Saturday, May 28, 2016

North By Northwest Columbia Valley 2014 Rosé






North By Northwest Columbia Valley 2014 Rosé, $6.99-$14.99, 86 points, was not the easiest Rosé color to nail down, so roughly it was orange red with a maroon tint.
Aromas were reticent strawberry and watermelon.
Light-plus body managed straight-forward flavors of strawberry, kiwi, and a hint of hibiscus with fair-plus acidity.
Finished okay on the trailing palate and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were an interesting Merlot, Syrah, Riesling, and Pinot Gris.

Index-of-reviewed-wines

Copyright 2010-2016 Dennis Tsiorbas. All rights reserved, Template provided by Blogger

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bonny Doon The Heart Has Its (2013) Rieslings






Bonny Doon The Heart Has Its (2013) Rieslings, $7.99-$14.99, 86 points, poured a light gold color grading water clear.
The nose was overwhelmingly petrol.
The light-plus body carried a slight sweetness (off-dry), fair to good acidity, and flavors dominated by petrol notes with some apple and hints of guava.
Finished tart on the trailing palate with an innocuous 9.5% alcohol.
Paired okay with our Asian cuisine.
Keep in mind that many like/love warm-weather Rieslings with TDN like notes, but I'm not one of them, and though overall I liked Bonny Doon's expression of this wine (much of the petrol notes abated as the wine warmed), I didn't like it enough to buy it again.
For more on the subject see my post from St Hallett Eden Valley Barossa 2009 Riesling.

Index-of-reviewed-wines

Copyright 2010-2016 Dennis Tsiorbas. All rights reserved, Template provided by Blogger

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Castillo Monjardin El Cerezo 2014 Chardonnay, (unoaked) Navarra, Spain







Castillo Monjardin El Cerezo 2014 Chardonnay, (unoaked)  Navarra, Spain, $10.19-$13.99, 88 points, poured a pale brass color.
Aromatic apple, lemon/lime, and pome blossoms were excellent (I'm not usually enamored with Chardonnay smells).
More like a good Albarino than a Chardonnay, for the light-plus body, better than good acidity, citrus dominant flavors and minerality would have fooled me (easily done, I know).
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a hint of white pepper and a well-balanced 13% alcohol..

Index-of-reviewed-wines

Copyright 2010-2016 Dennis Tsiorbas. All rights reserved, Template provided by Blogger

Chardonnay (Unoaked)

Green And Red Chiles Canyon Napa valley 2007 Zinfandel Revisited


Green And Red Chiles Canyon Napa valley 2007 Zinfandel Revisited, $18.99, 92 points, was surprising good, from stem to stern this eight year old Zinfandel excelled.
I tasted this wine four years ago, but wasn't as pleased as I was with this bottle, but there maybe storage factors involved.
Appeared a bright red color which bled into the broad clear wine ring.
Aromas of blackberries, black pepper, and floral components were excellent (still).
Smoother than I remembered it being (2010, 2012); medium-plus body, good acidity, mostly resolved underlayment of tannin, flavors of wild briar berries, licorice, violets, and marjoram herb notes were lively.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spices, and a warm 14.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my prosaic grilled hamburgers.
This post is a continuation of Zinfandel Red Wines Enjoyed Years Ago and Revisited.

Index-of-reviewed-wines

Copyright 2010-2016 Dennis Tsiorbas. All rights reserved, Template provided by Blogger


 

Twenty Bench Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Revisited)





Twenty Bench Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Revisited) $19.99, 90 points, was a deep ruby red grading bright red toward the bleeding wine ring.
Aromas of black currant, cedar, coffee, and violets were excellent.
The Twenty Bench Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was surprising light-bodied (medium) with fair acidity, light and sweet tannins, modest silky texture, and flavors reflective of the aromas plus hints of anise, cola, and spearmint which were good.
Finished long on the trailing palate, easy spice notes, and a sweet-spot 14.5% alcohol.
Some thoughts on this wine:
I think this Cabernet Sauvignon has peaked, but I also think it has a few more drinkable years left.
I'm not sure Twenty Bench is sold in NH anymore, but I understand that they now produce a Chardonnay.
When I first tasted:
Twenty Bench Napa Valley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon tasted in 2010.


Index-of-reviewed-wines

Copyright 2010-2016 Dennis Tsiorbas. All rights reserved, Template provided by Blogger

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tenuta Greppone Mazzi 2010 Brunello Di Montalcino





Tenuta Greppone Mazzi 2010 Brunello Di Montalcino, $46.74-$54.99, 93 points, poured a deep maroon grading a brilliant sunburst red toward the glass bowl.
Aromatic lavender and roses slowly wafted over early blueberry and red fruit aromas.
Medium-plus body, approachable supportive tannin, and a rather single minded masculine flavor profile of pomegranate, a kick-@$$ spicy pepper, and an appropriate 14.5% alcohol MANifested a near perfect gestalt.
The Greppone Mazzi 2010 Brunello was 'bone-dry', and so good, I simple sipped it alone!
After six years of sinking my teeth into wine, I still find it helpful to consult John from Tuscan Vines, because spending a fifty or a hundred on a wine is serious business, not only that, this link has my favorite picture of him!

Index-of-reviewed-wines

Copyright 2010-2016 Dennis Tsiorbas. All rights reserved, Template provided by Blogger