Tuesday, October 25, 2011

massandra with jim nory.

Eola Hills Pinot Gris 2009 a little spritz but lots of dull minerality.. fruit isnt showing well.. may have been bottle shock

Eola Hills Pinot Noir 2009 Oregon  pretty rusty garnet color, mediumish body with a nice amount of fruit.. not overly earthy on the nose, quick finish

Evening Land Pinot Noir 2009 Oregon.. dark garnet good mouthfeel that could use a little more upfront..earthy nose... may just be needing some more time in bottle

caymus luncheon with Chuck Wagner

The famous Charles Wagner of Caymus fame was in town for a quick luncheon at the Capitol Grille... and of course free food at CG means I am so there

There are several wines under the Caymus umbrella.

Mer Soleil Central Coast winery which produces Chardonnay
Silver 2010 unoaked.. lightly sweet..a taste of honey? no malo and very light and crisp and totally unCalifornia in style.. also in a new bottle that reminds one of the old lancer bottle.. ceramic to pay homage to the cement containers they put this wine into... cement is a breathable surface like oak without imparting those unwanted flavors...

Mer Soleil regular  2009... lots of creaminess but little ml and little new oak... a much more restrained style than was expected.. and Mr Wagner commented on how they have brought the wine under control

Pinot Noir from Caymus

Meomi California 2009.. rich and sweet a little candy apple.  almost too sweet... but a good starting wine for someone wanting to start trying Pinot Noir..

Belle Glos (named for his mothers maiden name) Clark & Telephone Vineyard ( the vines a located on a parcel of land that intersects two roads..clark and telephone... a little more depth than the meomi but for the money not as much.. still sweet succulent fruit. 

Caymus Cabernet and Special Select both 2009... I have to say that these surprised me by how much alike they taste today... as mr w said they do that on purpose... but the true test comes when the special select lasts for decade or so.. lots of vanilla and cassis... again sweet and lush tannins.. maybe a little heat from alcohol.. but truly everything you want from a Napa top notch cab...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sonoma Coast Vineyards SVC on the label Glazer/ dierks bentley aka Adam hobbs

a new label that is an offshoot of Girard?? somewhat pricey

Sauvignon Blanc 2010.. produced sur lees which means they stir the barrel with the dead yeast that makes the wine a little more thick or creamy...used in lighter style wines like muscadet to give a little more body.... in california wines it seems to be beating them over the head... a poor mans chardonnay.. until the overwhelming flavor of pink grapefruit starts and never lets go

Chardonnay 2009  lots of the things california wine drinkers love..or hate.. ml and sweet fruit

Pinot Noir 2009 best of the bunch.. pretty color in the glass.. dried red fruits.. cranberry but then a little green rhubarb on the finish.. for the money would hope for better

whats in bernie bag this week

Ramey Hyde Chardonnay 2008  not a shy wine... lots of oak, malo and flavor..huge points from all writers

Torii Mor Pinot Noir 2009 Willamette Valley nice pretty oregon wine for the money..

Damine Passot les Pampoux Fleurie Vielles vignes 2009  gamay grape.. juicy on the palate but more texture than flavor. a touch green

Valle Las Acequias Cabernet 2007  cabernet nose of cassis and pencil lead.. bing cherry fruit and also good mouthfeel

Carinae Prestige 2008 Argentina juicy and lots of texture from grit.. mostly malbec which shows through syrah for color

Ramey Claret 2008 Napa  ..soft and silky but not showing much there there

treasury estates with glazer

Treasury because these wines are luxury sales...

Beringer Private Reserve Chard 2009  creamy and good acid at the same time.. long finish.. california's chard drinker chard... luxurious indeed

Beringer Knight valley Cabernet 2009  dark purple in color..earth and dirt on the tight nose, good red berry flavors... still showing it needs time to open up

Bin 128 Shiraz 2007 restrained for an australian shiraz.. must be tasting red berries for some reason... earthy nose like the cabernet

Beringer Napa Pinot Noir Napa Carneros 2007.. smokey dried meats on the nose, typical cali pinot on the palate.. and surprising back of dried meats.. almost syrah

Stags Leap Petite Sirah 2008.. flagship wine of stags leap winery.. beautiful tooth staining color.. good juicy mouthfeel.. dark berry fruit... and yet somehow restrained in the finish.. more elegant than expected.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

terra firma with marian

2010 Italo Cescon Chardonnay Piave... no way you could tell this was Chard.. bland and mineral but dull. cute packaging with a piece of vine on the bottle...but thats all it had going for it

2010 Core del Sole Soave 100% Garganega soft and easy drinking.. a bit simple but unoffensive

Prosecco2 NV... soft..good mousse on the front and long finish in back

2005 Vegio Barolo Piedmont.. mineral and earth on the front.. light bodied and light fruit but a good entry wine for Barolo at $30

Ionia Imports

New distributor who is trying to break into the kc market

These wines are from their Argentine selections

Festivo Torrontes 2010 lots of aromatics.. pretty round flavors of the stone fruits... not overly sweet

Festivo Rose of Malbec? light red fruits on the nose.. but a little harsh on the finish.. rustic maybe

Festivo Malbec 2009  ... very nice fruit on the palate. not a lot of structure but easy drinking for the money

Calypso Malbec 2009 mid priced wine... good fruit and flavors... Calypso is the muse of art and music

Gran Monteviejo 2006.. surprisingly structured for the age.. malbec with some syrah and merlot.. a little dusty on the finish

Lindaflor Malbec 2006 100 % malbec.. juicy.. lots of structure or lengths of flavors... lovely finish... winner of the bunch

Terlato Wines major brands

Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2006... traditional Italian nose,of saddle leather and earth.. nice enough on the palate... strong finish ... but for the money..not so much

Torresella Pinot Grigio Veneto 2010... soft, easy white noise in the mouth

Torresella Pinot Noir 2007.. light color purple.. light red fruit...good acidity...

Torresella Nero d'avola 2007.. Sicily's prominent red grape.. juicy and touch earthy\

Toressella Prosecc NV soft.. spritzy and nice off dry finish

old bridge cellars/garco

Shoefly The Freckle Marsanne/Roussanne and viognier 2008... a rhone  blend from australia.. thick and viscous...a little bit of burnt end carmel on the finish.. rough and not very appealing

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2010.. a touch stemmy on the nose, good dried fruit juicy and pleasant finish.

D'arenburg D'arrys Original shiraz/grenache 2007.. juicy and lush...long flavor profiles...with a nice earthy edge in the mid palate..

John Duval Plexus Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre 2007  deep color and flavors... bright red fruit... and long finish..

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pinnacle with bernie

Leaping Lizard Chardonnay 2010 rough around the edges.. nothing smooth about it.. not a fan

Arizona Stronghold Mandala 2010.. White rhone blend but mostly Viognier which is evident from the beginning.. american viognier is almost like Gewurztraminer.. in nose especially.. some viscosity.. a pretty wine..

Arizona Stronghold Mandala 2010 red blend.. mostly Cinsault ... pretty floral nose, good juice and long finish.. very nice..

Arizona Stronghold Dala Cabernet Sauvignon 2010... dala means one in apache speak.. a tight nose but dark fruits on the palate with lots of fruit tannin.. still young

Penner Ash Pinot Noir 2009  lush fruit on the palate... good weight and length of finish.. red berries coming through..a little less Burgundian to me...but definitely good

row eleven & stratton lummis/ henry vasquez/major brands

Row Eleven Russian River Pinot Noir 2007.. smokey nose...dried fruits on the palate

Rowl Eleven Santa Maria Pinot Noir 2007.. waterly.. a little on the hot side..stemmy and tight..

Row Eleven Vinas 3 2008.. best of the pinot and least expensive.. good juice and earthy.. long finish

Stratton Lummis.. Chardonnay Carneros 2009 creamy and yeasty on the nose, good acidity.. 100% malo but still lots of acidity and little oak aging.

Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2008... dark color but a flat aroma on the nose, a little dusty... good amount of petite verdot which may be the culprit in the flatness of flavors

The Riddler Lot One Red Wine Napa 2008.. again dark purple but flat in flavor.. interesting bing cherry and vanilla on the mouth but the initial nose really put me off

Saturday, October 8, 2011

guigal lunch with patrick will at JJ's

Great food..great wine..very great

2009 St Joseph Lieu Dit Blanc ...marsanne and roussanne blend.. smoky floral nose.. oily and lime? a little bread dough

2000 Guigal Hermitage Blanc light golden in color.. again a blend of mars and rouss.. unctious.. a little mushroom on the nose but not on the palate... creamy finish

2007 Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto Blanc.. from the heart...slight flooral nose, not as viscous.somewhat softer. good acidity...maybe in a dumb phase

2007 Guigal Cote du Rhone a touch stemmy on the nose then meat... meaty throughout.. intense for the money

2007 Guigal Gigondas.. dark purple..lead and roses on the nose.. lovely light cardimon spice on the finish

2004 Guigal Saint Joseph Vigne Hospice purple deep flavors.. great acidity and a little hot on the palate.. syrah based

2004 Guigal Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde... brown and blond refering to the soil the grapes are grown on.. syrah based. medium purple.. soft and nice but expecting more.

2000 Guigal Cote Rote Chateau D'Ampuis  nose of cedar and earth.. lush mouthfeel with a maple sweetness

2007 Guigal Cote Rote Chteau D'Ampuis showing lighter color.. earthy dirty nose, lots of intense flavors

2007 Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge... Ermitage is the early spelling... makes the bottle sound more expensive..since it is.. huge color but not overpowering in flavos.