1/30/2012

Quick Sip: La Sirena Winery 2008 Pirate TreasuRed


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Last week on Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday, host Scott Jordan welcomed special guest Heidi Barrett of La Sirena Winery. Heidi is one of the most well-known and respected winemakers in California. Her name was behind some of California’s most celebrated cult wines, including Screaming Eagle, Paradigm Winery, Grace Family Vineyards, Dalla Valle, etc. One of Heidi’s wines that my wine blogging cohort, Dan from Iowa, and I had an opportunity to taste was the La Sirena Winery 2008 Pirate TreasuRed. The Pirate TreasuRed is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache and Petite Sirah. While Heidi consults for several other premium Napa Valley wineries, the La Sirena label, started in 1994, is Heidi’s personal project. Without further ado, let’s uncork the Pirate TreasuRed, mates!

La Sirena Winery 2008 Pirate TreasuRed


The Pirate TreasuRed blend comes in a short, rum-like bottle (750ml) with an old treasure map for a label with burnt edges. On first glance, one might mistake this bottle for a fun gimmick wine -- the type of wine where the packaging is far more interesting than the juice inside the bottle. That's not so much the case here, even though the packaging is fairly eye-catching; even amusing. This fruit-forward wine displays a deep ruby/purple color with aromas of [predominantly baked] cherry, raspberry, cassis, anise, warm spice and toasted vanilla notes. The palate is lush, mouth-filling, and round showing dense, ripe fruit, supple tannins, low-to-middling acidity, with (just) a touch of heat on the fruit-driven lasting finish. The La Sirena Winery 2008 Pirate TreasuRed clocks in at 14.7% ABV and retails for $60. Enjoy this wine on its own or try pairing it with dark chocolate. Wine and chocolate is a pairing I usually find difficult, but with Valentine’s Day around the corner this wine will do the trick ( ... I tried it already). To view the winemaker interview with Heidi on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the La Sirena Winery website.

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1/23/2012

Quick Sip: TR Elliott 2007 Queste Pinot Noir


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Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of watching a few episodes of Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday (live streaming broadcast) that featured special guest Theodore R. Elliott. Theodore, better known as Ted, is the man behind TR Elliott Winery – a boutique winery in Santa Rosa [Sonoma County] that’s producing small quantities of Pinot Noir from select vineyards in the cool climate of the Russian River Valley. I always enjoy shows with Ted because he speaks to the inner “wine” geek in all of us wine bloggers -- dropping information from clonal selection and brix readings to the type of French oak barrels he uses to mature his wines. During past tastings that featured Ted's Pinot Noir wines, I would hear from Cellars of Sonoma host and proprietor Scott Jordan, my wine blogging pal Dan from Iowa, and others about how delicious Ted’s Pinot Noir wines are. Fortunately for me, this time, I had the opportunity to sample the TR Elliot Queste 2007 Pinot Noir right along with Scott, Dan, and Ted. All I can say is my friends were right – Ted does make delicious small-lot Russian River Valley Pinot Noir wines (see my notes below).

TR Elliot Queste 2007 Pinot Noir


The 2007 TR Elliott Queste Pinot Noir ($42) is medium ruby red in color with light brick hues delivering aromas of zesty black cherry, currant, dried rose petals, sweet spice and cocoa powder. The palate is well-balanced with a fruit-driven entry, a velvety texture, a supple mid-palate and gentle tannins ending with a lingering, luxurious finish. I enjoyed this wine with pan seared duck breast and on its own -- it's very versatile. Ted’s wines are not in stores due to very limited production, but can be found via the website (see below) and Cellars of Sonoma tasting room. If you like Pinot Noir, Ted’s Russian River Valley examples are well worth seeking out. To view the winemaker interview with Ted on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the TR Elliott Winery website.

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1/16/2012

Quick Sip: Bonneau 2007 Hyde Cabernet Sauvignon


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Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of tuning in for another fun-filled episode of Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday Live. This week’s live streaming broadcast featured John Bambury of Bonneau Wines. Bonneau Winery is a small family-owned grower and wine producer in Sonoma’s Los Carneros appellation. Bonneau’s estate site, Catherine's Vineyard, is certified sustainable and planted to Chardonnay. The winery is known for Chardonnay and crafts several different styles ranging from crisp and clean to elegant and even two dessert-styled selections. For red wines, Bonneau sources fruit from some of the top vineyards in Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Dry Creek and Sonoma Coast.

Bonneau 07 Carneros Hyde Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


For this show, Dan Goderis (The Iowa Wino) and I had an opportunity to sample the Bonneau 2007 Los Carneros Hyde Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) alongside Cellars of Sonoma proprietor and host Scott Jordan and Bonneau Wine's Director of Winemaking John Bambury. Hyde Vineyard, located in Carneros – on the Napa side, is a very reputable grower and many top name California producers source fruit from them. The Bonneau 2007 Los Carneros Hyde Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon contains small amounts of Petit Verdot (adding color and structure) and is aged in 50% new French oak and 50% neutral oak barrels. In the glass, the wine exhibits a deep garnet color with plum, blackberry, and blackcurrant aromas that comingle with soft vanilla, mocha, spice, and a subtle floral perfume-like fragrance. The aromas extend to the palate with a full and round entry, generous, but not over the top fruit, fine grain tannins, moderate acidity, and a pleasant medium-length dry finish. Over the course of the evening the wine opened up nicely and paired quite well with my brisket dinner. I encourage [Chardonnay lovers in particular] to get to know John Bambury and his small-lot wines. Use the links below to learn more about Cellars of Sonoma and Bonneau Wines. To view the winemaker interview on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the Bonneau Wines website.

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1/10/2012

Quick Sip: Ramian Estate Parlay 2009 Bookmaker

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Today’s ‘Quick Sip,' the Parlay 2009 Bookmaker, is a recent release from Napa Valley winemaker Brian Graham of Ramian Estate. Their ‘Parlay’ brand features innovative blends at reasonable, everyday price points. The 2009 Bookmaker is a Cabernet Sauvignon (72%) based wine blended with small amounts of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot. A large percentage of the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit comes from the Oak Knoll District while the other varieties and a small amount of Cabernet were sourced from the El Dorado appellation (sub-region of Sierra Foothills AVA). According to the tasting notes, the Ramian Estate Parlay 2009 Bookmaker was intended and created to be an ultra-plush, rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon based red wine.
Ramian Estate Parlay 2009 Bookmaker


Winemaker Brian Graham hit the target he was aiming for with this deeply colored, richly scented, and velvety-textured wine. The nose boasts inviting aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis, currant, and blueberry pie complemented by notes of vanilla and baking spice. The palate is ripe, soft, and fleshy -- bordering on jammy and almost gives off a note of sweetness with smooth tannins, middling acidity, and a medium-length, fruit-driven finish. This wine clocks in at 14.5% ABV, retails for $19.99, and is a fairly good deal for wine drinkers who favor smooth, ripe, fruit-driven wines. In closing, I also had an opportunity to taste Ramian Estate’s Varietal Series Merlot. This well-done, dense, and nicely structured Merlot benefits from two to three hours of breathing and opens up nicely. Even the fictional character Miles, the Pinot-loving wine snob from Sideways, who had some not-so-nice things to say about Merlot, would take a liking to this one. If you are interested in Brian Graham’s wines and other brands please visit the link below. Cheers!

Click here to visit the Ramian Estate website.

Note: This wine was a media sample from Balzac Communications and Marketing. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come.

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1/05/2012

Quick Sip: Amorosa Bella 2010 RRV Sparkling Brut


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For several months now I have consistently tuned in to Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday (live streaming broadcast) with my wine blogging friend Dan Goderis aka The Iowa Wino. Cellars of Sonoma is a wine tasting room and wine bar located in the heart of Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. Proprietor Scott Jordan, son Kevin, and staff, host a live streaming broadcast every Tuesday that showcases small artisan and boutique wine producers of northern California as well as local chefs and people in the hospitality business.

Amorosa Bella 2010 Russian River Valley SP Brut


This past Tuesday’s live broadcast featured an interactive winemaker interview and tasting with special guest Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo of Amorosa Bella Winery. The name, “Amorosa Bella” means beautiful lover in Italian and Charlyn says, “The love affair is with life!” Dan and I had an opportunity to taste and discuss the Amorosa Bella 2010 Russian River Valley Sparkling Brut with Scott and Charlyn during the broadast. This sparkling wine is a blend of 78% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Noir. In the glass, the wine displays a straw, light salmon color with subtle copper hues and fine persistent bubbles. The palate is crisp and refreshing with mouth-watering, food-friendly acidity, vibrant red fruit flavors with citrus nuances, a faint biscuit-like component and a clean, lasting finish. The SRP is $30 and $25.50 for Cellar of Sonoma wine club members. To the best of my knowledge, Amorosa Bella small-lot wines can only be found at the Cellars of Sonoma tasting room. Click here to view the producer’s portfolio. To view the video from the tasting click here. Charlyn was engaging as always and provided lots of good information, so if you have a moment I suggest checking it out. In closing, remember: Champagne and sparkling wine are not just for special occasions – the special occasion is the day you open the wine and enjoy it. Cheers!

Dancing Bubbles In My Glass !!!


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1/03/2012

Quick Sip: Glen Manor 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

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Remember the memorable line from Tom Hank’s Forrest Gump movie – “My momma said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Well, that can sometimes be the case when traversing the Virginia wine trail. Besides finding varietal wines like Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Merlot, which are fairly common in Virginia tasting rooms, you may very well run into an occasional well-done Tannat, Petit Manseng, Pinotage, or Sauvignon Blanc.

Glen Manor 2010 Sauvignon Blanc


Sauvignon Blanc is generally grown in cool to moderate climates and Virginia is generally warm to hot. Glen Manor Vineyards and Linden Vineyards (Avenius Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc) located in northern Virginia, in my opinion, turn out very nice Sauvignon Blanc examples with good typicity and acidity. Both producers grow their Sauvignon Blanc at higher elevations where temperatures are generally cooler than normal. That said, the 2010 Virginia growing season was unusually dry, humid, and extremely hot. This selection, the 2010 Glen Manor Sauvignon Blanc, offers delicate citrus and melon scents with a mineral like flintiness and straw notes on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with a round texture, moderate acidity, balanced flavors, and a medium-length finish. This is a nice effort considering the hot, dry, and ripe 2010 vintage that presented difficulties (e.g. higher sugars, lower acids, higher alcohol levels, sugar ripeness but not always phenolic ripeness) for some producers. I’ll leave you with a tasting assignment: Find and try a Glen Manor 2009 Sauvignon Blanc next to the 2010 vintage. The 2009 vintage was fairly normal (not too hot, too cold, or too wet) and you and your friends will have fun enjoying the wines and discerning the differences. Cheers!

To visit Glen Manor Vineyard's website click here.

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