1/11/2017

Quick Sip: Glorie Farm Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc

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Today’s Quick Sip is Glorie Farm Winery’s 2014 Cabernet Franc. I had an opportunity to try this wine for #CabFrancDay, a daylong, widely attended virtual celebration of the grape put on by the good folks at Dracaena Wines (who make a really nice Cabernet Franc too). This was not my first foray into New York wines, but it was one of the first Cabernet Francs from the Hudson River region I had a chance to experience. I had several people over for this event and the wine really impressed – in quality, typicity (as two called it textbook), and price (solid QPR).

Glorie Farm started out as a vineyard in 1983, with the planting of Seyval Blanc, a French-American hybrid grape. For a number of years the vineyard sold fruit to local wineries and home winemakers. In 2001, which was a very good and generous vintage, there was enough residual fruit left to produce 60 cases of Seyval Blanc. The 60 cases were produced under the Glorie Farm label. Grape grower Doug Glorie called the wine “fabulous” and in 2004 the winery was officially established. Besides Seyval Blanc and other varieties, Doug grows a really nice Cabernet Franc. The 2014 vintage is expressive, bright, and delicious; a lovely addition to any table. For further information and where you can find this wine, please check out my tasting notes below.

"We make wine really in the vineyard; if you take good care of your vines the wine-making process is much easier" ~ Doug Glorie 

Glorie Farm Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc (SRP $19): Here’s an appealing Cabernet Franc from New York’s Hudson River appellation. Medium ruby in color, this wine is lean, supple and streamlined, delivering a pleasing mix of tart cherry, black raspberry and plum notes which are nicely accented by violets and a smidgen of wild herbs. The flavors are supported by a nice lift of fresh acidity that carries through the satisfying finish. This wine is very enjoyable on its own, yet its bright and fresh character also makes it a versatile dinner companion. Get some in your wine glass! Region: Hudson Valley, New York. Other info: ABV 12%, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.


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12/19/2016

Quick Sip: Noble Tree Wickersham Ranch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

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If you’re looking for a pleasing and affordable, no-fuss Cabernet Sauvignon, then this wine is for you. It is made in an approachable, fruit-forward style and is versatile enough to be enjoyed on its own or with a wide range of foods. The fruit comes from Wickersham Ranch, a sunny mountaintop vineyard in northwest Sonoma County, that’s situated at an altitude of approximately 2,200 feet. This high-elevation Cabernet retails for $25 but is under $20 at Cork Exclusive. Even better, free shipping is offered on any purchase of three or more bottles of wines or spirits. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.


Noble Tree Wickersham Ranch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $25): Deep ruby, purple in color, this is a solid, everyday drinking Cabernet Sauvignon from a high-altitude site in northwestern Sonoma County. Inviting aromas of red berry fruit mixed with baking spices are joined by purple stone fruit, cracked black peppercorns and star anise on the palate. In the mouth, it’s well-balanced and supple with a good lift of juicy acidity propping up the velvet-like texture. A satisfying, medium-long finish caps off this medium-to-fuller bodied wine. Grab a bottle and add pizza, red sauce pasta dishes, or a gourmet burger and make your dining experience complete. Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 14.8%, wild yeast fermentation, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 10 months in 40% neutral French oak, 60% stainless, screw cap enclosure.

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11/28/2016

Quick Sip: Joseph Drouhin 2012 Côte de Nuits-Villages

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Côte de Nuits-Villages from Joseph Drouhin. At the ripe old age of 22, Joseph Drouhin founded his eponymous wine company in 1880. Today, it is one of the most well-known and largest estates in all of Burgundy, France. The historic business is currently headed by 4th generation family members. Over the years, the domain has garnered a very good reputation for consistency and quality. This particular village-level red Burgundy (Pinot Noir) from the Côte de Nuits region drinks nicely right now and is both satisfying and reasonably priced. If you are in the market for a solid red wine to wash down Thanksgiving leftovers or just an affordable weeknight red to enjoy with dinner, then look no further my friends. This red Burgundy retails for $35 but can be found for $22.99 at Cork Exclusive. And when you purchase three or more bottles of wines or spirits, shipping is free. For further information, please check out my tasting notes below.


Joseph Drouhin 2012 Côte de Nuits-Villages (SRP $35): Light ruby in color, this wine is poised and fresh with aromas and flavors redolent of tart red berry fruit followed by earth tones, baking spice notes, and muted floral impressions. In the mouth, it’s medium-bodied, harmonious and savory, with good acidity, ending in soft, well-tamed tannins on the medium-length finish. A pleasant wine on its own, this is also a good bottle to share with family and friends at the dinner table. Try it with red sauce dishes, rotisserie chicken, grilled salmon, light cheeses and more. Region: Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France. Other info: ABV 13%, aged 12 to 15 months in French oak barrels (10% new), cork enclosure.  

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11/08/2016

Quick Sip: Artesa 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay from Artesa Vineyard and Winery. Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world due to its ability to thrive in a wide range of soil types and climates. It is also the most popular wine in America; and for good reason: the grape has the potential to produce exceptional wines in a wide range of styles. This selection comes from Artesa’s estate vineyard in Carneros; an appellation with a very good reputation for quality Chardonnay. The fruit was sourced from some of the producer’s best vineyard blocks and was grown at some of the highest elevations in the appellation. This is an attractive Chardonnay from an excellent vintage. It is the type of Chardonnay I personally enjoy with lobster, scallops, salmon fillets or pasta with Alfredo sauce. It is quite satisfying on its own, too. I highly recommend inviting a bottle over for dinner! You can find this wine well under the $35 suggested retail price and other good deals at Cork Exclusive. And even better, shipping is free on any three or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information, please see my tasting notes below.

“Well, there’s only one way to make great wine – with the finest grapes. We take a multi-appellation approach to winemaking. That vineyard and appellation philosophy is the foundation for all the wines we make.” ~ Artesa Winery

Artesa 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay (SRP $35): This pleasing and expressive Chardonnay effortlessly balances barrel richness, fruit flavors, and vibrancy. An inviting nose leads to a fuller-bodied wine brimming with bright tree and dried stone fruit flavors that fold into lemon custard, toasty shortbread and subtle notes of cream. The flavors are propped up with fresh, welcoming acidity, ending in a round, flowing finish. This Chardonnay is drinking beautifully right now. But, do not to serve it too cold. Enjoy this bottle at cellar temperature (i.e., around 55°). As the wine warms in your glass, its charm and beautiful texture will gradually be drawn out. Region: Carneros, Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.4%, fermented and aged 8 months in 100% French oak barrels (50% new), cork enclosure.

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10/26/2016

#MerlotMe: Cliff Creek Cellars 2012 Merlot

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Today’s pick is another fine bottle of wine I opened in celebration of ‘International Merlot Month.’ This wine hails from the Rogue Valley appellation in southern Oregon. The Rogue Valley is the southern-most of the state’s viticultural areas. It is generally warmer and drier, and much less defined in terms of principal grape varieties than the state’s highly regarded and well-known Willamette Valley region to the north. In the Rogue Valley, you’ll find classic Bordeaux varieties; Rhone inspired wines, including Syrah and Viognier; Spanish grapes; and more.

Cliff Creek Cellars 2012 Merlot 

For around a century, the Garvin family farmed Sam’s Valley; running cattle and growing a variety of grasses on its 230 plus acres. In 1999, at the ripe young age of 70, Vern Garvin and his wife Dorothy began planting a vineyard on the property and the rest is history. Today, second and third generations of the Garvin family continue to preserve their vision and legacy. What started with 15 acres of vines has expanded to approximately 70 acres. The winery uses 100% estate grown fruit in their Cliff Creek Cellars wines and sells residual fruit to other producers. Stylistically, the winery produces French-inspired wines out of southern Oregon fruit. My personal experience with Rogue Valley wines has been limited, since many of the producers are small, family-run operations that tend to sell direct to consumer through the tasting room. However, I’ve discovered several hidden gems in the area and I’m adding Cliff Creek Cellars to the list. Their 2012 Sam’s Valley Vineyard Merlot is a wonderful food wine that absolutely deserves to be on your wine radar. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

From our vineyard to your table. Enjoy! ~ Cliff Creek Cellars

Cliff Creek Cellars 2012 Merlot (SRP $25): Bright ruby in color with violet reflections, this Merlot offers an aromatic melody of dark cherries and black currant laced with suggestions of forest floor, dried herbs, and spiced barrel notes. In the mouth, it is light-to-medium bodied and streamlined in texture, with an attractive feminine quality. The flavors are bright, mirroring the nose, and show a bit of restraint. A nice lift of acidity gives the wine good energy from first sip through to the vibrant, satisfying finish. This is just the ticket with light cheese selections, herb roast chicken, grilled veggies, mom's homemade meatloaf and more. It is truly a wonderful food wine. Only 195 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Rogue Valley, Oregon. Other info: ABV 13.6%, 19 months maturation: 34% 1-3 year barrels (100% French oak), 33% new oak barrels (95% French, 5% American), 33% neutral barrels, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.


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10/19/2016

#MerlotMe: Duckhorn Vineyards 2013 Napa Valley Merlot

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Thanks to excellent reads like ‘Judgment of Paris’ by George Taber, and the movie Bottle Shock – a fictionalized, Hollywood version of the actual events – many of us are familiar with the historic wine competition held in Paris, France, in the spring of 1976. Wines from two little-known Napa Valley producers triumphed over some of the finest examples from Bordeaux and Burgundy putting California on the wine map. The main grapes at this pivotal blind tasting were Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. These two highly-regarded varieties are the most successful and widely planted grapes in the valley today.

That same year, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded Duckhorn Vineyards in St. Helena; a city in Napa County. Inspired after a visit to Bordeaux’s famed Saint-Émilion and Pomerol appellations, where Merlot is the predominant grape, Mr. Duckhorn decided to focus on the variety. He felt Merlot was underappreciated in North America and thought Napa was an excellent place to grow it. At the time, Merlot was more popular in blends than on its own. The winery’s first vintage was in 1978. Nearly four decades later, the name Duckhorn Vineyards is without a doubt synonymous with quality, Napa-grown Merlot. As my social media friend Thomas Riley, author of The Grape Belt, recently said, “The Duckhorns are nothing if not reliable.” Duckhorn produces several Merlots from estate fruit and top sites within Napa Valley. The 2013 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot is an appellation blend. It is a great summer-to-fall transition wine and an excellent choice for a dinner party; especially if the flavors of autumn are being served. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

 "I liked the softness, the seductiveness, the color, the fact that it went with a lot of different foods; It seemed to me to be a wonderful wine to just enjoy. I became enchanted with Merlot." ~ Dan Duckhorn

Duckhorn Vineyards 2013 Napa Valley Merlot (SRP $54): This Merlot pours a deep ruby color with purple highlights, offering enticing aromas and juicy flavors redolent of purple stone fruit and black cherry interwoven with spice cake, mineral, hints of coffee grounds and anise seed. It is fuller-bodied and round in the mouth, with expansive texture, deep fruit flavors, and ripe tannins – all held together with [adequate] balancing acidity. It shows richness on the medium-long, polished finish. A very satisfying wine that is drinking nicely right now; just pop, pour and savor. Enjoy with tomato-based dishes, rotisserie chicken, autumnal fare and more. Region: Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 88% Merlot | 7% Cabernet Sauvignon | 5% Cabernet Franc, 15 months maturation in 100% French oak (25% new), cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.

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10/10/2016

#MerlotMe: Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Merlot

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Breaking News: Wine enthusiasts all over the world are celebrating ‘International Merlot Month’ throughout October! I’m kicking it off here with Trefethen Family Vineyards' 2013 Merlot. If this month-long event is news to you, then I invite you to join the fun and add to the discussion. Please share your favorite Merlot experiences, tasting notes, and images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., and tag them with hashtag #MerlotMe.

Trefethen Family Vineyards is one of the early pioneering families of Napa Valley. Established as Eshcol winery in 1886 by a Scottish sea captain, the building was eventually neglected and left to ruin. The modern era for the winery began when the Trefethen family purchased the abandoned property in 1968 and began work on restoring the historic winery to its former self. At the time, there were fewer than 25 wineries in Napa Valley and wine grapes were not the region’s top crop. According to John Trefethen, “Plums, prunes and walnuts were the dominant crops.”

I really think Miles would love this Merlot!

Today, Trefethen remains family-owned and specializes in 100% estate-grown wines produced from their Main Ranch in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley appellation. The Merlot fruit grown on this site benefits from warm days, which ripen and slowly matures the berries while the cooler nights help retain the natural, balancing acids.

Generally speaking, Merlot is oftentimes – and sometimes rightly so – seen as lacking in structure, mid-palate depth, and length. However, when the site and growing conditions are ideal and there is a laser focus on quality, as is the case here, results can be a harmonious, well-structured wine with admirable depth and length.  These examples have the potential to further develop in the bottle over time. The Trefethen Family Vineyards' 2013 Merlot is quite appealing and a welcome addition to any dinner table. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Merlot

Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Merlot (SRP $40): This deep ruby colored Merlot is drinking beautifully right now. Inviting scents of ripe plum, dried cherries, and spice fill the nose. The aromas extend to the palate, where they’re nicely wrapped in a delicate bow of vanilla bean and spiced fruitcake, while a dash of dried herb towards the back-end adds complexity. In the mouth, this wine is full-bodied with a rich texture that builds through the mid-palate. There is good balance of lifting acids and well-integrated tannins. The wine ends in a medium-long, polished finish. A pleasure to sip and an excellent addition to the dinner table – enjoy this wine with rosemary & garlic roasted pork loin, red sauce dishes, cornish hen and more. Region: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.8%, 95% Merlot | 4% Malbec | 1% Cabernet Sauvignon,  18 months in (40% new) 50% French oak, 36% American and 14% Hungarian oak barrels, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.


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