Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

No wimpy wines.

Another Trader Joe's grab, Ravenswood hearkens back to my early wine days, when this brand stood for quality Zins, not that they've moved away from that reputation or anything, but my experience has broadened considerably.

Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

Tasting Notes:
Previous years have had 75% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 6% Sirah and 3% Mixed Blacks; aged 10 - 14 months in 25 - 35% new French oak; pretty garnet color with ruby highlights; red berry, dark berry, oregano, and plum aromas; blueberry, cassis, rhubarb, and herbal flavors; medium mouthfeel and weight;  not a wimpy wine, but not a bruiser either; cork closure; SRP $9. 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wine of the Week: Earthstone Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Picked up this Earthstone wine (bottled by Healdsburg Cellars) at our local Trader Joe's, figuring that, at $5, it was worth a shot. According to TJ's, the 2013 version of this wine comes from a "winery [that] is a very strong player in the Sonoma wine biz." Not savvy enough to know who that is, but this is not bad for the price.

Wine of the Week: Earthstone Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Tasting Notes:
Sustainably farmed vineyard and a carbon neutral winery; light yellow color; pear, muskmelon, and floral aromas; subtle citrus, melon, orchard fruit, and subtle tropical notes; slight acidic bite on the finish; not bad a sipper, but better with some goat cheese and crackers; twist-off closure; SRP $5.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wine of the Week: Santa Julia Innovac!ón Malbec-Syrah Rosé 2014

A member winery of the Familia ZuccardiSanta Julia is an Argentinian winery that works with grape varieties such as Malbec, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Pinot Grigio and Tempranillo. There is a focus on two types of sustainability: almost all of their vineyards are certified organic, which protects the productivity of the soil long term; they also look at it in relation to the community, supporting economic and cultural development in Mendoza. In the case of the rosé, it's also a vegan friendly wine. We picked this up at one of our local Whole Foods stores.

Wine of the Week: Santa Julia Innovac!ón Malbec-Syrah Rosé 2014

Tasting Notes:
Handpicked 50% Malbec, 50% Syrah; beautiful bright coral red color; red berry, subtle citrus and cassis aromas; tart red berry, melon, cassis into a citrus finish; 10,000 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $10 (liter bottle).
Nice hefty, dry rosé that was particularly good with food - it has a depth and meatiness to it that can stand up to bigger flavors. Since it's a bigger bottle you can enjoy more of it before having to open a new bottle.

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