Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bogle Phantom 2009

A blend of old vine zinfandel, petite sirah, and old vine mourvedre
California - V.2009

Fairly dry with tastes of black cherry with a slight black pepper aftertaste.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2009 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié

2009 Wildflower Valdiguié from J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines This is an old favorite of mine. I've been saving it for a special occasion. Now!
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pedernales - 2008 Texas Tempernillo - Stonewall, Texas

Barbara rates this wine 3 out of 5 stars.
Calvin rates this wine 4 out of 5 stars.
Danae rates this wine 3 out of 5 stars.

Boquet: We smell mostly oak with a hint of berries or cherries
Sweetness: Medium dry
Flavor: Pedernales claims that this wine was aged for fifteen months using new French and American oak barrels and it certainly has a strong oak taste taste at first, but the flavor develops into vanilla as it lingers on your tongue after you swallow. We taste well devoped tannins and a moderately spicy finish.
Pairing: This wine would taste best with red meat, but we enjoyed it with spicy pork ribs.
ABV: 13%

Notes: Pedernales indicates that they made this wine using fruit from the Texas High Plains and Hill Country. We visited Pedernales during our vacation in Fredericksburg, TX and we really enjoyed the experience. We enjoyed tasting most of their wines and we ended up buying many bottles so that we could enjoy them and blog about them later.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Torre di Pietra - Classico - Fredericksburg, Texas

Barbara rates this wine 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Calvin rates this wine 3 out of 5 stars.
Danae rates this wine 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Boquet: Cherries
Sweetness: Fairly sweet
Flavor: This wine has a fruity flavor with a hint of black cherry or plum.
Pairing: This wine would taste good with fish.
ABV: 12%

Notes: We visited Torre di Pietra during our vacation in Fredericksburg, TX and we really enjoyed the experience. We enjoyed tasting most of their wines and we ended up buying many bottles so that we could enjoy them later.
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Torre di Pietra - 2005 Carignane - Fredericksburg, TX

Barbara rates this wine 4 out of 5 stars.
Calvin rates this wine 3 out of 5 stars.
Danae rates this wine 1 out of 5 stars.

Boquet: Olives, Prunes and Pine
Sweetness: Fairly dry
Flavor: This wine has a strong mineral taste that reminds us of eating a dill pickle or drinking a dirty martini. We jokingly recommend pairing this wine with salt and vinegar potato chips. In all seriousness, this wine would taste good with spagetti or any tomato based dish.
ABV: 13%

Notes: We visited Torre di Pietra during our vacation in Fredericksburg, TX and we really enjoyed the experience. We enjoyed tasting most of their wines and we ended up buying many bottles so that we could enjoy them later. In the interest of full disclosure, Danae hates olives and this is the main reason for her strong dislike for this wine.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

V. Sattui Winery - Madeira, Vin Santo, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah


Madeira

Currently our absolutely favorite dessert wine is the Madeira from V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA. This madeira is a fortified wine produced with a solera system that blends wines of varying ages. The oldest wines in this blend are over 120 years old. This process of blending younger wine into older wine results in very consistent, high quality wines that all share a portion of the oldest, original vintage of wine made at the estate. This is why many fortified wines do not have a vintage date, per se, as they are really a blend of many years.

The wine is sweet and has flavors of almonds, caramel, and toffee. It shares similar characteristics with a 20-year-old Tawny Port.

You can purchase this wine by mail-order HERE.


2002 Monastero di Coriano Vin Santo
Vin Santo is translated literally as “Wine of the Saints”. V. Sattui's Vin Santo is the best out of all the bottles of vin santo we've ever tasted. This dessert wine has hints of honey and caramel flavors, and a nice amber color. This particular vintage is aged for up to five years in sealed barrels. It appears that V. Sattui doesn't currently have any Vin Santo in stock. So you'll just have to wait until they make some more.


2008 Sattui Family Pinot Noir
We tasted the 2008 Pinot Noir during our previous visit to California. It has a medium body with a slight aroma of cherries. We ordered a case of the 2009 Pinot Noir for our futures this year, and I'm looking forward to picking up my case when it's bottled.

You can purchase the 2008 Pinot Noir HERE


2007 Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah is a big full-bodied tannic wine with a spicy, plummy flavor. I find most Petite Sirahs to be such a thick and dry wine that it has to be sipped slowly and enjoyed over a period of several hours with plenty of ice water in between sips. Don't let that deter your interest though. This wine tastes wonderful, and I find that it actually helps me enjoy the wine more because I can't just guzzle it down quickly. This was the last case of wine that I bought as part of the futures purchase program.

You can buy the 2007 Petite Sirah HERE

Special Commentary

V. Sattui Winery does not distribute their wines through resellers, so you won't see their wines in any wine store. You can only purchase their wines directly through their on-line store or in their St. Helena winery. I have been visiting V. Sattui for about 12 years, and I would like to share one of their best-kept secrets. V. Sattui has a Futures Purchase Program that allows you to sample the wines while they are still aging and before they’re bottled. If you like a particular wine early in the maturation process, you can purchase the wine by the case with a 50% deposit, and receive the wine at a reduced price than when the wine is bottled. V. Sattui also offers a special private members-only tasting room where you are given special attention by on of their staff members.



In my opinion, the futures program and the private tasting room make V. Sattui one of the most unique wineries in business today. V. Sattui gives you the same attention that you can get at much smaller wineries with the years of experience that only an old winery can offer.



Address:
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574

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