oregon-pinot-noir-left-coast-cellars-calis-cuvee-willamette-valley-2014

N/ Blackberry jam, lime zest, freshly crushed flint, and cigar box.

T/ Medium mouthfeel. Blackberries and raspberry notes with a nice bouncing acidity.

Wet organic soil notes and an extended earthy finish.

Price = $24

http://leftcoastcellars.com/

N = B+
T = B+
I = B+
Overall = B+

This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“Clones: Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 113, 114, 115, 667, 777

Fermentation:primarily 5-ton open top Stainless Steel tanks

Aging: 10% New French Oak; balance 2, 3 & 4 year French Oak barrels

Time Aged: 9 months

The flagship Pinot Noir from Left Coast Cellars. A true snapshot of our terroir and a
window to our estate, combining all the blocks and different clonal selections from our
vineyard. Named in honor of Cali, our owners’ daughter, the wine displays bright red
fruit flavors, and a freshness that can only be found in the Willamette Valley.”

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germany-riesling-urban-riesling-nik-weis-selection-mosel-2015

N/ The vaseline/petrol power is just right – lets you know what grape you are quaffing and tickles the nose. Flower power here. Citrus, chamomile, and crushed granite. Very nice smoky notes also telling you that there is a Mosel riesling in your glass.

T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Citrus, tart green apples, and a hint of goosberries delight. Flower flavors and bleached hay notes. Clean mineral and rock/flinty flavors.

Very light residual sugar on her close, noting cloying about it, simply delicious.

My personal taste yearns for a bit more acid and less to no residual sugar, but even I dug the light sweetness here.

Solid work, particularly for $15.

Winemaker = Nik Weis

Price = $15

N = A-
T = A-
I = B+
Overall = A-

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“Urban Riesling is a 100% Mosel Riesling from vineyards around the town of Mehring. Here Riesling vines enjoy ideal conditions on steep slopes creating a perfect angle to the sun’s rays. Soil consists of beautiful blue, highly decomposed slate rocks that give the wines their great minerality, creating an appealing, somewhat salty finish. Temperatures vary from warm during the day to cool at night, facilitating elegance and a fruity acidity that produces a wide range of beautiful flavors.

“True to the Mosel and the way my forefathers have worked, vinification is minimal. We do not de-stem; we conduct a slight maceration of grapes, gentle pressing and gravity-fed sedimentation. The only modern improvement is fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. We do not inoculate any cultured yeast. It is the indigenous yeast fermentation that gives complexity and character to this wine. In order not to lose any flavors, we do a very gentle filtration.”

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france-chenin-blanc-de-mulonniere-loire-valley-2015

N/ Sun bleached rocks, spring water, honeysuckle, light citrus, light chlorine, and chamomile tea.

T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Lovely dancing acid, limes, really ripe apples, and white peaches. About one degree too sweet for me, but this will be a huge crowd pleaser at parties.

Absolutely delicious.

Winemakers: Benoit Dufour and Laurent Saget

Alcohol = 12.5%

http://pasternakwine.com/product/m-de-mulonniere-chenin-blanc-2015/

https://www.sagetlaperriere.fr/#

Price = $15

N = A-
T = A
I = A-
Overall = A-

This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

From the winery:

“Winemaking: The grapes are hand harvested from the schist and clay vineyards when beautifully ripe and then sorted in the cellars to ensure they retain as much of their complexity as possible. Vinified traditionally with slow maceration at low temperature, gentle clarification and bottling in late spring.”

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italy-pinot-noir-pinot-nero-rollhuett-rolhut-peter-zemmer-alto-adige-sudtirol-2015

N/ Red berries, gorgeous crushed rose petals, granite, cherries, wet cement, and spice.

Lovely.

T/ Light mouthfeel. Elegant weight for the price point. Berries, red fruits, and clean mineral and earth notes. A bit of a tannic cranberry pucker which mellows with breathing time. Well integrated oak notes.

Clean, restrained juiciness, and nice rock notes close her.

Bravo for this price!

13% alcohol

http://www.peterzemmer.com/en/wines/red-wines.html

Price = $18

N = A-
T = A
I = A-
Overall = A- / A

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“Origin: This Pinot Noir flourishes in the cultivated vineyards in the immediate vicinity of the winery at an elevation of 450 m. (1,400 ft.). These hills, a conglomerate of particular soils of loam, chalk, and porphyry, and the very well-suited climate, form the ideal basis for producing a Pinot Noir of highest quality.

Vinification: The stems are immediately removed and the grapes are fermented at a constant temperature of 26 – 28° C (79 – 82° F) for about 7 days. The must is kept in contact with the skins through circulation pumping and gentle pressure from below. We thus achieve ide al results with the coloring from the skins and emphasize the fruitiness of the wine. After two gentle rackings, 70% of this Pinot Noir is aged over 12 months in large barrels of French oak, and the remainder is aged in small cask s of French oak (barriques) which are 2 – 3 years old. After blending, the wine is bottled and then aged an additional 6 months in the bottle before it goes on sale.”

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new-zealand-pinot-noir-villa-maria-marlborough-2015

N/ All the cherries, earth, and light spice notes that you expect from a New Zealand pinot noir. Delivers.

T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice bing cherry and red berry flavors accompanied by earth and mineral in the right balance.

http://www.villamariawine.com/

N = B+
T = B
I = B+
Overall = B+

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

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Argentina, Malbec, Red blend, Amalaya, Salta, Calchaqui Valley, 2015

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Red blend of 85% malbec, 10% tannant, and 5% syrah For best results I suggest you decant and wait 30 minutes to an hour before enjoying as she had some reduced aromas that need to float off N/ Black fruits, black soil, plum skins, marine wafts, crushed leaves, forest floor, and taffy. T/ Purple and […]

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Italy, Nero d’Avola, Mandrarossa, Costa Dune, Sicilia, Sicily, 2015

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Rated one hour after opening as she needs some time to open up to allow her nose to blossom. N/ She leads with the smell of a wild countryside dotted with sagebrush. Crushed granite. Paprika. Exotic spices like nutmeg. The fruit elements are restrained but red berry and plum skin notes delight. T/ Medium to […]

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Italy, Frappato, Planeta, Sicilia Vittoria, Sicilia (Sicily), 2015

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N/ She greets you with wild herbs and cherry taffy wafts. I find hints of copper / blood and nice dark soil notes. She also has plum skins, fresh organic earth aromas, and a bit of brick dust. Lovely. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Cherry and red berry flavors dominate with a touch of gripping […]

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Spain, Bodega Paniza, Garnacha and Tempranillo, Paniza, Cariñena, 2013

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N/ Tomato leaves dominate. Wild and savory herb blast, with organic soil and earth, paprika, and dusty black fruits. T/ Medium mouth feel. Dusty purple and black fruits infused with notes of black soil, earth, and maduro tobacco. Rustic. Very rustic. Pair with a meat pizza, lamb, or game. http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/index.php Price = $10 – $15 […]

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Spain, Garnacha, Particular, Bodegas San Valero, Cariñena, 2013

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N/ The first thing that hits you is a blast of wild country herbs, light mint, and Eucalyptus wafts. Ripe red and black berries delight. Split flint, black soil, brick dust, and hardwoods bring the earth notes and round out a wonderful and complex nose. T/ Medium mouthfeel with clean and elegant lines of red, […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Catalina Sounds, Marlborough, 2013

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N/ Berry medley, countryside wild herbs, and dry earth notes. Light cigar box / cedar wafts. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop but was hoping for just a tad more. Rich mixed berry and bing cherry flavors nicely intertwine with earth and herbal notes. Extended finish. http://catalinasounds.co.nz/our-wines/ Price = $19 N = B+ T = […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Markham / Napa Valley, California

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I had the distinct pleasure of tasting through a wide selection of Markham wines with the absolutely entertaining and knowledgeable winemaker that is Kim Nicholls. Markham wines represent some of the finest quality to price ratio offerings in Napa Valley. One thing that helps them achieve this is the fact that Markham owns over 350 […]

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France, Rose, Rosé d’Anjou, Mulonnière, Loire Valley, 2015

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Red blend of: 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Grolleau, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Gamay N/ Fresh rain, wet cement, raspberry Jolly Ranchers, crushed granite. In short, exactly the way rose should smell. T/ Medium to medium full mouth feel which was a surprise. Usually roses are much lighter in the piehole region. What also was […]

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France, Malbec, Domaine du Théron, Cuvée Prestige, Cahors, 2011

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N/ Wow, lots of Brettomyces here with typical barnyard and bandaid smells. The livestock odors dominate, but one can find some black and blue fruit aromas just past the Brett onslaught, as well as nice dark earth notes. T/ Once past the Brett flavors she has an elegant mouthfeel with ample blue and black fruits […]

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Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Trivento, Mendoza, 2013

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This one best a few, to many, hours after decanting. She really blossoms if you give her enough air. As always, if you don’t have a decanter handy just pour into a clean glass pitcher. Rated four hours after decanting. N/ Ripe red and black fruits like black currant and black raspberries. Game, leather, black […]

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Spain, Albariño, Vionta, Limited Release, Rías Biaxas, 2014

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N/ Steamed hay, marine/beach/salty wafts, yellow fruits, fresh rain, river rocks, and light chlorine/ozone. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Round and very easy to drink. Yellow fruits and lean/clean mineral and rock notes. Medium acid levels. Light bitter bite. River rock close. Price = $16 Winemaker = Roberto Fuentes http://www.riasbaixaswines.com/winery/vionta/wine/2759/ N = B+ T = B+ I […]

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France, Red Blend, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2014

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Blend of grenache (85%), syrah (10%),and cinsault (5%). N/ Black pepper and earthy spices. Purple and black fruits fruits. Plum skins. Wild herbs and black soil. T/ Spicy, racy, and quite complex for the price point – this wine delivers wonderful fruit flavors of black cherries and plums with a lean acid backbone that makes […]

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France, White Blend, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2015

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Blend of white grenache (60%) and clairette (40%). N/ White and red flowers, honeysuckle, marine wafts, chamomile tea, light citrus, strawberries, and river rocks. T/ Medium mouth feel. Very nice acid. Fresh and light. Citrus and mineral flavors dominate. Yellow grasses, light spice, and chamomile. http://www.ferraton.fr/wines/cotes-du-rhone-samorens-white-ferraton.html Price = $14 N = B T = B […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Artesa, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2013

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N/ While she certainly has the deep notes of butter one expects in most ripe and malolactic California chardonnays, she also has lovely aromas of flowers, toast, fresh rain, and pineapple. Delightful. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Rich flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, and other tropicals. A clean and limey acid cuts through the fruit and […]

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Spain, Tempranillo, Rose, Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España, CVNE, Rosato, Rioja, 2015

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N/ Her nose leads with crushed rocks, then ample red berries and ripe red apples with skins. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Very nice acid popping flavors of ripe red apples and raspberries. Interestingly, some savory and wild herb flavors as well, which I was not expecting. Note: I would pair this wine with […]

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