Browsing all posts from December, 2014.

Nine Gables 2012 Grand Blanc

December 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Nine Gables 2012 Grand Blanc Citrus and soft melon notes. A reserved and shy blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The palate matches the nose. Delicate floral tones and fairy like acids drift across the mouth. A long finish for a delicate wine. Retail: $21 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6)  

Elevation Ten 2013 Pinot Grigio

December 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Elevation Ten 2013 Pinot Grigio Looks dainty in the glass. Is that banana in there? The nose is passively inviting. Some citrus notes dabble and maybe a bit of green apple to keep things interesting. She feels dry and clean like a fall breeze. The green apple grows on the mid-palate. Sharply snappy and plucky. Retail: […]

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Merry Christmas from Key and Swirl!

Carol Shelton 2013 Monga Zin

December 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Carol Shelton 2013 Monga Zin Not a big nose. Seems ironic for a Zin. Delicate plum with hints of oak. A hint of vanilla soaks the palate. A little spice comes rolling in as you notice the airy body.  A short acid bump mid-adventure gets your attention. The long and vibrant finish is slow and […]

Carvalho 2010 Boat Shed Red

December 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Carvalho 2010 Boat Shed Red A mixed vintage blend of mostly Tempranillo with Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and maybe a dash of Dolcetto. A spicy raspberry nose to start. The mouth is tart and tannin filled. The tannins are soft but big like a new fluffy blanket. The finish get green vegetable and farmers table. […]

Helwig Winery

December 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig Winery • (Sierra Foothills) Amador, CA Like so many of my adventures, Helwig was discovered on sheer dumb luck. My wife and I were invited to a great charity event for the Triumph Cancer Foundation called Triumph Uncorked. It’s a fantastic summer event at Helwig Winery full of fun people, good music and of course great wine. […]

Valley of the Moon 2012 Small Lots Pinot Noir

December 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2012 Small Lots Pinot Noir Tobacco leaf, a bit of cherry, some dark chocolate shavings and some young shoots of garden mint. Some spices come to play mid-palate. The spices are short lived but makes you take notice. Finishes earthy and all around your tongue. It’s a nice wrap. Not a long finish […]

Draconis 2009 Petite Sirah

December 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Draconis 2009 Petite Sirah A dark berry and spearmint nose. It’s not a sultry, dark, ruby colored P.S. It’s something else. Acids jump out on the front of you palate. Bold, round but chalky tannins lay on your palate like a 100 lb. golden lab that thinks she’s a lap dog. A spicy acidity comes […]

Failla 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

December 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Failla 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir A ridiculously lovely cherry start. Secondary cocoa notes provide a lovely depth to the nose. Smells crisp and balanced. Jumps to the center of your mouth to dance and it gets there quickly. I think it’s made that way. The playful acidity doesn’t last long. Shifts gears on the rear palate. […]

Karmère 2012 La Petite Morgan Nebbiolo

December 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Karmère 2012 La Petite Morgan Nebbiolo A soft and gentle nose from the regal Nebbiolo grape. A jumble of dark fruit with some high spices like clove or mint following a few paces behind. Not a forward nose. She’s not so quick to give up her secrets. Delightful acid structure. Just right. The dainty nose […]