3/30/2015

Quick Sip: Chateau Maris 2011 La Touge

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Today’s Quick Sip is Chateau Maris 2011 La Touge. Chateau Maris is a biodynamic vineyard located in Minervois La Liviniere, a red wine appellation of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France. Through biodynamic vineyard management and a non-interventionist, minimalist approach to winemaking, Chateau Maris's objective is to craft wines that best express the site(s) where they are grown and the vintage. From energy conservation, to recycling glass (bottle), water, and paper (label), Chateau Maris does a lot to minimize impact on the environment. Their Syrah-based La Touge, which combines deep berry fruit and earthy elements, is well-balanced, very reasonably priced, and a pleasant bottle of wine to have within reach for spring and summertime backyard barbecues. You can find the Chateau Maris 2011 La Touge at Cork-Exclusive for the special price of $14.99 with free shipping on any order. For further information, please see my tasting notes.

Chateau Maris 2011 La Touge

Review: Chateau Maris 2011 La Touge (SRP $25): Composed of 85% Syrah, 12% Grenache, and 3% Carignane, this deep purple colored wine leads with enticing aromas of purple and black fruit followed by a mélange of smoke, road tar, anise, a suggestion of violets, and hints of herbs de Provence. The aromas carry over onto the palate, with flavors that drive the mid-palate through the medium-long, earth-tinged finish. Overall, this is an appealing fuller-bodied wine that’s well-balanced, moderately complex, and delivers very good value for the money. A wonderful food wine, it will complement grilled red meats, seared duck breast, lamb chops – and one of my favorites, calf's liver with bacon, caramelized onions, all done up in a delicious sherry sauce. I recommend decanting this wine – to give it some air -- for approximately 30 minutes before serving. Region: Minervois La Liviniere, France. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 30% in new oak barrel and 70% in neutral oak for 12 months, cork enclosure. Rating: 89 Points.


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3/25/2015

Quick Sip: Fields Family Wines 2011 Tempranillo


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Fields Family Wines 2011 Tempranillo. Fields Family Wines is a small family-run operation formed in 2005 between proprietor Russ Fields and winemaker and partner Ryan Sherman. They specialize in the production of small batch premium wines made from select sites in the Lodi and Napa Valley regions. Fruit for the Tempranillo was sourced from Kirschenmann Vineyard which is located on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River appellation. Kirschenmann is a special (particularly for Zinfandel) 19-acre site with head-trained, own-rooted Zinfandel vines that date back to 1915. The age of the Tempranillo is unknown, but is thought to be the very first Tempranillo vineyard planted/grafted in Lodi. As with several other wines I have tasted from Fields Family Wines, this Tempranillo is well-balanced, reasonably priced, and begs to be shared with friends/family and enjoyed with a good meal. I recommend putting this small producer on your radar. For further information and where you can this wine, please see my tasting notes below.


Review: Fields Family Wines 2011 Tempranillo (SRP $22): Medium-deep ruby in color and fragrant, this harmonious Tempranillo is marked by well-integrated flavors of black cherries, dried cranberries, holiday baking spices, and underlying nuances of mineral. The mouth-feel is round and supple with soft but noticeable tannins; the natural acidity gives the wine a perfect balance and the finish is long and satisfying. Overall, a delicious medium to full-bodied wine that is both a pleasant solitary sipper and a welcomed partner to charcuterie, red sauce dishes, or grilled poultry. Approximately 100 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. Other information: ABV 14.4, native fermentation and ML, matured in 225L neutral French oak, bottled after approximately 20 months in barrel. Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Note: The 2011 vintage is sold out on the producer’s website so keep your eyes peeled for the 2012 vintage. Until its ready, check out the 2012 Il Ladro and 2012 Estate Syrah – both great dinner companions!  


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3/11/2015

Quick Sip: Faust Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


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Today’s Quick Sip is the Faust Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Faust label is the creation of Chilean born Agustin Huneeus, who has been in the wine industry his entire professional career; starting in 1960 as Chief Executive Officer of well-known Concha y Toro. Along with his wife Valerie, Agustin founded Quintessa in the Rutherford District of Napa Valley in 1990. Where Quintessa specializes in one single-vineyard, estate-grown Meritage blend each year; Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – the appellation’s most important grape variety.

The 2012 growing season was near ideal for Napa Valley growers. Over fifty percent of the fruit for the 2012 bottling was sourced from the Faust 110-acre estate vineyard in the Coombsville district – the valley’s newest sub-appellation, established December of 2011. This total represents the highest percentage of fruit that has ever made it into the final blend -- reflecting both the quality of the vintage and the maturity of the site. The Huneeus family recognized the potential of Coombsville well before it was approved as a sub-appellation, and the deliciousness comes through in the wine. For further information and where you can this Cabernet, please see my tasting notes below.

Faust Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Faust Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon  (SRP $49): A brilliant medium-deep purple in color, this wine offers aromas and flavors of black cherry preserve and blueberries along with reticent notes of floral perfume, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate bark in the background. On the palate, it is mouth-coating and round, with velvety tannins, soft acidity, and waves of dark berry fruit flavors carrying through the long, satisfying finish. I enjoyed this wine on its own and with a big bowl of soul-warming chili. It would also be a great partner to grilled meats such as beef and venison. I recommend decanting this wine for a short period (or allow it to sit in your glass with a series of vigorous swirls) – I find it fleshes out nicely with thirty minutes or more of air.  Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, aged 19 months in 100% French oak, 30% new, cork enclosure). 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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3/02/2015

Quick Sip: Joseph Carr Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Joseph Carr. After serving ten years as a world-class sommelier and another decade as an international industry executive, Mr. Carr founded his eponymously named, family-owned wine company in 2005. His consulting winemaker, Aaron Pott, joined the team in 2010 and was named one of Food and Wine magazine's ‘Winemakers of the Year’ in 2012. Having some familiarity with the Joseph Carr portfolio, I can tell you that the wines are approachable young, relatively fruit-forward, and affordable. You can find the 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at Cork-Exclusive for the special price of $18.99 with free shipping on any order. With spring and summertime grilling on the horizon, this is a nice, crowd-pleasing wine to have on hand. For further information and where you can find it, please see my tasting notes below.

Joseph Carr Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Joseph Carr Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $24): Dark ruby color with medium body, this Cabernet Sauvignon presents aromas and flavors suggestive of black cherries, blackberry preserve, and roasted plum along with subtle notes of bittersweet cocoa nibs and sweet vanilla toast. On the palate, it is smooth throughout with supple texture and balanced acidity, ending with a medium-length, mellow finish. Overall, a straight-forward yet enjoyable, fruit-forward Cabernet that’s ideal for matching with a wide variety of foods including grilled burgers, baby back ribs, and vegetable lasagna. Region: Napa Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.1%, 4% Merlot added, aged in a blend of 75% French and 25% American oak barrels, cork enclosure). 87 Points.

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