Archive for February 2011

Domaine de la Quilla 2009 Muscadet Sevre & Maine

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This wine earned its spot because it is so charming and well made that we couldn’t say no.   The weight and texture are absolutely top notch. NOTES: It has nice aromatics, is subtle, clean and is begging for shellfish.  The nose is colored with hints of fresh clover and honey but is predominantly a mineral […]

Pacific Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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This is a great work horse wine to have stashed all over the house.  I picked up a case of it prior to the holidays and have gone through most of it with great pleasure.  Bring it to a dinner party or open it at one of your own.  Drink it now, you don’t need […]

Babcock Ritas Earth Pinot Noir 2009

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The search for Pinot Noir can be tricky.  I am personally drawn to a lighter style that allows for the personality of the vineyard, grapes and winemaker to show through.  In my opinion, that is what makes Pinot special.  The Rita’s Earth comes from some of the most hallowed ground in Santa Barbara’s Sta. Rita […]

Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendocino

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This is an organically and bio dynamically farmed property in Mendocino. If you are familiar with the bio dynamic process, you will notice the horns in the logo which are buried in the vineyard at a certain point in the year. The nose is minty with deep chocolate and crushed raspberries on the nose.  The […]

Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir 2010

This wine was produced by a family that has been making wine for over 100 years in Mendoza, Argentina.  The grapes come from old vine vineyards that are at about 5,000 feet of elevation.  That is very high! Notes: the nose initially came across a little muted, but has nice clovey red fruits.  The palate […]

Bouquet vs. Aroma

This is a subject that I’ve noticed in some tasting notes recently and thought would be worth talking about.  Bouquet is the smell of the wine that has developed in the bottle.  An older wine will have developed more bouquet because its been in the bottle longer.  A wine’s aroma refers to the primary smells […]

Robert Parker no longer tasting CA!

Take a look at the article on SF Gate; http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/ This is big news for California wineries, and for people who drink CA wines.  Could there be a ‘new’ style shift as a result?

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