Browsing all posts from June, 2014.

2013 Three Wine Co. Rosé

June 30th, 2014 | No Comments

2013 Three Wine Company Rosé Hemp and cranberries in the nose.  The tart palate is surprising even though it doesn’t smell sweet. I should have known… it is Carignane after all. Green vines through the palate.  Herbs and minerals emerge in the finish. Retail: $16.00 http://threewinecompany.com/ (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “Our Carignane […]

Spellbound 2012 Petite Sirah

June 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Spellbound 2012 Petite Sirah Common but no less awesome dark inky color. Oaky, blueberries are anything but subtle.  Some spices as soon as it hits your tongue and then it lies heavy. Some sour tannins once it gets to the back of your palate. A bumpy experience. Continues through the finish. A bit unsettled. Retail: $15.99 […]

Vina Robles 2009 Suendero Cabernet Sauvignon

June 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Vina Robles 2009 Suendero Cabernet Sauvignon Dark berry fruit and a hint of nut carries the nose on this big Cab. The 5% Petit Verdot is always a delight for me. It’s gentle nature is  not to sway this big rascal. Bold chalky tannins will grab you. As expected, the finish is quite long and […]

Outpost 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

June 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Outpost 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Brambleberry, cherry and sage. Secondary nose gets herbal in a hurry. Fairly soft tannin structure but they spread out quickly. Finishes tart and takes its time and is in no hurry to go anywhere. Well done. Showing bottle shots is one thing but I couldn’t resist showing how amazing it is […]

D’Art 2012 Tempranillo

June 24th, 2014 | No Comments

D’Art 2012 The Dance Blend Fresh, aromatic cedar, sage and mixed berries will rise from the glass. Tart tannins take over as soon as it hits your palate. They are not too big but big enough to make you smack your lips. Expect a spicy pop at the end of the show. Retail: $24.00 https://www.dartwines.com/ […]

Curtis 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

June 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Curtis 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc Great white peach, honeysuckle and hints of pineapple.Lightly tart on the palate with soft tingles of acid. Easy finish. I enjoyed this little guy in wine country, it was served ice cold on a warm afternoon. So good. Reail: $22.00 http://www.curtiswinery.com (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “Our 2012 […]

Villa San-Juliette 2012 Chorum White

June 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Villa San-Juliette 2012 Chorum White Citrus and grapefruit. A sweet nose on this little blend. Very light and easy. A great warm weather sipper. Pay attention “wine-newbies,” this darlin’ is for you! A soft tartness on the mid-palate is refreshing. The wet finish is apricot filled and makes you want more. Reail: $22.00 http://www.villasanjuliette.com (K&S […]

Andis 2011 Estate Zinfandel

June 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Andis 2011 Estate Zinfandel High, sweet raspberries with hints of cocoa. Bold tannins greet you early in the adventure. A dabble of spices come to play on your mid-palate. Not huge but definitely big. Solid structure. Not trying to be more than it is. A good example of letting the grapes do what they are going […]

Copain 2012 Tous Ensemble Chardonnay

June 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Copain 2012 Tous Ensemble Chardonnay Smells so light and breezy. Green apple and lemon notes are inviting. A traditional French Chardonnay which is quite different that so many you will find in Napa Valley. Well manicured. Impressive structure in something that seems so light. It’s ridiculously delicate but lasts remarkably long. The great contrast makes for […]

DAOU 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

June 19th, 2014 | No Comments

DAOU 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The currant notes are bold but not overwhelming. Starts mild on the palate with dark berries. Big crescendo builds like the end of the second act. It continues to climbs through a nice show of acidity and then settles. Chalky and wet rear palate gives it a good hold on your attention. […]