Friday, August 17, 2018

Cuvaison Carneros, Napa Valley Estate Grown 2016 Sauvignon Blanc





Cuvaison Carneros, Napa Valley Estate Grown 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.62-$25.99, 88 points, poured a brass color gilded in gold.
The nose was near dumb with a pleasant enough undistinguished lemon meringue.
Light-bodied, but the soft texture and unusual, for a Cali SB, roundness bestowed the impression of a heavier attribute; acidity was good and helped to give life to flavors of lemon and apple which carried into the fair finish characterized by ginger spiced apple pie and an appropriate 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my sautéed Canadian cod filet and a dessert of Turkish Delight.

Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Cali)

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Luiano 2015 Chianti Classico





Luiano 2015 Chianti Classico, $11.99-$13.99, 89 points, poured a shimmering sienna purple/red color with a broad clear wine ring and moderate legs.
Aromas were soft floral notes with smells of tea and sea.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a round mouth-feel of tannin managed a balanced smorgasbord of cherry fruit, black tea and olives, flowers, and truffles.
Finished long on the trailing palate, invigorating pepper spices, and a restrained 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our meatball subs.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sensi Dalcampo 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG)





Sensi Dalcampo 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva (DOCG), $14.44-$19.99, 88 points, poured a deep sienna purple/red color with a broad clear wine ring and lightly-sheeted bowl.
Aromas of cocoa, earth, black olives, and cherry fruit were quite good.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and slightly astringent tannins, but not prohibitively so, carried edgy flavors of cherry cola, red licorice, and black tea.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a hint of eucalyptus, tangy citrus, a hint of cayenne, and an appropriate 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo.

Paired perfectly with my spinach and cheese ravioli in a rich beefy marinara sauce.

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For The Wine Geek (Reposted From 2016)



 
 
 
 
Questions: Is a wine's signature characteristics: appearance, smell, body, dry/sweet, red/white, domestic/imported, flavors, and finish, as a whole or in part, more discernable as the wine's quality increases, and does it fundamentally follow that this is true with more expensive wines?
If these questions interest you, further thoughts are offered within the link above.
 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Truchard Carneros Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay




Truchard Carneros Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay, $14.44-$29.99, 88 points, poured a very dark gold color.
Aromas were soft evergreen, butterscotch, and oaky Chardonnay specific notes.
Full-bodied with fair acidity translated the aromas onto the palate with hints of cantaloupe and apple flavors.
Finished as the wine began and showing an appropriate 14.1% alcohol.
Paired okay with fried chicken, but perfectly with our Buffalo chicken and bean/pepper-jack burritos.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Moniker Mendocino County 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon






Moniker Mendocino County 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $12.74-$22.99, 90 points, poured core black grading purple/red toward the glass shallows, meniscus, and sticky tears.
Aromatic chocolate, juniper/cedar, black olives, and soft round black fruit smells were interesting and pleasant.
Full-bodied with good acidity and enduring ubiquitous, almost astringent tannins managed to deliver good flavors of plums, cocoa, and nondescript dark fruits.
Finished long, dry, and spicy with a hint of mint and a warm 14.5% alcohol.
My recommendation: At this price, for those that love Cali Cabs and don't mind drinking the same wine over time, or have need for a substantial quantity, this is a wine to buy by the case!

2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Robert Craig Napa Valley 'Affinity' 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon




Robert Craig Napa Valley 'Affinity' 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $56.94-$66.99, 94 points, poured a slightly unfiltered Burgundy purple/red with a broad clear wine ring and clinging stained sheets turning the bowl into a crystal goblet.
Aromatic thuds of black currants were garnished with lovely whiffs of chocolate, toasty plums, and trailing mulling spices.
The full body showed good acidity and firm, but comfortable layers of tannin.
Flavors of truffle and black cherry with those reflective of the aromas and accented with an accelerating spiciness, trailing plum notes, a whisper of pomegranate, and topped-off by a spot-on 14.8% alcohol, made for a well-balanced Cali Cab.

2014 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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