Bacchus & Beery Wine Blog

Oct 312013
2010 Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir , JV Estate, OR, $24 (S) – Rating 90

Bright fruit and bright flavors. Aromas of ripe strawberry, red cherry and spice. Medium-bodied and juicy acidity with flavors of strawberry, tart cherry, bright red fruits and cinnamon spice with rustic and floral notes. A touch of Burgundian earthiness on the finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 312013
2010 Giordano Ricarico Rosso Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy, $18 (S) – Rating 90

A lovely medium- bodied blend of old vine Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes with soft tannins and mouth watering acidity. A nose of dark red fruit, blueberry and black cherry pie. On the palate, expect rich notes of black cherry, plum, zippy strawberry and brown spice. Hints of espresso on the finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 312013
2009 D-Cubed Cellars Zinfandel, Napa Valley, Ca, $27 (S) – Rating 91

A lighter style of Zinfandel balanced with juicy acidity and supple tannins. Aromas of cherry, plum, leather and brown spice are the prelude to integrated flavors of red cherry, red fruit and ripe raspberries with just a bit of cola and vanilla on the finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 312013
2008 Broman Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Ca, $48 (S) – Rating 91

A beautifully approachable Cabernet almost right out of the bottle (give it a short decant). A rich nose of black cherry, ripe raspberry, brown spice and notes of earthiness. Silky tannins and juicy food pairing acidity are combined with flavors of cherry, raspberry, and brown spice with hints of cinnamon and cocoa in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 282013

Jericho Canyon 2The drive north of Calistoga along the Old Lawley Toll Road toward Jericho Canyon Vineyard really feels like undiscovered Napa. Even with a GPS the tiny entrance is easy to miss. We arrived on a sunny Sunday morning and were greeted by Paul, the winery mechanic (really, that’s his title) as he walked from his tomato garden. He pointed down the dirt road around the modest home, once occupied by the whole Bleecher clan, but now the abode of son, Nick. We came to a red barn which serves as both a tasting room and the façade to their remarkable wine caves.

Here we were greeted by second generation vintner Nick Bleecher and Tara Hole. The experience to be had at Jericho Canyon other that their blockbuster wines, is the Polaris Tour and tasting ($75). With Nick and Tara we jumped into a Polaris 4-wheeler for a truly unique tour along the steep vineyard trails of Jericho Canyon Vineyard. With 40 acres planted on the 140 acre site before the restrictive 1991 Hillside Ordinance, the vineyards cling to the steep hillsides and offer spectacular views. The tour is an education in vineyard management and winegrowing with plenty of fun thrown in. Be sure to bring a camera for the hillside vineyards and vista shots of the Palisades and Mt. St. Helena. Check out the photo gallery. Continue reading »