Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2012 Pinot Noir




It's been 3 years
 and six vintages ago
 that I tasted my first Kendall-Jackson
 Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir Red Wine, and
I make a curious observation: I paid less this time around!

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2012 Pinot Noir, $13.59-$18.99, 88 points, appeared bright ruby trending cranberry red with a clear rim.
Aromas of red raspberry, toasty red cherry, and licorice were good.
Medium-bodied with good acidity and mild tannin carried pleasant flavors of red fruits and cola notes.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, spice, a well integrated 13.5% alcohol, and a hint of spearmint.
 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Flag Hill 2013 Cayuga White Wine





Flag Hill 2013 Cayuga White Wine,
 $10.39-$13.95, 87 points, poured a lovey bright golden color trending clear at the glass shallows.
Aromatically semi-sweet with apple, peach, and honeysuckle.
Light-plus body carried fair acidity with a medium sweet pear, apple, honey, and just a hint of citrus flavors. Texturally, this wine is a quaffer, but it was very good as a cold aperitif as well.
Finished fair with black pepper, a hint of tangy slightly tart tangerine, and a well integrated 10.5% alcohol.
Cayuga white wine is a mid-season ripening grape coming from crosses of the hybrids Schuyler and Seyval Blanc. Paired well with sautéed sea scallops.
I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I liked this white wine, being that dry wines are my thing, however I can think of many reasons why you'll want to try the Flag Hill 2013 Cayuga White Wine, not the least being that Jeff Chidester recommends it.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cline Sonoma Coast 2012 Pinot Noir





Cline Sonoma Coast 2012 Pinot Noir, $11.99-$17.99, 88 points, appeared cranberry red trending ruby with a clear rim and considerable draping.
Subtle grape smell was balanced with a hint of orange peel.
Barely medium-bodied with good acidity and mild tannin carried a very grapey flavor profile that trailed into the long finish of this very dry Pinot Noir with some of that 14.5% alcohol, spice, and mint.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Merriam Vineyards Russian River 2012 Pinot Noir Cuvée





Merriam Vineyards Russian River 2012 Pinot Noir Cuvée, $19.99-$24.99, 92+ points, displayed a somewhat murky (unfiltered) pomegranate red with a broad transparent ring at the glass wall.
Aromatic marjoram, cardamom, black and red fruits, hints of coffee, and a gentle floral component were excellent.
A profoundly sophisticated medium body carried good acidity, gentle persistent tannin, and flavors that mirrored the aromas with a hint of strawberry and pomegranate.
The long silky finish concluded with mint, eucalyptus, and mild spice.
The more I discover Merriam Vineyard's wines, the more I'm confident that I'll be receiving more than I paid for in quality and value!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pepin Condé Elgin 2012 Pinot Noir (South Africa)





 
Pepin Condé Elgin 2012 Pinot Noir, $10.39-$24.99, 91 points, poured bright ruby toward blood red with a broad clear rim and light "tearing" (synonymous with legs, draping, or sheeting of wine on the glass wall).
Earth notes, a hint of clove, and a whiff of flowers were excellent aromas!
Medium weight with very good acidity and mild tannin carried rich strawberry, red cherry, and hints of pomegranate.
Finished quite long with a well integrated 14% alcohol, ginger, white pepper, mint, tobacco and eucalyptus notes.
I had no preconceived notions on this very lively and well balanced little gem, but as I see it, this one is looking to be the best QPR PN of my 2014 Thanksgiving Season!
 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spy Valley Marlborough NZ 2011 Pinot Noir




Spy Valley Marlborough NZ 2011 Pinot Noir, $19.54-$24.99, 88 points, appeared cranberry red with a broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
Strawberry, red cherry, mushrooms, and a hint of cinnamon were very good aromas.
This medium-bodied red wine carried good acidity and moderate tannin with what I sense as glycerol (controversial element in wine).
Flavors of oxymoronic sweet red cherry (I'm fairly sure this is supposed to be a dry red wine), strawberry, and pomegranate made-up a trio of red fruits, but a hint of blueberry translated into the long finish with a notable 14% alcohol, coffee, mint, and fairly good spice notes.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Kendall Jackson Estate Outland Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir




Kendall Jackson Estate Outland Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir, $27.99-$34.99, 93 points, poured a deep pomegranate red with a broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
A rare bouquet of sea breezes, red cherry, chocolate, cedar, and red licorice were subtle, but outstanding!
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity, moderate and layered tannin carried a bouquet mirrored flavor profile with oak upon an elegant texture; maybe too oaky for some.
Finished long on spice, escalating tannin, eucalyptus, hints of coffee and the 14.5% alcohol.

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