Monday, August 18, 2014

A Trio Of Bila Haut

*Samples Received*

Purchased by Michael Chapoutier in 1999, this site was one of the first planted by Greek Mariners and has continuously produced top quality wines. Cotes du Roussilon is the area and the hill of the Agly Valley is where you will find 40 yr old vines producing the wines we enjoyed today.

I started with the Bila Haut Les Vignes Rose 2013. The nose was full of red berries (raspberry, strawberry, cherry) with hints of vanilla and rose pedals. The mouth was crisp and creamy. Strawberry, raspberry fruit with a creamy vanilla and floral mineral finish. Nice $13 Rose.

Second wine was the Bila Haut Les Vignes White 2013  a blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Macabeo. The nose exhibits tropical fruit notes of pineapple, grapefruit, melon with hints if lime citrus. The mouth has a nice acidic balance which was perfect with my fish dish. Tropical fruits grapefruit, mandarin orange, melon and lime zest with a crisp minerality on the finish. Another inexpensive tasty wine for $13.

The final wine of the night is the 2012 Bila Haut Les Vignes Red a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The 2008 and 2010 vintages were ranked in the top 100 in Wine Spectator. The nose is full of blackberry, plum, dark cherry and blueberry. Earthy with herbs and black pepper spice. The mouth is blackberry and plum dominant with a hint of sweet black cherry. Mocha and dark chocolate on the finish. $13 on this wine as well.

Great tasting of the french wines.

*Samples Received*


Saturday, August 9, 2014

2013 Gorgorito Verdejo Rueda Spain

*Sample Received*

Tonight's wine comes from Bodega Copaboca and is Spain's most popular white wine Rueda. Known for it's refreshing distinct flavor (herbs, minerality, acidity, crisp tropical and stone fruit). Widely accessible and versatile, you can pair this wine with light salads, seafood and pasta. Easy everyday drinker and priced at $7.

On the nose lemon citrus, grassy notes with aromas of gooseberry. The mouth exhibits grapefruit and lemon citrus notes with good acidity and length while showing a nice dry finish. Enjoyable little wine.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label Stepping Stone Cuvee

*sample received*

On my journey to find that perfect bottle of juice I get to taste some pretty nice wines. Tonight's post is another beauty from the gang at Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label Stepping Stone Cuvee. The wine is composed of 88% Cabernet and 12% Merlot. Priced at $45 per bottle I would recommend grabbing a few bottle and tasting them at various age intervals and watch this wine evolve. Definitely a very nice young wine today and pairs nicely with an amana ribeye.

The nose is full of ripe raspberry with deep black currant spices. Cocoa powder with a combination of dried spice (thyme, oregeno and rosemary) along with a touch of oak and plum. Pleasing aroma and love the layers of spice and fruit.

The mouth at times is both juicy and jammy. Juicy raspberry and rich plum treat the palate. Mid palate introduces the herbal notes and a hint of chocolate and where it tasted a little jammy which I loved. The finish is plum with a little tannin. Revisiting the wine over a 4 hour period I really enjoyed it's complexity and how the wine changed with the flavors marrying nicely and interchanging. Elegant with a little attitude.

Check out the Wine Club to have these wines delivered right to your door or make plans to stop by the tasting room at 6505 Washington St Yountville on your next wine country trip. Open 7 days a week 12pm to 6pm. Experience the beauty of Cornerstone Cellars Wines.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Home Wine Storage

I'm asked from time to time about home wine storage whether I prefer the quiet thermoelectric units or those with a compressor. I can say that both serve their purpose of keeping your wine collection properly stored but I tend to lean towards those with a compressor like the NewAir AWC-330E 33 bottle compressor wine cooler with digital temperature. Thermoelectrics are just fine it's the preference of the buyer.

The design of the AWC-330E is very user friendly. Sleek design which fits under your counter, in your home wine bar or kitchen. the unit is free standing and not a build in which is another huge plus. Your friends will be able to view the wine collection through the insulated smoked glass door with interior light to illuminate the bottles. The lock is another great feature to ensure if you have children the bottles remain safe. Big bonus stainless steel (everybody seems to want this now) with black accents. The digital temp control is very easy to use and the unit keeps the temp very consistent.

The one drawback is if you are a pinot and sparkling wine drinker then it will hold slightly less than 33 bottles. I have the same problem and because I receive so many bottles like these I have 2 units....1 for standard bottles and one for over sized. I'm not advocating you purchase two I merely want you to understand it will hold less.

I receive favorable feedback from wino's who have purchased as a result of a fewof my referrals:

Aaron K Columbia Missouri- Dan this by far is the best wine cooler I have owned. My wine is always safe and served at the correct temp. Thanks for the tip.

Sue B Des Moines Iowa- My husband bought the cooler for my birthday. I can't imaging how I lived without it. Thanks for telling me about Air N Water

Darren S Dallas Texas- Thanks for the tip on the cooler Dan. Love the look and performance. Now my wife and I go through twice as much wine.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

2012 Seven Of Hearts Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Oregon

Picked this beauty up when winemaker Byron Dooley and his wife Dana from Seven Of Hearts Wine stopped by for a meet and greet at my friends wine store First Avenue Wine House I had tasted Byron's wines prior to the visit and looked forward to chatting with him. By the way $20 for this wine is an absolute steal and if you find some buy it all. Yes the bottle is signed by the winemaker and will be added to my shrine.

The wine is a blend of all five Willamette Vineyards Eola-Amity Hills, Yamhill-Carlton District, Chehalem Mountains, Ribbon Ridge and Dundee Hills. Byron captures the character of each vineyard to create a wine with layers of complexity.

On the nose dried cherry, tart cranberry with hints of cinnamon and cloves. Mild earthy character with herbal notes and a touch of oak. Beautiful aromatics.

The mouth is full of ripe cherry and sliced strawberries. Cranberry with the earthy notes and barrel spice. The finish is long and juicy with touch of clove. The layers of fruit and spice compliment each other nicely. The wine is aging perfectly Byron.

Seven of Hearts - A special place, The pursuit of a dream, A little luck, And alot of heart. Stop by for a visit with Byron and Dana the next time your in town. Taste wines that are elegant with loads of character.