Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chapillon Cuvee Paul 2009

Last night we opened and enjoyed a bottle of 2009 Chapillon Cuvee Paul, a Garnacha from the Calatayud region of Spain. Christophe Chapillon is the vintner, a Frenchman that is living in Spain and producing this really nice wine. The aromas were of tart berries and ripe plums with under tones of leather, licorice and light tobacco. The flavors were complex and layered, with a start of tart blackberries and pepper mellowing to a sweeter fruit on the back of the tongue. It was slightly acidic, which added to the overall flavor. I think it would go best with venison but would work with beef and lamb or other red meats. I like this wine and would strongly recommend it. If you decide to try it, let me know what you think.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2013 Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 10

From the Winemaker: The 2013 Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 10 shows a dark ruby color with a rich nose of blackberry, raspberries and hints of black pepper. This intense Cabernet is full of artful fruit, provides a round mouth feel and a soft lingering finish with hints of toasted French oak. Handcrafted wine made in small lots.

We enjoyed both the aroma and the taste of this wonderful California wine and would recommend that you give it a try. Rated an 89 by vinodivino and I would have to agree.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Farnese Montepulciano d"Abruzzo Fantini 2013

This deep red, full bodied Italian wine is slightly acidic with aromas of sour black cherries and undertones of leather, tobacco and freshly sun dried linen. Tastes are a combination of black cherries and under-ripe blackberries that add a certain tang. There were slight undertones of oak. This wine would go very well with lasagna. I would give it an 87.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Taking control

I have recently taken control of my book, "Mask Among The Bones", from the publisher that I was working with. As of yesterday, it is only available on Amazon. I wanted to avail myself of some of the opportunities that KDP offers. I am very interested in seeing if the lending library KDP offers will be helpful in getting "Mask" out there to more readers. If anyone has experience with the program, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about it and how it worked for you.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2012 Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec

Ahh. A new wine that I have to share with you. The  2012 Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec is a very affordable wine that has some of the most delightful tastes and aromas that I have experienced. Notes on this well balanced wine are aromas of fruit with tones of raspberry, black currant, cassis and fig over notes of chocolate and tobacco. If you like a Malbec, you have to give this one a go. It is out of Argentina and is a blend of 85% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. One more thing; it is certified to be organic. If you can find it, I would strongly urge you to give this wonderful wine a try.

2012 OZV

Good morning. Last night we shared a very nice Zin that I would encourage you to give a try. We enjoyed a 2012 Old Zin Vines (Oak Ridge) Zinfandel Lodi. It is not at all pricy and is quite enjoyable. Notes read: "An old vin Zinfandel from Lodi's oldest operating winery that offers a robust and delicious expression of California's unique terroir. Jammy with raspberry, milk chocolate and mocha flavors, soft tannins and a supple mouth feel." While that describes it fairly well, it doesn't mention the way it lingers after each sip, lingering for enhanced enjoyment. It is not overly sweet, as many Zin's are and may appeal to the more traditional red drinkers. Please give it a try and see what you think. I like it!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Stump Jump 2011 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

The Stump Jump 2011 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre has an unusual name and an equally unusual flavor. This Australian wine is rated an 89 by Wine Spectator and considered a smart buy.  Thanks to the expert blend of grapes, it tastes of raspberries, blueberries, spice and plums with slight floral notes and a hint of white pepper. It has a rich and flavorful taste that may not suit everyone but is well worth trying. According to one expert, The Stump Jump 2011 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre will gain added complexity if carefully cellared over the next two to five years. I'm afraid that it wouldn't make it that long here. We like it too much. Enjoy!