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Saturday, July 25, 2015

2014 Passaggio New Generation Barbera Rose Lodi


Passion is defined as an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something. Imagine leaving a 15 year career and fully immersing yourself in a new career which can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time. Ladies and gentlemen meet Cindy Cosco winemaker/owner of Passaggio Wines

Following her family heritage in 2004, Cindy has set out to create wines which showcase each years harvest. The end result is award winning wines which should be shared with friends over conversation and dinner. Just recently she was named one of the Rising Stars for 2015 by the National Organization Women For Wine Sense. She will also be celebrating her 1st Anniversary of Passaggio Wines Tasting Room located on the historic Sonoma Square where wine lovers can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of tasting and being with friends.

Tonight's wine the 2014 Barbera Rose is an interesting wine. Aromas of strawberry and watermelon with a hint of anise. Simple and intriguing at the same time. It's my first Barbera Rose.

The mouth is really good with an initial ripe strawberry and a crisp melon tropical feel. When you allow the wine to open on day 2, there is this tart strawberry rhubarb sensation with hints of creamy vanilla. Beautiful and well priced at $26 per bottle.

Swing by for a visit on your next tasting adventure at 25 East Napa St Suite C in Sonoma. Sip, relax and enjoy Passaggio Wines.

Cheers
Dan



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2013 Jessup Cellars Rose` Napa Valley


Leave it to Martin Cody of Cellar Angels to find these small production ultra premium wine producers for his weekly offerings to the army of angels. Today's wine was an angel purchase from Jessup Cellars and their 2013 Rose.

Located off Highway 29 in Yountville, Jessup Cellars story is one of family, passion, hard work and some beautiful wine. Known as one of the friendliest tasting rooms, Jessup Cellars loyal followers spread the word among family and friends.....you must drink this wine! Owned by Roy and Cheri Eisiminger, Becky and Dan Blue, Jana and Vance Thompson, Kelly and Jim Mazzo the story how these folks came to be partners in the wine business and the success they enjoy today is truly inspiring.

The pinot noir grapes for this wine were grown by the Truchard Family in Carneros. The aromas of wild strawberry, cherry with a hint of cinnamon spice on the nose. Nice floral notes of fresh picked rose pedals. Just a beautiful nose on this rose.

The mouth is so refreshing and crisp. Candied strawberry with a kiss of sweetness followed by ripe watermelon and sophisticated pink grapefruit. Dry with a perfect balance of acidity, I paired this with chicken stir fry and so delicious.

When in Napa this is a must stop at 6740 Washington St in Yountville to taste, sip and savor Jessup Cellars portfolio of wines. Amazing juice from this talented producer.

Cheers
Dan




Sunday, July 5, 2015

2014 Decopas Medoza -Argentina Sauv Blanc and Malbec Quick Sip


*Samples Received*

Decopas means "by the glass" and is a favorite saying in Argentina especially around happy hour. Today's wines are just that conversation starters and an inexpensive house wine priced below $13 per bottle. The natives will tell you it also signals the start of Happy Hour.....my favorite part of the day

First up the 2014 Savignon Blanc with it's big grapefruit, lemon/lime and grassy aromas. The mouth is grapefruit dominant with lemon citrus and mineral notes. Both crisp and very dry.


Wine 2 the 2014 Malbec with really nice red berry aroma's of cherry and plum followed by black pepper. The mouth is soft for a malbec with the red fruit and pepper spice combination. Nice medium bodied wine easy on the wallet.

Cheers
Dan

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2014 Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Artist Series


*Sample Received

This ladies and gentlemen is what Craig Camp calls "Real Rose, no afterthought or leftovers but a rose with a purpose." The grapes are grown in the Oak Knoll AVA Crane Vineyard and 100% designated to become Corallina Syrah Rose. Once the cool fruit is pressed the juice heads to stainless steel tanks where it ferments to it's dry state. Upon completion the wine is racked into French oak barrels for the next 5 months and then bottled for all of us to enjoy. Branding is also important and I just love the color and detail on this Artist Series label. The wine is damn tasty too :)

The nose is lively with red berries of cherry and strawberry. A hint of floral with fresh cut roses followed by a nice peppery spice. As I let the wine warm there are some earth tones that splash into the picture. Definitely a grown up rose. Beautiful salmon color.

The mouth is full of flavor with tart cherry and ripe strawberry. The finish is this little kicker of white pepper which is a perfect touch to each sip. While the flavor is huge it's not overpowering and really softens as the wine opens up allowing you to "drift into rest and relaxation." Paired with Asian Cuisine was just amazing. Rose with a purpose.....I couldn't agree more Craig and my glass kept screaming "fill me up please."

This weekend is the release of this beautiful Rose` so stop by the Cornerstone Cellars tasting room in beautiful Yountville for a bottle or 12. The 2014 Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Artist Series won't last long!

Cheers
Dan


Sunday, June 21, 2015

2014 Isa Grenache Rose Sonoma Coast Campesino Cellars


Campesino Cellars the creation of Macario and Griselda Montoya produces premium boutique wines which reflect the earth and the vineyard. Lucky for us wine lovers they both were introduced to wine at an early age and caught the bug to make wine.They are quick to give credit to those who have helped them along the way especially the "campesino's", the fieldworkers who like many coming to this country, have dreams of a better life and work many long hours to prove themselves. They are as much a part of each bottle of wine as the winemaker and his family.

Named after their oldest daughter Isa, tonight's wine is a beautiful expression of  rose` wine. The red fruit from this Grenache Rose`gently exits the glass pleasing your sense of smell with raspberry, strawberry and cherry clusters with an allspice kick at then end. While you pick up very quickly this is a dry wine there is this crisp refreshing sensation with each sniff.

The mouth is spectacular with the red berry clusters and dash of minerality throughout the taste. Nice level of acidity makes this wine both food friendly and a wonderful stand alone wine. I found with each sip my mouth begged for more. Thankfully I have 2 more of these in my cellar and folks this wine is an absolute steal at $16. Love this wine.

Sign up for their Mailing List to get the word first on new releases and your chance to purchase. Would you like to hear more about Macario then check out the interview with him by clicking the Cellar Cast Interview With Macario
link. Well done my friend and Happy Fathers Day!

Cheers
Dan