Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: $50-$75.

Madrone 2012 Yoakim Bridge Road Block

January 5th, 2015 | No Comments

Madrone 2012 Cabernet SauvignonYoakim Bridge Road Block A wonderful nose of earthy spice and healthy cherry. Laveder tones give it a slightly floral nose. An interesting tannin structure. Starts chalky but ends silky. Neat trick. A lovely but short black licorice whip as it finishes. The finish seems likes its going to give up but […]

Tablas Creek 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel

October 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Tablas Creek 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel Sweet currant and leather notes will take over your nose. Maybe a sprinkle of cherry and raspberry for good measure but the darker, bolder, earthier notes will stay in the spotlight. The palate is full of bold acidity with added spices. Sits on your palate big but with all things in […]

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 […]

Fields Family 2009 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2009 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon “Foresty.” Full of cedar and black cheery. It grows organically the more you smell. Hello Big Napa Cab and right here in the heart of Lodi. Go figure. Wine tasting is always an adventure. Starts easy. Effortless. The tannins reach and stretch as if woken up from a […]

McCay Cellars 2010 Contention Zinfandel

September 6th, 2014 | No Comments

McCay Cellars 2010 Contention Zinfandel I was told that Michael McCay calls this juice the “Art of Debate.” I can’t wait to hear the details on this. Stay tuned… A great prelude to tasting, the soil of the vineyard that produces this juice has a great historical oddity. The story goes that 100 years ago there […]

Michael David 2010 Gluttony Zinfandel

August 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Michael David 2010 Gluttony Zinfandel Dusty pomegranate and strawberry in the nose. Smells sweet and jammy. The palate however is a bit of a trickster. Hickory and honey notes dominate the palate. The finish is evenly balanced and puts in solid work for quite a while. Go big or go home. [Soapbox Time]  I have never liked […]

Copain 2009 Kiser “En Haut” Pinot Noir

August 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Copain 2009 Kiser “En Haut” Pinot Noir Imagine a small clump of vibrant cherries. Powerful but not too many. Like a spoonful that overwhelms you. That’s the nose. The tannins are hesitant and just the right size. They settle and then the acidity give you a well planned surprise party. Great temporal structure. The finish […]

Copain 2011 Wentzel Pinot Noir

July 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Copain 2011 Wentzel Pinot Noir A dull ruby tint deceives the eye while the nose is greeted with bright red cherry. Dig deeper into the bell to find some sandalwood and maybe a hint of mint. A vibrant acid structure makes the fruit dance and puts it center stage. The finish begins with a nice tart […]

DAOU 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

June 19th, 2014 | No Comments

DAOU 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The currant notes are bold but not overwhelming. Starts mild on the palate with dark berries. Big crescendo builds like the end of the second act. It continues to climbs through a nice show of acidity and then settles. Chalky and wet rear palate gives it a good hold on your attention. […]

2011 Original Grandpere Zinfandel

June 5th, 2014 | No Comments

2011 Original Grandpere Zinfandel This guy gives the real meaning to Old Vine Zin. The juice is sourced from the oldest recorded Zin vines in the country.  Planted around the 1860s, these vines are old so they don’t produce tons of fruit.  The grapes they do harvest make a big impact in the glass. Big […]