Monday, December 15, 2014

LeCole #41 Chenin Blanc wine review by (PB)

Pale gold with aromas of creamy tropical fruit and a light citrus beam; slight nuance of pear and golden apple.

Palate--Lively acidity, with tropical fruit flavors of ripe pineapple, lemon, mouth watering and a hint of vanilla. Finish leaves you with a hint of pear.

This is a Columbia Valley (Washington state) wine and LeCole is one of the top performers in this vibrant (relatively new) wine region.

I paid $13 for this, will pair it with my French Onion Soup for dinner. Raise a glass!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cambria Pinot Noir "Julia's Vineyard" 2012 Wine Review by (PB)

Lighter cherry hue with aromas of strawberry and cream.

Palate--silky with cocoa/strawberry, straight forward and uncomplicated;

This Santa Maria Valley AVA is pure pinot that is easy drinking and delicious. I paid $21 for this at the Spasso restaurant in Minnetonka, Mn. Raise a glass and be sure to read my entry on this unique restaurant; would that ALL restaurants were as consumer conscious as this restaurant when it comes to wine pricing! Raise a glass.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Waterbrook Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Black cherry, dark chocolate, and aromatic oak on the nose

Full bodied on the palate

Cedar, eucalyptus, and raspberry layers on the finish

Summary:

This Merlot from the Columbia Valley in Washington shows interesting layers on the nose and finish, bordering on exotic. There's density and richness along with good texture. Expect to pay around $15 or so, and raise a glass!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Badia Coltibuono RS Chianti Classico 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Elegant beam of sweet cherry and red berry with fragrant herbs on the nose

Medium bodied on the palate

Silky texture on the finish, good length, with cherry, soft woody notes, and spice

Summary:

This is a nice wine. What really drives it is the perfumed nose of cherry and berry notes that are elegant and distinctive of well made Sangiovese. It's an excellent value at $15 for an expressive Chianti Classico that drinks well now but can probably also cellar for a few years. Make some home made Bolognese and raise a glass!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Petite Petit 2012 wine review by (PB)

Deeply pigmented blackberry hue with aromas of jammy earthy blackberry with a hint of blueberry with the slightest suggestion of mocha and nice spice.

Full fruit bomb presence with big plump berry flavor with a finish of clear milk chocolate. Lingering finish that reminds you of fresh blackberries bursting in your mouth.

This wine from the Michael David Winery with the unique name is not a typo; it is comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot (both spelled properly) with Lodi fruit.

My wife grabbed this because she was looking for a clown label and this was as close as she could come. At $15 it's a decent fruit bomb kind of wine which if in the right mood is just good drinking.
Raise a glass!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pietra Santa Zinfandel 2008 wine review by (PB)

Garnet hue with aromas of robust spiciness with a unique odor that I can't pin down that seems to dissipate leaving light blackberry notes remaining

Palate--tightly wound with staid fruit which I think just needs some time to open up and warm up; my cellar this time of year is right around 54 degrees which is perfect storage temp but I find a bit too cold to appreciate the nuances in a wine.

After breathing and warming up the bouquet remains pretty much as reviewed but the unique odor has dissipated. The palate is bigger than initial tasting. There is a clear beam of cocoa underneath the fruit and a finish that lingers for sometime.

This is my first experience with Cienega Valley Zin. My wife paid $16 for it which is a fair price for the wine so raise a glass!

Block Nine Caiden's Vineyard California Pinot Noir 2013 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Cherry and red berries with spice  on the nose

Light bodied on the palate

Pomegranate, cherry, spice, and herbal tea layers on the finish

Summary:

Here's a nicely made Pinot Noir at a value price of $12. It has a beautiful color and shows well integrated layers throughout. Pair with lighter fare, and raise a glass!



2012 Educated Guess Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose: Vanilla and young fruity berries
Palate: strong interplay of tannin and acid. Not bad but not subtle.
Finish: Lovely finish of blueberry and cherry notes.
Overall: we tasted this at a friend's house. They paid $24 for it at a local wine store. It is overpriced at this price point.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbera Casa Vinicola wine review by Billy

Nose: Young plum, spice and clove
Palate: strong warm tannins,  playful acids. Good construction that promotes the tannic structure
Finish: red stonefruit notes and coffee. Hints of cherry.
Overall: Let it breathe. Air softens the strong tannins and lets the structure support the wine.