Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: Amador.

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 […]

Nine Gables 2012 Grand Blanc

December 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Nine Gables 2012 Grand Blanc Citrus and soft melon notes. A reserved and shy blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The palate matches the nose. Delicate floral tones and fairy like acids drift across the mouth. A long finish for a delicate wine. Retail: $21 (K&S Rating: 4 of 6)  

Helwig Winery

December 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig Winery • (Sierra Foothills) Amador, CA Like so many of my adventures, Helwig was discovered on sheer dumb luck. My wife and I were invited to a great charity event for the Triumph Cancer Foundation called Triumph Uncorked. It’s a fantastic summer event at Helwig Winery full of fun people, good music and of course great wine. […]

Helwig 2012 Zinfandel

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Zinfandel Raspberry and spice. Smells big. Full of sharp tannins as soon as it jumps onto your palate. Once they get there they bounce around. Whoa big fella. The big acids feel as though they are there to keep the party moving. Its a big party. With so much going gone, I can’t imagine […]

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) […]

Borjón Winery

November 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Borjón Winery  • Plymouth, CA The Shenandoah Valley AVA is an adorable little wine region in the Sierra Foothills of California about 40 miles east of Sacramento. It is scenic and the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon or even a weekend sightseeing and drinking wine. Borjón Winery is a perfect example of the small, adorable family […]

Helwig 2012 Barbera

November 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2012 Barbera An herbal and spice filled nose. Its full of assorted red fruit. A seashell. Keep digging your nose in there and you can smell the vineyard air in the Shenandoah Valley here in Amador, CA. Neat trick. The pepper and spice livens up the palate in a hurry. Its always good to […]

Borjón 2012 Primitivo Reposado

November 7th, 2014 | No Comments

Borjón 2012 Primitivo Reposado Bright cherry and cedar round out the nose. Slightly bitter palate. A mellow start. An interesting blend of woodsy and jammy characteristics. Acidity is sharp on the mid-palate but short lived. Angular. The finish lingers with faint red fruit tones. a Reail: $24 (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “Fresh! […]

Helwig 2013 Rosé de Shenandoah

November 5th, 2014 | No Comments

Helwig 2013 Rosé de Shenandoah What a vibrant colored rosé. It just looks pretty and the nose is lively full of strawberries and green vines. Nice contrast. Quite a big blend. Starts pleasantly sweet. Expected. Acid structure twangs in the mid-palate and gets lively. Zingy. Finishes fun. As it fades, a sour tone prevails which almost […]

Story Wines 2010 Barbera

November 4th, 2014 | No Comments

Story Wines 2010 Barbera A mixed berry and earth nose. Maybe some musk adds to the complexity. They are a delight to your nose. This is a big wine and I do mean big. Sweet berries jump onto your tongue with a spice or two. A little sweet with a hint of spice. The bold acid structure is […]