8/25/2014

Quick Sip: Wollersheim Winery 2013 Domaine du Sac


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Today’s Quick Sip is Wollersheim Winery's 2013 Domaine du Sac. Wollersheim Winery is located on the Wisconsin River in the village of Prairie du Sac. The winery and vineyard is situated on a national historic site with a grape growing history that dates back to 1840. The winery's modern era began in 1972, when Bob and JoAnn Wollersheim bought the property and began restoring it to a working family winery. Twelve years later as part of an agricultural exchange program, Phillipe Coquard, who came from a multi-generational family of winemakers in Beaujolais, France, arrived at the winery and never left. He married the Wollersheims' oldest daughter, Julie. Today, the couple oversees winery operations and has paved the way for Wollersheim Winery to be recognized as one of the leading wineries in the Midwestern US. The Domaine du Sac has been produced since 1981 and the current release [2013] is quite delightful. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Wollersheim Winery 2013 Domaine du Sac
Review: Wollersheim Winery 2013 Domaine du Sac (SRP $14): This is a very approachable, medium-bodied blend from Lake Wisconsin (AVA) that is composed of 90% Marechal Foch and 10% 'Léon Millot – both cold hardy, early ripening grape varieties. Clear deep garnet in color, this wine offers aromas and flavors of black cherry, roasted (mixed) berries, shy wood tones, and a faint note of earth. It is textured but angular, with an overall charming supple character, finishing slightly tart with nice lingering acidity. If this producer can ship to you, I recommend giving this reasonably priced hidden gem a swirl, sniff, and sip! Region: Lake Wisconsin, Wisconsin. (Other info: ABV 13.5%, whole berry fermentation, matured in French and American oak barrels for five months, cork enclosure.) 87 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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8/18/2014

Quick Sip: Locations E-2 Spanish Red Wine


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Locations E-2 Spanish NV Red Wine. Locations is the second label of Orin Swift; the original producer of the popular ‘Prisoner’ label and the eye-catching and pleasing Abstract blend – just to name a few. The Locations’ label specializes in the creation of blends from around the world. The E-2 is a non-vintage blend that combines fruit from some of Spain’s top wine regions. It is composed of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Cariñena, and sourced from Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero. Similar to an artist with a palette of colors, blending wine is very much an art form. With the E-2 blend, winemaker David Phinney has used his talents to craft a tasty, reasonably priced wine for everyday enjoyment. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Locations E-2 Spanish NV Red Wine 
Review: Locations E-2 Spanish NV Red Wine (SRP $22): A medium garnet-purple in color, the Locations E-2 offers a pleasing core of dark berry fruit flavors intertwined with nuances of raspberry, shy underbrush, and hints of spice box. In the mouth, it is medium-full in body, with a round, velvet-like texture. The tannins are ripe and supple, carrying the flavors through the mid-palate, and ending with a medium-length, polished finish. Overall, this is an appealing wine from Orin Swift’s Locations label that is both satisfying and reasonably priced. Grab a few bottles to enjoy with your next meal! Region: Spain. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, barrel aged 10 months, cork enclosure.) 89 Points.

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8/11/2014

A Trio of Rosés from MacPhail Family Wines, Mcpherson Cellars, and B Cellars


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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 is an area of interest 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.

Real men drink pink! 
With the seasonal warmth of summer upon us, below are three rosés that are sure to enhance backyard cookouts or get-togethers with family and friends. All three are drier in style, simply meaning not sweet, and are bright, versatile, and have the ability to pair well with a wide variety of foods. For further information and where you can find these enjoyable wines, please see my tasting notes below.

MacPhail Family Pinot Noir 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Review: MacPhail Family Pinot Noir 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir (SRP $22): Made by the saignée process, this pink colored rosé exhibits deep red berry fruit flavors with a noticeable presence of rose petals and citrus blossom. It’s medium-full in the mouth, with gentle, but cleansing acidity, ending in a pleasant fruit-driven finish. I enjoyed a bottle out back with a satisfying plate of barbecue chicken, baked beans, and potato salad. This refreshing and pleasing rosé is an excellent choice to serve at your next backyard cookout and has enough oomph to partner up to fatty fish like grilled salmon and tuna. Approximately 400 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Sonoma Coast, California. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, native and inoculated ML, cork enclosure.) 89 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

Mcpherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé 
Review: Mcpherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé (SRP $12): A medium watermelon color, this pleasing dry rosé is composed of 55% Cinsault, 30% Mourvedre, and 15% Viognier. A vibrant core of red berry fruit fills the nose, followed by (primarily) raspberries and cherries on the palate that range from fresh to candied. The flavors wrap nicely around a spine of bright, citrusy acidity with a medium-length clean, slightly tart finish. This rosé is versatile, food-friendly, and synonymous with summertime sipping and outdoor grilling. It also offers very good value for money. Approximately 480 cases of this wine were produced. Region: High Plains, Texas. (Other info: ABV 12.9%, stainless, screw cap enclosure.) 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

 B Cellars Vineyards and Winery 2013 Rosé
Review: B Cellars Vineyards and Winery 2013 Rosé (SRP $26): Done in the saignée style, this medium salmon colored blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah offers a bright melody of fleshy red berry fruit flavors suggestive of cranberry and raspberry with a hint of rose petal. This wine was aged in neutral barrels, which can be sensed on the back-end, finishing up with refreshing, thirst-quenching acidity. Overall, an enjoyable yet substantive rosé that can stand up to grilled chicken, pork chops, and fatty fishes. Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.3%, matured in neutral oak barrels, saignée method, cork enclosure.) 87 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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8/04/2014

Quick Sip: Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Ankida Ridge Vineyards’ 2012 Pinot Noir. I had an opportunity to taste this wine during Protocol Wine Studio’sWines of the USA’ program. Their month-long, Twitter based series focused on producers in lesser known US regions that are growing and crafting small-lots of quality wine. Ankida Ridge Vineyards, who was one of the producers included in the program, is located in central Virginia and owned by Christine and Dennis Vrooman. The couple set out to do something truly unique – and they did! They planted the notoriously finicky and temperamental Pinot Noir grape variety in Virginia. Generally speaking, Virginia is not well-suited for the cultivation of Pinot Noir grapes. In a nutshell, Pinot Noir prefers a long, cool growing season with sunny days, low humidity and low rainfall. Virginia offers almost the opposite.

“Pinot Noir is not about color and tannins.” ~ Veronique Drouhin
Having said that, you cannot deny what we have in the glass here. At just under two acres, the Vrooman’s high elevation (1,800 feet), well-drained, rocky site, combined with skilled personnel and the attributes of a balanced growing season, has produced a surprisingly enjoyable Pinot Noir. Get your orders in now for Thanksgiving and don’t forget about their Chardonnay! For further information and where you can find this Pinot Noir, please see my tasting note below.

Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir
Review: Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir (SRP $42): Transparent ruby in color, this Pinot Noir shows restraint and ‘old-world’ sensibility; offering delicate, yet lifted  aromas and flavors suggestive of fresh black cherries, cranberry, sous-bois, incense spice, and faint floral (perfume) notes. It is relatively sleek in the mouth with textural finesse, marked acidity, and soft, integrated tannins that melt into a pleasantly bright, medium-length finish. The wine is drinking nicely now, though it will be interesting to see what it does with a little more time in the bottle. Approximately 220 cases of this wine were produced, so it may be difficult to find, but it is well worth the effort to seek out. Region: Amherst, Virginia. (Other info: ABV 12.9%, cork enclosure). 89 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

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