Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: $30-$40.

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. […]

Elevation Ten 2012 Zinfandel

November 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Elevation Ten 2012 Zinfandel A lovely floral nose. Has a hint of white pepper and spice but they are restrained . Once on the palate, the flowers blow out the window. Gives way to a dense, chewy start. The tannins get big in a hurry. No shrinking violet here. The finish gets even and the acids […]

Elevation Ten 2012 Petit Verdot

November 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Elevation Ten 2012 Petit Verdot There are some great sweet cherries in there. A lovely nose. Offers a big sweet fruit start. A delight for the tip of the tongue. Full of lively floral notes. A typical trait of PV but I never seem to grow tired of it. Offers some silky and dry tannins. The […]

Premonition Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir

November 1st, 2014 | No Comments

Premonition Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir A big bold smelling Pinot from Sonoma. The bold cherry notes jumped out of the bell of my glass. It’s young and a bit unabashed. Secondary cola notes give it some high spice. My wife dug in and said, “Wow… big tobacco!” I didn’t get that. Then I swirled it […]

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 […]

Robert Sinskey 2009 POV

October 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Robert Sinskey 2009 POV I sat with my nose dug into this Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv blend for almost 5 minutes. It took me there. Memories of warm buttered toast on a rainy day and opening blackberry jam as your mouth waters in anticipation. I always love how olfactory memories emerge from the depths of […]

Draconis 2009 Zinfandel

October 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Draconis 2009 Zinfandel Mixed berries and oak with a hint of cinnamon. I think there’s a bit of brown sugar in there? Mmmmmmmmm. That smells good. Thats a nose that will put you in a good mood. Aged well and sits regally on the palate. I think its the barrel time. The sweet almost playful nose was […]

Helwig 2012 Petite Sirah

September 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Petite Sirah The nose is warm and oaky. The bright strawberries are enticing behind the wood. Such a welcoming tone. The palate is greeted by more strawberries, leather notes and an air of cedar. What a great start. It jumps on your palate and feels as if it cleans your tongue as if […]