7/30/2012

Quick Sip: Delaplane Cellars 2007 Cabernet Franc

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I recently revisited a few old friends I had tucked deep in the back of the Eurocave, to see how they were holding up. Wine doesn’t always get better with time, so I routinely check wines I have been storing when I have several bottles of the same wine. The 2007 Virginia growing season turned out some very nice white wines and gave growers the option to make riper-styled, balanced, and well-structured red wines. Delaplane Cellars, who opened in the fall of 2009, had one of the best openings I have seen in Virginia. The spacious tasting room is attractive and features wall-to-wall, full-length windows that give way to views worthy of a “Welcome to Fauquier County” postcard. The staff is well-trained and friendly, and most importantly – they opened up with a solid line-up of Virginia-grown wines. In particular, their red wines, which benefited from an exceptional 2007 growing season.

Delaplane Cellars 2007 Old World Cabernet Franc


One of the more savory and lighter red wines Delaplane Cellars produced in 2007 was the Old World Cabernet Franc. It contains a splash of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon for added structure and complexity. The name of the wine [Old World …] and low-to-moderate alcohol level [12.5% ABV] is suggestive of the style of wine to expect in the bottle. Upon removing the cork, it was apparent that it would need decanting [see tip of cork]; not so much to let the wine breathe, but to remove the wine from its sediment. Sediment isn’t harmful if swallowed, but after you swallow a mouth full once, you probably won’t let it happen a second time.

Beautiful Tasting Room w/ Large Picture Windows


In the glass, the wine is [medium] crimson in color with a slightly faded rim. It’s rather restrained [not fruit forward/ripe], even more so than I recall last time I opened a bottle. The nose offers soft cherry, wild berry, olive-like and dried herbal scents that are balanced by leather, sweet tobacco leaf and dusty minerality/earthy aromas/flavors. In the mouth, she’s light-to-medium in body with supple tannins and good supporting acidity, ending with a lightly bitter finish of medium length. It paired nicely with my pepper-crusted pork loin dinner. At the time, I believe this wine sold for around $25. I think I have a few bottles left and will likely finish them off this year or early next year. Delaplane Cellars is located in Delaplane, Virginia [Fauquier County] and specializes in single-vineyard wines and blends. This particular vintage probably is not available in the tasting room anymore, but the new 2010 reds are. This reminds me, I need to visit the tasting room and taste those wines myself now that they are bottled and ready to go. Have a grape week ahead, my friends. Cheers!

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7/23/2012

Quick Sip: Amorosa Bella 2010 RRV Chardonnay


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Although the Jordans were vacationing in Lake Tahoe, the weekly Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday Live web broadcast still went on. For this episode, Scott Jordan tasted several Amorosa Bella wines from the beautiful backyard of close friends. The wines were paired with a delicious array of fine foods that seemed easy to make (just check out the video). Several of us viewing online, who I will refer to as the #tvtuesdaylive wine crew, had the Amorosa Bella 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay to taste alongside Scott, family, and friends. Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo is the owner of Amorosa Bella; she is also the author of "Authentic Sensual Living, Your Guide to Igniting All Your Senses and Enriching Your Life." The name of her company, “Amorosa Bella” means beautiful lover in Italian and Charlyn says, “The love affair is with life!” Amorosa Bella offers wine, candles, gourmet chocolates, perfumes, and other products that Charlyn believes, “bring greater pleasure to everyday life.” I can certainly attest [and raise a glass] for one of the the products listed! Can you guess which?

Amorosa Bella 2010 RRV Chardonnay


The Amorosa Bella 2010 Russian River Chardonnay (SRP $26, COS $19.50) received positive reviews from online tasters during the Cellars of Sonoma #tvtuesdaylive web broadcast. The wine is light straw in color with fairly bright aromas and flavors. The swirl and sniff offers fresh green apple, tangerine, lemon zest and soft melon scents. The palate is vibrant with tangy acidity and a medium length finish that’s complimented by an almond like character and a faint touch of spiced pear. It’s perfect for light hors d'œuvres, fish tacos (which I had), and even a refreshing summer sipper to enjoy on a hot summer day. From a QPR (quality-to-price-ratio) perspective, if you can find this wine at the COS price versus the SRP, by all means check it out. Also, check out the Amorosa Bella web page (link below) and visit the Products with Passion store – I hear the chocolate with sea salt pairs wonderfully with Amorosa Bella Sparkling Brut. As a matter of fact, rather than hear about it, I may need to visit the store and find out for myself. Cheers!

To view the winemaker interview on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the Amorosa Bella's website.

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7/19/2012

Quick Sip: Bonneau 2008 Hyde Cabernet Sauvignon


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I recently joined the #tvtuesdaylive wine crew for another fun-filled episode of Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday Live. For this episode, proprietor and host Scott Jordan welcomed special guest winemaker John Bambury of Bonneau Wines. Bonneau Winery is a small family-owned grower and wine producer in Sonoma’s Los Carneros appellation. Their estate site, Catherine's Vineyard, is certified sustainable and planted to Chardonnay – a grape variety the producer is well known for. For red wines, Bonneau sources fruit from some of the top vineyards in Sonoma County and Napa Valley.

Bonneau 2008 Hyde Cabernet Sauvignon


The Bonneau 2008 Los Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $75, COS Club Price $56.25) comes from Hyde Vineyard – a recognizable name and reputable grower that many top name California producers source fruit from. The Los Carneros AVA (American Viticulture Area) includes parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties; Hyde Vineyard resides on the Napa Valley side. The 2008 Los Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon displays a deep ruby/purple color with inviting and complex aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, cedar, anise and spicy nuances. The palate is round and smooth with a juicy entry, velvety texture, and supple tannins ending in a pleasant lingering finish. I enjoyed this Cabernet both on its own and with a grilled lamb chop dinner the following day. According to Cellars of Sonoma, less than 60 cases of the 2008 vintage is left and after the 2010 vintage John will no longer make this particular [Hyde Vineyard] Cabernet Sauvignon. Instead, John will source Cabernet fruit from Rutherford (an AVA located in Napa Valley that's well-known for its Cabernet Sauvignon wines), which should kick-off with the 2012 vintage. In closing, I encourage readers [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. Cheers!

To view the winemaker interview on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the Bonneau Wines' website.

Click here to visit the Cellars of Sonoma website.

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7/16/2012

In Review: #WITS2012 with WineTwits


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Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a virtual wine tasting event put on by the wine-centric folks over at @WineTwits. The event was held last Tuesday at The Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) in Napa Valley, California. For those [like me] who couldn’t attend the event in person, we communicated over the social media freeway known as "Twitter" using hash-tag #WITS2012. The last time I had an opportunity to join Wine Twits for an event was for “Burgers and Beaujolais.” Talk about fun and, to a greater degree, filling! That event gave me an opportunity to introduce some of my family members in Colorado to a new wine region (Beaujolais), a new grape variety (Gamay), and burgers topped with [soft] fried eggs (new to them too). While the latter isn’t the healthiest sandwich in the world, it sure was tasty – especially with maple glazed bacon placed under the fried egg and finished with a dollop of jalapeno jelly!

Wente Vineyards 2010 Morning Fog Chardonnay


Our more recent event, #WITS2012, featured four wines and four partner wineries: Franciscan Estate, Garnet Vineyards, Hahn Family Wines, and Wente Vineyards. Each producer had a representative online to discuss their brand and wine with those of us online as well as those who attended the event in person. All four wines were solid and fairly priced for their respective categories. Below are the wines and some of my personal thoughts. For further information about these producers, check the links at the end of this post.

Wente Vineyards 2010 Morning Fog Chardonnay (SRP $12.99): Estate-grown Chardonnay that’s a solid wine for the price. Tree fruit (e.g., apple, pear) core aromas/flavors with melon, baking spice and subtle oak notes with a nice mouth-feel/texture and good balancing acidity. The wine is named for the morning fog that rolls in every day during the growing season and cools off the vineyard (extending the growing season and enhancing the flavor profile). Wente makes several (I think four) different Chardonnay wines ranging in style from bright and refreshing to mouth-coating and oaked. All their Chardonnay wines are made from estate-grown fruit in Livermore, California. If you’re a member of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) Club, give @Wente a try!

Hahn Family Wines 2011 California Pinot Noir


Hahn Family Wines 2011 California Pinot Noir (SRP $14): Hahn Estates is located on the Monterey Coast in the Santa Lucia Highlands, California. This is a nice entry-level, food-friendly Pinot Noir at an attractive price point. Cherry and berry aromas fill the nose with cinnamon, soft toasty notes and a pleasant floral touch. It clocks in at 14.5% ABV, but handles the alcohol fairly well. The producer’s pairing suggestion of grilled salmon and garlic mashed potatoes is spot-on -- I tried it the following day. Everyone online who had this wine found it approachable and likable based on its quality and price point.

Garnet Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir


Garnet Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir (SRP $19.99): This producer has been making cool-climate, affordable Pinot Noir since 1983 (…before it was so popular in the states). The wine is medium-ruby in color with moderate alcohol (13.5% ABV) and plenty of tell-tale Pinot Noir aromas and flavor. The swirl and sniff offers sweet red/dark cherry fruit and ripe raspberry/strawberry aromas with holiday spice/fruit cake notes. The palate is smooth with a soft, supple texture and good balancing acidity. This wine is pocket, palate, and food-friendly – and also paired wonderfully with my grilled salmon dinner.

Franciscan Oakville Estate 2008 Magnificat


Franciscan Oakville Estate 2008 Magnificat (SRP $50 … though some online tasters said it could be found for $35): This is a bold and [fairly] brawny blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. @FranciscanWines (Twitter handle) was one of the first to produce a Meritage blend in California. The Magnificat is on its 24th vintage and is a blend of the producer’s best lots from their estate vineyard and other select sites. This wine is youthful and meaty with a dark fruit core, a grainy texture, and is well structured with medium-to-firm mouth-coating tannins that persist through to the [lasting] finish. It’s tightly-wound out of the bottle and gets better with air (… unlocking attractive nuanced complexities) and begs for a marbled slab of grilled meat. 

Happy "Pinot Noir" Sipping!


The following day I enjoyed both of the Pinor Noir wines with grilled salmon. Red wine and fish can coexist on your dinner table! 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.

Click here to visit Wine Twits' website.

Click here to visit W.I.T.S website.

Click here to visit Wente Vineyards' website.

Click here to visit the Hahn Estate website.

Click here to visit the Garnet Vineyards' website.

Click here to visit Franciscan Oakville Estate's website.

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7/09/2012

In Review: Savor the Summer with Archery Summit


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I was recently tapped by the good folks over at Charles Communications Associates to participate in Archery Summit’s first ever Twitter TasteLive event. Aptly named “Savor the Summer with Archery Summit,” several wine bloggers and I joined Archery Summit’s winemaker Anna Matzinger and winegrower Leigh Bartholomew to taste through and discuss three of their new summertime releases. Archery Summit Winery, established in 1993, is a premier Pinot Noir producer located in the Dundee Hills (a sub-appellation within the greater Willamette Valley of Oregon). They specialize in crafting small batches of elegant wines that express the uniqueness of their five estate vineyards (approximately 120 farming acres).

Archery Summit "Savor the Summer" Lineup


Named for the region’s distinct red volcanic soils, the Red Hills of Dundee is where a young man -- who would later go on to be known as “Papa Pinot,” planted the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot Noir vines in 1965. Approximately three years after the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting (that put California on the wine map), the young man’s 1975 Eyrie Vineyards’ Pinot Noir made a very respectable showing at a wine competition held in Paris and did equally as well the following year in Beaune, France. With interest sparked, the Willamette Valley of Oregon went from being relatively unknown to garnering – and deservingly so, the attention of the wine world. Nowadays, the Willamette Valley of Oregon is often referred to right behind Burgundy, France, for world-class Pinot Noir production. Producers like Archery Summit Winery continue what a small group of (namely UC Davis graduates) young wine enthusiasts started over four decades ago. These passionate growers had a vision (to grow world-class Pinot Noir like the great red wines of Burgundy) and a theory (the Willamette Valley’s marginal climate would support the vision), that as outrageous as it must have seemed back then … worked. On this evening, the proof was in the glass and I had a wonderful time savoring the summer with Archery Summit and their new summer releases. See my notes below. Cheers!

* Archery Summit 2011 Vireton Rosé (SRP $24) 100% Pinot Noir sourced from their five estate vineyards and produced in the saignée method. In the glass, this wine displays a lovely light salmon color with fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas and soft rose petals and tree fruit notes. This is a bright and refreshing rosé that’s extremely versatile and food friendly. For me, it paired nicely with the hot/humid summer day and Thai-style coconut shrimp appetizer. There’s nothing like mouthwatering acidity and a crisp finish in a dry rosé. It is definitely worth seeking out for summertime cookouts, picnics, or … just to have around the house with a good book or IPod!

* Archery Summit 2010 Willamette Valley Premier Cuvée Pinot Noir (SRP $48): A very nice blend of all five [estate] vineyards, offering black cherry, cranberry, dried rose petals, and spiced perfume aromas with forest floor and baking spice undertones. The aromas extend to the [well-balanced] palate with a silky mouth-feel, moderate complexity, and smooth tannin structure ... ending pleasing and long. An exceptionally food-friendly and versatile wine that would pair nicely with anything from grilled wild salmon [trust me, I tried it] to grilled rack of lamb.

* Archery Summit 2010 Dundee Hills Arcus Estate Pinot Noir (SRP $100): Single vineyard, 41 acre estate of mature vine plantings (planted from 1973 thru 1996) in the red hills of Dundee. In the glass, the wine displays a beautiful deep garnet color with a complex spectrum of dark stone fruit, shy cherry notes, citrus peel nuances, anise, cocoa, and floral perfume scents. This wine is focused and harmonious with layers of nuanced complexity. She flirts with richness and ripeness without compromising elegance and grace. This youthful Pinot Noir drinks well now but will also, in my humble opinion, evolve over time trading its youthful charms for mature and sophisticated attractiveness. Serious Pinot enthusiasts will want some for now and definitely some for later. This wine will more than likely reward those with patience.

Click here to visit the Archery Summit Winery website.

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Disclosure: This wine was provided as a media sample to participate in an online event. Thoughts are my own.

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7/02/2012

Quick Sip: La Sirena 2005 Barrett Vineyard Syrah


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Last week I had the pleasure of participating in another fun-filled hour of Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday. For this Tuesday’s webcast, proprietor and host Scott Jordan welcomed special guest winemaker Heidi Barrett of La Sirena Winery. Dubbed “the first lady of wine” by critic Robert Parker, Heidi’s long list of credentials includes one of California’s most well-known cult Cabernet Sauvignon wines – Screaming Eagle. For this tasting event, several of my wine blogging buddies and I had the opportunity to taste Heidi’s La Sirena 2005 Barrett Vineyards Syrah (SRP $80, Cellars of Sonoma Wine Club $60). The fruit for this wine comes from Heidi and husband Bo Barrett’s (of Chateau Montelena Winery fame) personal two acre estate vineyard that’s situated at the foot of Mount St. Helena.

La Sirena 2005 Barrett Vineyards Syrah


In the glass, the La Sirena 2005 Barrett Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah displays a deep garnet-purple color with complex aromas of dark berry fruit, spice/pepper, violet undertones, tar, and subtle notes of graphite-like minerality. As the wine opened up, slow-building notes of cured meat/bacon fat came out. The aromas persist on the palate, with dense and layered, yet balanced flavors, lightly chewy tannins, and a lasting dry finish. This wine has a good bit going on, as time in the bottle seems to have brought out some of its tertiary elements, while the primary and secondary characteristics integrate and play well together. I enjoyed this wine with sautéed calf's liver (don’t say yuck) with grilled onions and bacon and a serving of garlic mashed potatoes. Like most of the wines carried by Cellars of Sonoma, this selection is very limited production. The best way to get a bottle of Heidi's [Barrett Vineyard] Syrah on your dinner table and/or learn more about the producer and Cellars of Sonoma is to visit the links at the end of this post. Cheers!

About Cellars of Sonoma: Cellars of Sonoma is a wine tasting room and wine bar located in the heart of Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. They specialize and feature hand-picked selections from small production Sonoma (and surrounding area) producers. Co-owner Scott Jordan, family members, and staff, host a live streaming broadcast every Tuesday at 9PM EST that showcases small artisan and boutique wine producers of northern California (namely Sonoma), as well as local chefs and people in the hospitality business. Click on the link below to visit the website and grab a glass of wine and check out the Tuesday web broadcast.

To view the winemaker interview on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the La Sirena Winery website.

Click here to visit the Cellars of Sonoma website.

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