Archive for May, 2006

Posted by admin at May 29, 2006

Category: Wine

With its black-garnet color and tightly wound nose of black licorice and dark cherry this wine instantly shows huge potential. With some coaxing you get hints chocolate and plum in the mix. Liquid chocolate cake comes to mind after a mouthful of the wine settles on the palate. Rich in bitter chocolate, black cherries and chalky tannin on the finish. Full bodied and full of chocolate goodness. Start saving at $100. -CG

Posted by admin at May 28, 2006

Category: Wine

Uncanny scents of fresh cut pears and wildflowers fill the glass. This Chardonnay is very aromatic and youthful. On the palate it is absolutely lovely with its full-bodied tropical fruits, butterscotch, dried fig, and clove. Super long finish of glycerin fruit and vanillin toasted oak. The Three Rivers Winery Chardonnay 1999 has it all, power, finesse and structure. In the world of overpriced Chardonnay this is a bargain at $25.

Posted by admin at May 26, 2006

Category: Wine

In London recently, I was enchanted by a newspaper column in which a medical man commented on the health of a prominent legislator who had recently undergone a heart operation. The MD, confirming something we’ve all known for a couple of decades now, reminded the member of Parliament that moderate wine consumption was good for his heart and urged him to resume drinking on a regular basis. (more…)

Posted by admin at May 25, 2006

Category: Wine

If I am anything it is timely. No better time that the 4th of July to review what has been considered and reported to be Americas #1 wine. First off, this is a very good wine. It usually is, the 1994 version was awesome.

The 1996 Cinq Cepage is a tightly wound, very young and hard version of what this wine will be. It is loaded with dark, brooding, black fruit, chocolate and currant spiciness. In my opinion this wine will be a wonderful example of what California can do with the Bordeaux varietals. Is it the best wine in the world?

Posted by admin at May 25, 2006

Category: Wine Tasting

Entire books have been written on wine tasting. One of the best known and most influential is Emile Peynaud’s The Taste of Wine. While you may never earn your living tasting wine, we want to share a few techniques used by our winemakers that can increase the pleasure of everyday drinking. (more…)

Posted by admin at May 24, 2006

Category: Wine

This Berrod Beaujolais has the scents of a beautiful bouquet of flowers, green olives and wild raspberries. A slightly musty nose of dried flowers is very appealing in this wine. On the palate this soft, luscious wine exhibits a plentiful amount of vibrant cherry fruits and lavender flavors, finishing with lingering dried flowers and red fruits. Recommended at $14

Posted by admin at May 22, 2006

Category: Wine

Here is a great example of American blending from a wine maker known for his fantastic old vine Syrah. The Pleiades is a wicked blend of Syrah, Merlot, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre. Dark ruby in color with a scents of savory herbs, spearmint/ eucalyptus, jammy red currant and coconut oil. Definite hints of Zinfandel in the nose. The wine offers a mouthful of very sweet flavors of raspberry and plum with exotic curry spice. It finishes with a hint of bitter oak tannin that balances nicely with the awesome amount of interesting fruit flavors. Very enjoyable at $22

Posted by admin at May 20, 2006

Category: Wine

Very dark in color with a meaty rich nose with scents of wet leather, cinnamon, oak and black berry. Powerful extraction on the palate with black tar and cassis flavors blending smoothly with the velvety oak. The finish is very luscious and theatrical with its thick amounts of black berry, plum and vanilla. Not just a wine but an experience. $50.

Posted by admin at May 16, 2006

Category: Wine

Finca Allende is a relative new comer to the Rioja world with the 1997 vintage being the third year of its production.

The 1997 Allende Rioja is a powerhouse. With it glass staining black-purple color and aromas of raisin, black cherry and violets, it is obvious this is a very modern version of Rioja. The powdery tannin in this wine is virtually masked by the immense amount of plum, ripe cherry and licorice spice. Its Port-like fruit finishes dry with the power to support any grilled meat and strong cheese. This is a lot of Rioja for $17.

Posted by admin at May 12, 2006

Category: Wine Tasting

So many wines so little time, a bit clich? but extremely poignant if you attended Taste Washington. On April 9th, 85 Washington State wineries and 45 local restaurants met under one roof to put on Seattle largest exposition of its local wine and food industry. The annual event is sponsored by the Washington Wine Commission to highlight the wines of the Northwest. Participating restaurants are paired with two wineries, much to the culinary delight of the wine trade, press and most importantly the wine consumers. (more…)