Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: $20-$30.

Mettler 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

March 9th, 2015 | No Comments

Mettler 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon The nose is sneaky. It’s a Cab but the Petite Sirah won’t be denied. A lovely nose. It’s mellow on the palate despite the involved bouquet. The structure offers a relaxed experience. I found myself sucking air over it, leaving it on my tongue while the conversation in the tasting room went on […]

Due Vigne 2013 Chardonnay

March 5th, 2015 | No Comments

Due Vigne 2013 Chardonnay An “unoaked” Chard served at room temperature. Before I could even ask about the temperature, the Tasting Room Manager Jeremy offered that they found the wine never showed its true personality when served chilled. I guess you could say this wine needs to “warm up” to company. (See what I did there? […]

Revolution St. Rey 2012 Celeste Field Blend

February 25th, 2015 | No Comments

Revolution St. Rey 2012 Celeste Field Blend Dusty raspberries and raisins. Gives it a wise nose. Gentle acids and tannins greet you at the door. Accommodating. Welcoming and gentle like walking into your grandmother’s house. Mellow and inviting. Just when you think you have this one pegged, the finish puckers at the end. The easy […]

Heritage Oak 2010 Petit Verdot

February 18th, 2015 | No Comments

Heritage Oak 2010 Petit Verdot Dusty oak and some faint floral tones claim the nose. It smells regal. I do love Petit Verdot, especially when featured on its own stage. A tart start but not until mid-palate. The dusty tannins arrive immediately but in a supporting role. The finish starts early, if that makes sense. Its delicate […]

Valley of the Moon 2013 Pinot Blanc

February 13th, 2015 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2013 Pinot Blanc  A regal peach nose. Smells absolutely delightful. Thank goodness the peach continues through the palate. It would have been sad to see it go. Some clean bitter twinkles on the rear palate. Finishes quickly. Doesn’t hang around for a long curtain call. Crisp ending. Great idea for the […]

St. Amant 2012 Speakeasy Red

January 27th, 2015 | No Comments

St. Amant 2012 Speakeasy Red An earthy, jumbled fruit nose with a hint of spice. Hello! Forget about a long introduction. Excitement now. The tart, dry tannins make quite the statement on the mid-palate like a blanket being thrown over your mouth. The finish is just as big. Bold. Quite the argument for a cold […]

Nine Gables 2012 Cal Italia

January 23rd, 2015 | No Comments

Nine Gables 2012 Cal Italia A woodsy nose infused with fig. The palate starts with plum and wrapping tannins. No foreplay here, right to the action. The angular, edgy acids are short term players. They back off quickly and glide away smoothly. Ends with a nice acid bump out of no where leaving some spices to […]

Revolution 2013 Chenin Blanc

January 20th, 2015 | No Comments

Revolution 2013 Chenin Blanc Not sharp. Apricot, pear and peach with a hint of floral honey. Mellow tones on the palate. The acids are direct but not easy going. The finish is delightfully sour. Full of wet. It hangs out for a solid adventure. Wine newbies, a great wine for you! A great afternoon sipper. […]

Story Wines 2010 Alitia Zinfandel

January 16th, 2015 | No Comments

Story Wines 2010 Alitia Zinfandel This juice comes from younger vines than most of their other offerings. This Zin is named after a prize winning German Shepard. Interesting factoid to say the least. Hints of spicy cocoa and tobacco leaves. An interesting palate. Gets sours in a hurry. Fully of herbs and spices throughout the […]

Valley of the Moon 2010 Barbera

January 8th, 2015 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2010 Barbera There be big aromatics in there! Sweet, over ripe cherries jump from the glass. Wow… hello! Maybe some plum and cocoa making the nose nice and round.  It definitely has depth. The palate starts with a little spice and a bit of oak. The cherries can’t help but continue […]