Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: Sierra Foothills.

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? […]

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 […]

Story Wines 2010 Alitia Zinfandel

January 16th, 2015 | No Comments

Story Wines 2010 Alitia Zinfandel This juice comes from younger vines than most of their other offerings. This Zin is named after a prize winning German Shepard. Interesting factoid to say the least. Hints of spicy cocoa and tobacco leaves. An interesting palate. Gets sours in a hurry. Fully of herbs and spices throughout the […]

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 http://www.9gables.com/ (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. […]

Karmère 2012 La Petite Morgan Nebbiolo

December 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Karmère 2012 La Petite Morgan Nebbiolo A soft and gentle nose from the regal Nebbiolo grape. A jumble of dark fruit with some high spices like clove or mint following a few paces behind. Not a forward nose. She’s not so quick to give up her secrets. Delightful acid structure. Just right. The dainty nose […]

2012 Nine Gables Primera

December 10th, 2014 | No Comments

2012 Nine Gables Primera A Primitivo and Barbera blend that is plummy with a currant base. It fills the nose. Secondary mint notes rounds it out. A sweet start once on the lips but it doesn’t hang around. Tart tannins develop from under the tongue and reach upward. Wets the top of your mouth. Sweet raspberries […]

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 […]

Karmère 2013 Temprance Blend

November 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Karmère 2013 Temprance Blend The “Naughty Bawdy” brought to you by the “Temperance Tarts.” This is a liter jug of fun. A table wine with a little sass. Get’s started with mixed fruit and some plum notes for the nose. The palate is on the sweeter side. Oaky and toasty. Definitely one the sweeter side. The […]

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 http://www.9gables.com/ (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) […]