Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pedroncelli #PED90th The Final Taste Up Celebration 2017


*Samples Received*

A sweet Taste Up (port and desert) greeted us on this #5 and final tasting in the year long celebration of Pedroncelli Winery and their 90 Years of growing and producing award winning wine. Each wine tasting session included history on the family and wines along with a wonderful recipe to be paired with the offerings. What a great way to spend an evening.....sip eat and learn all things Pedroncelli. These wines will be a staple in my cellar for years to come.

We learned the Pedroncelli's have been farming the Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Vineyards since 1927 with generation after generation joining this Italian family business producing exceptional quality wines which are easy on the pocket book. They are committed to sustainable farming and now over 70% of the ownership of the business is held by women. Did I mention they also have a female winemaker?

Hearing the history of the vines and soil while tasting the various varietals and how the flavor profile mirrors the character of the vineyard is super wine geeky. I love it. Mother Clone Zinfandel with polenta and sausage ragu, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc with lemon chicken, Rose, Sangiovese, Friends White Blend, Merlot, Wisdom Cabernet with a beef filet smothered with mushroom, lasagna paired with Zinfandel all just spoiled us. Which leads to our final wines Sonoma Classico and Four Grapes Vintage Port along with Port fruit bars.

The evening started with the 2015 Sonoma Classico. A beautiful red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah. The nose is a wonderful mix of fruit, spice, earth and oak. Rich plum, cherry, dark berry clusters followed by peppery notes, a hint of dusty earth with a touch of oak. The mouth is elegant with intense berry clusters bursting with flavor followed by a nice warm pepper nuance and a drive by of toasty oak. The tannins were soft but do not go unannounced. The amazing part of this wine is when I paired with the port fruit bars the tannis flat disappeared. I picture the Pedroncelli's at a family gathering with classic italian food and this wine on every table. Ed I'll look for my invite because any chance missed to drink this wine well is a terrible thing.

On to the 2012 Four Grapes Vintage Port (for those Mash fans in the voice of Charles Emerson Winchester III) LOL. Living in the Midwest, Port is a wonderful wine sipped after dinner by the fireplace or anytime near the fireplace with a good book. I have never baked with it until today with our pairing of Port Fruit Bars. The 4 grapes for this wine include Tinta Madeira, Tinta Caio, Touriga Nacional and Souzao. The 4 acre vineyard was first planted in 1995 and each grape varietal matures differently but they are harvested together. 2012 is the 21st vintage produced. Port on the nose is an intense majestic work of art with rich fruit, dark chocolate and caramel notes. The mouth is lush with plum and red berries intermingled with creamy caramel, dark chocolate and a beautiful warm spice on the finish. Absolutely delicious paired with the fruit bars and a cap off to the evening. I'll need to grab a couple more bottles and let them age the 10 years to see how this wine evolves.

To Julie, Ed, Robert and the entire staff at Pedroncelli Wines a tip of the fedora to you all for including me in this year long celebration. It's been fun discussing with others across the country and helping you celebrate 90 Years of growing grapes and making wine. Plus I love being spoiled with great wine and food! Raising a glass to the next 90 Years!

Cheers
Dan






Saturday, December 2, 2017

2014 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Quick Sip



*Sample Received*

I do enjoy wines from Chile and tonight's offering is no exception. From the northern banks of the Tinguiririca River, you will find the vineyards which produce the grapes for these balanced Cabernet Sauvignons. The grapes were harvested late April and aged 12-14 months in American Oak. Chilean wine is also very economical and tastes more expensive than its shelf price.

The nose shows nicely with blackberry, plum, cherry with hints of earthiness and currants. The mouth so good with red raspberry and cherry followed by plum and rich blackberry. Hints of currant, dusty earth and toasty oak round out the mouth. I could sip this wine every day

Time to explore more wines of Chile.

Cheers
Dan





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Sunday, November 19, 2017

2013 Luminous Hills Estate Grown Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Oregon


I had the chance to meet the winemaker a few years back and have become a huge fan of his wines since that day. Luminous Hills Wines show the character of the vineyard with balanced flavors, aroma's which depict the unique climate and soil along with concentrated ripe fruit. There is this regal elegance in ever barrel that Byron produces.

The Luminous Hills vineyards are located in the southwest corner of the Yanhill-Carlton district. The elevation of the vineyard is rather high but you will find both typical sedimentary soils along with Jory volcanic soil. These distinct soils along with the careful nurturing of various pinot clones lends to the complex and mature wines we love that Mr. Dooley creates. Yields are managed so that the limited yet most intense perfect fruit can be harvested.

The nose tonight shows nicely with dark rich cherry, fresh pine needles along with dried herbs, cola and cinnamon. Allow the wine to open and hints of smokey oak and blue fruit clusters circle the senses. Each swirl paints a vineyard picture from which this juice was born.

The mouth oh yea with juicy ripe cherry, tart cranberry, a splash of blue fruit  followed by a hint of herbs, forest and oak. The finish is long and lush as it rolls across the tongue with layers of fruit intertwined. A wonderful expression of Pinot Noir Byron!

Enjoy your own Luminous Hills wines by clicking the following order wine link from this page. Trust me your going to love this wine.

Cheers
Dan

Saturday, October 28, 2017

2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc


A quick blast of cold winter air called for a nice red wine to kick off the season (wine, fireplace and a good book) so the cork was pulled on this Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc.

It all started in 1962 as the Wetzel's purchased their first section of land from the heirs of Cyrus Alexander with the intent to be successful in the agriculture business. Fast forward to today and you continue to have the Wetzel family involved in all aspects of the business. Winemaker Kevin Hall joined in 1998 and has utilized his vast winemaking knowledge to place Alexander Valley Vineyards on the radar of wine lovers near and far. These wines show the character of the vineyards and exhibit a silky elegance with each glass poured.

The nose shows nicely with blackberry, blueberry and white pepper followed by hints of chocolate and toasted vanilla. Lush and aromatic.

The mouth is so good with blueberry followed by a nice splash of dark berries. The pepper spice is calm and the kiss of vanilla on the finish compliments the layers of fruit nicely. Soft, regal, elegant finish on this small production 100% Cabernet Franc. Damn fine wine and one which will be sipped again.

Cheers
Dan

Sunday, October 22, 2017

2014 Attune Wines Chardonnay Sonoma County #SonomaStrong


Sipping and sharing this wine last night, I wondered what I could say about Attune Wines I've not already written. As I posted a pic Martin Cody at Cellar Angels (who introduced me to this label) might have stolen the words right from my mouth. Exquisite fruit, impeccable wine, amazing chardonnay and under the radar, I could not have said it better myself. Definitely why I'm drawn to Attune and Cellar Angels.

The nose is full of beautiful layers starting with fresh sliced apple and warm pear wrapped around hints of pineapple and lemon citrus zest. Baking spice along with toasted vanilla caramel cream please the senses. It's as if I'm standing in my grandmothers kitchen just after she pulled a fresh pie from the oven.

The mouth is crisp yet creamy with juicy apple, spiced pear, a kiss of lemon and vanilla butter cream. The finish is long and lush with the lingering fruit and the cream notes. We paired with baked chicken and a side of green beans with smoked bacon. Perfect pairing with a perfect wine. Well done as always Attune.

I'll say it again order direct from the winery at Attune Wines  and then head to Cellar Angels and sign up for free to become an angel. Here is where you will find these hidden gems just like I and many of the loyal angels. I would have never known this winery existed without Denise and Martin Cody. Until next time......


Cheers
Dan