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 [...]
During the first weekend in November we had the opportunity to experience the 14th Annual - A Wine & Food Affair ~ "Tasting Along the Wine Road," in the northern half of Sonoma County. A wonderful experience it was.
2009 Bridlewood Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA, $15 (S) – Rating 3.7 A jammy style of Cabernet Sauvignon offering a nose of cherry, dark fruit and leather. A soft mouth-feel with very subtle tannins. Flavors of cherry jam, blackberry, plum and hints of ripe raspberry with chocolate, molasses and a note of sweetness [...]
2009 Lava Cap Winery Vine Hill Pinot Noir, El Dorado, CA, $34 (S) – Rating 3.9 A lean and clean style of Pinot Noir with a gentle nose of raspberry and cherry. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, strawberry and spice are well integrated with supple tannins and a hint Burgundian earthiness and minerality. Enough acidity to [...]
2008 V. Sattui Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 4.1 Everything you could ask for in a Napa Valley Cabernet at this price. From 3 Napa vineyards and blended with just a hint of both Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. A rich nose of dark cherry, blueberry, licorice and toasty oak. [...]