Over the past few months I have been introduced to the exciting Italian wines created by the Giordano family of Giordano Wines. If you are not familiar with Giordano’s award winning wines, you are not alone. It is only recently that have been available in the U.S. and still on a limited basis. But that is all about to change.
In the early days of Wine Reviews at Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog I wanted to be a bit rebellious so I eschewed the 100-Point wine rating system made famous by Robert Parker and adopted by just about every other mainstream wine reviewer around. Today, we fall in line with the big boys…as far as the rating scale goes, anyway.
During my time as a wine blogger I have been lucky enough to meet many of these exciting next-gen winemakers. Rock and Vine does an excellent job of bringing their dynamic personalities and passion for a new style of winemaking to life, through both thoughtful words and eye-popping photography.
While Kurt learned much of his craft working with his uncle Chuck Wagner (co-founder of Caymus) and cousins at Caymus Vineyards, he ventured out a few years ago to create hand-crafted Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under his own label Bohème Wines. Kurt’s five small-lot wines are exceptional examples of terrior-driven single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For those who support small, family and artisan wineries…Bohème is a wine find that will definitely excite your palate and enhance your cellar.
2011 Giordano Fiano “Apulia Collection”, Puglia, Italy, $12.50 (S) – Rating 4.0 A super value white patio sipper with a delightful floral nose with notes of citrus and green apple. The palate offers flavors of pear, citrus and apricot with crisp acidity and a pleasing tartness. Pair with Asian food, sushi or a summer salad [...]
An extremely approachable and eminently enjoyable Pinot Noir.
2010 Wine Guerrilla Conte Vineyard Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 4.2 A delicious field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, and Carignane with a deep nose of spicy cherry pie offering notes of tobacco and leather. Give the wine at 15 minutes to open and you’ll be rewarded [...]
2011 Silver Buckle Lodi Chardonnay, CA, $18 (S) - Rating 4.0 Served at a get-together of wine lovers, this Chardonnay was a big hit. Creamy without being flabby. Lush tropicals on the nose, pineapple, ripe pear and a hint of green apple. A round mouth-feel with a subtle hint of sweetness and zippy acidity. Flavors of [...]
2008 Buena Vista Winery The Count Founder’s Red Wine, Sonoma, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 3.9 An excellent Go-To $20 red blend at a value price. Blended from Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, the winemaker pulled the best attributes of each. A nose of black cherry and dark chocolate is the prelude to this crowd-pleasing wine with [...]
2009 Buena Vista Winery Chardonnay, Carneros, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 4.0 A lush full mouth-feel (typical Carneros Chardonnay body) with plenty of acidity to keep things interesting, especially at the $20 price point. An intriguing nose of apple, pear and citrus with notes of caramel and a hint of nuttiness. The palate is treated [...]
2008 Mutt Lynch Winery “mbf” Petite Sirah, Perotti Vineyard, Dry Creek, Sonoma Coast, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 3.9 An dark inky wine with aromas of jammy black fruit and spice. The wine offer big flavors of black cherry, blackberry, dark spice with notes of tobacco and cinnamon. The long finish offers up hints of espresso. [...]
J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20 Brut NV 25th Anniversary, Sonoma, CA, $26 (S) – Rating 4.2 The J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20, is in my opinion, one of the consistent great values in CA sparkling wine and the 25th Anniversary offering is no exception. Crisp and intriguing with a nose of apple, citrus and brioche. [...]
2005 J Vineyards Vintage Brut, Russian River Valley, CA, $48 (S) – Rating 4.0 A rich blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with deep yeasty notes. Balanced bubbles with a toasty butterscotch nose followed by flavors of red apple and citrus with hints of butterscotch and a kiss of sweetness. Cellar aged for [...]
2008 Inman Family Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $63(S) – Rating 4.2 Produced with 5 Pinot Noir clones in a 10 acre vineyard, the wine is complex with an inviting nose of raspberry, plum, cherry and spice. Decant for 30+minutes to develop its full potential. Flavors on the palate include [...]