Thursday, January 29, 2015

Round Pond Napa Valley "Kith & Kin" 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon





Round Pond Napa Valley "Kith and Kin" 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $26.09-$28.99, 91+ points, poured core black trending a crushed black currant purple/red with a broad clear rim and a leggy glass wall.
Lush black fruit on the nose was accented by dried cardamom and a bit of toasty cedar.
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity, an underlayment of tannin, and flavors reflective of the nose were very good.
The texture was medium smooth with lots of room to mellow.
Finished strong on blackberry, escalating spice, spearmint, eucalyptus, and some warmth from the 14.5% alcohol.
Looking for a solid Cab at a reasonable price? Are you at the Wine Week event in Manchester? If you see this one: Please taste and tell me if you agree!




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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thumbprint Russian River 2012 Pinot Noir







$15.99-$49.99, 89 points, appeared as an unfiltered cranberry red with a broad clear rim-ring.
Aromatic strawberry, blueberry, sweet spices, with hints of vanilla and bacon were excellent.
The medium body carried good acidity, mild-plus tannin, flavors reflective of the aromas as well as hints of tart pomegranate.
Finished long with the 13.9% alcohol, mild spice notes, and of all things, grape!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

First Press Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc






First Press Napa Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.00, 88 points, appeared as a broad spectrum of yellow colors, but a very light gold dominated.
Cantaloupe and gooseberry were okay on the nose.
Crisp light bodied Sauvignon Blanc with good acidity and flavors of cantaloupe, lemon grass, and unripe honeydew melon were also okay.
Early palate texture was a bit rough, but mellowed-out late palate.
Finished long on the trailing palate, white pepper, a hint of ginger with the big 14.5% alcohol.
Paired well with sautéed sea scallops.







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Monday, January 26, 2015

Ridge Pagani Ranch 2012 Zinfandel





Ridge Pagani Ranch 2012 Zinfandel, $33.29-$36.99, 92 points, poured a deep purple red with a transparent rim-ring and a fair amount of draping.
The very interesting aromas of blackberry, chocolate, fresh-washed linen, cedar, and the barest hint of Patchouli was wonderful (Ridge wines always seem to have these alluring smells).
Medium-plus body had very bright acids and accelerating fine tannins with flavors of wild berries, mint, eucalyptus, and licorice which were wonderful too.
Finished fair with tart pomegranate, spice, and a hint of the 14.1% alcohol.
Not as round or as elegant a wine as the Ridge Lytton Springs 2012 Red Wine, rather more unabashedly primitive, edgy, and undomesticated, but not cranky.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wine and three days of snow!


With 18-25 inches of snow and high winds, wine, red wine is in order; so, today I stocked up!





Okay, okay, okay! Snow is beautiful! Saturday's 3-4 inches of the white stuff was just right for a beautiful January Sunday drive to pick-up some red wines for the long haul!

 












 
Three days later, and yup, it's still snowing; ouch! However, being stuck indoors I made my first video, rudimentary though it is: 
 

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Errazuriz Single Vineyard 2008 Carménère



Errazuriz Single Vineyard 2008 Carménère,  $15.99-$20.99, 90+ points, poured black throughout except deep purple near the transparent rim-ring and leggy glass wall.
Aromatic sea-salt, violets, cedar, coffee, and black fruits were excellent.
Near full-bodied, sleek and satiny, displayed good acidity, firm, but balanced tannin with oak, cola, blackberry, and floral flavors which were very good.
Finished long on eucalyptus, licorice, easy spice, and red cherry with some warmth from the 14.5% alcohol.






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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Davis Bynum Virginia's Block~Jane's Vineyard Russian River Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc





Davis Bynum Virginia's Block~Jane's Vineyard Russian River Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $20.69-$22.99, 90 points, was a light brass color trending clear at the glass shallows.
Honeydew melon and lemon zest on the nose were quite good.
The light/crisp body carried typically good acidity and quintessentially Cali Sauvignon Blanc flavors of key lime, lemon, kiwi, and honeydew melon.
Finished long on cream-soda notes with hints of the 13.5% alcohol (very nice).
Paired perfectly with turbot and chips.


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