85 + Good Wine

Apr 212014
 
Dancing Coyote RoseDancing Coyote Rosé 2012, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Clarksburg, CA, $12 (S) – Rating 88

A soft mouth-feel with equally soft acidity. The nose is bouquet of strawberry, raspberry and spice accented with floral notes. Somewhat off-dry on the palate with sweet notes of strawberry, raspberry and bright cherry. A bit of sweet cherry on the finish. No oak or malolactic fermentation. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
 
Giordano Pinot GrigioGiordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012, Sicily Collection, Sicily, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 88

From a small vineyard on Sicily, this Pinot Grigio – Grecanico blend is produced in a softer creamier style than many mouth-puckering Pinot Grigios. A gentle nose of citrus, pineapple and melon. Light-bodied with soft acidity, offering flavors of pineapple creme, lemon and green apple with a bit of minerality in the finish. Think summertime with friends. Will pair well with lighter summer and picnic fare. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
 
Giordano WineGiordano Primitivo di Manduria d.o.c. 2011, Giordano Collection, Apulia, Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 89

Aged 50% in 2 -3 year old oak barrels and 50% in underground oak casks from low yield vines in southern Italy near the Adriatic Sea. This rich and jammy brother to Zinfandel, sports aromas of dark cherry, plum, ripe raspberry and a touch of saddle leather. Balanced tannins and acidity are highlighted with flavors of plum, black cherry, vanilla, tobacco box, cassis, pepper and spice. A nice compliment of campfire smoke in the finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 242014
 
Giordano Italian WineGiordano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo d.o.c. 2011, Progetto Collection, Abruzzo, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 89

This a a hearty red wine that needs some time to open. Patience will be rewarded. The nose entices with rustic and briary scents combined with aromas of forest floor. A soft mouth-feel with soft tannins. Round flavors of plum, blueberry, ripe cherry, oaky vanilla and a hint of peppery spice. Pleasant notes of espresso and chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 122014
 
2011 Jekel Vineyards Gravelstone Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 88

Scents of red apples, pears, tropical fruit and baking spice. A round mouth-feel with juicy acidity from the judicious use of new and neutral oak barrels. Creamy flavors of pear and red apple with a hints of pineapple and vanilla. A nice touch of spice on the finish. Buy This Wine

Jan 202014
 
2011 Novy Family Wines Zinfandel, Russian River Valley, CA, $18 – Rating 89

A well made zinfandel with a bit of complexity. Aromas of blueberry and black cherry with subtle notes of leather. Medium-bodied with a soft mouth-feel and a touch of acidity. Rich Zinfandel flavors of blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and cacao with hints of cinnamon spice and caramel. 15.1% alcohol yet well balalnce. Buy This Wine

 

Dec 082013
 
2012 William Chris Vineyards Sangiovese, Texas Hill Country, $42  (S) – Rating 89

Texas wines have come a long way with William and Chris often leading the pack. Sangiovese does very well in the Lone Star State and this is an excellent example. An intriguing nose of smoke, cherry and chocolate is the prelude to a fruit driven wine with soft tannins and juicy food-pairing acidity. On the palate, flavors of cherry, strawberry, raspberry and campfire smoke complimented by notes of espresso on the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 052013
 
2010 Silver Buckle Cellars Ranchero Red, Central Coast, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 88

A great go-to red for that next BBQ or pizza party. Look for this wine on sale…sometimes under $15. Blended from Syrah, Merlot and Malbec with a nose of cherry, plum and spice. A soft mouth-feel with just touch of acidity and smooth tannins. Flavors of dark berries, black cherry, spice and dark chocolate. Notes of espresso and cinnamon on the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 032013
 
2011 Giordano Collection Nebbiolo d’Alba cod Maestri Italiani, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy, $ (S) – Rating 89

Looking for a real crowd pleaser red wine? This Nebbiolo will fit the bill. Only 13.5% alcohol, light to medium bodied, perfect for BBQ, hot wings or pizza. A very subtle and soft nose with cherry and floral notes. Soft on the palate and easy-drinking offering a mouth-full of cherry, strawberry and red berry flavors. Buy This Wine