Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tom Craven/ Caymus Vineyards/ Major Brands

Silver Unoaked Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2011... tight and mineral.. a little ml to soften. Unique bottle to represent the concrete eggs they use

Mer Soliel Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2010.. the exact opposite make up.. full ml with barrels used for flavor and texture but not as over the top as expected. lots of tropical fruit and long finish

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman VIneyard Russian Riverr 2011... one of the fruitiest russian rivers I have had.. long body with a hint of meatiness on the end.. 

Henriot / Kimberly Keslin/ glazer d and e

Bouchard Bourgogne Blanc 2011.  a light tropical nose, with subtle notes on the palate... finish was a little lean but pleasant

Bouchard Bourgogne Rouge 2010.. light in color. silky smooth, almost too much so. maybe needs some time to open up..

William Fevre Chablis Champs Royale 2011  lean soft, a little oaky influence but mostly restrained chablis

Henriot Brut Souverain NV.. one of the most flavorful Champaigne in a long time... pretty yeasty nose, with coffee and mocha on the finish.. great mousse... a 50 50 blend of Pinot and chardonnay... long finish.. not wimpy at all

Il ghizzano Toscano IGT 2010.. no mistaking this wine for Italian.. sangiovese and some petite verdot and other bordeaux grapes.. leather and black cherry

Condesa Eylo Verdejo Spain 2011.. surprisingly tropical, floral a little bit of Sauv Blanc in the mix goes a long way.. citrus and lime.. lots of mid palate activity.. not sure yet if I care for it

Friday, August 16, 2013

Steve Grass/ Pali Wines/ Missouri Beverage

Pali makes mostly Pinot Noir from different growing regions on the west coast.

2011 Bluffs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley... soft and silky, almost too much so... fruit is great and this is my favorite of the ones tried today.. Lots of silky tannin and long finish..

2011 Huntington Pinot Noir Santa Barbara smoky, a bit of green tea.. elegant finish

2011 Alphabets Willamette valley Pinot Noir acidity and lots of it.. mid palate tannins are very aggresive. a little rough edges on the finish..

2011 Charms Chardonnay Sonoma Coast  very creamy from stirring of lees, no ml.. soft oak influence... pleasant

2010 Tower 15 The Swell Bordeaux Blend .. showing better than last year. this starts a little stinky... but the jammy palate soon takes over. strong flavors of vanilla and cherry carry through to the finish

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

anthony hendrie/negociants United states of america/ garco

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2012  described as a poor mans cloudy bay.. a little more herbacious than i remember.. pretty cooking spice that i cant quite put my finger on

Oxford Landing Chardonnay Australia 2012.. pretty toasty nose, some tropical fruit.. a little bit rough on the finish though

Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay 2012 unoaked.. a dry style a touch of heat on the palate..

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2012  not as floral but still a little floral on the nose, stone fruit palate with a pleasant finish.

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008 New Zealand Marlborough  showing a lot of fruit for thee.. dried fruits.. long finish

Yalumba The Scribbler Australia 2009  a touch age on the color... ripe fruit nose... this is a cab shiraz blend.. lots of cherry fruit on the finish

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2010 jammy with a touch of mint.. clean finish too given the weight of the wine

jennifer fernandez/wildman/d&e/

Lamberti Prosecco Extra Dry nv  nice enough with a burnt asprin kind of finish that I am not a fan

Pol Roger Brut NVtoasty and rich, a third each of Pinot Noir, Chard, Pinot Meunier.. yeasty.. lovely finish.. nice mousse

Michael Torino Torrontes Salta argentina 2012  not your average torrontes.. not as  perfume.. almost slatey..

Michael Torino Don David Malbec Reserve 2010  more of a cab style malbec.. lots of tannin and oak..

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jowler Creek with Jason Gerke/ VIntegrity

Jowler Creek located north of KC with 6 acres planted to mostly Norton and Vignoles.

Butterfly Blush NV semi sweet rose... clean and crisp with just a hint of the missouri foxy character

Critter Cuvee NC Sweet but not overly so... a otuch also of the missouri character.

Vignoles 2010  viscous on the palate.. soft nice finish..surprisingly dry

Red Cock-a-doodle-do NV for the sweet lover.. missouri nose but not as much so on the palate.. soft finish

Chambourcin 2010  a bit smoky nose, and palate.. quick finish.. light body

Norton Estate pretty floral nose, good acidity..  mid weight palate..

Nort. 2010 port.. raspberry on the nose, almost cough syrup in texture.. would do well with flourless chocolate..

Muskrato de Missouri NV fizzy.. lots of texture.. with a slight baked banana flavor at the end

Friday, August 2, 2013

golden barrel

Baron de Hoen Alsace Gewurztraminer 2011.. traditional nose if a little more restrained... lots of sweet edges with some heat.

Baron de Hoen Alsace Cremant NV  riesling, pinot blanc and pinot gris sparkling.. fruity nose with a little residual sugar on the palate but the finish was of that burnt asprin character

Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage 2009  a touch of green veg on the nose, juicy on the palate.. with more green notes on the finish

Cave de Tain Marsanne 2011 yellowish golden, typical for the varietal.. hard to get any nose from it.. creamy on the palate.. a little oaky

Cave de Tain St Joseph 2010  lovely nose of coffee and mocha, very concentrated on the front but the finish comes just a little too quickly

Chateau Lagrezette Purple Malbec 2011.. dark color in the glass.. mouth filling tannins.. coffee and pepper on the finish.. very pleasant

Chateau Lagrezette Cahors Malbec 2006  oaky nose with not a lot of fruit and not a lot of fruit on the palate.. may be showing its age... the oak tannins would be nicer if they were a little smoother

pinnacle with claire and bill

Tarima Monastrell 2012 the little brother to Tarima Hill.. Monastrell sometimes has a slight vegetal quality that goes away with age.. and mostly this was on the front.. coffee and mocha on the finish.. just needs a little time

Hopler Gruner Veltliner 2012  pretty and soft,very easy on the palate.. nice introduction to gruner

2012 Cep Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River 2012.. not overly floral and not overly acidic... not overly enjoyable.

Lucy Rose 2012.. strawberry nose, nice and juicy with just the right amount of sweetness.