Wines At Our Table; August 30th, 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week (WoW) – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out for the week ended August 30th, 2015.

2013 Broc Cellars Mourvedre Martian Vineyard – Retail $27
Purple-cranberry color with pleasing blueberry, cola, and a bit of smoked meat aromas. On the palate, it’s light-bodied, and persistent with harmonious fruit, dusty soft tannins and acidity. It shows blueberry, cola, black cherry, charred meat and a bit of spice flavors. Lingering finish. A delicious well crafted wine. 12% alcohol Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2010 Carlisle Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley – Retail $38
Opaque violet black color with mixed blackberry and blueberry compote aromas intermingles earth, iron and white pepper aromas. On the palate it’s shows an opulent, harmonious character with a supple texture, good acidity, and soft well-integrated tannins with concentrated blueberry, blackberry, vanilla and a hint of sweet spice flavors. Long finish. 15.2 alcohol. Delicious stuff! Outstanding; 92-95 pts

2007 Iron Horse Vineyards Brut Rosé – Retail $50
Strawberry color with a persistent bead of tiny bubbles and yeasty tart red fruit, dried rose and a hint of mineral aromas. On the palate it shows a moderately creamy mousse with intense cherry, raspberry blood orange flavors. 63% Pinot Noir 37% Chardonnay. 13.5% alcohol Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2010 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard – Retail $38
Opaque garnet color with complex and very appealing kirsch, lavender spice, and brambly aromas. On the palate, it’s elegant, and round with mouth watering acidity, and a smooth silky texture with black raspberry, black cherry, orange rind, and sweet spice flavors. Medium long finish. 14.1% abv Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2014 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Rosé – Retail $28
Vivid pink red color with strawberry, rose petal, and a bit of stonefruit aromas complemented by a savory herbal note. On the palate, it’s between light and medium-bodied, and fresh with a robust, harmonious character with delicious strawberry, cherry and a bit of spice flavors and a lingering finish. A delightful rose! Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

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Wine of the Week:  It turned out to be a Sonoma County kind of week on the wine tasting front (completely unplanned).  All the wines, with one exception, were from Dry Creek Valley or the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County! 

Thinking about the wines we enjoyed this past week, I’m a little surprised my highest rated wine the Carlisle Petite Sirah isn’t my Wine of the Week.   I guess it’s because I’ve come to expect outstanding wines from Carlisle. But unless you’re on the list they can be a challenge to procure and they certainly cost more.  The Iron Horse Brut Rose is a winner, but pricey at $50.  I’ve actually have a few Rose Champagne I enjoy as much, if not more that are under $40 (hit me up if you want some recs).  The Rochioli Rose of Pinot Noir was likewise delicious, but pricey.  The Dashe Florence Zinfandel is a perennial favorite Zinfandel – Great fruit, in the hand of a great winemaker that one!  But my wine of the week is the Broc Cellars Mourvedre Martian Vineyard. Broc Cellars is an urban winery located in Berkeley, CA.  I’ve visited a few times, and each time I’ve been more impressed.  The fruit is from Santa Barbara County. And it’s definitely not your typical big bad Mourvedre.  Instead, it’s light-bodied, with an elegant character.

More about Broc Cellars

Broc Cellars, the vision of Chris Brockway, is one of the young, dedicated wineries changing the way wine is made in California. He doesn’t come from a winemaking family. He owns no vineyards. He farms no grapes. What he does do on a very small scale from his urban winery, is carefully source grapes from ancient vineyard sites located in geographic outposts of California to create delicious, naturally made wines that flaunt balance above all else.

Chris doesn’t do anything new in the cellar. In fact, his techniques are a throwback to the way wines have been made for centuries in Europe and in California 30 to 40 years ago before the ‘chemical revolution’ changed the game. A true minimalist in his winemaking, he ferments and ages in a blend of old wood barrels, steel tanks and concrete, and does little beyond crushing the grapes. “The way we make wine, the most important thing we do is decide when to pick the grapes,” he said. “No adjusting, no adding, if we don’t pick at the right time there’s not much we can do.” (Source)

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine, and since I’m a wino, with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

Wines At Our Table; Week of August 16th, 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week (WoW) – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out for the week ended August 16th 2015.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut – Retail $47
Very pale yellow color with tiny bubbles and a fine bead. Offers aromas of fresh biscuit dough, grapefruit, lime cream, with hints of quince and white flower. On the palate it shows soft creamy mousse with clean well delineated apple, peach, lime, lemon and grapefruit flavors underscored with an appealing minerality. Seems much improved to my palate over a few years ago – cleaner more complex Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2013 Trivento Amado Sur – Retail $15
Opaque violet color with mixed black fruit, licorice, and low-key spice and cedar wood aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied with good acidity, ample fruit, and soft tannins with black currant, black cherry, plum, vanilla and a hint of spice flavors. Medium finish. Very Good; 86-88 pts

2013 Domaine des Costes Rouges Marcillac Tandem – Retail $17
Dark violet color with promising red currant and raspberry aromas with low-key spice and dried herb notes. On the palate it’s light-bodied, fresh and well structured with charming, easy-going cassis, raspberry, and spice flavors with supple tannins and an enticing minerality. Very Good; 86-88 pts

2014 Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble Rosé – Retail $17
Pretty salmon color with watermelon, red berry and a hint of earthy aromas. On the palate, it’s between light and medium-bodied and fresh with an especially nice mid palate weight. It shows strawberry blood orange, cherry and raspberry flavors with a nice spice note. Medium long finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2014 Dashe Cellars Grenache Les Enfants Terribles – Retail $24
Ruby color with appealing strawberry cream, sour cherry jolly rancher aromas with light spice, and mineral notes. On the palate, it’s light-bodied with vibrant acidity, a juicy texture underscored  some dusty tannins with strawberry, sour cherry, plum, spice and a bit of earthiness on the finish. Medium plus finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2009 Ridge Merlot – Retail $45
Dark ruby color with aromatic black cherry, blueberry, cassis and a kiss of vanilla, and baking spice aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, balanced and elegant with black cherry, blueberry, cassis and vanilla flavors. Long finish. 14.2% alcohol.The Merlot is made from two parcels planted at 1,300 and 2,000 feet of elevation in the Jimsomare property, which is now part of the Ridge estate. 2009 was their first bottling of a varietal Merlot since 1997.Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

Wines At Our Table; Week of August 16th 2015

Wine of the Week (“WoW”)  Any week that includes some Champagne is a very good week indeed!  Not only that I tried a completely new to me grape – Fer Servadou (2013 Domaine des Costes Rouges Marcillac Tandem)

For quite a few years I was not a fan of Veuve Clicquot.  In my opinion, not only was it ubiquitous, but I thought it was overrated in relation to its quality.  I think it’s improved over the last few years though, and it’s back in my good graces (though there are still quite a few Champagne that I enjoy just as much if not more for less.  It’s definitely a quality bottle of Champagne that’s on par with many in the same price range.  The Ridge Merlot was a treat. As paraphrase a cliché goes…I don’t drink Merlot often, but when I do I drink Ridge😉

My WOW is the 2014 Dashe Cellars Grenache Les Enfants Terribles.  It’s one of my favorite summertime reds wines. It’s take a chill very well, and its lively acidity make it a wonderful partner at the table with a variety of dishes.  Highly recommended!

More about Dashe Cellars

Dashe Cellars, founded by Michael and Ann Dashe in 1996, is an urban winery located near Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.   Michael Dashe is the Winemaker, and Anne Dashe is the General Manager.  Between the two, they have 40-plus years experience in the wine business, including experience at  some big-time wineries such as Ridge Vineyards, Far Niente, Chappellet, Schramsberg Wine Cellars in California;  Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château La Dominique in France,and  Cloudy Bay in New Zealand.   The winery produces about 10,000 cases annually.

From the start we always wanted to make this Grenache almost in a Grand Cru Beaujolais style: a serious wine that offers bright, lively fruit but with a great structure and balance.  Dashe Cellars

From Dashe Cellars…In 2014, low yields and perfect ripening weather created a lovely Grenache, a bit softer and more delicate than previous vintages. Because of the way we make this wine—fermented with the native yeasts on the grapes; aged in large French oak barrels; unfined; and bottled with low SO2 levels—we felt that it deserved to be labeled with our other wines in the Les Enfants Terribles (the “Wild Children”) series made in a more Old World style.  The resulting purity of flavor, velvety texture, and lush midpalette is a break from the brash, fruit-forward style of many Californian wines.

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine. Since I’m a wino with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

Wines At Our Table; Week of August 9th 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week (WoW) – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out; plus my Food and Wine pairing of the Week for the week ended August 9th 2015.

2008 Torre de Tavares Encruzado Dão – Retail $42
Hazy yellow tinged gold color with aromatic, appealing quince, pear, orange marmalade, and wet stone aromas with an appealing oxidized note. On the palate it’s well structured, full-bodied, and very fresh, yet lushly textured with a very appealing hint of tannins. It shows tart quince, orange and vanilla flavors, with a hint of baked nectarine and a long mineral driven finish. 12.5% alcohol 250 cases were produced.Outstanding; 92-95 pts
2013 Dashe Cellars Ancient Vines Bedrock Vineyard – Retail $35
Garnet color with pretty black cherry, spice, dark chocolate and licorice aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied with a very appealing texture and firm well-integrated tannins with black cherry, raspberry, mixed peppery and sweet spice flavors and a medium long finish. 98 % Zinfandel; 2% Petite Sirah Approachable now but will easily age 5-7 years Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts
2012 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas – Retail $20
Violet color with tobacco, blackberry, black cherry, dried herb and bit of cranberry aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied with very good acidity and a supple texture with soft well-integrated tannins and black cherry, blackberry, cranberry, flavors with mixed sweet and savory spice notes and an appealing minerality on the back end. 53% Syrah,27% Grenache,18% Mourvedre and 2% Counoise 13.8% alcohol Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts
2014 Tercero Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang Vineyard – Retail $22
Medium salmon color with red fruits, and orange peel aromas with hints of earthy/meaty notes and wet stones. On the palate it approaches full-bodied and show wonderful acidity with an appealing light tannic grip with strawberry, stone fruit, and spiced orange peel flavors with a lingering satisfying finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts
IMG_3339Wine of the Week (WoW) – We’ve been building up a bit of a wine cellar.  Not necessarily by design (trust me there’s no master plan; though in hindsight I wish we had more Old World wines) It’s simply because we’ve been buying a bit too much wine (No “Novinophobia” for me) The downside is a light wallet. The upside is that we rarely purchase “everyday” wines anymore to prevent ourselves from drinking better bottles, which would be likely to benefit from some aging.
So we’re definitely drinking better pretty much every day of the week this year.
This past week was a good example of that .  The Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas offers great value for a $20 bottle of wine year in and year out.  Under normal circumstance we wouldn’t have consumed the 2013 Dashe Ancient Vines Bedrock.  It’s a wonderful bottle of wine that was built to age. Unfortunately my wife and I had a “failure to communicate”.  Oh well. The Dashe was delicious and bound to get better.  The Tercero Mourvedre Rose is a fave because it’s fuller-bodied rose, and Owner/Winemaker Larry Schaffer seems to make it better each year.
However my WoW, the 2008 Torre de Tavares Encruzado stood head and tails above the other wines I enjoyed this week.
The grapes are harvested by hand. The wine was not fined or filtered. It went through malolactic fermentation in a steel tank, then was aged on its lees in oak for 1 year. It then spent another 6 months in the tank before bottling. It was aged in the bottle for 5 years. Unfortunately, winemaker João Tavares de Pina wasn’t able to source grapes from the same vineyard in subsequent years and the wine is now sold out.
It was a remarkable bottle of wine. It will most certainly be in the conversation if you ask me “What’s the best bottle of white wine you’ve ever had”? 

For my Food and Wine Pairing of the week, we paired the Encruzado with Grilled Fish Setubal Style. It was a fantastic pairing!. The wine’s vibrant acidity cut through the butter and the sauce of the dish, while the weight of the wine was a great match for the weight of the dish. Additionally, the citrus notes in the wine perfectly complimented the citrusy flavors in the dish.

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine. Since I’m a wino with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

Wines At Our Table; Week of August 2nd 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out; plus my Food and Wine pairing of the Week for the week ended August 2nd 2015.

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine – Retail $19
Garnet color with dried cherry, black raspberry, and sweet spice aromas. On the palate it’s between light and medium-bodied, and well structured with soft well-integrated tannins and wonderful acidity with cherry, black raspberry, sweet spice, a hint of strawberry and very appealing spice. Medium-long finish. Great value at $20! Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2014 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé – Retail $22
Salmon color with lifted red berry, melon, blood orange, wet stone, ocean breeze and a hint of damp dusty earth aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied, layered and fresh with fine concentration and mixed melon, stone fruit, red berry, flavors with and herbal note and a very giving mineral driven dry finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2010 Carlisle Syrah Papa’s Block – Retail – about $60 now, but purchased for $38
Opaque violet-purple color with very appealing bacon fat, mixed blackberry and blueberry compote with a hint of floral aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied and focused, with ample fruit deftly counter-balanced with very good acidity and a supple texture and well integrated tannins. It shows blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, peppery spice flavors with hints of red currant, bittersweet chocolate and plum. Long finish. 95%
Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre. 1% Viognier. 15.5% alcohol Outstanding; 92-95 pts

2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Albariño Abrente – Retail $22
Pale yellow color with appealing green apple, lime, cantaloupe, ocean breeze aromas complemented by hints of tropical fruit and orange blossom. On the palate, it approaches medium bodied, and persistent with crackling acidity, and a wonderful texture. It shows green apple, lime a bit of stone fruit and a bit of melon flavors with a giving finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier – Retail $47
Pale yellow color with plentiful active tiny bubbles and fresh bread, almond, apple, subtle citrus and a hint of smoke aromas. On the palate, it’s refined, lively and fresh with a delicate creamy mousse. Mixed tart apples, pear and lemon curd flavors dominate but hints of grapefruit, black currant and an appealing smoky minerality play in the background. Long finish.Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova – Retail about $90 per Cellar Tracker
Very dark red brick violet color with very appealing, mature, dried cherry, cherry liqueur, leather, and vanilla with a hint of balsamic aromas. On the palate it’s light-bodied, complex and, elegant with a silky texture. It shows dried mixed red berries, leather, and spice flavor. Long finish. A distinguished beautiful wine! Outstanding; 92-95 pts

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Wine of the Week (WoW)It was a wonderful week for wine. I tend to drink a lot of California wines because that’s what I have the most of (I like to try before I buy), but since I’ve been participating in a few food and wine pairing groups, I’ve been tasting more Italian and French wines.

Not a dud in the bunch this week.  The Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel offers remarkable value at $19. Likewise for the La Bastide Blanche Rosé, and the Bedrock Wine Co. Albariño Abrente. Both are offer a lot of bang for the buck.  I’m glad I’ve got a couple of more bottles of the Albariño, and I’ve already purchased more of the Bandol, which I think is comparable to the Domaine Tempier Bandol at about half the price!  The Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah is such a delicious and well structured wine.  I wish I had more.

Ultimately though my WoW is the 2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova.  My good friend Enrique and his wife brought the bottle for a very memorable brunch with my wife and I at Nopa in San Francisco last weekend.

The 2001 is its best Tenuta Nuova ever, delivering the depth, richness, freshness and unique character expected of such a great vintage—Wine Spectator

While we went to brunch, ostensibly, to see if their burger lived up to the hype (it did), Enrique brought this fabulous bottle of wine (#1 on  the 2006 Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines) kick off my birthday month celebration (not my idea – I’m cool with a day;-).  I won’t be able to think of this bottle of wine without thinking of the remarkable day shared with good friends, or vice-versa.  And isn’t that what makes wine such a beautiful thing?

For my Food and Wine Pairing of the week, we paired the Bedrock Albariño with Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas from our favorite local taqueria.  Just a remarkable pairing!  And the Albariño has great acid making it a very versatile wine at the table.

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine. Since I’m a wino with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

Wines At Our Table; Week of July 26th, 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out; plus my Food and Wine pairing of the Week for the week ended July 26th,2015.

2013 Relic Wines Ritual – Retail $50

Violet color with appealing mixed black and blue fruit, dried herb, vanilla, chocolate, and spice aromas. On the palate it’s full-bodied, and concentrated with an oh-so supple texture and good acidity. It shows baked blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, chocolate, and cardamom flavor and a lingering finish. Approachable now, but would benefit from further aging. Delicious blend of 41% Mourvedre, 19% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 19% Carignane, 2% Petite Sirah old-vine Carignane and Petite Sirah from Alfred Frediani Vineyard. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

2013 Cantina di Gallura Vermentino di Gallura Canayli – Retail $18

Very pale yellow green color stone fruit, lemon thyme, wet stone and a hint of green pepper aromas. On the palate, it’s dry medium-bodied and fresh with mixed stone fruit, clove, and a hint of almond flavors with a lingering saline minerality. Very Good; 86-88 pts

Drappier Champagne Brut Carte d’Or – Retail $40

Pale gold color with abundant bubbles and a persistent tiny bead with pear red berry, citrus, pie crust and a subtle smoky mineral note. On the palate its light bodied and fresh with a soft creamy mousse. When cold, it shows pear, and yellow apple, but as it warms up red berries come to the fore accompanied by mixed citrus flavors and a subtle minerality. Better as it warmed up…Delicious!  Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91pts

Wine of the Week

For a change, my selection for Wine of the Week was a no-brainer!

While I very much enjoyed the Rhone-inspired 2013 Relic Wines Ritual, and a delightful Vermentino from Sardinia, I’m a Champagne whore, and the Champagne Drappier Carte d’Or is my Wine of the Week.

Champagne Drappier is located in the tiny village of Urville (pop. 151). The history of the house dates back to 1808. But the history of the cellars and vineyards dates back to the 12th century when Saint Bernard had an annex built to Clairvaux Abbey in Urville in 1152! . Part of those cellars still exist and are in use today.

The Drappier vineyard covers 100 hectares and constitutes the House’s essential trump card. Since 1808 our family has used its skill to select parcels of land which are particularly well exposed and extremely rich in limestone. For the most part they are located around Urville, where Pinot Noir, the predominant grape variety, finds its loveliest expression and allows the production of very elegant, aromatic wines.

The Carte d’Or cuvée is the very expression of the Drappier style. With its very high proportion of Pinot Noir, one is almost tasting a Blanc de Noirs

This entry level cuvee is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay and 10% Meunier with about 5% barrel aged reserve wines in the blend.  It went through malolactic fermentation, and with minimal use of sulphur.  7g/L dosage.  

Wines At Our Table; Week of July 26th, 2015Last year I had the privilege of traveling to the Champagne region in France as a guest ofthe U.S. Champagne Bureau for the 2014 Champagne Harvest Media Trip.  On our last day, we visited the Côte des Bar  in the Aube department of the Champagne region

It’s about a two-hour drive south of main Champagne towns of Reims, Epernay, and Aÿ. Our visit included a tour and tasting at Champagne Drappier, which was the highlight of the day for me. 

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My Food and Wine Pairing of the Week is the 2013 Cantina di Gallura Vermentino di Gallura Canayli with Sardinian Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

The recipe called for Fregola a chewy, dot-shaped semolina pasta comes from the western part of Sardinia, near Oristano.  I substituted pearl couscous.  This version is     made with only seafood (no chorizo).

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine. Since I’m a wino with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

Wines At Our Table; Week of July 12th

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out; for the week ended July 12th, 2015.

2011 Urban Legend Barbera Cooper Ranch – Retail $27
Dark ruby color with appealing cherry, red currant, damp earth, vanilla and a bit of dried herb aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, intense with very lively acidity and a smooth texture with ample cherry, red currant, cola and baking spice flavors. Has in interesting hint of salinity. Delicious! 14.3% alcohol Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2010 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley – Retail $24
Violet color with lifted baked cherry, lavender, dark chocolate, and brambly aromas. With some time in the glass takes on a bit of savory aromatics. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, and well structured showing lively acidity, a smooth texture and soft well-integrated tannins with black cherry, red currant, and spice flavors with a very giving finish. 13.7% alcohol.  This is a well balance food friendly Zinfandel. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2011 Carlisle Grand Noir Dommen Ranch – Retail $19
Inky purple color with black fruit, dried mushroom and white pepper aromas that are more savory than fruity. On the palate it’s medium-bodied with vibrant acidity, and slightly tannic with ample blackberry, black currant, plum fruit flavors, along with spicy and earthy notes which give the wine a rustic character. Long finish. Approachable now, but will benefit from further aging. This wine’s acidity makes it food friendly, and it has savory character to it. Would have paired nicely with a burger or steak…or a veggie burger made with portobello mushroom! Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2014 Château du Rouët Côtes de Provence Cuvée Réservée Tradition – Retail $15.99
Pale salmon color with peach skin, strawberry and cherry aromas. On the palate it’s fresh with peach, tart strawberry, and cherry flavors with a bit of minerality and a solid finish. Nice value at $16  I enjoyed this with Very Good; 86-88 pts

Wine of the Week

It was a wonderful week for wine.  I always enjoy trying new to me grapes/wines.  The new to me grape I tried this week was Grand Noir de la Calmette (a.k.a. Grand is a 1855 cross of Petit Bouschet with Aramon noir. It’s a teinturier (from French, meaning to dye or to tint) grape, meaning it’s red-fleshed and red-juiced (red grapes typically have clear juice). The Carlisle Grand Noir was wonderful, but needs more time IMO.  On the other side of the time equation was the Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, a blend of grape from throughout Dry Creek Valley.  It’s their entry-level Zin with a few years aging on it, and it’s showing beautifully now!  My first Rosé from Provence this year was very good.  It’s one I haven’t previously tried.  I’m not sure I’d buy another bottle.  Not because this because I didn’t like this one…I’ve have quite a few more from Provence and other regions I’d like to try…

My Wine of the Week is the 2011 Urban Legend Barbera Cooper Ranch

Urban Legend is a small urban winery located in Oakland, California near Jack London Square.  The winery is owned and operated by husband and wife team of Steve and Marilee Shaffer.  As is so often the case with small wineries, the two had other careers before deciding to pursue their winemaking dream.

Marilee’s  past careers include academic research to discover effective bacterial vaccines, development of molecular cloning methods with a focus on DNA sequencing, and biotech equipment sales engineering and marketing (ask about her exhibit at the Smithsonian). Steve had a career in engineering, with designing computer and telecom systems.

Urban legends are remarkable but often apocryphal stories that spread like wildfire. Urban Legend is a winery in a city—almost an apocryphal story in itself—that makes remarkable wines.

What I’ve appreciated about Urban Legend over the years is their focus on producing wine from Italian grape varieties.  On my first visit, on the strength of a recommendation from a friend, I specifically went to taste there outstanding Teroldego.  I’ve been a fan ever since.

More recently they’ve diversified their lineup to include producing wines from Rhone grapes.

If you get a chance, I highly recommend stopping by for a taste!

IMG_3137 From the winery…Cooper Ranch is set in the rolling hills just outside of Plymouth, California, full of Amador’s rocky, red granite soil. Dick’s father, Stan, began planting Barbera here in the late ’50’s, far ahead of everyone else in Amador County. Some of the vines date back more than 50 years to these original plantings. Like an old vine Zin, the Coopers head train their Barbera vines, a strategy that, while labor intensive, concentrates flavors while maintaining bright acidity.

My Food and Wine Pairing of the Week is the 2014 Château du Rouët Côtes de Provence Cuvée Réservée Tradition with Courgette & Goat Cheese Ciabatta.  Rose and Goat Cheese.  Need I say more?

What was your Wine of the Week?  Any killer Food and Wine pairings?

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

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Wines At Our Table; July 5th, 2015

Over the course of  the last several weeks (I have fallen woefully behind to due my usual weekly post due to work and travel. I’ll catch up next week) my wife and I drank a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Here’s a recap of the most memorable (wines I particularly enjoyed, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out) wines we’ve enjoyed over the last several weeks.

2013 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc – Retail – $20

From the winery – The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The wine incorporates fruit from eleven top Rhone vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure.

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Pale yellow color with appealing stone fruit, melon, white flowers and a bit a mineral aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied and well structured with zesty acidity, and a wonderful texture. It shows apricot, peach, and lemon zest flavors with a lingering mineral laced finish. Blend of 54% Grenache Blanc,25% Viognier,13% Roussanne
and 8% Marsanne Superb value at $20! Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Mourvedre Ode to Lulu Old Vine Rosé – Retail – $19

From the winery – Like the last few years, this rosé comes from vines planted prior to 1940 (or perhaps we should say prior to FDR’s third term). Picked specifically for rosé, at lower potential alcohol and whole-cluster pressed, this pale and perfumed rosé belies its lighter color and has plenty of density.  The backbone of the wine is the ancient Mourvedre—with all of its coniferous perfume and spice—with dashes of Cemetary Vineyard Carignane… and Evangelho…

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Pink copper color with savory strawberry, blood orange, spice and a hints of mineral aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, fresh and focused with a very appealing hint of tannins. It shows tart, strawberry, tangerine, blood orange, mineral and spice flavors, with a very giving savory finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2013 Casale Della Ioria Cesanese del Piglio Tenuta Della Ioria – Retail – $24.99

Cesanese (“chae-sah-NAE-say”) is an ancient red wine grape indigenous to Lazio.  It’s quite possible that Cesanse was local wine of ancient Rome because the grape existed in the region during pre-Roman times. Cesanese del Piglio DOCG is considered the best Cesanese wine, made with 100% Cesanese grapes from the Frosinone Province.  The wine reminds me of a cross between Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.  Among the many things I enjoyed about this wine is that takes a chill quite well. I’ll be adding it to my (short) list of chillable reds.

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The wine is a dark ruby color with promising red fruit, juniper, and forest floor aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied and fresh with a very smooth texture, and a subtle savory character. It shows distinctive Morello cherry, red mulberry, hints of red currant, black olive and vanilla flavors with an earthy undertone. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

I paired this wine with Sausage, Pepper and Mushroom Spiedini with Grilled Truffled Polenta. It was a fantastic pairing!

2012 Turley Zinfandel Sadie Upton – Retail ~$40

From the winery – We are honored to be working with this jewel of a vineyard in Amador County, whose story is almost as compelling as the wine itself. In 1922, smack-dab in the middle of Prohibition and while her husband was away working for the railroad, a then 21-year-old Sadie Upton decided she was going to plant herself a vineyard near their home at 1500 feet near Plymouth, CA. Now, 92 years later, the vines are still kicking, in the gumption-riddled tradition of their creator.

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Dark ruby color with black cherry, rose petals, violets, with hints of eucalyptus, and graphite aromas. A bit hot on the nose, but it blew off after a couple of minutes. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied with dusty well-integrated tannins, and a supple texture with dried cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, spice, and mineral flavors. Long finish. Outstanding; 92-95 pts

2014 Wind Gap Wines Rosé North Coast – Retail – $19

Wind Gap is one of three labels of Pax Mahle.  After being very impressed with his Syrah at this year’s Rhone Ranger tasting, I was eager to try his Wind Gap wines.  We tasted through quite a few of his wine a couple of month’s ago.  We picked up this wine.  Wish I’d purchased more!

From the winery –Whole-Cluster pressed Nebbiolo and Dolcetto from the Fox Hill Vineyard give this wine a wild, flamboyant personality. Explosive fruit and delicious acidity make this one hard to put down. The Nebbiolo gives the wine a bit of tannin that elevates this from being a simple wine to one that will compliment most foods. 55% Nebbiolo 35% Dolcetto 10% Pinot Noir/Grenache/Syrah. 70% Concrete Fermentation; 30% Stainless Steel Fermentation. 3-Month élevage in Neutral French Oak and Stainless Steel; Finished in Stainless Steel for 8 weeks

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Pink orange color with appealing red fruit, and rose petal aromas. On the palate, it’s medium bodied with a wonderful mouth-watering acidity and a nice grip courtesy of the Nebbiolo with tart strawberry and cherry flavors and a lingering finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts . This wine was fantastic with Paella Mixta!

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine. Since I’m a wino with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

 

 

 

Wines At Our Table; Week of June 7th, 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out; for the week ended June 7th, 2015.

2013 Sandlands Trousseau Noir – Retail – $28
Bing cherry color with appealing and lifted pomegranate, cherry aromas and floral aromas complemented by hints of clay, and mint. On the palate it’s light-bodied,refreshing and well structured with an elegant, savory, and alluring character. It shows pomegranate, cherry, a bit of spice flavor and very giving finish. Outstanding; 92-95 pts

2011 Carlisle Three Birds – Retail $23
Ruby color with smokey kirsch, baked plum, raspberry and a hint of white pepper aromas. On the palate, it medium-bodied with a supple texture, and dusty well-integrated tannins. It shows cherry, raspberry and sweet spice flavors with an appealing minerality, and a lengthy finish. Blend of 78% grenache, 16% mourvedre and 6% syrah, from 5 different sites. 14.9% alcohol. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2011 Azienda Agricola Tenuta San Francesco Costa d’Amalfi Quattrospine Riserva Tramonti – Retail – $35
Garnet color with intriguing smoke, leather, baked mixed berry, white pepper, roast anise and a hint of balsamic. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, and well structured with mouth-watering acidity, wonderful depth and richness with firm tannins owing to the Aglianico. It shows, black cherry, raspberry, licorice, peppery spice and bittersweet chocolate flavors and a very giving finish. A blend of Aglianico, Tintore and Piedirosso from pre-phylloxera 100 year-old vines. Outstanding; 92-95 pts

2013 Vietti Roero Arneis – Retail $23
Very pale yellow-green color with pretty stone fruit, white flower, citrus and a hint of hazelnut aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, crisp, persistent, moderately complex, and well structured. It shows peach, apricot, and bit of melon flavors with a complementary mineral note and wonderful length. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

Wine of the Week

It was a wonderful week for wine.  I always enjoy trying new to me grapes/wines.  I tried a couple from Italy that we winners.  The first was a white made from the Arneis grape.  I’ve enjoyed Arneis before, but this was my first from Italy, home of the grape!  The second was a red wine produced (mostly) from a grape I’ve enjoyed before Aglianico, but with a a couple of other new to me grapes(Tintore and Piedirosso) in the blend.  It never ceases to amaze me how many different grape varieties Italy has!  

The Carlisle Three Birds Rhone blend is a perennial favorite, and it offers very good value.

My Wine of the Week is the 2013 Sandlands Trousseau Noir.  If you’ve not had Trousseau (aka Bastardo – how’s that for a name!) The grape is indigenous to the Jura region of France.  The wines it can produce can be highly alcoholic, but this one was only 12.8% alcohol.  In terms of texture, it reminded me of Pinot Noir.  Fruit for this wine was sourced from the  Bohan Vineyard in Cazadero on the Sonoma Coast.  The vineyard is planted at 1400 feet and is about 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean.  The Trousseau sits in gravelly loam soils derived from sandstone and shale. 5 barrels produced.

Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. The line-up encompasses the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite (sand), from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture. 

Primarily head-trained, dry-farmed and own rooted, the vineyards we work with harken back to California’s roots of exploration, wonder, and hard work.

Wines At Our Table; June 7th, 2015

Passalacqua’s “day job” is winemaker and viticulturist  for Turley Wine Cellars. He, along with Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co., were just honored as Winemakers of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor, Jon Bonné.  He was also featured prominently in Bonné’sThe New California Wine – A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste. 

They don’t make much wine.  But what they do make that I’ve been able to try has been fantastic stuff.  Highly recommended.

Sandlands wines are available via a mailing list

My Food and Wine Pairing of the Week is the Tenuta San Francesco Quattrospine Riserva Tramonti with Polenta and Sausage Ragu.

What was your Wine of the Week?  Any killer Food and Wine pairings?

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine. Since I’m a wino with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

Wines At Our Table; Week of May 31st, 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out; for the week ended May 31st, 2015.

2011 Carlisle The Derivative White – Retail $28
Consistent with prior review – Lemon yellow color with intriguing pear, lychee, lemon oil, grapefruit pith, and a subtle bergamot leaf aromas. On the palate, it’s medium bodied, and wonderfully textured with very good acidity and charming apricot, orange,and grapefruit and mineral flavors. and fl Blend of 66% Semillon, 24% Muscadelle, and 10% Chaselas (aka Palomino); It’s a modern-day version of Hock, a white blend that was popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s 13.7% alcohol Outstanding; 92-95 pts

2009 Copain Pinot Noir Les Voisins – Retail $42
Dark ruby color fading toward tawny at the rim with appealing earthy, savory cardamom laced red fruits, plum, and sandalwood aromas on the palate it’s medium bodied and harmonious fruit.acidity and velvety tannins with bing cherry, plum, raspberry spice and a pleasing minerality. Lingering finish.Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2011 Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Papa’s Knoll – Retail $45
Garnet color, and nicely aromatic with black fruit, leather, spice and toasty oak aromas and just touch of heat. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied with a supple texture, very good acidity and soft well-integrated tannins. It shows black currant, blackberry, black cherry, cassis and a bit of spice flavors.  Very good; 86-88 pts

2013 Kosta Browne Chardonnay One Sixteen – Retail $58
Pale golden color with appealing apple, melon, mandarin orange, key lime zest, and a bit of orange blossom aromas. On the palate, it’s rich, round, and shows generous acidity with ample melon, mandarin orange, key lime zest, vanilla and a bit of brown spice flavors. Flat out delicious! Long finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

Wine of the Week

It was a delightful week for wine!  That was due to both the quality of the wines, and the location in which a couple of them were consumed…Kauai!

This is the second time we’ve brought Carlisle’s Derivative on a trip with us.  It’s a food friendly delicious white blend that pairs well with seafood, and I knew there would be plenty of that to be had.  Likewise, if you’re in BYOB mode for travel, you Pinot Noir is always a good choice, and Copain Pinot Noir is a great choice IMHO!  If you’re looking to get off the well-worn and beaten path in Napa Valley, they’ve got some very good wines, and great property, and you’ll get a great tour…for free (well the wines is not free)!

My Wine of the Week is the 2013 Kosta Browne Chardonnay One Sixteen. Sebastopol-based Kosta Browne Winery makes some of California’s most in-demand wines.  The winery has made a name for itself by offering high-end pinot noir sold on a direct-to-consumer model, accounting for about 90 percent of sales. The other 10 percent of its wine is sold in restaurants.  They opened a new winery was in 2013 at The Barlow in Sebastopol, occupying three buildings that are customized to suit the winery’s needs. The winery is not open to the public.  The winery is operations are run by original partners Dan Kosta, Michael Browne and Chris Costello.

How in demand are the wines?

According to Kosta Browne...”Generally, the wait for the Appellation wines is 2-3 years and the wait for the Single Vineyard wines is another 3-5 years beyond that”  But we spent about 4.5 years on the wait list before we were able to order the Appellation wines (two Pinot Noirs; one each from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, and this wine)

We spent about 4.5 years on the waiting list before we were able to order our first wines

Flavorful, intense wines – that is our goal. We believe every wine should be bursting with flavor. This intensity should be part of a greater balance. We find that each of our vineyards has its own “sweet spot” of balance. It is our charge to guide each vineyard to its optimum flavor potential. – Kosta Browne

The wine is named after the Gravenstein Highway 116 which cuts through the town of Sebastapol.  Grapes for this wine were sourced from  various vineyard sites in Russian River Valley including, Boudreaux, Charles Ranch, El Diablo, Keefer, Ritchie, Ulises Valdez and Zio Tony vineyards. Multiple clones are utilized depending on the vineyard. It’s  95% barrel fermented and aged in 39% new French oak for 15 months, 5% concrete fermented. ·

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This wine paired very well with Spicy Tuna Poke!

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine, and since I’m a wino, with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.

Wines At Our Table; Week of May 24th, 2015

Over the course of a week, my wife and I drink a bunch o’wine – almost always with food. Since I’ve always been fascinated by wine at the table with food, I thought it would be fun to recap not only the wines we’ve been drinking, but also how they pair (or don’t pair) with the foods at our table.  It features my pick for Wine of the Week – a  wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out; for the week ended May 24th, 2015.

My wife and I are vacationing in Kauai this week.  I thought I might take a week off from writing.  But here I am, on this lazy afternoon, after getting up to catch the sunrise and a strenuous hike up the Sleeping Giant Trail

Writing!

2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills – Retail $25
Dark ruby color with raspberry, pomegranate, cherry, cardamom and baking spice aromas. On the palate, it’s medium bodied, and fresh with a very supple texture with raspberry, cherry, pomegranate and spice flavors. Satisfying finish. Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2013 Stage Left Cellars Central Coast Rosé – Retail $20
Vivid pink with an orange hue and slightly cloudy color with red fruit, blood orange, and hints of spice and floral aromas. On the palate, it’s medium/full-bodied with tangy acidity, a touch of savory character, dusty soft tannins that enhance its supple texture. It shows wild strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and piquant spice flavors with a bit of minerality on the lingering tart finish.  Very Good to Outstanding; 89-91 pts

2009 Viña Eguía Rioja Reserva – Retail $8
Dark ruby color with appealing red fruit, tobacco, dried herb, vanilla and spice aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied, and smooth with soft tannins, and good acidity. It shows fresh dark red cherry, vanilla,and spice flavors and a lingering finish. Very good; 86-88 pts

Wine of the Week

For a change, it was an easy call for which wine would be my Wine of the Week!  As I mentioned we’re vacationing in Kauai.  We, as is our wont when we travel, brought along several bottles of wine.

This bottle of wine disappeared all too quickly one afternoon.  If that’s not a Wine of the Week, I don’t know what is!

The wine is the 2013 Stage Left Cellars Central Coast Rosé.  Stage Left Cellars is located in Oakland California.  It’s among of the best of what I consider to be the best urban wine region in the US, the East Bay.

From the winery…

So you found us. That must mean you share a passion for great wine, great friends, and new experiences. Or you’re just lost.

Basically, making wine is our gig. We don’t make much, but that whole quality over quantity thing tends to rule the Stage Left wine roost. As crazy as we are with quality, it’s only one piece of the puzzle at Stage Left. The real name of the game is to make wine that moves you. Sure, it’s a lofty goal. But bridging the gap between mere drink and lasting memories is why we got into this crazy business in the first place. Besides, everyone needs an exit strategy.

Stage Left handcrafts small lot wines from our favorite varietals like Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, and Mourvedre. And Petite Sirah. And a little Roussanne. Boy do we like Roussanne. But we admit, even though we focus on Rhone varietals, other varietals like Cabernet and Zinfandel may make a cameo appearance every now and then. That way we can keep you on your toes.

From me…

I’ve been digging these wines for years.  I don’t exactly recall how I was introduced to their wine, but over the years, I’ve tasted the wines at many events.  They’re only open the first weekend of the month, and I’m usually hanging out with my daughter that weekend.  So I don’t visit as often as I’d like (probably better for the budget though;-)

The wine is a blend of 90% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 5% Carignane; Camp 4 Vineyard, Santa Barbara County. 13% alcohol

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We paired this wine with Ahi Tuna Fish Tacos!  It was an awesome pairing and my Food and Wine Pairing of the Week!

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Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

Follow me on Twitter @martindredmond for all things wine, and since I’m a wino, with latent foodie tendencies, you’ll also find food and wine pairings, and food related stuff! Become a fan and join ENOFYLZ Wine Blog on Facebook. Cheers! This article is original to ENOFYLZ Wine Blog.com. Copyright 2015 ENOFYLZ Wine BlogAll rights reserved.