Monday, July 16, 2018
Always a great experience when I open a wine made by the folks at Ceja Vineyards and winemaker Armando Ceja. Located in the Carneros Region, the vineyards lie in a climate where the pacific breeze and fog cools down the grapes from the warm sunny days they encounter. The results are wines which closely reflect the vineyards from which they were born. Love the history of this winery and the success they have attained. One of the first wineries I visited when traveling to Napa and this family has a special place in my cellar.
Tonight's 2014 Sauvignon Blanc screams tropical delight. Pineapple, green apple with lemon-lime notes, vanilla bean and a hint of barrel spice on the nose. There is this crisp refreshing tickle with each swirl and sniff. This wine has aged beautifully.
The mouth is delicious with tart green apple, lime zest followed by crushed pineapple notes and vanilla cream. The finish is long, crisp and juicy. One of the best Sauvignon Blancs coming from Carneros!
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Elkhorn Peak Cellars named in honor of the Elkhorn Peak Mountains. It is the tallest peak in Jamieson Canyon and sits directly behind the vineyard. In 1983 at the time owner Ken Nerlove purchased the property, no vineyards existed in Jamieson Canyon. His plan was to see if he could grow vines which produced the very best grapes. See the location had all of the great qualities of growing grapes....early morning fog, cool temps with minimal heat spikes and the cool breeze from the San Pablo Bay. Today his vineyards produce some of the very best Pinot Grapes in the region and his limited production wine is some of the finest Pinot Noir to grace your glass.
In the glass wild strawberries fill the nose with hints of cherry, cranberry and a splash of toasty oak. The mouth is juicy with strawberry, tart cherry and hints of blood oranges followed by some barrel spice. As it opens in the glass I love how the wild strawberry dominates. Just an overall really really nice rose' Ken.
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Sunday, July 1, 2018
If it's Thursday and we are tasting wine with a recipe then yes Pedroncelli is in the house. Ed, Julie and the gang at the winery were leading the discussion with a select group of winos/foodies from around the country. The wines this evening were the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2016 Sonoma Classico and the 2017 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel along with a beautiful Grilled Italian Sausage and Cauliflower, Fennel, Red Onion & Basil Gremolada. Amazing pairing this evening.
Now it's time to eat and taste the sausage dish with the 2016 Classico. I told Ed every time I taste this wine I break out singing Dean Martin When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That's amore! My description "Sonoma Classico As if you are in Italy....red clusters of delicious with intermingled dark fruit and spice and a kiss of a rose". An excellent red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Syrah. Works so well with the dish. The red and dark fruit pair with the spicy sausage and pull the spice from the dish but deep into the wine everything calms and there is a soft finish. I'm betting on the pecorino Romano cheese shaved over the dish along with plum and blueberry in the wine. My favorite wine and new favorite dish!
Final wine which I also paired with the dish was the Bushnell Vineyards Zinfandel. Big wine on the nose and in the mouth. Dark intense fruit on the nose with a pepper spice and toasted vanilla and oak. The mouth rich jammy dark fruit with a hint of red fruit, dark chocolate and a peppery spice finish. With the dish the wine cut through the spicy sausage, fennel and onion and showcased the dark fruit. Highly recommend this Zin and a steal for under $30.
Tasteup3 is in the books. Another outstanding event with great wine, food and friends. Ed and Julie thanks for spoiling me. Beautiful wines, beautiful people..... drink and celebrate Pedroncelli!
Sunday, June 10, 2018
#NationalRoseDay so we celebrate with Attune Wines Pinot Noir Rose. You have heard in the past I'm a huge fan of their wines and this juice will again treat my palate. The production on this beauty is a mere 125 cases.
The story behind Attune is amazing how people come together from different walks of life to create something very special. Click the all about them link to learn more. Today 8.5 acres of vines are farmed meticulously to ensure 2 to 2.5 ton per acre is harvested. This technique leads to flavor intensive grapes and beautiful profile wines. The quality of these wines is so consistent year after year and why I seek out their small production juice.
The nose on the 2017 Rose shows intense wild strawberry aromas coupled with fresh honeydew melon and floral notes. A kiss of spice tickles the nose. Allow the wine to warm and hints of cherry and now the floral notes become fresh rose pedals. Perfect aromatics.
The mouth is full of juicy strawberry and ripe melon with splashes of cherry. I can picture this fruit at harvest...small clusters of grapes hanging majestically from the vines with not a raisin among them, nurtured for this moment when it will be hand picked, sorted and become the nectar we love. The flavors roll beautifully across the tongue and I love the acidity in this wine. I found my glass demanding to be filled again and again. A very fine rose Kenneth!
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Saturday, June 2, 2018
When I think small production premium wine my corkscrew heads towards a bottle of Campesino Cellars. Macario Montoya owner/winemaker has a simple philosophy to his wine making: it should be an expression of the earth created in the vineyard. It's the winemakers job to finish the process. Wife Griselda Ceja is the other half of Campesino Cellars. She grew up in the Napa Valley in the vineyards and knows first hand how hard the campesinos work and how vital they are to the quality of the wines. These qualities/values drive the success of their label and contribute the many followers of their wines ( yes I'm a huge fan).
Swing by the website and purchase these outstanding wines by clicking this wine link before it's all sold out. You will be a fan of Campesino Cellars too after you sip.