Friday, November 15, 2013

Kris Pinot Noir 2011, Italy - $28

We had this wine at Johnny Costas in Palm Springs.

Aroma - light and fruity
Taste - light red fruit, dry, a little black tea


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Austin Wine Merchant Tasting - Divers Bourgognes

This was my first tasting at the Wine Merchant in a while - so good to be back! In the photo, the first wine tasted is on the far right, and the last on the far left.

2009 Bourgogne Chardonnay FAIVELEY - $14.99
Aroma - very light
Taste - light, almost watery
Ok, at least not terribly oaky - fermented then aged mostly in stainless

2011 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Combottes RAPET Père et Fils - $32.50
Aroma - fruity and floral
Taste - nice and fresh
Better than the 1st wine

2009 Bourgogne Pinot Noir FAIVELEY - $14.99
Aroma - raisins
Taste - peppery, dry, light

2010 Santenay Joseph DROUHIN - $29.99
Aroma - red fruit
Taste - red fruit, minerals
Like! Bought some.

2010 Fixin Louis JADOT - $32.50
Aroma - red fruit, spicy
Taste - red fruit, spice, very dry
Like! Bought some.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Baus Family Vineyards Private Reserve Pinot Noir 2010, Sonoma County,CA - $14


RJ brought this wine to a dinner party last night. She purchased it at Twin Liquors during their $1 over cost sale in late August.

Aroma - red fruit, a little hot (14.1% alcohol)
Taste - red fruit and sweet tobacco, dry, good acid

Yummy, but a little high in alcohol.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jezebel Pinot Noir 2011, Oregon - $15


I purchased this wine at Central Market for $15/bottle. The Wine Advocate rated it 88, and it only contains 12.5% alcohol - yay!

Aroma - tart cherries
Taste - tart cherries, high acid, black tea finish

Good, but I actually prefer the Firesteed Pinot that I had yesterday.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Firesteed Pinot Noir 2011, Oregon - $12

I purchased this wine at Central Market for $12/bottle. I originally purchased this because it is only 12% alcohol.

Aroma - cherries, stone
Taste - cherries, dry, nice minerality

I really like this wine! It's simple but not overly fruity!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hula o Maui Sparkling Wine


This wine is made year-round on the island of Maui from Maui Gold pineapples - hence, no vintage.

Aroma - light pineapples
Taste - light pineapples, slightly bitter

I really wanted to like this sparkling wine, but it's a little too bitter for me. The bubbles are also coarser than the Lokelani sparkling rose that this winery produces.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Byron Pinot Noir 2011, Santa Barbara County, CA - $13.50


I bought this wine at Costco for $13.50/bottle. It is 100% Pinot Noir.

Aroma - light cherries and spice
Taste - slight tart cherries, minerals, cocoa, dry finish


The winery website indicates that the wine is 14.4% alcohol, but the bottle's label says 13%. This wine doesn't smell or taste like it's 14.4%. I would go with the alcohol content printed on the bottle.

Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010, Willamette Valley, OR - $24

We received this wine as a gift from JG and MG for Christmas. I knew it would be really nice so I saved it for a special occasion - and we weren't disappointed! It is 100% Pinot Noir from three different vineyards (Ridgecrest, Stoller, and Corral Creek) and was rated 90 by Wine Spectator. It retails online for $24/bottle.

Aroma - raspberries and tart cherries
Taste - red fruit, light gunpowder, dry, very light tobacco, smooth, good acid

This wine went great with sushi tonight (crab roll, salmon and tuna nigiri, rainbow roll). And it's only 13% alcohol - perfect! Thanks for the fabulous wine, JG and MG!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2010, Italy - $14

wine bottle

Friends brought this wine over for dinner on July 4. They purchased it at Royal Blue. It retails online for $14/bottle.

Aroma - dark inky fruit, a little hot (14% alcohol)
Taste - black fruit, good acid, sweet tobacco, moderate tannins

Yummy! Very food friendly.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sea Glass Pinot Noir 2012, Santa Barbara County - $10


$10/bottle at Whole Foods. Featured in their in-store seafood restaurant.

Taste - red fruit, tart, nice!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

La Follette Pinot Noir 2011, North Coast - $11/$42


We had this wine at Searsucker. It retails for $11/glass and $42/bottle.

Aroma - cherries and spice
Taste - cherries, spice, minerals, nice acid

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2010, Italy - $20

RC gave this bottle of Sangiovese to me as a thank you for cat-sitting. It retails for around $20/bottle online, and Wine Spectator rated it 90 points.

Aroma - dark fruit, spicy
Taste - dark fruit, cocoa, dry

Yummy! Thanks RC!!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Firestone Vineyard Clone 174 Syrah 2009, Santa Ynez Valley, CA

JB gave this bottle of wine to us.

Aroma - spicy/hot (14.5% alcohol - pretty high), smoky fruit
Taste - dark fruit, strong tobacco, dark cocoa


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Firestone Vineyard Ambassador Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Sant Ynez Valley, CA

Received this wine as a gift from JB. It is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, and 3% Merlot.

Aroma - dark fruit, hot
Taste - dark fruit, dark cocoa, hot

This wine is nice - has good body and lingers for a long time. Alcohol content is 14.5%, so quite high for me personally.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Terre di Gioia Pinot Nero 2011, Delle Venezie, Italy - $35?

We purchased this wine at Gusto for $35/bottle. It was light, refreshing, and very food friendly!

Had it with polenta fries, calamari, Cesar salad, and bolognese. Yummy! And only 12.5% alcohol - awesome!!!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tramontane Côtes du Roussillon 2011, France - $13.75

100% Grenache, purchased at Austin Wine Merchant for $13.75 a bottle.

Nice and light, food friendly. A good purchase!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2011, Sicily - $12


I purchased this wine at Whole Foods for $12 a bottle.

Aroma - black fruit, slightly floral
Taste - black fruit, dark cocoa, moderate to strong tannins

Yummy with roasted chicken and Brussels sprouts!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Carpineto Dogajolo 2011, Toscano, Italy - $13

I bought this wine at Whole Foods for $13 a bottle. It is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aroma - strawberries
Taste - red fruit, black tea, dark cocoa finish, soft to moderate tannins

Good with beef stew!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bess Bistro - Restaurant Review

Bess Bistro is wonderful! The food and wine are excellent, and the atmosphere, although subterranean, is cozy and warm.

You know I love a good Cesar Salad! This one was fairly traditional and excellent!

Hubby said that this was the best roasted chicken he has ever had, hands down!

Update 2016: Bess Bistro has closed permanently. We are so sad!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Paladin Salbanello 2011, Annone Veneto, Italy -$11


I purchased this wine for $11 a bottle at Whole Foods. According to the label it is a blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Malbec. It is also only 11% alcohol, which I really like!

Aroma - red and black fruit, black tea
Taste - red and black fruit, black tea, moderate tannins, nice long finish

I think I am in love with this wine!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Greg Norman Pinot Noir 2010, Santa Barbara County, CA - $14


AP brought this to TV night.

Aroma - black cherries
Taste - black cherries, dark cocoa, soft tannins


Monday, January 21, 2013

Kirkland Bordeaux Superieur 2010, Bordeaux, France - $7


I purchased this wine at Costco for $7 per bottle. It is labeled a Grand Vin de Bordeaux.

Aroma - heavy black fruit
Taste - heavy black fruit, string black tea, strong tannins, kind of a watery finish

It's okay, and I'll probably keep a bottle on hand in the future.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sequel Syrah 2007, Columbia Valley, WA - $50

Had this wine with dinner at JG and MG's. It is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, and contains 14.7% alcohol. It's very highly-rated: Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and International Wine Cellar rated it 93, while The Wine Advocate gave it 92. It retails online for $50/bottle.

This wine consistently scores in the low to mid 90s on an annual basis. The winemaker, John Duval, was previously with Penfolds, a winery famous for their Syrahs.

Aroma - dry red and black fruit
Taste - dry red and black fruit, dark cocoa, soft tannins, dry

So nice!!! Perfect with grilled salmon!

Dom Pérignon 2002, Champagne, France - $160

We had this fabulous Champagne at JG and MG's. It is rated 95 by Wine Spectator and 96 by Robert Parker and Wine & Spirits.

Aroma - light yellow fruit
Taste - light, clean, dry, good minerality

Yummy! Love it! I feel spoiled!!!! Thanks to JG and MG for sharing it with us!!!

It was great with the grilled salmon, pilaf, and green salad! I think it would be great with any kind of food!

Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Carneros, CA - $13

Aroma - light and fruity
Taste - light, fruity, minerals, soft tannins

So good!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sebastopol Hills Pinot Noir 2011, Sonoma Coast, CA - $10


I bought this wine at Trader Joe's where it retails for $10 per bottle.

Aroma - fruit and wood
Taste - fruit, wood, not much like a Pinot Noir

Don't love this wine - much more like a medium bodied red wine than a Pinot, and not very complex. Also high in alcohol (14.4%).

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fadeaway Pinot Noir 2011, Santa Maria, CA - $9


I purchased this wine for $9 per bottle at Trader Joe's.

Aroma - tart cherries
Taste - tart cherries, black tea, light spice, soft tannins

A nice wine! Can't wait to try it with our Italian chicken tonight!