Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog

Jul 082014
 
Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $80 (S) – Rating 93

Calla Lily CabernetFrom an emerging Napa Valley winery with an experienced hand on the wheel in Cary Gott. An expressive nose of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and black pepper. Lush on the palate, complete with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Give this youngster at least 30-60 minutes to fully open for flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, oaky vanilla and plenty of spice. Intriguing notes of tobacco box on long finish.

Jul 082014
 
Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 91

Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012A gold medal winner at the North of the Gate Wine Competition. Aromas of cherry and strawberry with hints of raspberry and spice. The wine is highlighted by a round mouth-feel, soft tannins and balanced acidity. The palate is treated to flavors of blueberry, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, a little leather and spice with hints of dark chocolate on finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jul 082014
 
Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013Monticello Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Napa Valley, CA, $32 (S) – Rating 90

A robust nose of ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon, tropicals and bright spice. Bright acidity complimented by soft textures. Meyer lemon, ruby red grapefruit, citrus, spice and green apple flavors abound. Plenty of spice, citrus and tropical notes in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jul 082014
 
MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, CA $49 (S) – Rating 93

MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011Give this beauty a little time to open up in a decanter and you will be well rewarded. A well-rounded bouquet of dark red fruit, stewed cherries and spice. Medium-bodied with silky tannins and bright acidity which is easily enjoyed solo or as a versatile food pairer. On the palate, notes of  cherry, pomegranate, ripe raspberry and ripe strawberry. Quite spicy on long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 082014
 
Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 90

Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010The cool 2010 growing season allowed for a more European style Cabernet, medium-bodied with juicy acidity. The aromas are rich with notes of blackberry, blueberry and dark spice. Integrated tannins create a pleasant mouth-feel offering flavors of blackberry, black fruit, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and dark spice. Hints of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 082014
 
Hook & Ladder Winery The Tillerman 2011, Red Table Wine, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $20 – Rating 91

Hook & Ladder Winery The Tillerman 2011This blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Sangiovese and 16% Merlot is a superb go-to red wine that has endless pairing possibilities. A nose of dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, spice and smoke. A soft texture with integrated tannins and food pairing acidity. Flavors of black cherry, blueberry, ripe strawberry with an abundance of brown spice. Leather and smoke on the finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 082014
 
Villicana Winery Vin Rosé 2013, Liquid Hope, Paso Robles, CA, $18 (S) – Rating 90

Villicana Winery Vin  Rosé 2013A rosé blend of 52% Syrah, 36% Grenache and 12% Mourvèdre made in honor of wine club members who have faced or currently facing a cancer diagnosis. $1 of each bottle is donated to help those currently battling cancer.  Aromas of red cherry, strawberry and raspberry with hints of minerality. Medium-bodied with bright acidity offering flavors of ripe strawberry, ripe raspberry, rhubarb and pie spice. Spicy cherry in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 082014
 
Alpha Omega Chardonnay Reserve 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $92 (S) – Rating 92

Alpha Omega Chardonnay Reserve 20112011 was one of the coolest growing seasons in recent Napa history allowing for a leaner and more elegant style. This Chardonnay is no exception. A lovely bouquet of red apple, wet stone and a little pear. The wine has a lush round texture with balanced acidity offering flavors of red apple, pear, Meyer Lemon, wet stone and spice with hints of caramel and vanilla. Tropical notes in the finish. Buy this Wine

Jul 072014
 
Corkscrew Winery Luma-Rouge 2011, California Red Wine, Sonoma Coast, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 91

Corkscrew Winery Luma-Rouge 2011A red blend of co-fermented 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier aged in oak barrels. The nose offers rich aromas of black cherry, blueberry and brown spice. Medium bodied with soft tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, a slight earthiness with flavors of cherry, blueberry, plenty of spice and a hint of leather. A touch of cacao in the long finish. A wonderful pizza or pasta with red sauce wine. Buy This Wine

Jul 072014
 
Van Duzer Pinot Gris 2013, Williamette Valley, OR, $18 (S) – Rating 91

Van Duzer Pinot Gris 2013Stainless steel fermented and sur lie aged creates a round mouth-feel complimented by juicy acidity and a hint of creaminess. A touch of sweetness balances the acidity. A bouquet of citrus, tropicals and a hint of pie crust. Flavors of citrus, tropicals,white peach and honeycomb. White peach, minerality and spice in the long finish. Perfect with lighter summer fare or simply enjoy with a view. Buy This Wine