Browsing all posts from July, 2014.

Toasted Toad 2011 Primitivo

July 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Toasted Toad 2011 Primitivo Smells bold and spicy with a hint of toast. A great combo of sweet and a smidge of tart. Long finish and stays mellow the whole way. A nice a relaxed bottle of juice. Retail: $23.99 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “Grapes sourced from Lodi. This wine has […]

Three Wine Company 2011 Live Oak Zinfandel

July 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Three Wine Co 2011 Live Oak Zinfandel Currant and blueberry with a hint of mint. It’s a bit wild and attractive. The characteristics of this wine all jump to say hello at once. The acid structure and tannins are bold so bring a chair while your palate recovers. The finish is slightly sour which helps wet […]

Malibu Family Wines Semler 2009 Syrah

July 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines Semler 2009 Syrah Floral with a hint of blueberry and burnt molasses. Acid driven and lots of round tannins to play with in your mouth. It’s got substance. Starts easy on the palate and crescendos to a pretty large finale. It’s a big ride. Retail: $36 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) […]

Villa San-Juliette 2010 Petit Verdot

July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Villa San-Juliette 2010 Petit Verdot So floral in the nose with some good old fashioned sweet. Smells pretty. Think blooming flower garden under a bakers kitchen window. The aromatics are unreal. Gets pointed on the palate. The tannins are spunky. Wild acidic structure but on a leash. Expect a nice an long finish. Would be […]

Andis 2011 Barbera

July 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Andis 2011 Barbera Oh that smells good! This little goodie is a Barbera with a little Zinfandel and Grenache to make it a party. More like a mellow soirée but you get the idea. Strawberries, raspberries and some spice in the nose. Smells delightful. It sits so casual on the palate. It’s not suppose to be big. […]

Outpost Winery

July 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Outpost Winery • (Howell Mtn) Angwin, CA I was lucky enough to visit Outpost Winery in May of 2014.  It’s in Angwin, CA which is in the heart of Howell Mountain. (Definitely my favorite part of Napa Valley especially when the red juice is being poured.) Howell Mountain overlooks the Northern end of the Napa […]

Medlock Ames 2012 Chardonnay

July 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Medlock Ames 2012 Chardonnay Oak and spice sure smells nice. Smells of a relaxing summer afternoon. Simple. Not looking to do it all. Average acid structure makes it a fairly easy drinker. Simple finish. • 845 cases Retail: $27 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Tasting Notes: “Bright floral aromatics and hints of slate and minerality are nicely […]

D’Art 2011 Zinfandel

July 17th, 2014 | No Comments

D’Art 2011 Zinfandel Blackberries and spice. A cool and cha-cha-cha combo for your nose. Sweet fig and tons more spice on the palate. It’s big!  I mean big.  Great contrast between sweet and spice tones.  Finishes strong. Retail: $24.00 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6)

Copain 2011 Wentzel Pinot Noir

July 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Copain 2011 Wentzel Pinot Noir A dull ruby tint deceives the eye while the nose is greeted with bright red cherry. Dig deeper into the bell to find some sandalwood and maybe a hint of mint. A vibrant acid structure makes the fruit dance and puts it center stage. The finish begins with a nice tart […]

Estate Crush 2011 Sangiovese

July 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Estate Crush 2011 Sangiovese  A little floral and a lot of bright red fruit. Unabashed! The grapes speak wildly but not recklessly. A big acid structure that is bright and lively at the top of the palate. The finish is a trip! It feels as if this little guy will keep on chugging forever in […]