Friday, July 31, 2015

Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley 2010 Gewürztraminer






Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley 2010 Gewürztraminer, $8.49-$9.99, 86+ points, was a bright gold color graying toward the glass edge.
Gewürztraminer is supposed to be very aromatic, but I was left with only hints of apple and a subtle floral component.
The near medium body carried fair acidity with flavors of Macintosh apple, ginger, and star fruit.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a wet stoniness, and just a touch of the 12% alcohol.
Paired quite well with my Asian cuisine.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tenuta Santo Pietro Perceptum Toscana 2010 IGT Rosso



Tenuta Santo Pietro Perceptum Toscana 2010 IGT Rosso, $18.69-$23.99, 88+ points, appeared deep ruby red trending orange/red at the glass shallows, and having a thin clear wine ring.
Aromas of truffle, earth, and black currant were okay.
Nearly full-bodied with good acidity and easy drinking tannin carried flavors of plum, truffle, sage, tobacco, and tart pomegranate.
Finished on the trailing palate with hints of spice and the 14% alcohol.
Varietals were 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Verdot.



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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cade Winery Howell Mountain Napa Valley California




was our next five star winery to visit,
to experience, and that we did.
We had our charming (beautiful, vivacious, and intelligent) hostess who I'll refer to as "Sally", she showed us the ropes so-to-speak, only in this case it was a cave, a young employee racking the wine, and Sally serving us hors-d'oeuvres with some fabulous wines.
We had two other parties with us: "J" the chef and his right hand David.
We also were accompanied by the wise gray-haired lover and his elegant wife with their warm smiles and learned comments.
Much of this kind of experience is the people you'll meet!




There's more to this screw-cap than meets the eye; specifically that it was on Cades massive and full-bodied 2012 Cabernet Reserve, $185.00, 95 points from me. This Cabernet had complexity and a satin texture, fruit, coffee, mulling herbs, cedar, and nuance; it was heads and shoulders above the Howell Mountain or the Napa Valley Cabs, pricy, but worth the occasional indulgence.
 

 
Apocalyptic Oasis (Cade Cave)
is where I'd want to be when the bombs begin to fall.
Without my tripod it's impossible for me to give you the spacious and impressive sense of its grandeur.



  
Since the Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
(Sally generously poured two bottles of this wine)
so over-shadowed the other reds, I only have one more comment on the wines we tasted there, and that was the Cade Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $30, 91 points, was typically higher-end Cali crisp, citrus, and refreshing.


If the first impression of Kuleto was "Rustic" then Cade's was "Futureistic" and modern.
If Sally would like the world to see her whole portrait
all she'll have to do is tell me and I'll give you the rest of the photograph above (Hollywood will want her), but until then this will have to do (just a hint of her poise and presence).
The four of us came away with similar feelings and judgments!


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Masi Levarie 2012 Soave





Masi Levarie 2012 Soave (Italy), $11.49-$24.99, 85+ points, poured a coppery gold color.
The subtle melon aroma was just okay for me.
Light-plus bodied with fair to good acidity, and soft melon flavors with a hint of petrol were just okay as well.
Finished with almost no alcohol taste at all (12%) and slight notes of white pepper.
I must keep in mind that Soave is best drunk very young, and I think I may have missed the peak vibrancy on this one.




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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kuleto Estate Family Vineyards





  Kuleto Estate Family Vineyards of Napa Valley California
was my first visit to a winery, so I have no reference points to actually judge my experience; however I was left with a five-star event imprinted into my memory.
  There was the beautiful forest, the rather steep and long ride up the driveway, the grape vines and a horse, an old working fire truck (thank God), Acorn woodpeckers, then the lovely rustic tasting room, terrace, flowers, fountain, "J's" lovey party of six, and our wonderful hostess with cheese, nuts, crackers, and yes: wine!
  The Kuleto 2013 dry Moscato (91 points) was stunning, but their light styled 2012 Zinfandel (90 points), aromatic Syrah (90 points) and their medium-plus bodied Cabernet Sauvignon (89 points) were winners as well, showing a very good consistency throughout, but it was the total ambiance that won the day for me!
  Last year I found in New Hampshire Kuleto's wonderful red wine, and that should have been a tip-off to the quality wines produced here. Kuleto Frog Prince Napa Valley 2009 Red Wine, $18.69-$39.99, 90 points
Cheers!
 
 




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Monday, July 27, 2015

Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc



Frog's Leap Napa Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $19.79-$23.99, 90 points, was a bright brass color trending gray near the glass edge.
Aromatic fruity nose was lush and pleasing.
Typically light-bodied with mouth-watering acidity and citrus flavors with hints of peach and watermelon rind were pure and easy drinking.
Finished on the trailing palate with hints of ginger, white pepper, and a well integrated 12.1% alcohol; so for those wanting a less alcohol white wine, give this gem a try.
We drank this Frog's Leap after revisiting their 2009 Chardonnay which I kept in the Euro-cave for many years, and though it was a little different, it was still wonderfully clean, more Chablis-like, but with a more dominant apple note than when tasted in 2010. (Frog's Leap 2009 Chardonnay, $20.39-$26.99, 92 points)



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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Domaine Cherrier ET Fils 2014 Sancerre






Domaine Cherrier ET Fils 2014 Sancerre,
$9.99-$15.99, 91 points, poured a light brass color trending quite gray at the glass shallows.
Aromatic pineapple, grapefruit, and pome blossoms were very good.
The light body was crisp, stony, bright, and  appropriately acidic.
Flavors reflected the aromas and added tangerine with a hint of lime.
Finished on the trailing palate, ginger notes, black pepper, and a balanced 12.5% alcohol.

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