Hello Friends,Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine writer, and someone who appreciates the liquid expression of place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. The world of wine offers endless opportunities to learn and taste new things.The wines featured in this post are all worthy of your attention and dinner table, and they are sure to make that special occasion even more memorable. But if you’re like me, don’t wait for a special occasion; make today that special occasion. You can start by popping the cork and enjoying one of these delicious wines any time you like. Good friends and food are optional—but are highly recommended. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.Addendum 2014 Skellenger Lane Cabernet SauvignonAddendum 2014 Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $95): Addendum is an exciting new portfolio launched by renowned Santa Barbara producer Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard. The Addendum label focuses on small batches of Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from some of the top sites in Napa Valley. This full-bodied example hails from the Rutherford appellation. It is deep purple in color, with layers of complexities: cedar box, spice cake, toasted pastry, vanilla bean, and a hint of mint—surround a rich core of ripe dark berry and purple stone fruit flavors. There is good depth and structural intensity, anchored by dusty tannins that gain traction on the long, textured finish. This is a serious wine that is a pleasure to sip. It is also a good cellar candidate to enjoy over the next decade. Approximately 116 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Rutherford, Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 14.9%, matured 28 months in 100% French oak barrels [all new], natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Bonterra 2015 The Roost Blue Heron Vineyard ChardonnayBonterra 2015 The Roost Blue Heron Vineyard Chardonnay (SRP $40): This Chardonnay is made from biodynamic grapes sourced from Bonterra’s Blue Heron vineyard in Mendocino County, California. If you are a member of the Anything But Chardonnay (ABC) club, this wine just may be your ticket out. Notable for its lovely texture, there are flavors of lemon curd, caramel apple, pear tart, and baking spice, framed by notes of toasted oak. In the mouth, it is well-rounded with zesty acidity, providing balance and lift. I enjoyed it on its own and with a delicious bowl of butternut squash soup. Region: Mendocino County, California. Other info: ABV 14.3%, matured in French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Casa Valduga NV 130 Brut (SRP $32): Brazil is gaining recognition for its sparkling wines, and examples like this make it is easy to see why. The story of Casa Valduga began in 1875, when the first Italian immigrant from the Valduga family arrived in Brazil and planted a vineyard. Today, the family’s fourth generation runs the estate. This sparkler is made in the traditional method. It is 100% estate-grown, and composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Pale straw in color, it has a persistent, creamy mousse of bubbles, with notes of dried stone fruit and bruised apple, followed by white flowers and an appealing brioche character. Add a little pop to your next impromptu get-together with this lively Brazilian sparkler! Region: Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil. Other info: ABV 12%, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.
Only serious wine drinkers need apply. 40% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Pinotage from Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for 6 months and has 4 g/L of residual sugar. The David Frost Trader Joe’s Red is available exclusively at Trader Joe’s for just $6.99. […] The post David Frost Trader Joe’s Red – A Whole Lot of Sophistication for $7 appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Foot treading a whole-bunch ferment to release some juice I’ve been enjoying working with some of the red wine fermentations this week. Wines are fermented here in two different formats. First, there are the small poly bins which take about a ton and a half of grapes, and which are suitable for small lots, or [...]
Driving through the Swartland The producers working in the Gabrielskloof cellar in Botriver – Peter-Allan Finlayson, Marelise Niemann and John Seccombe – all buy grapes from growers spread across the various Cape wine regions. This means that there’s quite a bit of driving around during vintage time. You need to go to the vineyards to [...]
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You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Lesley Brown, new CAPS BC President Join us Sunday, April 8 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Click on the arrow above to hear Lesley’s story about becoming the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers BC President. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s coming up next. Lesley Brown Lesley is the BC Sales Manager at Bacchus Group and […]
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Exploring how sweet wines are made. We’re back to tackle another question in our Ask The Expert series! In this edition, we explore how a winemaker produces a sweet wine – or conversely, a dry one. Whatever you prefer, whether bone dry or those that are sickly sweet, Winemaker Hal Landvoigt of Lunar Harvest breaks […] The post Why Are Some Wines So Sweet? Ask The Expert! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
With four different producers working in the same cellar space, there’s always plenty going on at Gabrielskloof, especially because I’m here right in the peak period of harvest. Here are a couple of things I got up to on the same morning. Above we have Marelise Niemann’s Grenache Gris (this will be released under her [...]
Quietly, the new category of Super Pinotages is causing a ripple through the incoming tide of things offered by Brand South Africa. Not everyone – present company excluded – is convinced that Pinotage can bear the torch as the nation’s grape: that sought-after focused ray of light, in clarity unmatched by any wine country, that […]
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You can access the 91 wines that I reviewed for as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for February 3. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before […]
One of the most critical decisions at harvest time is when to pick the grapes. Pick too soon or too late and your wine won’t reflect its vineyard origins: you end up with a wine of style. And picking late also results in grapes that need lots of additions in the winery. It’s for this [...]
Truth be told, Valentine’s Day is not a favorite holiday for this very single wine lover. However, when I stumbled across the 2016 Malene Rosé, Central Coast, California (SRP $22, sample), I was immediately smitten with both the story and the wine. *CLICK HERE TO READ*
Contributing editor Sue Veseth is fascinated by wine industry trade shows. She recently attended the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium trade show in Sacramento, California. Here is her report. >>><<< Making wine is not very stuff-intensive, right? Some grapes, a vessel for fermentation, maybe a couple of barrels, some bottles or jugs, closures — voilà! […]
A wine with altitude AND attitude. 35% Malbec, 25% Petit Verdot, 15% Shiraz, 15% Pinotage and 10% Merlot from vineyards on the slopes of Waaihoek Mountains in Breedekloof, South Africa. The wine has 3.1 g/L of residual sugar. Sample submitted for review. The Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Altitude will be hard to find as it is […] The post Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Altitude – Cheeky! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Tourism remains the wine industry’s brightest star. This is where South Africa has showed tangible growth and added value. Those who have experienced tourist offerings in the winelands over the past two decades can attest to this: a while back a wine-tasting tourist was lucky to be offered a Cream Cracker to accompany a pouring […]