Archive for the ‘Not Cab’ Category

2007 Dierberg Pinot Noir Santa Maria

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This wine comes from the Dierberg’s Orcutt Rd. Ranch vineyard in Santa Maria.  It has a showy blue fruit nose that is backed by savory, sagey, mineray and spice notes.  Aromatically there is a lot going on with this wine; as it had a chance to open in the glass it started to show pine […]

2007 Dierberg Chardonnay Santa Maria

This is a 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay, and it shows oak up front by way of a savory nose with mineral hints laced throughout.  The palate has lemony, citrus driven fruits and very nice texture.  This medium to full bodied wine has great acidity and a smooth tannin that laces the lemon fruits right into […]

2008 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc

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This wine was made with cultured yeast from Bordeaux, which makes it an exception to most of the wines produced at Star Lane and Dierberg that utilize native yeast.  The nose shows savory chicken stock, lemon curd and lemon fruits.  It has less high tone notes which can most likely be attributed to the fact […]

2006 Casa de la Ermita Crianza, Jumilla, Spain

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What an interesting wine!  This is a blend of (60%) 60 year old Monastrell and (40%) Petit Verdot from the southeast of Spain. There are several different classifications for wines from Spain, which we should touch on.  For wines that are aged for more than one year there are three classifications; Crianza, Reserva, and Gran […]

Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

This is a fruit forward and showy blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan; classic Rhone.  The 2007 vintage produced more fruit forward wines and this is no exception. The Vidal-Fleury CDR is a wine that I tasted side by side with a $50+ bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, and thought that it was quite […]

Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2009

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Put simply, it is impossible not to like this wine.  It has a little residual sugar which normally turns me off, but there is something that makes it hard to stop drinking this wine; it is clean, has decent balance and is simply delightful.  Nothing complicated here, this is a wine to start the evening […]

2005 Domaine Carneros Taittinger

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Some quick tasting notes: this wine has fine bubbles, and a nose that shows fruity ripe apples, clean coconut an ripe pears.  The palate is rich and complex, nutty, toasty and juicy.  for a domestic champagne this is quite interesting and sophisticated.  There is a little chalky minerality and fine elegant tannins that combine nicely […]

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

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The 2007 Cotes du Rhone from Vidal-Fleury seriously outperforms its price point.  At about $13-$15 there is hardly a wine that would do a better job. NOTES: Ripe blackberry nose smells like blackberry pie or preserves taste.  The wine is big, full and fat on the palate and is complimented by a nice layer of […]

Solomon Hills Chardonnay 2008

This is the first release from the Miller Family’s estate vineyards.  They have extensive land holdings in the Central Coast including the Bien Nacido Vineyard, French Camp Vineyard, and Solomon Hills Vineyard.  This is a small production wine (several hundred cases) that consists of best lot selection from the Solomon Hills Vineyard and barrel selection […]

Rene Noel Legrand, Saumur Champigny, Les Lizieres 2006

This wine is from the Loire Valley in France.  Wines from Saumur Champigny are Cab Franc based and can have Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d’Aunis. This wine has a very light and interesting nose, in a way that only southern French wines can pull off with charm.  It has deep red fruits and minerality in […]

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