Tag: tasting

Colloca Estate Winery Lake Effect Vineyard Dry Riesling 2016, New York

Light lemon in color with a golden tint.

Fruity nose with limes, lemons, citrus, spices and minerals.

Medium plus in body with high acidity.

Dry to off dry on the palate with citrus, spices, honey, red apples, light diesel, minerals, white pepper, light tropical fruits and pineapples.

Long tangy finish with limes and honey.

This is a delicious Riesling from New York State. Good by itself as a sipping wine. Tasty and spicy. Interesting and engaging.

The bright acidity is nicely balanced with the excess sugar. I liked the palate better than the nose.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely, now and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

A good food wine that will pair very nicely with spicy Thai food.

A small production of only 340 cases made. Less than 1% residual sugar.

11.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$20.

Foundry Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose wild flowers, blueberries, black cherries, light wood, licorice, spices, bitter herbs, chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cooked strawberries, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, spices, light vanilla, cedar, leather, earth, peppercorn, herbs, red chili powder and light vegetables.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from the great 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced with a great nose.

Showing nice complexity at this point. Elegant, spicy and soft.

Good by itself and good right out of the bottle. After 2.5 hours in the decanter, tannins and structure show up together with lots of spices. Worth the wait.

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Sirah. A small production of only 214 cases. Aged for 29 months in French Oak barrels (80% new).

14.2% alcohol by Volume.

92 points.

$78.

Château Gloria Saint Julien 2009, Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. Not showing much age.

Nice nose of blueberries, blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, light vegetables, herbs, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, black pepper and light medicine.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and coffee notes.

This is a nicely aged Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage. Showing a great nose and mouthfeel.

Elegant with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show its pretty nose, so be patient. Tannins come in after 90 minutes.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Tasty and spicy. A delicious wine.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery GSM Crossing 2015 Paso Robles, California

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, red currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, spices, earth, black pepper and light pencil lead.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, dark coffee, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, herbs, light vinaigrette and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Rhone blend from Paso Robles. Elegant, spicy and good by itself or with food.

This 6 year old is peaking now with nice complexity and a soft mouth feel. An interesting wine, and very tasty.

I gave it one hour in a decanter to open up, and paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Goes very nicely with the Prosciutto and the wild mashroom Brie cheese.

A blend of 44% Syrah, 34% Mourvedre and 22% Grenache. Aged for 19 Months in (30% New) French Oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

King Frosch Nahe Riesling 2018, Germany

Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

On the nose lemons, diesel, apples, pears, citrus, tropical fruits, pineapples, kiwi, papaya, peaches, minerals and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with a touch of RS.

Medium finish with tangy lemons.

This is a very nice Riesling from Germany. Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing.

Showing nice complexity, easy drinking, gentle and fruity.

Good by itself or with food. A good pool wine and good for parties.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.

King Frosch Nahe Riesling 2018, Germany

Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

On the nose lemons, diesel, apples, pears, citrus, tropical fruits, pineapples, kiwi, papaya, peaches, minerals and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with a touch of RS.

Medium finish with tangy lemons.

This is a very nice Riesling from Germany. Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing.

Showing nice complexity, easy drinking, gentle and fruity.

Good by itself or with food. A good pool wine and good for parties.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery Train Wreck 2015 Paso Robles, California

Time for some Merlot on this
#MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Paso Robles.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, licorice, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, coffee, pencil lead, spices, light earth, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, blueberries, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, light vanilla, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather and tobacco leaf.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting red blend from Paso Robles. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Elegant and stylish. Rich and fruity with lots of earth notes to make it interesting.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue in the next 3 to 5 years.

I gave it 90 minutes to open up and show the complexity. After 3 hours of airtime, it balances out with much less vegetables notes. Worth the wait.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Paired very nicely with the triple cream Brie cheese.

A blend of 21% Merlot, 21% Petite Sirah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 21% Zinfandel and 6% Mourvedre. Aged for 21 Months in oak barrels (35% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

Alexana Winery Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley, Oregon

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

On the nose strawberries, bing cherries, raspberries, light wood, earth, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, oak, sweet strawberries, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Pinot Noir from Oregon is starting to drink nicely now. Showing mild complexity and a soft mouth feel.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. Good by itself and better with food.

This Single Vineyard is still young, and would age nicely in the next 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 2 to 5 years. Showing great potential.

I paired it with Italian Prosciutto and goat cheese.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$55.

Fidelitas Wines Quintessence Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Red Mountain, Washington State

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Washington State.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, mocha, bell pepper, vegetables, black pepper and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and pretty legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain in Washington State.

Already showing nice complexity, although it is still young and needs 3 years to mature properly. Will be good in the next 10 years.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes, which is when the tannins showed up and brought in nice structure, and a nice mouthfeel.

Rich and delicious. Spicy and good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is fruit forward and extremely dry, which is a unique combination. As it opens up it becomes earthier.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the fatty Italian salami, and will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in 50% new French Oak barrels.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Bogle Vineyards Merlot 2018, California

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, peppercorn, coffee, chocolates, tobacco and light vegetables.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Merlot from California. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing mild complexity, rich and extracted. Plush and tangy. A good everyday wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time (30 minutes).

I had it all by itself by the lake.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$8.