Friday, March 20, 2015

Angove Special Blend Recipe 2012 Red Blend



                 Angove Special Blend Recipe 2012 Red Blend


This 2012 Red Blend is from South Australia. It is a blend 50% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, and 20% Petit Verdot. The red blend, “The Recipe”, is a modern take on Dr. Angove’s original red wines and features a rich nose of tart, dark berries with a hint of spice, leather and oak. Dark, rich, tart blue & red berry flavors on the palate. Has a nice aftertaste that lingers. A nice round balance of flavor, it's medium-bodied with a rich full finish that would go great with red meats, red pastas or meaty stews.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Winter weather

Good morning;

Sorry for the lack of postings. The weather has been so bad that I haven't been near a wine dispensary in over a month. My friends and I have been forced to enjoy the old reliables and forgo experimentation. So much for the sunny (and warm) South. I am truly looking forward to Spring and all that it brings.

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.