2007 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)

Dark hue of purple all the way to the rim. The nose has hints of currant and plums but lots of cedar and blackberry. Across the plate more blackberry, licorice tar and oaky tannins. Intensely concentrated but not overly extracted. The fruit for this blend comes from a who’s-who of premium Columbia Valley vineyards such as Stillwater Creek, Alder Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills and Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. Very good but needs a little more bottle time. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot

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2007 DuMOL Syrah Eddie’s Patch (Russian River Valley)

The nose is slightly closed still but shows blackberry, black pepper and damp earth. In the mouth it’s a nice balance of fruit and acidity meaning it’s not over the top with fruit. Blackberry, coconut and sassafras flavors lead the way with a peppery finish thats lingering. “Eddies Patch” is part of the Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard located in the cool northern end of the Russian River Valley. A great example of new world Syrah from California. Another outstanding effort from this very consistent producer.

2007 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Sonoma)

Almost dark ruby color. Very aromatic nose after about an hour in the decanter showing black fruit and a hint of coconut. Medium body in the mouth with very structured notes of the black currant,black raspberry bell pepper, and a hit of spice at the finish. Elegant and easy to drink. Excellent effort. The fruit for this wine comes from the Sonoma county side of this vineyard which straddles the lines between Sonoma and Napa county. It’s still a bit young but drinking very well now. Put a bottle or two down for a couple of years.

Published in: on March 6, 2010 at 1:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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2007 Robert Foley Griffin (Napa Valley)

Very dark purple color. The nose was faint but had hints of toasty oak and red fruit. Flavors of sweet cherry, black currant and smoke. The fruit for this wine comes from the Howell Mountain area of the Napa Valley. It’s a “kitchen sink” type of blend which is a good thing in this case because it allows the winemaker (Bob Foley) the freedom to blend without the  boundaries associated with varietal guidelines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Charbono and Petite Sirah are all in the mix. Great QPR at $32.00.  For years Robert Foley was the winemaker at Pride and now out on his own.

2007 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy (McLaren Vale)

Deep, almost black color. Big nose full of blueberry syrup, cedar and smoke. Huge flavors of black raspberry, pepper and blueberry. Very, very fruit forward. This wine is classic Mollydooker in style and substance. Fruit for this Shiraz comes from the McLauren Vale area of South Australia. This wines needs rich or spicy food to be fully enjoyed.

Published in: on January 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2007 Carter Cellars Merlot Truchard Vineyard (Napa Valley)

This wine is very young and will no doubt improve with additional bottle time. The nose shows notes of bay leaf, red fruit and violets. Plumb, cedar and spice are the predominate flavors across the palate. The tannins are big and burly now but will lay down with another year or two in bottle. It has the structure to age gracefully so give it some time. The Truchard vineyard is in the cooler Carneros region at the bottom of the the Napa Valley which well suited for growing Merlot.

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 1:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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2007 Delectus Cabernet Franc (Knights Valley)

Ruby red color. The nose is big with black cherry, spice box, plum and bell pepper. The palate is also large with the cherry and plum carrying on and the addition of vanilla, and strawberry. The finish is long and picks up a good mineral note to add to the complexity. The fruit was sourced from a mature hillside vineyard across from the Delectus Estate located in Knights Valley in Sonoma County just west of Calistoga. Although this wine is young it is drinking well now. Save some though as it will get better with additional bottle age. Highly recommended.

2007 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Marqués de Casa Concha (Chile)

Red fruit and tar on the nose after an hour in the decanter. The wine was a bit tart which I found unusual for this label based on previous vintages. Cherry and red licorice flavors are the most notable with smoke and a mineral edge in the mix as well. The finish is medium length with the tannins gripping all the way through.  A little disappointing in that this wine is usually excellent. It’s not bad by any measure but this vintage  is just “good”. From the Puente Alto region of the Maipo Valley which also falls in the Central Valley area.

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Beautiful ruby red color. The nose shows oaky-woody spice notes as well as red red raspberry flavors. The mouth feel is in a sense lush which addKosta Brownes to the complexity because I found the fruit notes crisp and bright. Red, cherry, raspberry and spice hang on through the long finish that adds a hint of mineralitiy. This Ponot Nior seems more elegan that the Russian River botttling from the 2007 vintage. It is a blend of four vineyards. Two of the vineyards, Dutton Manzana and Kanzler are located near the southern end of the Russian River Valley appellation at the upper end of the Petaluma Gap. The remaining two, Gap’s Crown and Terra de Promissio, are located in the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation lying directly in the path of the Petaluma Gap’s cooling influence. Kosta Browne continues it’s string of excellent Pinot Nior’s from Sonoma.

Published in: on August 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley

orin_swift_theprisonerAromas of white pepper and black fruit fill the glass.  Flavors of wild blackberry, currant, licorice, and blueberry lead the way in this fruit forward wine. Plenty of spice and lingering tannins on the finish. Well structured and, despite the fact that it clocks in at 15.2% alcohol, it’s easy to drink. The Prisoner is 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, 1% Grenache all sourced from the Napa Valley.