Monday, September 28, 2009

2008 St Supery Sauvignon Blanc

Well gang my 4th sample from the good folks at St Supery and Rick Bakas was excellent just as the prior 3 bottles I tasted. For the record I am now a big fan of St Supery and I suggest you try their wine as well. Excellent fruit, perfect balance you can't get any better wine. Iowa wine stores please check with your distributor and carry St Supery. California visitors make sure you stop by their winery and tasting room.

The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc gave me an aroma of grapefruit, ripe melon and a hint of peach. Other Sauvignon Blanc's I've tried the grapefruit overpowered the whole glass but each fruit in St Supery's blended together as if in harmony.

While tasting I was enjoying a Bertolli Garlic Shrimp, Penne, Roasted Red Pepper/Tomato dish and what a combination. The wine started with the grapefruit flavor followed closely by the melon and lime (fooled me at first), finally finishing with soft peach. The fruit worked together nicely. Elegant and refreshing.

Again thank you Rick Bakas and St Supery for introducing me to your wines.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

2001 King Estate Pinot Noir Oregon

The Friday wine taste was absent most of the group due to vacations and other planned events. Yours truly forgot the camera so its a bottleless view this week. Just happened that a bottle was donated by a part time member of the group so rather than open up a bunch we decided this to be our bottle and we will save the others for next week.
The 2001 King Estate Pinot Noir received the "it's good" rating from the group (simple minded wino's). Its our first wine from King Estate.

In the glass the aroma of strawberry, spice, cola, red berry and leather was present. Very nice on the nose I thought.

Nice raspberry start followed by the strawberry and finally a slight spice/oak finish once we drank. For Pinot Noir fans I would recommend you purchase a bottle and share this wine with your friends.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

2008 St Supery Cabernet Sauvignon

Can you say 3 for 3 on excellent St Supery Wines. I opened my sample the 2004 St Supery Cabernet Sauvignon and found this to be a big flavored wine.

Once in the glass the the first thing my nose identified was the sweet smell of oak followed by dark berry and spice. Excellent deep red color this wine looks rich so............. time to taste.

Wow this cabernet is huge. Blackberry/blackcherry combination at the beginning followed by spice and oak. I first tasted this at 60* and I found the flavor excellent and as the wine warmed to around 65* the fruit and spice became dominant and the oak faded to a hint.

The St Supery Cabernet was the best Cab I have ever enjoyed. Perfect both before dinner and with a fresh grilled beef filet, I considered myself spoiled. St Supery Cabernet is a must to keep on hand.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

2006 St Supery Virtu Napa Valley White Wine Meritage

My second St Supery sample thanks to Rick Bakas and the fine people of St Supery Winery was the 2006 Virtu White Wine Meritage. This wine is a blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc and 48% Semillon.

In the glass I could smell the aroma of oak, melon and a slight hint of grapefruit. Fresh and crisp as well. Alright enough on the smell let's get to tasting.

Nice big citrus flavor and crisp. The combination of grapefruit/melon followed by the oak gives the wine excellent flavor. Juicy citrus finish leaves you wanting another glass.

I enjoyed this wine before dinner and with a dish of baked chicken in broth over pasta. Either way your friends deserve to be served this excellent wine.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

2008 St Supery Moscato

Thanks to Rick Bakas and the fine people of St Supery Winery for the samples they sent me to taste. I have heard so many good things about their wine and I had the opportunity to taste for myself.
I started by choosing the 2008 Moscato because after dinner I craved a glass of wine and what better than a nice Moscato (the daughter bailed on me but her loss my gain.... more for me).

Once in the glass this wine screams ripe peach followed by a citris/orange scent. I just love the balance of the fruit aroma this wine gives.

Excellent flavor and so light for a Moscato. I've tasted others that were heavy almost like a syrup but St Supery is so very good. Peach aroma explodes into a peach flavor throughout. Towards the end I get the cantaloupe/peach combination and its wonderful. Ripe juicy fruit yet light.

If you want to impress your friends serve them St Supery Moscato and promise you will invite me for a glass or two.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2008 McManis Pinot Noir

Its been a few days since my last post and I'm back now. My latest taste was the McManis 2008 Pinot Noir. Juicy fresh fruit for this wonderful wine.

The aroma of this wine starts with big cherry followed by creamy vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a touch of oak. Nice red berry emphasis.

Time to taste and does this wine over deliver in my opinion. Fruit taste just explodes in your mouth with cherry and cola at the beginning followed by strawberry and finish with juicy raspberry. What an awesome balance of fruit and oak (just a hint of oak in this wine).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Francis Ford Coppola 2007 Rosso &Jargon 2007 Pinot Noir

Another excellent Friday wine taste with co-workers who love wine as much as I do. Deb started us off the is evening with a 2007 Francis Ford Coppola Rosso. The wine is a combination of Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. I thought this would be a heavy wine but I was wrong. Very smooth and silky. Because I once again forgot my glass it was a makeshift wine drinking cup. Nice aroma of cherry, vanilla, little strawberry, slight oak and dark fruit. In the mouth I love the black cherry/raspberry combination, then a slight spice (Ah the Zin).

Our second wine was a 2007 Jargon Pinot Noir (Deb said it had been awhile since we had a Pinot and I couldn't agree more). Big black cherry aroma and taste along with strawberry and cola. Inexpensive at $10.99 and a screw top!! I really think for the price this Pinot overdelivered.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

2008 Mirassou Pinot Noir

While visiting the local wine department just required to buy a bottle of wine so tried the 2008 Mirassou pinot Noir. Priced at $8.49 I couldn't resist.

Nice aroma of cherries, fresh picked strawberry, vanilla and spice. Tasting this wine excellent fruit complimented by spice. Nice cherry/strawberry beginning, spice and oak followed by smooth vanilla. Nice young wine.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2007 Red Door Cellar Pinot Noir Oregon

Just so happened to send my friend Traci at the 1st Ave Wine House in Cedar Rapids an email asking her if she had any new Pinot Noir. Oh yes she came through again as usual. Notice to the left I have a link to her site. She ships wine also so if your in need give her a call (no I do not get free wine for free plugs)

Purchased for 14.99 the 2007 Red Door Cellar Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon and what a buy this wine is. 13.5% alchohol this super smooth wine exhibits cherry, strawberry and spice thoughout the taste. The nose gets a ton of cherry/strawberry scents. Lock me in this cellar and toss the key.