Thursday, July 27, 2017

Robert Young Estate Winery 'Scion' Alexander Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon





Robert Young Estate Winery 'Scion' Alexander Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon,
$30.59-$64.99, 93 points, poured an opaque Bordeaux red wine color with a bright clear wine ring and considerable draping.
Aromatic cedar, chocolate, black fruit, and a hint of marjoram were outstanding.
Full-bodied with good acidity and early palate smooth with escalating fine firm tannin managed lovely flavors of mint, black currant, plum, and nuanced with flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long on warm spices, truffle, a citrus note, and a spot-on 14.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my spice-rubbed rib eye steak.
This Robert Young Bordeaux-styled Cabernet Sauvignon was as good a Alexander Valley Cab as I have ever had.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2014 Zinfandel





Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2014 Zinfandel, $25.49-$33.99, 92 points, was the apropos wine to celebrate my blog's seventh anniversary.
With almost three hundred Zinfandel wines reviewed, beginning with Frog's Leap and Green and Red Zin, I must admit that I was right about the quality of the Frog's Leap 2007 Zin seven years ago; Frog's Leap 2014 Zin demonstrates that this winery remains a superior Zinfandel producer.
Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2014 Zinfandel poured a deep ruby grading a more burgundy purple/red toward the moderately broad clear wine ring and bold leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic briar fruit and a smoky plum note were shy, but pleasant.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a well-balanced underlayment of supportive tannin managed luscious flavors of ripe blackberries, coffee, and hints of pomegranate.
Finished long on the trailing palate, black cherry with easy spice notes, and a typically restrained 13.8% alcohol.
Make no mistake, this is a sophisticated Zinfandel; won't probably wow those that require full-bodied excessive alcohol styled Zins.
Paired perfectly with our loaded pizza.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tortoise Creek 'The Chelonian' Lodi 2012 Zinfandel




Tortoise Creek 'The Chelonian' Lodi 2012 Zinfandel, $7.08-$14.99*, 87 points, poured an opaque ruby red with a clear wine ring and glass bowl of moderate draping.
Smells of fading black cherry and cedar were excellent while they lasted.
Medium-bodied with fair-plus acidity and full soft tannin managed luscious flavors of black cherry, ripe blackberry, and plum notes.
Finished fair on truffle, easy spices, a bit of oak, and a warm 14.5% alcohol.
Paired well with my Sloppy-Joe.
*Price was a Hannaford's of Bedford closeout, making this a very good QPR Zin.



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Monday, July 24, 2017

Antica Napa Valley (Antinori Family Estates) 2014 Chardonnay








Antica Napa Valley (Antinori Family Estates) 2014 Chardonnay, $26.34-$34.99, 91 points, poured a pale straw yellow color.
Aromatic lemon meringue pie, hints of fresh-cut grass, and a floral vibe were excellent.
Medium bodied with good acidity and complex flavors of tropical and yellow stone fruit garnished with lemon and a kiss of oak won over a Chablis lover.
Finished long on ginger, peach, lemon, and a well-balanced 14.1% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our Asian cuisine.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fritz Estate Dry Creek Valley 2013 Zinfandel






Fritz Estate Dry Creek Valley 2013 Zinfandel, $17.99-$25.99 (birthday gift), 87 points, poured a deep sienna color with a clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl.
Aromas were a bit herbal with dusty red fruit.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and a soft underlayment of tannin managed a somewhat Primitivo-styled Zinfandel.
More a red fruit (red raspberry) flavor profiled Zinfandel than is typical of Dry Creek, but way tastier than most reviews I've read.
Finished fair on easy spices, herbal, and a touch plumy, having a well-integrated 14.6% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Mexican cuisine.
This Zinfandel needed decanting.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Vinum Cellars Seashell Vineyard, Paso Robles 2016 Rosé







Vinum Cellars Seashell Vineyard, Paso Robles 2016 Rosé, $10.62-$14.49, 88 points, appeared exactly the color you see in the photograph (salmon pink).
Shy aromas of peach and strawberry were pleasant.
The medium body with fair-plus acidity was about the wine's texture; this is a tactile Rosé steeped in smooth flavors of mild earthy kava and mango.
Finished nicely on the trailing palate, red cherry, and a spot-on 13% alcohol.
Varietals were Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.
As with most Rosé wines, you'll enjoy this South Rhône-styled Rosé well chilled; there's reasons for those twist-off caps (fresh and 'cold').
Paired perfectly with my Mexican cuisine.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

AVA Grace Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc






AVA Grace Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $6.79-$10.99, 86 points, poured a light brass color grading clear at the glass shallows.
Aromas of hay with the slightest hint of tomato juice were just okay for me.
Light-bodied with good acidity and grassy flavors highlighted by hints of vanilla, kiwi, peach, and pear were graceful.
Finished long on a gingery note, the trailing palate, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Maritime baked-stuffed lobster.
AVA Grace was a bargain SB at under $7xx.





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