Wine of the Day: 2013 Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel

“On the palate it’s medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and focused with a harmonious cool climate Zinfandel character.” Dark ruby color with exuberant kirsch, black raspberry, bramble and spice aromas.  On the palate it’s medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and focused with a harmonious cool climate Zinfandel character.   It shows ample kirsch, pomegranate, and peppery spice flavors wrapped…

Wine of the Day: 2012 Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Selection

While Rombauer is best known for their Chardonnay, over the last few years they have been refining their red wine program Fruit for the 2012 Rombauer Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the Rombauer estate vineyards and top grower vineyards in Stags Leap, Calistoga, Atlas Peak, St. Helena and Howell Mountain AVAs.  It is…

A Ligurian Red Blend: 2015 Azienda Agricola Terre di Levante Rosso Liguria #ItalianFWT

My wife and I spent just over three weeks in Italy last October.  So I was thrilled when I saw the theme for this month’s Italian Food, Wine and Travel (#ItalianFWT) group of bloggers features Coastal Wine, Food and Travel!  “Perfect” I thought because among the multitude of highlights of our trip was time we spent…

Wine of the Day; 2015 Peter Zemmer “Rollhütt” Pinot Noir

2015 Peter Zemmer “Rollhütt” Pinot Noir  – If you’re looking for an Old World Pinot Noir for under $20 …look no further! This wine hails from the Suditrol sub-region of the Alto Adige DOC, which borders Austria and Switzerland in northern Italy.  Grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards in the immediate vicinity of…

Wine of the Day: 2014 Bruce Patch Wines “Patchwork”

2014 Bruce Patch Wines “Patchwork…a delicious Zinfandel lead “kitchen sink” blend of 8 grape varieties Fruit for this wine was sourced from a patchwork of vineyards throughout the Alexander and Sonoma Valley.  It is a blend of 67% zinfandel with carignane, cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, petite sirah, sangiovese and petit verdot, aged in French and…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Fields Family Wines Tempranillo

2013 Fields Family Wines Tempranillo: A Lodi Tempranillo whose savory character evokes Rioja Fruit  for this wine was sourced from the first Tempranillo vineyard planted in Lodi.   It was fermented on native yeast,  and raised in neutral French oak.  Bottled unfined/unfiltered. Dark ruby color with exuberant black cherry, cigar box , plum, damp earth…

Wine of the Day – 2014 Seed Malbec

Seed Wine  is a boutique winery crafting less than 200 cases of wine annually.   Fruit for this wine was grown in the prestigious and rugged Altamira district of the Uco Valley from  42-year-old ungrafted Malbec vines grown in well-drained alluvial clay, limestone and gravel soils.  The cool, high elevation vineyard is situated at the extreme…

2012 Weingut Angerhof-Tschida Grüner Veltliner Eiswein

The 2012 Weingut Angerhof Tschida Grüner Veltliner Eiswein is an ice wine from the  Burgenland region in Eastern Austria.  Burgenland is Austria’s key red wine region ( the main grapes being Blaufrankisch and and Zweigelt).  But sweet, primarily botrytized, wines are also a specialty of the region. This wine is a rarity. That’s because ice wine of Grüner Veltliner doesn’t often come…

S.R.Tonella Cellars 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

S.R. Tonella Cellars is a Napa Valley artisanal producer focused exclusively on the Rutherford appellation. Steve Tonella (read his bio here) is the proprietor. The winery is the culmination of over 100 continuous years in the wine business in Rutherford, Napa Valley.  It all started with an earthquake.  In 1906 after the great San Francisco earthquake, a…