This Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard planted from 3 Dijon clones. These clones have created a flavor profile of well-balanced acidity bringing out complex flavors. The bouquet of lavender and wild strawberry blossoms are pleasant and give an indication that the fruit will dominate the palate. On the palate the wild strawberries, raspberries are primary but not overwhelming. Hints of cola back up those flavors. As the wine finishes white pepper and earthy minerals flavors come out.
Born in the central coast of California this estate has been growing wine grapes since the 1850’s. The winery and vineyard are located in the Cienega Valley Appellation. The 2013 Pinot Noir was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.
I recommend serving this wine with grilles burgers or a hearty pasty and meat sauce dish.
I will start by saying that this may be my favorite rose’ ever. While Rose’ is not my go to style of wine, the Barbern Rose’ is clean, crisp. . The scents of rose petals and tropical flowers builds expatriation to your nose. Then the flavors of strawberry, rhubarb, cranberry and orange deliver on the promise of the aroma through a long finish. This is defiantly not you standard Rose’. Aged in neutral oak and then move to stainless steel there is a good balance of acidity in the wine. The appearance of the wine is light rose with a slightly orange tint.
This wine came to me by way of Jeff from Thedrunkencyclist.com and the “Secret Wino” exchange he set up before Thanksgiving here in the United States. I really owe him for it, as I would have never gone out and bought this for myself.
The 2014 Passaggio Barbern Rose’ from the Lodi region in the Napa Valley of California made an excellent addition to our Thanksgiving dinner. I will be on the lookout for other wine from Passaggio.
A BIG THANK YOU to Elizabeth, my Secret Wino for sending the rose’ to me.
This Monterrey Chardonnay presents a crisp tangy balance of rich flavors. Peaches, nectarines, mango and hints of guava and bread fruit are the flavors that make up the complexity of this wine. This chardonnay is rich and smooth, very drinkable. It has a sweet start with all the fruit flavors however it has a dry finish. This wine is aged completely without oak barrels. I see this resulting in a lighter colored and clearer wine. I will also say I did not miss the oak flavor. I would pair this with light summer fare, salads and grilled fish.
As we approach the half way point of 2015 I thought I would look at the trends I see in wine this year. I started this look at trends by taking a look at what some of the Big Boys (the one that show up of the top page of a google search) said what the trends would be this year. Some of these really made me laugh.
One site stated that “portable” wine would take off this year. By portable they mean wine in cans or small boxes. While I have seen a bigger selection of these wines on shelves in my local supermarkets, and I know people are buying them, I have not seen this take off the way many prognosticators thought.
One that I have seen verify is “After years of spiraling upward, Champagne prices have plateaued, thanks to a glut of wine and the sinking euro.” With the stagnation and some decline of the euro vs the dollar wines and champagne imported to the United States from Europe have become more affordable.
Last on my list is the trend of sustainable wine production. I have noticed several wine brands particular from California and South America have really stressed their “green” practices in their tasting and production notes. Also, I have noticed and increase in wines that are fermented from organically grown grapes. This may be my favorite trend of the year. I think that organically grown foods taste better.
I will look again at the trend close to the end of the year and we will see if they continue for the entire year or fade out as we move into summer.
Created by Murphy-Goode wineries, this is a California Red blend that is food friendly and fruit forward. The blend is 34% Zinfandel, 27% Merlot, 16% petite Sirah, 13% Petite Verdot, 6% Syrah and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. The aroma of blueberries and black cherries lead the taste of raspberries and cherries to the pallet. This blend has a soft and rich mouth feel with an extended finish that just entices you to take the next sip. The Homefront Red is a social wine that is great for parties It pairs equally well with burgers or a hearty roast beef dinner.
The charity this wine supports is Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront leads more than 5,000 volunteers across 23 field offices and has met more than 590,000 needs since 2002 . A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94% of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs.
From each bottle sold, Murphy-Goode will donate $0.50 to Operation Homefront.
This Pinot Noir is grown in the unique soils of Lake County California. This is a late ripening fruit which allows the grapes to develop longer on the vine. The rich volcanic soil of Lake County and the wide range of temperatures swings you would expect to see grapes such as Syrah and Grenache to be to be the staple of the winery. However two families took the challenge of growing Pinot Noir in this environment. The grapes from these two vineyards provide the fruit to Jed for this wine. The Shooting Star Pinot Noir is a deep ruby red color. Aromas of cranberries, strawberries and cherries fil the nose. Across the pallet the flavors of dried cherry, floral tones with an earthy cinnamon notes to put an exclamation point on a clean dry finish.
Pair this pinot noir with roasted chicken, fall salads, crab cakes as main dishes or with cheese cake for dessert. This wine sells for $10 to $15 for a 750ml bottle.
This version of the “King of Reds” is a full bodied wine with bold flavors. This is really a blend of 75% Cabernet, 15% Syrah and 10% Merlot). To the nose Carnivor presents deep aromas of blackberries and coffees. Across the pallet flavors of berries, roasted coffee beans caramel and charred oak provide a full smooth taste. The mouth feel of this wine is bold almost giving the allusion of thickness and very satisfying.
If you are ready for a bold red give Carnivore a try with is blend of grapes it strikes the right notes to be served with rib eye steaks or prime rib. Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon is available for $10 to $15 dollars at most wine merchants.