3/24/2014

Uncorked Ventures: Chronicle Wines 2009 Anderson Valley Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Today’s Quick Sip is Chronicle Wines' 2009 Anderson Valley Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir. I received this wine from a small, family-owned and operated California-based business called Uncorked Ventures. The business is run by two brothers-in-law, Matt Krause and Mark Aselstine, and specializes in offering small-production, hard-to-find wines from California, Oregon, and Washington. And judging by the two wines I received, these two young men, who are wine enthusiasts themselves, have a knack for seeking out wines with some bottle age on them too -- which is something you typically don’t find with most wine clubs. For example, the second bottle I received is a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, which I hear is drinking nicely right now. If you enjoy discovering good quality wines from small producers, then check out the Uncorked Ventures homepage for further information. Mark is also pretty active on Twitter so you can send him a tweet at @wineclubguy if you have any comment or questions. As for the Pinot Noir, please check out my tasting note below. Mike Hengehold and James MacPhail of Chronicle Wines did a nice job with this bottling.

Chronicle Wines 2009 Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir


Review: Chronicle Wines' 2009 Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir (SRP $54): Grown at elevations between 800 and 1200 feet, the Cerise Vineyard benefits from cool coastal breezes and fog that help moderate day time temperatures during summer months. In the glass, inviting dark stone fruit and black cherry aromas lead the way, followed by notes of warm wood spice, fennel seed, and deep earth tones. The aromas come through on the palate with a round, textured mouth-feel and soft, yet balanced acidity, ending with a lasting, full finish. Overall, this is a well-structured, forward, and bolder expression of Pinot Noir that shows good range and harmony all the way through. Approximately 132 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Anderson Valley, California. (ABV 14.1%, aged 16 months in French Oak of which 35% was new, cork enclosure.) 91 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

Corks Out, Ready to Sip! 


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3/17/2014

The Wine Connection: Holman Ranch 2010 Estate Pinot Noir and Baked Salmon

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When I’m in the mood for grilled salmon or tuna (aka flavorful fatty fish), a rich, fuller-bodied Chardonnay or a Pinot Noir that flirts with elegance and finesse usually tops my list. For me, this is a pairing where the food and wine totally complement one another; bringing out each other’s best traits to create a pleasant dining experience. Around my house, I lightheartedly call this sort of pairing a “Wine Connection,” and I’m the matchmaker. Eat your heart out, Chuck Woolery!

Next Step: Salmon into the Oven, Wine into the Glass


While there are a lot of other wines that will work with this dish, there are also suitors you may want to avoid. For example, a heavy, dominating red wine could possibly overwhelm even a fatty and flavorful fish like salmon or tuna. Conversely, a lean and light white wine may be overcome by the dish. The key to a successful food and wine marriage is harmony and the Holman Ranch 2010 Estate-Grown Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with the Dijon baked salmon. The acidity from the wine and the richness of the salmon balance each other nicely and combine wonderfully in the mouth. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself!  For further information and where you can find this wine, check out my tasting note below. 

Holman Ranch 2010 Estate Grown Pinot Noir


Review: Holman Ranch 2010 Estate-Grown Pinot Noir (SRP $33): Grown at an elevation of 950 ~ 1,150 feet in sedimentary soils, this wine is lithe and fresh with an inviting combination of black cherries, dark stone fruit, tart cranberry, floral tinged perfume, and muted earth tones. It’s pleasing and supple on the entry with a sleek yet attractively textured mouth-feel, elegant acidity, and nice balance throughout. Overall, a versatile and reasonably priced Pinot Noir that’s pleasing on its own, but is also extremely food-friendly. I enjoyed it with a nice slab of salmon. NOTE: For you alcohol hawks, yes it's from California and yes it's 12.5% ABV. Approximately 500 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Carmel Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 12.5%, 12 months in French oak, cork enclosure). 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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3/11/2014

Quick Sip: Estate Crush 2012 Albariño


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Estate Crush 2012 Albariño. 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). Estate Crush was founded in 2009 and is Lodi’s first full-service custom crush facility. Their focus is on small-to-medium lot production wines. Estate Crush also operates a tasting room which features over 86 wines from 36 brands.

As for the grape, Albariño is synonymous with Spain’s Galicia region and is an important variety in Portugal [Vinho Verde DOC], where it’s known as Alvarinho. I’m not surprised to find it growing in Lodi though, since the region is diverse and fully capable of growing a wide range of grape varieties.  For further information and where you can find this wine, check out my tasting note below. With warmer temperatures on the horizon for most of you, this bottle is well worth seeking out!

Estate Crush 2012 Albariño


Review: Estate Crush 2012 Albariño (SRP $18): This wine is ripe and juicy with a bright and inviting core of citrus fruit, peach, and melon aromas and flavors. On the palate, it’s fresh and well-balanced with a slightly fleshy texture and lovely acidity that carries through the clean, medium-length finish. While versatile and meant to be enjoyed any time, this food-friendly Albariño has spring and summertime sipping written all over it (hint, hint). Like its Spanish counterpart, particularly examples from Rías Baixas, this wine’s overall vibrant personality makes it a natural partner to fresh seafood and shellfish. Approximately 95 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. (Other info: 13.5% ABV, 100% stainless, cork enclosure.) 88 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

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3/03/2014

Quick Sip: Höpler Pinot Noir 2009 Eiswein


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Not all sweet wines are created equally, and you would be surprised how many people I meet at tastings who say they don’t care for them at all. Of course, this contradicts the whole ‘Americans generally have sweet palates’ argument, but given the number of simple and sickly sweet wines on the market, it is not too surprising that some wine consumers have a common disregard for them. After all, some of these wines are nothing more than lackluster base wines, only made tolerable by the addition of sugar (and even flavor extracts) to fill holes and/or mask faults. Unfortunately, for the average consumer, this may be their first impression of the blanket expression we call, “dessert wine.” And you know the old adage about first impressions, right?

Höpler Pinot Noir 2009 Eiswein 


And then there’s the wonderful world of rich and complex dessert wines that strike a harmonious balance in the mouth and leave a smile on your face. Common styles include late-harvest, botrytized (noble rot), fortified, straw, and the delicious wine I reviewed below – a traditional Eiswein (Ice Wine). True Eiswein is made by picking the berries late in the season (sometimes into the next year), while they’re shriveled and frozen on the vine and pressing them before they thaw. When pressed, the vintner only gets a droplet of concentrated juice per grape. So, when you combine the fact that only certain regions can produce Eiswein and the number of grapes that go into one bottle, then it’s easy to see why these wines demand the prices they do (and for half-bottles). I had an opportunity to review the Pinot Noir Eiswein from Höpler via @AustrianWineUSA during a recent #winechat event. This wine makes for an excellent addition to the dinner table and can very much be featured on its own as the dessert itself. For further information and where you can find this wine, check out my tasting note below.

Beautiful Color


Review: Höpler Pinot Noir 2009 Eiswein (SRP $69 / 375ml): In the glass, this wine exhibits a beautiful light-to-medium amber color [that speaks fullness] with aromas and flavors of dried apricot, fig, tangerine peel, candied brown sugar, and honeycomb. The palate is unctuously textured with good depth of fruit, flavor intensity, and length. Fine supporting acidity provides plenty of balance to the richness and lifts the finish. Save the cake or pie for another day – this delicious, mouth-filling sweet-treat is a dessert within and of itself. Region: Burgenland, Austria. (Other info: ABV 11.5%, vinified in stainless steel tanks, cork enclosure.) 92 Points. Click here to find this wine.


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