2/24/2014

Quick Sip: Fields Family Wines 2011 Estate Syrah


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Fields Family Wines’ 2011 Estate Syrah. I had an opportunity to taste this wine during a recent event put on by the good folks at Charles Communications and Lodi Wine (aka LoCA). Fields Family Wines is a small family-run operation specializing in the production of small batches of premium wines from Lodi and Napa Valley regions. The Lodi appellation (Central Valley of California) is largely known for red wines with Zinfandel leading the way. But outside of Zinfandel, the area’s diversity, both in soil and climate, accommodates the planting of over 75 grape varieties. The region benefits from significant diurnal temperature swings. The cooler nights provide balance to the warm, sunny days, allowing the berries to retain good natural acidity while achieving optimal flavor development. Syrah is one of the few grape varieties that performs well in both cool and warm climates. This Syrah displays characteristics you would expect to find in warm climate examples and shades of what the variety exhibits in cooler climates. For further information and where you can find this wine, check out my tasting note below.

Fields Family Wines 2011 Estate Syrah


Review: Fields Family Wines 2011 Estate Syrah (SRP $22): Warm climate fruit character mingles with cool-climate structure in this enjoyable bottle of Lodi Syrah. An inviting mix of dark skinned and high-toned berry fruit fill the nose followed by brown spice, white pepper, and a faint smoky quality. The palate is pleasing and ripe, but not overly so, with good depth of fruit and understated acidity adding a refreshing lift through the lingering finish. This wine is nice on its own, but its food-partnering acidity makes it an excellent choice for grilled meats – think baby backs, flank steak, etc. I paired a glass with Old Amsterdam cheese from Holland, which was thoughtfully selected by Cindy Della Monica, owner of Lodi’s Cheese Central. The combination presented a whole new mélange of flavors and texture in the mouth. I highly recommend the duo if you have a chance. Approximately 150 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi [Mokelumne River AVA], California. (Other info: ABV 14.2%, native fermentation and ML, 16 months in French oak – less than 25% new, cork enclosure.) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

Having a splash of  Fields Family Syrah!


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2/12/2014

A Trio of Wines from the Finger Lakes: Goose Watch Winery, Glenora Cellars, and Thirsty Owl


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Today’s Recent Sips features two sparklers and an Ice Wine from the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. I had an opportunity to taste these wines during a recent event put on by the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance. In addition to making some really nice Rieslings, which the region is well-known for, the Finger Lakes cool-climate produces a number of bright, well-balanced white and red wines that are well suited to a wide variety of occasions and foods. Sparkling wines are one style of wine that can match just about any situation and any dish you throw at them. Their high acidity and palate-cleaning bubbles make then one of the most versatile and food-friendly wines you’ll find.

Two flutes of Brut Rosé coming right up!


And at these price points, there is no need  to reserve the bubbly for ‘special occasions.’ The special occasion is when you pop the cork-- and that can be any day of the week. Just whip out the [Champagne] flutes, grab some appetizers, invite friends over, pour, and enjoy! For a sweet-ending to your sparkling evening and dinner, the lip-smacking Ice Wine from Thirsty Owl Wine Company makes for a pleasant sipper in place of dessert. For further information and where you can find these wines see my tasting note below. If you're outside the region, your best chance of finding any one of these wines is via the producer’s website (and I have left links).   

Goose Watch Winery Pinot Noir Brut Rosé


Review: Goose Watch Winery NV Pinot Noir Brut Rosé (SRP $18): Deep blush in color, this sparkling wine offers a delightful core of bright red fruit with strawberry and cranberry aromas and flavors leading the way. The wine’s mouth-watering acidity and palate-cleansing bubbles make it a good match for a wide variety of foods – including everything from ham and turkey to picnic fare. Overall, this enjoyable wine is crisp and refreshing and at a price point that won’t break the piggy bank. Region: Finger Lakes, NY. (Other info: ABV 12%.) Click here to find this wine. 

Glenora Wine Cellars 2003 Brut 


Review: Glenora Wine Cellars 2003 Brut (SRP $24.99): This sparkling wine, made using the traditional method as they do in Champagne, is composed of 68% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Blanc and 13% Chardonnay. Deep straw in color with a frothy mousse and a fine persistent bead, the wine shows aromas and flavors of mature tree fruit, white stone fruit, and almond butter with muted (sweet) brioche notes. Medium-bodied with lively acidity and a slightly creamy middle, this is a nice and affordable sparkling wine to have around the house for any day you feel like enjoying a nice glass of bubbly. Approximately 992 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Finger Lakes, NY. (Other info: ABV 12.5%) Click here to find this wine.  

Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2012 Ice Wine 


Review: Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine (SRP $39.95 / 375ml): Light brick in color with orange-tawny hues, this wine serves up inviting aromas of fresh strawberry preserve, framboise, rhubarb, and crushed cherries. The aromas extend to the palate with a slightly rich texture while remaining light on its feet with just enough acidity to balance the fruit and sugars. Serve chilled in cordial glasses and enjoy this lip-smacking treat for dessert after a scrumptious and satisfying meal. It’s not every day you see an Ice Wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon and this selection is extremely likable and pleasant. (Other info: ABV 13.6%, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.) Click here to find this wine. Note: The '13 is currently available. 

A splash of Thirsty Owl Ice Wine


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2/04/2014

Quick Sip: Marques de Gelida Cava 2007 Brut Reserva


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Marques de Gelida Cava 2007 Brut Reserva. The term ‘Cava’ refers to sparkling wines from select areas in northern Spain. They are made using méthode champenoise – which is the same method by which champagne is produced in the Champagne region of France. Unlike Champagne however, native Spanish grape varieties (Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo) are used for producing Cava; though Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both Champagne grapes, are allowed. For the money, Cava is a good sparkler to open whenever you want to add a little sparkle to your day and /or dining table. From personal experience, I can tell you that it pairs wonderfully with Spanish tapas. For further information and where you can find this wine, see my tasting note below.

Marques de Gelida Cava


Review: Marques de Gelida Cava 2007 Brut Reserva (SRP $15): This Cava is composed of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo along with15% Chardonnay. Being labeled a ‘Reserva’ indicates that it was aged at least three years before release (up to one year in barrel and one in bottle). In the glass, it exhibits a fine mousse of tiny, persistent bubbles with leading aromas of green apple, spicy yeast, and vibrant citrus fruit followed by toasted almond and light brioche notes. The palate matches the nose with mouth-watering acidity and a dash of elegance in this versatile and budget-friendly sparkler that’s fun, lively, and ready for any occasion. Region: Penedès, Spain (Other info: ABV 11.5 %.) 87 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Let there be Cava!


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