Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Venge Vineyard's Scout's Honor Napa Valley 2012 Red Wine






Venge Vineyard's Scout's Honor Napa Valley (Calistoga) 2012 Red Wine, $20.24-$44.99, 91 points, was core black almost to the clear rim where a deep purple transitioning with heavy draping appeared.
Coffee, black cherry, and bell pepper on the nose were good.
The soft and smooth full-body with moderate tannin carried a rich array of flavors that followed the nose with the addition of plum and red licorice.
Finished well with spice and some heat from the 15.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 70% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 11% Charbono, and 5% Syrah.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sean Minor 4B California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc





 
Sean Minor 4B California 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99, 89 points, poured near gray with a lime-green tint.
The lovely aroma was fresh 'after the storm' linen with sweet green melon, bright honeysuckle, tangerine, and a touch of peach.
Light-crisp-bodied with more than ample acidity carried the aroma onto the palate along with tart citrus.
Finished rather tart and with its noticeable 13.5% alcohol. Paired well with buttered sweet corn on the cobb and sautéed sea scallops.
I found this gem at Klemm's Mobil in Windham.
 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Rodney Strong Alexander Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve


Rodney Strong Alexander Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $45.99-$53.99, 93 points, appeared a rich crushed blackberry purple/red with a clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
Coffee, roses, sea breezes, blackberry, and mulberry with just a hint of cedar on the nose were very good.
Full-bodied with good acidity and layered grainy tannin carried flavors that reflected the nose with licorice and cardamom.
Finished long on an accelerating spice, anise, eucalyptus, and some warmth from the 14.5% alcohol.
Four of us loved this wine; some of today's wine tasters rating this wine 94 points.



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Three Interesting Cali Cabernets


ESO Central Coast 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $11.70-$13.00, 88 points, poured a crushed black currant Bordeaux red with a transparent ring at the mildly draping glass wall.
The nose was a pleasant bouquet of toasty red cherry and red licorice with a hint of bell pepper.
Medium bodied with good acidity and an already resolved tannin balanced favorably with flavors of strawberry, red cherry, and savory notes.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, damson plum, an easy 13.8% alcohol, and mild spice notes.
There was a bit of sediment in the bottle; you might want to let it stand for a while or decant.
I bought this at the Londonderry Hannaford's Super Market.

Sterling Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.99-$22.99, 89 points,  poured a lush purple/red, almost ruby, and finished with a broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
Red cherry and blueberry with cedar were aromatic.
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity, mellow to moderate tannin supported flavors of licorice, oak, mulberry, boysenberry with eucalyptus, gently persistent white pepper, and mint on the fair finish. The well integrated 14.6% alcohol was appropriate.

Foley Johnson Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $24.74-$44.99, 92 points, appeared near black and trended a darker purple/red than most Shiraz wines I've looked at; a thin transparent ring greeted the leggy glass wall.
Hints of black cherry with bourbon notes were pleasant and enticing aromas.
Full-bodied with good acidity and firm tannin complimented this smooth red wine with some elegance.
Flavors mirrored the aromas, but cedar, blackberry, savory, and plum were excellent additions.
Finished on an escalating tannin, warmth from the 14.1% alcohol, mild spice, and a hint of mint.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Truchard Vineyard's The Sheperd Napa Valley Carneros 2013 Sauvignon Blanc






Truchard Vineyard's The Sheperd Napa Valley Carneros 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99-$15.99, 90 points, poured a light brass color trending gray to water-clear.
While cold the lovely aromas of flowers and lemon/lime impressed, but warmed to a dominant peach.
Light-bodied with mouth-puckering acidity carried a beautifully balanced flavor profile of citrus, green melon, peach, and ginger.
Finished long on the trailing palate, wet stone, and a noticeable 14.1% alcohol.
Paired well with a buttered baked potato and fried Atlantic clams.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Tenuta Tignanello Marchese 2010 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva




Tenuta Tignanello Marchese 2010 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, $27.99-$32.99, 91 points, presented me with a spectacular color array of deep crushed blackberries and a clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
Profuse violets on the nose settled down a bit with air, but remained almost perfume-like; olives, earth, black cherry, and cedar were aromatic.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity and comfortable supportive tannin carried flavors reflective of the aromas with an underlayment of plum, savory, and dry green cooking herbs.
Finished long on the trailing palate with an escalating red pepper, spice, and a well integrated 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with Debbie's lasagna.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Seeker Mosel 2012 Riesling






The Seeker Mosel 2012 Riesling, $12.60-$14.00, 85 points, appeared light brass in color.
The nose was a faint petrol and honeydew melon.
Light bodied with good acidity and rather uninspired or maybe just out of balanced flavors of sweet grapefruit, cantaloupe, and hints of petrol with tart Granny smith apple notes.
Finished on the trailing palate, a well integrated 10.5% alcohol, and a slight sour lemon which was only okay for me.

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