12/16/2014

Quick Sip: Vietti 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne


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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne from Vietti Winery. Located in Italy's Piedmont region within the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, Vietti has family roots tracing back to the 19th century. They are currently operated by fourth-generation family members. The Barbera grape variety, native to the Piedmont, thrives around the town of Asti and generally produces easy-drinking wines with soft tannins and red berry fruit flavors. At the Cork-Exclusive special price of $15.99 (with free shipping on any order); this Barbera offers great taste and value and is an ideal addition to any dinner table. For further information and where you can find this wallet-friendly selection, please see my tasting notes below.

Vietti 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

Review: Vietti 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne (SRP $20): This lively and inviting Barbera pours a deep garnet color with ruby highlights. It is medium-bodied and supple, with spice-tinged aromas and flavors redolent of sweet black cherries, deep black-raspberry, and blackberries, ending with a hint of vanilla bean and a nice burst of bright acidity in the medium-long finish. Overall, this is a versatile and food-friendly charmer that will complement your favorite Italian dishes and more without breaking the piggy bank. Enjoy now or within the next year or two. Region: Piedmont, Italy. (Other info: ABV 14%, matured in French / Slovenian oak casks for 14 months then moved to stainless for 2 months before bottling, unfiltered, cork enclosure). 89 Points. 

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12/03/2014

Quick Sip: Westrey Willamette Valley 2012 Reserve Chardonnay


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Westrey Reserve 2012 Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon. Amy Wesselman, proprietor and co-winemaker of Westrey Wine Company, was recently featured on Protocol Wine Studio’s weekly (every Tuesday at 9PM EST) #winestudio Twitter chat. The show, or ‘twittersation’ as I call it, focused on Willamette Valley Chardonnays for the entire month of November. And as a willing, Twitter-savvy participant, I had a chance to chat with Amy and others and taste her 2012 Reserve Chardonnay.

Amy and her husband, David Autrey, founded Westrey Wine Company in 1993. They are a small farm winery producing approximately 5K cases annually from their Oracle Vineyard and other nearby sites. Their specialty is Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay – all grape varieties indigenous to Burgundy, France, that do extremely well in the Willamette Valley. Speaking of which, it was the couple’s year-long internship in Burgundy that sealed their fate in the wine industry. Upon returning to Oregon, Amy and David took a one-small-step-at-a-time business approach. They purchased a neglected vineyard in the Dundee Hills and focused on growing and crafting small lots of wine – all while working at several other local wineries during the day. For Amy, this included a five year stint at Eyrie Vineyards -- Willamette Valley's founding winery. Today, Westrey Wine Company is a thriving winery and the vineyard Amy and David revived /replanted is LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) certified and producing quality fruit. The Chardonnay tasted for this segment is deliciously balanced and a complement to a wide variety of foods and occasions. I highly recommend giving it a swirl, sniff, and sip! For further information and where you can find it, please see my tasting notes below.

Westrey Willamette Valley 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
Review: Westrey Willamette Valley 2012 Reserve Chardonnay (SRP $32): Medium straw in color, this beautifully crafted Chardonnay opens with inviting notes of fresh tree fruit, citrus blossom, honeysuckle, a hint of allspice, and a pleasing trail of minerality. It is lean in the mouth but attractively textured, with fresh fruit flavors that marry with subtle oak nuances giving way to a bright, mineral-tinged finish. Overall, this is a delightful Chardonnay that emphasizes purity and balance. It is easily enjoyed on its own or with food and paired wonderfully with my baked tilapia dinner. Approximately 142 cases of this wine and 4 magnums were produced. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon. (Other info: ABV 13.5%, 35 yr old Draper vines, six barrel lot included one new and two one-year old barrels, cork enclosure) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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11/24/2014

Quick Sip: Riaza Wines Hunter’s Oak Vineyard 2012 Tempranillo


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 Today’s Quick Sip is Riaza Wines’ Hunter’s Oak Vineyard 2012 Tempranillo from the Clement Hills sub-appellation in southeastern Lodi. Riaza Wines is owned and operated by husband-wife duo, Erin and Rick Taylor. The winery is named after a small town [Riaza] the couple visited that is approximately 27 miles north of Madrid, Spain. Turning a ‘dinner table’ idea into reality, Erin and Rick launched Riaza Wines in 2008 with a focus on crafting small lots of Spanish-inspired wines from distinctive sites in Lodi, Clarksburg and the Sierra Foothills. In addition to this vintage, I have enjoyed the 2011, and both are pleasing wines reflective of the quality of fruit coming from Hunter’s Oak vineyard and Rick’s work in the cellar. This wine drinks well on its own, but is also a very nice bottle to enjoy with family and friends at the dinner table. I enjoyed a glass with a smoked brisket sandwich, pit-smoked beans, and a side of coleslaw. For further information and where you can find this delicious Lodi Tempranillo, please see my tasting notes below. If you’re in or near Lodi, check out Riaza Wines’ downtown tasting room.

Riaza Wines Hunter’s Oak Vineyard 2012 Tempranillo

Review: Riaza Wines Hunter’s Oak Vineyard 2012 Tempranillo (SRP $26): This is a charming and supple medium-to-full bodied wine that opens with inviting scents of dried cherries, cranberry, warm spice, and a whiff of cigar box. It is soft and round in the mouth with well integrated tannins and a pleasing core of red fruit flavors, ending in a medium-long spice-accented finish. Overall, this is a well-balanced wine with lots of appeal that is easy to enjoy on its own or with food. The producer’s pairing suggestions, which all sound wonderful, includes gilled tri-tip, lamb shoulder or smoked brisket. Approximately 97 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. (Other info: ABV 14.6%, 19 months in American and French oak, cork enclosure). Click here to find this wine. 89 Points


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11/10/2014

Quick Sip: Petito Split Rock Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir


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Today’s Quick Sip is Petito’s Split Rock Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir from California’s Sonoma Coast appellation. This wine is a collaborative effort between winemakers Thomas Petito (the art side) and Chris Nelson (the science side). Aptly named, Split Rock's rocky soils and the cooling influence of the Petaluma Gap combine to consistently produce very good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit. Over the past few years, I have enjoyed several other wines sourced from this site. I can tell you from experience, that you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir. It is not the easiest grape to grow or produce and it is very picky about where it will thrive. Moreover, Pinot tends to be a low-yielding grape variety which leaves less juice to bottle for consumers like you and me. At the Cork-Exclusive special price of $19.99 (with free shipping on any order), this Pinot Noir which has an SRP of $50 over-delivers on value and quality. For further information and where you can find this tasty deal, please see my tasting notes below.

Petito Split Rock Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir

Review: Petito Split Rock Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir (SRP $50): This Pinot Noir strikes a fine balance between freshness and ripeness, exhibiting rich aromas and flavors of sweet black cherries, wild berry, and cherry-cola with baked pie crust, a dash of spice, and a hint of toasty oak. On the palate, it is well-proportioned with a velvety texture and good depth that is enlivened by firm acidity, ending in a medium-long, persistent finish. This wine is drinking very well right now, so stock up, share, and enjoy! Approximately 150 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Sonoma Coast, California. (Other info: ABV 14.1%, cork enclosure.) 91 Points. 

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10/30/2014

Quick Sip: Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Faust label is the creation of Chilean born Agustin Huneeus, who has been in the wine industry his entire professional career; starting in 1960 as Chief Executive Officer of well-known Concha y Toro. Along with his wife Valerie, Agustin founded Quintessa in the Rutherford District of Napa Valley in 1990. Where Quintessa specializes in one single-vineyard, estate-grown Meritage blend each year; Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit for Faust is sourced from Augustin’s family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville, the valley’s newest appellation (est. 2011), as well as other sites in Yountville, Mount Veeeder, St. Helena, and Rutherford. The 2011 Faust endured a challenging growing season and is both approachable and satisfying. It is a very nice bottle of wine to enjoy over dinner with a table of friends. For further information and where you can find this Cabernet Sauvignon, please see my tasting notes below.

Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $50): Deep ruby in color, inviting scents of dark cherry, black currant and a peppery spice greet the nose with undertones of toasty cedar, black olive and notes of dried herb. Medium-to-full in body with a seamless texture and fine tannins, harmonious acidity gives lift to ripe fruit flavors carrying through to the medium-long, mineral-accented finish. This wine is well-balanced and ready to drink now; but should also do interesting things in the bottle over the next several years. Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.2%, Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 19 months in 100% French oak – 30% new, cork enclosure.) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

This bottle of wine would pair well with lamb chops. 

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10/27/2014

Quick Sip: Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio


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Today’s Quick Sip is Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio red blend from Portugal's Douro Valley -- home of world-famous port wines. Besides delicious fortified wines, the Douro is known for producing appealing dry red table wines that combine modern techniques with traditional grape varieties. The 'Assobio' is from the winery estate of Quinta dos Murças, a historic property that dates back to the early 18th century. This wine is supple and pleasing, delivering satisfaction and good value (especially at the $12.99 Cork Exclusive price). At this price point, grab a few bottles and enjoy! For further information and where you can find this Portuguese blend, please see my tasting notes below.

Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio 

Review: Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 2011 Assobio (SRP $17): A bright, yet deep purple color, this blend of 40% Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), 40% Touriga Franca, and 20% Touriga Nacional – all traditional port grapes -- exhibits an appealing nose of black cherries, plum and licorice alongside hints of spicy cedar and a touch of worn leather. This wine is medium-bodied and streamlined, with firm acidity and fresh red and dark berry fruit flavors on the palate. The medium-length finish has a suggestion of dryness, heightened by a nice dash of lingering spice. Overall, an easy-drinking, budget-friendly wine that is good for everyday drinking and weeknight dinners. Region: Douro Valley, Portugal. (Other info: ABV 14%, cork enclosure). 89 Points.  

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10/21/2014

Quick Sip: WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir


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Today’s Quick Sip is WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir.  WALT Wines is located in Sonoma, California, and owned by Kathryn Hall, proprietor of Napa Valley’s Hall Wines. The WALT label honors Kathryn’s parents, Bob and Dolores Walt, who were both dedicated winegrowers. The WALT label specializes in small-production, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, with a laser focus on the latter. The winery produces upwards of twelve different Pinot Noirs from select sites along the Pacific Coast, covering terrain from Willamette Valley, Oregon to Sta. Rita Hills, California.  I can tell you from experience that you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir. The WALT 2012 Blue Jay is an attractive bottle of wine for the money that would be a great addition to the dinner table. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir

Review: WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir (SRP $40): The 2012 Blue Jay is an appellation blend sourced from Savoy Vineyard, situated at the cooler end of the valley; and Anderson Creek, which is slightly warmer. Medium-deep ruby in color, this wine strikes a fine balance between ripeness, richness, and finesse. It is beautifully aromatic on the nose with flavors of raspberry and dark cherry alongside blueberry notes, holiday spices, and an appealing hint of floral perfume. The flavors, all well-proportioned, wrap around a supple texture leading to a medium-long, round finish. This wine is delicious now, but should develop in the bottle with short term cellaring. Region: Anderson Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.9%, native yeast fermentation, unfined and unfiltered, natural cork enclosure.) 91 Points. Click here to find this wine. 


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10/15/2014

Quick Sip: Turley Wine Cellars 2013 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault


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Today’s Quick Sip is Turley Wine Cellars’ 2013 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault. I had an opportunity to taste this wine, along with three others I will be reviewing, for a virtual event put on by the good folks at Lodi Wine and Charles Communications. The event highlighted Lodi’s historic Bechthold Vineyard; possibly the oldest continuously farmed vineyard in the U.S. Planted to Cinsault, Bechthold Vineyard consists of 25-acres of gnarly, head-trained, own-rooted vines that were originally planted in 1886 by Joseph Spenker.

Turley Wine Cellars 2013 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault

Appropriately referred to as ‘Zin Masters,’ Turley Wine Cellars is well known for their sought-after, single-vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines – many of which are produced from select old vine vineyards throughout California. Recognizing the quality of fruit coming from some of Lodi’s old vine sites, Tegan Passalacqua, Turley’s winemaker and vineyard manager, purchased Kirschenmann Vineyard in eastern Lodi. Kirschenmann is a 19-acre site with head-trained, own-rooted Zinfandel vines that date back to 1915. The Zinfandel this vineyard produces generally show intense flavors with good acid structure and depth.

Turley has partnered with Bechthold since 2008. Of his list of clients, Kevin Phillips, vineyard manager of Bechthold, says “Tegan is the very first to pick,” adding that he “specifically targets acid.” The resultant is a Cinsault that offers pleasingly fresh flavors with a brightness that shines throughout. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

I had a chance to visit Bechthold Vineyard this spring and enjoy delicious examples of Cinsault from Onesta, Michael David, and Estate Crush. 

Review: Turley Wine Cellars 2013 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault (SRP $17): Translucent ruby in color, this Cinsault is vibrant and supple with a streamlined mouth-feel and aromas and flavors suggestive of strawberries, cranberries, subtle spices, and mineral tones that give way to a clean, medium long finish. For under $20, this Cinsault has everything you would need in a house-red and is a great companion for the dinner table. Approximately 1000 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. (Other info: ABV 13%, 100% whole cluster, native-yeast-fermented, cork enclosure). 88 Points. Click here to find this wine. (Note: Turley wines are sold via mailing list)

This tasting featured a live broadcast that was recorded. Click here to learn more about historic Bechthold Vineyard from Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Wine-grape Commission, Kevin Phillips, VP of Operations for Phillips Farms and Michael David Winery, and Adam Mettler, General Manager and Head Winemaker at Michael David Winery.


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10/07/2014

Quick Sip: Brassfield Estate Winery 2012 Eruption


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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Eruption from Brassfield Estate Winery. Brassfield Estate Winery is located in the western section of Lake County's High Valley appellation. This red blend was produced from one of the winery’s estate vineyards, Volcanic Ridge, which is an 85-acre site that sits at 1900 – 2200 ft. elevation and is solely devoted to red wine grape varieties. The site was formed by hundreds of eruptions from nearby and now extinct Round Mountain Volcano. Its well-drained, rocky, volcanic soils allow the vines to struggle, resulting in highly-concentrated fruit. The 2012 Eruption was made from the very capable hands of David Ramey and delivers quality along with affordability. For further information and where you can find this wine (for under the SRP and with free shipping), please see my tasting notes below.


Review: Brassfield Estate Winery 2012 Eruption (SRP $21): A beautiful deep purple in color, this blend of Syrah, Malbec, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah exhibits blue and purple fruit aromas and flavors, nicely interwoven with mocha spice, delicate dried herbs, and a dusting of pepper. On the palate, it is full-bodied with ripe fruit flavors that are supported by fine tannins and well-balanced acidity. Expansive and smooth, this wine is light on its feet with a nice lingering finish. A fine bottle for the table that is both affordable and satisfying. I enjoyed it on its own and with baby back ribs. Region: Lake County, California. (Other info: ABV 14.7%, native yeast fermentation, cork enclosure). 89 Points,

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9/22/2014

Quick Sip: Bodegas Caro 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva


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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva from Bodegas Caro. This is an Argentinian blend composed of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bodegas Caro, established in 1998, is a joint effort between distinguished wine families, Domaines Barons de Rotschild (Lafite) and the Catena family. The union marries two deeply rooted wine cultures and two noble grape varieties, delivering a rich and satisfying blend that won’t break the piggy bank.  For further information and where you can find this wine (with free shipping), please see my tasting notes below.

Bodegas Caro 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva
Review: Bodegas Caro 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva (SRP $20): This deep ruby-purple colored blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon shows inviting aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and cassis with a faint streak of eucalyptus and subtle touches of violet and sweet spice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a mouth-filling richness that is led by generous dark berry fruit flavors with enough acidity to support the ripeness. The wine ends in a fruit-driven, medium-length finish that is laced by accents of cocoa powder. Overall, a delicious wine that offers good QPR (Quality-Price Ratio) that is just as good on its own as it is with food. We enjoyed it with Greek-style lamb burgers. At this price, buy now, enjoy now! Region: Mendoza, Argentina.  (Other info: ABV 15%, barrel matured 12 months in new and used French oak barrels, cork enclosure.) 89 Points.

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