Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Charles Corso with Michael Corso Selections/ Vintegrity

After tasting every day wines everyday, its nice to taste through more adventurous, well made wines that unfortunately dont see the light of day that the average everyday wines do.

Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royal Brut NV Champagne 1/3 each Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay.. a lighter style mousse, soft clean finish.. pleasant but not quite the show stopper

Domaine Jacky Jondet Beaujolais Village 2012.. dirty french nose, aged in oak barrels.. brickish color.. this wine should sell as well as any everyday merlot because its more like what they want to be..however most people think Beaujolais and Nouveau or cheap wine.. lush and really a good food wine here

Chateau La Marzelle Bordeaux St Emilion 2010.. dark brooding color in the glass and the wine is a bit brooding too.. not showing a lot of fruit today

Chateau St Guirons Pauillac 2009  from a great vintage.. dark purple  lean with graphite and earthy knotes, chunky tannins...

Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondass 2011  my kinda stuff   juicy, dirty, earthy, meaty.. cocoa and mocha notes on the finish.. the best of this tasting

Petit Guiraud Sauternes 2010  lots of high notes with this wine.. not as viscous but that is ok... toasty almond more of a madeline wine than a creme brulee

AE Dor VSOP Cognac  makes my nose tickle.. chocolate covered orange hints..more viscous than the Sauterne.. tasty. a little heat up front that softens

Bonterra / Glazer

Jekel Riesling Monterey 2012  low sugar, wet stone, not german and not american

Bonterra Chardonnay 2unch.012.  typical california chard

Bonterra Sauv Blanc.. grassy style.. organic grapes

Bonterra Merlot 2011... good color in the glass but not as fruity as expecting a cali merlot to be...

Bonterra Cabernet 2011 ...astringent and lean.. looking for more fruit.]

Jekel Cabernet 2011.. intense purple in the glass. dark cherry soft tannins..best of this bunch

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Domaine Select Wine Estates/Vintegrity/ Rick Caudle

Fantinel Prosecco NV extra dry, soft and stone fruit.. great for Bellini
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Fantinel Pinot Grigio Fruiliani 2013 slight minerality, nice round flavors another pinot grigio.

Alto los Romeros Chardonnay Central Valley Chile 2012  strong flinty nose, good mouthfeel, good value

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Sicily 2011.. great wine  a blend of Nero d'avola and Frappato.. pretty garnet red.. good depth long finish.. in a traditional bottle for the region.

Altos los Romeros Cabernet Sauvignon Chile 2012 good extraction of color and flavor.. not vegetal complimentary round flavors and tannins..

Michele Biancardi and San Ferdinando/Vigno tavolo

Biancardi 2012 Primitivo Nero di Troia Uno Piu Uno... meaning one plus one.  juicy palate.. nice mouthfeel.. cocoa on the finish.. fun...

Biancardi 2011 Primitivo Ponte Viro Puglia.. worked better blended.. slightly iodine. still good food.. tea and cola on the finish

Ferdinando Vermentino 2013  slight minerality nice viscosity without the heavy ml.. good fruit
Ferdinando Chianti Il Gargaiolo 2010.. sang and merlot.. definite Italian  nose, cherry fruit with a slight maderized finish at the very end.
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Paradisso Frassina 12 uve 2007 dark cloudy in the glass.. dusty  nose, dirtyfinish... not a fan

Paradisso Brunello 2009  slight brickish in color.. italian nose of leather and rose talc.. black fruit, tannins, italian through and through

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mendocino Wine Company Gregg Carrozza/ Major brands Cellar selections

First of all, they had a line of wines called 50 shades of grey...White and Red Silk.. didnt try.. wont try... in 3 years no one would probably remember them and they would be in the close out bin for $2.99

Parducci Mendocino County Chardonnay 2012.. traditional typical cali chard... with a little roughness around the finish..

Parducci Merlot Mendocino County 2011.. candied fruit nose that carries all the way.. not terrible but

True Grit Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 light tannins, and some red fruit... named after the movie i am guessing

Moniker Chardonnay 2012... much better.. round without being heavy.. subtle without being boring

Moniker Pinot Noir woodsy and rustic.. not showing a lot of fruit

Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon slightiodine pencil lead on the nose, tannins noticeable not severe. lighter style mid palate ok but not a long finish

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guillaume Bousquet. Argentina Lohr

Bousquet from the south of France and Argentina, in this case Argentina.
The only whites they have a Chardonnay, too hot to grow Torrontes affectively

Chardonnay 2011  acidity and no oak.. a slightly dull finish

Reserve Chardonnay 2011 oaked with a buttery, cedar nose. a bit heavy handed on the whole

Malbec 2013 good color extraction. bright fruit.. another nice malbec at that price.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.. surprised me at  being better than the malbec... dark amyethist in color.. good juice well balanced

Malbec Reserva 2012  pretty fleshy wine.. soft and ripe.. long finish

Caberent Reseve 2012 85% cab and 15% malbec.. earthy nose, strong midpalate but a little restrained.

Gran Reserve Malbec 2010.. lighter in color.. dark flavors brooding with coffee and spice.. lots of dark fruit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

wines with claire from pinnacle

Broglia Gavi 2013  nice blend of minerality and mouthfeel.. lots of depth for a white wine

Paul Lato Santa Maria Chardonnay 2012.. cali chard all the way.. from the nose to the finish.. viscous and almost over the top.. buttery and vanilla

Val de Mer Bourgogne Rose 2013.. rose from Pinot noir.. very delicate. subtle strawberry notes.. acidity is alright not overly so.. quick finish

Vinum Pinot Noir Monterey 2012  dried fruit on the nose with the follow through of mushroom.. good value..

Rossi Wallace Pinot Noir Napa 2012 tight nose of cedar and fruit.. silky tannins and fruity but not juicy.. not really showing a lot of complexity for the money.. maybe why Napa doesnt make great pinot.. from Atlas Peak area..a subsidiery of Forman

Cedro Noval 2009 Portugal.. dark brooding entry.. lots of coffee, tobacco lush mouthfeel.. and unfortunately a quick finish.. a touch maderized.

Cult Napa Cabernet blend from Salvestrin... Npn vintage.. really good value.. silky tannins, cedar and strong but not overpowering finish.