1/27/2015

Recent Sips: Ferrari, Matello Wines, and Steven Kent Winery


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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 out there. For me, it is an area of interest where there is always something new to taste and learn. The wines selected for this post, a sparkler and two Chardonnay examples, are all great with food, yet quite enjoyable on their own. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Bubbly just isn’t for the holidays or special occasions. Enjoy a bottle or two anytime! 

Review: Ferrari Brut Rosé NV (SRP $35): This blend of 60% Pinot Nero (aka Pinot Noir) and 40% Chardonnay offers a pleasing mélange of bright red berry fruit, rose petal, subtle dough, and lively citrus flavors. It is refreshingly dry with a foamy texture, ending in a crisp, slightly yeasty finish. I enjoyed this delightful sparkler with brunch fare; but, it’s versatile and perfect for any occasion – and just about any dish. Don't wait for the holidays or a special occasion to open a bottle of bubbly -- these food-friendly wines should be enjoyed any time of year! Region: Veneto, Italy. (Other info: ABV 12.5%, traditional method, cork enclosure). 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Ferrari Brut Rosé NV

Review: Matello Durant Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay (SRP $29): This is an appealing wine that shows a fine sense of restraint with mature tree fruit and pithy citrus flavors followed by nuances of ripe yellow fleshed fruit and a whisper of graham-cracker crust. The palate is lean yet attractively textured, with a rich underlining minerality that’s heightened by a bright spine of acid, ending with a pleasing, medium-long refreshing finish. This wine is a pleasure to drink and a wonderful food wine. If you’re a member of the [dreaded] “Anything But Chardonnay” (ABC) club, this delicious bottle is your ticket out! Approximately 145 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon. (Other info:  ABV 13.5%, dry farmed, 20 year old vines, matured 13 months in French oak, 30% new, cork enclosure). 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Matello Durant Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay

Review: Steven Kent Winery 2012 Merrillie Chardonnay (SRP $34): “Merrillie” is named for proprietor and vintner Steven Kent’s paternal grandmother. Until recently, it was one of the only white wines the winery produced. This flavorful and mouth-coating Chardonnay combines richness and spicy/sweet oak tones with freshness and brightness – showing a bit more of the former than latter however. It is long and harmonious in the mouth, with flavors of spiced pear, ripe apple, and citrus blossom. The wine’s creamy texture is balanced with up-lifting [citrusy] acidity, ending in a full, lengthy finish. I enjoyed this wine both on its own and with smoked salmon. The wine’s richness works well with fatty fishes, lobster, and poultry. Approximately 504 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Livermore Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.7%, eight months American / French oak barrels – 60% new 40% second use, sur lie eight months, natural cork enclosure). 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Steven Kent Winery 2012 Merrillie Chardonnay

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1/20/2015

Quick Sip: Rosenblum Rockpile Road Vineyard 2010 Zinfandel

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Vineyard 2010 Zinfandel. Rosenblum Cellars specializes primarily in Zinfandel from sites throughout California and produces as many as twenty different examples for your tasting pleasure. Rosenblum is also a founding member of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP); an organization founded in 1991 to promote the grape variety and the high quality wines Zinfandel is capable of producing. This bottling comes from the Rockpile appellation in northern Sonoma. The growing region has gravelly soils, moderate temperatures, and relatively high elevations. Combined with a long, moderate growing season; the region is capable of producing intense, deep, and concentrated red wines. And there is nothing shy about this bottle of Zinfandel. It’s forward, lush, voluptuous -- undeniably pleasurable. You can find it at Cork-Exclusive for the special price of $19.99 (with free shipping on any order). For further information please see my tasting notes below.

Rosenblum Rockpile Road Vineyard 2010 Zinfandel

Review: Rosenblum Rockpile Road Vineyard 2010 Zinfandel (SRP $35): Generous and rich in style, this fruit-driven wine exhibits concentrated dark berry fruit flavors alongside black cherry preserve, sweet dark plum, and spicy mocha notes with bittersweet chocolate nuances lingering in the background.  On the palate, the wine reveals a luscious, mouth-filling texture with pillow-soft tannins and soft acidity. Overall, this is a ripe, fleshy wine with big flavor that’s perfect for enjoying near a toasty fireplace on a cold winter night. From personal experience, I can tell you that it pairs quite well with baby back ribs finished with a thick, slightly sweet barbecue sauce. Region: Sonoma County, California. (Other info: ABV 15.2%, cork enclosure). 89 Points. 


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1/19/2015

Quick Sip: Teldeschi 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna


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Today’s Quick Sip is the F. Teldeschi Winery 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna red blend. F. Teldeschi is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley appellation. The family has 70 acres under vine planted to Zinfandel, which the area is well-known for, along with Petite Sirah, Carignane, some Cabernet, a little Gamay, Malvasia, Cinsault, and more. In 1929, at age 14, Frank Teldeschi left Italy to work with his family in California vineyards. He and his wife Caterina later founded F. Teldeschi which started out as a vineyard and grew into a winery. Their beautiful picture graces the front label of the bottle. Today, three-quarters of the vines producing juice – namely Zinfandel – were planted by Frank and some are nearly ninety years old. Until 1991, the family sold all of their fruit to area producers. Now, their sons Dan (vintner) and John (grape grower) run the business; selling a large percentage of fruit to nearby wineries and producing approximately 1,000 cases of estate wine annually under the Teldeschi label. The 2006 Terraluna, which is the most recent release, is built for longevity and is drinking beautifully right now. It is an excellent bottle of wine to share with friends and family over dinner. For further information and where you can find this delicious blend, please see my tasting notes below.

 Teldeschi 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna
Review: Teldeschi 2006 Estate Reserve Terraluna (SRP $60): This is an appealing and refined blend of 40% Carignane, 36% Valdiguié, and 24% Petite Sirah from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. The wine offers an inviting nose with purple stone fruit flavors that are nicely interwoven with bright fruit-forward waves of cranberry, raspberry, and spicy undertones. This wine is elegant and at the same time gripping, showing both freshness and purity with exceptional textural qualities and vibrant acidity from start to finish. Delightful now, this purely delicious blend is capable of developing further complexities with proper cellaring. I highly recommend giving it a try. This is the third vintage of the Terraluna blend and approximately 96 cases were produced. Region: Dry Creek Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 13.9%, fermented in stainless, aged in neutral oak barrels for 18 months, cork enclosure.) 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Dan Teldeschi and McCue Communications for their time and invitation to the ‘Dry Creek Red Blends’ virtual tasting.

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1/06/2015

Quick Sip: Tenuta di Arceno 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Tenuta di Arceno 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva. Chianti is a well-known wine-growing area in central Italy’s Tuscany region. The area produces blended wines that are made from at least 75% Sangiovese. These blends are typically easy-drinking, fruit-forward, and food-friendly. Chianti Classico ‘Riserva’ wines are aged for two years in cask and three months in bottle before release. The producer, Tenuta di Arceno, is a historical winery that is situated near the medieval village of San Gusme. This example is fresh, fruity and versatile on the table. It is a great dinner companion and can be found at Cork-Exclusive for the special price of $20 (with free shipping on any order). For further information and where you can find this wine please see my tasting notes below.

Tenuta di Arceno 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva

Review: Tenuta di Arceno 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva (SRP $30): A brilliant ruby-purple in color, this Chianti Classico Riserva contains 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Its inviting, perfume-scented nose offers violets, rose petals and sweet black cherries with a dash of vanilla bean and baking spice.  The palate is well-balanced and fresh with flavors of tart cherry fruit, black raspberry, brown spice, and delicate mineral tones. The wine’s appealing streamlined mouth-feel and juicy acidity makes it an excellent choice for the dinner table – think spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, vegetable lasagna or poultry dishes. I enjoyed this wine on its own and with a tasty rotisserie chicken dinner. Drink now. Region: Tuscany, Italy. (Other info: ABV 14.3%, cork enclosure). 87 Points.


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