Posted on 03 December 2013.
Brancaia has produced an elegant soulful wine with this 2009 vintage Toscana. The wine sings from the moment poured until that last drop falls from the glass to the tongue. Almost like a choreographed theatrical act, it was smooth and tight. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Continue Reading
Posted in Other Reds
Posted on 11 November 2013.
A few months ago I attended a tasting of the newly declared 2011 Vintage Port at the W hotel in San Francisco. It was a really fun and informative event. It was apparent from the attendance by industry heavy hitters like Christian Seely and Adrian Bridge they wanted to make sure the American audience was aware the 2011 harvest had been declared vintage. Continue Reading
Posted in Wine Reviews
Posted on 07 November 2013.
**Upcoming book signing events below!
Almost two years ago to the day the phone rang early (well early for me if it is not 10AM yet) and for some odd reason I woke up from a sound sleep and answered the phone. An easy on the ears female voice identified herself as an editor from the publishing company History Press West and inquired if I would be interested in writing a book. After tirelessly blogging for Enobytes and OregonLive about wine and food for more than seven years, there are two words than can shake me from a slumber and they are editor and book. There was a brief moment of convincing myself the phone call was not a prank and I immediately realized I was not dreaming. If I had been dreaming, it would have been a film producer asking me to write a screenplay, not a book. Continue Reading
Posted in Gifts
Posted on 22 October 2013.
This is Montes first foray into fun label marketing and yes, the label is fun and represents the young wine well. With or without the label this wine stands on its own two grapes (Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) and stands pretty well. Aromas of dark fruit and spice start the train rolling and the flavors, which resemble the bouquet, just keep chugging along as the flavor train brings the payload home. Balanced, soft structured berry plum goodness and a lingering finish make this wine an attractive package. Versatile culinary possibilities are another attractive component. The Montes winery has produced a great blend and a great value with this wine something they have been doing consistently for quite some time.
Rating: Very Good (87) | $18 | 14.0% ABV
Posted in Wine Reviews
Posted on 28 September 2013.
One sip of this fine elixir from McCay Cellars and Lodi Zinfandel should earn some equity in your cellar well at least a bottle placement or two. Wines of this pedigree are not all that common these days and Lodi should be getting a little more love from wine consumers who appreciate a Zinfandel with finesse. The initial aromas are reminiscent of a late harvested fruit smoothie made with blackberry, sweet Oregon cherry, hazelnut and a hint of figs. On the palate it is a texturally pleasing wine that is lush, plush and sensual. The big berry swirl flavor continues to come through all the way to the long lingering finish making this a perfect match for fall tailgating grill items and slow smoked southern BBQ. For a blockbuster experience that emanates the soul of Lodi, grab a bottle of this McCay Zin and share it with love. 288 cases produced.
Rating: Excellent (91) | $32 | 14.4% ABV
Posted in Zinfandel
Posted on 12 September 2013.
A couple of months ago we read an article by a writer who declared that Paso Robles had finally come into its own in regards to being a wine region of respectable pedigree and it prompted some deep thoughts and soulful consideration. That introspection elicited this article from my partner and Enobytes co-founder Pamela Heiligenthal titled Paso Robles “My Thoughts on the Region” which clearly defines Paso Robles as no Johnny Come Lately. Continue Reading
Posted in Winemakers