Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog

Feb 102015
 
Alpha Omega Chardonnay Unoaked 2013, Napa Valley, CA, $44 (S) – Rating 93

Alpha Omega Chardonnay Unoaked 2013One of, if not the best Chardonnay, I’ve had in a very long time. If you have turned your back on Chardonnay…this wine may well turn you back around. All Chardonnay, all stainless steel and no malolactic fermentation creates a crisp and clean wine. However, stirring of lees adds ample creaminess and takes the edges the balanced acidity. Aromas of red apple, honeycomb and pie crust give way to flavors of red apple vanilla creme, tropical citrus with a hint of ripe pineapple. A touch of Meyer lemon adds complexity to the long finish. Buy This Wine

 

Feb 092015
 
Lone Madrone Old Hat 2010, Paso Robles, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 91

Lone Madrone Old Hat 2010Blended from 71% Zinfandel and 29% Petite Sirah, this is a big wine with soft tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Blueberry, blackberry, plum and dark spice on the nose. The palate is treated to deep flavors of blackberry, black cherry, plum and brown spice. Cacao with just a hint of spicy cayenne on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 092015
 
Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2012, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 89

Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2012A blend from eight Pinot Noir blocks consisting primarily of Dijon clones 667 and 777. Aromas of blueberry, dark cherry raspberry and spice treat the nose. A soft mouth-feel with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, espresso with hints of oaky vanilla. Notes of smoke and leather in the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 092015
 
Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2012, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 91

Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2012A rather balanced Chardonnay offering a plush mouth-feel while retaining juicy acidity. A bouquet of pear, stone fruit, red apple and baking spice. Full flavors of pear, citrus, Meyer lemon along with tropical notes and stony minerality. Stone fruit and spice with just a hint of fruity sweetness in the long finish. Buy This Wine

 

Feb 092015
 
Cartograph Pinot Noir Mariah Vineyard 2012, Mendocino Ridge, CA $48 – Rating 91

Cartograph Pinot Noir Mariah Vineyard 2012A full-bodied Pinot Noir that once again shows that Mendocino is definitely Pinot country. Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, stewed plums with hints of chocolate and smoke. Supple tannins and balanced acidity enhance black cherry, plum, dark spice and cacao flavors, with just just a touch of cola on the palate. Earthy dark chocolate in the very long finish. Buy This Wine