Monday, October 20, 2014

banfi with christine hodgens/ glazer

San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2013... round smooth and pinot grigio.

PacRim Gruner Veltliner Yakima Valley 2013  a slight sweetness on an othewise dry wine... pleasant acidity... austrian its not but still interesting

PacRim Chenin blanc 2012 Hahn Hills slight banana on the nose, much more rustic in style than I was expecting

Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet 2010 no typicity here. earthy and dry tannins.. slight cassis on the finish but way more old world in style

Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2011 this one not typical either.. not the italian stink on it and fresh red berry fruit... not a problem for me  just surprised

Banfi Brunello de Montelcino 2008  dry grippy tannins with the italian aromas.. good fruit structure.. may be aging just a bit

Le Poiane Valpolicella Ripasso 2011  a ripasso is usually a good price alternative to Amarone.. this one is missing the fruit though texture is there but wheres the beef

Sartori Amarone 2010  a more elegant soft style without the overbearing raisony, good depth on the palate.. slight earthiness and saddleleather.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Misc wines with misc salespeople

2011 chateau beaucastel chateaunteuf  very voluminous.  sensous but not restrained... lots of cherry and red berry... volume volume volume

2012 Treana Red  a blend of Cab and Syrah all kinds of black pepper and coffee notes on the end..
more structured than the Chateauneuf..

Elena Walch David Mcmurdy. bommarito

wines from the alto adige region of italy
once part of the austro hungarian empire so very germanic in appearance

Elena Walch Pinot Grigio 2013  very round nose, you think its going to be more round on the palate but it has lots of acidity.

Gewurztraminer 2013  beautiful nose, spicy, honeyed some clove and spice ... some viscosity but not overly heavy

Schaiva 2013... my first time trying this grape varietal... said to be the lightest skinned red grape.. the term means slovakian because the thought the grape may have originated there  for a light skinned grape it has some complexity.. said to be the winter rose for the locals..

Wilhem Walch Prendo Pinot Noir Dolomiti 2012  darker red than the last red..slightly brickish.. light dried fruit and cranberry... not as earthy as some... good finish

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

josh mott/ appellations

Dante Pinot Gris 2012 California... a little offputting flavors of sauv blanc style.. trying to be grassy but not getting there.
Pozzan Russian River Chardonnay 2012  round on the palate.. candied fruit and tropical flavors..

Dante 2012 Pinot Noir California slight stewed tomato and rhubarb nose, some candied fruit on the dry finish

Pozzan Russian RIver Pinot Noir 2011 mushroom and stewed tomato.. silky tannins though with a soft velvet glove finish

Pozzan Alexander Valley Cabernet 2010  soft cedar and vanilla on the nose moves into the mocha vanilla finish.. good tannin and structure... will be at the fall tasting

Annabelle Platinum Napa 2011  cab with 2% malbec.. silky tannins and tight fruit.. may be a little young to show...was softer than the previous wine even though done in new oak

roche-mere with theo mellion/ trademark wines

Gimmonet-Gonet Champagne le mesnil-sur-oger nv  yeasty, pretty mouth feel, soft mousse.. flowery

Paul Vattan Sancerre 2011  soft grassy, a slight pink grapefruit.. nothing too exciting

Closerie des alisiers chablis vielle vignes 2011  steel fermented and noticeable creamy from the lees

Thierry Nerisson Chinon 2010  cedar and french stink on the nose, may be pushing an age thing, cinnamon and sulphur

Domaine de l'arnesque cotes du rhone 2011  a little medicinal on the nose, bandage gauze and  plastic.. good fruit on the finish but the nose is too offputting

Friday, October 10, 2014

greek wine. ionia

Spiropoulous Mantinia 2012.. moschofilerio mineral, almost like a pop rock flavor on the front.. but dry on the finish.

Centilim Roboa 2013 clean, crisp nice acidity good

Mercouri Kallisto 2013 a blend of whites  reminescent of viognier and moscato.. with a slightly dull finish.

Young Vines Naoussa 2012 a famous wine region of Greece.. cute label...not traditional the wine reminds of young Cotes du Rhone.. crisp on the front slightly green finish

Atlantis Mandolaria 2010  not a fan.. slight medicinal nose, and texture was strange on the palate

Bianco Nero Moscato Sparkling.. soft and easy in cute packaging.. easy sell

atlas imports marquel dougherty major brands

Nomine Renard Brut Champagne  a grower champagne.. non vintage.. 40% chardonnay more minerality and green apple than yeast... pleasant to cut through brie

Urlar Sauv Blanc New Zealand ..urlar means earth in gaelic  dirty sox aromas, round on the finish though...slight pink grapefruit

Piedra Negra Pinot Gris Uco Valley Argentina 2013 interesting choice from argentina the home of torrontes.. the rounder style would make you think it was pinot blanc very so

Piedra Negra Malbec 2012 round. some black pepper and coffee on the back.. pleasant enough

Campo Lindo Tempranillo Spain 2010 soft throughout.. almost innocous

Dosio Vignetti Nebbiolo d'alba 2009  lots of italian stink.. with a little cinnamon coming rhrough the finish// earthy and pertty spices

Monday, October 6, 2014

marian with terra firma

Camp Romain 2011 CDR Grenache blanc/Roussanne/ Viognier/Clairette  soft on the palate with a hint of earth and mineral on the finish... not as viscous or creamy as I was expecting

Clos de Taman CDRV 2012 Syrah andGrenache based. showing its youth.. vibrant but disjointed.. would like a little more fruit on the finish. acidity was fine

Les Genets 2012 CDRV more traditional Cotes du rhone flavors of iron and tar.. but juicy also showing a bit rough

La Argeliers Vacquerays 2012  an almost Chateauneuf blend.. typical flavors and aromas... at half to a quarter of a price of Chateauneuf its a bargain

Balletto with Trademark Nick Frey

Sonoma Oaks a second label for Balletto
2012 Sonoma Oaks Pinot Gris plenty of acidity.. almost sauv blanc in style

2012 Sonoma Oaks Chardonnay aged in barrel.. plenty of viscosity.. pleasant

2012 Sonoma Oaks Pinot Noir California bright fruit on the nose and palate.. dried rhurbarb and cherry on the finish

Balletto Pinot Gris 2012  slight petrol on the nose, but very light and uneventful on the palate

Balletto Unoaked Chardonnay 2013  stainless steel and steely in the mouth.. may be young but just a little too tart for my taste

Balletto Chardonnay 2012 soft oaky nose, up front tannins and pleasant finish.. good but a little pricy for the payoff

Balletto Pinot Noir 2012  cool climate. showing fruit and wood tannin.. but not overly aggressive on the finish.. reminiscent of the Sonoma Oaks finish.. dried mushroomy and earthy too

Thursday, October 2, 2014

stolpman vineyards with peter stolpman/bommarito

Santa Barbara winery

Roussanne  2012  beautiful nose, rich and unctious. ripe with slight tropical fruit. and still pleasant acidity. what california chardonnay drinkers really want

Estate Grown Syrah 2012 minty on the palate.. lots of pretty upper notes...

Originals Syrah 2012 sweet fruit nose, juicy but more northern rhone than the first

Hilltops Syrah 2011.l. what a great expression of california rhone rangers.. from start to finish a winning wine rich and meaty
Angeli 2012 named after the mothers side of the family 100 % syrah sweet iodine but not overpowereing.. elegant

La Croce Sangiovese and Syrah blend.. very juicy.. each one compliments the other.

fess parker major

Epiphany Grenache blanc Santa Barbara co 2012 round and acidity too.. slight mineral  interesting

Fess Parker Chardonnay 2013 100% barrel, barrel barrel  not a shy wine

Riesling 2012 mineral and a slight stone fruit finish..

Parker Station Pinot Noir Central Coast 2013  100 % pinot..good price point. slightly green on the palate. due to youth:?

Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2011  dark color and aromas. mushroomy brooding cola and berry on finish

Frontier Red Lot 90  juicy, good body...syrah, merlot, petite sirah  nice meatiness

Big Easy Santa Barbara 2010.. jammy, sleezy luscivious.. lives up to his name

claire with pinnacle

root day.. things didnt taste as fruit forward as I thought

Mas de Boislauzon Cotes du rhone Village 2012 very very rough rustic style a little stemmy

La Cigare Volant Bonny Doon 2010 named for the banned cigar shaped ufo aircraft in the rhone valley, showing a lot like the Boislauzon, mostly the same grapes, was expecting a little more fruity.

Bedrock Old Vine Zin 2013 slight berry.. juicy.. high notes. but not a lot of back palate.. cherry

Bedrock Evangelho Contra Costa 2013  dark color.. zinfandel mostly.. lots of wood tannin

Bedrock Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma 2013  dark fruit and berry.. mouth staining tannin and grit

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sparkman Vineyards Trademark Wines

Birdie Riesling 2013  dryish with some granny smith character..

Lumiere Chardonnay 2013  new french oak and you can tell.. good acidity... missing a little weight..

Kindred 2012 bordeaux varietals.. very dense.. dak ccolor.. pleasant finish.. best of the bunch
Wilderness 2011  kitchen sink with syrah as main difference..

Ruckus Syrah 2011  wax and crayon on the nose, dense also full bodied.. may need some time

Kingpin Cabernet 2011 mostly from Klipsun vineyard cedar and graphite nose, almost minty  very smooth... good tannins throughout

Finca Decero Argentina/ Pinnacle

from scratch
Finca Decero Malbec 2011 single vineyard malbec at a great price. Juicy and full bodied.. lots of blueberry

Finca Decero Cabernet 2011  sawdust nose, dark color in the glass. typical of varietal

Finca Decero Amano 2009 dark color, pretty cedar nose, sawdust.. lots of goings on.. silky and elegant with a touch of heat on the finish

Aberrant Cellars/ Trademark Wines

from around Woodenville.

Confere 2012  slight brickish color, hitting a lot of high notes, dried fruit and mushroomy on the finish..

Virtue ex (means in virtrue of) pretty som cinnamon nose, missing some middle fruit... tannin on the finish

Amplus deep in color, almost california in style, light fruit tannins with more back oak tannin

Expensive wines that really didnt impress today.

Roccofiore Winery Classique

Umbrian winery
Bianco Fiordaliso 2011. slight yellow tint.. a blend of greccheto and trebbiano. surprisingly just a nt on the end. little sweet.. a slight rustic finish maybe because of the vintage. 

Fiorfiore 2011 Older vines 100% grechetto yellowish gold. beautiful aromas of flower petals.. mineral and creamy on the finish

Melograno Rosso 2011  stinky italian nose, juicy soft drinking tannins... rustic in color but elegant all around.

Friday, September 19, 2014

bordeaux with terra firma

Clos des Lunes Luna Blanche 2012... light sauv blanc, boring a little dull
Chateau Gromel Bel Air 2012  light soft and easy.. not much character.

Chateau Grandes Mottes Bordeaux Superiore 2009 light in color and also soft.. may be just aging a little
Chateau de la Huste 2009 Fronsac french stink on the nose, but smooth tannins with the requiste cassis and dark berry flavors.. long finish.. nice

Chateau Croix Figeac Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010 french stink but softer.. good fruit but the finish leaves me with a dirty mouth feel

Lacoste-Borie Paulliac of those wines you just want to smell...cedar and cassis and graphite..lots of structure and substance along with clean fruit.  best of the bunch

Chateau L'argilus du roi Saint Estephe 2011  pretty nose, tannin and fruit in tune.. all that you want a good bordeaux to be.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tavolo Vigne

interesting italian varietals and types

Feliciaio Vermentino 2013 rich on the palate but not oaky so.. a hint of rustic flavor on the end to remind one of Italy.

Manicardi Fabula Spumante Rose  Greccheto and lambrusco... slight fizz thats just right.. light rose color.. lots of high notes and just enough sweetness to keep from being boring

Bricco San Giovani Monferrato 2011  primarily barbera slight fruit on the palate.. pleasant finish..

Gea Il Paradio di Frassina Rosso 2011 soft and easy. with a nice weight on the finish.. not overly tannic a good example of Montepulciano for beginners.

trademark wines with marc joseph

2012 Bodegas Campante Vina Reborda Bianco Spain 2012  a blend of treixauro and torrontes.. interesting mix.. light and sunny perfect for summer... next year

2013 Barone de Valforte Pecorino Italy  a white wine from italy that puts pinot grigio to shame. Crisp and clean almost chablis like on the front with a quick finish.. lots of high notes

2010 Bodegas principe de viana tinto crianza temp,cab and merlot blend.. juicy on the front but earthy and dull on the finish

2010 Pomum Cellars Syrah Yakima Valley... deep nose and deep color.. good fruit unfortunetaly didnt really get me on the finish.. soft tobacco and tar.. for the money was hoping for more

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Charles Corso with Michael Corso Selections/ Vintegrity

After tasting every day wines everyday, its nice to taste through more adventurous, well made wines that unfortunately dont see the light of day that the average everyday wines do.

Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royal Brut NV Champagne 1/3 each Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay.. a lighter style mousse, soft clean finish.. pleasant but not quite the show stopper

Domaine Jacky Jondet Beaujolais Village 2012.. dirty french nose, aged in oak barrels.. brickish color.. this wine should sell as well as any everyday merlot because its more like what they want to be..however most people think Beaujolais and Nouveau or cheap wine.. lush and really a good food wine here

Chateau La Marzelle Bordeaux St Emilion 2010.. dark brooding color in the glass and the wine is a bit brooding too.. not showing a lot of fruit today

Chateau St Guirons Pauillac 2009  from a great vintage.. dark purple  lean with graphite and earthy knotes, chunky tannins...

Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondass 2011  my kinda stuff   juicy, dirty, earthy, meaty.. cocoa and mocha notes on the finish.. the best of this tasting

Petit Guiraud Sauternes 2010  lots of high notes with this wine.. not as viscous but that is ok... toasty almond more of a madeline wine than a creme brulee

AE Dor VSOP Cognac  makes my nose tickle.. chocolate covered orange hints..more viscous than the Sauterne.. tasty. a little heat up front that softens

Bonterra / Glazer

Jekel Riesling Monterey 2012  low sugar, wet stone, not german and not american

Bonterra Chardonnay 2unch.012.  typical california chard

Bonterra Sauv Blanc.. grassy style.. organic grapes

Bonterra Merlot 2011... good color in the glass but not as fruity as expecting a cali merlot to be...

Bonterra Cabernet 2011 ...astringent and lean.. looking for more fruit.]

Jekel Cabernet 2011.. intense purple in the glass. dark cherry soft of this bunch

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Domaine Select Wine Estates/Vintegrity/ Rick Caudle

Fantinel Prosecco NV extra dry, soft and stone fruit.. great for Bellini
Fantinel Pinot Grigio Fruiliani 2013 slight minerality, nice round flavors another pinot grigio.

Alto los Romeros Chardonnay Central Valley Chile 2012  strong flinty nose, good mouthfeel, good value

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Sicily 2011.. great wine  a blend of Nero d'avola and Frappato.. pretty garnet red.. good depth long finish.. in a traditional bottle for the region.

Altos los Romeros Cabernet Sauvignon Chile 2012 good extraction of color and flavor.. not vegetal complimentary round flavors and tannins..

Michele Biancardi and San Ferdinando/Vigno tavolo

Biancardi 2012 Primitivo Nero di Troia Uno Piu Uno... meaning one plus one.  juicy palate.. nice mouthfeel.. cocoa on the finish.. fun...

Biancardi 2011 Primitivo Ponte Viro Puglia.. worked better blended.. slightly iodine. still good food.. tea and cola on the finish

Ferdinando Vermentino 2013  slight minerality nice viscosity without the heavy ml.. good fruit
Ferdinando Chianti Il Gargaiolo 2010.. sang and merlot.. definite Italian  nose, cherry fruit with a slight maderized finish at the very end.
Paradisso Frassina 12 uve 2007 dark cloudy in the glass.. dusty  nose, dirtyfinish... not a fan

Paradisso Brunello 2009  slight brickish in color.. italian nose of leather and rose talc.. black fruit, tannins, italian through and through

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mendocino Wine Company Gregg Carrozza/ Major brands Cellar selections

First of all, they had a line of wines called 50 shades of grey...White and Red Silk.. didnt try.. wont try... in 3 years no one would probably remember them and they would be in the close out bin for $2.99

Parducci Mendocino County Chardonnay 2012.. traditional typical cali chard... with a little roughness around the finish..

Parducci Merlot Mendocino County 2011.. candied fruit nose that carries all the way.. not terrible but

True Grit Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 light tannins, and some red fruit... named after the movie i am guessing

Moniker Chardonnay 2012... much better.. round without being heavy.. subtle without being boring

Moniker Pinot Noir woodsy and rustic.. not showing a lot of fruit

Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon slightiodine pencil lead on the nose, tannins noticeable not severe. lighter style mid palate ok but not a long finish

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guillaume Bousquet. Argentina Lohr

Bousquet from the south of France and Argentina, in this case Argentina.
The only whites they have a Chardonnay, too hot to grow Torrontes affectively

Chardonnay 2011  acidity and no oak.. a slightly dull finish

Reserve Chardonnay 2011 oaked with a buttery, cedar nose. a bit heavy handed on the whole

Malbec 2013 good color extraction. bright fruit.. another nice malbec at that price.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.. surprised me at  being better than the malbec... dark amyethist in color.. good juice well balanced

Malbec Reserva 2012  pretty fleshy wine.. soft and ripe.. long finish

Caberent Reseve 2012 85% cab and 15% malbec.. earthy nose, strong midpalate but a little restrained.

Gran Reserve Malbec 2010.. lighter in color.. dark flavors brooding with coffee and spice.. lots of dark fruit.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

wines with claire from pinnacle

Broglia Gavi 2013  nice blend of minerality and mouthfeel.. lots of depth for a white wine

Paul Lato Santa Maria Chardonnay 2012.. cali chard all the way.. from the nose to the finish.. viscous and almost over the top.. buttery and vanilla

Val de Mer Bourgogne Rose 2013.. rose from Pinot noir.. very delicate. subtle strawberry notes.. acidity is alright not overly so.. quick finish

Vinum Pinot Noir Monterey 2012  dried fruit on the nose with the follow through of mushroom.. good value..

Rossi Wallace Pinot Noir Napa 2012 tight nose of cedar and fruit.. silky tannins and fruity but not juicy.. not really showing a lot of complexity for the money.. maybe why Napa doesnt make great pinot.. from Atlas Peak area..a subsidiery of Forman

Cedro Noval 2009 Portugal.. dark brooding entry.. lots of coffee, tobacco lush mouthfeel.. and unfortunately a quick finish.. a touch maderized.

Cult Napa Cabernet blend from Salvestrin... Npn vintage.. really good value.. silky tannins, cedar and strong but not overpowering finish.

Monday, August 18, 2014

one hope major brands

One Hope is a collaboration with Robert Mondavi JR and others for each wine to promote certain causes. Unfortunately they do not have great wine to back up the project. The wine is drinkable at best, but all of them have a certain thing missing.

Sparkling Brut California made with French Colombard.. an inexpensive and easy grape, actually had a nice mousse, but the finish is a little bland. fights childhood hunger
Sauvignon Blanc blened with other grapes.. lots of Pink Grapefruit and not much else. goes to earth

Chardonnay California 2012 mixed with chenin and muscat.. for a sweeter finish.. and lots of vanilla is what I got...

Pinot Noir 2011 a mix with syrah.. slight dried fruit. light body.. pet adoption

Merlot 2013 light in flavors and color.. slight cocoa on the palate. pediatric aids

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  light  autism

Zinfandel 2011.. stinky feet, vegetal.. some bing cherry on the finish.troops.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Martine's Wines with Jennie Mass/ Pinnacle

Gonet-Medeville Brut Champagne NV yeasty nose.. mostly chard no ml or chapitalizration... very dry.

Domaine Laporte Le Bouquet Sauvignon Blanc 2013.. grassy, herbacious and just a little watery on the finish

Charles Hours Jurancon 2011.. unusual nose, ripe stone fruit on nose, soft on front but a little dull on the back.. late harvest

Danjean Berthoux Meix au Roi Givry 2012  from the challonaise, bargain region of burgundy. fruity nose with a little dirt on the back.. almost thought it was carbonic because of the fruity bubuiblegum like finish.

Feraud Brunel Cotes du Rhone Village 2011 slight iodine or iron on the nose, nice mouthfeel if not quite fruity.

Le Cedre Cahors Malbec Heritage 2011 earthy, dusty.. fruit up front but missing on the back end.. expected a little more

Koval Liquor with KellyNyikes/ Vintegrity

On the same day two new distillers or small boutique distillers came to the market

Koval out of Chicago
White Rye aromatic, slightly sweet with an almost light peaty finish

Rye- earthy on the front with sweet coconut notes on the finish... not hot

Millet very light flavor profile,, interesting flavor profile with a little light orange zest comings through . never had tried a distilled product from this grain and it was good

Bourbon made with 51 % corn and in white oak barrels.. 49% millet..

Rose Hip Liqueur the smell of spring.. roasted tomato.. would be good as an aperitif

Ginger Liqeuer ..viscous and gingery... needs something to cut the syrup

Friday, August 8, 2014

Small vineyards Josh hanson./ major brands

Peneca Sparkling Rebula.. lots of citrus, acidity and a pleasant finish. intersesting wine from Slovenia

Jordanov Chardonnay Barrique Macedonia 2013... all up front no finish.. 100% malo

Fattoria di Pugliano Treggiaia 2010 typical Toscana nose, licorice sage a little dense on the finish

Casa Contini Biferno Riserva Molisse 2009.. favorite of the bunch.. slight dirt nose, great tannins, dark cherry fruit. long finish.

Macedon Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  dirty and dense.. dark color.. with some nice dark berry on the finish.

Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino 2012  dirt and rose nose, mushroom and earth  no much fruit

Ultimo Passo Primitivo Salento  2013.. very rustic.. tannic.. made in a double passimento style which is to give more richness to the product.

Cliff Lede and FEL with Jay Lede. Bommarito

FEL Pinot Gris 2013 minerality and dry.. very alsace in style but missing the nervosity of it all

FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2012  slightly oaky and toasty on the nose, creamy vanilla, lees stirring for a round yet still clean style

FEL Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2012. dried fruit on the nose, meaty with some extraction on the finish.. cherry and mocha.. soft tannin

Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2011 cat pee on evergreen tree... pink grapefruit finish

Cliff Lede Cabernet Stags Leap   2011  traditional cab nose, lots of cassis and lead pencil.. still young and tight opening up a little in the glass.. interesting mineral earthy on the finish

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vigno Tavola

Biancardi Fiano Puglia 2012  flowert y nose, nice viscousity and weight.. everything I like about this grape variety.

Mauro Molino Barbera d'alba 2013  pretty young.. slight green on the nose and palate.. would be interesting to revisit after some time in bottle.

Bonotto delle Tezze Raboso 2012 Veneto.. an indigenous Italian varietal.. reminds one of Brachetto if not that sweet. pretty in color. floral and juicy on the palate.. long expressions of fruit for the price.

Taneto Badia di Maronna Toscano 2011.. a tuscan blend waxy crayon on the nose, not typical for the region or grapes.. must be the syrah. missing the italian dirt and not in a bad way.. good tannin and grip.. nice wine for the money

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wilson Daniels/ Nick Bland/ Missouri Beverage

Pierre Sparr an Alsace producer

Cremant d alsace brut reserve pinot blanc and pinot auxerois, soft green apple nose nice mousse.

Cremant d alsace Pinot Noir rose nv soft, pretty and floral

Pinot Blanc 2011 round and lush upfront not a long time on the pal wiate.. acidity was good

Riesling 2011 soft sweet nose, picking up some diesel that will show more with age

Ponzi from Oregon
2013 Pinot Gris.. good juice, stone fruit. but a little boring on the finish

2012 Pinot Noir Tavola Willamette Valley bright fruit nose, more concentrated fruit but not candied like some cali pinot... supple texture

2011 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley fruit forward, clean finish with some cola notes.. good acidity

Routestock named for the highways along wine country

Routestock Cabernet Route 29 Napa 2012  85 cab with merlot and cab franc, tannin and fruit.. lots of it.. steak sauce nose, cherry fruit would like to see more of a finish.. all this action happening in the front

Route Stock Chardonnay route 121 Carneros.. oak and oaky with some ml and fruit enough

Routestock Pinot Noir Route 99w Oregon 95 pinot 5% gamay.. soft, a little earthier than the ponzi with some dried fruits.. light


Bolla Sparkling Rose Extra dry from the Veneto with Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Raboso. surprisingly refreshing, with a little sweet strawberry and stone fruit

Bolla Prosecco DOC Extra Dry 100% Glera, the grape formerly known as prince, i mean prosecco.
also light and fluffy.. without the burnt taste on the end

Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut also 100% Glera mas-kee-o soft and easy with a little almond finish

Rainstorm Pinot Gris 2013  bright label, pretty nose of floral pleasant enough

Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2012 Oregon earthy style, more burgundian for sure.. a touch rustic on the palate

Unparalleled Super Tuscan Blend 2012 a blend of sangiovese and cabernet from tuscany.. showing a true Italian nose, with  the cab coming through.

Unparalled Cabernet Central Coast 2012  the best of the bunch, cab and cab franc and malbec. meaty all the way through .. would have thought this to be syrah.. juicy body

Cantine Maschio Moscato Spumante NV.. the least favorite.. almost vegetal green in the finish.. a strange cross between sweet and dry

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


2011 Baron des Chartons Bordeaux Blanc.. too old.. needed to be consumed young

Domaine Galevan Paroles de  femme  2011  materized nose, slight brett.. not showing the best

Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011.. high fruit nose, texture... fruity.  a little of knees and elbows.. gawky

2011 Buty Wildebeast red blend. Columbia Valley Earthy nose, juicy but a slight green bell pepper on the palate..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jamieson Ranch/ Chad Pokorny. Major Brands

A new winery from an old one. Kirkland Ranch not associated with Costco.. sold and now Jamieson Ranch with different names. Light Horse, Reata and Jamieson Ranch. All are purchased fruit at this time.

Light Horse Chardonnay California 2012.. heavy on the oak influence.. not a lot of fruit and still more oakiness on the palate..

Reata Chardonnay Carneros 2012 juicy but still heavy handed on the oak. toasty finish with some tropical fruit coming on the end

Light Horse Pinot Noir California  2012.. candy corn nose, sweet fruit, typical of what Cali Pinot tastes like

Reata Pinot Noir Three County 2012 very juicy. highly extracted.. not a lot of acidity or subtelty. and they were not apologetic about this..

Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet 2011.. very pretty nose of cedar and graphite, the fruit on the palate was juicy and textured.. good grip.. a problem trying to taste the red wines on the warmest day of the year.. acidity doesnt show as well

Thursday, July 17, 2014

vine connections/ missouri beverage

The most interesting wine today.
Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2012  usually grapes made for pisco but these are fermented dry. Round slightly sweet and nice minerality.. grown in some of the most arid areas for wine in the world

Cask Silva Cool Coast Sauv Blanc Chile 2012... spicy nose, untypical for this area... a really cool finish of jalapeno and lime

Crios Rose of Malbec 2012... soft gentle may be showing its age a little.. strawberry..

Crios Torrontes 2012  again. love this wine and this bottling was no exception and a candied late finish

Crios Malbec 2013 made in carbonic style. rich and supple.. a little bit of a green finish

Merino Syrah Limari Chile 2012 slight vegetal aromas, just pleasant but not over the top exciting.. would be a good food wine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Peirano Estate with Michael Smith/ Classique

Lodi property..
The whites were servedway to cold to really show much.. the chard was wente clone and almost sweet. viognier was missing the nose. and THE OTher was nice but definitely chard driven

The reds to a t had a strong vegetal character on the nose, except for

cabernet Sauvignon 2012  fruit driven nose with good tannin and fruit on the palate
Petite Sirah tobacco/tar nose with lots of juicy and sturdy tannin on the palate.. could handle itself in a steak fight..

All of these wines were line priced and good value in general.. but really liked the Petite Sirah the best.

steele wines steve tylicki / bommarito

Jed Steele the mastermind behind the blendng of Kendall Jacksons vintners cuvee chardonnay years ago.
Shooting star Sauv Blanc 2013 Lake County.. slight grassy, slight melon, herbacious.. nice enough

Writers Block Roussanne 2012 round and slightly honeyed to me not the typical young green olivey wine this grape produces... told being from a higher elevation makes it this way

Steele Pinot Blanc 2012... slightly disappointed with this because it came off being way more Chard like from the nose to the finish.. round for sure but too much smoky oaky vanilla

Shooting Star Blue Franc (lemberger) Blaufrankish juicy and smoky fun discovery wine

Steele Pinot Noir Carneros 2012.. typical dried fruits.. black cherry.. long finish

Steele Pacini Zinfandel 2011  planted in 1943 more about the zin than the alcohol.. rustic but not too earthy.. a slight bacon fat on the end

Stymie Merlot Lake County 2010... one of the nicest merlot i have tried in some time.. lots of silky tannin.. not a wimpy wine

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Silverado with Joanne Camp/ Major Brands

Miller Ranch  Sauvignon Blanc 2012  more of a grassy melony style... good acidity traditional cali style

Estate Chardonnay Carneros.. round on the fruit but not overly so.. light ml.. pleasant drinking

Rosato di Sangiovese Napa 2012.. juic yof strawberry and melon

Mt George Vineyard Merlot 2009  soft and juicy enough.. trying to be a little more bordeaux in style

Estate Cabernet 2010 deep color  tobacco and good fruit on the finish.. reminds of cherry

Solo cabernet sauvignon stags leap... made from single varietal(cab) single clone rich and deep in color and flavor.. soft tannins that would stand up to steak.. almost a steak sauce like quality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bespoke collection/ blackbird

Recuerdo Torrontes argentina 2012  more mineral and stony not as floral... nice enough acidity

Recuerdo Malbec argentina  2011a touch green on the get go.. bright cherry fruit on the palate... not the jammy shiraz like version

Blackbird Arriviste Rose 2012.. strawberry and rhubarb  lots of up front acidity.. cab, merlot and franc

Blackbird Arise Red  cedar and vanilla, a touch green or vegetal on the nose, could use time...

Blackbird Illustrations Red 2009  showing vegetal also.. but juicy tannin.. dark chocolate, cherry on the finish.. a little hot with alcohol.

banville wine merchants/ mo bev

Dipinti Pinot Grigio 2013  mineral.. slightly sweet... another pinot grigio

Terlano Classico 2012 mostly pinot bianco (blanc) an almost gewurz nose, round..

Donna Laura Alteo  2011 coffee mocha nose, cherry on the quick finish

Remo Farina Ripasso Valpolicella cinnamon and earth on the nose, a little porty taste on the palate.. dirty plummy finish

Pala Cannonau di Sardegna love the smell.. good grip.. one of my favorite types of sardinian wines.. grenache

Tolaini Al Passo 2009  tight nose, sangiovese based. with merlot.. good tannins with a slight brett finish

Tolaini Valdi Santi pretty floral nose, bright fruit and also on the palate... would not have thought this a tuscan wine... cabernet based.

a to z / rex hill. steve rubsam/ bommarito

A to Z wine works.Pinot Gris 2013  lemony and crisp with a quick finish

a to z chardonnay 2012... no ml and stainless and showing really well. lots of clean crisp fruit with
no oak to overpower

a to z pinot noir 2012   earthy mushroom and subdued... definitely oregon

rex hill seven hills chardonnay 2012  a malo and oaky surprise.. rounder than expected with a toasted coconut, caramel finish

rex hill pinot noir Willamette Valley 2011  a more fruit showing of pinot with ripe fruit... good tannins

van potts/ vintegrity

Ca'Furian Prosecco NV xtra dry version. doesnt have the slight burnt flavor on the finish. more complex on the palate. nice

Jacquart Blanc de Blancs 2006  great price for a vintage blanc de blanc.. toasty on the palate.. slight mocha and cocoa notes on the finish.. delicate

Jacquart Brut Mosaique NV chard/ pinot noir/pinot meunier blend.. earthy yeasty nose, a little bland on the palate

Jacquart Rose NV mostly pinot noir. a waxy crayola aroma on the nose.. not showing much as much weight as I thought it would.

Baaz Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2011... the declassified Barlow for the vintage. sawdust on the nose, very juicy... black plum... as I notice through all of these wines there seems to be a hiaragher level of fruit extraction

Barlow Merlot Napa 2009  ripe nose, coffee and tar on the tobacco.. juicy

Barlow Barrouge Napa 2009  a blend with mostly cab, not overly tannic and lush

Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 a little more rustic on the palate.. following the high fruit profile... maybe a little clunkier than the others.. could use some time to smooth out the rough edges

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

kobrand/ major brands/ keith payton

Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2013  rounder style could be a boring style... with good enough acidity to keep it from being too boring
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru les perries  juicy and smoky, nice minerality

Louis Jadot Meursault 2009  golden yellow in style. beautiful toasty oaky nose, which moves to the palate long silky finish

Masi Campofiorin Rosso 2010  juicy and full bodied..

Chateau des jacques Moulin a vent 2011.. no carbonic maceration here.. everything tastes smoky today but fresh on the palate..

Jadot Gevrey Chambertin 2010  was not in love with this although it was lost in the lineup... pinot noir that wasnt too seductive or overbearing

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

grgich glazer

Grgich winery founded in 77 has a long history in Napa Valley

Fume Blanc 2011... the story goes that Grgich working along side Robert Mondavi came up with the name Fume Blanc to honor the Sauvignon grapes Loire roots, where it is known as Pouilly Fume. and this wine would blind taste more Loire like.. mineral and crisp.. not at all grapefruit

Chardonnay Napa Valley 2011.. showing  a little disjointed, nose of oak and steely acidity but not a lot of fruit showing through.

Zinfandel Napa 2009.. definitely zin on the nose and not californian on the palate.. lean

Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010  cedar and cassis and everything nice on the nose, tight on the palate.. again a leaner style that seems to be the Grgich way.

They also have a winery in Croatia where zinfandel is said to have originated.

Nicolas Coullenot Maison Albert Bichot/ Pinnacle

2012 Bichot Macon Village  Blanc soft and slight mineral. good for the summer and light fish

2012 Bichot Bourgogne Vielles Vignes Pinot Noir .. light in style not a lot of there there.. some dried fruit and earth but very boring

Merryvale/ Starmont/ John Kraushaar/ Major Brands

Merryvale was the first winery established after Prohibition . Starmont was the label for their second but now has its own label and recognition.
Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2013  grassy and soft
Starmont ChardonnayNapa typical california nose, buttery creamy and nice enough acidity.
Starmont Pinot Noir Carneros 2012 soft dried fruit on the nose, drid fruit and earth on the palate.. pretty if boring
Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2009  tannin is good.. dark fruit.. vanilla and oak are obvious

Merryvale Cabernet Napa 2010  pretty pencil box nose, mouthfilling juice, nice balance of tannin and fruit.. long finish

Merryvale Profile Napa 2010  Cab and petite verdot. very dense. inky color.. needs age.. lots of tannin on the finish.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

frank family with scott lloyd/ major brands

Frank Family out of Napa...

Chardonnay Carneros 2012  partial ml but still subtle.. light oak... nice long finish

Reserve Chardonnay Carneros  2012... to me it was not that much different and much more expensive... for the money give me the regular.

Pinot Noir Carneros. dried fruit.. juicy on the palate of red berry not overwhelmed at the price but still nice.

Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010... everything that cali cab should be.. up front fruit.. tannins and long silky finish... nice...

Zinfandel Napa 2011  even though it registers 14.5 on alcohol it is a more delicate less robust version of napa zin.. structure and finesse

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Peay Vineyards/ Pinnacle/ Andy Peay

Cep Vineyards Sauv Blanc 2013  light salty? due to the proximity to the coast. almost muscadet in style

Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Pomarium 2012  masculine style pinot noir... tannins flush with a long finish
Peay Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012  smoky toasty .. but nice acidity coffee toffee on the finish from the oak

Gramercy Cellars/ Appellations

gramercy cellars washington wines by way of new york

Third Man 2010  grenache based.  earthy on the palate.. missing some middle depth.. my least favorite of the bunch

I'diot du Village 2011 my favorite name of a wine this year.. mostly mourvedre.. very tight on the palate.. but juicy on the back... a little iodine

Syrah 2010  showing the iodine and medicinal aromas that come from this varietal

Tempranillo 2011 one of the prettiest noses i have experienced in a long time. i wish that had translated into the finish.. very nice but it was intense..

laird family napa/ appellations

2012 laird sauvignon blanc oak knoll grassy nos that follows through... true grapefruit not the steroid version from new zealand..

2010 Laird Cold Creek Chardonnay Carneros.. smoky toasty nose, butter yellow color but not a butter bomb on the palate.. a little restrained there.. nice finish

2012 Laird Ghost Ranch Pinot Noir Carneros.. not my favorite.. some nice fruit on the front but the end was a little tar and mushroomy

2010 Laird Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville dark fruit.. long finish.. lots of grip and structure on the palate.. this is the kind of cab that is worth twice the price

2010 Suscol Ranch Syrah Napa  dark color extraction.. coffee and pepper on the nose and spices on the finish but not the bacon meatiness I was hoping for

Meyer Family Cellars. Matt Meyer. Vintegrity

a bit of napa royalty.. matts father was justin meyer who helped start silver oak... his mothers name Bonny was the name of the famous single vineyard for many years

Chardonnay Donnelly creek Vineyards Anderson Valley 2012. light style.. not a lot of ml  soft

Rose of Syrah 2013.. one of the nicer rose i have tried recently.. pretty strawberry nose. long finish

Syrah 2010 Yorkville Highlands.. birght fruit nose, a little rustic  on the palate.. dark fruits... was hoping to like it

Cabernet Sauvignon Spitfire Napa 2011 earthy  tannins dark fruit.. light bretty nose. lean and linear... example of a cool vintage

Port 8 a zinfandel port that I didnt like at first but over a few seconds it got me... very jammy done in a solera style where some of the original1978 zinfandel is still evident.. molassis then mocha chocolate

Joullian with Ridge Watson/ Bommarito

Joullian Sauv Blanc Carmel Valley 2013 rich  and lush.. long finish... good acidity.. just what you want from a SB

Joullian chard Monterey 2012... a restrained style given the location of fruit.. one can find chard grapes from this region a little more fruity.. and low use of ml or oak make it more refreshing

Joullian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow 2012.. more fruit.. more minerality and slight oak compared to the Monterey version.

Joullian Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Carmel Valley spice box nose and traditional cab flavors

Joullian Zinfandel Sias Cuvee Carmel Valley 2010 a more delicate style of zin.. bright fruit.. good tannins.

marian with terra ferma

Orizzonti Montepulciano  dark fruits.. earthy some licorice...

Agua de Piedra Malbec 2013.. very restrained.. not a fruit bomb

Villa Pucini Toscana 2009 earthy with some nice red cherry fruit.

Weingut Weber Riesling Auslese 2011.. honey and diesel on the nose, long finish.. lots of viscosity.. long finish

odisea with pinnacle

With the closure of JK wines, Odisea has moved to pinnacle

Dream Albarino 2012 showing a little bitterness and a slight banana aroma.

Cochon Blanc vermentino, viognier and roussane grenache blanc... very disjointed... green olive.. will turn into honey one day... needs time

Unusual Suspects 2011  no kaiser sousa.. carignan, grenache tempranillo and graziano.. spice box nose, juicy with an A-1 or Heinz 57 nose

Pape Rocks 2011... cdp blend... lots of high nose, acidity... i really wanted to like this..

Smashberry white and red.. we wont even really discuss

Monday, May 12, 2014

willamette valley vineyards oregon glazer d & e

Willamette pinot gris 2012  slight muscat and pinot blanc added for texture and aroma... slightly sweet with some minerality.. good for seafood shellfish

Willamette Riesling 2012... i swear I smelled menthol.. citrus.. menthol followed through on the finish. not overly sweet

Willamette Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2013.. made in the carbonic maceration style of beaujolais.. but didnt show the fruit like i thought it might.. the wine was a tad bit warm.. so a little flabby..

Willamette Pinot Noir Estate 2010 from 3 sites in oregon/ spice box and laveue nder on the nose that became a little woodsy as it stayed open.. long finish.. nice tannin on the midpalate

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

bommarito with cynthia

Domaine Bart Marsannay Rose 2013 a rose from pinot noir.. strawberry and roses.. longishinish

Stephan Massone Masera Gavi Piedmont 2012  surprisingly on the sweet fruity side.. light body not a lot of mineality

Valle dell'acate Il Frappato Sicily 2013  soft and fruity, a grown up lambrusco

Vajra PNQ497 Langhe rosso 2010  a pinot noir from italy. dark fruit with a dusty character.. slight mushroom and very fruity on the palate..

Caterina Zardini Valpolicella Classico 2011  juicy and slight spicebox.. with a touch of earthy finish.. a crowd pleaser

appellations tasting spanish

2011 Quinta Apolonia Belondrade 100% Verdejo vanilla nose, a little tropical front on the front with a mineral wet stone finish.. quite viscous

2011 Belondrade 100 % verdejo oak sur lie aged for creamy quality.. lots of aciditty for a highly oaked wine. rounder finish from that. very expensive for a spanish white.. would be arrcound $44 a bottle

2010 Cesar Principe 13 Cantaros (pitchers) 100% tempranillo cedar box nose, dark purple in color, very tannic with a light green finish

2009 Almaroja Pirita Arribes Castilla Y Leon Spain.. made from juan garcia and other indigenous or heirloom grapes of the region.. unusual blend and unusual aromas.. my first thought was a corked bottle but i was assured that was how it smelled.. a little earthy and tannic and very rustic

Monday, April 28, 2014

betty bolling/ k vintners/ pinnacle

2012 Vino Pinot Grigio Washington a bit sweet on the finish.. a little round

2012 Eve Chardonnay juicy and light

2012 Velvet Devil Merlot  young vine nose and stays on the palate.. still juicy. good tannins

2012 Boom Boom Syrah with 3% viognier and juicy almost meaty

2012 Chateau Smith Cabernet dark purple in color, dark fruit on the finish..

2010 Charles Smith Northridge merlot cinnamon spice on the finish. slight green on front palate.. fruit tannins coming through on the end

Friday, April 11, 2014

Brewer Clifton Central Coast/ Toby Oshiro

Trying the 2011 offerings from  Brewer Clifton

Santa Barbara Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills gunpowder/flint on the nose, lots of weight on the palate from the fruit  not a fruit bomb

Gnesa Chardonnay again with greenish yellow..with the flinty nose

Machado Pinot Noir 2011 light rhubarb earthy nose. tannins pronounced. upfront fruit.

Cargasacchi Pinot Noir 2011  dusty nose, dark fruit with a lighter finish

Ampelos Pinot Noir 2011  fruity nose, most user friendly

3-D Pinot Noir 2011 beautiful perfumy nose, dusty earthy finish

in general the chards came off fruity but not the fruit bomb where as the pinot noir were more on the burgundian style of earth and terroir

Thursday, April 10, 2014

row eleven/ major brands

Civello White Blend California 2011 Vermentino, Albarino blend  light in color, juicy with nice grassy finish.

Row Eleven Pinot Noir Santa Maria earthy mushroomy style.. juicy on the palate with a quickish finsih

Row Eleven Vinas 3 Pinot Noir California..dried fruits california style

Row Eleven Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011  dried fruit, rhubarb red fruit on the finish.

Statton Lummis Cabernet Sauvignon slight brett on the nose, cassis and fruits on the finish

The riddler Napa Valley, 2012.. not overly complex.. trying for the apothic market

The Magician Lot 11 Red Blend California NV  interesting blend of different varietals from California.. Cabernet Dorsa, Maxim Rouge, Dornfelder,  light like a pinotage without the smoky character

Conn Valley Vineyards Vintegrity

Prologue Chardonnay 2012  creamy and yet no ML.. acidity and flavors stand out

Prologue Cabernet 2011.. hard vintage. lots of dried red cherry.. a slight cough drop

Chardonnay Napa Valley.. 2011  very similiar in style to the Prologue except with a little more oak

Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2011 a bit of dried fruit.. but more red apple.. very fruity..

Right Bank Napa Valley 2011 showing well for the vintage.. good fruit. nice tannin..

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.. dark color in the glass.. tannin from fruit and oak but well put together.. 100% cabernet

Eloge 2010 Napa meaning praiseworthy.. a bordeaux blend..  tight nose, showing it needs time to age. could use a steak

Major Brands

Zaca Mesa Viogner Santa Ynez valley 2011.. slight honeysuckle nose, typical of viognier  lots of midpalate.. not as sweet as expected.  good price for people to try Viognier

Z Cuvee Santa Ynez Valley 2009  wants to be rhone style but not very complex.. juicy enough and enjoyable

Nadia Sauvignon Blanc Santa Barbara 2011  soft floral nose, pink grapefruit with more rounder mouthfeel than expected for sauv blanc

Nadia Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Barbara 2011 green or young nose, cherry vanilla that almost borders on cough syrup flavors.. not a fan

Laetitia Estate Chardonnay Arroyo Grande valley 2012  lengthy oaky nose, roundness of oak and glycerin.. oaky finish... lots of oak... the old maison deutz property.. back in the day many Champagne producers bought land in california to make an american version.. some stayed but many didnt

Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2012  slight vegetal which follows on the palate.. dried fruits but showing green in the end too... maybe just young

Justin major brands

Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2010... showing some age..slight vegetal nose and almost bright yellowish ut color.. luscious still on the palate..

Landmark Pinot noir 2012.. best wine of the bunch. long finish.. typical california nose and palate.. long nice finish.

Justin Sauvignon Blanc 2010  showing age too.. a little more minerality but dullish finish

Justin Chardonnay Central Coast 2012 new label.. nice flavors.. a more subtle form of wine from the region where tropical fruit flavors dominate.   light toasty finish

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Paso Robles  also a vegetal nose, soft and easy, red fruits, low tannin

Justin Obtuse Port style, 100 % cabernet that has fermentation stopped by brandy made from the same source grapes.. following the stinky vegetal nose, viscous but not overly sweet. interesting

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pinnacle imports/ claire gillette

Forman Chardonnay Napa 2012... slight creaminess from sur-lees aging.. trying to hard to NOT be a typical California Chard.. light ml and wants to be a" a racy elegant" wine but I find it a little dull, especially on the back end

Tineta Spain 2012 Ribero del Duero ... my new favorite red...incensce on the nose.. pretty mouthfeel with a long finish of mocha and coffee

K Vintners Milbandt Vineyards Syrah.. 2011.. a very restrained elegant style of syrah from K.. hoping for more texture

The Lackey Shiraz Australia 2012 green new nose  and some nice fruit on the palate... just left a little abruptly

Rossi-Wallace Pinot Noir 2012.. pretty floral on the nose, dried fruit with a slight cocoa hint

Ramey Claret Napa Valley 2012  leaner than expected but I have been exposed to a lot of extracted monsters this week.. seems like its missing something but maybe its just  me..lots of mid palate goings on.

Titus. with Trademark joseph

Titus has been in the market before with different distributors

Titus Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2012.. Viscous with melon overtones...

Andronicus 2011 Napa Red Blend.. cab driven... a little stinky feet. very dense on the palate.. the zin makes a statement too... not tannic but lush..

Titus Cabernet Napa 2010  again with the stinky feet, earthy terroir.. coffee and tar on the nse.. cassis... long rich finish

Titus Reserve Cabernet 2010 dark and full bodied.. brooding almost.. dark inky fruits.. highly extracted.. may be long lived

Titus Zinfandel Napa 2012  again dark and extracted.. vanilla from the american oak.. a little brambly but mostly juicy. silky

vine connections/ mo bev

Casa Silva Carmenere Cuvee Colcagua 2012...  dark purple in the glass, not the bell pepper nose of most Carme's firm tannins... may be one of the best Carmenere i have tasted.

J Bouchon Merlot 2012... this companies homage to left bank. merlot based but blended with other bordeaux varietals. slightly herbal and a bit rustic but still interesting

Coquena Tannat Salta 2011.. woodsy on the nose and extremely drinkable given the varietal.

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2013 gooseberry without the high acid, more round in texture...causing to be somewhat dull

Crios Rose of malbec 2012.. slightly flabby...
Boya pinot Noir 2012  slight rusty color.. slight rhurbarb on the nose, spice and coffee on the finish..

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2012... Sauv Blanc from Loire.. slight minerality.. surprisingly sweet...lemon and lime finish.. nice mouthfeel

Gavignet Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 toasty nose but terroir driven on the palate.. may just be a bit cold to get more

Gavignet Nuits st Georges  2010Pinot Noir from the darker part of burgundy. lots of fruit forward red fruit.. light finish...

Domaine des Tilleuls Gevry Chambertin  2010    showing silky tannins, light color and body

Joseph Sabon Clos de Mont Olivet Font de Blanche CDR  slight young vine nose, earthy perfume on the palate..

Joseph Sabon Clos de Mont Chateauneuf Le petit mont 2010  tar and tobacco... would like to try this when it isnt as cold as currently presented

Bodega de Edgar/ Edgar Torres

a small winery by the winemaker for McPrice Meyer and other central coast wineries. with his spanish roots he tries to specialize in spanish varietals..

2012 Albarino ... very pretty aromas, almost viognier like,  viscous  and nice acidity....

2012 Tempranillo paso robles  dense, intense on the palate.. grip and dark fruit,

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso dark in the glass.. bright cassis... nice enough on the finish.

2011 Toro de paso a blend of Tempranill, grenache, Mouvedre and merlot.. stinky feet, juicy long finish..

all of these wines would be crowd pleasers.. highly extracted with depth of color and flavors.. needs hearty food

Friday, March 21, 2014

tommasi lunch with Elena Zin from the winery/ Jaspers

Where else to have an Italian lunch with wine than next door at Jaspers. and with a name like Elena Zin she obviously had to get into the wine business

Tommasi Prosecco NV.. made in the heart of the Prosecco DOCG this really does show how a well made prosecco could compete with champagne, unfortunately most prosecco in the market is mass lproduced and inexpensive

Tommasi Pinot Grigio LE ROSSI 2012.. again.. the right grapes planted in the right climate and soil.. much as merlot was overplanted in the 90s to places it shouldnt go so has pinot grigio been treated. The result here is a lush bright wine that happens to be more expensive

Tommasi Arele Apassimento 2010  made from the traditional valpolicella grapes, corvina, rondinella and merlot... where some of the grapes go to dry, the others are held for a shorter time... very round and luscious

Tommasi Valpolicella Rafael 2011.. a great value for the money... a wonderful pizza or pasta wine

Tommasi Ripasso 2011.. the wine is fermented then allowed to be pumped over amarone skins to give a hint of the Amarone style... also a good value

Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009.. these grapes are rested in trays for up to 40 days then pressed.. these can sometime give a raison character but this wine has more of the robust busty character that stands up to any meat..

marian and vincent/ terra firma

Baron de luze Bordeaux white 2011 a neutral oak.. little bit of ml but plain

La Petite Borie 2011 Red Bordeaux a bit of frstinky atsnd some fruit... pleasant enough

Chateau le Manceau Cote de Blaye 2010 smell of sawdust.. a bit rustic...

Chateau la Raze Beauvale cru bourgeois Medoc 2010 what a french nose should be.. lets you know its not from here but dont be obnoxious about it.. pretty soft red fruit throughout.. best of the bunch here

Jourdan bordeaux Superiore 2007  predominately Cab franc.. cinnamon and spice and everything nice.. oh wait thats something else.. long silky tannin.. very nice

Chateau Pierrefitte lalande de pomerol Cuvee de Malte 2010  merlot based.. very nice depth of flavor.. almost meaty like a syrah... could really use a steak or chewy meat dish

cynthia/ bommarito

Domaine Romaine Collet Les Pargues Chablis 2011.. definite chablis nose of minerality.. missingsome of that nervosity or tension that Chablis can have.. 

Luigi Baudana Dragon Langhe Bianco 2011 a blend of chard/pinot blanc/riesling and sauv blanc.. lots of texture and fruit round from the pinot blanc and slight sweet from the drier riesling... very enjoyable for a hot summer day

Tiennes Sainte Fleur Viognier Provence 2012.. finding well priced Viognier from france can be tricky, either pricy or bad. this is nice white pepper with some stone fruit on the back... juicy and long finish

Chateau la tour de mons Margaux 2012  french stink on the nose, dark fruit and earth on the palate.. just a hint of spice

Chevalier de lascombes margaux 2009 depth in flavor and color, long finish  not as much of the french stink but not too new world either

Qupe Syrah Central Coast 2011.. young vine nose that wasnt as young on the palate..well maybe just a little.. should be better in 6 months

henriot rep with bernie lee glazers

Henriot Blanc de Blanc Nv  clean and acidic.. light yeast.. clean and acidic... a really good food champagne

Bouchard wines
quick guide from the rep.  2011 ample vintage to enjoy while waiting for the 10 to mature.
2012 down in volume but good concentration of fruit
2013 lots of hail at bud break..late harvest.. hard vintage

William Fevre 2011 Champs Royaux...very metalic on the front that does round out a little on the finish.. a beginners get used to the idea of chard not being a fruit bomb

Bouchard Chardonnay 2012... mostly neutral oak.. pleasant

Beaune de Chateau 2009. white.. surprisingly tropical fruit.. with a light toasty oak finish.. would almost have thought this central coast

Bouchard Pinot Noir 2011  light in color and texture.. a good beginner for french pinot noir ( notice that they are dumbing down the label for the American consumer)......

Beaune de Chateau red 2009.. best wine of the day meaty, dark fruit.. silky tannins. long dry finish.. interesting in that it is a blend of different Premier Cru lots instead of just being one specific site from the Beaune

Pinnacle with Paul Wilkins/ Alta Maria

2011 Alta Maria Sauv Blanc.. offputting slight chemical nose, with an interesting Chipolte or chile overtones on the palate.

2012 Alta Maria Chardonnay ...non traditional style of Chard.. light ML and use of stainless steel not quite an oregon in style but close..

2010 Alta Maria Pinot Noir incense nose, pretty fruit.. long finish  just right

2010 Native 9 pinot noir .. named for the 9th generation of winery owners.. and made from 8 different sights.. smells like what a winery smells like to me.. lots of must and wood and grapes.. thick in texture... almost think this was a syrah

2010 Autonom Rhone Cuvee Santa Maria... cool climate version of rhone varitetals.. liking the texture and finish... dark fruit with blackberry standing out.. .. my style

Ojai Bien Nacido Syrah 2010  tight nose showing some dark fruit... very astringent not fruit forward on the palate..may do better with time...

mark joseph/ trademark wines

Cultivar Napa 2012  light in color.. goose berry nose but a rounder style.. sauv blanc..

Buty Semillon/Sauvignon Muscadelle blend.. Columbia Valley round nose of melon and minerality..nice enough acidity

SansSoo Languedoc... is nice i guess to taste a really bad wine once in a while to know that they do still exist. This biodynamic grenache/syrah blend from the south of france is so bad.. tart and strange on the palate.. a metalic taste with a hint of sausage...

Martinozzi Brunello di Montalicino 2009  brickish in color and cinnamon earthy character. very nice idea of the area at not a lot of money

Hestia Columbia Valley Red blend 2011.. syrah, cab, petite verdot and malbec. dark color in the glass with spice, mocha and cocoa dominating.  tight nose so it could use some aeration or age.. cedar and tannins..with some dark cherry on the finish

Edict Chardonnay Napa 2011 made from Hyde Vineyard fruit by guest winemaker Jay Bonnacorsi.. toasty nose with good acidity.. long fruit frinish but not overly ml or oaked... an almost meaty finish.. interesting and good price for the source

Edity Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2010.. made by Mark Herald from Stagecoach vineyard.. dark forboding in the glass, and its all about texture.. tannin and heat..fruit is there but really has to be coaxed out.. just bottled and shipped may need to revisit in 6 months or so

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Caine Thompson/ Pyramid Valley Vineyards/ Ionia

Interesting winery out of New Zealand with the managing director from there as well. very soft spoken.. not the brash type I have come to new from there..they have gone around NZ and found varietals that are not traditional or popular and worked them into a series of wines

2009 Riverbrook Vineyard Riesling.. very old world in style.. lots of diesel and minerality... seemingly sweet needs food

2010 Kerner Estate Pinot Blanc  lots of texture and maybe the glass was still reeking from the Riesling but there was the diese..l touch again.. round mouthfeel

2010 Twin Valleys Vineyard Savagnin Rose a member of the Gewurztraminer family? that gave an interesting yeasty nose, slightly vegetal.. viscous like a gewurz.. still trying to decide if I liked it

2009 Cowley Family Pinot Noir light brickish color.. lots of tannin, texture to it.. light on fruit with some dried cranberry coming through.. a touch of meatiness on the  end

2010 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir from clay and limestone soil. earthy notes with a little mushroom.. light weight on body but finished long

2008 Rose Vineyard late harvest riesling.. wow talk about smelling old world.. this tons of petrol and honeysuckle I am still tasting an hour after trying.. not overly viscous.. would work well with blue cheese

These are not styles of wines I am attracted to but I know that if I only sold wines I like we wouldnt be here..and no matter what other wine merchants may say there is no wrong profile

Marietta wine with Pinnacle

Golden barrel has closed and now some of their more popular wines are being distributted by others distributors. case in point.. Marietta is with Pinnacle

Old Vine Red 60... dark black fruits.. very juicy long finish.. still a good value for the money

Zinfandel 2011 Sonoma  dark color but softer and lighter than I remember.. maybe indicitive of the vintage

Petite Sirah Alexander Valley 2010 smells grapey, tannins and grip on the palate..

Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2010  dirty feet again.. vegetal maybe younger vines , dark fruit on the finish.  nice length

Angeli Alexander Valley 2010  slightly menthol or eucalyptus on the nose, bright fruit flavors.. zin, petite sirah and carignan blend.. Angeli is a single ranch wine

Derrick Jackson with Major Brands... a newbie at tasting with me

Brancott Pinot Grigio 2013  a slightly lower in calorie wine... which leads one to say the woman would have to buy it because a man cant hand a bottle of low cal wine to a woman without fear of having that bottle thrown back...low cal wines were popular for about a minute 10 years ago when Beringer came out with low cal loww carb wine that quickly went into the closeout bin.  that being said the wine was light and uneventful... slight lemon on the palate.

Graffino Pinot Grigio 2012 Argentina.. the bottle was off.. too much carbonation... because there shouldnt be any, and the nose was all about slate and diesel which would be great for Alsace but Argentina, not so much

Dead Bolt White. California 2012... a blend of chard and chenin blanc... sweet but not enough  and simple.

Dead Bolt Red California 2011 .. a zin blend similar to Apothic...that was pretty in the glass and had some interesting notes on the nose of the style I like, and on the palate it stays that way except it is a little sweeter than I like on the finish.. a little meaty though

Pierre with Bernard Maguez/ terra firma

Interesting to try 3 different vintages of the same wine, and to also see the difference in labeling laws.

Chateau Frombrauge Grand Clu St Emilion 1999,  brickish brown in color.. tobaccco on the nose, showing some fruit but mostly past the prime... 99 was to have been a great right bank vintage

Chateau Frombrauge Grand Clu st Emilion 2006  slightly brickish in color... stinky feet vegetal on the nose, and showing more vegetal characteristics on the palate

Chateau Fronbrauge Grand Clu St Emilion 2010   dark in the glass  good fruit, structure and tannin on the palate.. soft oak back taste

Haut Peyraguey Sauternes 2010  honey and grass on the nose, apricots and lemon grass on the palate... relatively light bodied for a sticky.. but might not be a bad thing with peoples palates gettting over tired from the viscousity

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Michael Pozzan Wines/ Appellations

2010 Russian River Chardonnay toasty nose, creamy and round... typical cali chard

2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.. bright cherry, soft on the palate.. light acidity... pretty but not much else

2010 Alexander valley Cabernet good depth of color, lots of high notes but missing some middle gut.. good for the price point but there are many in this price and quality


Toscala Vernaccia diSan Gimignano Tuscany 2012.. Vernaccia is one of the first Italian whites I ever tried.. back in the Mama Stuffeati days that was a easy drinking white wine before the days of Pinot Grigio... minerality.. surprisingly sweet tropical fruit on the finish..

Bodegas Naia Las Brisas Rueda Spain 2012... a verdejo/viura blend.. floral nose and slight pink grapefruit on the finish.. very mouthfilling

Lang and Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast 2011... showing the vegetal side of the varietal. lots of tar and tobacco. nice light juicy though.. not a lot of depth

Domaine du Joncier Le Classique Lirac 2011  again with the lavender floral on the nose, juicy long lasting deep flavors of typical character... one of my favorites..

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bommarito / Indigenous/ Adam Hoffman/

Contratto Brut Rose For Englantd 2007.. 100 % pinot noir.. very dry.. a bit of a rough mousse from beginning to end

La Spinetta Barbaresco Bordini  2008  juicy and somewhat of an earthy finish. rhino on the label

Contratto fernet an amaro style digestive.. jagermeister ish... methol and eucalyptus..

Friday, February 28, 2014

trademark with mark joseph.. new distributor in town

With the collapse of Garco and Golden Barrel there will be new distributors in the market. Trademark is one that has been around for a short while but will be adding to their portfolio.

Hestia Chenin Blanc 2011 Washington   I was hoping for something here.. Chenin can be a great wine when produced in cooler climates..(vouvray)  this had a slight honeyed character with some minerality but the finish was blunt and dull.. reminding me of old italian whites

Anne Amie Cuvee A Muller Thurgau Willamette Valley 2012... this wine on the other hand is really fun... before Pinot was the rage in Oregon the german settlers had planted riesling and Muller, which is a hybrid of Riesling and.... , this wine has light melon and pineapple with pleasant acidity... a little short on the finish would be my main complaint

Vega Tolosa 11 Pinos Bobal La Mancha 2012 Bobal is a grape type from spain that usually is a blending grape.. dark inky in the glass. a slightly young nose that from the taste should go away with time.. nice grip or texture on the palate.. sweet cherry on the back

Gigi Rosso Barbera d'Alba 2010  dark purple in the glass, italian stink on the nose, cherry bfruit with some tannin on the finish... pleasant enough... but not really a stand out

Chateau Brandau Bordeaux Superiore 2011  mostly merlot with 20% cab,, meaty nose a little earthy on the palate.. medium body but there is a slight metallic hint on the finish which killed it for me

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gallo fine wines, not an oxymoron, really

Brancaia Chianti Classico 2009.. nothing but dusty earthy Italian stink. one would think they were corked except they did not have that flavor.. some weight to it but nothing of what I thought Brancaia would be like

Las Rocas Vielle Vigne Garnacha 2010... lots going on from this old vine monster.. worth twice the price... upfront fruit and structure. and good price for what it delivers... one of the times where gallo money helped improve the product and keep the price down.

marion with terra firma

Domaine du Pere Caboche Rose 2013  my first 13 rose to try. not really impressed with it. hints of strawberry.. a touch blu nt on the finish.. maybe predominately new vines

Smoke Stack Sauv Blanc 2012  smelled sb.. herbal,, melon.. surprisingly sweet..

The Path.. a new wine by the Sebastiani family  as a whole not very pleased with the assortment... too much residual sugar or fruity, not any complexity or thought to good wine, just drinkable wine.. all of them were from the 12 vintages.

Chard, Pinot noir, Cabernet and Merlot

josh mott. ionia

2011 Vinchio Vaglio Serra Rebus ruche  fromm Castagno Monferato.. sweet nose, some dark cherry fruit but quickish finish

Jax 3 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012 fruity nose, hints of rhubarb.. but red cherry on the palate.. nice enoughh

2012 Nemorino Rosso Tuscano blend of syrah, sangiovese and merlot.. not an italian stink on the nose, mouthwatering acidity.. pretty but not usual tuscan.. must be syrah

2010 Roza Ridge Petite Verdot Washington usually a blending grape because of its herbacious nature... this is a riper version nice up front fruit tannin.. some cocoa on the palate. fun wine

2008 Hyatt Winter Harvest Riesling Washington  golden yellow color.. light viscousity.. tastes more like a apple than grape wine.. not complex at all.. just sweet

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jade Lynch/ Bennett Lane Winery Napa/ Pinnacle

2010 Bennett Lane reserve Chardonnay.. forgot to ask why they call it reserve when they do not have a regular chard... purchased fruit.. lots of mid palate activity.. toasty nose, enough acidity but a slight dullish finish

2009 Bennett Lane Maximus described as a red feasting wine, named for Maximas someone from the middle ages.. Cab, merlot, syrah and malbec.. juicy with some texture on the mid palate..

2009 Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa  good tannin, dark fruit long finish.. everything you want a $60 cab to do

2006 Bennett Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.. dusty nose, lots of upfront fruit tannin.. could probably hold for some time but when most current vintages are 2010.. hard to explain the 2006 is just in the store.. difference between restaurant where age is valued.. and liquor stores where the question is whats wrong with it..

claire and wines pinnacle

Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2012... slight green nose, vegetal probably will go away with age.. lots of red berry fruit but  expecting a little more

San Fabiano Chianti Putto 2012 bright cherry on the nose and palate.. not typical italian... but a good sipper

Fin Amour Mauyry Cotes Catalanes Languedoc 2008... toasty oak nose and way to much oak on the palate.. hiding the fruit.. way too much oak

Cult Cabernet Sauvignon NV.. vanilla and sweet cherry on the nose.. not a lot of tannin.. kind of boring after a bit..

Clio 2011 vanilla and lots of grip on the palate.. can use some food... lots of black fruit and tannin... tasty but big

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Marian Fuica with Terra Firma

Americana Chardonnay 2012  candy sweet on the palate.. upfront fruity but not very interestng

Seigniur de Lauris Vacqueyras 2009  grenache based.. typical of the region.. dark in color and flavors of dark fruits.. restrained but interesting

Americana Petite Syrah 2011  lots of color not a lot of flavor

Agua de Piedra Malbec 2012 Argentina water of the stone.. a little earthy on the nose but good fruit through to the finish.. a touch dirty

Hoopes/ Appellations

Hoopes is a smaller vineyard in Napa, Yountville

Hoopla 2012 Chardonnay Napa unoaked with no ml but stirred lees for the creaminess.. and some tropical fruit nice

Hoopla The Mutt 2011 blended.. juicy with chocolate and mocha hints.. lots of fruit upfront but a quick finish

Liparita Yountville Cabernet 2009  dark color with some alcoholic smells.. blue fruit on the palate.. with some structure tannin.. almost sweet finish

Hoopes Oakville 2010 cedar and smoky... nice grip or texture

Liparita Oakville 2009  toasty lush and supple... just what you would expect from this price and quality.

josh mott/ Ionia wines

2012 Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Verde Mare Cortese light colored slight green hue white wine.. some pretty fruit on the front but it faded quickly to a dull finish...

2010 Durigutti Bonarda Argentina one of the most interesting wines I have tried in a long time... very linear or single minded on the palate and then it explodes in the back... lots of syrah like character... fun

2011 matteo Correggia Roero Nebbiolo  Light in color but clear.. slight italian stink some light cherry or red fruit notes... pleasant finish. delicate

2009 Roza Ridge Syrah Washington State.. juicy and pleasant more fruit forward than expecting not a long finish but pleasant for the money... have to say I hate the label though.. looks like someone spilled liquid on it..

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Terlato wines/ Major Brands

Sanford Pinot Noir La Rinconada Santa Rita Hills 2010  clay aromas, crayon, very bright fruit.. ample acidity..

Markham 1879 Red Blend Napa Valley 2011  merlot based and very ripe given the vintage being cool.. pencil box on the nose, juicy ripe fruit finish

Lapostolle Canto de Apalta, Rapel Valley chile 2010  merlot, carmenere based. 1st vintage of these.. very jucy with a lot of upfront fruit but a bit rough on the edges..needs food

Tiramisu Liqueur marsala based liquor.. lots of cocoa and chocolate. sweet.. a little lighter than kahlua but a somewhat similar

cynthia/ bommarito

Wither Hills Sauv Blanc Marlborough 2012... yet another sb from new zealand.. and yet this had a more interesting nose of lime and jalapeno.. zesty as usual on the palate

MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012.. lots of high notes... definitely cool climate chard.. not a lot of ml..

MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011 toasty marshmellow nose, no mistaking it for cali pinot but not the fruit bomb some can be.. more complicated and finessed

St Hallett Gamekeepers  Red Barossa 2012  very clean nose, and juicy with a touch of green young vine on the back

St Hallett Faith Shiraz Barossa 2011.. lots of bing cherry up front fruit.. not much depth past that but tasty for what it is.

josh mott/ ionia

Hyatt Pinot Gris 2012 Rattlesnake Hills Washington 2012 if i was tasting this blind I think I would have said it was Sauv Blanc.. very grassy and fragrant

Paydirt Sauv Blanc 2011 Central Coast.. if tasting this I would guess Chard.. you can see why some called Sauv Blanc a poor mans Chardonnay... round  with some toasty notes.. but very linear on the palate... straight through from front to back

Domaine Sainte Leocadie Minervois 2010 a syrah grenache carignan blend.. young vine aromas and a little juicy but missing some middle and finish.

Bodega Monteviejo Petite Fluer Argentina 2009  a malbec blend... a little old.. some spice on the palate but a bit blunt on the finish

Monday, February 17, 2014

Turnbull with Joel Portmann/ Pinnacle Imports

Turnbull has been in the kc market for a long time but lost in a big distributors book so they moved to Pinnacle.. more than doubling their last years number in the first months

2012 Turnbull Sauvignon Blanc  herbacious and grassy... not quiet... made with interest instead of as an afterthought.. stainless steel and mouth watering tannin

2010 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet ... tight nose but yummy fruit.. lots of lush tannin on the end... dark fruit...

2010 Turnbull OakVille Cabernet... meant to showcase the dirt of the Oakville AVA  defintely more tannic again with the dark fruit and mouthwatering tannins..

2010 Turnbull Black Label Cabernet best of the oakville vineyard.. mountain fruit,.. lots of higher notes on the palate.. mouth filling and huge would need some time to settle out.

Neyers Vineyards. Missouri Beverage Bruce Neyer

Bruce Neyer. vineyard owner and National sales director for Kermit Lynch
Chardonnay Carneros District 2012  toasty nose made with 3 year old air dried barrels.. double native yeast both in innoculation and malolactic fermentation  a touch hot on the finish with a long smooth finish

Zinfandel Vista Luna Borden Ranch 2011... heirloom vineyard perfume nose, softer style.. more balanced less highly charged alcohol.

Sage Canyon California Rhone style blend 2012  lovely on the palate and nose. a blend of carignan, grenache, mourvedre and syrajh.. juicy fruit

Pinot Noir Robert Road Sonoma coast 2012 mushroom and earthy nose with a bit of dried fruit.. dark fruit.. lots of maceration.. from low yield viens

Merlot Neyers Ranch Conn Valley Napa 201.. dark color pretty wine great texture  the way california merlot shoud be

Cabernet Sauvignon Neyers Ranch Conn Valley Napa 2010  true to vintage.. dark color with cassis and cedar nose, dark vanilla cherry and supple tannins on the back

listening to mr neyer was a lesson in wine making from soil and trellacing to chemical reactions in the wine and soil compounds.

Ionia Imports/ Josh Mott

An importer that specializes in Italian and California wines

Bodega de Edgar Albarino 2012.. lots of oaky chardonnay like character. clean finish hard sell

Fox Run Doyle Family Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 oldest vines in US from new york.. a bit of heat on finish.. nice enough fruit..

Tiera Zinfandel 2011 sonoma jammy a bit briary.. a little weak on the finish

Barrel 27 right hand man Syrah.. 2011  definitely california style rhone style.. but still juicy and enjoyable.. not as rich as i remember it being.

Monday, February 3, 2014

siduri and novy /pinnacle

2012 Siduri chehalem mountains pinot noir pretty nose, a touch soft on the palate.. not  very complex

2012 Siduri Abret Vert Pinot Noir.. full lush almost syrah in style... long finish.. bought a case

2012 Siduri Bucher Pinot Noir dark in color.. a russian river valley product.. nice dried fruit with good fruit

2012 Siduri Santa Rita Hill Pinot Noir cedary soft on the palate... good finish

2012 Siduri Hirsch Pinot Noir  Sonoma... dark berry nose and flavors.. dark and dense

2012 Siduri Gary's Pinot Noir maderized slightly

2012 Siduri Sierra Mar pinot Noir lots of raspberry.. and a little mushroom earthy.. pretty lush fruit

2012 Siduri Sebastiano Pinot noir... flowrey...almost patchuli..a little waxy on the finish.

2012 Novy Russian River Zinfandel jammy full bodied.. some coffee on the finish

2012 Novy Carlisle Vineyard more blueberry notes.. dark color.. lighter on the palate.. mostly like a bordeaux style

2011 Novy Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah  a leaner style ,,, more rhone than australia... good fruit

Saturday, January 25, 2014

bommarito wines with cynthia paugh

Nigl Gruner Veltliner Austria 2012  pretty lemon and lime.... mineral on the palate.. acidity that you expect... a good gruner

Hippolyte Reverdy Sancere Loire Valley 2012  a little lighter even somewhat watered down from what I remember.. light grapefruit with a touch of herbal

Domaine Bart Fixin Burgundy 2010  light in color, and flavors.. kind of blah.. not a lot of terroir

Chateau Capt de Faugeres Castillion Cotes de Bordeaux 2009  michel roland... lots of berry.. merlot  juicy but worth the money? good question

Domaine Faury Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah Northern Rhone 2012.. a bit of iron or iodine.. raspberry and some meatiness on the finish but you really have to look for it

Friday, January 17, 2014

cynthia bommarito/ bernie lee glazers


Domaine Sylvain Langoureau Bourgogne Aligote 2012  a very lemon aid nose, a bit fruity.. aligote is a white wine that is allowed in burgundy but not usually represented on its own

Zuani Collio 2011 a blend of white grapes from the northeast area of Italy.. tart.. pink grapefruit. lush mouthfeel. thought it would have a longer finish but very pleasant

Chateau Marjosse Bordeaux blanc 2012 Sauv Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.. sweet lemon lime nose, some herbacious character.. nice acidity.. may be harder to pair with food as opposed to being by itself

Fantini Sagiovese igt abruzzo 2012.. fruit nose, touch of dirt on the palate but not aggresive.. lush almost sweet jammy finish..

Sottimano Bric del salto Dolcetto d'alba 2012.. what was my first favorite grape dolcetto has become not so much... very bubble gum and beaujolais style nose, young vines green.. not my cup of tea

Domaine les Clos de Caveau Vacqueyras 2010  dark fruit.. lots of dark black cherry.. good acidity. long mid palate.. was waiting for a little restraint but that didnt come through


Paul Mas Estate Chardonnay 2012  a lot of rough edges on the palate.. pretty nose though

Dry Creek Fume Blanc 2012 grassy.. lots of acidity.. typical california sb

Paul Mas Pinot noir 2012 dark color.. and dark fruit.. again with the rough chunky edges.

Dry Creek Cabernet Dry Creek 2010  lots of tannins.. and dark cassis berry again with the fruit tannins.. could use a little time to settle

Thursday, January 16, 2014

bommarito with cynthia

Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Grande Valley 2012... dept of redundancy dept.. arroyo is a valley... valley large valley... my rant.. soft oak influence but defintitely there... nice acidity... not over the top tropical fruit.

MacPhail Family Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012.. from the Hess family.. to take the place of Sequana.. fruity cranberry on the nose that carries through to finish.. not giving me a lot of earth or mushroom.. very user friendly

A Rafanelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County 2011... a little frustrating because this is a restaurant only wine but.... very juicy and berry full.. full bodied on the palate that thins out a little on the finish. 

Krupp Brothers  The Doctor Napa Valley 2011.. yummy  good berry fruit lots of flavors.. a little too obvious on the oak.. may just be the youth.. vanilla cherry...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

new year.. new wine

Ionia distributors.. josh mott

Ant Moore Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2012... everything expected in new Zealand sauv blanc.. and nothing more... just another NZ sauv blanc

Uccelliera Rapace Super Tuscan 2010.. a proprietary name and nothing more.. 70 % Sangiovese, with merlot and cabernet.. good depth and color.. some Italian stink but not awful.. long finish

Matteo Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2011.. the best wine I have tasted this year.. lots of cherry vanilla, soft and juicy..

Virna Barolo 2008... again with the stink.. good mouthfeel,, and price for the bottle is very nice.. long acidity..

Cynthia with Bommarito

Domaine de Cristia Grenache Blanc vin de pays mediterrane 2011... talk about hitting the head on the varietal olive.. gawky needs time... good mouthfeel but very disjointed..try it again in 3 years

Chateau Genot Boulanger Les Saumants Mercurey 2010  light in color.. a little earthy.. not a lot of fruit.. kind of bland

Caterina Zardini Valipolicella Classico Superiore 2010  deep and rich., beautiful nose of vanilla and roses, long finish... good grip on the palate... according to sources they treat this to a little of the dried fruits like amarone... only 15 days instead of 30