Posts Tagged ‘94’

2009 Elderton Shiraz, Barossa

Opaque black, lightening to translucent purple at the rim. Aromas of mint-laced cranberry sauce, boysenberry, and blueberry explode from the glass, followed by thick black licorice. It is lush in the mouth, superbly balanced, and continues to pump… 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

2009 Peter Lehmann ‘Stonewall’ Shiraz, Barossa, Australia

The world of wine is not static; it’s ever evolving. Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, red wines from Australia had a justifiable reputation as “fruit bombs.” Now, however, the trend Down Under is toward a more elegant style,… Read more

2008 Leeuwin Estate ‘Art Series’ Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia

Pale straw in color, with glints of emerald. Lovely aromas of grilled Meyer lemon, hazelnut, vanilla, smoke and pear lead to additional fleshier fruit flavors and creaminess in the mouth. Remarkably balanced, with a finish that seems to build with… Read more

2010 Sea Smoke Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

Dark straw color. The nose offers up a cornucopia of seductive scents — honey, toast, butter, spiced peach, white flowers and a hint of hazelnut. The wine delivers in the mouth, where the flavors of ripe stone fruit, honey and butter blend… Read more

2010 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros

In the glass, the wine shows a translucent deep ruby color with lightening around the edges. It displays intense aromas of spiced cranberry, orange peel, dark cherry and a high note of fennel frond. There is a velvety weightiness in the mouth, where… Read more

2007 Benziger Family Winery ‘Tribute,’ Sonoma Mountain

Does Biodynamic farming really make a difference in growing winegrapes, or is it merely a marketing ploy for selling wine? We’ve heard passionate arguments on both sides of this debate, but it would be difficult to argue against the worthiness of… Read more

2007 La Ferme de la Sansonnière ‘La Lune,’ Anjou, France

La Ferme de la Sansonnière is owned by Mark Angeli, who tends to his vines as a self-described paysan solidaire (peasant of solidarity). When he first came to the Anjou, Angeli produced the moelleux wines for which the Bonnezeaux appellation is… Read more

2009 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros

Deeply hued, this is an amazing Pinot Noir that shows off the richness and depth of the 2009 vintage in California. The aromas and flavors come in waves of raspberry, blueberry, cranberry sauce, cinnamon spice, white chocolate and anise. The plush,… Read more

2009 Patz & Hall Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros

This totally captivating wine begins with rich aromas of perfumed Asian flowers, Creamsicle, baking spices, and ripe pear and tropical fruit. Palate-coating flavors of fruit, spice and buttercream meld into a liquid version of pineapple upside-down… Read more