Sunday, January 31, 2016

2014 Matua Sauvignon Blanc

Matua Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborogh, New Zealand

Price $10-15
Vintage  2014
Alcohol  13.0%
Clarity clear
Intensity pale 
Color lemon
Nose/Palate:  clean, medium acid, low tannin, light body, short finish,  crisp, fruity, tropical (guava, coconut), stone fruit, meyer lemon, pepperoncini/jalapeno 
Personal rating  6 out of 10

Additional comments: Initial nose very citrus then tropical. Coconut lingers on the finish, not bad, would have again as a light summer drink.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2011 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir
Malborough, New Zealand

Price $20-30
Vintage  2011
Alcohol  14.5%
Clarity mostly clear, slight hazy
Intensity medium
Color: burgundy
Nose/Palate:  clean, light medium nose, bright red fruit (cherries, raspberries), a bit herbal (lavender, eucalyptus), oak (smokey, leather). A hint of bitterness (?)

Personal rating  9 out of 10

Additional comments: Some interesting vineyard conditions for this vintage: wet winter, early fruit set, large crop >> extra vineyard thinning required.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2011 Provenance Winemaker's Reserve Blend

Provenance Winemaker's Reserve Blend
Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Merlot

Price $40-60
Vintage  2011
Alcohol  14.9%
Clarity clear
Intensity medium
Color: ruby
Nose/Palate:  clean, dry, low acid, med tannin, med body/finish. Smoky black currant, blackberries, forest floor, eucalyptus.
Personal rating  7 out of 10

Additional comments: Opens up a little after pouring, decanter might be a good option,