12/22/2014

Quick Sip: Tenshen 2013 Red Wine


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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2013 Tenshen red blend from California’s Santa Barbara County. Tenshen is a collaborative effort between winemakers Joey Tensley of Tensley Wines and Alex Guarachi of Guarachi Family Wines. The label’s name [Tenshen] is a play on words, as both Joey and Alex pursue what they believe is the most elusive characteristic of great wine – “Tension.” Their partnership grew out of a message inside a fortune cookie of all things. It read “Ideas you believe are absurd, ultimately lead to success!” This bottle represents the duo’s very first vintage. It is a solid bottle of wine for everyday dining and enjoyment that is quite satisfying. You can find it at Cork-Exclusive for the special price of $24.99 (with free shipping on any order). For further information on this blend, please see my tasting notes below.

Tenshen 2013 Red Wine

Review: Tenshen 2013 Red Wine (SRP $36): This deeply colored, robust blend from Santa Barbara County is composed of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. Brooding dark fruit aromas fill the nose with sweet black cherry and ripe plum flavors next to dried blueberries, licorice, spicy cedar, tar, and trailing notes of violets. It’s rich, extracted, and expansive in the mouth, with moderate tannins, good depth, and flavors that steadily build through the lasting finish. A hearty meal with bold flavors calls for this bottle. It is a wine that will more than satisfy your dinner-party guests without breaking the piggy bank. Approximately 3,500 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Santa Barbara, California. (Other info: ABV 15.5, 10 months in 20% new oak, cork enclosure). 89 Points.

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12/16/2014

Quick Sip: Vietti 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne


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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne from Vietti Winery. Located in Italy's Piedmont region within the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, Vietti has family roots tracing back to the 19th century. They are currently operated by fourth-generation family members. The Barbera grape variety, native to the Piedmont, thrives around the town of Asti and generally produces easy-drinking wines with soft tannins and red berry fruit flavors. At the Cork-Exclusive special price of $15.99 (with free shipping on any order); this Barbera offers great taste and value and is an ideal addition to any dinner table. For further information and where you can find this wallet-friendly selection, please see my tasting notes below.

Vietti 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

Review: Vietti 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne (SRP $20): This lively and inviting Barbera pours a deep garnet color with ruby highlights. It is medium-bodied and supple, with spice-tinged aromas and flavors redolent of sweet black cherries, deep black-raspberry, and blackberries, ending with a hint of vanilla bean and a nice burst of bright acidity in the medium-long finish. Overall, this is a versatile and food-friendly charmer that will complement your favorite Italian dishes and more without breaking the piggy bank. Enjoy now or within the next year or two. Region: Piedmont, Italy. (Other info: ABV 14%, matured in French / Slovenian oak casks for 14 months then moved to stainless for 2 months before bottling, unfiltered, cork enclosure). 89 Points. 

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12/03/2014

Quick Sip: Westrey Willamette Valley 2012 Reserve Chardonnay


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Westrey Reserve 2012 Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon. Amy Wesselman, proprietor and co-winemaker of Westrey Wine Company, was recently featured on Protocol Wine Studio’s weekly (every Tuesday at 9PM EST) #winestudio Twitter chat. The show, or ‘twittersation’ as I call it, focused on Willamette Valley Chardonnays for the entire month of November. And as a willing, Twitter-savvy participant, I had a chance to chat with Amy and others and taste her 2012 Reserve Chardonnay.

Amy and her husband, David Autrey, founded Westrey Wine Company in 1993. They are a small farm winery producing approximately 5K cases annually from their Oracle Vineyard and other nearby sites. Their specialty is Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay – all grape varieties indigenous to Burgundy, France, that do extremely well in the Willamette Valley. Speaking of which, it was the couple’s year-long internship in Burgundy that sealed their fate in the wine industry. Upon returning to Oregon, Amy and David took a one-small-step-at-a-time business approach. They purchased a neglected vineyard in the Dundee Hills and focused on growing and crafting small lots of wine – all while working at several other local wineries during the day. For Amy, this included a five year stint at Eyrie Vineyards -- Willamette Valley's founding winery. Today, Westrey Wine Company is a thriving winery and the vineyard Amy and David revived /replanted is LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) certified and producing quality fruit. The Chardonnay tasted for this segment is deliciously balanced and a complement to a wide variety of foods and occasions. I highly recommend giving it a swirl, sniff, and sip! For further information and where you can find it, please see my tasting notes below.

Westrey Willamette Valley 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
Review: Westrey Willamette Valley 2012 Reserve Chardonnay (SRP $32): Medium straw in color, this beautifully crafted Chardonnay opens with inviting notes of fresh tree fruit, citrus blossom, honeysuckle, a hint of allspice, and a pleasing trail of minerality. It is lean in the mouth but attractively textured, with fresh fruit flavors that marry with subtle oak nuances giving way to a bright, mineral-tinged finish. Overall, this is a delightful Chardonnay that emphasizes purity and balance. It is easily enjoyed on its own or with food and paired wonderfully with my baked tilapia dinner. Approximately 142 cases of this wine and 4 magnums were produced. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon. (Other info: ABV 13.5%, 35 yr old Draper vines, six barrel lot included one new and two one-year old barrels, cork enclosure) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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