Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés, Argentina, 2018

Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés, Cafayate (Salta), Vallee de Uco (Mendoza), Argentina, 2018 is light yellow and tinged with green hues. The Summery nose reflects fresh juicy Georgia peaches, tropical lychee, Mandarin oranges and wild flowers. Secondary aromas of minerals and fresh cut grass keep the images of a warm summer afternoon fresh in the mind. Those juicy peaches, lychee and Mandarin burst out onto the palate, and while these fruits might may you think sweet, the minerals, lemon peel and crisp acidity make the Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés drink pleasantly dry. The Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés is best enjoyed with … Continue reading Susana Balbo, Crios, Torrontés, Argentina, 2018

Bike to the river for a picnic with Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018 is pale yellow in the glass. The nose is filled with pleasing aromas of lemon-lime citrus, summer peaches, wild flowers and tangerines. The palate starts out with a blast of citrus that melts in crisp Granny Smith apple, pineapple, and peach and backed with minerals. The citrus notes bring in nice acidity that rounds out the palate and leaves your mouth ready for the next sip. With the Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Cono Sur salutes the bicycle that powers workers through the vineyards keeping Cono Sur’s carbon footprint to a minimum. The … Continue reading Bike to the river for a picnic with Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2018

Hop on your bike for a picnic and take along this wine Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot, Chile, 2017

Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot, Chile, 2017 is dark ruby red with a fine purple corona. Intense aromas of ripe plums, seasonal blackberries and tart wild strawberries hit the nose first. Secondary aromas of fresh cut grass, dark cacao, minerals and toasted oak barrel mix with the fruit as the smells merge. The palate bursts with tart cherry, plum, wild strawberry and red raspberry.   The fruit is quickly restrained by a firm balance of minerals, dark chocolate and fine acidity to round out the palate nicely. Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot would be great for red meat. A … Continue reading Hop on your bike for a picnic and take along this wine Cono Sur, Bicicleta, Limited Edition, Merlot, Chile, 2017

La Crema Trio to stock up for summer sipping

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018 has a brilliant light salmon color. Vibrant citrus aromas greet the nose; Spanish mandarins, Meyer lemon, grapefruit and some tropical pineapple as well. Minerals and wild flowers that tease the mouth on what’s to come next back these fruit aromas. The first sip brings intense citrus flavors of lemon and orange with pink grapefruit and Sicilian blood orange. Other fruits contribute to the full mouth feel of this rosé, especially Honey Kissed Melon, wild strawberries and pineapple. The minerals and wild flowers take a back seat to the fruit on the palate … Continue reading La Crema Trio to stock up for summer sipping

La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017

La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017 has a bright golden-yellow hue in the glass. The nose is hit upfront with such pleasant aromas such as tangerine, key lime, pineapple, mango with hints of wild flowers and a slight minerality in the background. That palate is treated to lush tropical fruits and a full mouth feel. Craig McAllister, wine maker, uses well-chosen barrel aging and malolactic fermentation that leads to a creamy richness that balances the fruit nicely. The overall flavors come full circle with some pleasing acidity coming in at the finish. It is very rare to find a winemaker … Continue reading La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017

Is this the Best Prosecco out there? Bianca Vigna, Prosecco, San Pietro Di Feletto

, IT is bright sparkling yellow in the glass with a steady flow of fine bubbles rising to the top. Aromas of yellow delicious and Granny Smith apples first hit the nose followed by tropical pineapple with lemon peel rounding out the nose. The palate is filed with ripe summer peaches mixed with tangy apples and minerals as the tiny bubbles tingle your tongue. The tropical pineapple appears mid palate and this sparkler has a rich creaminess not often found in other Proseccos. Bianca Vigna, Prosecco is richer, creamier and smoother than most Proseccos and its full mouth feel keeps … Continue reading Is this the Best Prosecco out there? Bianca Vigna, Prosecco, San Pietro Di Feletto

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018 has a brilliant light salmon color. Vibrant citrus aromas greet the nose; Spanish mandarins, Meyer lemon, grapefruit and some tropical pineapple as well. Minerals and wild flowers that tease the mouth on what’s to come next back these fruit aromas. The first sip brings intense citrus flavors of lemon and orange with pink grapefruit and Sicilian blood orange. Other fruits contribute to the full mouth feel of this rosé, especially Honey Kissed Melon, wild strawberries and pineapple. The minerals and wild flowers take a back seat to the fruit on the palate … Continue reading La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018

La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA, 2017

La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA, 2017 is deep ruby red in the glass. Amazing aromas of dried red cherries, Sicilian blood orange, wet slate and hints of oak. Secondary aromas of wild flowers, earthy herbs keep the nose busy with a rush of sensation. The rich palate shows off an amazing show of berries, but they are tamed as the citrusy blood orange keeps them in check in a very pleasant way. The herbs and minerals are very pronounced on the mid palate with a nice snap of acidity to round out the palate. The mouthful is full and … Continue reading La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA, 2017

1000 Stories, Bourbon Barrel, Cabernet Sauvignon

, Hopland, Mendocino, CA, 2017 is deep garnet red in the glass with a violet corona along the edges.   Aromas of dark berries first hit the nose with a lacing of wet slate. These aromas bleed into the tell tale side of fine bourbon barrels; hints of smoke, vanilla, burnt sugar then back to the berries. The rich palate says Cabernet Sauvignon with a treat. Blue berries, black berries and tart cherries roll over the tongue and are enhanced with the sweet bourbon character. The burnt sugar and vanilla are like the charred crunchy top of crème Brulee with flavors … Continue reading 1000 Stories, Bourbon Barrel, Cabernet Sauvignon