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2003 Indian Springs Barbera

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

Venturing into yet another corner of Nevada County and the Sierra Foothills, I came across Indian Springs Vineyards.  Again, another small producer with unknown (to me) distribution depth. Discovered them on a recent visit to Nevada City, California where they have a tasting room; their winery is a few miles to the west in Penn Valley. I [...]

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2004 Solune Sierra Foothills Cabernet

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2008 Wine Tasting

Tucked away in the Sierra Foothills between Colfax and Grass Valley California you will discover a real gem, Solune Wine Growers (http://www.solunewinery.com/). There is truth behind the cliche “good things come from small packages”. If you are a fan of those monster Cabs from Napa, save a few dollars and stop by Solune while this one is still [...]

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2005 Nevada City Zinfandel

Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2008 Wine Tasting

Yet another post for a nice product from this winery in the Sierra Foothills.  Their Zin is a blend of 84% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 4% Syrah, and 2% Mourvedre.  The color is deep blackberry with legs that go on and on (14.7% alcohol).  The nose is blackberry, raspberry, black pepper, and a touch of clove. All [...]

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2005 Nevada City Tempranillo

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2008 Wine Tasting

Actually 97% Temp and 3% Sangiovese, this one was awarded Double Gold and Best of Class at the 2008 New World International Wine Competition. Quite a feather in the cap of this small winery in the Sierra Foothills with limited distribution. The price point is around $19; I picked up a few on a recent visit to [...]

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Robert Young Scion Vertical Tasting

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2008 Wine Tasting

In the order tasted, we had a 2004 and 2005 Robert Young Chardonnay, then a 2003, 2002, and a 2001 Robert Young Scion. The 2002 and 2003 are Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2001 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Merlot.  All of the wines are from Alexander Valley. We didn’t [...]

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Nevada City, Rough & Ready Red, Cask 205

Date: Wed, Mar 12, 2008 Wine Tasting

Where the Cask 204 (posted below) is predominantly Zin, this one is 41% Syrah, 31% Zin, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% Cab Franc, 5% Cab, and 3% Sangiovese. The 205 had a production of 966 cases and stands at 14.5% alcohol. I found this one at the local Trader Joe’s for $10. The descriptors on this one [...]

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2004 Nevada City Syrah

Date: Sat, Mar 8, 2008 Wine Tasting

My second venture into regional wines from the Sierras, this Sierra Foothills Syrah proved to be quite nice. Blackberry, dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke on the nose leads to a more intense blackberry palate with hints of leather and spice. The smoky notes continue in the finish where the chocolate lingers for awhile with [...]

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2005 Rosenblum Rockpile Zinfandel

Date: Sun, Feb 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

If you check out October 2006, you will see that Dave posted notes on the 2004 Rockpile. The 2005 can be summarized in much the same way. Deep raspberry in color; black cherry, vanilla, and mocha on the nose, cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate, with a bit of spice and leather on the palate, and the [...]

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Nevada City Winery, Rough & Ready Red, Cask 204

Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2008 Wine Tasting

A recent transplant to Northern Nevada, I decided to try something from a regional winery. Nevada City is just a ways “over the hill” from here so their wines are plentiful in our area. This one is a blend of 40% Zin, 22% Petite Syrah, 15% Syrah, 10% Cab, 8% Sangiovese, and 5% Cab Franc. The [...]

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Pinot Noir Blind Tasting

Date: Sun, Feb 10, 2008 Wine Tasting

A few friends, some great food and some great Pinots. I’ve been down on Pinots lately. I think that is because I haven’t had any that I cared for. All of these were good and food friendly. 2005 Blackstone Sonoma Nice light color, strawberry and raspberry aromas, intense sour fruit with a bit of smoke, not too [...]

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1999 Concannon Petite Sirah Reserve

Date: Sun, Feb 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

Very dark color with lots of black cherry and a touch of vanilla aromas. A nice mixture of black cherry and smoky leather. This wine has a very smooth finish. I wish that I had some more of this one.

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2004 Yalumba M/G/S, Barossa Valley

Date: Thu, Jan 31, 2008 Wine Tasting

The oldest family owned vineyard in Australia comes thru again. This wine is one of their Hand Picked series and is a winner. A blend of 60% Mourvedre, 22% Grenache, and 18% Shiraz, this Rhone from “Down Under” deserves your attention. The color is a rich, deep purple. The nose exudes white pepper, black cherry, and [...]

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Garretson 2004 Mon Amie Syrah, San Luis Obispo County

Date: Thu, Sep 13, 2007 Wine Tasting

Just as I was losing faith in screw caps, along comes a wine that makes me hesitate on totally giving up on them… Actually a blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier, this selection boasts 14.5% alchohol and is a limited production of only 250 cases. Named for and dedicated to the winemaker’s wife, this wine [...]

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Garretson Wine Company “The Decurion”

Date: Fri, Aug 24, 2007 Wine Tasting

This showed up at my door the other day. I was quite intrigued as the label gives no information about the wine other than the 14.8% alcohol content. My first taste told me that I opened this one many years too soon. So I let it sit for a bit and I was well rewarded. This wine [...]

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