4/27/2015

Quick Sip: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2014 Picpoul Blanc from Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards in Lodi, California. I had an opportunity to try this wine for a recent Earth Day tasting which highlighted sustainable wine-growers that participate in the region’s certified ‘Lodi Rules’ program. While Lodi is well-known for its old-vine Zinfandel, Cinsault, and other robust reds, the region’s light and vibrant white wines, that oft-time showcase pure fruit flavors with food-friendly acidity, are worthy of your attention.

And one of the brightest spots you will find in Lodi is Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards. Moved by a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, proprietor and winemaker Sue Tipton brought her love for Rhone varieties to Lodi, with one small catch – no reds. Sue grows and crafts small batches of bright and refreshing Rhone-inspired white wines (and one rosé) from 100% estate fruit, with an annual production of approximately 1000 cases.  Acquiesce is Lodi’s only winery [that I know of] dedicated to producing only white wines. Picpoul Blanc, an ancient white wine grape variety known for its high acidity, is largely found in southern France. It is not a variety you see planted throughout the U.S. in significant numbers. With less than 100 cases produced, Sue’s delicious Picpoul Blanc is a wine I recommend putting on your radar and dinner table – especially with spring and summertime sipping ahead! For further information, please see my tasting notes below.

Gorgeous bottle, delicious juice inside! 

Review: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24): Light straw colored, this wine shows fresh aromas and flavors redolent of unripe pear, juicy yellow-fleshed fruits and subtle floral notes, with an underlying wet stone-like minerality.  In the mouth, the delicate yet crisp flavors are wrapped in a sleek, racy texture with a solid core of vibrant acidity driving the clean, medium-long finish. The winery describes it as “a perfect summer by the pool wine." Though great on its own, it's also a wonderful food wine – think summer salads, grilled fish (fish tacos), scallops, and light poultry dishes. With only 100 vines planted, the winery produced approximately 98 cases of this delightful, mouthwatering white wine. Region: Lodi, California. Other info: ABV 12.5%, 100% Picpoul Blanc, stainless, estate grown, produced, and bottled, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Lodi Wine and Charles Communication for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Always a grape time tasting and tweeting with you folks!

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4/20/2015

Quick Sip: Godelia 2010 Mencia

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Godelia 2010 Mencia. Bodegas Godelia is situated in Bierzo, a mountainous wine region in the northwestern portion of Spain; just below Galicia. It is here where Mencia, a little-known Spanish red grape variety, thrives. Mencia is capable of producing deeply colored, fragrant, and interesting wines worthy of your attention. This time of year, many of the wines I write about and share on social media are ideal bottles to pair with backyard cookouts. The Godelia 2010 Mencia ranks high on my BBQ match-maker meter and is an excellent choice for partnering with grilled or smoked game meats. At the Cork-Exclusive special price of $16.99 (with free shipping), this wine represents good value for the money. It is also an intriguing alternative red wine to share with friends and family over dinner. For further information, please see my tasting notes.

Godelia 2010 Mencia

Review: Godelia 2010 Mencia (SRP $22): Deep ruby colored, this wine is both rustic and charming at the same time, delivering flavors of brambly blackberry, sun-dried purple/blue berry fruit, licorice, violets, and mineral tones – redolent of stones and flint, with just enough acidity to support the fruit and keep the wine appetizing. In the mouth, the wine is dense and velvet-like in texture, with dried dark fruit flavors and spiced cocoa-laced grainy tannins rounding out the medium-long finish. It is a ready sipping partner for grilled red meats or rich, red sauce dishes. I recommend letting it breathe for approximately 30 minutes before serving. Region: Bierzo, Spain. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 12 months in French and American oak barrels, cork enclosure. Rating: 89 Points.

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4/13/2015

Quick Sip: Palumbo Family Vineyards 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah from Palumbo Family Vineyards. Located in the heart of Temecula Valley wine country, Palumbo Family Vineyards is committed to crafting small lots of artisanal wine that best express their 13 acre site. Estate plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sangiovese, with blocks of Viognier and Syrah planted on neighboring properties. Proprietor and wine-grower, Nicholas Palumbo largely believes in producing only what he grows, saying “there is only two basic ingredients in making fine wine, the fruit itself and the barrels it ages in.”

This small, family-run vineyard and winery produces approximately 2,500 cases of wine annually. Their Rolling Hills’ single-vineyard Syrah is one of two Syrah varietal wines made. With grilling season upon us, I would recommend enjoying a bottle of Rolling Hills Syrah with barbecued pork, poultry, veggies, or (rosemary, fennel, and garlic) lamb sausage. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Palumbo Family Vineyards 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah

Review: Palumbo Family Vineyards 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah (SRP $45): This is an attractive Syrah from Palumbo Winery in Temecula. It is [satisfyingly] slender and lively – full of energy – exhibiting aromas and flavors redolent of ripe blackberries, fresh black cherries, and vanilla spice, with hints of dried herb and muted earth tones in the background. In the mouth, it is streamlined and approachable, with well-balanced acidity and a medium-long, clean finish. It is delightful to drink and inviting enough to enjoy with or without food, though, its vibrant character is perfect for sharing with friends at the dinner table. Only 125 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Temecula Valley, California. Other info: ABV 13.3%, open bin fermented, aged in 30% new French/Hungarian oak barrels for 23 months, cork enclosure. Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Palumbo Family Vineyards, the Temecula Winegrowers Association, and McCue Communications for their time and invitation to the #TemeculaSalut virtual tasting.

Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned ...more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: This wine was provided for review. Thoughts are my own.

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4/08/2015

Quick Sip: Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres


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Today’s Quick Sip is Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres, a GSM blend composed of 34% Grenache, 33% Syrah, and 33% Mourvèdre. Located in Sonoma’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley, Amista Vineyards is a small business dream turned into reality by proprietors Mike and Vicky Farrow. An idea since 1982, the couple planted their first vineyard in 1994 and released the first wine under the Amista label approximately a decade later. In 2007, Mike and Vicky opened the Amista Vineyards’ tasting room in Healdsburg, California.

Since 2011, Ashley Herzberg, who combines her artistic side with a degree in Chemical Engineering, has carried out farm and winemaking duties. Foregoing a career in medicine, Ashley headed to Sonoma County to work harvest in a winery lab and has never left the area. She calls 2012, “A winemaker’s dream vintage,” adding, “Everything from bud break to harvest went incredibly well in Dry Creek Valley.”  The resultant wine has good concentration, purity of fruit, and a luscious texture. This is a great bottle to share with family and friends at the dinner table -- especially if smoked or grilled fare is on the menu. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres

Review: Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres (SRP $35): Deep purple colored, this GSM blend offers succulent raspberry and ripe plum flavors interwoven with sweet fruit cake, brown baking spices, and black cherry cola. It has an expansive and rich mouth-feel with pillow-soft tannins, ending with a long, fruit-driven finish dotted by a hint of dark chocolate. Overall, this is a delicious bottle of wine that shows good concentration, balance, and length. It is quite tasty on its own and a good match for foods like gourmet burgers or baby back ribs. Approximately 198 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Dry Creek Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.1%, 100% Morningside Vineyard estate fruit, fermented in stainless, 18 months in neutral oak barrels, unfined and unfiltered. Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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

Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned ...more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: This wine was provided for review. Thoughts are my own.

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