” WineBarn White

April 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Ripken 2012 “Under the Sea” WineBarn White This is quite the forest little number.  Sweet and fruity but woodsy for sure.  Gentle acids with some green apple on the palate.  Short and ninja like finish.  Its there one minute and gone the next. Retail: $16.00 http://ripkenwine.com/ (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “This is […]

Abundance 2009 Abundantly Rich Red Blend

April 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Abundance 2009 Abundantly Rich Red Blend Lots of assorted red fruit notes.  I found the strawberries to be particularly “abundant.”  I know, that was too easy huh?  Secondary oak acts as a backdrop.  This Carignane, Zin & PS blend is quite the combo.  Like three Great Danes that thing they are lap dogs.  Big aromas. […]

McCay Cellars Winery

April 25th, 2014 | 2 Comments

McCay Cellars • Lodi, CA McCay Cellars is located on the North side of Lodi, CA. Lodi is approximately 30 miles south of Sacramento off of CA-99 freeway. The tasting room is open Thursday – Monday 11am – 5pm. The McCay tasting room is most awesomely referred to as the Pallet Room.  By the way, the pun is absolutely […]

2011 Matrix Russian River Zinfandel

April 24th, 2014 | No Comments

2011 Matrix Russian River Zinfandel Mixed berries and a hint of mint drive the nose. Once on the palate, it is a it acidic and definitely peppery and none of that is on accident.  This wine is crafted to be a big dog on a little street.  It’s not shy and not trying to be […]

Villa San-Juliette 2009 Malbec

April 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Villa San-Juliette 2009 Malbec Blueberries and licorice with a slight hint of wet sage and smoked hickory.  It smells very playful but once it hits your mouth, it goes nuts.  It’s like too many kids in the bounce house except nobody gets hurt.  It’s big and playful. I found myself trying to experience multiple nuances […]

Vina Robles 2013 Roseum Rosé

April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Vina Robles 2013 Roseum Rosé Wonderful ruby color on this juice.  Fruity strawberries in the nose.  Sour mid-palate was unexpected. Hints of grapefruit rise through the adventure with a curiously long finish. Retail: $16 http://www.vinarobles.com (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: • Color: Bright raspberry • Aroma: Strawberry and pomegranate with hints of caramel […]

Malibu Family Wines 2012 Semler Viognier

April 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines 2012 Semler Viognier White peach, sweet blossoms and honeysuckle shower the nose.  A great sweetness to this juice.  Slightly buttery on the palate with a splash of citrus. It’s an interesting contradiction. Retail: $24-$28 http://www.malibufamilywines.com/ (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “There are just 51 cases of our 2011 Semler Viognier […]