Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Peachy Canyon "Incredible Red" Zinfandel 2016 (California)

Nice darker garnet hue with aromas of sweet berry fruit,  cigar ash, sweet tomato paste

Palate--Nice big fruity, spicy, savory, rich Zinfandel flavors with a somewhat lingering finish.

This is a crazy value Zin for which I paid around $6 due to a couple of different discounts at the store but even without the discounts this is a $10 price point wine and always a nicely done creation for the price.

Having rilled burger tonight with mac and cheese and it will be great so raise a glass! 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Aerena Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills Lake county) 2017


This is a first for me regarding the AVA listed on the label.  Red Hills Lake County I didn't even realize is an AVA.  

Nicely pigmented darker hue purple with aromas of milk chocolate, a distinctive "something" at the rim which I am struggling to find a descriptor for, and nice fruit, savory spices galore and lovely!

Palate--Expressive palate with loads of flavors all mashed together which will gain separation with some age and maybe even some breathing. Finishes with a lingering complex finish.  

I am not familiar as I said with this American Viticultural Area (AVA) but I am loving this first experience.  I paid $14 for this though it lists at $24 and honestly, I would love to several more to lay down for a couple years although this is drinking nicely even now.  

Pair it with a good hefty dish and you'll love it so raise a glass!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

We Have Moved!

We are in the process of moving over to Wordpress and we are most of the way there! If you have not been directed there automatically you can go to

Sorry for the inconvenience but the new site will allow us to serve you better including a valid "SEARCH" function so you can look through our data base and search specifically for a wine you would like to see our studied opinion about. Raise a glass! (PB)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our 10th Anniversary!

Today we are celebrating our 10th anniversary here at The Wine Cask Blog! Over the past 10 years, we've posted around 3,000 reviews that span varietals, vintages, continents, and styles. We hope these have been enjoyable and useful to you.

The world of wine continues to evolve and present new and exciting opportunities. We're excited to continue exploring and sharing our impressions with you. We are far from finished. In fact, we're working on a fresh new look and feel for our site, along with enhanced archive and search functionality. Stay tuned as we enter the next chapter, and the next 10 years. Raise a glass!

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


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!