Sunday, November 16, 2014

2013 Adelsheim Rose' Willamette Valley Oregon "Quick Sip"

Known as one of Oregon's founding wineries, Ginny and David Adelsheim shared a dream that one day Oregon could produce serious wines. I would say they have accomplished this dream. Tonight's wine was a purchase from 1st Avenue Wine House and one for my wife even though the weather outside is frigid.

The nose has loads of fresh strawberry and red raspberry. Creamy vanilla with a kiss of citrus. Crisp and refreshing. The mouth is full of ripe juicy strawberry and tart red raspberry. Nice balance of fruit and acidity. Well priced at $18.

The holidays are approaching and don't be afraid to serve your guests rose with turkey. A versatile wine and an excellent choice for guests.


Friday, November 14, 2014

2012 Campesino Pinot Noir Mis Ninas Los Carneros Sonoma

The release email from Campesino Cellars is always one of my favorites and gives me the opportunity to pick up some very nice wine from an outstanding producer Macario Montoya and his wife Griselda. Tonight's wine is another beauty and priced well at $38.

The grapes are harvested from the Green Acres Ranch owned by the Sangiacomo Family farmed by third generation brothers Michael and Steve. Located in Carneros overlapping the Sonoma Coast, the vineyard has both well drained soils and cool climate breeze which makes it perfect for growing pinot. I'm a huge fan of wines produced from grapes grown by the Sangiacomo Family as the winemakers in my opinion receive some of the best product available in the valley.

The nose is full of ripe fruit with fresh cherry, cranberry and sliced strawberry. Cloves with hints of dried eucalyptus and mint. Such an inviting elegant nose.

The mouth exhibits candied tart cranberry, juicy strawberry with hints of bright cherry. Perfect balance of cloves on the long toasty juicy finish. I'll add this to my list of favorite Pinot's. Nicely done Macario nicely done.

To purchase Campesino wine visit their wine page by clicking the link Buy Now and hurry before it's all sold out. Looking for boutique producers with sophisticated elegant wines then look no further and choose Campesino.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2011 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon White Label

Today's Quick Sip

*sample received*

I opened this wine very early because the plan over the next 5-7 years is to taste and watch the cabernet evolve. In reality you should lay it down and open in 5 years and then every year thereafter another bottle. Purchase a few and let them relax says this wino.

Cornerstone Cellars where their mission is to craft wines that are both exceptional and memorable is located in cosy Yountville California. A warm welcome awaits along with many shops and restaurants close by to make your tasting experience one to remember. The staff is so knowledgeable guiding you through your tasting experience and making sure you know the story behind the wines.

The nose is still young and green with big dried herbs and earthy notes. Raspberry, blackberry and plum fruit aromas dominate with hints of dark cherry. Slight hint of white pepper tickles the senses as the wine opens.

The mouth is layered with blackberry and plum surrounded by raspberry notes. I get the green herbs in the middle with sage, oregano and rosemary. A touch juicy on the end with raspberry but loads of tannins. I anticipate this wine will as many Cornerstone cabernets soften with age and show a beautiful complexity. Howell Mountain Cabs are age worthy showing a beautiful balance for big wines. Fire the grill up and pair with a nice juicy ribeye.

Stop by the tasting room in Yountville and sip a glass of this delectable cabernet. Tell Craig hello for me.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2009 Kramer Vineyards Carmine Big Red Oregon

I first tasted a bottle back in mid 2013 and wanted to revisit the wine after allowing it to age over the past year. What I found after popping the cork was just amazing. Now for those of you who have heard little of the varietal, carmine is a hybrid of cabernet sauvignon, carignane and merlot. Ripe fruit with intense juicy character is what you will encounter with each savory sip.

The nose is still intense with blackberry and plum followed by an herbal/white pepper spice. As you swirl the herbs dissipate leaving this beautiful soft aroma of dark and red fruit. Blows me away.

The label says "Big Red" but the mouth says silky smooth. Red raspberry, cherry and plum with a slight hint of cloves. The finish is juicy and long but so soft with raspberry, vanilla and plum.

Celebrate 30+ years of grape growing in Oregon with Kramer Vineyards  and their amazing wines. Stop by the winery at 26830 Northwest Olson Road Gaston OR open daily 11-5.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Italian Wine Continued on Winestudio with Justin Gallen of Rinascimento Wine

The final night with Justin Gallen brought us 2 delicious wines in the GD Vajra Barbera and Barolo. The conversation this evening focused on growth, popularity and future of Justin and his journey. I enjoyed his comment he buys 3 bottles each time in case one is bad. Sound advice from an expert in the industry.

I started with the G.D Vajra 2011 Barbera. Born from the vineyards Fossati, San Pietro, Passau and Fontani where the soils are rich in white marl. This type of soil produces aromatic wild berry notes which are very delicate. We also find grapes from Piedicucche known for dark soil which gives the wine body and structure. From the Bricco Bertone Vineyard we find the character of deep dark fruit.

The nose on this wine is full of dark cherry, rose pedals, violets,  raspberry with hints of spice and leather. The mouth is so juicy with raspberry and cherry followed by  floral notes and a slight hint of spice and vanilla. Bright and elegant. Loved this wine.

Up next the 2009 G.D Vajra Barolo. The wine is crafted from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. While considered young by many in the group this evening this wine needs to open up well before drinking to fully appreciate it's quality. Beautiful aromas of red fruit, fresh cut pine needles giving the wine a woodsy character with cracked pepper. The mouth is wonderful with red raspberry and juicy plum. The woodsy character is still evident throughout the taste with a nice hint of peppery spice. Amazed at how this wine calmed after 40 minutes in the glass and became this silky elegant juice.

Justin thanks for letting us into your world of Italian wine and Rinascimento Wine Company. Protocol Wine thanks for including me in this wine education program. I had a blast.