9/22/2014

Quick Sip: Bodegas Caro 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva


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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva from Bodegas Caro. This is an Argentinian blend composed of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bodegas Caro, established in 1998, is a joint effort between distinguished wine families, Domaines Barons de Rotschild (Lafite) and the Catena family. The union marries two deeply rooted wine cultures and two noble grape varieties, delivering a rich and satisfying blend that won’t break the piggy bank.  For further information and where you can find this wine (with free shipping), please see my tasting notes below.

Bodegas Caro 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva
Review: Bodegas Caro 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva (SRP $20): This deep ruby-purple colored blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon shows inviting aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and cassis with a faint streak of eucalyptus and subtle touches of violet and sweet spice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a mouth-filling richness that is led by generous dark berry fruit flavors with enough acidity to support the ripeness. The wine ends in a fruit-driven, medium-length finish that is laced by accents of cocoa powder. Overall, a delicious wine that offers good QPR (Quality-Price Ratio) that is just as good on its own as it is with food. We enjoyed it with Greek-style lamb burgers. At this price, buy now, enjoy now! Region: Mendoza, Argentina.  (Other info: ABV 15%, barrel matured 12 months in new and used French oak barrels, cork enclosure.) 89 Points.

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9/16/2014

Quick Sip: Y Rousseau Wines Russian River Valley 2012 Tannat


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I recently had the opportunity to join the good folks at Cellar Pass for an interactive tasting that featured Yannick Rousseau of Y Rousseau Wines and his delicious 2012 Russian River Valley Tannat. Tannat, a grape indigenous to Southwest France, is a variety I do not typically see coming out of Sonoma – on its own or in blends. Yannick’s love of Tannat goes back to his homeland of Gascony, France. There, the variety thrives in the village of Madiran and is capable of producing long-lived wines of high quality that are crafted for the patient and built to age.

Yannick’s grandfather, Pepé, who made his own wine and was an artisan butcher, introduced Yannick to homemade wine at a very early age. Through Pepé’s influence; wine, food, and family, which Yannick calls “the simple life,” have been a driving force behind his passion for crafting wines to share with loved ones over a good meal. With his wine-making experience in Madiran, Yannick headed to Napa in 1999 and had successful stints at both Newton Vineyards and Chateau Potelle Winery. In 2007, he founded his own label to highlight wines from his homeland (e.g., Colombard, Tannat) that perform well in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. I highly recommend seeking out some of his Tannat. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Y Rousseau Wines Russian River Valley 2012 Tannat 

Review: Y Rousseau Wines Russian River Valley 2012 Tannat (SRP $35): Deep in color, nearly opaque, this wine is firm and focused, opening with an impressive concentration of dark berry fruit flavors followed by anise seed, spice, and subtle earthy tones. It is fairly full in body, with well-balanced acidity and firm structure, backed by generous tannins that melt into the lasting finish. This wine opens up nicely with 45 minutes+ decanting and should develop additional complexity with bottle aging. A well marbled rib-eye would be an ideal partner. Yannick’s experience in Madiran coupled with the grape’s adaptability to the valley’s climate and soil shines through in the finished product. Region: Sonoma County, California. (Other info: ABV 13.9%, 5% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Syrah added, matured 13 months in 33% new French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure.) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

About CellarPass: CellarPassTV is an informative weekly wine broadcast in which some of California’s top winemakers, winery owners, and people in the food and wine industry are interviewed by host Sarah Elliman. Their website, CellarPass.com, is a leading destination for online winery reservations that’s well worth checking out if you’re thinking about visiting California wine country. To view this episode of CellarPassTV, click here.

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9/09/2014

A Trio of Rieslings from Alsace, Austria, and Germany


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I recently had an opportunity to participate in a fun-filled virtual #winechat event that was hosted by the good folks at Wines of Alsace, Austria Wine USA, and the Wines of Germany. #Winechat, which is also the hash-tag to follow, is an open wine conversation that happens every Wednesday night at 9PM EST on Twitter. All three regions, Alsace, Austria, and Germany, are well-suited to Riesling and have the potential to produce long-lived examples that beautifully express site specific characteristics from which they are grown. Stylistically, Riesling has a wide range of flavors and spans the sweetness scale from bone dry, to off-dry, to liquid dessert. One of the most important things you want to look for when swirling, sniffing, and sipping a glass is balance. A Riesling with some residual sugar can come off as more fruity than sweet if the wine is bright enough. Riesling’s naturally high acidity, which balances the sugars, makes it a wonderful food wine choice year round. Depending on the wine’s level of sweetness, Asian cuisine, seafood, and poultry dishes, just to name a few, all pair well. While all three of these wines are wildly different, all three are pretty delicious. I recommend adding any or all to your tasting list. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg 2010 Riesling

Review: Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg 2010 Riesling (SRP $34): This gorgeous wine opens with luscious tropical fruit, citrus blossom, a hint of brine, and honeysuckle flavors that are anchored by a firm acid spine. It combines muscle with elegance and has good length on the finish. It is quite delicious now but has the potential to develop in the bottle for years. Region: Alsace, France. (Other info: ABV 13%, matured on lees in large oak barrels for 12 months, bottle aged 2-3 years before release, natural cork enclosure.) 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Brandl Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve 2011 Riesling

Review: Brandl Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve 2011 Riesling (SRP $34): This Riesling is intensely mineral-driven and bone dry, offering fresh green apple and bright citrus flavors intertwined with wet stone, flinty chalk accents, and lime skin. The wine has lovely texture and weight enlivened by racy acidity that carries through to the long, crisp finish. Overall, this is an appealing and delicious example that is drinking nicely right now. It is also a good cellar candidate that will likely reward its patient owner. Region: Kamptal, Austria. (Other info: ABV 14%, screw cap enclosure.)  91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Schloss Schönborn Erbacher Macrobrunn 2011 Riesling Kabinett

Review: Schloss Schönborn Erbacher Macrobrunn 2011 Riesling Kabinett ($20): This Riesling exhibits inviting aromas and flavors of ripe apple and apricot preserve alongside soft tropical notes with a delicate drizzle of honey. A kiss of sweetness is balanced by a lively acid lift, which extends to the fruit-driven, honeyed finish. Overall, this is a delicious Riesling that offers good depth, plenty of freshness, and a vibrant personality that shines throughout. Region: Rheingau, Germany. (Other info: ABV 9.5%, natural cork enclosure.) 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Riesling's versatility makes it easy to pair with just about anything – even French fries drizzled with Sriracha and curry sauce.

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9/02/2014

Quick Sip: Black Stallion Estate Winery 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Black Stallion Estate Winery's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Black Stallion Estate Winery is located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and situated on the grounds of a historic equestrian center. Remnants of the original 36 horse stalls are still visible today, although you are likely to find more wine production equipment than horse-related items. The winery prides itself on crafting high quality wines that are elegant, distinctive, and approachable. Their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon endured a challenging vintage and delivers very good quality for a reasonable price. For further information and where you can find this enjoyable wine, please see my tasting notes below.

 Black Stallion Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Black Stallion Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $28): This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 5% Merlot and 5% Petite Sirah. In the glass, the wine displays a medium-deep garnet color with inviting aromas of blackberry, currant, and plum interlaced with brown spice and hints of mocha spice. The aromas come through on the palate with the addition of appealing black cherry fruit flavors. In the mouth, it is full-bodied and well-balanced, with a velvet-like texture, supple tannins, and a spice accented, full finish. Overall, this wine is accessible (easy-to-drink), budget friendly (under $20), and a wonderful choice to enliven any occasion or add to the dinner table. Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, matured 18 months 25% French oak, 25% new French oak, natural cork enclosure.) 89 Points.

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