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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9/16/2014

Quick Sip: Y Rousseau Wines Russian River Valley 2012 Tannat


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I recently had the opportunity to join the good folks at Cellar Pass for an interactive tasting that featured Yannick Rousseau of Y Rousseau Wines and his delicious 2012 Russian River Valley Tannat. Tannat, a grape indigenous to Southwest France, is a variety I do not typically see coming out of Sonoma – on its own or in blends. Yannick’s love of Tannat goes back to his homeland of Gascony, France. There, the variety thrives in the village of Madiran and is capable of producing long-lived wines of high quality that are crafted for the patient and built to age.

Yannick’s grandfather, Pepé, who made his own wine and was an artisan butcher, introduced Yannick to homemade wine at a very early age. Through Pepé’s influence; wine, food, and family, which Yannick calls “the simple life,” have been a driving force behind his passion for crafting wines to share with loved ones over a good meal. With his wine-making experience in Madiran, Yannick headed to Napa in 1999 and had successful stints at both Newton Vineyards and Chateau Potelle Winery. In 2007, he founded his own label to highlight wines from his homeland (e.g., Colombard, Tannat) that perform well in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. I highly recommend seeking out some of his Tannat. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Y Rousseau Wines Russian River Valley 2012 Tannat 

Review: Y Rousseau Wines Russian River Valley 2012 Tannat (SRP $35): Deep in color, nearly opaque, this wine is firm and focused, opening with an impressive concentration of dark berry fruit flavors followed by anise seed, spice, and subtle earthy tones. It is fairly full in body, with well-balanced acidity and firm structure, backed by generous tannins that melt into the lasting finish. This wine opens up nicely with 45 minutes+ decanting and should develop additional complexity with bottle aging. A well marbled rib-eye would be an ideal partner. Yannick’s experience in Madiran coupled with the grape’s adaptability to the valley’s climate and soil shines through in the finished product. Region: Sonoma County, California. (Other info: ABV 13.9%, 5% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Syrah added, matured 13 months in 33% new French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure.) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

About CellarPass: CellarPassTV is an informative weekly wine broadcast in which some of California’s top winemakers, winery owners, and people in the food and wine industry are interviewed by host Sarah Elliman. Their website, CellarPass.com, is a leading destination for online winery reservations that’s well worth checking out if you’re thinking about visiting California wine country. To view this episode of CellarPassTV, click here.

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9/09/2014

A Trio of Rieslings from Alsace, Austria, and Germany


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I recently had an opportunity to participate in a fun-filled virtual #winechat event that was hosted by the good folks at Wines of Alsace, Austria Wine USA, and the Wines of Germany. #Winechat, which is also the hash-tag to follow, is an open wine conversation that happens every Wednesday night at 9PM EST on Twitter. All three regions, Alsace, Austria, and Germany, are well-suited to Riesling and have the potential to produce long-lived examples that beautifully express site specific characteristics from which they are grown. Stylistically, Riesling has a wide range of flavors and spans the sweetness scale from bone dry, to off-dry, to liquid dessert. One of the most important things you want to look for when swirling, sniffing, and sipping a glass is balance. A Riesling with some residual sugar can come off as more fruity than sweet if the wine is bright enough. Riesling’s naturally high acidity, which balances the sugars, makes it a wonderful food wine choice year round. Depending on the wine’s level of sweetness, Asian cuisine, seafood, and poultry dishes, just to name a few, all pair well. While all three of these wines are wildly different, all three are pretty delicious. I recommend adding any or all to your tasting list. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg 2010 Riesling

Review: Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg 2010 Riesling (SRP $34): This gorgeous wine opens with luscious tropical fruit, citrus blossom, a hint of brine, and honeysuckle flavors that are anchored by a firm acid spine. It combines muscle with elegance and has good length on the finish. It is quite delicious now but has the potential to develop in the bottle for years. Region: Alsace, France. (Other info: ABV 13%, matured on lees in large oak barrels for 12 months, bottle aged 2-3 years before release, natural cork enclosure.) 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Brandl Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve 2011 Riesling

Review: Brandl Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve 2011 Riesling (SRP $34): This Riesling is intensely mineral-driven and bone dry, offering fresh green apple and bright citrus flavors intertwined with wet stone, flinty chalk accents, and lime skin. The wine has lovely texture and weight enlivened by racy acidity that carries through to the long, crisp finish. Overall, this is an appealing and delicious example that is drinking nicely right now. It is also a good cellar candidate that will likely reward its patient owner. Region: Kamptal, Austria. (Other info: ABV 14%, screw cap enclosure.)  91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Schloss Schönborn Erbacher Macrobrunn 2011 Riesling Kabinett

Review: Schloss Schönborn Erbacher Macrobrunn 2011 Riesling Kabinett ($20): This Riesling exhibits inviting aromas and flavors of ripe apple and apricot preserve alongside soft tropical notes with a delicate drizzle of honey. A kiss of sweetness is balanced by a lively acid lift, which extends to the fruit-driven, honeyed finish. Overall, this is a delicious Riesling that offers good depth, plenty of freshness, and a vibrant personality that shines throughout. Region: Rheingau, Germany. (Other info: ABV 9.5%, natural cork enclosure.) 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Riesling's versatility makes it easy to pair with just about anything – even French fries drizzled with Sriracha and curry sauce.

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9/02/2014

Quick Sip: Black Stallion Estate Winery 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Black Stallion Estate Winery's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Black Stallion Estate Winery is located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and situated on the grounds of a historic equestrian center. Remnants of the original 36 horse stalls are still visible today, although you are likely to find more wine production equipment than horse-related items. The winery prides itself on crafting high quality wines that are elegant, distinctive, and approachable. Their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon endured a challenging vintage and delivers very good quality for a reasonable price. For further information and where you can find this enjoyable wine, please see my tasting notes below.

 Black Stallion Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Black Stallion Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $28): This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 5% Merlot and 5% Petite Sirah. In the glass, the wine displays a medium-deep garnet color with inviting aromas of blackberry, currant, and plum interlaced with brown spice and hints of mocha spice. The aromas come through on the palate with the addition of appealing black cherry fruit flavors. In the mouth, it is full-bodied and well-balanced, with a velvet-like texture, supple tannins, and a spice accented, full finish. Overall, this wine is accessible (easy-to-drink), budget friendly (under $20), and a wonderful choice to enliven any occasion or add to the dinner table. Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, matured 18 months 25% French oak, 25% new French oak, natural cork enclosure.) 89 Points.

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8/25/2014

Quick Sip: Wollersheim Winery 2013 Domaine du Sac


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Today’s Quick Sip is Wollersheim Winery's 2013 Domaine du Sac. Wollersheim Winery is located on the Wisconsin River in the village of Prairie du Sac. The winery and vineyard is situated on a national historic site with a grape growing history that dates back to 1840. The winery's modern era began in 1972, when Bob and JoAnn Wollersheim bought the property and began restoring it to a working family winery. Twelve years later as part of an agricultural exchange program, Phillipe Coquard, who came from a multi-generational family of winemakers in Beaujolais, France, arrived at the winery and never left. He married the Wollersheims' oldest daughter, Julie. Today, the couple oversees winery operations and has paved the way for Wollersheim Winery to be recognized as one of the leading wineries in the Midwestern US. The Domaine du Sac has been produced since 1981 and the current release [2013] is quite delightful. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Wollersheim Winery 2013 Domaine du Sac
Review: Wollersheim Winery 2013 Domaine du Sac (SRP $14): This is a very approachable, medium-bodied blend from Lake Wisconsin (AVA) that is composed of 90% Marechal Foch and 10% 'Léon Millot – both cold hardy, early ripening grape varieties. Clear deep garnet in color, this wine offers aromas and flavors of black cherry, roasted (mixed) berries, shy wood tones, and a faint note of earth. It is textured but angular, with an overall charming supple character, finishing slightly tart with nice lingering acidity. If this producer can ship to you, I recommend giving this reasonably priced hidden gem a swirl, sniff, and sip! Region: Lake Wisconsin, Wisconsin. (Other info: ABV 13.5%, whole berry fermentation, matured in French and American oak barrels for five months, cork enclosure.) 87 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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8/18/2014

Quick Sip: Locations E-2 Spanish Red Wine


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Locations E-2 Spanish NV Red Wine. Locations is the second label of Orin Swift; the original producer of the popular ‘Prisoner’ label and the eye-catching and pleasing Abstract blend – just to name a few. The Locations’ label specializes in the creation of blends from around the world. The E-2 is a non-vintage blend that combines fruit from some of Spain’s top wine regions. It is composed of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Cariñena, and sourced from Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero. Similar to an artist with a palette of colors, blending wine is very much an art form. With the E-2 blend, winemaker David Phinney has used his talents to craft a tasty, reasonably priced wine for everyday enjoyment. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Locations E-2 Spanish NV Red Wine 
Review: Locations E-2 Spanish NV Red Wine (SRP $22): A medium garnet-purple in color, the Locations E-2 offers a pleasing core of dark berry fruit flavors intertwined with nuances of raspberry, shy underbrush, and hints of spice box. In the mouth, it is medium-full in body, with a round, velvet-like texture. The tannins are ripe and supple, carrying the flavors through the mid-palate, and ending with a medium-length, polished finish. Overall, this is an appealing wine from Orin Swift’s Locations label that is both satisfying and reasonably priced. Grab a few bottles to enjoy with your next meal! Region: Spain. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, barrel aged 10 months, cork enclosure.) 89 Points.

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8/11/2014

A Trio of Rosés from MacPhail Family Wines, Mcpherson Cellars, and B Cellars


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Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence -- I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages in the world. It is an area of interest where there is always something new to taste and learn, as well as a sea of friendly "wine peeps" to meet in real life and via those wonderful and time-consuming social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

Real men drink pink! 
With the seasonal warmth of summer upon us, below are three rosés that are sure to enhance backyard cookouts or get-togethers with family and friends. All three are drier in style, simply meaning not sweet, and are bright, versatile, and have the ability to pair well with a wide variety of foods. For further information and where you can find these enjoyable wines, please see my tasting notes below.

MacPhail Family Pinot Noir 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Review: MacPhail Family Pinot Noir 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir (SRP $22): Made by the saignée process, this pink colored rosé exhibits deep red berry fruit flavors with a noticeable presence of rose petals and citrus blossom. It’s medium-full in the mouth, with gentle, but cleansing acidity, ending in a pleasant fruit-driven finish. I enjoyed a bottle out back with a satisfying plate of barbecue chicken, baked beans, and potato salad. This refreshing and pleasing rosé is an excellent choice to serve at your next backyard cookout and has enough oomph to partner up to fatty fish like grilled salmon and tuna. Approximately 400 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Sonoma Coast, California. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, native and inoculated ML, cork enclosure.) 89 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

Mcpherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé 
Review: Mcpherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé (SRP $12): A medium watermelon color, this pleasing dry rosé is composed of 55% Cinsault, 30% Mourvedre, and 15% Viognier. A vibrant core of red berry fruit fills the nose, followed by (primarily) raspberries and cherries on the palate that range from fresh to candied. The flavors wrap nicely around a spine of bright, citrusy acidity with a medium-length clean, slightly tart finish. This rosé is versatile, food-friendly, and synonymous with summertime sipping and outdoor grilling. It also offers very good value for money. Approximately 480 cases of this wine were produced. Region: High Plains, Texas. (Other info: ABV 12.9%, stainless, screw cap enclosure.) 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

 B Cellars Vineyards and Winery 2013 Rosé
Review: B Cellars Vineyards and Winery 2013 Rosé (SRP $26): Done in the saignée style, this medium salmon colored blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah offers a bright melody of fleshy red berry fruit flavors suggestive of cranberry and raspberry with a hint of rose petal. This wine was aged in neutral barrels, which can be sensed on the back-end, finishing up with refreshing, thirst-quenching acidity. Overall, an enjoyable yet substantive rosé that can stand up to grilled chicken, pork chops, and fatty fishes. Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.3%, matured in neutral oak barrels, saignée method, cork enclosure.) 87 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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