Archive for the ‘California’ Category

Tierra Divina ‘Reds’ 2010

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This wine is a winner.  It’s composed of Petite Syrah, Carignane, and Zinfandel, which, for me, is a first.  This unique blend comes from Lodi and was benefited by a long, cool, and even growing season in 2010 which gives the wine a smooth, rich and complex profile that can otherwise be disrupted by heat […]

The Sum 08 Cabernet

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75 Wine Company is putting out some great wines for the money.  The packaging is great across the board, and they over deliver in the bottle.  Just my cup of tea. Sweet blue and black fruits, camphor, and spice box all jump from the glass of this dense, medium to full-bodied, juicy, supple wine, which […]

Andrew Murray Tours Les Jours 2008

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The nose is full and rich with stewed purple fruits, like boysenberry jam, and has a great freshness to it.  There are some classic Syrah virtues as well as savory, beef reduction sauce characteristics in the back drop.  The palate follows in step with a velvety, full, balanced profile that is supported by sound acidity […]

Turley Cinsault 2010 El Porron

What this wine lacks in esotericness, it makes up for in the glass.  The Cinsault grape is one of the staples of the Languedoc-Rouissillon region in the southern France and is quite often blended with Carignan and Grenache.  If you asked me, I would have said that it was a staple of southern Rhone as […]

J. Wilkes Pinot 01

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This is a wine that hails from one of the best vineyard sources in Santa Barbara County; the Bien Nacido Vineyard.  Specifically, Block Q.  It has 10 years of age on it and is showing really well.  The winemaker, Jeff Wilkes passed away in December of 2010, after spending almost 20 years in the wine […]

The New Norm in grape growing; wine making.

The wine industry, like many others, has been forced to adapt during the recession of 2008.  There are many moving parts that can be adjusted when needed; restaurants can lower the price point of their menus and wine list, and distributors can shift their inventory so that they carry less expensive wines while trying to […]

Carter Coliseum Block 07 Cabernet

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This is a big point, thoroughly hyped wine.  I think that Wine Spectator dedicated an entire issue to making sure that everybody in the US knows the Carter name and how exceptional the wines are.  With that much press, there isn’t much room for error.  Not even marginal performance. With all that being said, the […]

Rond Pond Cabernet 2006

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So, when you think of Napa you think of Cabernet, right?  And when you think of Cabernet, you think of Rutherford, right?  Well you should.  Rutherford has the rare combination of perfect conditions which produce, year in, year out, some of the best Cabernet wines in the world.  Sun exposure, temperature, soil, drainage and a […]

2006 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

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NOTES: This wine shows off a clean and pure cab nose that has a touch of wood and deep fruits.  The palate is dense, rich and deep with large chain wood tannins that back big blackberry, currant and black plum fruits.  The texture is very nice up front and has hints of sage and mint […]

2008 Municipal Winemakers Cabernet Sauvignon

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If Charlie Sheen were talking about buying and drinking this wine he would say “WINNING!”  At $27 retail, this wine is a micro production (read: super hand made) from the exciting new Happy Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara County. NOTES: This wine has a deep dark nose that shows oak and minerality.  The palate is […]

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