9/23/2013

A Trio of Sancerre: Blanc, Rosé, and Rouge


Hello Friends,

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 thoroughly 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’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as a sea of friendly "wine peeps" to meet in real life or via those wonderful and time-consuming social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

 Having a Splash of Sancerre!


Below is a trio of wines from Sancerre's 2011 vintage accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. I had an opportunity to sample these wines during a recent #winestudio Twitter tasting with Protocol Wine Studio. Sancerre is an appellation located in France’s Loire Valley that has grown vines since ancient times. The region produces light-to-medium bodied wines with good acidity made from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The bright and refreshing white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc are more prevalent than rosé and red wines produced from Pinot Noir. Be it Blanc (white), rosé, or rouge (red) wines; the one commonality you will find across the board in the wines of Sancerre is a wonderful food-friendly nature. Oftentimes I have found a restraint fruit character in the wines matched by appealing mineral tones. If this region is unfamiliar territory for you, ask your local wine shop for something under $20 and give the region’s wines a try. Remember: variety, so they say, is the spice of life; so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well my friends!

Pascal Jolivet 2011 Sancerre Rosé


1) Pascal Jolivet 2011 Sancerre Rosé (SRP $25): This wine is light salmon-orange in color with red cherry fruit, spice, and floral perfume aromas with a faint steely, tree fruit component. Firm acidity frames bright fruit flavors in this restrained and extremely food-friendly, versatile rosé. Note to self: Extend an invite to this wine for Thanksgiving! (Other info: 100% Pinot Noir, Saignée method, native yeast, ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

Daniel Chotard 2011 Sancerre


2) Daniel Chotard 2011 Sancerre (SRP $26): This wine exhibits a restrained fruit profile leaning toward bright citrus fruit and floral aromas and flavors that’s wrapped around a firm spine of crisp, mineral-laced acidity. It shows good purity, freshness, and while small-framed, is nicely textured with good length.  It drinks nicely on its own and is also very capable of partnering up to a wide variety of foods. (Other info: ABV 13%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

Paul Prieur et Fils 2011 Les Caillotes Rouge


3) Paul Prieur et Fils 2011 Les Caillotes Sancerre Rouge (SRP $26): This wine is medium ruby in color with a restrained red fruit nose, followed by spice box, a hint of pencil lead, and soft floral notes. It’s fresh and light in the mouth with good acid-to-fruit balance and muted earth tones in the medium-length finish. This is a pleasant bottle of wine to break the ancient rule of white wine with fish, red wine with meat. Reach for a fatty fish like salmon or tuna and enjoy! (Other info: 100% Pinot Noir, ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

I bet this would fit the bill!


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9/11/2013

A Trio of Rosé Wines from Stinson Vineyards, LangeTwins Winery, and Garfield Estates

Hello Friends,

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 thoroughly 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’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as a sea of friendly "wine peeps" to meet in real life or via those wonderful and time-consuming social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoying a splash of Stinson Vineyards 2012 Rosé


I get that rosé is mainly synonymous with summertime sipping. But these bright and refreshing wines, in my humble opinion, should be enjoyed year-round. Their vibrant fruit flavors and racy acidity make these wines a versatile and flexible partner to a wide variety of foods. Below is a trio of drier-style rosé wines accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. Just because summer is nearing its end does not mean you give up on these pink wines. Thanksgiving presents an excellent opportunity to have a bottle or three on the table. Remember: variety, so they say, is the spice of life; so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well my friends!

Stinson Vineyards 2012 Mourvèdre Rosé


1) Stinson Vineyards' 2012 Rosé (SRP $16.99): This is 100% Mourvèdre sourced from Virginia wine pioneer Dennis Horton of Horton Vineyards in Madison County. Pale salmon in color, this dry and refreshing rosé boasts vibrant, yet reserved aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry, watermelon, raspberry, and a faint hint of white pepper spice wrapped around a firm spine of acidity with soft mineral-like notes on the finish. Overall, this is a versatile, food-friendly wine that not only matches the flavors of summer -- but is one to enjoy year-round. It is also a nice bottle to have on the table to complement Thanksgiving Day dinner (hint-hint). Approximately 220 cases of this wine were produced. (Other info: Monticello appellation, stainless, aged 3 months sur lie, soaked on skins for 72 hours, ABV 13%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese Rosé


2) LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards' Estate-Grown 2012 Sangiovese Rosé (SRP $13): This is a refreshingly dry rosé from Lodi, California, that offers aromas and flavors of ripe red berry fruit that steers toward strawberry with candied notes (think watermelon Jolly Rancher) and underlying floral tones backed by lively acidity with a fruit-driven medium-length finish. Overall, an enjoyable rosé at a budget-friendly price to enjoy year-round with a wide variety of foods. (Other info: Certified Sustainable, ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure) Sold out! Bummer! Click here to check their web site for new release information.

Garfield Estates Vineyard Vin Rosé


3) Garfield Estates Vineyard and Winery Vin Rosé (SRP $16): This is 100% Cabernet Franc from Grand Valley, Colorado, that shows bright red fruit aromas and flavors, floral perfume, and shy dried herbal notes (towards the finish) with refreshing acidity and a clean, medium-length finish. The wine is fresh and friendly with the ability to blend in and partner well with a vast array of foods. (Other info: ABV 14%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

 Image from my visit to Garfield Estates


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9/04/2013

#CabernetDay with Trinitas Cellars, Hahn Winery's Smith & Hook, and Forefront Wines by Pine Ridge


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I do not necessarily need a special day to drink Cabernet, but since last Thursday was #CabernetDay, I uncorked a few bottles with a friend and joined (and enjoyed) the day-long online conversation. CabernetDay, as we call it on Twitter, is a global celebration of the Cabernet grape variety. The event, now in its fourth year, brings a myriad of spirited wine enthusiasts from all over the country together. Via social media, we interact and share thoughts about Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet-based blends, and more.

#CabernetDay in the Glass!


For #CabernetDay, I went with three Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon variety is one of the most popular and celebrated grapes in the world and is often referred to as the “King of Red Wine Grapes.” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in a wide variety of styles, but its greatest gift to the wine world, in my opinion, is its potential to make well-structured, alluring, and highly complex wines that are long-lived. It is sometimes difficult to fathom that Cabernet Sauvignon is an offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc – a discovery made by researchers at UC Davis in the late 90s. Below are the selections I opened accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. Remember: variety, so they say, is the spice of life; so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well my friends!

 Trinitas Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon


1) Trinitas Cellars' Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $50): This wine is supple and succulent with inviting black cherry, ripe plum, and currant fruit alongside rose petals, cocoa notes, and dusky spice aromas and flavors. On the palate, it shows good depth and integration of fruit and oak with a lasting, harmonious finish. It is drinking nicely now but will also benefit from short-term cellaring, though it may be difficult to be patient. (Other Info: Oakville appellation, barrel-aged 18 months in 80% new French oak, made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Sirah, and 0.5% Malbec, ABV 13.9%, natural cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

Smith & Hook 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon


2) Hahn Family Wines' Smith & Hook 2011 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $30): This wine exhibits blackberry, black currant, spice, and notes of cola with underlying black cherry aromas and flavors. It is nicely textured on the palate with slightly grippy tannins towards the back-end and a pleasant short-to-medium length finish. This is a nice selection to pair with a backyard barbeque and can be found at very reasonable price points on the web. (Other info: Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec, 65% new French oak, ABV 14.8%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

Forefront 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon


3) Pine Ridge Vineyards' Forefront 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $20): Forefront is a second label of Napa Valley producer Pine Ridge Vineyards. Second labels tend to offer a producer more flexibility in wine style, fruit source (I believe Pine Ridge is solely Napa Valley), and price point. Budget-friendly and approachable, this wine shows aromas and flavors suggestive of blackberry, blueberry, toasty vanilla, cedar spice, and a hint of cocoa. This is a tasty selection to wash down grilled fare with – particularly grilled beef or Portobello burgers. (Other info: Composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 3% Syrah, appellation 83% Napa and 17% Lake Counties, ABV 13.7%, cork enclosure) Click here to find this wine.

Bet these Cabs would pair nicely with ....


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