Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog

Feb 052015
 
Davis Bynum Sauvignon Blanc Virginia’s Block 2013, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, $25 (S) – Rating 91

Davis Bynum Sauvignon Blanc Virginia's Block 2013For those who want flavors other than New Zealand grapefruit in a Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is right up your alley. A bouquet  of ripe pineapple, tropicals, cream, spice and minerality. Aged predominately in neutral oak, the wine has a round mouth-feel while maintaining crisp acidity. Flavors of creamy citrus, honeydew melon, pineapple, vanilla and tropicals. Subtle ripe pineapple on the long finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 052015
 
Smith-Madrone Chardonnay 2012, Estate Bottled, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $32 (S) – Rating 92

Smith-Madrone Chardonnay 2012A very balanced Chardonnay offering a plush mouth-feel paired with juicy acidity. Fermented and aged in French oak from dry-farmed estate fruit. Pleasing aromas of red apple, pear and a touch of baking spice. Creamy on the palate with flavors of red apple, pear and tropicals with hints of spice. Vanilla creme in the long finish. Buy This Wine

 

 

Feb 032015
 
Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $48 (S) – Rating 93

Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2011With nearly every vintage I review, I state that Smith-Madrone Cabernet is one of the best Napa Cabs under $50. This wine is no exception. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, blueberry,raspberry and brown spice. Dry farmed estate fruit, high on Spring Mountain gives this wine a lush mouth-feel with present acidity and supple tannins. Well integrated flavors of  black cherry, plum, blackberry and tobacco box with a little blueberry with pepper spice. Intriguing espresso and dark chocolate on long finish. Buy This Wine

 

Feb 032015
 
Romililly Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard 2012, Sonoma County, CA, $45(S) – Rating 91

Romililly Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard 2012A very balanced style of Zinfandel. On the nose, notes of black fruit and plum with hints of espresso and campfire smoke. Smooth on the palate with balanced acidity and soft tannins. Plenty of flavor highlighted by black cherry, blackberry, ripe cherry and brown spice. Smokey cherry on the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Feb 032015
 
Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $94(S) – Rating 92

Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2011 The cool summer of 2011 made for a challenging growing season but this blend of Cabernet 72%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Petit Verdot 5% and Merlot 3% shows that with quality winemaking, one can rise to the challenge, to create an excellent wine in the toughest of vintages. A rich nose of plum, black cherry and blackberry pie with whiffs of tobacco, vanilla and baking spice. Robust on the palate with balanced acidity and defined tannins. Full flavors of black cherry, oaky vanilla, plum with a hint of raspberry and black pepper. Very dark chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine