Wednesday, December 30, 2015

LangeTwins Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

As part of a holiday package from Lodi Wine, I received a bottle of LangeTwins Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. I love the motto on the bottle “To Be Generational, We Must Be Sustainable”; sustainability is such an important aspect for the wine world to adopt moving forward. Five generations of the family grew grapes and in 2006 they opened the winery to showcase their fruit. Going beyond basic sustainability practices, the family are not only concerned with the health of the vineyard but also its surrounding natural environment. Kudos to them and, since you can taste the quality in the bottle, good for all of us in more ways than one.

LangeTwins Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tasting Notes:
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing; aged 16 months in predominantly French oak; deep plum color with ruby edges; dark cherry, plum and violet aromas; blueberry, dark cherry, bright red berry, and subtle herbal flavors; cork closure; SRP $15 (sample). Paired with a coffee rub-crusted steak and asparagus, fantastic melding of fruit, meat, and veggie.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Broadside Wines

Broadside Wines is about the expression of place, in this case the Margarita Vineyard in Paso Robles. Minimalist winemaking (harvesting at lower sugars, employing native fermentation and using little to no new oak) mean these wines are meant to be savored, not get knocked over by. We had a wonderful virtual tasting with the winemakers, Brian and Stephy Terrizzi, and Charles Communications - watch a replay of the tasting here: Brandlive.

Broadside Wines

Tasting Notes:
Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: aged 14 Months in neutral French and American oak: dark color; plum, rhubarb, and pomegranate aromas; dark cherry and tobacco flavors into a tart red berry finish; needs some time in bottle; cork closure; SRP $18.
Margarita Vineyard Merlot 2013: 16 year old vines; native fermentation; aged in 100% neutral French oak; clear ruby red; dark cherry and herb aromas; black cherry, black pepper, cassis, and tobacco flavors; cork closure; SRP $22.
Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot from 16 year old vines; native fermentation; aged in 97% neutral, 3% new French oak; ruby red color; cherry, spice, and tobacco aromas; cassis, tar, herb, and dark cherry flavors; nice acidic backbone into a tannic finish - this could use more time in the bottle; cork closure; SRP $25.
Central Coast Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2014: deep golden brown; honeyed pear, stone fruit, and white floral aromas; muskmelon, lemon, stone fruit and floral flavors; twist off closure; SRP $20.
Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions my own.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Wine of the Week: Herencia Altés Garnatxa Negra 2013

In the south eastern corner of Catalonia is Terra Alta - a family of grape growers decides to make wine, and Herencia Altés was born.

Wine of the Week: Herencia Altés Garnatxa Negra 2013

Tasting Notes:
Hand harvested Garnatxa Negra grapes; aged in 300 litre French oak barrels; opaque dark ruby red color; smoky pomegranate, cassis, dusty plum, and herb aromas; red berry, blueberry, then tart rhubarb and cassis flavors; medium round mouthfeel into a tart acidic finish; twist off closure; SRP $10.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

OZV (Old Zin Vines)

I love old vine Zinfandels, especially from the Lodi area - the sometimes 100+ year old vines are great for reflecting the terroir of their vineyards, and seem to play well with other varietals when blended. OZV (Old Zin Vines) are bottled by Oak Ridge Winery, a family that has farmed grapes in Lodi for 5 generations. 

OZV (Old Zin Vines)

Tasting Notes:
Old Vine Zinfandel 2013: fermented in separate lots in both oak and stainless; lots blended after aging; pleasing deep red in color; dried currant, dark cherry, and dust aromas; dark cherry, prune, smoky plum and tart red berry flavors; medium pleasant mouthfeel; nicely balanced wine; cork closure; SRP $14. Paired fantastically with a variety of pizza toppings.
Red Wine Blend 2013: Blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Merlot; fermented in open top stainless steel; deep dark ruby red with garnet highlights; smoke, blueberry, and red berry aromas; dark berry, plum, cream soda, and rhubarb flavors; very smooth mouthfeel; nicely balanced wine with a pleasing lingering finish; cork closure; SRP $14. Tasted this on its own and also with a burger topped with cheese, onions, jalapenos, and a little bit of bbq sauce. Tasty on its own, then really came alive with the food.
These are simple, well-crafted, and extremely quaffable wines, the sort that go with a variety of foods and therefore are great to have around. There's also an OZV Rosé that's probably really good based on the other two wines in this line.

Wines provided for review purposes - opinions are my own.

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