A Doon Quintet

    Now that I have a little down time after lots of singing and playing during the summer, I’ve been going through various folders to try and catch up with posting notes on some damned good wines we’ve tried over the last few months. For instance, the 2013 Bonny Doon California Vin Gris de Cigare that we reported on in our Six Rosés entry from July was actually from a 6-pack sen ...

    8 readers - By George Heritier/ Gang of Pour On Wine

    Weekend Wine Notes: 12 Wines I Should Have Written about Weeks or Months Ago

    Take your choice. Either at our backs we always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near OR the world is too much with us, late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers. Choice, did I say?! Or, did I say?! Heck no, it’s both, incessant, ceaseless, seemingly infinite! So, anyway, it’s difficult to keep up with all the wines I need to review, so here, today, I offer ...

    6 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Wine of the Week; 2011 Ridge Geyserville

      ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - - 6 readers - Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out. My Wine Of The Week is the 2011 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville. The Winery Ridge Vineyards is a California winery with two estates, Monte Bello in Cupertino, and Lytton Springs in Healdsburg.

      Wine of the Day October 7, 2014 - - 5 readers - 2012 Ridge, Lytton Springs, Proprietary Red, Dry Creek Valley. Ridge’s iconic Zin blend the Lytton Springs is mostly old vine Zinfandel (about 70%) along with Petite Sirah (about 20%), Carignane and a touch of Mourvedre aka Mataro making up the rest, and all from their Lytton Springs estate in Dry Creek, coming in at 14.4%, with this 2012 release.

      Month in Wines – September 2014

      Talk-A-Vino - - 5 readers - Yep, another month became a history, and it is time to talk about the wine highlights – well, yeah, before this month vanishes too. No generic trends or observations, except of a bit more of the kosher wines than usual due to the Jewish holidays. Here we go. 2012 Terrenal Chardonnay, Spain (12.5% ABV, $4.

    The latest about Carignane

      Halloween party wines

      … is an intriguing blend: Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet and Mourvèdre. The percentages are not revealed and it would have been a challenge keeping track during the blending. Besieged 2013 is a delicious wine. Dark in colour and full-bodied, it begins with aromas of plum and blackberry. On the palate, the fruit flavours…

      3 readers - By John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine

      Ravenswood Besieged by Nature this Halloween

      … Besieged 2013 This wine is deep ruby red in the glass but I like that it is still translucent even to the core. With swirling there are legs, showing it’s 14.5% alcohol, but it does not feel that strong, with the balance of the fruit in the wine. Upon first sniff the wine had a prominent roasted chicken dark meat aroma, together with red berries…

      1 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      2009 Kramer Vineyards Carmine Big Red Oregon

      … I first tasted a bottle back in mid 2013 and wanted to revisit the wine after allowing it to age over the past year. What I found after popping the cork was just amazing. Now for those of you who have heard little of the varietal, carmine is a hybrid of cabernet sauvignon, carignane and merlot. Ripe fruit with intense juicy character is what…

      1 readers - By Dan's Cellar Sips

      Jim Olsen Fair Angel 2012

      …. This red wine blend was one of the few red wines included in my first shipment from NakedWines.Com. The blend is 50% zinfandel, 30% syrah, and 20% carignane, which is the first I’ve heard of that last grape! Thought I’d share that tidbit in case you need a reminder that I’m just a consumer, not a wine educator. The Fair Angel 2012 reminded me…

      1 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell


      …Stefani at Savannah-Chanelle The history of Savannah-Chanelle goes back to the early days of the California wine boom. Pierre Pourroy emigrated to California from France in 1887 and was joined by his brother Eloi six years later. Together they bought land - including a vineyard - in Saratoga from the Bonjetti family and planted Zinfandel…

      2 readers - By Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley Wines

      Saved Red Wine 2012 - Full Throttle

      …A quick break from our Breaking Into The Box series to bring you this special deal... Better strap yourself in for this one. A blend of 31% Zinfandel, 23% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 11% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Mixed Blacks, 1% Ruby Cabernet and 1% Syrah from a who's who list of regions in California: 28% Monterey, 18% Dry Creek…

      4 readers - By Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob

      23rd annual Fall Hopland Passport is coming, Oct 18 & 19, 2014

      … (with no added sulfites) •Organic Autumn-inspired, colorful fresh foods. GRAZIANO FAMILY OF WINES •Aglianico to Zinfandel we have as many as 30 different wines •Marinated tri-tip in the crock pot, imported aged cheeses, homemade dips and spreads, and more. JAXON KEYS WINERY & DISTILLERY •Spaghetti western themed hospitality •Fresh spaghetti done…

      2 readers - By John Cesano/ John on Wine - a wine blog

      The Wines of Lodi, California

      … of the vineyards themselves. The wine I tried from the Wegat Vinebard (Maley Brothers) was quite rich and balanced, very smooth and round even though there was no oak. Other favorites included McCay Cellars Carignane 2011, very rich and sophisticated, St. Amant Barbera Tools of the Trade 2012 (which tasted like its counterpart in Piedmont…

      2 readers - By Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Story

      2011 McCay Carignane

      … getting better and better. Exuding aromas of overripe blueberries, sweet licorice and blackberry all blended into a heavenly bouquet the anticipation of how the wine will taste is taut. While I waited for the wine to open in the glass, I thought about the long history this grape has in the Central Valley of California; for almost a century…

      4 readers - By Marc Hinton/ Enobytes

      Month in Wines – September 2014

      … This slideshow requires JavaScript. 2006 Pax Cuvée Moriah Sonoma County (15.9% ABV, 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah, 2% Counoise, 1% Roussanne) – I’m glad I managed to catch this wine on the way out – if I would’ve waited another year, I think this wine would completely turn over the hill. Brooding and powerful, yet balanced and restrained. 8+ 2011…

      5 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      Tales From: Frick Winery, Dry Creek Valley

      … his vibrant spirit with a hearty chuckle, which came through often while tasting through more than a dozen of his wines. We started with the varietal wines… My favorite of the whites—I bought some to take home. 2012 Frick Winery Grenache Blanc: Retail $27. Rich and full. Great mouthfeel. Melon and peach with a bit of pineapple. On the big side…

      1 readers - By Jeff Kralik/ the drunken cyclist

      A Doon Quintet

      … and some grilled or roasted red meats. Kim really likes this, and so do I; I’m betting we’ll like it even better in 5-10 years. 48% Alamo Creek Vineyard, 18% Bien Nacido Vineyard, 18% Spanish Springs Vineyard, 16% Ventana Vineyard. More from RG/BD: “We’ve been in a nice aromatic groove of late with Le Pousseur, largely in virtue of the string of very…

      8 readers - By George Heritier/ Gang of Pour On Wine

      Wine of the Day October 7, 2014

      …2012 Ridge, Lytton Springs, Proprietary Red, Dry Creek Valley. Ridge’s iconic Zin blend the Lytton Springs is mostly old vine Zinfandel (about 70%) along with Petite Sirah (about 20%), Carignane and a touch of Mourvedre aka Mataro making up the rest, and all from their Lytton Springs estate in Dry Creek, coming in at 14.4%, with this 2012 release…

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      Cliffs Wine Picks – Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 5, 2014

      …, the grapes for this wine come from vines that are over a century old. The wine has a suggested retail price of $18.00. This has 14.8% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a screw top. My Tasting Note The wine is a deep garnet color. The appealing nose has brambly berries, black pepper, vanilla bean, underbrush, dried wildflowers…

      4 readers - By Cliff's Wine Picks