Posts Tagged ‘87’

2010 Bella Zinfandel, Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile, Sonoma County

Opaque, dark purple/black color. Scents of vanilla, black pepper and pectin lead to sharp, lightly briary blackberry and plum notes. The ample fruit is softer on the palate, picking up medium-grained, drying tannins at the end. A few years in the… Read more


2011 Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Translucent light ruby color. Sweet scents of fleshy dark fruits play nicely off of piquant pectin, aromatic clove, loam, and a note of tobacco. In the mouth, the sweet and spicy fruits pick up a black licorice streak. The red is smooth through to… Read more


2012 Graffigna Elevation Red Blend Reserve, Argentina

Nearly opaque dark ruby color, This is a blend of five disparate red grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Bonardo, and Tannat. The nose is fairly restrained, showing a hint of dark flowers, moderate dark berry fruit, and light shadings of… Read more


2010 d’Arenberg ‘The Jump Stump’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Nearly opaque red ruby color. The eucalyptus-tinged nose offers up crushed dark berries, tar, and vanilla. In the mouth, it seems lighter than the stated 14.5% alcohol, with the dark berry fruits taking on a tart edge. After mid-palate, some notes… Read more


2012 Martin & Weyrich ‘Allegro’ Riesling, California

Lightly effervescent pale straw color. This white entices the nose with layers of fruit aromas, from pear to peach and nectarine, complemented by a high note of clove spice. It’s nicely balanced in the mouth, showing sassy acidity to keep the 3.6%… Read more


2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

Translucent crimson/coral color. The forward nose shows aromas of prickly raspberry and strawberry fruit, with a light cola note. On the palate, the flavors flatten out while picking up some earthy notes towards the finish. This is a red to enjoy… Read more


2011 Nadia Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County

By Laetitia. Translucent dark ruby color. In the nose, high-toned mint/menthol and bell pepper are joined by a sleek minerality and ample red fruits. This is very smooth for a young Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are fine-grained and unobtrusive…. Read more


2011 Christian Lazo ‘g salvadora’ red table wine, California

Transluscent ruby color. This is a blend of Barbera and Petite Sirah. Pretty spicebox aromas lead to peppery red berry fruit. In the mouth, it gains notes of clove and citrus. Some fine-grained, earthy tannins pop up towards the finish. This is a… Read more


2012 J. Lohr ‘Bay Mist’ White Riesling, Monterey County

A pale straw color, with light effervescence. The engaging nose delivers sweet grilled pineapple, stone fruit, pear, and a smidgen of banana. The lightly sweet residual sugar in the mouth is complemented by ample acidity and a prickly sparkle. The… Read more


2009 Schafer-Reichart Riesling Kabinett, Erdener Treppchen, Mosel, Germany

Clear light straw color. Classic scents of pine needle, lemon oil and apple waft from the glass, along with notes of forest floor. Sweeter than many Kabinett level Rieslings, this wine shows more pure fruit in the mouth. Drinking it evokes memories… Read more