7/06/2015

Quick Sip: Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat

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Today’s Quick Sip is Y Rousseau Wines’ 2014 Rosé of Tannat. I had an opportunity to try it for a recent virtual tasting put on by Protocol Wine Studio that highlighted drier styles of rosé. Every Tuesday at 9PM EST, you can join Protocol Wine Studio’s wine themed conversation by following hashtag #winestudio on Twitter.

Slightly sweet renditions of the pink juice, no doubt, have its fan base. But nowadays, drier examples are widely available, well-received, and great pairing partners to a huge array of foods. They are also flexible enough for just about any occasion – especially backyard cookouts during the warmer months. Even though rosés, either style, are largely synonymous with summer, I find that drier styles can easily be enjoyed year-round as pre-dinner refreshers or formal dinner wines – as some rosés pack complexity, character and even substance (Hello Tavel).

Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat 

When I think of red wine grapes that Sonoma is known for, varieties like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot are the first that come to mind -- not Tannat. The thick-skinned red wine grape, known for its firm tannin structure, is indigenous to Southwest France. There, the variety thrives in the village of Madiran and is capable of producing long-lived wines of high quality that are built to age and crafted for the patient. Yannick Rousseau’s love for Tannat goes back to his homeland of Gascony, France. In 2007, he founded Y Rousseau Wines to showcase wines from his native country (e.g., Colombard, Tannat) that perform well in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. 

I recommend putting Yannick’s inky and substantial dry red wines made from Tannat on your wine radar. His 2014 rosé of Tannat, produced from a combination of direct pressing (75%) and free-run saignée (25%) methods, is a beautiful rosé to add to your wine radar as well. According to Yannick, who started making the 100% dry rosé of Tannat in 2012, it is the first ever made in the US. He attributes Tannat’s excellent acid structure to the wine’s success.  For further information and where you can find this tasty pink juice, please see my tasting notes below.


Review: Y Rousseau Wines 2014 Rosé of Tannat ($24): This rosé pours a lovely pale salmon color. Subtle fragrances of vibrant red berry fruit and fleshy citrus notes greet the nose. The flavors, which are pleasantly restrained, match the aromas and are firmly packed onto an energetic frame supported by crisp acids and a gentle, streamlined texture. The wine finishes with a bright, medium-long rounded finish. Overall, a wonderfully fresh and beautiful rosé that’s ideal for warm weather sipping. It would also be a great partner to foods like fish tacos, bacon wrapped shrimp, grilled chicken salad, cold pasta salads, or flatbread pizza – the pairings are almost endless. Approximately 275 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 13.5%, 100% Tannat, fermented in stainless, aged 5 for months on lees – no stirring, screw cap enclosure). Rating: 91 Points. Click here to find this wine.

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6/22/2015

Quick Sip: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Today’s Quick Sip is The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The Hess Collection is renowned for expressive, well-structured Cabernet Sauvignons produced from mountain-grown Mount Veeder fruit. This single-vineyard selection comes from the estate’s Allomi Vineyard; a site situated just below the eastern base of Howell Mountain.

The 2012 growing season was ideal for Napa Valley’s prized grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to a great vintage, Hess cites the vineyard’s warmer temperatures and extended growing season as reasons for the wine’s round, ripe fruit character. For the Cork Exclusive special price of $23.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles), this wine packs a lot of flavor and offers plenty of pleasure without breaking the piggy bank. It over-delivers for the (under $24) price point and is a very nice bottle to share with friends over a delicious meal. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: The Hess Collection 2012 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $30): This wine is drinking nicely right now; there are additions of Petite Sirah (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%) – with the latter contributing to the wine’s relative opacity. It pours a deep garnet color, delivering flavors of sweet black cherry, black currant, and blackberry joined by nicely integrated notes of vanilla bean, toasted brown baking spice, and dusty cocoa powder. In the mouth, the wine is harmonious with a velvet-like texture that’s framed by supple tannins, ending in a pleasing, spice-accented finish. Overall, a satisfying, reasonably price Cabernet to share with friends and enjoy at the dinner table – especially if grilled red meats or smoked pork is on the menu. Region: Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.4%, 18 months in American oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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6/01/2015

Quick Sip: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Though there are some exceptions, you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir. The grape is often called finicky, fickle, and demanding – both in the vineyard and cellar. For good reason, growers and producers have referred to Pinot Noir as the "Heartbreak Grape." Pinot Noir is naturally low to medium yielding and has a built-in scarcity, since there are few wine regions where the variety fully expresses itself and thrives. Of course, there are more factors, but these are some reasons that can make Pinot Noir more expensive to grow and produce than varieties that are more accommodating, resilient and forgiving.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the state’s most recognized and largest wine-growing appellation. It is one of the select few regions in the wonderful world of wine that is well-known for growing world-class Pinot Noir. Today’s Quick Sip, the 2012 entry-level appellation Pinot Noir from Rex Hill, is appealing, harmonious in the mouth, and attractively priced – especially at the Cork-Exclusive deal of $24.99 (which includes free shipping on 3 or more bottles). This is an ideal bottle for the dinner table that would pair nicely with a wide variety of foods, including salmon, tuna, grilled veggies and more! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Review: Rex Hill 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (SRP $35): Medium-deep ruby color, this Pinot Noir offers inviting aromas of ripe black cherries, spicy plum, and juicy blackberries, joined by undertones of rose petals and sweet, caramelized oak tones. It is harmonious and medium-to-full bodied in the mouth, with nice ripeness, soft, relaxed tannins, and good acidity – that carries the dark red and purple fruit flavors through the medium-long, textured finish. Although an ideal slow sniffer-and-sipper to savor on its own, this wine is very versatile on the dinner table – think grilled salmon, lamb, or Portobello burgers. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon. Other info: ABV 14%, 14 months in French oak barrels, cork enclosure). Rating: 90.

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5/20/2015

Quick Sip: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. Located south of the capital city of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley, largely recognized for its red wines, is a well-known and regarded wine-growing appellation in Chile’s central valley. I had an opportunity to review this Syrah for a recent #SommChat Twitter tasting featuring Montes Alpha’s chief winemaker Aurelio Montes Sr. In celebration of “Earth Day,” Aurelio took time to tell us about Montes Winery as well as their new dry farming initiative.

Already adhering to sustainable agricultural practices since their founding in 1988; and certified under the Wines of Chile Sustainable Code, Montes Winery was compelled to do more. Realizing rainwater is a precious resource; and being responsible caretakers of the land, Montes Winery started a viticulture project in 2009. They began studying the impact of varying levels of vine irrigation on grape growth. Their findings proved significant; demonstrating that dry farming – which simply means the vineyard does not receive any irrigation -- improved the final quality of their wines. Aurelio notes, “We have seen in several tasting panels that through dry farming, we increase the concentration and final quality of the wines.” He added, “We get more ripe fruit, and more weight in the mouth, decreasing the use of water up to 65%.”



Montes’ dry farmed wines were introduced with the 2012 line-up of Alpha wines -- all produced from their Marchigüe and Apalta estates in Colchagua.  The Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah, which retails for $21.99, can be found online for $14.99 and represents very good value for the money. It is inky, shows good concentration and depth, and is harmonious in the mouth – hitting all the right notes. I recommend seeking some out this grilling season! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Review: Montes Alpha 2012 Syrah (SRP $21.99):  A deep, dark purple color, this aromatic Syrah is appealing and expansive in character, offering a mouth-filling medley of ripe blueberries, blackberries, and plum flavors joined by subtle notes of mocha spice, vanilla bean, and floral nuances. It is full and round in the mouth, with fine integrated tannins and enough acidity to lift the fruit and support the richness; providing wonderful balance. The finish is medium-long, fruit-driven, and satisfying. A more than pleasing solitary sipper, this is also an excellent selection to have on-hand at your next backyard cookout – think gourmet burgers, grilled red meats, or lamb chops!  Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier, yields 2.8 tons per acre, 55% barrel aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with 1, 2, or 3 uses, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Montes Winery and Feast PR for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Cheers!

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5/11/2015

Quick Sip: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

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There is something about summer that makes a well-chilled bottle of rosé a very attractive option. I keep a significant number of drier examples in my sipping rotation year-round. After all, real men not only drink pink, but enjoy the pink drink through all four seasons. But during the warmer months in particular, the interest in rosé reaches an all-time high -- refreshing and satisfying the drinking needs of many. The wine’s fresh flavors and mouth-watering acidity make it one of the most food-friendly and versatile wines you can sip, bar none. This brings me to the Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé; a very pretty wine – packaging included -- that emphasizes delicacy, brightness, and nuance.

Besides the cognac-like bottle and attractive packaging, what also draws attention to this Provencal rosé are its Hollywood A-List owners. Chateau Miraval is a joint venture between Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel. The 1,000-acre estate, of which approximately 150 acres are planted to wine grapes, has been home to the couple since 2008. While some consumers purchase wines with their eyes (i.e., wine labels) and others are influenced by celebrity, this Côtes de Provence rosé stands on its own merits. It retails for $30, but can be found over at Cork-Exclusive for $21.99 with free shipping. I plan on adding several bottles to my warm weather sipping rack.  For further information and a link to this deal, please see my tasting notes.

Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé

Review: Château Miraval Côtes de Provence 2014 Rosé ($30): A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle, this rosé, which is characterized by freshness, brightness and subtlety, pours a pale salmon-pink color. Muted aromas of white stone fruits, rhubarb, crushed rose petal, hay, and underlying streaks of dried herbs extend to the palate; offering a slender and streamlined mouth-feel enlivened by a firm backbone of acidity. The flavors are sedate, yet well-balanced, with nothing particularly standing out. The wine finishes with a medium-long, acid-driven dry finish. Overall, this Provencal rosé is a warm weather essential that tops the charts for versatility and food-friendliness. Enjoy a bottle or three with friends this spring and summer over picnic or lunch fare. Region: Côtes de Provence, France. Other info: ABV 13%, vinified in stainless steel vats (95%) and barrels (5%) with bâtonnage, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points.

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5/04/2015

Quick Sip: Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

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Today’s Quick Sip is Oak Farm Vineyards’ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Oak Farm is a 70 acre historical estate that dates back to the 1860's. The property’s founder, William DeVries, had a fondness for trees, particularly oaks, and many towering oaks from centuries back still stand on the property today. In 2004, the Panella family purchased Oak Farm. They opened the doors to their beautiful new tasting room in 2009. Managing partner Dan Panella tells me, “It's been steadily growing ever since!”

The grapes for this wine were sourced from Mohr-Fry Ranches and certified by Lodi Rules as sustainably grown. Mohr-Fry Ranches is another significant Lodi gem, whose agricultural history dates back to the 1850’s. I visited the property with a media group last spring and had an opportunity to learn about the fourth and fifth generation family-owned operation and walk through a Zinfandel block [pictured] where plantings date back to 1901.

Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc  

"Driven in pursuit of perfecting the wines of the Lodi appellation, we work to bring you one great glass of wine," reads the top right corner of the attractive wine label. I guess you can say mission accomplished, as this delightfully fresh and well-crafted Sauvignon Blanc, which captures an aura of spring, is ideal for warm weather sipping and a natural partner for lighter lunch and picnic fare. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Mohr-Fry Ranches: Own-rooted, head trained Zinfandel vines dating back to 1901 

Review: Oak Farm Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc  (SRP $19.00): A brilliant pale straw color, this Sauvignon Blanc offers vibrant aromas and flavors suggestive of lemongrass, citrus blossom, and melon with a whisper of fresh-cut grass. In the mouth, it is pure, fresh, and sleek with full, juicy flavors enlivened by mouth-watering acidity; ending in a crisp and clean medium-long finish. This wine is both versatile and extremely food-friendly, partnering nicely with anything from a warm and sunny spring or summer day to the winery’s food recommendations of goat cheese and crackers, oysters, Caesar salad, and pesto based pasta dishes. Approximately 229 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Lodi, California. Other info: ABV 13.5%, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, 100% stainless, cork enclosure). Rating: 89 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

I would like to thank Lodi Wine and Charles Communication for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Always a grape time tasting and tweeting with you folks!

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4/27/2015

Quick Sip: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2014 Picpoul Blanc from Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards in Lodi, California. I had an opportunity to try this wine for a recent Earth Day tasting which highlighted sustainable wine-growers that participate in the region’s certified ‘Lodi Rules’ program. While Lodi is well-known for its old-vine Zinfandel, Cinsault, and other robust reds, the region’s light and vibrant white wines, that oft-time showcase pure fruit flavors with food-friendly acidity, are worthy of your attention.

And one of the brightest spots you will find in Lodi is Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards. Moved by a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, proprietor and winemaker Sue Tipton brought her love for Rhone varieties to Lodi, with one small catch – no reds. Sue grows and crafts small batches of bright and refreshing Rhone-inspired white wines (and one rosé) from 100% estate fruit, with an annual production of approximately 1000 cases.  Acquiesce is Lodi’s only winery [that I know of] dedicated to producing only white wines. Picpoul Blanc, an ancient white wine grape variety known for its high acidity, is largely found in southern France. It is not a variety you see planted throughout the U.S. in significant numbers. With less than 100 cases produced, Sue’s delicious Picpoul Blanc is a wine I recommend putting on your radar and dinner table – especially with spring and summertime sipping ahead! For further information, please see my tasting notes below.

Gorgeous bottle, delicious juice inside! 

Review: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2014 Picpoul Blanc (SRP $24): Light straw colored, this wine shows fresh aromas and flavors redolent of unripe pear, juicy yellow-fleshed fruits and subtle floral notes, with an underlying wet stone-like minerality.  In the mouth, the delicate yet crisp flavors are wrapped in a sleek, racy texture with a solid core of vibrant acidity driving the clean, medium-long finish. The winery describes it as “a perfect summer by the pool wine." Though great on its own, it's also a wonderful food wine – think summer salads, grilled fish (fish tacos), scallops, and light poultry dishes. With only 100 vines planted, the winery produced approximately 98 cases of this delightful, mouthwatering white wine. Region: Lodi, California. Other info: ABV 12.5%, 100% Picpoul Blanc, stainless, estate grown, produced, and bottled, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Lodi Wine and Charles Communication for their time and invitation to the Earth Day virtual tasting. Always a grape time tasting and tweeting with you folks!

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4/20/2015

Quick Sip: Godelia 2010 Mencia

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Godelia 2010 Mencia. Bodegas Godelia is situated in Bierzo, a mountainous wine region in the northwestern portion of Spain; just below Galicia. It is here where Mencia, a little-known Spanish red grape variety, thrives. Mencia is capable of producing deeply colored, fragrant, and interesting wines worthy of your attention. This time of year, many of the wines I write about and share on social media are ideal bottles to pair with backyard cookouts. The Godelia 2010 Mencia ranks high on my BBQ match-maker meter and is an excellent choice for partnering with grilled or smoked game meats. At the Cork-Exclusive special price of $16.99 (with free shipping), this wine represents good value for the money. It is also an intriguing alternative red wine to share with friends and family over dinner. For further information, please see my tasting notes.

Godelia 2010 Mencia

Review: Godelia 2010 Mencia (SRP $22): Deep ruby colored, this wine is both rustic and charming at the same time, delivering flavors of brambly blackberry, sun-dried purple/blue berry fruit, licorice, violets, and mineral tones – redolent of stones and flint, with just enough acidity to support the fruit and keep the wine appetizing. In the mouth, the wine is dense and velvet-like in texture, with dried dark fruit flavors and spiced cocoa-laced grainy tannins rounding out the medium-long finish. It is a ready sipping partner for grilled red meats or rich, red sauce dishes. I recommend letting it breathe for approximately 30 minutes before serving. Region: Bierzo, Spain. Other info: ABV 14.5%, 12 months in French and American oak barrels, cork enclosure. Rating: 89 Points.

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4/13/2015

Quick Sip: Palumbo Family Vineyards 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah from Palumbo Family Vineyards. Located in the heart of Temecula Valley wine country, Palumbo Family Vineyards is committed to crafting small lots of artisanal wine that best express their 13 acre site. Estate plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sangiovese, with blocks of Viognier and Syrah planted on neighboring properties. Proprietor and wine-grower, Nicholas Palumbo largely believes in producing only what he grows, saying “there is only two basic ingredients in making fine wine, the fruit itself and the barrels it ages in.”

This small, family-run vineyard and winery produces approximately 2,500 cases of wine annually. Their Rolling Hills’ single-vineyard Syrah is one of two Syrah varietal wines made. With grilling season upon us, I would recommend enjoying a bottle of Rolling Hills Syrah with barbecued pork, poultry, veggies, or (rosemary, fennel, and garlic) lamb sausage. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Palumbo Family Vineyards 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah

Review: Palumbo Family Vineyards 2012 Rolling Hills Syrah (SRP $45): This is an attractive Syrah from Palumbo Winery in Temecula. It is [satisfyingly] slender and lively – full of energy – exhibiting aromas and flavors redolent of ripe blackberries, fresh black cherries, and vanilla spice, with hints of dried herb and muted earth tones in the background. In the mouth, it is streamlined and approachable, with well-balanced acidity and a medium-long, clean finish. It is delightful to drink and inviting enough to enjoy with or without food, though, its vibrant character is perfect for sharing with friends at the dinner table. Only 125 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Temecula Valley, California. Other info: ABV 13.3%, open bin fermented, aged in 30% new French/Hungarian oak barrels for 23 months, cork enclosure. Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Palumbo Family Vineyards, the Temecula Winegrowers Association, and McCue Communications for their time and invitation to the #TemeculaSalut virtual tasting.

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4/08/2015

Quick Sip: Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres


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Today’s Quick Sip is Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres, a GSM blend composed of 34% Grenache, 33% Syrah, and 33% Mourvèdre. Located in Sonoma’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley, Amista Vineyards is a small business dream turned into reality by proprietors Mike and Vicky Farrow. An idea since 1982, the couple planted their first vineyard in 1994 and released the first wine under the Amista label approximately a decade later. In 2007, Mike and Vicky opened the Amista Vineyards’ tasting room in Healdsburg, California.

Since 2011, Ashley Herzberg, who combines her artistic side with a degree in Chemical Engineering, has carried out farm and winemaking duties. Foregoing a career in medicine, Ashley headed to Sonoma County to work harvest in a winery lab and has never left the area. She calls 2012, “A winemaker’s dream vintage,” adding, “Everything from bud break to harvest went incredibly well in Dry Creek Valley.”  The resultant wine has good concentration, purity of fruit, and a luscious texture. This is a great bottle to share with family and friends at the dinner table -- especially if smoked or grilled fare is on the menu. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres

Review: Amista Vineyards 2012 Tres (SRP $35): Deep purple colored, this GSM blend offers succulent raspberry and ripe plum flavors interwoven with sweet fruit cake, brown baking spices, and black cherry cola. It has an expansive and rich mouth-feel with pillow-soft tannins, ending with a long, fruit-driven finish dotted by a hint of dark chocolate. Overall, this is a delicious bottle of wine that shows good concentration, balance, and length. It is quite tasty on its own and a good match for foods like gourmet burgers or baby back ribs. Approximately 198 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Dry Creek Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.1%, 100% Morningside Vineyard estate fruit, fermented in stainless, 18 months in neutral oak barrels, unfined and unfiltered. Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

I would like to thank Amista Vineyards and McCue Communications for their time and invitation to the ‘Dry Creek Red Blends’ virtual tasting.

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