Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ridge Monte Bello 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon





Ridge Monte Bello 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $124.79-$155.99, 95 points, poured inky black at the core trending deep maroon toward the broad clear wine ring.
Toasty blackberry, anise, warm earth, violets, cedar, and black currant were lovely aromas.
Full body carried good acidity with grainy, layered, and building tannins.
The silky smooth texture and complex balanced flavors of the bouquet whispered elegance and beguiled a short addiction; for what is a great wine that doesn't bid: "Drink me to the last drop."
Finished long on the trailing palate, easy white pepper, cardamom, plum, and an unnoticeable 12.8% alcohol.
Varietals were 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc.

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UVAGGIO Lodi 2011 (Primitivo) Zinfandel





UVAGGIO Lodi 2011 (Primitivo) Zinfandel,
$10.19-$18.99, no points given (spoiled bottle), was a deep maroon purple/red, but everything else was less a red, white, and blue celebration and more a stinky barnyard blues; the foul flavor followed the smell.
I don't often buy (just bought in June of this year) a bad bottle of wine, but this was just awful, and for the $10.19, it's not worth the hassle of returning it to the NHLS, but I'll not buy another. Now if the distributor wants to replace it with a "good" bottle, then fair enough; I'll not hold my breath waiting!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Waterstone Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon





Waterstone Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $21.24-$27.99, 91 points, appeared core black trending a Bordeaux purple/red as it closed-in on the very broad clear wine ring.
Aromas of blackberry, black currant, truffle, clove, and cedar were very good.
Full-bodied, fair to good acidity, moderate tannin, and flavors reflective of the aromas with a polished palate-feel made for a gracious libation.
Finished long on anise, gentle spice, hints of eucalyptus, plum notes, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my steak and potatoes.



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ryan Patrick 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon




Ryan Patrick 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $25.49-$29.99, 90 points, poured an opaque ruby trending a crushed black currant purple/red with a broad clear wine ring.
The fragrance of chocolate, cedar, blackberries, and tobacco were excellent.
Full unctuous body married fair acidity with a rather tame grainy tannin, making for an easy supple red wine; personally I would have preferred a tighter tannic expression (JMO).
Uber rich plum flavors dominated the black currant, truffle, tobacco, and violet notes.
Finished long on dried cook spices, mint, chalky-chocolate, and a surprisingly well managed 15.5% alcohol.
Having produced only 200 cases, I was very much looking forward to tasting this North West (Mattawa, Washington) Cabernet Sauvignon.




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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Benziger North Coast 2013 Sauvginon Blanc

 
I don't suppose that wine blogs
 pay too much attention to Independence Day,
 but I usually like to stick to American Wines at this time of year,
 and I do like incorporating a bit of my patriotism in my photographs as well.
This year
 I'd like to add a small tribute to those which served our country;
 Yesterday I posted this tribute on Face Book
 to those who personally affected my well-being as an American.
Independence Day
 approaches,
and I, with much ambivalence about what goes on in the Land of the Brave and the Free,
 knowing that so many gave up so much for me and my children, stand in awe.
I now take the time to thank all those patriots that helped to secure those freedoms we yet have,
 especially my dad Alexander, Alexander Demos,
 Raymond Caron, Lt. Col. Dahlberg, Pete P. who died in the Viet Nam war, L. Rendell, Charles B.,
my Marine brother-in-law and his son.
 To the Unknown soldiers,
 sailors, and airmen which have too often been forgotten.
Thank you for your service!


 
To The Wine!
 
Benziger North Coast 2013 Sauvginon Blanc, $7.64-$11.99, 87 points, was more a glossy gold color, but the glass shallows were more a foggy gray.
Smells of light citrus and pome were okay.
Typically Cali light-bodied, crisp with good acidity (enough acidity to easily bite through my spiced fried Halibut), and lively, a bit one dimensional, but robust enough to drink as a stand alone white wine.
Subtle flavors of orange peel, pear, and honeysuckle were okay too.
Finished on the trailing palate, a hint of ginger, and the 13.5% alcohol which were okay as well.
It will be hard to find a better $8 SB than this.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Souverain North Coast 2013 Sauvignon Blanc





Souverain North Coast 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.99-$15.99, 91 points, poured a bright brass color trending water-clear at the glass shallows.
Aromatic citrus notes with orchard blossoms, fresh cut grass, and hints of toasty vanilla were quite good.
The light body was crisp, and carried good acidity on a straight forward flavor profile of pomelo, orange, and honeysuckle.
Finished well on the trailing palate, a well integrated 13.7% alcohol, and just a hint of ginger.
Maybe the best value 2013 Sauvignon Blanc I've had all year.
Paired well with onion rings, buttered asparagus, and chicken fingers with duck sauce.




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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sebastiani 2011 Americano Petite Sirah





Sebastiani 2011 Americano Petite Sirah, $15.29-$17.99, 87 points, was mostly dense and black with shimmering maroon hues which appeared near the obligatory wine ring.
Profuse aromas of licorice and plum were just okay for me.
Heavy-bodied, almost syrupy, managed to escape my wrath with a consistent and fairly good flavor profile of black licorice, plum, mint, and kirsch; the acidity was fair and the tannin, though supportive, was mild for a rather young Petite Sirah.
Finished okay on a slightly sweet red cherry, ubiquitous plum, and an almost unnoticeable 13.5% alcohol.




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