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Chateau Lafayette Reneau dry and semidry Riesling 2008

Date: Mon, May 24, 2010 Wine Business

With May and New York Riesling month coming to close soon, it is safe to say that I tasted more Riesling this month than any one year in my life. The hard part was deciding which ones I would post on the blog. After this article I will post once more on a NY Riesling and may list all those I have had. I also chose a few, either drier or sweeter Rieslings, that were previously reviewed. This turned out to be a little difficult for me to compare a dry I tasted this week to a semi-dry that I tasted six to eight months ago. There were some differences in what I posted in aromas and I tried to remember what differences there may have been in some of the floral and citrus characteristics. I guess I should have been keeping notes and making them more accurate. It's also a reminder that I may be out of pre-school when it comes to wine tasting, but I still haven't made it to Jr. High.

This week I decided to open a dry and semi-dry from the same winery to compare and I chose one of the nicest Rieslings so far; Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2008. Both were opened with a BBQ chicken dinner. Since I do prefer drier wines, I uncorked the semi-dry first. Why, I'm not sure. Maybe it was the idea of saving the better for last. Anyway, I did find them different, but not necessarily one being better than the other.

Winemakers notes: semi-dry ($15)

Pale gold color with pineapple and honeysuckle aroma. Lovely in the mouth with a long, lingering spicy pear finish. Abundance of Riesling character.

My notes:

Aromas of melon, floral(honeysuckle) and grapefruit with a mouthful of grapefruit finishing long, citrusy and sweet, but not as sweet as I expected. I actually liked this one better with the chicken and fresh asparagus.




Winemakers notes: dry ($15)

An appealing apple-like tartness perfectly structured to enhance any meal. Pale straw in color, this elegant wine is light in the mouth and reveals notable citrus character.

My notes:

I found this wine to have a much lighter aroma with some citrus, honeydew melon and honeysuckle. More zing, pink grapefruit and thicker feel of honey in the mouth. Finish was long, dry with some sweet taste like you get when eating honey. Truly enjoyable. The dry Riesling was my favorite of the two. Of course, that's me. But, the semi-dry paired better with the chicken. Either way you can't lose.

This week I will be visiting the east side of Seneca Lake and hope I have time to re-visit Chateau Lafayette Reneau. I have some relatives in PA that will absolutely love these wines and I'll be there on Friday with a case of NY Rieslings.

Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001(Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006(Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006(Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003(Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006(NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006(Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV(NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005(Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006(NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006(France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004(NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007(California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008(New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006(NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007(NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006(California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006(Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007(Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005(Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006(Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007(NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV(NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007(Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008(NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005(Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006(California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007(NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007(California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007(NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008(California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007(California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006(Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007(Chile)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)

Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004 (California)
Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 (California)
Red Tail Ridge Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Brotherhood Winery dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Zugibe Vineyards semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Long Point Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)

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Long Point Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008

Date: Tue, May 18, 2010 Wine Business

This past Monday evening was a first for me on-line. Because of my work schedule and Shirley's extra long 'honey-do' list I never have the chance to do a tweet up on Twitter or follow a wine party on Facebook.

During the month of May at 8 pm anyone can open a bottle of Riesling from any Finger Lakes winery and join in on Facebook or Twitter to chat about what wine you are having for the evening. You can add comments or photos or just sit back, relax, read what others are having and just sip away on your own wine.

My choice for the evening was a 2008 semi-dry Riesling($14) from the Long Point Winery. Long Point Winery is located on the east side of Cayuga Lake on scenic Route 90 in Aurora, New York. The winery sits on 72 acres of land overlooking beautiful Cayuga Lake. Guests are treated to a tasting of fine wines and the spectacular view that the tasting room provides.

The wine had light aromas of apple and citrus. Did not get any floral aromas like I've been finding in all the other Rieslings I've had this month. All from the Seneca Lake wineries. Don't know if there is a difference between the two lakes. A little less mineral also. In the mouth there was lot's of melon, some tropical fruit and some great citrus, even a little pineapple. This wine that started out light on the aroma's really came through on the palate and finished crisp and long.

Paired very well with Shirley's home-made taco's made with ground turkey, chili sauce and green pepper smothered with Green Mountain salsa. A bit spicy meant most of the bottle disappeared at the dinner table, but I did save a glass for later to enjoy while chatting with some new friends on Facebook and Twitter. Beautiful way to cap off a busy day.

Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001(Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006(Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006(Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003(Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006(NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006(Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV(NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005(Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006(NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006(France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004(NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007(California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008(New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006(NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007(NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006(California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006(Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007(Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005(Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006(Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007(NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV(NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007(Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008(NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005(Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006(California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007(NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007(California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007(NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008(California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007(California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006(Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007(Chile)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)

Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004 (California)
Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 (California)
Red Tail Ridge Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Brotherhood Winery dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Zugibe Vineyards semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)

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Zugibe semi-dry Riesling 2008

Date: Sun, May 16, 2010 Wine Business

This past weeks edition of the Syracuse New Times, a weekly alternative newspaper published in Syracuse, New York, contained an interesting article on Finger Lakes Riesling.Titled 'Grape Expectations,' the article promoted Riesling month in the Finger Lakes and interviewed the proprietor (Gary Decker) of one of my favorite wine shops (Vinomania) in Syracuse. Gary noted four wineries, one of which I vaguely remember from an article written by Evan Dawson for the New York Cork Report. Evan is passionate about Finger Lakes wines and authors some of the most interesting articles on the subject. His article "Life, Death and Rebirth at Zugibe" is the story of a winery, that survived the death of their founder just weeks before their first vintage. Their rise out of adversity is signified by the Phoenix found on the Zubibe labels.

This past Saturday I was able stop by Vinomania and pick up the Rieslings mentioned in the New Times article. The only one sold out was Ravines, but I did bring home the other three. The first one I opened was the Zugibe semi-dry 2008($14). Shirley did not feel like working in the kitchen today so we dined on Chinese take-out. I was the only one drinking wine and that meant a pairing with chicken and broccoli. After tonight, Riesling will now be my wine of choice with that meal.

All the characteristic aromas of Finger Lakes Riesling were present. A nice blend of grapefruit, floral (honeysuckle) with some melon lead to a nice mouthful of citrus, melon and peach and a hint of sweetness. Sipping later was delightful.

I was starting to put together an itinerary for a May 26 wine tour and just added Zugibe Vineyards to the top of my list. We will probably stay on the east side of Seneca Lake this time and plan to do a Cayuga Trail tour in June. Getting ready for some fun.

Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001(Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006(Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006(Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003(Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006(NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006(Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV(NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005(Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006(NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006(France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004(NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007(California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008(New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006(NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007(NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006(California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006(Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007(Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005(Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006(Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007(NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV(NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007(Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008(NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005(Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006(California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007(NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007(California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007(NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008(California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007(California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006(Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007(Chile)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)

Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004 (California)
Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 (California)
Red Tail Ridge Winery semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Brotherhood Winery dry Riesling 2008 (NY)

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Brotherhood Dry Riesling 2008

Date: Sun, May 9, 2010 Wine Business

To continue Riesling month here in New York, I wanted to find something other than my favorites from the Finger Lakes region. Doing so seemed almost impossible. Other than ordering on line, it is very difficult to find New York wines other than Finger Lakes and Adirondack wineries in the local shops. Thankfully, my son was able to obtain some from the Hudson Valley through one of the distributors he uses for his lounge.
This past week-end, my pal Mark and I were able to taste two Rieslings from the Brotherhood Winery located in Washingtonville (Hudson Valley) NY on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. Brotherhood also happens to be America's oldest winery.
In 1810, a French Huguenot emigre named Jean Jacques purchased land in New York's bucolic Hudson Valley and began planting grapes. By 1837, Mr. Jacques needed more land, so he purchased a plot in the quiet village of Washingtonville, NY, and planted another vineyard. By 1839, his first underground cellars were dug and Mr. Jacques fermented his first wine vintage. Those cellars, the oldest and largest in America, are still in use today at Brotherhood Winery.
Enough history. To learn more about the winery, please visit their website at www.broltherhoodwinery.net.

The two wines we tasted were the 2008 Riesling and the 2008 'dry' Riesling. Mark was more into the sweeter Riesling. This was confirmed last July at the Finger Lakes wine fest were we blind tasted four different Rieslings. He noted the floral and citrus aromas with some tropical fruits and enjoyed the pairing with his Mediterranean flat bread pizza. His wine was just a tad too sweet for my palate, although I am now finding enjoyable semi-sweet wines and gradually accepting sweeter white wines.
I also snacked on the Mediterranean pizza (two cheeses, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives), my favorite item on his menu and always with a red wine. This time, though, I paired with the 'dry' Riesling.

Winemaker's notes:
Crisp, dry and racy, with grapefruit and pear scents, this Riesling-for-food shows the ripe fruit flavors and slightly mineral qualities of its fine European relatives.

My notes:
Aromas of grapefruit, a light floral scent of honeysuckle with some peach or apricot. Nice dry and fruity with a long finish of slate and citrus. Surprised the hell out of me at how well the wine paired with my pizza and with a side of dutch fries (french fries covered with a dutch mayo, onions and peanut sauce).

The Brotherhood Rieslings($10), from the Hudson Valley region of New York, are as good as many of my favorite Finger Lakes Rieslings and can be purchased on line or at many shops around the country, if you are lucky enough to live near the ones given on their web site. Now looking forward to 4 day trip to New York City and some Long Island Merlots and some more Hudson Valley wines.

Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001(Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006(Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006(Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003(Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006(NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006(Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV(NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005(Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006(NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006(France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004(NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007(California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008(New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006(NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007(NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006(California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006(Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007(Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005(Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006(Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007(NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV(NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007(Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008(NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005(Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006(California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007(NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007(California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007(NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008(California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007(California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006(Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007(Chile)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)

Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004 (California)
Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 (California)
Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)


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Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling 2008

Date: Mon, May 3, 2010 Wine Business

Just finished watching the movie "Avatar" while sipping on my first Riesling of the summer. A Finger Lakes Riesling of course.
This month is Riesling month in New York and this will be the first of many I'll enjoy over the next 30 days.

The 2008 Red Tail Ridge semi-dry Riesling was suggested by my sister-in-law. Now Cyn has always favored a Riesling from another State, which I won't mention, until just recently. This is now one of her favorites.

Before watching the movie I was treated to some take-home left overs that Shirley brought home after a night out with our daughter Pam. Breaded chicken stuffed with crab finished in a white sauce with salmon roe and capers. Sound good? You wouldn't believe how good. Meal needed something crispy and white for the accompaniment and Cyn's suggestion filled the need.

Winemakers notes:
Tropical aromas of pineapple, banana, and mango, followed by sweet juicy pear and crisp citrus flavors on the palate, with a little grapefruit zing in the finish. *Fruit sourced from Red Tail Ridge Vineyard, Seneca Lake.

My notes:
Lots of tangerine, grapefruit and apple aromas, followed by green apple and grapefruit on the palate. The zing was pink grapefruit with a little sugar on top.

Great wine to start off Riesling month and great price at $16. May is going to be an exciting month. Lot's of New York Rieslings to try and a day touring on the Finger Lakes in a few weeks. What else is better!


Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001(Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006(Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006(Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003(Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006(NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006(Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV(NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005(Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006(NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006(France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004(NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007(California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008(New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006(NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007(NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006(California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006(Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007(Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005(Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006(Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007(NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV(NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007(Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008(NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005(Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006(California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007(NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007(California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007(NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008(California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007(California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006(Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007(Chile)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)

Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004 (California)
Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 (California)

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WHY WINE: Wine Facts part 4

Date: Sun, Apr 25, 2010 Wine Business

I usually like to spend one morning a week visiting blogs in my blog-roll or those I follow on Facebook. For me, I rather hear what bloggers say about the wines they review, rather than the opinion of the so-called experts. I also come upon many facts that I would have never known, unless I enroll in an expensive wine appreciation class.
Today, I came across the following on Eve Bushman's blog Eve's Wine 101.
It's been a while since I posted a Wine Facts article, so to catch up a little while I am taking a little hiatus from wine tasting, here is my latest:

  • A mathematical equation, derived from the number of days under 50 or over 90 degrees, gives a winemaker a zone number. That zone number then tells them which grape is best suited for their land. Example being 2500 days of these temperatures might be a nice spot in Napa, where 5000 days would be something like planting in Death Valley.
  • Winemaking is being done in all 50 states.
  • Aging is up to the discretion of the purchaser. Wineries need cash flow so they release early.
  • A good French Bordeaux can age 30 years or more while American wine is made for the California culture that wants their wine now.
  • European palate wants a well-balanced flavor and not one component over another. Europeans boost tannins.
  • American palates taste a range of acid, sugar, fruit, alcohol and tannins. California winemakers boost fruit for the drink-now culture.
  • Both New World and Old World wines started about the same time, 1855, but we lost 14 years to prohibition and had to start all over.
Nothing really outrageous about the above, but most points were either unknown to me or I just never gave them any thought. It is a bit clearer to me now as to why my difficulty over the years with New World wines existed. Thanks Eve.

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Old Title, New Blog.

Date: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 Wine Business

After a year of Why Wine Blog, I was contemplating leaving the Blogger platform and moving elsewhere. But, I like and have become accustom to what I had and I am not one for making major changes or starting over.
Recently, Blogger as added a few new gadgets and a new template designer. In my opinion the template designer is the best feature and what I was looking for to pursue my blogging hobby and for additions of more available templates.
The problem arises in that I don't have or don't want to start experimenting with my blog.
Fortunately, I do own another domain (MYWINEBASKET. com) name that was used for a now defunct web-site. Using my other domain, I can now train myself to make all the changes before testing them out on my Why Wine Blog.
I have always admitted that I know little about wine, very little about journalism and very, very little about using a computer, so this may take a long time, but I am sure to have fun doing so.
I can also use any or all FREE advice from my blogging brothers and sisters. So, please feel free to visit the new blog and leave a note. I am very good at handling constructive criticism. I will be not publishing all comments on the new blog, but have given an email address for any advice.
I am now working on adding pages and just finished a LINKS tab. I have added some of my favorite blogs for now. Other pages will follow.

New blog title: MY WINE BASKET
URL: http://mywinebasket.com

Cheers,
Joe

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Conconnan Conservancy Peite Sirah 2007

Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 Wine Business

Recently, the wife and I have been discussing a possible trip to California next year. A few of the issues are for how long and where. Of course my choice would be Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley or Russian River Valley, the home of some of the best wines in the world. Oh, I'm sorry, did I leave out Paso Robles, Lodi, Central Coast or Livermore Valley. Maybe we should wait until we can spend a couple of months and visit them all.
The past few months I have been tasting, or should I say consuming, some really fantastic California wines from many different AVA's. Most notably, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
Tonight I am enjoying a Petite Sirah from the Livermore Valley, a Concannon Convservancy 2007.


*disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Patricia Schneider Associates for review.


A founding family of California wine, Concannon is the oldest continuously operating winery under the same family name, with four generations of family leadership at the helm. Concannon introduced America's first varietally labeled Petite Sirah in 1961, sparking a love affair with this varietal, and led with the introduction of Cabernet Sauvignon clones 7, 8 and 11 in replanting much of Napa Valley in the 1970s. As Concannon enters its 127th harvest, the pioneering winery continues to provide industry leadership in preserving an agricultural way of life by protecting vineyards from urban development. As part of The Wine Group, Concannon has completed a $30 million revitalization program, preserving the best of its winemaking heritage and practices while incorporating state-of-the-art technology to preserve wine quality.
A new Conservancy tier of wines from Concannon Vineyard - sourcing grapes only from Livermore vineyards that are protected forever from urban encroachment. "These wines are a tribute to my great-grandfather, James Concannon, who founded our winery in 1883." John Concannon 4th Generation Vintner


Winemaker Notes:
The 2007 Petite Sirah, Conservancy has fantastic depth and character. It exhibits a rich nose of fresh berry fruit and the flavorful palate shows blackberries, chocolate, mocha and plums. Subtle notes of molasses, cedarwood, and ripe mulberries are complemented by soft, creamy oak tones and a smooth, silky finish.

My Notes:
Aroma's are full of blackberries and black cherry with hints of blueberry. On the palate, it was all dark plum with some white chocolate leading to a very smooth finish.


Served with a simple "Shake and Bake" chicken with "Stove Top Stuffing." Saved a little for late night TV and enjoyed both.


The 2007 is the first vintage from the new Conservancy program and is available nationally. Suggested retail is $15. Very nice wine, very nice price. A must buy!




Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001(Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006(Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006(Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003(Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006(NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006(Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV(NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005(Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006(NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006(France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004(NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007(California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008(New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006(NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007(NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006(California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006(Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007(Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005(Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006(Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007(NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV(NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007(Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008(NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005(Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006(California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007(NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007(California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007(NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008(California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007(California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006(Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007(Chile)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)

Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004 (California)

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Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Reserve 2004

Date: Sun, Mar 28, 2010 Wine Business

I'm leaving Chile(till later) and heading over to California to try a few more Zin's. I'm starting to surprise myself with what I am finding with Zinfandel and also a bit disappointed that I wasted so many years with such a limited selection or narrow palate. It shows what can happen to one's palate when staying with one type or varietal over a very long period of time without giving other varietals a chance. It's a lot of fun trying new wines now, but just wish I didn't have to go to school all over again at my age.

The first of the Zin's I recently stocked up on is the Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley 2004 Reserve.
Deep dark fruit aromas with some cherry. Lots of blackberry, cherry, a little plum and chocolate fills the mouth with a nice long and a bit peppery finish.
The 2004 vintage is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah. The PS contributed to the spicy finish on this full bodied, bold wine. Much more jammy than the Paso Robles Zins I recently tasted and more like those Zins I had difficulty handling years ago. Hey, you're never too old to learn. Not that I am old??
Uncorked this wine with pork chops and found it fair to good with the pork. Dessert though was a chocolate volcano cake covered with raspberries, whipped creme and Chambord Liqueur where this wine shined. Also saved a glass for later with some extra sharp NY cheddar cheese bites. Again, a great pairing and a great price. I purchased locally for $18 and enjoyed what tasted like a much more expensive Zin. Will buy this wine again!


Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001(Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006(Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006(Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003(Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006(NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006(Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV(NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005(Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006(NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006(France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004(NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007(California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008(New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006(NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007(NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006(California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006(Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007(Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005(Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006(Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007(NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV(NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007(Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007(NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008(NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008(NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005(Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008(NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006(California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007(NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007(California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007(NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007(NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008(California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007(California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006(Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007(Chile)

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)





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New In Boxed Wines

Date: Wed, Mar 24, 2010 Wine Business

New Collection of Artisan Wines in a Break-Through 3L Premium Wine Cask Launched by Underdog Wine Merchants

LIVERMORE, CA (March 23, 2010) A new collection of artisan wines in an innovative attractive new package was announced by Adam Richardson, Director of International Winemaking for Underdog Wine Merchants. The international wine collection is being launched with six brands and ten items packaged in a new exciting premium 3L wine cask format, the Octavin Home Wine Bar ™..
Wine Glass Pyramid
"This is the first time a collection of super-premium, artisan wines, representing some of the world's best wine regions, has ever been offered in a premium wine cask format," notes Adam. "The wines are sourced from preeminent and emerging wine growing regions including Monterey County; California Central Coast; Marlborough, New Zealand; Spain and Hungary. I am very proud of these wines; each has been crafted by an artisan winemaker to be true to their varietal character, country of origin and unique terroir. Naturally, we start with the best grapes but then, depending on the wine, we will use oak barrel aging, or in the case of our 'racy' whites, barrel and temperature-controlled fermentation. You just do not see this kind of artisan approach to winemaking at this price point, and all of us at Underdog Wine Merchants are very pleased to be able to offer consumers distinctive wines at a very affordable price."

Each Octavin Home Wine Bar holds 20 five-ounce glasses and keeps the wine fresh for up to six weeks after opening, so it can be easily enjoyed in under a month in adult households with daily wine drinkers. "It truly delivers artisan wine, a glass at a time," says Richardson.

The wines in the new artisan collection are Monthaven Central Coast Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; Silver Birch New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc; Boho Vineyards California Old Vine Zinfandel; Pinot Evil Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio; Big House Red and White; and Seven, produced from seven Spanish red varietals. Wines are distributed nationally with a SRP of $22-24.
Wine Glass Pyramid
The first wine to be released in the new Octavin Home Wine Bar is Monthaven Winery Monterey County Central Coast Chardonnay. Named for its home in Monterey County, California, this wine benefits from one of the world's longest growing seasons, resulting in a "distinctive full-bodied wine with balanced acidity," says Monthaven Winery winemaker Jeff Yamamoto, who works closely with Adam Richardson. " Monthaven Chardonnay is made in California's largest small-lot winery," notes Jeff. "This allows us to keep grapes from different micro-climates and vineyard blocks separate. The wine is carefully crafted in small lots and then barrel-aged. Adam and I selected American Oak for our Monthaven Chardonnay to assure that the fruit flavors shine through, accented by balanced oak notes and agreeable tannins."

Octavin Home Wine Bar bridges the wine world's interests in value, environmental positives and creative packaging. "By choosing an Octavin Home Wine Bar instead of glass bottles, consumers reduce packaging waste by 92% and carbon emissions by 55%; and it offers great value by providing the equivalent of four bottles of wine for the price of three," says Richardson. "This allows us to invest in making great wines rather than traditional expensive packaging. By eliminating glass bottle expense, we reduce packaging and shipping cost, and then pass the savings along to customers. These are wines without compromise, the same wines that would go into a bottle, but with the stylish Octavin Home Wine Bar, we can deliver these wines at an amazing price and with sustainable business practices."

Roger Boulton, Stephen Sinclair Scott Professor of Enology and chemical Engineering, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California recognizes the need for the wine industry to improve business practices in regard to sustainability. "One of the future challenges for the management of all wine businesses is the reduction of their carbon footprint. This number is made up of several contributions and a series of changes will need to be made probably requiring ongoing adaptation. There are questions of the ownership of these emissions - such as bottles and packaging - anything a wine company can do to reduce their carbon footprint will probably be viewed positively by consumers and the larger community. Any wine delivered to market that has resulted in one-third less carbon emissions is a significant and consequential improvement in business practices."

"We've been watching the industry as it adopts innovative packaging, e.g., Stelvin caps. Now, the logical progression is for the package itself used for everyday drinking. The Underdog Wine group has increasingly staked a claim on the premium 3L segment; the unique shape of Underdog's new package will further make their wines stand out from the crowd, "stated Eileen Fredrikson, Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates.

Underdog Wine Merchants are champions of "hidden treasure" or under-appreciated
wines-ones that are truly unique, of great value and the true "underdogs" of the wine world. For information about Underdog Wine Merchants, visit www.underdogwinemerchants.com.

For more information, visit www.OctavinHomeWineBar.com.

To access a high resolution image of the Octavin Home Wine Bar Collection please click here: Octavin Family Image




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Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2008

Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Wine Business

This is the third of the Carmenere wines I tasted this month. As I stated in my previous two articles, Carmenere is one of the wines I've pushed aside in the past, but have placed on a list to re-examine in 2010. The first two left me with mixed feelings about the wine. The Arboleda 2006 was more full bodied with lots of earth, green pepper and tobacco. It lacked any fruit with the exception of some black current or some black raspberry in the mouth. The Concha y Toro Marques de Concha Casa 2007 was much different with more fruit aromas and less earth and tobacco. Although I would like to try the Arboleda with a thick grilled steak, the Marques de Concha Casa was more versatile and would do well with chicken, stews, burgers and pizza.

Tonight I uncorked another Carmenere from Concha y Toro, the Casillero del Diablo 2008 Reserve. Again I found something much different than the previous two, maybe a bit in-between.
There was a little dark cherry and blueberry hidden under the aromas of tobacco and chocolate. The mouth was offering the same with a little spice leading to a dry, but peppery finish. I did enjoy this with some Muenster and Dubliner cheese. The price was also right for this one, at $10 you can't go wrong.
The Marques de Concha Casa, at $20, was definitely the best of the three, although the Casillero del Diablo was a great buy. I'm still not sold on Carmenere. In a few months I will try another three and hopefully three more before the year ends. It'll be fun!!!





Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001 (Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006 (Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006 (Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003 (Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006 (NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006 (Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV (NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005 (Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006 (NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006 (France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004 (NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva 2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006 (NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007 (NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006 (Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007 (Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza 2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005 (Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006 (Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007 (NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV (NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007 (Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008 (NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005 (Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006 (California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007 (NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007 (California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007 (NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008 (California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007 (California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006 (Chile)
Concha y Toro Concha Marques de Concha Casa Carmenere 2007 (Chile)

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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2007

Date: Sun, Mar 7, 2010 Wine Business

It's been a few years since I tasted Carmenere. If I remember right, it was a take it or leave it, nothing special, too many other fine wines, don't shop for wine. My last review confirmed that feeling, but in a very serious attempt to expand a lazy palate I purchased a few different labels to compare.
The first was disappointing. Not that the wine was god awful bad, but it was not was I expected from what I was reading about Carmenere. It lacked the dark fruit and the balance.
Tonight I opened a second choice, The Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha 2007. This is what I expected.
Concha y Toro, the largest producer of wines from Latin America and one of the global leaders, is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Concha y Toro produces several different wine styles including a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc made from grapes the Maule Valley. They also produce a barrel fermented Chardonnay and a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon named after the winery's founder, Don Melchor. The Carmemere comes from the historic Peumo vineyards situated above to north bank of the Rapel Valley's Cachapoal River.
The aromas of dark plums, red cherry and blueberry with a hint of tobacco and coffee is what I was reading about. Add a little spice with some vanilla on the palate and a long smooth finish to make one excellent wine.
This Carmenere will pair equally well with steak, burgers or a pasta covered with a rich tomato sauce. It is also an excellent wine to just sip and enjoy while relaxing. I cut up some extra sharp cheddar and enjoyed every bite and every sip. My purchase price was $20 and well worth it.
My next Carmenere is also from Concha y Toro. Just maybe I found what I was looking for. Time and a few more Carmenere wines will tell!!!

Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001 (Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006 (Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006 (Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003 (Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006 (NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006 (Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV (NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005 (Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006 (NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006 (France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004 (NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva 2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006 (NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007 (NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006 (Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007 (Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza 2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005 (Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006 (Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007 (NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV (NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007 (Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008 (NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005 (Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006 (California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007 (NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007 (California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007 (NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008 (California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007 (California)
Arboleda Carmenere 2006 (Chile)

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Arboleda Carmenère 2006

Date: Sun, Feb 28, 2010 Wine Business

Wish I had a nice Canadian wine tonight so I could toast the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team on their winning of the Gold medal. I am not an avid hockey fan, but I do watch occasionally and tonight enjoyed one of the best ever games.
Instead, I uncorked an Arboleda Carmenère 2006 from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.
First released in 1999, Arboleda wines are made from fruit grown under strict sustainable viticultural practices from their best vineyards in the most prestigious viticultural regions of Chile.
Very dark purple color with aromas of dry earth, some green pepper and pipe tobacco. Reminded me of a time when I smoked a pipe. After quitting, the pipe was kept in a desk drawer and the burnt tobacco aroma was always evident in the pipe bowl even after several years.
The palate was more of a smoother tobacco with blueberry and black currant with a dry and little spicey long finish.
Can't wait till the snow melts and I can light up the grill for a few T-bones or rib eyes. This should be a perfect pairing with the steaks. Tonight I had with a pepperoni and mushroom pizza. It wasn't that bad with the pizza, but it was not that great either. Bring on the steaks!!!
The Arboleda Carmenère 2006 was purchased locally for $19
Vintage: 2006
Appellation: Chile
Wine pH: 3.61
Wine Acidity: 5.31 grammes per litre
Alcohol: 14.5%
Residual Sugar: 1.82 grammes per litre

Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001 (Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006 (Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006 (Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003 (Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006 (NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006 (Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV (NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005 (Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006 (NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006 (France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004 (NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva 2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006 (NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007 (NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006 (Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007 (Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza 2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005 (Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006 (Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007 (NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV (NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007 (Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008 (NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005 (Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006 (California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007 (NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007 (California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007 (NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008 (California)
Bogle Winery Petite Sirah 2007 (California)

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Bogel Winery Petite Syrah 2007

Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2010 Wine Business

Think my taste buds are back. I've been having a few problems with red wines since finishing some prescribed meds a few weeks ago. No matter what was tried I was getting a very musty taste. I opened a few old reliables thinking there must have been some bad bottles in the rack, but they turned out to be the same. Thankfully, all is now well and I have been really enjoying the last few days getting re-united with my favorite beverage. During my time off I ordered a few cases of my favorite Finger Lakes wines to stock up the fridge and this past week completed my stocking up by purchasing the wines I need to learn more about in order to continue my education in wine appreciation. BTW, they are Zinfandel, Syrah, Pitite Sirah and Carmenere.
The Zins are coming along better than expected and Syrah is rapidly becoming one of my faves. This past week-end I started ordering the Petite Sirah at the Lounge and tonight I opened what is, as of now, the best. A Bogel Winery 2007.
The aroma was not what I expected of this dark garnet wine. I expected more fruit, but got an earthy leather and some spicy anise or licorice. In the mouth there was some blackberry, dark plum and spice with a dry and peppery finish.
Recommended pairing is rich meat dishes of lamb, pork or game and their hearty sauces. Tonight Shirley made an excellent dish of chicken breast in left over fried peppers, onions and sausage, served with whipped potatoes, green beans and a chicken gravy accented with thyme. The pairing was just a tad short of "magnificent." The Bogel Petite Sirah was the perfect match.
Still have some way to go with this wine, but I am happy with the progress. At least I am no longer afraid of Petite Sirah.
The Bogel Petite Sirah was purchased locally for $7.99. Great value!!


Vintage: 2007
Appellation: California
Vineyard Sources: Clarksburg & Lodi
Harvest Date: September 10 through October 24, 2007
Release Date: March 2009
Wine pH: 3.61
Wine Acidity: 0.57g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.5%
Other Reviews:
Travaglini, Gattinara 2001 (Italy)
Carpineto, Dogajolo 2006 (Italy)
Penfolds, Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre 2006 (Australia)
Muga, Rioja Reserva 2003 (Spain)
Buttonwood Grove, Dry Riesling 2006 (NY)
La Corte, Salice Salentino 2006 (Italy)
Damiani, vino rosso NV (NY)
Vina Real, Rioja 2005 (Spain)
Damiani, Pinot Noir 2006 (NY)
Barons de Rothschild, Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006 (France)
Clos Du Bois, Calcaire 2006(California)
Heron Hill, Eclipse 2004 (NY)
Bonterra, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (California) *organic
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (New Zealand)
Quinta, Da Cortezia Reserva 2004 (Portugal)
Heron Hill, Cabernet Franc Rose' 2006 (NY)
Damiani, Meritage 2007 (NY)
Bonterra, Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (California) *organic
Henry Estate, Oregon Pinot Noir 2006 (Oregon)
Lindemans, Bin 40 Merlot 2007 (Australia)
Mutuo Rioja Crianza 2004 (Spain) *organic
White Springs, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Anthony Road, semi-dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva 2005 (Italy)
King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Viognier 2006 (Virginia)
Ravines Wine Cellars, Cabernet Franc 2007 (NY)
Row House Cellars, White Table Wine NV (NY)
Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007 (Italy)
Glenora Wine Cellars, Gewurztraminer 2007 (NY)
Billsboro Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (NY)
Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling 2008 (NY)
Banfi Chianti Classico Reserva 2005 (Italy)
Lamoreaux Landing, dry Riesling 2008 (NY)
Agent for Change (Martellotto Wines) Zinfandel 2006 (California)
Fulkerson Winery Dornfelder 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Syrah 2007 (NY)
Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2007 (California) *organic
Lakewood Vineyards Riesling 2007 (NY)
Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007 (NY)
Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008 (California)

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