6/24/2014

Quick Sip: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2013 Viognier


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2013 Viognier. I first tasted this delightful wine this past spring during a visit to the Acquiesce tasting room in Lodi, California. And just last week, I had an opportunity to re-visit it along with several other vibrant Lodi white wines for a ‘Lodi Summer Tasting’ put on by the good folks at Lodi Wine. In a wine producing region better known for its reds, Acquiesce may stick out like a sore thumb. Moved by a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, winemaker and proprietor Sue Tipton, crafts small amounts (approximately 1000 total cases) of bright and refreshing Rhone-inspired white wines from 100% estate-grown fruit. The reddest thing you’ll find behind the tasting-bar is a deliciously fruity and crisp Grenache Rosé. During my visit, the entire lineup, which consisted of a Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Picpoul Blanc, and a white blend, were all well-made, reasonably priced, food-friendly, and perfect for summertime sipping.  For further information and where you can find the Viognier, please see my tasting notes below.

Acquiesce 2013 Viognier
Review: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2013 Viognier (SRP $23): Delightfully aromatic and nicely crisp, this enjoyable Viognier offers vibrant white stone fruit, orange blossom, and wildflower notes with trailing hints of honeysuckle and white tea. It’s medium-bodied with a supple texture and an appealing acidity that carries through to the medium-length, brisk finish. Instead of well-chilled, I recommend serving this wine at cellar temperature (55 - 57° F). Proprietor and winemaker Sue Tipton, suggests trying a bottle with lamb tagine, fish, Asian dishes, or citrus salads. Being a fan of lamb and Viognier but never marrying the two, I think I’m going to make that wedding happen sometime soon. Approximately 268 cases of this estate-grown and bottled Viognier were produced. Region: Lodi, California. (Other info: ABV 14.1%, Mokelumne River AVA, 100% Viognier, cork enclosure). 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Vineyard view from the Acquiesce tasting room. 

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6/16/2014

Quick Sip: La Massa 2011 Toscana


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Today’s Quick Sip is the La Massa 2011 Toscana. La Massa was founded by Naples-born Giampaolo Motta in the early 1990s. After pursing wine-making in Chianti and spending time in Bordeaux, Giampaolo acquired 111 acres of hilly terrain in Panzano (Chianti) and started producing wine from the 66 acres of mature vine plantings already on the property. His 2011 Toscana marries Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the centerpiece of Tuscany, Sangiovese, as well as a splash of Alicante Bouschet. The La Massa 2011 Toscana represents good value for the money and is an ideal choice for everyday drinking or the dinner table. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

La Massa 2011 Toscana


Review: La Massa 2011 Toscana (SRP $25): This is a savory and satisfying blend composed of 60% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the remaining made up from Merlot and Alicante Bouschet. Dark garnet in color, this wine offers poised blue and purple berry fruit aromas and flavors intertwined with drying minerals, crushed bay leaf, and muted notes of sweet tobacco leaf. The palate is medium to full in body, with an appealing liveliness and freshness to it, underscored by relaxed tannins, a supple texture, and a solid core of acidity that sails through to the pleasing, lingering finish. Overall, a delightful, budget-friendly wine that's well-balanced and harmonious with all of its flavors seamlessly integrated. This wine is a nice solitary sipper, though its food-partnering acidity is sure to shine at the dinner table. Region: Tuscany, Italy.  (Other info: ABV 14%, cork enclosure). 89 Points.

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6/11/2014

Recent Sips: Paul Mas Côté Mas, Viña Cantosán, Domaine Chandon, and Kaiken Wines


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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 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 and via those wonderful and time-consuming social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

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With summer fast approaching, the following four wines offer good value and will enhance any backyard cookout or get-together without breaking the piggy bank.  For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux NV Rosé Brut


Review: Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux NV Rosé Brut (SRP $17): This refreshing and lively sparkler from Limoux is composed of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, and 10% Pinot Noir. In the glass, it displays a vibrant, pale-copper salmon color with persistent beading and soft mousse. Aromas and flavors of fresh red berries and rose hip mingle with white stone fruits and hints of lemon and lime. The palate has a sleek, mouth-watering quality about it with a pleasant, medium-length acid-driven finish. The producer calls this “an excellent aperitif wine,” which it is. It’s also a particularly good choice for cookouts and picnics as well as a nice midweek “just because” bottle to enjoy. Region: Limoux, France. (Other info: ABV 12%, méthode traditionelle, cork enclosure). 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.  

Viña Cantosán 2012 Verdejo


Review: Viña Cantosán 2012 Verdejo (SRP $12): This is 100% Verdejo, a grape variety native to the Rueda region of northern Spain. Straw yellow in color, this wine is medium-bodied and refreshing with (medium) aromas and flavors suggestive of bruised apple, yellow apple, pear, hay, a subtle almond like quality, and notes of citrus blossom. Overall, this is a delightful, food-friendly and budget-friendly wine that’s ideal for warm weather sipping. It’s also a nice ‘alternative white’ wine to throw in the mix this summer. The tasting notes, which I agree with, suggest paring a bottle with smooth cheeses, fish, and seafood. Region: Rueda, Spain. (Other info: ABV 13%, synthetic closure.) 86 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Domaine Chandon 2011 Pinot Meunier


Review: Domaine Chandon 2011 Pinot Meunier (SRP $23): This wine is bright, supple, and harmonious with fresh red fruit and plum flavors alongside violets and pronounced spice. It is food-flexible and a great choice to open and share with friends at your next backyard cookout. Overall, an enjoyable and easy-drinking single-varietal bottling of a Champagne grape variety that I typically don’t find vinified as a still wine on its own. Region: Carneros, California. (Other info: ABV 13.5%, cork enclosure). 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Kaiken 2011 Ultra Malbec


Review: Kaiken 2011 Ultra Malbec (SRP $24): This deep colored, tasty Malbec offers inviting blackberry, ripe plum, and floral perfume aromas with underlying notes of brown baking spice. The aromas lead to a [fairly] full-bodied, fruit-forward (and focused) palate with soft round tannins, good depth, understated acidity, and a pleasant, medium-length finish. Overall, this is a nice, reasonably priced bottle to have on hand for spring and summertime get-togethers and backyard barbecues. Grilled meats or portobello mushrooms would pair nicely. Region: Mendoza, Argentina. (Other info: ABV 14.8%, 80% aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon added, cork enclosure). 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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6/03/2014

Quick Sip: Maysara Jamsheed 2009 Pinot Noir


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Maysara Winery Jamsheed 2009 Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley's McMinnville sub-appellation. Maysara Winery is owned by Moe and Flora Momtazi, who purchased a 532-acre abandoned wheat farm in 1998 and began planting a vineyard.  In 2001, they founded the winery and today the couple has over 250 acres of vines planted. Both the cellar and vineyard are Demeter-certified Biodynamic®. Their daughter, Tahmiene Momtazi, serves as winemaker. Tahmiene’s philosophy, as noted on their site, is to “truly make wines that will stand out for the vineyard and cellar.”

Pinot noir is one of the most transparent varieties to the place where it’s grown. It's not the easiest grape to grow or produce and it is rather picky about where it will thrive. For some of these reasons, you generally get what you pay for in terms of quality. Twenty [something] dollars is typically the starting point for a relatively nice entry-level selection and this bottling is a good value for the money. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Maysara Winery Jamsheed 2009 Pinot Noir


Review: Maysara Winery Jamsheed 2009 Pinot Noir (SRP $30): Fresh, balanced, and accessible, this Pinot Noir offers a supple mix of dark cherries, vivid plum and blackberry aromas with hints of spice, dried rose petal, and a delicate mineral streak that runs throughout. The aromas carry over to the palate with good supporting acidity that’s balanced on a lean frame with a textured and vibrant, medium-length finish. This wine is enjoyable on its own and would also be a nice partner to a wide variety of foods – especially summertime fare such as grilled burgers, chicken, sausage, lamb, and portobello mushrooms. Region: McMinnville, Oregon.  (Other info: ABV 13.7%, 8% barrel aged in new French oak for 11.5 months, native yeast fermentation, approx 8,772 cases produced, screw cap enclosure). 89 Points.

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