January 2016 Notes

2012 Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz ruby & vibrant red, raspberry, plum, blackberry, anise, clove, spice. acid: med+ $24 2013 Calera Winery Chardonnay light straw color. floral,peach, apricot, honey, lemon zest, spices. med+ acid. $15 2014 Seghesio Vineyards Sonoma Zinfandel purple, red, in the color, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, black pepper. 375ml. $13 2006 Kathryn Kennedy Lateralgarnet color. […]

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2003 Northern Rhone Syrah

Group picked the Domaine Belle Hermitage. I chose the Guigal Hermitage. 2003 Northern Rhone Syrah Top Pick: 2003 Guigal, Crozes-Hermitage Competition: 2003 Les Vins de Vienne (Cuilleron-Gaillard-Villard) “L’Arzelle”, St Joseph 2003 Guigal “Vignes de Hospice – Lieu-Dit”, St Joseph 2003 Guigal, Hermitage 2003 Yann Chave, Hermitage 2003 Domaine Belle, Hermitage 2003 Guigal “Cotes Blondes et […]

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2005 Sonoma Coast & Russian River Pinot Noir

2005 Pinot Noir tasting. Zepaltas “Suacci Vineyard” took home favorite of the night followed closely by Siduri AmberRidge and Kosta Browne Miron Vineyard. 2005 Pinot Noir Top Pick: 2005 Zepaltas “Suacci Vineyard” Sonoma Coast Competition: 2005 Kistler “Occidental Station Vineyard – Cuvee Catherine” Sonoma Coast 2005 Williams Selyem “Coastlands Vineyard” Sonoma Coast 2005 Siduri “Terra […]

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1972-2001 Penfolds Grange

The group & I picked the 1997 as our favorite tonight. I also thoroughly enjoyed the 1982 & 1994. 1972-2001 Penfolds Grange Top Pick: 1997 Grange Hermitage Competition: 1972 Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1982 Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1986 Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1988 Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1989 Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1994 Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1996 Penfolds Grange […]

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December 2015 Notes

1997 Long Meadow Ranch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon strong red color. blackberry, cassis, cedar, leather, earth, soy. acid/tannins: med+. 1937 G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Brut golden amber color. tasted like caramel apple cider. still cool to try it. 1999 Robert Mondavi Carneros Merlot ruby red. blueberry, dark fruit, dried flowers, cedar, warm cinnamon, spice. […]

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4th Anniversary

This month we are celebrating the tasting group’s 4th Anniversary with 3 small flights. Starting with Sparkling wines, we’ll taste two from the Champagne and one from California. Roederer, is a favorite of mine, we’ll see which one favors better. In the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon flights, France, Australia and California, each have one selection. […]

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November 2015 Notes

2014 Pine Ridge Winery Chenin Blanc/Viognier light straw color. white peach, pear, lime. acid: med+, crisp finish 2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling peach, candied citrus, yellow apple, mineral, petrol. 2013 Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel raspberry, vegetal, sweet oak, spice. beautiful finish. 2007 Darenberg Winery “the Hermit Crab” Viognier/Marsanne straw color. perfumed […]

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Unusual Reds

The November tasting found us drinking some unusual varieties: Trousseau, Teroldego, Pinotage, along a few known for being a component of a blend. The winning wine of the night belonged to LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards. Flight: Unusual Reds Top Pick: 2010 LangeTwins The Eighty Vineyard Teroldego, $35 note: deep red/black, in color. violets, berry, […]

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