5/20/2015

Quick Sip: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. Located south of the capital city of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley, largely recognized for its red wines, is a well-known and regarded wine-growing appellation in Chile’s central valley. I had an opportunity to review this Syrah for a recent #SommChat Twitter tasting featuring Montes Alpha’s chief winemaker Aurelio Montes Sr. In celebration of “Earth Day,” Aurelio took time to tell us about Montes Winery as well as their new dry farming initiative.

Already adhering to sustainable agricultural practices since their founding in 1988; and certified under the Wines of Chile Sustainable Code, Montes Winery was compelled to do more. Realizing rainwater is a precious resource; and being responsible caretakers of the land, Montes Winery started a viticulture project in 2009. They began studying the impact of varying levels of vine irrigation on grape growth. Their findings proved significant; demonstrating that dry farming – which simply means the vineyard does not receive any irrigation -- improved the final quality of their wines. Aurelio notes, “We have seen in several tasting panels that through dry farming, we increase the concentration and final quality of the wines.” He added, “We get more ripe fruit, and more weight in the mouth, decreasing the use of water up to 65%.”



Montes’ dry farmed wines were introduced with the 2012 line-up of Alpha wines -- all produced from their Marchigüe and Apalta estates in Colchagua.  The Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah, which retails for $21.99, can be found online for $14.99 and represents very good value for the money. It is inky, shows good concentration and depth, and is harmonious in the mouth – hitting all the right notes. I recommend seeking some out this grilling season! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Review: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah (SRP $21.99):  A deep, dark purple color, this aromatic Syrah is appealing and expansive in character, offering a mouth-filling medley of ripe blueberries, blackberries, and plum flavors jointed by subtle notes of mocha spice, vanilla bean, and floral nuances. It is full and round in the mouth, with fine integrated tannins and enough acidity to lift the fruit and support the richness; providing wonderful balance. The finish is medium-long, fruit-driven, and satisfying. A more than pleasing solitary sipper, this is also an excellent selection to have on-hand at your next backyard cookout – think gourmet burgers, grilled red meats, or lamb chops!  Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier, yields 2.8 tons per acre, 55% barrel aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 1, 2, or 3 uses, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Montes Winery and Feast PR for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Cheers!

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5/11/2015

Quick Sip: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

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There is something about summer that makes a well-chilled bottle of rosé a very attractive option. I keep a significant number of drier examples in my sipping rotation year-round. After all, real men not only drink pink, but enjoy the pink drink through all four seasons. But during the warmer months in particular, the interest in rosé reaches an all-time high -- refreshing and satisfying the drinking needs of many. The wine’s fresh flavors and mouth-watering acidity make it one of the most food-friendly and versatile wines you can sip, bar none. This brings me to the Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé; a very pretty wine – packaging included -- that emphasizes delicacy, brightness, and nuance.

Besides the cognac-like bottle and attractive packaging, what also draws attention to this Provencal rosé are its Hollywood A-List owners. Chateau Miraval is a joint venture between Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel. The 1,000-acre estate, of which approximately 150 acres are planted to wine grapes, has been home to the couple since 2008. While some consumers purchase wines with their eyes (i.e., wine labels) and others are influenced by celebrity, this Côtes de Provence rosé stands on its own merits. It retails for $30, but can be found over at Cork-Exclusive for $21.99 with free shipping. I plan on adding several bottles to my warm weather sipping rack.  For further information and a link to this deal, please see my tasting notes.

Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

Review: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé ($30): A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle, this rosé, which is characterized by freshness, brightness and subtlety, pours a pale salmon-pink color. Muted aromas of white stone fruits, rhubarb, crushed rose petal, hay, and underlying streaks of dried herbs extend to the palate; offering a slender and streamlined mouth-feel enlivened by a firm backbone of acidity. The flavors are sedate, yet well-balanced, with nothing particularly standing out. The wine finishes with a medium-long, acid-driven dry finish. Overall, this Provencal rosé is a warm weather essential that tops the charts for versatility and food-friendliness. Enjoy a bottle or three with friends this spring and summer over picnic or lunch fare. Region: Côtes de Provence, France. Other info: ABV 13%, vinified in stainless steel vats (95%) and barrels (5%) with bâtonnage, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points.

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5/04/2015

Quick Sip: Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

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Today’s Quick Sip is Oak Farm Vineyards’ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Oak Farm is a 70 acre historical estate that dates back to the 1860's. The property’s founder, William DeVries, had a fondness for trees, particularly oaks, and many towering oaks from centuries back still stand on the property today. In 2004, the Panella family purchased Oak Farm. They opened the doors to their beautiful new tasting room in 2009. Managing partner Dan Panella tells me, “It's been steadily growing ever since!”

The grapes for this wine were sourced from Mohr-Fry Ranches and certified by Lodi Rules as sustainably grown. Mohr-Fry Ranches is another significant Lodi gem, whose agricultural history dates back to the 1850’s. I visited the property with a media group last spring and had an opportunity to learn about the fourth and fifth generation family-owned operation and walk through a Zinfandel block [pictured] where plantings date back to 1901.

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc  

"Driven in pursuit of perfecting the wines of the Lodi appellation, we work to bring you one great glass of wine," reads the top right corner of the attractive wine label. I guess you can say mission accomplished, as this delightfully fresh and well-crafted Sauvignon Blanc, which captures an aura of spring, is ideal for warm weather sipping and a natural partner for lighter lunch and picnic fare. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Mohr-Fry Ranches: Own-rooted, head trained Zinfandel vines dating back to 1901 

Review: Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc  (SRP $19.00): A brilliant pale straw color, this Sauvignon Blanc offers vibrant aromas and flavors suggestive of lemongrass, citrus blossom, and melon with a whisper of fresh-cut grass. In the mouth, it is pure, fresh, and sleek with full, juicy flavors enlivened by mouth-watering acidity; ending in a crisp and clean medium-long finish. This wine is both versatile and extremely food-friendly, partnering nicely with anything from a warm and sunny spring or summer day to the winery’s food recommendations of goat cheese and crackers, oysters, Caesar salad, and pesto based pasta dishes. Approximately 229 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. Other info: ABV 13.5%, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, 100% stainless, cork enclosure). Rating: 89 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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4/27/2015

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.

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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.

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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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