Browsing all posts from May, 2014.

Robert Sinskey 2006 Cabernet Franc

May 31st, 2014 | No Comments

Robert Sinskey 2006 Cabernet Franc I love my trips to Napa.  I always get the meet the most wonderful wines.  My “secret somm” brought this one to play with. The most ridiculously wonderful oak wafts from the bottle.  A 2006 but still kicking raspberries to the front of your nose.  Like a warm summer after […]

Daou 2011 Reserve Aux Blend

May 30th, 2014 | No Comments

DAOU 2011 Reserve Aux The mixed berries smell yummy.  This 61% Syrah and 39% Grenache blend smells big.  Your tongue will feel it from the moment it hits your palate.  The tannins are bold and unapologetic.  As soon as you recover from the tannin turbulence, it gets rather still.  In fact, it just sits there […]

Oak Farm 2012 Chardonnay

May 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Oak Farm 2012 Chardonnay Floral and peach notes are dainty and pleasant.  The same continues on through the palate.  This is not a complex wine but is very true to itself.  Well made and a delightful structure.  Great Chardonnay for wine newbies as the soft acids are very forgiving on a young palate.  Smooth. Retail: $20 http://www.oakfarmvineyards.com/ […]

Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Malbec

May 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Malbec A beautiful inky color on this Malbec.  Looks and smells jammy.  Fully of dark berries.  The oak is noticeable and rewarding.  You’ll be tempted by the acid structure in your nose.  They will greet the tip of your tongue excitedly.  After they ping your tongue, they will quickly retreat and […]

D’Art 2013 White Barbera

May 26th, 2014 | No Comments

D’Art 2013 White Barbera A pink blush look to this juice.  Smells of the working vineyard. You almost expect a sweet nose from this pale rosé tint.  Once it hits your palate, you realize that this isn’t what you expected.  It gets sweet briefly and then snaps tart.  You palate is spun by the “dipsy […]

Harney Lane 2012 Rosé

May 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Harney Lane 2012 Rosé A pale rosé. A blend of Zin, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Smells floral and green. Not fruity like you might expect. Starts on the sides of your palate with a citrus squeeze. Long finish that gathers on your tongue over time. The acidity will dance around your mouth during the whole […]

Malibu Family Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

May 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cherry and vanilla are fairly easy to recognize.  Once on the palate, you can expect a good range of  spices to play with your tongue.  They won’t leave and will stick around through the solid finish.  Not a bad cab but the price point has me a bit stumped. […]

Andis 2011 Grenache

May 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Andis 2011 Grenache The nose on this guy is killing me. Smells floral, herbal and fruity. Complex but so simple at the same time.  I am really struggling to pin down what I am smelling. Maybe I am just enjoying the juice. Sorry folks, you’ll have to head down to Andis and pick up a […]

Vina Robles 2010 Petite Sirah

May 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Vina Robles 2010 Petite Sirah This little rascal is dark and mysterious. Smells full and jammy. Boysenberries and currant notes make it enticing. Some big chalky tannins will make sure you know you got the whole thing. Not looking to be complex but delivers a nice long finish. Retail: $26 http://www.vinarobles.com (K&S Rating: 4 of […]

Villa San-Juliette 2010 Reserve Grenache

May 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Villa San-Juliette 2010 Reserve Grenache A wonderful nose on this one.  Wonderful indeed!  Great diversity.  You will dig in three times and debate what you thought you smelled.  I think they are all there. Just good aromatics. I got plum, currant and rose petals. Feels big on the palate.  Acid structure is lively but fun.  It […]