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Borra Vineyards 2012 Red Fusion Blend

April 27th, 2015 | 1 Comment

Borra Vineyards 2012 Red Fusion Blend Chocolate covered raspberries in the nose. No wait… cherries… No wait… I do believe I have underestimated this cunning blend. Definitely some complexity here where I was expecting a solid table wine. A lovely structure as it sits on the palate. Don’t rush it. A lovely structure. Precise. Substantial […]

St. Amant 2012 Tempranillo

March 11th, 2015 | No Comments

St. Amant 2012 Tempranillo A big kid wine. Newbies need not apply. The nose is full and big. Full of dark ripe fruit. I’m starting to notice a theme with wines from St. Amant. Bold and unapologetic. This rascal is full of spice. The tannins mean business so knuckle up and hold on. Not out of […]

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 […]

Due Vigne 2013 Chardonnay

March 5th, 2015 | No Comments

Due Vigne 2013 Chardonnay An “unoaked” Chard served at room temperature. Before I could even ask about the temperature, the Tasting Room Manager Jeremy offered that they found the wine never showed its true personality when served chilled. I guess you could say this wine needs to “warm up” to company. (See what I did there? […]

Melka 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

February 23rd, 2015 | No Comments

Melka 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon A spicy, dark fruit jumble. The nose is alive! Plenty of currant and plum to go with the spices and oak. The palate buzzes instantly. The acidity is electric like lightening in a bottle. Definitely a wine for big kids. Young palates need not apply. The tannins are slightly dusty and […]

Heritage Oak 2010 Petit Verdot

February 18th, 2015 | No Comments

Heritage Oak 2010 Petit Verdot Dusty oak and some faint floral tones claim the nose. It smells regal. I do love Petit Verdot, especially when featured on its own stage. A tart start but not until mid-palate. The dusty tannins arrive immediately but in a supporting role. The finish starts early, if that makes sense. Its delicate […]

Valley of the Moon 2013 Pinot Blanc

February 13th, 2015 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2013 Pinot Blanc  A regal peach nose. Smells absolutely delightful. Thank goodness the peach continues through the palate. It would have been sad to see it go. Some clean bitter twinkles on the rear palate. Finishes quickly. Doesn’t hang around for a long curtain call. Crisp ending. Great idea for the […]

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, […]

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 […]