Thursday, July 30, 2015

2011 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  2011
Alcohol  13.9%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium  
Color ruby
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry, low acid, med tannin,light body, short/med finish. heavy oak on the nose, coffee/mocha, herbal, plum/raisin
Personal rating  8 out of 10
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Additional comments: Great blend, not as magnificent as 2010.

Friday, July 3, 2015

2010 Chalone Chardonnay

Chalone Chardonnay
Soledad, CA
Estate Grown

Price $20-30
Vintage  2010
Alcohol  14.5%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium  
Color gold
Nose:  clean, pronounced, oak,  green fruit (apple, pear) coconut, toasty
Palate: dry, medium/high acid, low tannin, full body, med/long finish
Personal rating  7 out of 10
Additional comments: A good oaky chardonnay if that's your calling. In this particular one, a little too much for my preferences. Maybe some more aging but then again whites are hard to do so. Good mouthfeel, very bold.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

2012 Michel Leon Gewurztraminer

Michel Leon Gewurztraminer
Vin D' Alsace, France

Price $13-15
Vintage  2012
Alcohol  13.0%
Color clear pale lemon
Nose  clean, honey, hay/vegetal, bits of citrus
Palate  off dry, low acid, low tannin, med/full body, medium finish. Honey, tropical fruits (pineapple/mango)
Personal rating  8 out of 10

Additional comments: none.