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M2 2013 Viognier

February 7th, 2015 | No Comments

M2 2013 Viognier Silky pear notes followed by citrus and honeysuckle. Smells like an spring, afternoon snack. Tart pear acidity drives the palate. It’s not a big wine but definitely not tame. Finishes slightly creamy. Not my style of white but quoting Layne Montgomery, the winemaker at M2, “That’s ok we got plenty more.” Layne’s […]

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 […]

Mettler 2012 Epicenter Old Vine Zin

January 26th, 2015 | No Comments

Mettler 2012 Epicenter Old Vine Zin A Zin blend full of fruit goodness. The mouth is full. Fruity acidity all over the bottom of the palate. The tannins are bottom dwellers. I thought they were trying to burrow under my tongue. As they did, the acids got playful on top. That’s a neat trick! A sweet, […]

Draconis 2010 Zinfandel

January 13th, 2015 | No Comments

Draconis 2010 Zinfandel Mint, dry oak and raspberry. An easy palate. Gentle and slightly sweet. The tannins are smooth and long. A slight acid bump at the end of the adventure definitely peaks your interest. The finish sparkles for quite a while. Retail: $50.00 http://draconisvineyards.com/ (K&S Rating: 4 of 6)  

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 […]

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. […]

Draconis 2012 Merlot

December 1st, 2014 | No Comments

Draconis 2012 Merlot Notice the bottle is not even labeled yet. My hypothesis is that the wine that Matt Powell makes leaves his tasting room as fast as he can label it. I think that’s a good sign. This rascal is full of warm oak notes that reach deep into the nose. Earthy and full of […]

Acquiesce 2013 Viognier

November 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Acquiesce 2013 Viognier Dry peach and cut rose stems. The nose is bright and sweet with a little adventure. Lovely with a little wild. She smells like a rascal. Oh yeah.. first sip confirmed it, she’s a rascal. A white wine for the red wine dinner. Acids jump and shout. They demand your attention. Nice […]

Toasted Toad Cellars

November 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Toasted Toad Cellars • Lodi, CA My favorite way to go out wine tasting is to choose an AVA and follow my nose. A sign here, a wine map there, a healthy does of Google Maps and let the adventure begin. A few months ago, I decided to take a trip into downtown Lodi here […]

Kidder Family Wines 2012 Tempranillo

October 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Kidder Family Wines 2012 Tempranillo A mixed berry and mint nose. The palate is plummy with a currant tone and full of spices. Pointed but restrained tannins are abundant. Light body makes for a fun and food friendly wine. Playful. Reail: $24 http://kidderwines.com K&S Rating: 4 of 6 Winemaker Notes: “Derived from the Spanish word “temprano” […]