July 29, 2009
July 28, 2009
2007 DeLoach Pinot Noir, USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
July 23, 2009
A little over a week ago, one of my best friends, stopped over my house to drop off this bottle of wine with the instructions that I was to review this wine for my next tasting note. (See, I was able to land this killer job because my friend knows WinoBee!!!). So this was a "gift" from my boss, hand-delivered. I opened the wine on Thursday night, but didn't have a chance to write a proper tasting note. So I vacu-vinned the rest of the bottle and threw it in the fridge for Friday night.
Sometimes, however, Mother Nature has other plans. See, Mrs. RatherBeeBuzzed was 9 months pregnant... and I was called home from work on Friday morning with "the call"... so i spent my Friday night with the Mrs. in the hospital and early Saturday morning, BayBEE was born. It was a rough labor so we didn't get released from the hospital until Wednesday. I was certain the wine would have turned to vinegar, but it didn't. So the last wine I drank pre-fatherhood was the same as the first wine I had post-delivery. And that is why this is my most memorable wine!
2007 Cinnabar Merlot, Paso Robles, California
Now I am not a merlot fan by any stretch of the imagination. While I won't go as far as Miles in Sideways ("I'm not drinking any f---ing merlot"), I'm not too far behind. But this wine was a pleasant surprise. It starts off very sweet. My first thought was "this would be an awesome wine for new red wine drinkers to try". There are flavorful notes of blueberry, blackberry and vanilla. With some air, the blackberry really shines and blends nicely with the vanilla. The dark fruits are sweet, but in an enjoyable way. The tannins are round and the acidity on the low end. This is perfect and ready to drink now. And much to this wine's credit, it didn't fall apart after being opened for almost a week. Kudos to Cinnabar for such a nice effort.
My Take: Since this is a very special wine for me, I have a hard time being 'unbiased' in my review. However, I am very comfortable saying this wine is Very Good if not better.
July 22, 2009
I remember the original, single-floor store with waist-high wooden racks on the floor, the left wall was jug wine, the right wall was liquor and the back wall was American cabs/merlot/zins, etc. It's a far cry from today's multi-level wine mecca with gourmet market and upstairs wine vault for the loads and loads of 'treasure' wines. My, how times have changed.
Gary took over operation of the store from his Dad and single-handedly turned it into one of, if not THE, premier wine store in the country. From his minimal mark-ups (read cheapest prices to be found), to his zany (but contagious) passion for wine, to his use of all the "hip" technology there is (Twitter, facebook, and Wine Library TV), there is no arguing he is one of America's great wine salesman... and spokesman. And he just didn't stop at selling wine... he tried his hands at blending it too with this '04 cuvee:
2004 Thunder Cuvee, Napa Valley, California
This is an interesting blend of 48% merlot, 34% sangiovese, 15% syrah and 3% cabernet sauvignon. On the nose, this is definitely "in your face" with cherry, strawberry and raspberry scents. This is all mixed with a good dose of oak (vanilla and wood scents). Once you sip it, you realize the wine isn't so "in your face" as you might expect. More of the same but more sour cherry, rather than sweet... almost a hint of cranberry. Smooth tannins and mild acidity makes this easy to drink now. The finish is a little short, but this is just supposed to be a every-day wine... not something special.
My Rating: Good
Where to Buy: Wine Library
July 20, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 17, 2009
St. Supery's Elu ’05 Napa Valley Red Meritage combines classic Bordeaux grapes, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec for a powerfully rich body that will linger on your tongue. Its rich cherry flavors, hint of toasted oak and brilliant acidity all combine to form a very elegant, smooth wine.
If you haven't seen already, St. Supery also just launched their Facebook page, so we sure to follow them for vineyard updates. They are one winery on the forefront of all things social media, so huge props to them! And if you're really behind the gun, don't forget to join our the WinoBee fan page too! Special news feeds and giveaways for followers (we love incentives!)
Where to Buy: St. Supery
Pair With: Peppered Salami and Jarlsberg
July 16, 2009
July 13, 2009
Tempranillo is a black grape variety grown in the Rioja region of Spain (who's currently producing some the most sought-after wines!) The Toro is made from young grapes and is an up-and-coming regional wine that combines a variety of flavors – from herbs and spices to cherry, vanilla and tobacco. It’s juicy, yet very soft on the palette and would pair easily with just about any meal choice.
Where To Buy: Stews Wines NY
July 12, 2009
Pairing? Since Sauvignon Blanc typically has a citrus undertone, it’s good to pair with foods of similar acidity. Try a Lemon Pepper Chicken with this bottle and you’ll see how well each item compliments each another.
Where To Buy: The Wine Specialist
July 11, 2009
Shecky's is now organizing daytrips out to Long Island's Wine Country for a taste of some delicious Cabs, Pinots and Chards! For just $125, you'll enjoy:
- Roundtrip transportation on the Hamptons Luxury Liner
- Snacks & wine-themed movies on both legs of the trip
- Wine tastings at three wineries including a private tasting class
- At least one vineyard tour
- An outdoor catered lunch overlooking the beautiful Martha Clara Vineyards
- Plus more fun surprises!
Times-a-ticking though! Upcoming Saturday tours include July 25th, August 8th, or August 22nd, so hurry up an visit Shecky's Wine Trips to make your reservation! Oh, and this time, boys are allowed!
July 7, 2009
One of the wines I opened this past weekend was all that... a Spanish “bang for your buck" if you will...
2006 Santa Quiteria Almansa Loma Gorda - Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Almansa
Purchased for $9... which is an OUTSTANDING deal! Upon opening, this wine really shows it's fruit side with scents of strawberry, cherry, plum and blueberry. As this sits open, it really gains complexity with scents of dried herbs, dark chocolate and earth/dirt. When you first take a sip, the dark fruit notes of plum and blueberry really fill your mouth, and it's quite rich in flavor. On the finish, the 'old world' notes of dried herbs and stone really stand out - in fact, its a great balance of old and new world. The wine still has some firm tannins, so it can age for a few months. But this wine really opens up with some air, so I'd open it about 30 mins. before drinking.
My Take: Very Good