Monday, September 27, 2010

Ramey with Craig Rohner/Pinnacle

Map showing the Russian River drainage basin.Image via Wikipedia
Ramey Sonoma Coast 2008 Chardonnay.. a little toast and soft ML.. not as smoky as I was expecting on the finish...often get a toasty cinnamon on the back... maybe just a touch flabby

 Ramey Russian River 2008... quiet..soft almost boring

Ramey Claret 2006... 80% cab so it could technically be labeled such. soft and easy drinking..

Penner Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2008.. silky.. smooth.. red berrys fruit and a long finish... a little pricey though.
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Terra Firma

Château Paveil de LuzeImage of Château Paveil de Luze via Snooth
tasting through some french and romanian wine

Laudun Chusclan Les Argeliers Vacqueyras 2009... my first taste of a 09 wine from this region. bright purple in the glass.. reminds me of a dolcetto or cru beaujolais. fruit forward and pretty with the acidity leading to a nice finish.

Chateau Abelyce St Emilion 2005  earth and band aid on the nose. red fruits with lots of acidity.. good fruit on the mid palate where often these wines can go weak.

Sempiternam Corbieres 2007... Iodine and a touch of sherry..not impressed at all and after seeing the cork finding some seepage it will be good to revisit.

Chateau Paveil de Luze Bordeaux Superior 2006 dark purple in the glass and pleasant enough but a quick finish and not worth the price I was told

La Croix-Davids Cotes de Bourg 2006... pretty aromas of cinnamon, earth.. soft and medium bodied...

Solo Quinta 2009 a white blend from romania... sweet nose from the Muscat in it  but a dullish finish with not much going for it at the price.

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krug wine with scott johnson/glazers

CK Mondavi California wineImage via Wikipedia
Krug is one of the oldest wineries in Napa... made famous by the split between Robert and Peter Mondavi in the mid 1960's. They now produce a value wine known as CK Mondavi.

CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc 2009.. probably one of  the worst wines I have tasted in some time. It looked a little golden in the glass and had tea and off sweet notes.. but not tempting at all... no acidity. no crispness

CK Mondavi Red Field Blend  2008... cab.merlot.petite verdot and syrah... much better.. herbal nose with a touch of steak sauce... nice fruit and acidity... red berry... good for the price

Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc 2008  ...sancerre or french in style.. light and not overly interesting.. would like to have more there there.

Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville 2007... one of the least expensive wines to have this designation I am told. pretty cedar on the nose, smooth tannin and sweet fruit..a little tobacco and smoky on the finish.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

moet hennessy tasting with michael storey

Casa LapostolleImage of Casa Lapostolle via Snooth
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay Napa 2007...surprisingly uneventful.. maybe a little old and a touch corked.. not showing much fruit or energy... alcohol was showing though..

Newton Cab Sauvignon Unfiltered 2006 a lot of tannin and earth and again not much fruit... was expecting more I have to say

Terrazas Gran Malbec Afincado 2006... deep ruby red color, nose of A1 steak sauce... juicy spices, nice grip on the palate..needs some beef to tame it

Casa Lapostolle Carmenere 2008... possibly one of the best Carmenere I have ever tasted... a pretty strawberry rhubarb nose, long finish and one of the most silky mid palate wines I have had in a long time

Numanthia Termes 2007... tinto de toro.. or tempranillo.. with lots of character.. it makes your mouth water... pretty red fruits to it... very good and will last for several years.
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Taste Vino with Golden Barrel

Alma Mora Pinot Grigio 2009 Argentina..  a surprisingly rich, honeyed pinot grigio... not the light mineral Italian type at all but not as over the top as California's can be.. interesting.

Alma Mora Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  a slightly vegital nose, but once past that some nice fruit, dark cherry, good finish.

Alma Mora Malbec..juicy rich and dark..good finish.. nice wine for the money.

Del Pecado Malbec/Cab blend.. dirty nose, hints of coffee and mocha on the palate with nice enough fruit but kind of soft in the mid palate..

looking forward to trying my first Uruguay wine in a few weeks from this supplier.. lots of people have gone to Argentina and then across to Uruguay and found wine to be interesting

Thursday, September 9, 2010

dr jerry seps/storybook wines/vintegrity

Dr Seps has been in the wine business for some time now. Located in Napa Valley he makes some of the most consistent, if pricey, zinfandel that I know.

2007 Mayacamas Zinfandel  dark in color, rich in flavors of dark berry .. not overly hot like some from napa can be

2007 Eastern Exposures Zinfandel.. Eastern exposure does not get as much afternoon sun, the wine has a more finessed, restrained style..

2007 Estate Reserve Zinfandel ... lots of berry action.. mocha and cocoa on the finish... lots of lush tannins, pretty wine.

Antaneus 2007  ... a blend of Zin and Cab similar to the Prisoner by Oren Swift that is popular.... earthy and roses on the nose, nice fruit and finish

Seps Cabernet 2006  tight nose, dark color... needing time to open up and show off

Seps Viognier 2009.. what a beautiful nose this wine has.. remembrance of a Gewurztraminer without the heavy sweetness... and a long rich finish... beautiful wine

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

QED wines.. sean mccord

A new distributor...with wines from the Central Coast area of California

Brander Sauv Blanc 2008.. pretty melon and fig on the nose, and some body... one of the wines that does not really have a type... but showing fruit well/

Queen Of Hearts Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2008  a little green on the nose and palate.. stainless steel.. not too ripe fruit.. a little boring

Queen of Hearts Merlot Santa Barbara 2005 going to be 07.. fruity nose and juicy... a touch of tobacco and spice on the finish.. surprising because more often the chards in this price point are better than reds.

Lucas and Lewelling Syrah 2005.. wanting it to be more rhone style.. there was some body and iron but just didnt turn the corner.. a weak mid palate but good acidity on the back

Lucas and Lewelling Cabernet 2005 Valley View Vineyared  good color, pretty steak sauce aromas... lots of up front fruit... a little softer finish than hoping for but a nice bottle of wine.

lisa pyrczak with ravenswood/ major brands

Big River Zinfandel Alexander Valley 2007 a little more brett on the nose nice soft fruit and a little more heat on the palate.

Barricia Zinfandel Sonoma 2007... fruity juicy lovely a little quick on the finish but a nice glass of wine
Teldeschi Zinfandel 2007  alcohol in the nose and palate.. lots of mid palate flavors... coffee and briar on the finish
Belloni Zinfandel 2007 soft, not as briary as others.. boysenberry and mocha
Ravenswood Icon Sonoma 2006 a blend of black grapes.. carignane,petite sirah etc.. a little more austere than last time I tried the vintage... but still showing good fruit.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Santa Carolina Chilean wines/ glazers Steve Ewing

Santa Carolina Sauv Blanc 2009... first wine tried in a while...sweet nose of flowers and grass... a nice cross between New Zealand and French SB soft finish

Santa Carolina Chardonnay 2009.. a touch vegetal on the nose, some fruit on the dryish bitter finish.. all stainless steel
Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon 2008  also a touch vegetal on the nose which seems to be a trend for this winery... a little cherry fruit onthe dirty earthy finish

Nimbus Estate Sauv Blanc 2009... a slight vegetal nose but interesting sweet jalapeno on the finish... lots of length.
Finca el Origen Malbec 2009... some of the earthiness of argentina... more bordeaux like in its composition. the fruit is much more restrained and subtle...