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 2008..one 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 tannins..best 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