Sunday, November 16, 2008

Roessler - 2006 Red Label Pinot Noir

not my typical pick, i was in the mood for Pinot last friday. so we stopped by the new Danville wine shop the Vine and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. cool wine bar and wine shop, and the guy there didn't steer me wrong.

the Roessler 2006 Red Label Pinot ($28) was a good find. Not overoaked, nice fruit, and fairly big flavor. i will be buying it again.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Les Chenes - 2003 Syrah

this is a wine from a small winery in Livermore Valley in the SF bay area, so probably not available outside of this region. this winery makes wine in various French styles, and is worth a visit to check it out, since their wine is quite different than any of the other wineries in Livermore i've visited.

this 2003 Syrah tasted great at the winery, but i was really disappointed when i opened it 2 weeks later at home. after 1 glass, i capped it and thru it in the fridge. next day it was fantastic. i've got another bottle so i'll repost or update this after i've opened it.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thursday, December 27, 2007

2004 Stonecap Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (CP)

I picked up this wine at Sea-Tac Airport on my most recent trip to Seattle and was surprised by how tasty it was--nice cab flavors on a smooth base with a good finish.  A good deal at $11.  Not sure about the production level for this wine, but if you find it, buy it! 

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Thorn-Clarke NV Brut Reserve (CP & TM)

OK, here's a most scrumptious sparkling wine from South Australia.  It's 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay, and the pinot really shines through.  Crisp and clean, with lovely strawberry and cream notes throughout.  One of the best sparklers we've tasted in the past year, and it's a steal at $12.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Montserrat Vineyards - Mont Blanc

this white wine comes from a winery about 15 miles from where i grew up in warrensburg, missouri. for a MO wine, it wasn't bad. it reminded me of a sauvignon blanc, but the finish dropped off pretty quickly and was kind of chalky. i don't remember how much i paid for it, but if i lived in MO and had access to this, i would be drinking it all summer.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

2005 Tin Roof Sauvignon Blanc North Coast California (CBP)

Another sb I'd drink all summer.  Great price; nice balance of fruit and acidity.  Classic (at least for me) sb--citrusy fruit and crunchy goodness.  I bought six bottles; must get more!

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