Posts Tagged 2006

2006 Godwin Merlot, Sonoma Valley

One of the best things about the beginning of a new year is searching the local wine retailers for quality wines bought on closeout deals. I have had good luck here in my home town of Las Vegas. Often, these wines have a bit of age on them... Read more

2006 Herve Souhaut St. Epine, St. Joseph, Rhone Valley, France

Herve Souhaut makes some of the lightest, gentlest wines of the Rhone Valley, reflecting his training in Beaujolais. His St. Epine bottling is explosively floral, in stark contrast to what many would expect from a Northern Rhone Syrah. Orchids,... Read more

2006 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Brilliant deep amber in hue, this unctuous yet vibrant elixir offers oodles of concentrated, honeyed apricot in the nose, with whiffs of pine forest and orange zest. A crème brulee-like texture coats the mouth, adding a kiss of vanilla to the... Read more

2006 d’Arenberg ‘The Derelict Vineyard’ Grenache, McLaren Vale

Translucent crimson in color, lightening at the edges. Now seven years post-harvest, the primary briary red berry is smoothing out, showing additional aromas and flavors of red cherry cough drop, other light red fruits, a note of licorice, uplifted... Read more

2006 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva, Spain

Intense and vivid, with cool summer berries and warm American oak, this Rioja Reserva is a relative steal at the price. Acidic strawberries keep things lively, while deeper, darker elements of forest pine and damp mushrooms add depth and savor.... Read more

2006 Weingut Jakob Neumer – Wurtz-Weinmann ‘Geyerscheiss’ Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany

My local wine shop was closing this bottle out at below cost and I couldn't resist picking up a few to try. How would this wine hold up allegedly a year or so past its initial prime? The "Geyerscheiss" is indeed among the most unusual wines I've... Read more

2006 Collier Falls ‘Hillside Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

This 100% Cab is nearly opaque dark ruby/purple in hue. The nose conjures cherry cough syrup, dark flowers, vanilla, a hint of licorice, nutmeg and dark cherry. Drying, medium-grained, ashy tannins in the back suggest the wine could use a few more... Read more

2006 Byron ‘Wente Clone’ Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

Straw color. Classic aromas and flavors of pineapple upside-down cake. The flavors follow through to the finish, gaining some minerality. MSRP: $30 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2006 Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva, Logrono, Spain

Another year of aging enhances the aromatic characteristics of Campo Viejo's "Crianza" bottling, opening up melting dark chocolate and leather notes. Plums are still somewhat unripe, but this greenness only comes through at the end, after several... Read more

2006 Pedroncelli Vintage Port ‘Four Grapes,’ Dry Creek Valley

Pedroncelli has a long and celebrated history of producing vintage Port using the traditional grapes of Portugal – Tinta Madeira, Souzao, Touriga, and Tinto Cao. The nose is a veritable spicebox of licorice, brown sugar, pie spices, and a note of... Read more