Wednesday, May 26, 2010

carey with appellations

spann "betsy backacher" white 2009 white blend of semillon and chardonnay, round from the sem and a little tropical fruit but overall not very interesting for the money

spann "betsy backacher" red 2008 interesting spicy nose, some pepper and spice on the palate,, starts a little green but that goes away quickly...

Elizabeth Spencer Syrah 2006 Sonoma... strange wine with welch grape fruit overtones on the palate... some heat on the finish... expected way more.

also tried from Missouri Bev
a sparkling malbec that reminded me of a sparkling shiraz... lots of strange texture and weird tannin that sparkled...not a fan

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

chris rowe Old Bridge Cellars/Garco

Hazard Hill Sauv Blanc/ Semillon Australia 750 melon and soft.... interesting label

d'Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne green olive on the nose, viscous and pleasant.. will taste better next few years.

Penly Highland Coonawarra Shiraz 2006 cola and oak on the nose, too much oak for me... missing something, maybe fruit...

Penley Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix 2008.. light cab nose, bright fruit, acidity... red fruit on the long finish... pretty wine

Shoofly Shiraz 2009 Inky purple, juicy a touch hot...dark berry flavors..

Monday, May 24, 2010

craig with pinnacle

Lafond Lirac Blanc 2009 grenache blanc and roussanne and viognier... light golden color and very viscous. blunt flavors that are to me indicative of this type of blend. a little baked banana at the end... kind of blunt.

Lafond Tavel Rose. 2009 mostly grenache rose, fruity nose. strawberry in color and in flavors...a slight mineral finish.

Domaine Nicolas Boiron Cotes duRhone 2007. dark purple color, and fruits, a nice rhone finish for the vintage but there are so many already..

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superiore 2006 light purple in color, french stink on the nose, mostly merlot, some red fruit on the finish but a slight bit tart and uninteresting overall.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

robert noecker with garco

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Gainey Riesling Santa Ynez 2008 tropical fruit nose, if someone asked me what grapes tasted like i would have given them a little of this, white peach...and a somewhat dullish finish

La Vendimia Rioja 2008 . 100% tempranillo, soft earthy nose, some spice med bodied, and not really interesting... boring almost.

Serego Alighieri Toscana 2005 a IGT, traditional nose of this region of Italy.. roses and dirt, sangiovese, canniolo and Ciliegiolo a underused wine type... had a nice finish and pleasant enough but a little old for a new placement on the shelf.

plungerhead dry creek old vine zinfandel 2007... beautiful, rose floral nose with what I thought was shiraz bacon fat but raspberry, very nice... have tasted this before and didnt remember liking it as much as i do.
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kristina thomas with Phelps Creek Winery/Missouri Beverage

Hellfire White a blend of a lot of white wine grapes, maybe too many, very hard to get a handle and one flavor but the overall effect is pleasant... funny label with a picture of Billy Sunday prohibitionist crusader on the label...

Phelps Creek Gewurztraminer Columbia Gorge, reminds one of pink grapefruit..not overly ickly sweet and viscous as some Gewurz can be. pleasant acidity, quick finish

Phelps Creek Estate Chardonnay oaky nose, but pretty well balanced overall... a quick finish seems to be the hallmark for this producer...short finish

Phepls Creek(on purpose misspelled) Le Petit Pinot Noir a wine made in the carbonic maceration method which usually leaves me cold because of the aromas of tin and banana, but this wine is light, pleasant and overall a great summer wine...not heavy but truly varietal.

Phelps Creek Becky's Pinot Noir ... i really liked the texture of this wine, a little chewy and strong flavors in the mid palate..much more than at the end.

Mt Defiance Brimstone Red, the red counterpart to the hellfire... pretty purple red coloring, juicy with lots of dark fruit upfront but again the finish left me wanting more.

Four Graces with Rebecca M Oliver/Major Brands

Four Graces is a winery in Oregon
Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2008 a soft sweeter version of Pinot Gris.. a long finish though..if somewhat boring

Pinot Blanc Dundee Hills 2009 was expecting some more roundness from this crisp, mineral filled wine... more on the line of what oregon pinot gris is like...

Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2007 a hard vintage, but they picked late, lighter style, some earth and mushroom, dark berry fruits... quick finish

Reserve Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2006 light brownish red,richer riper vintage, plummy and raspberry...nice fruit and finish...

Eric Solomon with Juan Guardia/Major Brands

Artazuri Rosada Navarra 2008 grenache rose, light rusty salmon color, dried fruit on the nose, not a lot of guts, maybe getting a little long in the tooth... soon will be the 09

l'hortus Bergerie Blanc, Val de Montferrand 2008 viognier/marsanne/roussanne blend, very much the viognier on the nose, golden yellow color, creamy and tropical fruit... a little lemony

Chateau Pesquie Terrasses 2008 earthy nose, not as much fruit as the o7. more traditional nose to the rhone. more subtle not the fruit bomb glycerin styled wine that last year was...which is ok...typicity

Sabon Chapelle de Maillac Lirac 2007 an inexpensive version of chateauneuf, but this wine is a little disjointed and rough around the edges... a few of the markers of the region but all knees and elbows..

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gerard Bertrand with Mark Fine/Bommarito

A negotiant buyer of wine from the south of france.

Cremant de Limoux 2007 a blend of chard, chenin and Mauzac an indigenous grape from Limoux region. light soft mousse and pleasant sparkler...made in the methode champenoise style but a slightly dull finish

Pinot Noir 2007 soft nose, light red berry flavors.. interesting high notes but a little rustic on the finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 light, soft and uneventful

Corbieres 2006 a blend of Syrah and Mourvedre... earthy dark fruit nose, nice fruit on the palate with a quick finish of bing cherry

Minervois 2006 oldest appellation in the world with wine dating back to the 5th century. carignan instead of mourvedre... softer prettier and more approachable than the Corbieres.

Pic St Loup 2005 soft sweet fruit on the nose and a little dull on the palate.. maybe aging fast.. some dust and red fruit on the finish.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

schug wine with ben gillette/pinnacle

2008 Schug Sauvignon Blanc a creamier version of s.b. fig and smooth not overly herbacious or grapefruit, a nice middle ground.

2008 Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.. a non oak version.. lots of bright fruit acidity green apple, little if any ml

2008 Schug Carneros Chardonnay barrel fermented and the toasty oak nose proves that. acidic..and not as buttery on the finish as you think. would have liked a little more on the middle but overall a nice chard

2007 Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.. following the same program of no oak.. mostly fruit.made with mostly dijon clones, a little herbal on the palate...not heavy at all

2007 Schug Carneros Pinot Noir made with french and hungarian oak. soft and easy, a pretty pinot noir, made from mostly pommard clones which produce a darker berry.. was expecting a little more earth on the nose

2006 Schug Cabernet pretty soft tannins, more of a right bank style even though it is predominately cabernet. soft and easy tannin, which seems to be a consistent remark throughout my notes. very pretty finish... with cherry being the predominate stand out fruit.
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winebow with chris triddell /glaziers

featuring predominately italian wines
Regaliali Bianco a blend of three indigenous grapes from sicily. A little creamy, a little nutty, good finish with minerals and acidity.

Maiana Salice Salentino Rosso ..sweet anise nose which is not typical to me for the region. rich fruit, no green vegetal ... clean nose.. almost not typical of the region but a good wine

Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico2006 100% sangiovese somewhat astringent, not smooth.. classic nose for chianti of saddle leather and earth... defintitely needs food

Poggio al tesoro mediterra igt 2008 igt means not accepted for a region name but indicitive of the grapes grown there.. this is mostly syrah,, nice blend with cab and merlot.. long rich finish.. coffee on the finish.