Brooklyn Brewery, Black Chocolate Stout

Most beer lovers have a favorite brew that is only available for a certain season for a limited run. When it is gone? You are out of luck until then next year’s release.  Sure you can stock up a little, but most seasonal beers are meant to be drunk right away, not to be held for too long.  Other special beers are meant to be drunk now and some saved for the future like a fine wine. Brooklyn Brewery, Black Chocolate Stout, 10.0%abv. is inky black with a dark tan head.  The amazing nose brings notes of dark roasted malt, hot … Continue reading Brooklyn Brewery, Black Chocolate Stout

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA 2017

Francis Ford Coppola, Directors’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA, 2017 is opaque garnet red in the glass.  Intense aromas hit the nose with dark cherry, cassis, cigar box and lightly toasted oak and cinnamon.  That palate is greeted with mouth puckering tannins with flavors of tart cherry, juicy wild strawberry, currants, dark chocolate and some smoky oak.  The Coppola Director’s Cut Cinema is a big juicy wine that fills the palate.  The tannins start strong and remain firm but more forgiving as the wine opens up.  The finish has a pleasing tart finish and brings the wine full circle. The Director’s … Continue reading Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Director’s Cut, Cinema, Sonoma, CA 2017

Skipper’s Creek Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, 2018

Skipper’s Creek Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Powhatan, VA, 2018 has a medium garnet red in the glass. Aromas of raspberry, sweet red pepper, blackberry and boysenberry greet the nose and excite the palate for what is to come with the first sip.  The palate is rewarded with rich blueberry, tart red cherry, blackberry, and sweet red pepper.  The Skipper’s Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc is bursting full of flavor, with a medium finish and light smooth tannins, bright acidity creeps in mid palate and brings the wine into harmony on the finish.  Your mouth is eagerly awaiting its next sip. Skipper’s Creek Vineyard … Continue reading Skipper’s Creek Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, 2018

Il Borro, Toscana, 2015

Thanksgiving is the most American celebration we have.  Early settlers helped by the natives of the new land to survive the upcoming harsh winter that was quickly approaching   A coming together with the most helpful and celebratory activity planned that has survived for centuries.  Only one event can be so powerful, dinner.  Not just any dinner, but one that featured the bounty of the season with a wide variety of food and drink that still features a seasonal meal to make other holiday meals pale in comparison.  The menu may have changed throughout the years, but the bringing together of … Continue reading Il Borro, Toscana, 2015

Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016

Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016 has an opaque inky garnet color.  The intense nose leaves you dreaming of warm summer day in the hills surrounding Abruzzo, wild red flowers, strawberries along a roadside with hints of fresh tar just paved with tart dark cherries.  The palate is filled with dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry mixed with tart red berries and nice acidity and well rounded tannins.  The mouth feel is full from start to finish.  The crisp acidity leaves your palate wanting another sip. Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016 is produced by Masciarelli in vineyards surrounding Abruzzo, which … Continue reading Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Reserva, 2016

Oktoberfest beers part 2

With Oktoberfest going on for a few more days over in Munich, here are a couple more Oktoberfest beers tasted on this side of the Atlantic. Harpoon Brewing Company, Boston, MA, 5.3%abv. is slightly darker than traditional Oktoberfest beers, more of a copper color than caramel.  The nose has beautiful aromas of sweet roasted malt, buttered popcorn and some clove, vanilla and allspice.   The palate has that roasted malt upfront without too much sweetness.  There is still buttered popcorn and some of those spices in the background lending a full round mouth feel.  The Harpoon Oktoberfest is truly delicious, slightly … Continue reading Oktoberfest beers part 2

Marques de Murrieta, Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2015

has a deep garnet red color.  From the first whiff you can tell this is a classic old world wine. Rioja wines have this unique mustiness, not in a bad way, that let you know you are drinking a special wine whose aromas and characteristics have survived the test of time.  Aromas of violets and plums emerge from rich soil that grows the spectacular grapes that give life to this wine.  As the Marques de Murrieta, Reserva opens, more smells emerge, toasted oak, vanilla, dark cherry and strawberry.  The palate has more happiness awaiting it.  The mouth experiences some of that … Continue reading Marques de Murrieta, Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2015

Oktoberfest brews to try in 2019

With Oktoberfest opening in Munich Saturday September 21, 2019 it is time to take a look at a few Oktoberfest brews on the store shelves now.  The original Oktoberfest was actually a royal wedding that was celebrated publically.  October 12, 1810 was the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Free food and wine were served and the party lasted a few days and ended with a horse race. Today Oktoberfest begins in late September and runs just over 2 weeks into the beginning of October.  The beer served is Märzen style, meaning it is brewed in March and is … Continue reading Oktoberfest brews to try in 2019

Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, AR, 2018

Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, AR, 2018 has a deep garnet red appearance in the glass.  Deep aromas of plum, violets, dark cacao and graphite show the serious nature of this Cab. Dark cherry, tart blackberry, toasted oak, and minerals greet the tongue while firm tannins lead to a full mouth feel. A sharp brace of acidity hits mid mouth raised the fruit and leads to a long mouth drying acidity.  The Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet Sauvignon leaves no stone unturned in giving the drinker a true Cabernet Sauvignon. Still in its infancy, the Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet … Continue reading Susana Balbo, Crios, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, AR, 2018

Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018

Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018 has a deep purple hue in the glass. The nose is filled with fresh picked plums, strawberry, violets and hints of cacao. The full bodied Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec has flavors of tart red cherry, wild berries, blueberry, dark chocolate notes and blood orange acidity on the finish. Susana Balbo takes a real pride and sense of place in her winemaking. Too often wineries make a generic perfumed yet bold Malbec, but they all taste the same. It is like someone created a cookie cutter formula for Malbec and drinkers are ok until … Continue reading Susana Balbo, Crios, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018