Hello readers. Starting today I will begin an experiment I started in my last employment, basically blogging about the wine that I am being tasted on day to day. When I do this it allows me to keep my notes and also to share what is being brought into the market. With over 12 distributors to present wines there seems to never be a lack of new things.
Denise with Walden wines
Caligore, a good value winery from Argentina.
Bonarda 2017 a grape that originated in Italy and brought with immigrants. As much as America would like to be the melting pot of the world, Argentina really has done more to have that title.
A little dusty nose followed by black cherry on the finish. Not a long finish but pleasant.
Malbec 2014. from 80 yr old vines, also very ripe. ( I found out today was a flower day according to my biodynamic app so everything is tasting sweeter and pretty today) A little savory on the finish with black berry fruit being predominate.
Uggiano Rosso di Montalcino 2016 bright in the glass. fruity but not a lot of grip or tannin.
Uggiano Brunello 2013 2 year barrel and one year in bottle. also very fruit driven maybe 2013 was a hot year causing more ripeness.
Uggiano Vin Santo 2008 from Trebbiano grapes has the typical vin santo nose but not the overwhelming viscous character. Butterscotch and honey notes carry through. pretty
Terre de Touros Arinto 2017 a Portuguese wine I had not heard of before. Simple like a Vinho Verde but with a touch of sweetness. Easy drinking and light , a good summer wine.
Vita Colte Gavi di Gavi 2018 made from the Cortese grape in the region of Gavi minerality on the nose, light stone fruit on the finish. which had some length.
When I started in the business there were more Gavi available than Pinot Grigio but times have changed.
Aguijon de Abeja Bonarda Argentina 2016.. how strange to try another Bonarda. high notes of black berries light on the palate. Honey bee on the label to show ecodiversity??
Gran'Arte Touriga Nacional 2012 one of the Port grapes done in a still style. Flinty on the nose and a touch oxidized on the palate. May be a little old.
Vita Colte Moscato Passito Piemonte Passito describes the process of drying the grapes to bring out more depth in the sweetness. Sweet but not cloying. A little higher alcohol than most Moscato,.
RYAN FRYE WITH LILE WINES
Ca dei Zago Prosecco 2017 Made with the Glera grape in the original style of Prosecco, vintage dating is unusual with more industrial made Prosecco because they often combine vintages.
J Brix Wild Wild Sea Chenin 2018 not as sweet as expected and finished dry. Made from the Jurassic Vineyard because the oil drilling equipment next to the vineyards look like dinosaurs.
Shoenheitz Cremant d alsace. non vintage. a blend of alsace grape types.traditional style. Pretty effervescent.
Roots Chardonnay Willamette Valley Oregon 2017 a little dull after the acidity of the Chenin. and its another Chardonnay.
J Brix Counoise CouCou 2018... maybe natural wine drinkers would like this style, it looks like rose but funky.
Sablonettes Meynard Le Rouge 2017... tastes like strawberry sour beer.
VINOTECA with Dana Atwell
Casamaro Verdejo 2018 in the store already... definitely grapefruit... lighter than sauv blanc though with a slight salty finish.
Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2017 .. typical central coast chard over oaked over malo over ripe
Pence Ranch Gamay 2017.. slightly oxidized light body red fruit flavors
Scribe Estate Pinot Noir 2017 one of the prettiest aromas today wish the wine had the body to match. pleasant
Champs Pentus Faugeres Grenache, syrah and Carignan fruity all the way, not very complex.
Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Rouge 2016 french stink on the nose red cherry fruit with a quick finish.
Rame Saint-Croix-du-Mont ":Tradition: 2016 Bordeaux... not familiar with this aoc and after trying I can understand why. A wine that tries to mimic Sauternes, made with Semillon, medicinal notes on the nose some petrol with herbal notes on the finish... doesnt know if it wants to be sweet or not.
MASSICAN AND LARKMEAD WITH DAN PETROSKI
Dan is the winemaker for both projects. He started the Massican property in homage to his italian background. The Massican mountains I am told are located in Southern Italy. All the wines from here are white and predominately Italian varietals.
Annia, named after his Grandmother, is a Tocai Fruiliano, Pinot Grigio predominate blend. soft finish, not overly complex/
Gemina in homage of the Greco di Tufo found in southern Italy. This is Pinot grigio, Greco di Tufo with a slight briny nose its mid weight and long finish. Beautiful.
Sauvignon Blanc, made in the California style, white grapefruit not the pink acidic of New Zealand. Beautiful aromatics and just a touch of heat on the finish.
Larkmead Cabernet Napa 2016... cedar and pencil lead on the nose, dark in the glass and very pronounced tannin. this is a baby that needs some more time.
Grands Perrieres Sancerres,2018 I would have to say that this summer the hot wine is Sancerre. Given the price point that is especially interesting. This is another Sauv blanc that pulls off the salty flavors very crisp with a light body.
Jaques Pelvas Brut Rose NV... dry dry dry. some red fruit on the finish
Jardin en Fleurs Vouvray 2017 chenin blanc from the Loire valley. clean crisp and light. starts slightly sweet and finishes on the dry side.
Ca del Monte Valpolicella Ripasso 2013 made with traditional valpol grapes, starts with the Italian stink. the ripasso method means some of the grapes have been dried like the big brother Amarone. Has a little of the raisony character but pleasant and lush on the palate.
KOBRAND with Keith Paden.\
Villa Matilde Falanghina Campania. 2018. One of my favorite white wines the wine tastes like summertime to me. Mid weight on the palate. very pretty. (means little thumbs)
Villa Matilde Greco di Tufo 2018 definitely one of my favorite whites from anywhere in the world. almond, honey minerality and a round long finish.
Michele Chiarlo Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo 2016.. meaning the prince, this is a fine expression of Nebbiolo without going to the full expense of Barolo. Italian nose for sure, cherry fruit through out with a touch of iron on the long finish.
Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi sounds Japanese but is actually Sicilian and predominately Carignan which is mostly found in Southern France. Soft sweet nose, pretty spice on the finish with a touch of vanilla.
Insoglio dei Cinghiale Toscana 2017 a super tuscan style. Syrah and Merlot with other Bordeaux grapes in Maremma the up and coming region in Tuscany,
Guidalberto Toscana 2017 a true super tuscan, Cabernet and Merlot that has a lot of grip and tannin. Needs time to open up. Very young.