Friday, October 20, 2017

Long Barn Napa Valley 2015 Chardonnay






Long Barn Napa Valley 2015 Chardonnay, $9.34-$13.99, 87 points, was a deep brass/gold color.
Oak and pome fruit on the nose were pleasant.
This medium-plus bodied straight forward Chardonnay showed itself juicy and oaky with fair acidity.
Finished on the trailing palate and a hint of cantaloupe.
Alcohol was a reasonable 13.5%.
Paired fine with my fish chowder.
If a Cali-typical Chardonnay is what you're looking for, you can't miss with this one.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Seghesio Sonoma County 2014 Zinfandel





Seghesio Sonoma County 2014 Zinfandel,
$18.95-$25.99, 91 points, poured core black with deep maroon colors, a broad clear wine ring, and modest legs.
Aromas were rather shy bramble blackberries and juniper.
Medium-bodied with bright acidity and mild sufficient tannin carried rich flavors of black licorice, cherry cola, plum, and a very spicy medley of pepper.
Finished long on the trailing palate, hints of marzipan and eucalyptus with a spot-on 14.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our burgers.
Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel always exceeds expectations, and the 2014 is no different. 
 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rodney Strong Sonoma County 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon







Rodney Strong Sonoma County 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.49-$21.99, 88 points, poured an opaque sienna color with a broad clear wine ring and moderate glass sheeting.
Aromatic cedar, blueberry, cocoa, and lavender were pleasant.
Medium-plus body showed good acidity, supportive underlayment of tannin, and flavors of mulberry, blueberry, plum, licorice, and a hint of fennel.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a touch of pomegranate, easy warm spices, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Mexican cuisine.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sbragia Dry Creek Valley 'Andolsen Vineyard' 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon







Sbragia Andolsen Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $22.99-$42.99, 91 points, poured core black grading burgundy purple/red at the clear wine ring and glass bowl of significant and sweating drapes.
The aromas needed some time with swirling and swishing to tease-out the lovely cedar potpourri and black currant jam bouquet.
Full-bodied with good acidity and firm grainy tannins managed flavors reflective of the bouquet.
Finished long and spicy with plum, a bit of wild black bramble fruit, and mint notes.
Alcohol was a potent 14.7%.
Paired perfectly with my roast beef dinner and hazelnut milk chocolate dessert; there are those that snidely sneer at this pairing, but not me.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fess Parker Santa Barbara County 2013 Riesling








Fess Parker Santa Barbara County 2013 Riesling, $14.99 (bought at the Fresh Market of Bedford), 85 points, poured a glossy gold color.
A petrol dominant aroma crowded out all other aromas for me.
The light-plus body with good acidity managed to overcome the petrol notes to show glimpses of melon rind, peach, and over ripe pear flavors.
Finished by pulling itself up by its boot straps with a lovely hint of guava and peach praline pie; finished long, off dry, a spot-on 12% alcohol, and with a saving grace.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Fires Burn Within Our Chests


With prayers in our hearts for friends and associates in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, we all embrace, with hope, an outlook toward the end of another trial. As of Sunday morning October 15, at least forty people, mostly senior souls, have lost their lives, four hundred people are unaccounted for. I for one, can hardly stop looking for information and hard to come-by updates. The city of Santa Rosa (population: 175,000) appears from the sky-views to be a 'war zone'. The fires still rage, and unconfirmed reports of burned-out wineries pour in.




Some might remember that in the summer of 2014 there was a terrible earthquake in Napa; many tried to find ways to help; mine was to buy Napa wines.
So it was with the terrible earthquakes of the summer of 2016 in Italy when I bought Italian everything and began with this post: "All right, I'm praying for the people of central Italy, but I wanted to show support in another way, here is my purchase of olives, olive oil and wine (A great wine at that). God be with the good people of Italy (Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 2013 Rosso di Montalcino)."
 As with these two past and terrible events: "This too shall pass." In the meantime, some are looking for ways to help: donations are being collected almost everywhere; my venue of choice is to once again buy wines appropriate to the areas affected.
Here, for a proper personal perspective, is a post from the warzone by Vinsanity blogger.

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Hoopes Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon






Hoopes Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $39.09-$45.99, 92+ points, poured black right up to the purple/red glass edge, thin clear wine ring, and leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic sandalwood, cedar, cocoa, and black currants were excellent.

Medium-plus body with good acidity and firm grainy tannins carried delicious flavors of cola, licorice, plum, mulberry, a hint of mint, ripe black raspberry, and a subtle white truffle.
Finished long on the trailing palate, easy white pepper, and their interestingly designated 14.75% alcohol.

Paired perfectly with our pepperoni pizza.

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