Daily Archives: August 4, 2009

Rosenblum Richard Sauret Zin 2006

Rosenblum Cellars, Paso Robles, Richard Sauret Vineyards, Zinfandel 2006 There’s jammy fruit in the nose with notes of charred oak and an early sense of evolution. In the mouth the wine is peppery with vanilla and sweet milk chocolate. V&B … Continue reading

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Calera Mills 2006

Calera, Mt. Harlan, Mills Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2006 The nose shows cola, freshly dug moist, dark soil and candied berries. The mouth is alive with acidity and raspberries, very concentrated with a long creaminess – this wine just goes on … Continue reading

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Firestone Sauvignon 2008

Firestone Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 This wine delivers full-on grassiness and gooseberries in the nose. In the mouth there is plenty of citrus and citrus peel and very vibrant acidity – refreshing. P&B in Los Olivos 13.5% … Continue reading

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Curran Grenache Blanc 2007

Curran Wines, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, Grenache Blanc 2007 The nose combines flowers and herbaceous notes while the mouth is reminiscent of biting into a plum that isn’t fully ripe, bursting with fruit yet ripping with tart acidity … Continue reading

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Claiborne & Churchill Riesling 2007

Claiborne & Churchill, Central Coast, Dry Riesling 2007 Unfortunately this wine was corked. Proprietors Claiborne Thompson & Fredericka Churchill. P&B in San Luis Obispo 12.6% $15.49 at Bottle Barn Claiborne & Churchill

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Graff Viognier

Graff Family Vineyards, Chalone, Viognier 2007 Smelling the glass is like getting close to a bottle of perfume – very pretty and enticing. There’s loads of peaches in this wine with a sense of acidity in the background making this … Continue reading

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Robert Hall Rose 2008

Robert Hall, Paso Robles, Hall Ranch, Rose de Robles 2008 Strawberries and floral notes are the predominant features in the nose – very clean and fresh. In the mouth the fruit shines again in a very dry format with a … Continue reading

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Quady Starboard Batch 88

Quady Winery, California, Starboard Batch 88 The nose features caramel, nuts and spirits, like a nutty liqueur. In the mouth the nutty theme continues, with appropriate warmth for a Port-style wine and a sense of brown-sugar dusted raisins. The grape … Continue reading

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Easton Late Harvest Zinfandel 2006

Easton, Fiddletown, Rinaldi Vineyard, Late Harvest, Zinfandel 2006 In the nose you’ll find baked red and black fruits. In the mouth the fruit really comes alive. There’s a gripping astringency on the palate and a conservative amount of residual sugar, … Continue reading

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Vya Sweet Vermouth

Quady, California, Vya, Sweet Vermouth nv What makes this aperitif so exciting is that it is impossible to stop adding descriptors if you start – so I won’t – just buy a bottle, chill it well and serve it over … Continue reading

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