2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Albariño Abrente

2008 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Veronese IGT

2009 Novy Family Wines Four Mile Creek

2010 Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

 

 

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Albariño Abrente – $22.00

Though this wine is offered on the Bedrock mailing list (and listed in Cellar Tracker) as made by Bedrock, the wine is actually the result of a partnership between winemakers Michael Havens (the first person to make Albariño in the New World) and Morgan Twain-Peterson.

 

Like I noted above this is not really made by Bedrock, but is actually a “side project” for Morgan Twain-Peterson.  I think this is the only wine being made by this partnership, but I, for one, would love to see them expand the portfolio.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright and vibrant yellow to light gold color.  The crisp and refreshing nose has apples, lime, lemon zest, orange blossoms, minerals, melon, and a very slight herbal note.  This has light to medium body, crisp acidity, and just a touch of residual sweetness.  The orchard fruit and citrus play off each other very nicely on the palate with a streak of minerals coming in on the back end.  The finish is fairly long with a mouthwatering lime note and minerals slowly fading away leaving you to grab the glass for another sip.  This will really shine on a warm Summer evening over a light meal.  (91 pts)

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Albarino Abrente

 

 

 

2008 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Veronese IGT – $14.24

I had this wine on my list of the Top Value Wines of 2012.  This is still a favorite with week night Italian fare, like tonight’s Veal Parmesan.  I like the extra body and richness imparted by the drying of the grapes but the wine generally retains enough acidity to stand up to the tomato based sauces.  This is also a personal favorite with a nice, meaty pizza.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep maroon color. The very appealing nose has blackberries, smoke, dried herbs, plums, warm baking spices, minerals, vanilla, and dried flowers. The wine has a medium body with soft, ripe tannins and good acidity. The wine is rich and plush on the palate with the spicy berries and dried herbs up front and some earthiness and dark chocolate coming in later. The finish has very nice length with the spicy berries and dried herbs carrying the load. If you can find this for $15 or less, load up, I did.  (92 pts)

(Repost of a note from January; my current note was very similar)

2008 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Veronese IGT

 

 

 

2009 Novy Family Wines Four Mile Creek – $9.50

Perennially a value priced favorite.  In this vintage, it seems to have a bit more oomph than most vintages.  Perhaps there was a surplus of very good grapes from some of the better vineyards or some grapes headed for single vineyard wines were declassified.  Either way, we’re the winners.  This is a jammy, fruity blend of Zinfandel, Grenache, Syrah and Nebbiolo.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep ruby red color.  The easy going nose has blackberries, black cherries, baking spices, vanilla, wild flowers, and a touch of earthiness.  This has medium body, soft, ripe tannins, and good acidity.  The wine provides a mouthful of jammy fruit with some earthiness and spicy oak coming in on the back end.  The finish has decent length with the spicy, earthy fruit.  Not a lot of complexity but a very tasty week night wine.  This offers an outstanding “quality to price ratio” if you can find it for under $10, like I did.  (88 pts)

(This is a repost of my note from March, since my new note was very similar)

2009 Novy Family Wines Four Mile Creek

 

 

 

2010 Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc – $7.12

What more can you ask for in a low cost, week night wine?  This one has nice juicy acidity and just a touch of sweetness to help it pair with a lighter, slightly spicy Summer meal on the deck or patio.  We’ll be having this with a Crawfish Salad using a recipe from my Dutch friend, Hanneke Eerden.  If you’re interested, the recipe and a link to Hanneke’s “The Dutchess Cooks” website are in an earlier post on this site.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright golden yellow color.  The fresh and enticing nose has fresh cut grass, lemon zest, apples, grapefruit, minerals, and lime.  This has light body, crisp acidity, and just a touch of sweetness.  On the palate citrus and minerals hit first with nice herbal note coming in on the back end.  The finish has decent length with nice sweetness coming in to balance out the lime and minerals.  Not very complex but tasty.  This was a steal for a touch over $7.  (87 pts)

2010 Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

 

 

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

Cheers!