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!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Alexander Valley, CA


JB gave us a bottle of this Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.

Aroma - dark fruit and wood
Taste - dark fruit, wood, moderate to strong tannins, nice light tobacco finish

Very nice!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ghost Pines Red Blend - $15


I purchased this so wine for $15 a bottle at Costco.

Aroma - fruit and dark chocolate
Taste - fruit, dark chocolate, moderate tannins, lots of wood

Very good, but high in alcohol and I probably won't purchase again.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Milano - Restaurant Review

Milano is lovely! Owned by an Italian family, delicious, reasonably-priced, and BYOB! I had the ravioli tonight! Yum!

The atmosphere is clean, simple, and modern. Good service. I'll be back!

Cannonau di Sardiegna 2007, Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy


FA brought this wine to dinner at Milano.

Aroma - fruity and dry
Taste - cassis, dark cocoa, strong tannins