Friday, February 26, 2016

Root:1 Heritage Red 2013 - $12

Maipo Valley, Chile

Dark berries accompanied with hints of black pepper and leather aromas filled my glass.  For $12 retail and $7 on sale, I might have said “woah.”  There may have been a slight musty hint at first but that went away quickly.  The flavors combine blackberries and dark cherry with a subtle spice.  On the finish, traces of vanilla complement firm tannins.  Drinks like a sophisticated old world red.  The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah and Petit Verdot.  Found this at World Market.  Amazing value with great flavors.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Prosecco for New Years

So you'd like an alternative to Champagne?  Why not try a Prosecco to ring in the new year.  The Italian's favorite bubbly is adored by many and in fact I prefer it over others...however I won't mention those.

Santi Nello is full of vibrant citrus notes with hints of vanilla and pears on the flavors.  The bubbles are small and furious giving you that amazing mouth feel with every sip.

My post is short tonight as I'm late for dinner yet I'll be taking a bottle of this with me for sharing later.

Happy New Years!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Why Are Some Wines So Expensive?

I've asked myself this question and thought I had the answers. This article makes for an even better understanding. 

Thanks to Vivino for posting.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cabernet Day is September 3rd!

From some great folks at Ridge Vineyards.

Click here to read >>  Cabernet Day 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Valserrano Reserva ’09 $20

Rioja (Spain)

I had opened a bottle of the ’05 Gran Reserva of this same wine for dinner with my family, which I felt was an outstanding selection.  My father shared his delight with it and proceeded to go out and buy another bottle a few days later.  Little did dad realize he bought the ’09 Reserva and gave it to me.  To keep things “simple”, the difference in these wines is obviously the vintage year and the Gran Reserva is aged longer in oak and in the bottle.

I decided to enjoy the ’09 Reserva with dinner a few weeks later and from the aromas alone, a balance of blackberries, crushed plums, black pepper and hints of toasted wood, gave me the impression there was something special about this wine.  On the first taste a flavor bomb of rich, ripe dark cherries, currants and toasted oak had me craving more.  My NY strip steak was grilling with a smoker box of mesquite chips and was about to be done.  This wine was sure to pair perfectly. Velvet tannins with tight fruit on a lingering finish had me hooked on this amazing new find.  Thanks dad!

The wine is made up of 90% Tempranillo which is a predominate varietal in the Rioja region of Spain.  10% Garnacha makes up the remaining grapes and aged in 50% American and 50% French oak provided for a very nice balance. Full body, robust and just plain awesome!

For the Reserva at this price point and overall taste structure, I’m making a return visit to the wine store to pick up more bottles before it runs out of stock.  For reference, the Gran Reserva is great as well and goes for about $29.

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