Monday, December 22, 2014

2013 Seta Nera Trebbiano D'Abruzzo Italian White Wine "Quik Sip"

The jury may be out on the red but the white wine from Seta Nera was a house favorite and below $15 per bottle at Lot 18. Tasty little beauty and you'll be singing Amore'.

The nose was full of tropical melon and crisp granny smith apple with hints of lime. The citrus explodes with each swirl from the glass.

The mouth is crisp and refreshing with the honeydew melon, fresh lime and juicy apple. Our evening conversation wine which went quickly.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

2013 Seta Nera Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Italian Red "Quick Sip"

A Lot 18 purchase for under $15, I was a little unsure about the wine. Maybe it's more rustic than I am used to or the pairing wasn't quite right. Improved after it was open a few minutes.

The nose was dominated by plum with hints of raspberry and cherry. Earthy notes, vanilla bean and a dash of cocoa. Bold on the nose.

The mouth saw the plum and cherry with a little vanilla and cinnamon. I sipped while cooking and then paired with spaghetti and the sauce and wine seemed to clash. The wine was much better on its own. Jury is still out on this one.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Stepping Stone Cuvee Artist Series

*Sample Received*

Cornerstone Oregon came to fruition as a result of the passion of Craig Camp (Cornerstone Cellars) to produce cool climate pinot noir and chardonnay. Created to drink young and very food friendly you will find these wines have an elegant personality now with the ability to age. What you will discover in tonight's wine is bright fruit, aromas found in classic pinot noir which please the senses and a mouth feel that is fruit forward.

2012 was a great year for fruit in Oregon with some saying a perfect growing year. Aged 14 months in french oak the vineyards selected for this offering were from regions in  Eola Hills, Chehalem Mountain, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill Carlton. Screw cap closure and priced at $30, the wine delivers a great "pinot experience" without breaking the pocket book.

The nose is very nice with bright cherry and strawberry with spicy cloves. Continue to swirl and a hint of toasty vanilla with a slight earthy herbal tone. Wonderful aromatics.

The mouth is superb with the strawberry and cherry so juicy followed by cloves and a little cinnamon. The velvet silky finish is long and your palate craves more with each finished glass. Craig this may be the best vintage yet.

"Vineyard, Vintage and Variety" the expression in each bottle of Cornerstone Oregon and Cornerstone Cellars wines. Stop by the tasting room in Yountville for a sip or two. I think you'll agree these folks are producing delicious wines that are a must in your cellar.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

2012 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

*Sample Received*

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon created by Agustin Huneeeus who also owns Quintessa, is recognized as a leader in how wines are produced and marketed. With an entire career devoted to the wine business he believes that great vineyards make great wines. Impressive he has produced wine in 15 countries.

The fruit for this wine was hand picked and double sorted to ensure the utmost quality. 80% Cabernet, 16% Merlot, 2% Cab Franc and 2% Petit Verdot make up this big bold wine. The Cab came from Agustin's family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville with the other varietals harvested from vineyards in Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, St. Helena and Oakknoll. The wine was aged for 19 months in french oak.

The nose is big with blackberry, dark cherry and plum fruit. Toasty oak, vanilla with hints of molasses and clove. Allow this wine to open in the glass and smell the rich elegant aromas. Really nice.

The mouth is full of layered dark fruit (blackberries, dark cherry, plums, blueberries) with a hint of red raspberry followed by cocoa, cloves,  a hint of tobacco and a faint hint of oak. Complex yet a long beautiful velvet finish. Great pairing with my shredded beef dish.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2013 Keith M Webster Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley

Imagine your first wine created from your garage. Many winemakers across the country got their start this way and Keith M Webster Cellars is no exception. A trip to UC Davis and the wine production course, the move to California and presto a talented winemaker is born who produces balanced elegant wines with depth and character. Keith will tell you there is a journey in each glass which pleases the palate and senses.

The winemaker is meticulous when selecting the grapes from the vineyards knowing both the growers and the correct time to harvest. He tastes the fruit and examines it for perfection. Each vintage is only as good as the fruit from which it is derived. Exactly why I love small production handcrafted wines and Keith is producing some beautiful juice. Thanks to Cellar Angels for showcasing tonight's winemaker and allowing us non-Californians to purchase, discover and give back by donating to charity.

Spectacular nose full of ripe peach, fresh sliced apple and orange zest with hints of stone fruit. The citrus explodes from the glass and as the wine warms, a hint of fresh cut grass. I could swirl this wine all night but then what fun would that be.

The mouth is wonderful with the bright apple and peach fruit followed by a nice crisp tangerine. As the wine warms, a lemon zest spritz. Crisp and refreshing with a nice balance of acidity and fruit. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc Keith!

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