Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog

Dec 112014
 
Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA, $23 (S) – Rating 90

Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer 2013An excellent example of dry California Gewurztraminer. A fragrant nose of white peach, stone fruit and honeysuckle. Balanced on the palate with just a bit of acidity. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus, stone fruit, honeysuckle, spice and minerality. Notes of honey and a pleasant spiciness on the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 102014
 
Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012, Old Vine, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91

Dry Creek Vineyards Zinfandel 2012Very balanced in contrast to some overly jammy style Zinfandels. A blend of 77% Zinfandel (90+year-old vines) and 23% Petite Sirah adding some peppery pop. Robust aromas of dark fruit, plum, blackberry and brown spice. Rich on the palate with balanced acidity and supple tannins. Flavors of blackberry, plum, ripe raspberry and dark spice. An elegantly long finish with plenty of spice and hints of cocoa. Buy This Wine

 

Dec 102014
 
Mercy Vineyards Chardonnay Riverbed 2012, Arroyo Seco, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91

Mercy Vineyards Chardonnay Riverbed 2012A beautifully balanced chardonnay with a delicate nose of red apple, citrus and hints of wet stone. Barrel fermented and aged in French Oak (20% new) creating just enough acidity in the round mouth-feel. On the palate, flavors of red apple, pear, Meyer lemon, vanilla and pie spice. A super-long finish offering notes of nutty caramel and brioche. Buy This Wine

Nov 172014
 
Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010, Russian River Valley, CA, $44 – Rating 92

Bacigalupi Petite Sirah 2010Think cold winter’s day, a blanket and a fireplace. This is the perfect big wine to share. Be patient however as this Petite Sirah take at least an hour to open to full potential. A robust nose of smokey cherry, blueberry and spice. A palate full of black cherry, blackberry, ripe raspberry, oaky vanilla, dark chocolate and brown spice. As one should expect from a Petite, it offers a full mouth-feel with big tannins and bright acidity. Dark cherry and peppery spice on the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Nov 172014
 
Giordano Chianti d.o.c.g. 2013, Tuscany, Italy, $15 (S) – Rating 91

Giordano Chianti d.o.c.g. 2013Very typical of this beautiful variety (Sangiovese) from an even more beautiful wine region. Aromas of cherry, dark chocolate and spice. A soft mouth-feel with defined tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, flavors of black cherry, plum and pomegranate with plenty dark spice. Spice and chocolate in the finish. Buy This Wine