Browsing all posts from August, 2014.

Three Wine Co. 2011 Chardonnay

August 31st, 2014 | No Comments

Three Wine Co. 2011 Chardonnay Some pineapple tones, snappy green apple and oaky hints of butter in this fairly traditional California Chard. Look for playful acids to dance on the mid-palate. Finish isn’t a symphony but well played indeed. Great ice cold sipper and a prime choice for wine newbies. It’s refreshing. • 295 Cases  […]

Michael David 2010 Gluttony Zinfandel

August 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Michael David 2010 Gluttony Zinfandel Dusty pomegranate and strawberry in the nose. Smells sweet and jammy. The palate however is a bit of a trickster. Hickory and honey notes dominate the palate. The finish is evenly balanced and puts in solid work for quite a while. Go big or go home. [Soapbox Time]  I have never liked […]

Amador Cellars 2010 Zinfandel

August 29th, 2014 | No Comments

Amador Cellars 2010 Zinfandel Smells of spicy berries but grounded with good old fashioned earth. The palate is full of depth. Maybe a fig or a sweet, toasted nut wood. The rear palate gets sharp almost out of nowhere. The acid bump is the ramp for the finish which seems to last forever. …Yup, its still going.  Alright […]

Borjón 2012 Petite Sirah Reposado

August 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Borjón 2012 Petite Sirah Reposado A deep purple tint to this juice. It’s pretty! Looks big sitting in the glass. Smells of cedar and spice. Slightly tart right in the middle of your tongue. It gives you a big hug. Squeezes right on top and in the middle. Interesting experience. Tannins are robust and milky. […]

Toasted Toad 2011 Touriga

August 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Toasted Toad 2011 Touriga Touriga! Smells of bright red fruit with a flare. Not sure what that is but its working for me. Oak notes tie is all together nicely. Nicely acidic vibe on the palate which makes it interesting. It gets rascally mid palate and the acids keep you guessing. The finish is long and […]

Zinphomaniac 2012 Zinfandel

August 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Zinphomaniac 2012 Zinfandel Dark bramble fruit and maybe a hint of leather. I’m overwhelmed… I just arrived at ZAP‘s Simply Summer Celebration and there are so many wineries here. There is straw all over the ground and my nose is struggling to smell anything but hay. I am not so confident on my nose on this one. […]

Sbragia 2012 “Gino’s Estate” Zinfandel

August 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Sbragia 2012 “Gino’s Estate” Zinfandel Oak, sweet red fruit and a hint of brown sugar. Big fruit and tangled acid notes get busy quickly. Pleasing tart tannins come calling mid-palate. They crescendo and begin to get thick. It becomes a big experience and just when you think you will be overwhelmed, the fog lifts. You […]

Carol Shelton 2012 Wild Thing Zinfandel

August 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Carol Shelton 2012 Wild Thing Zinfandel I am not usually one to be swayed by a label but this bottle is cool. Keeping it on your table to show off might be a problem. It’s good. This organically grown Zin with a splash of Carignane and a dash of Petit Sirah smells big and delicious. Bright […]

Artezin 2012 Zinfandel

August 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Artezin 2012 Zinfandel A healthy dose of blueberries with a few well placed spices and you’ve got an inviting nose. The moment it hits your palate, you get a fun loving zing. A bit of a frolic on the tongue you might say. Relaxes after the initial zing and turns into a yummy red fruit teddy […]

Four Vines 2011 Biker Zinfandel

August 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Four Vines 2011 Biker Zinfandel Raspberry and dry oak notes. Solid and playful. Smells delightful. I love contrasting aromatics. Oh wow… I was thinking, big raspberry notes, strong oak undertone and a name like “Biker” that I was about to walk in on a full on party. More like a mom having a full spa […]