Thursday, November 12, 2015

2009 Rosenblum Kathy's Cuvee Viognier

Rosenblum Kathy's Cuvee Viognier
Sonoma County, CA

Price $20-30
Vintage  2009
Alcohol  15.0%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium
Color gold
Nose/Palate: clean, dry, low/med acid, low tannin, light body, med finish. Floral, honey, honeysuckle, pears, citrus - grapefruit, tropical - pineapple/coconut 
Personal rating  9 out of 10

Additional comments: Bright fresh fruits. Very fruit forward an excellent choice for a spring/summer hang out session. Surprisingly high alcohol for a viognier but not distracting to the other delicate aromas in the wine.
**photo credit: www.shawnehalldesigns.com

Monday, November 2, 2015

2012 La Belle Vue Antle Vineyard Red Blend

La Belle Vue Antle Vineyard Red Blend
Monterey County, CA 
Pinnacalitos de Chalone
49% Syrah, 49% Mourvedre, 2% Viognier

Price $20-25
Vintage  2012
Alcohol  14.4%
Clarity clear
Intensity med/deep 
Color purple
Nose/Palate:  clean, low acid, low/med tannin, med body, medium finish. Floral, red cherries, hints of chocolate/mocha, spice, herbal (eucalyptus)
Personal rating  8 out of 10

Additional comments: none.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

2014 Côte des Roses Rosé

Côte des Roses Rosé - Gérard Bertrand
Languedoc - France 
Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah

Price $15-20
Vintage  2013
Alcohol  12.4%
Clarity clear
Intensity pale
Color salmon
Nose/Palate:  clean, light, tropical/stone fruits: peaches, melon, raspberry/strawberry more on the palate. Slightly herbal. Off dry, low acid, low tannin, light body, short finish
Personal rating  7 out of 10

Additional comments: good price point and honestly I bought it for the bottle. I'm a girl! What do you expect, its a rose engraved onto the bottom of the bottle! Slim bottle, glass topper, I'm in love with the packaging and luckily the wine is pretty good too...it's not always the case. As much as I hate to admit, first impressions matter (more importantly for products and silently wishing is wasn't so for people).

Friday, October 23, 2015

2007 Chalone Vineyard Syrah

Chalone Syrah
Soledad, CA
Estate Grown

Price $20-30
Vintage  2007
Alcohol  14.7%
Clarity clear - with sediments at the bottom of the bottle
Intensity deep
Color purple
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry, spice, eucalyptus/lavender, rose, black cherry, dried dark fruit, jamminess, oak, blueberry. Low acid, med/high tannin, medium finish.
Personal rating  9 out of 10
  
Additional comments: Very interesting and fun wine to enjoy with your meal or as a group. Initially you get a lot of dark fruit and jamminess but as it sits and opens up a little more, then you get chocolate and mocha. It's like drinking chocolate covered berries. Enjoy with a piece of dark chocolate and the jammy intensifies

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2010 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir

Chalone Pinot Nior
Soledad, CA
Estate Grown, Ryder Cup Release

Price $20-30
Vintage  2010
Alcohol  14.5%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium  
Color garnet
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry, low acid, med tannin, med body, smokey oak,  plum, red cherry, herbal
Personal rating  8 out of 10
  
Additional comments: French Oak Barrel.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

2012 Rock N Rojo Tempranillo

Rock N Rojo Tempranillo
Central Coast, CA
75% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah

Price $15-20
Vintage  2012
Alcohol  13.0%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium  
Color ruby/garnet
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry,  low acid, med tannin, medium body, prune/fig-dried fruits on the nose, initial VA, blows off, herbal, vegetable (cabbage/eucalyptus) chocolate/mocha, yogurt. Medium body.
Personal rating  7 out of 10

Additional comments: none.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

2013 River Run Carignane Rose

River Run Carigane Rose
Cienega Valley, CA
grapes sourced from Wirz Vineyard

Price $20-30
Vintage  2013
Alcohol  12.4%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium  
Color salmon/pink
Nose/Palate:  clean, med/high acid, low tannin, light body, short/med finish, strawberries, redcurrant, a little bit of passion fruit (?)
Personal rating  8 out of 10

Additional comments: Fruity, bright, reminds me of fresh picked strawberries. There's a hint of tankiness... residue SO2 (?) but blows off so not a concern. More winery info can be found HERE

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2011 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
Malborough, New Zealand

Price $25-40
Vintage  2011
Alcohol  14%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium
Color lemon/gold
Nose/Palate: clean, medium intensity, dry, high acid, low tannin, medium/full body, medium finish, oak- vanilla, coconut, apple, pear, herbaceous - grass, perpperoncini, minerality 
Personal rating  8 out of 10

Additional comments: Very similar to the Chalone Estate Chardonnay: heavy oak, full body, high acid, citrus/green fruit characteristics 

Monday, October 5, 2015

2012 River Run Tempranillo

River Run Tempranillo
Arroyo Seco, CA
Meador Estate Vineyard

Price $20-30
Vintage  2012
Alcohol  12.7%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium  
Color ruby
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry,  low acid, low tannin, light/medium body, short finish, bit floral - rose, light red fruit character - red cherry, raspberry, herbal, vanilla oak
Personal rating  8 out of 10

Additional comments: More winery info can be found HERE

Sunday, September 13, 2015

2008 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapastry

Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) Reserve Tapastry
Napa Valley, CA
contains blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petite Verdot

Price $40-50
Vintage  2008
Alcohol  14.6%
Clarity clear
Intensity deep  
Color purple
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry, low acid, med/hihg tannin, med finish.oak, cherry, dark black fruits, plum, smokey, rose, spices.
Personal rating  7 out of 10
** photo credit: www.cellartracker.com
 
Additional comments: Initial VA (volatile acidity) but blows off. Need to let the wine sit for a little bit before drinking. Best served in a decanter. At its prime, could be okay to age a longer in ideal conditions but the bottle I bought is ready or else...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2013 Provenance Sauvignon Blanc

Provenance Sauvignon Blanc
Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA

Price $15-20 (I paid $16 @ Costco)
Vintage  2013
Alcohol  14.8%
Clarity clear
Intensity light 
Color: pale lemon
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry, medium/high acid, low tannin, medium body/finish,  coconut, citrus, pineapple, oak, high alc (hot), steely/stony
Personal rating  7 out of 10

Additional comments: Crisp, light Sauvignon Blanc, a little bit bitter perhaps from the oak. I wrote down potential 8 for the score but not a huge fan of SB with oak.