Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: 2011.

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 […]

D’Art 2011 Barbera

December 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

D’Art 2011 Barbera A sweet fig and spice nose. The palate is committed. Fig continues to dominate with a slightly sour plum playing second fiddle. The spices don’t get unruly but they sure do hang around like an afternoon shadow. In fact, they feel like they never plan to leave. It just becomes the background scenery. […]

2011 Nine Gables Syrah

November 24th, 2014 | Comments Off on 2011 Nine Gables Syrah

2011 Nine Gables Syrah Some sweet strawberries and a hint of spice. The spices really deliver on the palate. It gets interesting there. A tart start. Solid tannins greet you while the spices continue to entertain. The finish is wild. Don’t expect a passive glass from this rascal. Retail: $24 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) […]

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 […]

Elevation Ten 2011 Cabernet Franc

October 29th, 2014 | No Comments

Elevation Ten 2011 Cabernet Franc A nose full of earthy cherry with some white pepper and tobacco. I got my nose wet and it felt like a bit of raspberry as well. An earthy soul. So balanced. Sits well on the palate. Feels older than it is. The acid structure is so defined its a […]

Fields Family 2011 Syrah

October 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2011 Syrah A very fruity nose. Jumbles of ripe raspberries. An acidic entrance for what I thought was going to be a whole lot more Shirley Temple. Slightly tannic and alive on the tongue. Tart fruit dominates the palate. Late, silky tannins emerge after the moment you have chalked up the experience. I […]

Tablas Creek 2011 Esprit de Tablas

October 8th, 2014 | No Comments

Tablas Creek 2011 Esprit de Tablas A consistent tone or currant with moments of tart cherry. It’s a good nose. Smells smooth. This Rhône blend brings 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise together in one show. This is no small show mind you. It feels like quite the performance even before it […]

Amador Cellars 2011 Barbera

October 4th, 2014 | No Comments

Amador Cellars 2011 Barbera Cherry and spice and everything nice. Smells alive in the glass. The spicy palate is fun and a bit wild. Finish is on the modeled side. Feels immature like it needs to sleep. Dark fruit finish. Reail: $26 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “This is the style of […]

Spenker 2011 Zinfandel

October 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Spenker 2011 Zinfandel The nose is all over the place. Fruits from every angle. Assorted berries is the best description for a round and diverse experience. The end of the draw offers a little high spice like a eucalyptus. Doesn’t start out big. Begins reserved and polite. Slightly bitter and full of acidic wobble. Peppery tannins […]

Tablas Creek 2011 Côtes de Tablas

September 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Tablas Creek 2011 Côtes de Tablas A Rhone blend with great high, sweet strawberries and a healthy does of blended berries. A very pleasant nose. The mid-palate will offer a delightfully neat tannin structure. Its desirable and easy going. So mellow. A tart and crisp finish. This is a great call for a newbie looking to expand […]