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Oct 01 2014 Varietal: Syrah Region: Mendoza – Argentina Cost: $18 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Flashing a dark red and maroon color, the Camino del Toro is visually stunning. Even more so, fruit and spice notes with hints of vanilla, tobacco, winter spice, and oak are all present, representing classic Syrah. The palette is spicy and strong, accompanied by easy tannins and a long lasting finish.
Sep 18 2014 Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Region: North Coast, California – USA Cost: $15 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Rich, aromatic dark fruits and baking spices delight the nose, yielding fresh plum and blackberry fruit, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean, and Chinese Five-Spice. The wine is layered with smoky and sappy maple wood, roasted almonds, and hazelnuts and finishes with fine, firm tannins.
Sep 17 2014 So a while back I had done a post about some wines from Le Grand Courtage – a Blanc de Blanc Brut made with Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Colombard, and a Rose’ Brut made with Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, and Gamay. It was done way back in 2012 so you can follow the links to check out those reviews.
Sep 11 2014 Varietal: Pinot Noir Region: McLaren Vale, Australia Cost: ~$15 Winemaker’s Notes: Born from the fertile red-brown earth of the McLaren Vale region of South Australia, Manikay Pinot Noir exudes a boundless joy and depth of character that sings on the palate.
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Region: Marlborough, New Zealand Cost: ~$13 Winemaker’s Notes: Zesty, tropical, citrus fruits are complemented by those famous bitey herbaceous undertones. Crisp, fresh Marlborough acidity balances with great structure and length – a real New Zealand classic. Now if that isn’t something to celebrate – we’ll bite our tongue.
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Region: Sonoma County, California – USA Cost: $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Bright aromas of lime and citrus are at the core of this Sauvignon Blanc, with layers of white flower nectar, peach, and tropical melon. The palate of the wine is fresh and alive with clean fruit flavors and a perfectly balanced fruit.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Coonawarra, Australia Cost: ~$13 Winemaker’s Notes: The marriage of Coonawarra’s unique limestone and deep red terra rossa soils gives birth to a magical Cabernet Sauvignon with the exquisite cassis character typical of the Coonawarra region. Velvety tannins balance the textured sweetness of the fruit.
So since this post is waaaaaay overdue, I’m just going to go ahead and jump in and share my thoughts on the wines. If you want to read my thoughts about the tasting in general, and find a link to a video about it, check out my post about the Arrogant Frog White Wines. Ok, here we go.
A good part of enjoying wine is enjoying it at the correct temperature. Often this means keeping your whites in your refrigerator and your reds tucked away in a spot out of the sun. If you’re lucky to have a room that’s devoted to housing your wine and the money to invest in creating the correct temperature to maintain those wines, good for you.
So a few weeks ago I made an error and sorta double booked myself. On the one hand I had a virtual tasting featuring four wines from Arrogant Frog and winemaker Jean-Claude Mas, on the other I had a vacation I had booked that involved a cruise and a decided lack of internet connection. As I’m sure you can guess, the vacation happened.
Varietal: Pinot Noir Region: Californica Cost: $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Gnarly Head 2012 Pinot Noir takes “the heartbreak grape” for a walk on the wild side. This powerful pinot touts voluptuous aromas of red cherry, vanilla, earth, and spice, followed by a rush of black cherry and plum with hints of toasted hazelnut, tobacco, and cigar box on the palate.