Monthly Archives: April 2011

Clif The Climber Red 2009

Clif Family Winery, California, The Climber, Red Wine 2009 This is abundantly fruity, with a profound sense of blackberries, plums and I’m not sure what else. This recalls a recent discussion among with a group of colleagues who write and … Continue reading

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Viansa Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Viansa, Carneros – Sonoma Valley, Reserve, Chardonnay 2009 This is a rich style of Chardonnay, with the smell of apple pie – think of the freshly baked crust sprinkled with brown spices. In the mouth the theme of richness continues … Continue reading

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Leeuwin Siblings 2009

Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Siblings 2009 This vintage has 62% Sauvignon Blanc and 38% Semillon in the mix. The nose features a combination of grass, citrus and gooseberry. In the mouth the citrus is pronounced, as if eating very ripe … Continue reading

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Kilikanoon Mort’s Block Riesling 2009

Kilikanoon, Clare Valley, Watervale, Mort’s Block, Riesling 2009 The nose displays fresh flowers, apricots and a note of petrol. In the mouth, the concentration is intense, with lots of minerality, lots of acidity and great length – very nice. This … Continue reading

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The Wines of Silver Oak and Twomey

We had an opportunity to take a deeper look at the wines of Silver Oak and Twomey in Oakville today. Below are notes on two of my favorites. Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 The nose speaks of Cassis, … Continue reading

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The Wines of Robert Oatley

Earlier today we had an opportunity to visit with the team of Robert Oatley during a visit to San Francisco.  We tasted the latest wines in their portfolio that are available in the United States. Highlighted below are three of … Continue reading

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Plantagenet Chardonnay 2008

Plantagenet, Great Southern, Chardonnay 2008 The nose features freshly baked bread and citrus notes. In the mouth these flavors are augmented by a creamy richness and a brisk acidity. This is one of those Chardys that embraces the best of … Continue reading

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Ohmrah Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Plantagenet, Western Australia, Omrah, Sauvignon Blanc 2009 The nose features citrus and tropical notes while in the mouth the theme continues, with the zip of acidity and a bit of petillance for lift – very refreshing. The grapes are from … Continue reading

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