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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Geyser Peak 2006 Sauvignon Blanc California (CBP)

Most excellent sb; crunchy, citrusy, with nice acidity.  Not a particularly long finish, but I'd drink this all summer.

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Kemblefield 2006 Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay New Zealand (CBP)

Very nice sb; more subtle than other typical New Zealand or California sb.  Not a long finish, but a nicely balanced wine.  I expected a little more from a $15 sb, though.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Rex Hill 2003 pinot noir

Lindsay and Terri brought this bottle over for dinner tonight. it's an Oregon pinot, and was exciting because i haven't had much wine from Oregon. the nose was light and fruity, but the wine tasted more complex than the nose let on...if that makes sense. i think i need to drink more Oregon pinot.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Taz Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2003

i liked this wine, lightly fruity, oak. dave thought it was over-oaked. i'd probably get it again if it wasn't that expensive.

McManis Viognier 2005

i found this bottle in my fridge, and i have no idea where it came from. but this was a great bottle to open on a warm california spring day. terri thought it tasted more like a savignon blanc than a viognier--either way it was a fruity, clean, ever so slightly sweet wine that i will look for. McManis Family Vineyards California 2005.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

petite sirah

i am on a petite sirah kick. last night we had a Fenestra PS from Lodi, 2001. really nice, big fruit. tonight another Livermore PS, 2001 Eckert Estate also from Lodi. i love how ripe these grapes are from Lodi. this wine was more acidic than the Fenestra and i think it would benefit from more time in the cellar.

my problem now is that my cellar is dreadfully short of PS, so i need to go shopping. if anyone has ideas of wines I should include give me a hollar.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ravens Wood Cab Franc

i'm catching up with this one, so i don't remember the vintage. it was in a clearance barrel at the winery. it was a really nice cab franc, i will definately keep my eye out for this one in the future.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Fenestra Livermore Zin (1998)

This 8+year old wine had held up better over time than most other livermore wines we've tried. It was spicey, some black pepper, but also bitter or sour...maybe rhubarb. It was also hot and took awhile to blow off. All in all it was a nice wine, but it isn't the big zin that I prefer now. affection to Livermore Valley wines continues to fade...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Foothill Wineries

Dave, Issac, and I made our way up to the Sierra foothills yesterday to wine taste and also to pick up some futures we had purchased from Winery by the Creek, Charles Mitchell's new winery.

First stop was Boeger. We tried most of the wines they were pouring, but nothing really stood out for us except the 2005 Walker Vineyard Zin, El Dorado.

Next stop was Jodar, home of my all-time favorite Cab, their 2001 El Dorado Cab. Their whites leave something to be desired, but the reds are really good. The latest Cab (2002 El Dorado) wasn't up to the 2001 vintage, but it could still be in bottle shock, so I picked a bottle of it up to try a bit later. Their Cab Franc is also outstanding and I picked up a couple bottles of it since it's Terri's favorite wine. Overall their red wines seem concentrated with really big jammy flavors.

Next stop was Dave's favorite foothill winery...Mount Aukum. Lance's wines are just outstanding, and really showcase the potential of foothill grapes. It's hard to find a wine here that isn't good...the only complaint we had was that he makes so many wines--there are 4 syrahs, 3 zins, and 2 petite sirahs. That's where the complaints end however, as all the wines are different but outstanding in their own way (have you figured out that we love Lance?). Our 2 favorite wines here were the 2004 Fair Play Reserve Petite Sirah and the 2004 Sierra Foothill Zin.

We wanted to take Issac by DKCellars, where both Dave and I had fallen for their 2001 Foothill Zin a couple years ago. DKCellars does not disappoint. The 2003 Herbert Vineyard, Fairplay Zin is a fantastic foothill zin--big and bold. The 2002 Pratt Vineyard Cab is also amazing--it actually reminded me of my previous love the 2001 Jodar Cab. Overall I really enjoy DKCellars and would recommend if you like foothill wine then you take time to visit DKCellars. Besides great wine they are just friendly people...Kim Pratt--one of the two owners/winemakers--has been in the tasting room both times we have been by and is always great to talk with.

On Kim's recommendation we went by the newest foothill winery, Iverson. They were still in the process of releasing some of their wines, so we only got to taste a few. We were impressed by the Sauvignon Blanc, which is the first SV from the foothills that I have liked. The Cab Franc also seemed to have a lot of potential--it needs a few years in the bottle to mellow out. Overall we thought their wines were good, and I'm sure I'll be back to check out the rest of their wines soon.

Since we had a few minutes before the Winery by the Creek event started, we decided to squeeze in another couple wineries. So we stopped by Single Leaf because Dave thought their website looked interesting (note to Dave for future trips: do not trust websites). Dave hesitated just before we went in the door, suggesting that we turn back, and I guess I should have listened to him but I spurred him on. Big mistake, since we didn't care for any of their wines.

Finally we arrived at Winery by the Creek to party and pick up our futures. We couldn't remember which of the 3 zins being released we had purchased, and were disappointed to discover it wasn't the one we liked. I don't know what it is about this winery, the wine is just too hit or miss for me and I'm not excited about going back there anytime soon. Our futures were for the 2005 Reserve Fair Play Zin, while we thought the best of the zins being released was the 2005 Reserve El Dorado Zin. Oh well, both are now in my cellar so we'll see how they progress.