Posts Tagged 2008

The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

We have been fans of Kenwood Vineyards’ “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon for more than a quarter-century. As with all wines that have been around for a while, some years have been better than others, and there were a few vintages when the... Read more

2008 Tenuta di Arceno ‘Strada al Sasso’ Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy

If you’re a fan of charred meats, this is the wine to pour alongside them. Translucent ruby in color, lightening at the edge, it offers initial impressions of menthol, concentrated black cherry, sweet wood spice and hints of earthiness and shoe... Read more

2008 Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon, Gravel Quarry, South Africa

Grown in the Paarl region of South Africa, this red displays varietal character while maintaining a sense of terroir. Opaque dark crimson in color, it exudes aromas of cedar and spicy oak, all wrapped around a solid core of juicy cassis and black... Read more

2008 Hess Collection ‘The Lion’ Red Wine Blend, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

It’s called a “Red Wine Blend,” but this mountain wine is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, joined by a dollop of Malbec. Everything about the wine is big, from its concentrated opaque purple/black hue through its silky, earthy tannins and herbal... Read more

2008 Harmonique ‘Un-Oaked’ Chardonnay, Anderson Valley

Because oak aging is eschewed, this wine is all about the fruit. Medium straw in color, its nose reveals poached pear, apple and a hint of cream. The wine is lively and persistent in the mouth, and a sun-baked apple quality lingers in the finish.... Read more

2008 Pedroncelli ‘Four Grapes’ Vintage Port, Dry Creek Valley

Only a few wineries in California make “Port” that mirrors the lush, sweet wines of Portugal. Pedroncelli is one of them, and it achieves its authenticity by blending grape varieties used in making the “real thing” — Tinta Madeira, Souzao,... Read more

2008 Chateau St. Jean Merlot Reserve, Sonoma County

The hue is an opaque dark ruby/purple. The winery holds off release of this blockbuster Merlot until five years after vintage, something unheard of among the other California producers. The reason is clear – it is a big, concentrated red. Forward... Read more

2008 Frank Cornelissen Munjabel 8 Bianco, Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy

Cornelissen, as I've blogged about before, makes some of the most unique, interesting wines on the planet. They are "love it or hate it" wines -- deeply reflective of a time and place, but so different and unusual that they may scare off less... Read more

2008 Feudi di San Gregorio ‘Ognissole’ Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy

Dry red fruit, menthol, tobacco and black pepper hide behind a veil of alcohol that refuses to blow off. That imbalance likewise hides the meaty taste of dark, fleshy plums and roasted dates, relegating this inky wine to the BBQ and burger bin.... Read more

2008 Vino Budimir Margus Margi Riesling, Zupa, Serbia

Wowza. 100 percent Rhine Riesling from a 100-year old winery in Serbia, that's fermented in stainless steel with natural yeasts before three years of aging in oak. Huh? But darn if it isn't tasty stuff. There's a deeply savory, almost saline quality... Read more