Saturday, January 1, 2011
Tight as heck, but great plum and fig on the nose at pop and pour. After a 90 minute decant, the fruit flavors came through with a bit of leather. Firm tannis, as expected, and will be simply fantastic in another couple of years. They have another blockbuster on their hands here. This is my kind of wine - rich but not over the top.
This was the second vintage from Tim Mondavi and Company. The 2006 vintage was comprised of: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 16% Petit Verdot. This wine is sold out at Continuum but you can still find it at select retailers and at wine auction. Cellar this one easily for 15 years or more. A classic wine.
GREAT stuff for the price! Sweet but not a ton of life left most likely. Pear, yellow apple and a touch of strawberry in the throat. Quite tasty. I've tasted this from 375ml and 750ml bottles and it is always equally very very good.
Initially a strong nose of Sauvignon Blanc which threw me. Gorgeous golden color - I mean very very golden. Pineapple, mango and some tropical notes with a sugary thick syrup. Finish was long and delicious. Drank from a 375ml bottle. Will be anxious to try this one again in a few years and see if there is more integration. The great thing about this wine is that it should be good to drink at least another decade.
Gorgeous deep ruby red color and an initial nose of tomatoes, light pepper and plum. After an hour of decanting, this wonderfully entertaining wine turned to dark cherries, smoked pipe tobacco, and a trace of tanned leather. On the palate this wine danced around and the tastes intertwined like a well played symphony. There is nothing thin or weak about this wine, and the finish is as smooth as glass. I'm absolutely thrilled with this wine and equally thrilled that I bought half a case. Can't wait to see how this develops in the next 2 years - one of the closest things I've had to a perfect wine. I have never had a disappointing bottle of wine from Yalumba. Ever!
I love the plum skinned color of this wine in the decanter and glass. Decanted this 375ml bottle for 1 hour. Very subdued nose of damp earth and steak sauce. The palate was not like a powerful Napa Cabernet. Reminded me more of a french wine, which is not my favorite. However, this wine was very structured and slick, with the wet earth blending well with the dark unripened berry, leather and ever so slight kiss of mint flavors. As before, I think the 375ml bottles have reach their peak by the short finish this wine presented, but time will tell. Medium tannin. Bottle is throwing a moderate amount of sediment, so decanting is a must. Very enjoyable.
Forgot I had this after a tasting a year ago. Purchased on a whim, but was pretty impressed from the initial nose and forward fruit as I recall. Popped and poured and found lots of forward fruit still, mainly raspberry and some strawberry, which totally throws me for a Pinot Noir. I'd say this is a "good" wine and I wouldn't have any problem serving this to guests. Should be consumed in the next 12 months.
Medium color bricking to the rim. Strong nose of bold dark red fruit. Wonderful integration of raspberry, soy sauce, tobacco, wet earth and spice. A lot of tannin on the tongue and pretty tight but finishes beautifully. A fantastic wine!
I had the pleasure of visting this wonderful boutique winery in Napa in 2010 and had a private poolside tasting of several of their wines. If you get to Napa, contact them and taste their wines. This winery was started by a cariologist and a banker - great story and equally tasty wines!
Very sweet with brown sugar, pear and apricot. If you have a sweet tooth this is your wine. The low alcohol content easily makes this a solo drinker. The nose seems closed down right now but this one should drink well for another 5 - 7 years. Very refreshing and not over complex. Very tasty when served at the right temperature.
Plum, dark berry and wet stone. This would be a great daily drinker. Nothing wrong with this one. This $10 wine should be consumed by the end of 2011.
Very good daily drinker. Absolutely fantastic value and a steal for under $4 a bottle! Initially a little too fruity and sweet, but after some time in the glass this mellowed out. Smooth, bright red fruit but in check with some mocha and a pleasant finish.
The Hitching Post wines were boosted in popularity from the 2004 blockbuster movie "Sideways". I enjoy their juice.
Quite tasty and very earthy. Thinner than anticipated but well balanced fruit (cherry and blackberry) with dusty barn and drinking well right now. Anxious to see what a few more years does for this one.
Stunning and smooth as silk. Oak, charcoal and currant come together beautifully in this wine. Previous tastes were not as delicious but this bottle was just exceptional and lingered in the mouth for moments. Wow! This winery consistently makes fantastic wines!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
It was about 15 months in between tastings of this vintage, and what a difference it has made. Before the wine seemed a bit sleepy, but over the Christmas weekend this wine was a winner! It wasn't decanted and this is an unfiltered wine, but the sediment was nil and I was anxious to re-try this one. There is a lot of finesse in this wine and she's as sooth as glass right now. The ripe fruits are matched almost equally with leather, damp dirt road, cedar and black cherry. This wine has a wonderful nose and a smooth lingering finish. I'm confident this is in the optimum drinking window right now!
This is a pricier wine, but one worth getting. And this feels like it will drink well for another 8 - 10 years, so you don't have to rush and drink it now. Put it back for a nice dinner or company you haven't seen in awhile.
Very dark in the glass. Juicy berry and toasty treat with incredible mocha flavor. This wine finishes with a medium finish despite the lack of hard tanin. Although delicious, I would limit myself (personally) to two glasses with a dinner. The mocha really sets this apart from other Syrahs. Very nice and drinking well for a couple more years.
I actually received this wine from someone who got it in a wine club. Normally that's a big "no no" for me, as I've had bad luck with wine clubs that aren't sponsored by wineries. But, surprisingly, this wine was able to hang around. Typical Sauvignon Blanc color. Nice fresh nose of grapefruit, melon and an earthy wetness. Palate was a refreshing citrus and mild lavender combination with a nice acidic finish. Not as crisp as some other similar wines, but a great effort and a sure crowd pleaser that wouldn't break the bank. Drink now through the end of 2010.
You have to drink this now!
Thin appearance and not a strong nose. Predominantly ripe berry flavor, but not very fruity taste. Some spice and minimal pepper also on board. WAIT ON THIS ONE, as this wine seems a bit closed up at the moment. It should have much more to offer in about 6 months. Mild tannins and a medium finish.SECOND night: Much more open with blueberry and pepper really coming through. I like this family winery. They provide exceptional value for the price. Sometimes you can even find this wine at Sam's Club.
Great value at around $10.00.
This score puts this in an "every day drinker" category. But this vintage should be consumed in the next 12 months.
Drink it now.
Decanted for two hours. Extremely hot up front and a bit thinner than I like. Combination of fig, asphalt, sweet corn, and light brown sugar, but nothing stood out predominantly. Color was great, and the finish was a medium long. Very good bargain for the price. This port should probably be kept in the cellar until 2011 to see how it develops.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Buy It? Yes, buy it by the case if you're a Chardonnay drinker!
Beautiful deep garnet color and impressive legs. The nose was blackberry, leather and pipe tobacco. The palate brought out dark berries, ripe strawberries, and toasted oak. Incredibly smooth and drinking wonderfully now and should for the next 15 years.
For those who don't know, single vineyard wines tend to cost a bit more as there is no blending involved. But when a winemaker has a fantastic vineyard, they're on to something. Elderton definitely has a top quality wine in this single vineyard bottling. Just fantastic!
Great color and wonderful nose of fresh ripe fruit with vanilla extract. An explosive palate of berry and melon, with a basket of citrus fruits on the end. Very smooth and delicious; not over the top. Incredibly good and will drink well easily for the next 8 years. I like the COMMAND label on this, because this wine definitely commands attention!
If you want to spend a few bucks on a wine that all of your party will enjoy, this one is about $70 at auction and possibly more at retail, but it is worth every penny.
Very little on the nose compared to the other Cabs of the evening. Sour fruit, possibly cherry, but so faint it was almost nil. The palate was a bit boring, but the smoky tar flavor came through on the finish. Very light tanins after 45 minutes of decanting. Maybe this wine was in hybernation, but I cannot imagine this will get much better.
Dark inky purple in the glass. The nose showed ripe juicy dark fruit, a bit of tobacco and there were several layers of this incredible wine. Silky smooth with a lingering finish. Perfect amount of oak. Wonderful stuff and by far the best Indiana made wine I've ever had. These folks ship the grapes in from all over the world and use careand skill second to none when crafting a wine like this.
Very dark purple color, but a tinge thin on the edges. Dark red fruits, pepper and rubber on the nose. The palate expressed too much oak for my liking, but a quality blend of the fruit and wet earth. After decanting for about 2 hours the tannins were practically non-existant, and that diminishes the overall drink a bit.
Did not decant! Wish I would have, but can hardly imagine this getting any better. Incredibly thick dark purple inky color and I wanted to climb right in the bottle when I opened the top. Lots of red ripe fruit and tobacco on the nose. On the palate this is plenty fruity, but not overdone or a "fruit bomb" like many Aussies that try too hard. Well balanced and a medium tanic structure that helps balance this incredible wine. I just picked up another half of a case tonight online after drinking the first two sips. This wine will surely top out at the top of the chart in 4-5 years. WONDERFUL and the price was about $30 when this case was purchased. Get it now while you can find it, but you'll pay about $45 - $50 retail.
About what I expected for the price. I like Chateau Ste Michelle wines overall and this one does not disappoint, but don't look for big things. The color was a medium plum with little depth, which was equally evident in the mild nose. Mineral overtones were prominent with a splash of blueberry. Medium finish. If you're accustomed to strong California Cabernet, this wine isn't for you. Washington wines are a stark contrast to Napa.
Gorgeous dark purple color and a pleasant earthy nose. Straightforward dark fruits and oak - not a fruit bomb like so many Shiraz are nowadays. Surprised (pleasantly) at how little pepper came through on the nose and palate. Not a Shiraz I would serve to someone just getting into Aussie wines, but a definite pleaser for those who are accustomed to Shiraz. Great! You get Penfolds quality here without paying the top shelf Penfolds wine prices.
This wine is a great daily drinker for the Shiraz lover.
This port should be consumed in the next 12 months if you really want to catch the flavors.
You can still find this readily available and it will cost you about $90.00 or more retail. This port should drink well easily for another 7 or 8 years.
Beautiful deep red color. Decanted for over 60 minutes. Moderate amount of sediment in the 375ml bottle. Very soft body initially, but a great balance of crispness and mellow flavors which stayed in check. Initially this was a deep bloody piece of prime rib, gushing wonderful flavors of cooked game, dark berry, and a drop of Japanese soy sauce. I don't know if this wine will continue to develop as predicted, as it seems that this half bottle was near its peak. Ill be interested to see how these do in the coming years. Medium lingering finish. Very pleased. What put this amazing winery on the map was the 1976 Paris wine tasting competition. Chateau Montelena won for their amazing Chardonnay!
This is just a great great wine. For someone starting a wine collection, Chateau Montelena would be a best bet. You'll get great wine without spending hundreds of dollars per bottle.
Fruity and trace of vanilla on the nose. This one dimensional wine is primarily blueberry on the palate with some very light herb and floral traces. The tanins are kept in check, providing a pleasant, medium finish.
So why the above avergage score for a one dimensional wine? Because it tastes great and I think you'll like it if you drink it in the next 12 months.
Pungent soured fruit on the nose and extremely mineral taste - remided me of river rock, red brick and dirt. Nothing good to say about this one. Maybe I drank this too early, maybe the bottle was flawed. I will reserve giving this a score, as I've heard good thing about this wine. If I had a bad bottle (corked/oxidized) then a score wouldn't be fair.
Historically this has been a very good wine for the price.