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