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.


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 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.


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 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.