Saturday, January 8, 2011
Well balanced golden color in the glass. Wet stone and ripe citrus fruits on the nose. The palate gives us lemon peal, pear, golden apple, toast and smoke. The finish doesn't linger very long, but the taste of this wine and the light oakiness it is presented with makes it a real crowd pleaser!
First of all, I love the names of Barrel 27 Wine Company's wines. They bring you Head Honcho Syrah, High on the Hog White, and Sittin' Pretty Viognier just to name a few. The 2007 Rock and A Hard Place Grenache is a wine you better be prepared for. This nearly black in color wine throws so many different flavors at you while tasting, that you will probably miss something the first time around. I know I did, and I was perfectly pleased to drink the entire glass to experience everything this wine had to offer. Grenache is on the lower production end of California wines, so when you find a good one - grab it and be very protective of it. This wine is pleasantly floral, with burnt wood, lots of blueberry and raspberry, hot tar and some chocolate. But on the third or fourth sip you may pick up some tea or cranberry or a hint of honey. This is a wonderfully expressive wine. If I had one distraction (and only one) about this wine.....it's the label. Come on guys! Put a little pizazz in that label. The labels should match your unique names!
I was introduced to this wine a few years ago while dining at the Melting Pot fondue restaurant. There was a sommelier there from a wine bar and he said we should try this. Fast forward a few years.......this is my wife's favorite wine of all time (she is strictly a white drinker) and one of my favorites too. This unique blend of 9 grapes has a mass appeal to every white drinker, whether you're a Muscat, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Riesling lover. Very tropical on the nose, and if served at the right temperature and not directly out of the refrigerator, those tropical fruits also come alive with brown sugar and a floral essence. This wine pairs well with about every food, and it certainly does with a four course fondue meal.
I used to not be able to find this here locally in central Indiana, and would have to find a retailer online to buy it by the case. But I'm excited to say that I have since seen this at Whole Foods Market and Target of all places! I hope they continue to carry it, as we always need to have a few bottles on hand. For the average $17 retail price tag you can't go wrong. Try it. It's a perfect sitting-on-the-back-deck summertime wine too!
I received an email the other day asking me if I had something against Merlot. Nope, not at all. I just don't generally purchase much in the way of Merlot or have much of it in my cellar. But I did pull out this Rutherford Hill 2005 Merlot that I purchased while in Napa, so this should keep the naysayers at bay for a little bit. This Merlot is actually blended with other varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc and it comes through on the palate. Great looking fire engine red color. Lots of blackberry, spice and vanilla in the mouth. The nose presents with blackberry, cherry, soy sauce, and smoke. Should continue to drink well for a few more years. Tasty stuff.
This wine will blow your mind. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and made from 35 year old estate vines at KK. This wine is young, but already showing long-term cellar aging potential. It is bold and juicy and deep deep dark red in color. The tannins are tight right now, but this will be a near-perfect wine in about 3 years. Don't rush to drink it now - save it and this one will knock your socks off.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011