Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2011 Allegrini Valpolicella Classico

I've enjoyed exploring the wines of the Allegrini Estates. The first wine from the Allegrini Estates that I shared with you was the 2010 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Veronese IGT. That elegant red wine was the perfect way to celebrate a romantic meal. Not long after that, I enjoyed the 2011 Solosole Vermentino IGT by Poggio al Tesoro, another estate owned by Allegrini.

Today, I bring you another red wine from Allegrini:


2011 Valpolicella Classico DOC by Allegrini (Fumane di Valpolicella, Italia).

This wine is a this blend of 65% Corvina Veronese, 30% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. The wine was vinified in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged in stainless steel tanks for 5 months before bottling. The wine comes in at 13.2% ABV.

The wine showed a medium-dark ruby color. Cherry, plum and leather were all present on the nose. Black cherry and loamy earth dominated the palate. The wine showed good structure and length. It would pair very well with grilled sausage or even a piece of grilled salmon.

The wine has a suggested retail price of $17* and can be found in wine stores around Western New York for $14.99.





~NE


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Sample provided for review.

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2012 Pasterick Dry Creek Valley Estate Rosé of Syrah

Rosé tends to be the type of wine I really enjoy on warm days in the Spring or Summer. There's something about its fruit forward nature combined with nice acidity served chilled that just goes so well with sunshine. Today, I bring you a unique example from Sonoma:



2012 Dry Creek Valley Estate Rosé of Syrah by Pasterick Vineyards (Healdsburg, California). 

The grapes for this wine were picked from two different blocks in the vineyard. The whole clusters that were harvested were immediately basket pressed. The light copper color came from the juice being allowed to remain in contact with the red skins for a short period of time. The wine was barrel fermented and underwent malolactic fermentation to preserve its acidity.

Here it is in the glass:



The wine showed a light pinkish orange color. Tangerine, apricot, candied fruit and floral notes were all present on the nose. More apricot, strawberry and watermelon followed on the palate. The wine demonstrated a bright acidity which was an interesting contrast to its fruit forward nature. A great wine for a warm day.

I've not seen this wine available yet locally, but you can obtain more information about purchasing this wine* at the winery's website






~NE


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Sample provided for review.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

2012 Heron Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

Although it's not as large as some of its brothers and sisters to the east, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail has several members that offer some of the best wines found in the Finger Lakes. One winery I've come to enjoy in recent months is Heron Hill Winery. The first Heron Hill wine I shared with you was the 2012 Riesling Reserve. After that, I enjoyed the 2011 Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc, followed by the 2010 Eclipse Red and the 2012 Semi Dry Riesling.

Today, we have another refreshing white wine from Heron Hill:


2012 Reserve Pinot Gris from Heron Hill Winery(Hammondsport, New York).

The pinot gris grapes for this reserve wine come from the Hosmer Vineyard on Cayuga Lake. This is the first vintage of pinot gris and it comes in at 12.5% ABV.

Here it is in the glass:


And another look:



The wine showed a pale straw color. Pear, lime and mango were all present on the nose. Pear, apple and a hint of stone fruit arrived on the palate. While the wine showed average structure and length, it demonstrated a nice minerality and acidity. This wine would pair very well with a piece of seared sea bass or steamed clams.

The wine can be purchased at the winery or from the winery's website site for $17.99*.

Stay tuned for more from Heron Hill! 






~NE


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Sample provided for review.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

2012 Fresh Moscato

As we've explored some VQA Ontario wines, we've had two from the labels of Diamond Estates. The first was the 2012 East Dell Unoaked Chardonnay, followed by a great sparkling riesling - 2012 Buzz & Bubbles Methóde Cuve Close by 20 Bees Winery.

Today, we have another white wine from Ontario:


2012 Moscato by Fresh Wines (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario).

Fresh Wines is only available in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The wines are all made from white grape varieties, save for one rosé.


The grapes for this wine are sourced from various vineyards around southern Ontario. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 12 days and then aged in stainless steel tanks for 8 months. The wine comes in at 11.5% ABV and a 2 residual sugar code.

Here it is in the glass:


The wine showed a pale straw color. Pear, lime zest and limestone on the nose. Pear and hints of pineapple on the nose. Some acidity but could use a touch more to balance the sweetness. While there is plenty residual sugar, it is not overwhelming. A great wine for summer.

The wine sells for $12.95* at the LCBO, at the winery or from the winery's website for Canadian residents.

Stay tuned for more from another brand from Diamond Estates.





~NE


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Sample provided for review.

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Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

I've been enjoying the wines I've experienced from Sonoma recently. The journey of discovery of these great wines of California has led me to many wineries that I never had the chance to experience before. One of these wineries is Lake Sonoma Winery. The first wine I had from this winery was the 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. This fruit forward and balanced chardonnay was a great introduction to this winery.

Today, I bring you the second wine from Lake Somona Winery:


2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by Lake Sonoma Winery (Glen Ellen, California).

This wine is a mostly cabernet sauvignon (98%) with a small amount of merlot (2%). The grapes were harvested between September 31, 2010 and October 15, 2010. It comes in at 14.96% ABV.

Here it is in the glass:


And another look:


The wine showed a dark ruby, almost opaque color. Blackberry, eucalyptus, violet, leather and oak were all discernible on the nose. More blackberry, eucalyptus and cassis followed on the palate, with currant on the finish. The wine showed decent structure and average length. This cabernet is still quite tannic and could cellar for a few years.

This wine can be purchased directly from the winery's website for $40*. Select wine stores around New York offer it for $20.99-$23.99.

More to come from Lake Sonoma Winery. Stay tuned!





~NE


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Sample provided for review.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

2010 Haywood Terra

I've discovered a lot of well-made red wines on this journey of discovery of the great wines of California. One winery I've grown particularly fond of is Haywood Winery in Kenwood, California. The first wine I enjoyed from Haywood - 2010 Rocky Terrace Zinfandel - was an elegant wine that represents what zinfandel can be when made by a talented winemaker.

Today, we have another red from Haywood:


2010 Terra by Haywood Winery (Sonoma, California).

This wine is a blend of 81% zinfandel, 18% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon. The grapes come from different sections of the Haywood property and demonstrates the terrior from the various areas of the vineyard.  The wine comes in at 15.4% ABV.

Here it is in the glass:


Another look:


As you can see, it showed a dark ruby color. Blackberry and vanilla were the dominant notes on the nose. Blackberry, black cherry and vanilla followed on the palate. The wine showed good structure and length. It only showed mild tannins and is ready to be enjoyed now.

The wine has a suggested retail price of $28* and can be purchased directly from the winery's website.

Stay tuned for more great wines from Haywood Winery!






~NE


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Sample provided for review.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

2012 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

My journey of discovery of some of the great wines of California has discovered several great chardonnays, including the 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay by Lake Sonoma Winery2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay by C. Donatiello Winery and the 2011 Russian River Selection Chardonnay - Russian River Valley by Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery.

Today, we return to Sonoma for a chardonnay from Dutton-Goldfield:


2012 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay by Dutton-Goldfield Winery (Santa Rosa, California). 

Much like the 2012 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir by Dutton-Goldfield Winery, the grapes for this wine were sourced from the Dutton Ranch, which farms over eighty vineyards located in the coolest areas of the Russian River Valley. After malolactic fermentation, the blend is assembled with the primary lees in the Spring. The wine is barrel fermented and then aged in for 10 months in 40%new French oak barrels. The wine comes in at 13.5% ABV.



Here it is in the glass:


Another look:



It showed a light golden color. Apple, Meyer lemon and lime zest were all present on the palate. More apple, citrus and oak notes followed on the palate with whiffs of stone fruit. Good structure and length. Another well-made wine from Dutton-Goldfield.

This chardonnay can be purchased directly from the winery's website for $38*.






~NE


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Sample provided for review.

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