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Borra Vineyards 2012 Red Fusion Blend

April 27th, 2015 | 1 Comment

Borra Vineyards 2012 Red Fusion Blend Chocolate covered raspberries in the nose. No wait… cherries… No wait… I do believe I have underestimated this cunning blend. Definitely some complexity here where I was expecting a solid table wine. A lovely structure as it sits on the palate. Don’t rush it. A lovely structure. Precise. Substantial […]

St. Amant 2012 Tempranillo

March 11th, 2015 | No Comments

St. Amant 2012 Tempranillo A big kid wine. Newbies need not apply. The nose is full and big. Full of dark ripe fruit. I’m starting to notice a theme with wines from St. Amant. Bold and unapologetic. This rascal is full of spice. The tannins mean business so knuckle up and hold on. Not out of […]

M2 2013 Viognier

February 7th, 2015 | No Comments

M2 2013 Viognier Silky pear notes followed by citrus and honeysuckle. Smells like an spring, afternoon snack. Tart pear acidity drives the palate. It’s not a big wine but definitely not tame. Finishes slightly creamy. Not my style of white but quoting Layne Montgomery, the winemaker at M2, “That’s ok we got plenty more.” Layne’s […]

Mettler 2012 Epicenter Old Vine Zin

January 26th, 2015 | No Comments

Mettler 2012 Epicenter Old Vine Zin A Zin blend full of fruit goodness. The mouth is full. Fruity acidity all over the bottom of the palate. The tannins are bottom dwellers. I thought they were trying to burrow under my tongue. As they did, the acids got playful on top. That’s a neat trick! A sweet, […]

Carvalho 2012 Barrel to Bottle Blend

January 12th, 2015 | No Comments

Carvalho 2012 Barrel to Bottle Blend A Zin and Syrah blend. It’s an old style. Not completely filtered so don’t panic when you notice it’s a bit cloudy. That can be unsettling for some. For me it’s a great part of the adventure. The wine geek in me loves it. She’s a young rascal. The […]

Chateau Lousteauneuf 2010 Bourdeaux Blend

December 5th, 2014 | No Comments

Chateau Lousteauneuf 2010 Bourdeaux Blend My wife was at Costco recently and cruised the wine aisle wondering if any new juice hit the shelves. A bit surprised, she found a few French offerings. Loving the idea of revisiting all the great juice we had while in Paris this past summer, she picked a few up. […]

Carvalho 2012 Chardonnay

December 4th, 2014 | No Comments

Carvalho 2012 Chardonnay Is that white peach I smell? Maybe some honeysuckle and citrus for effect. A delicate dandy. Ever so soft citrus acids dance like little sprites. It wets the palate and you’ll sucks your tongue. Don’t expect them to leave anytime soon. Sticky. Hangs around for a fortnight. Retail: $17.95 http://www.carvalhofamilywinery.com (K&S Rating: 3 of […]

Karmère 2013 Temprance Blend

November 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Karmère 2013 Temprance Blend The “Naughty Bawdy” brought to you by the “Temperance Tarts.” This is a liter jug of fun. A table wine with a little sass. Get’s started with mixed fruit and some plum notes for the nose. The palate is on the sweeter side. Oaky and toasty. Definitely one the sweeter side. The […]

Beckmen 2013 Grenache Rosé

November 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Beckmen 2013 Grenache Rosé A wonderful coral color. It looks lovely in the fall sun in Los Olivos CA near Santa Barbara.  Hints of orange, assorted citrus and rose petals. Go figure. Rose in rosé. Not as fruity on the palate. Cleans the palate. Acid driven and pointed. Finishes heavier than it looks. Can hold […]

2011 Nine Gables Mission Old Vine

November 12th, 2014 | No Comments

2011 Nine Gables Mission Old Vine  The Mission grape is an old varietal and one of the first to make its way to North America with Spanish missionaries. I always find Mission an interesting experience on my palate. I have tasted so few in my adventures but as soon as it hits my mouth I […]