Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog

Feb 112014
 
2010 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $130 (S) – Rating 97

Truly an extraordinary wine, the kind only a few select winegrowers can produce, even from the best Napa Valley fruit. The nose is robust with aromas of dark cherry pie with hints of campfire smoke and mocha. For full effect this big boy needs an hour or more to decant. A soft and luxurious mouth-feel, full-bodied with balanced tannins and enough acidity for pairing with a juicy porterhouse, but this wine, in my opinion, should be enjoyed all on it’s own. Bold flavors abound of black cherry, blueberry and chocolate/cacao with notes of black pepper and smoke. A bit of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 112014
 
2012 Masut Vineyard and Winery Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 91

A rewarding blend of Dijon clones 115(73%), 777(18%), and 113(9%) from third generation winemakers, Ben and Jake Fetzer. The nose is full-bodied with aromas of plum and strawberry pie with notes of ripe raspberry. Balanced with a very dark crimson color and juicy food pairing acidity. On the palate, flavors of dark cherry, raspberry tartness, oaky toast and strawberry with subtle notes of black pepper on the finish followed by hints of cinnamon. Buy This Wine

Feb 032014
 

Napa – Sonoma Wine Country Travel Tips

Originally published in Indulge in Denver Magazine – Feb/March Issue

Napa - Sonoma Wine Country Travel TipsMany dream about a luxurious tour of the Napa and Sonoma wine country; maybe other wine regions, the choices, experiences and outcomes can be infinite. Planning a tour of any famous icon may be overwhelmed if planning is not accurately investigated. Yes, it can be very overwhelming; often ending with frustration if not properly planned. We ask our friend Roger Beery who has logged numerous excursions in the wine country to give us his insight on how to plan the best possible wine adventure. Roger is so into wine that both of his children are employed in the California vino business.  Here are some sound tips on planning a trip to the wine country…Enjoy. Continue reading »

Jan 212014
 

Kristy Melton Clos du valNearly two years ago we interviewed Kristy Melton of Clos Du Val shortly after she was named their first female winemaker. Since that interview Kristy has risen to Head Winemaker with a broader set of responsibilities and a new vision for Clos Du Val. Kristy has undertaken the task of taking Clos Du Val to “the next level of premium” by improving the winemaking and vineyards while refurbishing the historic facilities. Expect some exciting additions to Clos Du Val’s wine lineup including single block and single clone wines. 

As you will see, Kristy is still a hands-on winemaker, not afraid to get dirty. As we spoke, I was glad to see there is still quite a bit of the spunky Texas rodeo queen (really) left in this rising Napa winemaking star. Maybe that’s what makes her special. Read Kristy Melton’s first interview Continue reading »

Jan 202014
 
2012 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, CA, $28 – Rating 90

A blend of Pinot Noir from six esteemed Russian River Valley vineyards, in some cases using whole berry fermentation. The nose entices with aromas of blueberry jam and a hint of campfire smoke. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity, this wine responds to a bit of decanting. Flavors of blueberry, cherry, cola and spice with subtle earthy notes. A touch of cinnamon and leather in the long finish. Buy This Wine