Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pinnacle with craig rohner

SiduriImage of Siduri via Snooth
2009 Marenco Strev Moscato... soft sweet and pretty stone fruit lushness

2009 Cep Hopkins Ranch Sauvignon Blanc... soft mineral and just a touch sweet... not very distinguishing at all..a little bland even

Siduri Santa Lucia Highalnds Pinot Noir 2008  stinky nose which is fine.. a little green on the palate.. and just all over the place with flavors... lacking focus

Chave Mon Couer Cotes Du Rhone 2008.. soft roses and tar on the nose, not as fruit forward as last year but still delicious.

Novy's Gary Vineyard Sirah Santa Lucia Highlands 2008.. beautiful nose...took several whiffs.. lots of dried meats, roasted earth and tar.. dark berry fruit on the long finish.

Velho Barreiro Cachaca Brazil.. a rum from brazil that smells and tastes to me of Grappa from Italy.. pine tar and acquired taste.

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QED wines.. sean mccord

Brander Sauv Blanc 2009 Central Coast  soft a pretty blend of grapefruit and grass... best of both new and old world

Barrel 27 Rock and a Hard Place Grenache 2007.. not the nose I usually get from this area for Grenache but very juicy..not a lot of depth but good for a pizza wine..

Cass Flying Nymph 2009  ugly label and ugly wine... tannin and green and unappealling

Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2007.. yummy.. paso fruit at a good price.. just the right amount of briar and bramble... with a 16.6 alcohol I was expecting a really firey monster and it was just lush..
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willi loth appellations

Elizabeth Rose Sauvignon Blanc 2009 .. mineral, essence of cucumber ..grassy..more of a sancerre style than new world...pretty

Waters Columbia Valley Syrah 2007... an example of bottle varietion or temprament of a taster... not as soft and juicy as I remembered it tasting when I brought it in the store.. more hot tar and tobaccoo... mineral.

Oakville Cabernet 2007  front tannin and hot on the palate.. all the disjointed characters of cali cab

Hedges Red Mountain Blend.  dark color and a pretty cedar nose.. meaty and fruity juice.. but a little discombobulated.. could use some time in the bottle 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

gazzoli with ron di

ApaltaguaImage of Apaltagua via Snooth
Bertrand Ambroise Cremant NV... sparkling wine from burgundy...Cremant sounds creamy when it should be petulant...bubbly... a soft mousse. more green apple than toasty yeasty... but fun

don Rodolfo Pinot Noir Argentina 2009... maybe this explains why there are no many inexpensive pinot noir from argentina... dark color, dark fruits on the nose but harsh and bitter tannins... quick finish

Apaltagua Carmenere Reserva Chile 2008  dark color, green bell pepper and sawdust nose, very vegetal and one note... must need food

Old Ballantruan Peated Malt interesting in that most peated scotch comes from Islay region whereas this comes from the highlands.... so when you smell it, there is that smell of iodine without the sea salt... and the inside is soft and round... touch of honey.. not hot on the palate... 
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

wine with robert noecker

Grapes, left to dry for a passito wine, Marco ...Image via Wikipedia
It is always fun to try new wines.... new varietal. I can not begin to tell how many chards and sauv blancs i have tried over the years. Today I got to try two new (to me) grape types

Arnoldo-Caprai Greante 2008 Grechetto is the grape type from this region of italy which I could not ascertain. Slightly sweet nose that reminds one of Torrontes.. but more lush and yet a hint of minerality and lime on the finish.. very good and not overly expensive

Ben Rye Donnafugata non vintage I think.. golden brown the color of deep bourbon. made from the Zibibbo grape. done in the passito style or restive style.. dates and figs and almonds... very lush caramel. perfect for stinky cheeses... a little burnt honey, creme brulee on the finish... expensive but very good
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Opici wine with Matt Sharpe/ Gazzoli

Domenico de Bertiol Prosecco first taste is of medicinal petrol.. but finish nice and cleanly..

DeMartino Legado Reserva Chardonnay Chile the ML comes through on the palate.. almost to the exclusion of the fruit. and yet there is a soft uneventful finish

Umberto Cesari Moma Rubicone dark sweet fruit...lush with a cinnamon finish.interesting style of Sangiovese clone.

Rizzi Barbera d'Alba 2007 fruit, red berry soft.. uneventful

Cesari Amarone Classico  dirty, earthy and not at all raisony porty that some people like. soft tannin, more of a feminine style.. food friendly

Luiano Sangiovese 2009 smells of bologne and dried meats... which carries through to the palate... a little offputting

Terlato Wines major brands

Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne NV  LOTS of toasty, yeastiness. strong firm mousse.. made with 60% Chard

Tangley Oaks Merlot 2007... boring.. somewhat juicy and a little over the hill

Mazzoni Rosso Toscana 2007 12 months in oak barrel and needing a little me time... to settle down.. tannins are fine but showing the Italian stink

Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello de Montalcino Toscana 2005 wow  what a beautiful nose of saddle leather and roses and earth. great grip and acidity. and yet a soft elegant finish.

Ca,Marcanda Magari Toscana 2006... showing the nature of terroir this has the stink of an Italian Sangiovese but none in it... lots of dirt and not a lot of fruit.. hot on the finish.

Erin with Domaine Estates

Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee Green Valley 2006.  mostly made with Pinot Noir, light soft mousse.. not a lot of intensity to it.

Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay Green Valley 2007 a nice amount of ml and lightly toasty oak... higher in acidity you wonder if it was meant for the sparkling wine

Kings Ridge Pinot Noir Oregon 2007.. light color and flavors which were indicative of the vintage in oregon.. tasty for the money

Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2008  smoky and lots of good juicy fruit.. very nice price for the quality of wine

short help wine tasting day part 1 Cab day blitz

Estancia Cabernet Paso Robles 2007.. a slilghtly green nose with a nice red fruit finish..good first time cab drinker cab

Simi Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2007  soft and pretty.. medium bodied with good red berry flavors... a touch hot on the tongue...

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2006  dark color brooding in the glass. not a clear wine.. very linear in the mouth.. maybe showing a little age... pleasant enough but not big by any measure

gin and spirits with george vessel

Miller Gin.. an english gin made with Icelandic Water... and you can really see the cucumber effect that some people have with this spirit... light and clean

Miller Westbourne is 90 proof.. round and sweet...

June.. Espirt de June.. a liquor made with flowers of different wine grape plants.  Loads of stone fruit on the smooth mouth filling finish.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Erin Martin with Laird Family Estate wines/Appellations

Laird 2006 Cold Creek Ranch Pinot Grigio 2006.. i would have to say this was the miss of the day... Carneros fruit, soft pink grapefruit... ml or oak softness.. low acid .. and pushing old age

Laird Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay.  golden yellow in the glass... mouth filling.. light acidity and long finish.. California Chardonnay wine

Laird Jillian's Blend Red 2007... cab/syrah/merlot  good acidity and melded flavors... soft tannin on the finish..named for the winery owners daughter??

Laird Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2007.. surprisingly a 100% cab that was drinking now. showing good cassis and fruit and just the right amount of oak.. good value for the region.

Laird 2005 Mast Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon single vineyard that is dark purple and heavy... sweet fruit but not as lush as the Napa 07...have to say I like the 07 better... even with the age of this wine.

Lairds sell a good amount of their grapes to other vintners. Rombauer for one.

terra firma

Chateau Du Bois Chantant.. 2006.. dirty, meaty nose and not in a bad way... strange finish though.. its like the tannin vacuumed my tongue... Bordeaux

La Cuvee Leo du Domaine D'Oustric 2003... smelled dirty and taste cheap... too old.

La Marquise Du Chateau Tour Blanche medoc 2007  fruity cherry nose for a french wine.. flavors on the thin side in the middle but good acidity on the long finish..

Chusckab Gigondas Las Traverses 2006.  coffee... and more coffee... roasted ..mocha.. juicy on the palate.. white pepper and very enjoyable..

appellations with willi loth

Arderius Tinto Spain...85%tempranillo... typical old world nose with a light green underripe finish.. needs food.. even then I would be surprised.

Arderius Rose 2009 Grenache.. soft and round... nice fruit ..quick finish

Arderius Crianza 2006 Tempranillo and Garnacha.. dark color in the glass. nice juice at first but a medicinal off taste at the back..

Pindal White Wine 2008 Rueda.. Verdejo and Viura blend...  round and fresh.. interesting ml action and not as mineral as wines from this region can be... very user friendly

Egelhoof Cabernet walton Vineyard 2006  all about the oak and some fruit... but pretty much a one note wonder.