2 10, 2015

Wines that deliver for small $$

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:50+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|wine|0 Comments

The world is afloat with cheap wine.  Our task is to find good wine that is well priced.  What is well priced to some is outrageously priced to others.  This blog will focus on wines under $20 that deliver quality.  These wines will come from high volume producers in regions that had good growing seasons.  The focus will be on Cabernet, Chardonnay and a smattering of Syrah.  I do urge Pinot lovers to buy the 2012 / 2013 California Pinot Noirs.  You will find great value in these Pinots and please see my previous blog. Cabernet Vina Carmen   Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Alto Gran Reserva 2012 Score: 91      Price $15     Country Chile A rich, well-spiced red, with luscious flavors of tar, licorice and dark plum, supported by ample acidity and firm tannins. [...]

9 09, 2015

Pinot lovers rejoice

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:50+00:00 September 9th, 2015|wine|0 Comments

California The strong growing conditions for Pinot Noir in 2012 and 2013 resulted in two wonderful vintages. The growing season in 2013 was a little dryer, surprise I know with a drought ongoing in CA, that produced richer wines. The 2013 will have a little more character, but the 2012 are strong and should not be overlooked. Pinot Noir is grown up down the California coast. The dry and warm weather allowed the growers to control the leaf growth early in the growing season. This allowed for better grape management. Yield control was an issue as it took the heavy yields longer to ripen exposing the vintage to weather issues. Those issues did not develop. Pinot Noir growing regions: From South to North Santa Barbara – this area rated from mid [...]

22 07, 2015

2013 California Chardonnay

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:50+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|wine|0 Comments

2013 California Chardonnay delivers not only another strong vintage that is distinctive.  The wines contain a higher level of phenolics which are similar to tannins.  These wines will get better with time rather than fresh out of the bottle.  Aging 3 to five years may be helpful in extracting the most enjoyable drinking experience. Growing conditions Napa Valley “Early, even and excellent” are three words being used to describe this year’s growing season and the Napa Valley wine grapes that have come from it, reflecting the consistent quality for which this world famous wine region is known. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat [...]

9 06, 2015

Summer Sparkling / Good Stuff Cheap

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:50+00:00 June 9th, 2015|wine|0 Comments

The snow piles are finally gone, spring flowers are almost over and summer is coming at long last. As we think of sitting back and enjoying our family and friends during the warmer months we look for lighter lively wines to enjoy. In this blog we will look at US made sparkling wine to sip and enjoy on a hot summers day. You will also find a few wines to serve at those big barbecue parties. My last blog reviewed current offerings from France. Yesterday I was looking for a nice white wine to accompany the fresh Wellfleet oysters and clams Joan and I fished for on Sunday. I purchased a no name French white from the 2014 vintage. We were pleasantly pleased with the crisp light white obtained for $10. A pleasant surprise for sure. [...]

28 05, 2015

2012 California Zin and more

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:50+00:00 May 28th, 2015|wine|0 Comments

Today we are going to look at the 2012 and 2013 California Zinfandel.  Solid growing conditions with a large crop have produced some solid values.  We will also provide guidance on the 2014 French Bordeaux harvest.  Looks like a solid vintage to add to ones cellar. California Zin is providing a wealth of good drinking from the 2012 vintage. It is always fun for us to pop open a Zin and explore wines we have not tried before. My foundest memory of a Zin was several years back in a restaurant when the waiter suggested we try a Limerick Lane. The wine was wonderful with licorice and spice. You will find a many good Zins at prices under $20 and the Bogle Zin at around $10. Growing conditions were superb with WinesSpectator [...]

23 02, 2015

2012 Bordeaux

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|wine|0 Comments

Weather conditions in 2012 created challenges in Bordeaux. The weather challenge is a continuation from a poor 2011 vintage and 2013 looks even worse, but the whites are showing nicely. Prices were still strong following the outstanding 2009 and 2010 vintages. The EU recession, slowing growth in China combined with an unheralded vintage is creating a lack of demand. Slack demand is finally driving down prices so as we look at the 2012 vintage price will play a part. It will be interesting to see the impact on the retail shelves from the stronger dollar. We might be talking about a 20+% decrease in pricing. In general these wines are not for long term cellaring but for early consumption. You will note that the wines listed below just happen to come from a few areas. When buying [...]

22 01, 2015

Do you like Pinot Noir

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|wine|0 Comments

If you like Pinot Noir you are in for a treat. If you like a vintage that produced great drinking wines across the board then keep on reading. In 2012 Oregon produced a wonderful vintage.  You will find lovely wines across the spectrum from almost every vineyard. That said one wine critic had this to say: “ don’t mean to scare you away from 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir. Maybe you love that wild orgy of mouth-meltingly ripe fruit that warmth and drought can impart to Pinot Noir. In that case, buy this stuff by the case, buy every producer from every corner of the valley at every price point, because these wines were minted by god and nature in a workshop inside your head. I may like Pinot Noir that has power without weight, but if [...]

12 02, 2014

Momentous 2011 Vintage Port and Reds from Portugal

By | 2014-02-12T11:18:06+00:00 February 12th, 2014|wine|0 Comments

Portugal’s growing conditions were just superb in 2011 creating a momentous year for vintage port.  Simply put they are wonderful and belong in your cellar.  The growing season was ideal and to quote Kim Marcus of the WineSpectator “Tasting these Vintage Ports is revelatory. Their intense fruitiness is seductive, and the alcohol added to fortify the wine makes them heady and expressive. Many are enticing to enjoy now for their youthful vibrancy and fruitiness, but they will offer more elegance, integration and refinement as they age. Like all of the highest quality Vintage Ports, these will require at least 15 to 20 years in the cellar for the alcohol and fruit flavors to mellow, beginning the long road to becoming fully mature Port. Some may drink well into the latter part of the century.” Not everyone wishes [...]

14 01, 2014

2012 German Riesling

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Uncategorized, wine|0 Comments

Most growers will have had among their best vintages of the last decade in 2012.  The 2012 German Riesling is worth seeking out.  This blog was written after work last night.  Joan was making scrod and bay scallops so off to the local wine store for a bottle of white wine I ventured.  Low and behold we found the Dr. Loosen Riesling Mosel.  We found the wine a little different with an aroma of pineapple.  The flavor was a nice mix of citrus and mineral with red grapefruit and pineapple up front followed with nice acidity and finish.  The wine went very nicely with the seafood.  Cost was $14.  See WineSpectator's review below. “What sets 2012 apart from other recent vintages is that due to a long, cooler season, [the] physiological ripeness has been achieved before a significant [...]

23 12, 2013

Champagne for the holidays

By | 2017-03-06T12:04:51+00:00 December 23rd, 2013|wine|0 Comments

It is the holidays and Champagne come to mind.  In this blog I will discuss Champagne, not sparkling wine.  Sparkling wine comes from many parts of the world but Champagne resonates from mostly Reims, France.  The vintners have upgraded growing techniques over the last decade resulting in overall better Champagne than ever before.  What has changed is vintners have for centuries blended grapes from various vintages and locations to create a single bottling but today wine makers are creating single vineyard bottling.   The Making of Champagne: Crafting good champagne is no small feat as it goes well beyond crushing, blending and aging of the fruit.  Typically champagne is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.  Champagne could contain all of the grapes mentioned in a blend or be sole sourced. After the wine maker blends the grapes [...]

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