Saturday, December 2, 2017
I do enjoy wines from Chile and tonight's offering is no exception. From the northern banks of the Tinguiririca River, you will find the vineyards which produce the grapes for these balanced Cabernet Sauvignons. The grapes were harvested late April and aged 12-14 months in American Oak. Chilean wine is also very economical and tastes more expensive than its shelf price.
The nose shows nicely with blackberry, plum, cherry with hints of earthiness and currants. The mouth so good with red raspberry and cherry followed by plum and rich blackberry. Hints of currant, dusty earth and toasty oak round out the mouth. I could sip this wine every day
Time to explore more wines of Chile.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
I had the chance to meet the winemaker a few years back and have become a huge fan of his wines since that day. Luminous Hills Wines show the character of the vineyard with balanced flavors, aroma's which depict the unique climate and soil along with concentrated ripe fruit. There is this regal elegance in ever barrel that Byron produces.
The Luminous Hills vineyards are located in the southwest corner of the Yanhill-Carlton district. The elevation of the vineyard is rather high but you will find both typical sedimentary soils along with Jory volcanic soil. These distinct soils along with the careful nurturing of various pinot clones lends to the complex and mature wines we love that Mr. Dooley creates. Yields are managed so that the limited yet most intense perfect fruit can be harvested.
The nose tonight shows nicely with dark rich cherry, fresh pine needles along with dried herbs, cola and cinnamon. Allow the wine to open and hints of smokey oak and blue fruit clusters circle the senses. Each swirl paints a vineyard picture from which this juice was born.
The mouth oh yea with juicy ripe cherry, tart cranberry, a splash of blue fruit followed by a hint of herbs, forest and oak. The finish is long and lush as it rolls across the tongue with layers of fruit intertwined. A wonderful expression of Pinot Noir Byron!
Enjoy your own Luminous Hills wines by clicking the following order wine link from this page. Trust me your going to love this wine.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
A quick blast of cold winter air called for a nice red wine to kick off the season (wine, fireplace and a good book) so the cork was pulled on this Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc.
It all started in 1962 as the Wetzel's purchased their first section of land from the heirs of Cyrus Alexander with the intent to be successful in the agriculture business. Fast forward to today and you continue to have the Wetzel family involved in all aspects of the business. Winemaker Kevin Hall joined in 1998 and has utilized his vast winemaking knowledge to place Alexander Valley Vineyards on the radar of wine lovers near and far. These wines show the character of the vineyards and exhibit a silky elegance with each glass poured.
The nose shows nicely with blackberry, blueberry and white pepper followed by hints of chocolate and toasted vanilla. Lush and aromatic.
The mouth is so good with blueberry followed by a nice splash of dark berries. The pepper spice is calm and the kiss of vanilla on the finish compliments the layers of fruit nicely. Soft, regal, elegant finish on this small production 100% Cabernet Franc. Damn fine wine and one which will be sipped again.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Sipping and sharing this wine last night, I wondered what I could say about Attune Wines I've not already written. As I posted a pic Martin Cody at Cellar Angels (who introduced me to this label) might have stolen the words right from my mouth. Exquisite fruit, impeccable wine, amazing chardonnay and under the radar, I could not have said it better myself. Definitely why I'm drawn to Attune and Cellar Angels.
The nose is full of beautiful layers starting with fresh sliced apple and warm pear wrapped around hints of pineapple and lemon citrus zest. Baking spice along with toasted vanilla caramel cream please the senses. It's as if I'm standing in my grandmothers kitchen just after she pulled a fresh pie from the oven.
The mouth is crisp yet creamy with juicy apple, spiced pear, a kiss of lemon and vanilla butter cream. The finish is long and lush with the lingering fruit and the cream notes. We paired with baked chicken and a side of green beans with smoked bacon. Perfect pairing with a perfect wine. Well done as always Attune.
I'll say it again order direct from the winery at Attune Wines and then head to Cellar Angels and sign up for free to become an angel. Here is where you will find these hidden gems just like I and many of the loyal angels. I would have never known this winery existed without Denise and Martin Cody. Until next time......
Friday, October 20, 2017
Sitting high atop Jamieson Canyon on 10 acres of pristine vineyards in South Napa you will find Ken Nerlove and his Elkhorn Peak Cellars. The estate hillside vineyards planted in 1983, thrive in their location facing south towards the San Pablo and San Francisco Bay. Warm daytime sun followed by cool foggy nights make this an ideal growing climate for world class pinot noir grapes.
34 years ago Jamieson Canyon was not known as a wine growing region with no vineyards planted there. Starting small with chardonnay and pinot noir, Ken's meticulous attention to detail and creating vines worthy of perfect fruit allowed Elkhorn Peak to soon gain a reputation for high quality sought after grapes. Fast forward 10 years to 1993, Elkhorn Peak Cellars label was born with the help of winemaker Kent Rassmusean.
1994 was the first vintage of Pinot Noir and the accolades were just starting. Today the awards continue with case production around 800. Ken was proud of his fruit then and just as proud today. You can taste and smell the pride in each sip and cork pull. Now what do you say we pour.
Once in the glass ripe cherries and cranberry jam fill the nose followed by hints of cinnamon spice and a dash of earthy tones. Picture sitting next to the vines, fruit hanging nearby with crisp winds from the bay and yes you are in paradise.
The mouth is crazy good with juicy clusters of cherries, hints of wild strawberry, a splash of tart cranberry finishing with a kiss of spice. Luscious and silky soft....one fine pinot!! Order yours today at Elkhorn Peak Wine and don't miss your chance to taste this exquisite juice.
Great find Cellar Angels and our chance to taste and support small production wines. Just recently the vineyard was threatened by the great Napa/Sonoma fires of 2017. Thankfully it remained safe as well as all the family housing and the family themselves. So support Elkhorn Peak Cellars today and all my friends in Napa Valley and Sonoma.