Monday, May 26, 2014
Tonight's wines were those from Rodney Strong Vineyards. I enjoy tasting these varietals because of their quality, ease to drink and affordability. Each vintage is an expression of the vineyard and showcases the talented winemakers ability to bring that aspect to each glass.
The 2012 Sonoma County Chardonnay was the first wine tasted. On the nose pear, apple, lemon citrus and ripe pineapple. Hints of all spice, toasted vanilla and almonds round out the nose. The fruit really shines on the nose and sets the taste up nicely. The mouth is full of juicy ripe pear, delicious green apple with hints of fresh lemon and pineapple. Faint hint of spice on the long juicy finish. Love the fruit forward character of this wine. My wife and I enjoyed while sipping on the screen porch and we both equally were impressed with this chardonnay.
The final wine of the evening was the 2011 Merlot from Sonoma County. A varietal making a comeback in some regions this wine exhibits wild blueberry and plum notes. Earthy with dried herbs and a sweet vanilla aroma that is wonderfully pleasing to my senses. The mouth starts with the bold plum and softens with the rich blueberry finishing with vanilla and toasty oak. What really impressed me and I don't find on many bottles of Merlot was the creaminess of the finish with the soft tannins. Very nice wine.
Tasting these wines you can easily see why they were named in 2013 by Wine Enthusiast "American Winery Of The Year." From Tom Klein to Rick Sayre and the entire wine production team to Robert Larsen, Rachel Voorhees and the entire operations staff it's easy to see why they are so successful year after year. The quality is a result of meticulous vineyard management and understanding the grapes these vineyards produce. Food friendly quality wines that can be enjoyed everyday without breaking the pocket book. Stop by for a visit at 11455 Old Redwood Highway Healdsburg, Ca 10am to 5pm daily. Tell them Dan sent you!
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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Active Washington Street in Yountville is where you will find Cornerstone Cellars and their incredibly delicious Corallina Syrah Rose'. Known for their exquisite taste and exceptional character, Cornerstone Cellars produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The wines express the vineyard, vintage and varietal. Always a favorite in my house.
On the nose fresh cherry and strawberry with hints of sliced white peach. Cinnamon spice with a touch of vanilla and citrus.Crisp and inviting!
Juicy cherry and strawberry with fresh white peach. Creamy vanilla custard provides a soft gentle character to the wine. The finish is long and juicy. I paired with grilled burgers and savored each sip overlooking the backyard. Delicious, refreshing and versatile. Cheers to Corallina Syrah Rose'.
cellar then I highly recommend a stop at Cornerstone Cellars and allow the staff to spoil you with a tasting experience to remember. Traveling to the Napa Valley never gets old and each visit is a new adventure. Craig as always you treat my palate to some excellent wine.
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Friday, May 16, 2014
A simple mission in every bottle of LaRochelle "To make California's best, most interesting, most collectable Pinot Noir and Chardonnay." It's about ripe fruit, the perfect soil and the ability to showcase the vineyard.
Tasting LaRochelle reminds me to relax and enjoy the simple life yet feeling spoiled with every sip. The Dutton Ranch Chardonnay screams elegant palate pleaser!
The nose at first gave the impression of tropical fruit with a citrus kick. As the wine opened pear, apple, baking spice with hints of fresh orange peel and creme brulee. I love the rich nose on this chardonnay.
The mouth is full of juicy pear from start to finish. Apple with a hint of mandarin orange, vanilla with a nice spicy finish.Little hint of creamy caramel as well. Complex yet balanced. Nicely done Tom Stutz.
Stop by their tasting room 5443 Tesla Road Livermore Valley CA for some sips of LaRochelle goodness.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
*Tonight's wine was a sample received*
Tasted through a few dozen bottles of the Steven Kent Winery portfolio and really find them very pleasing. Nice balance of fruit and spice pairing perfectly with your favorite food creations. Today's wine is courtesy of the Ghielmetti Vineyard located on 64 acres in the upper Livermore Valley. Home to 10 grape varietals, each block is planted to take advantage of the various soil types and climate changes (wind and sun) which occur in the vineyard.
On the nose fresh blueberry, cherry, and raspberry notes with a faint hint of plum. Green pepper, white pepper, dried herbs with nice oak and cedar notes to round out my sniffs. Wonderful aromatics.
A lot going on in the mouth both from a fruit and spice perspective. Cherry, blueberry with hints of vanilla cream. Slight hints of plum, boysenberry and raspberry round out the fruit. The finish has a spicy kick with the cedar, white pepper and thyme. Small lot single vineyard beauty from winemaker Steven Mirassou.
Stop by the tasting room at 5443 Tesla Road Livermore Ca and enjoy some great wine in a beautiful setting. Sip and shop a perfect afternoon adventure.
*Tonight's wine was a sample received*