2011 Mark Herold Wines Flux
2007 K Vintners Syrah Morrison Lane
2012 Villa Creek White
2012 Ridge Zinfandel Dusi Ranch
Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut
2007 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
2011 Mark Herold Wines Flux – $15.76
This wine was purchased from the “flash sell” site, Last Bottle. More information and a credit for signing up is lower in this post.
This wine is a Grenache based wine with some Syrah and Mourvedre included in the blend.
The wine is garnet red color. The enticing nose has black cherries, warm baking spices, raspberries, scorched earth, dusty minerals, roasted leafy herbs and wildflowers. This has medium to full body with moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate black cherries, baking spices and minerals jump out first with raspberries and roasted herbs coming in later. The finish has nice length with scorched earth and a floral note entering the picture. This is an easy drinking and tasty wine. I wouldn’t stash this away for an extended time, open this one in the next couple of years. This has 14.7% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (91 pts)
2007 K Vintners Syrah Morrison Lane – $40.15
I was in the mood for something different today. I bought six bottles of this wine from the local store a couple years ago. I opened one about a year ago, and it definitely fell into the “something different” category. This wasn’t your typical, fruit driven wine. At that time, the fruit was a bit player in the bigger picture. It’s time to try my second bottle to see how this is progressing.
Morrison Lane is the oldest Syrah plantings in the Walla Walla Valley. It is on the southeastern facing slopes that are on a slightly cooler site in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Soil composition consists of Touchet silt loam and riverwash, sandy loam with coarse sand and gravel. The vineyard was planted in 1984.
The wine is a deep, dark purple color, almost black. The deep and dark nose has blackberries, charred meat, smoky embers, dried flowers, brined black olives, black pepper, roasted herbs, vanilla, melted licorice, minerals and dark bittersweet chocolate. This is fairly full bodied with solid tannins and good acidity. On the palate the charred meat, roasted herbs, and black pepper seize control before some fruit can finally break through. The finish is long and again full of the savory elements with just enough fruit slipping through to add some sweetness before the dark chocolate eventually closes the show. This still tastes young side and will reward some additional cellar time. This has 15% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork and hard to remove wax. (93 pts)
2012 Villa Creek White – $20.80
This is a blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Roussanne from Paso Robles. A total of 150 cases were produced.
The wine is a light straw yellow color. The bright and fresh nose has tart apples, white peach, crushed stone minerals, fresh leafy herbs, lemon zest and orange blossoms. This has medium body with good acidity. On the palate apples, white peach and minerals quickly jump out on the front end with leafy herbs and orange blossoms coming in later. The finish has very nice length with some zippy lemon zest leaving your mouth watering for another sip. This is in a prime drinking window and can be enjoyed over the next year or two. This has 14.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (92 pts)
2012 Ridge Zinfandel Dusi Ranch – $27.99
This is 100% Zinfandel from the Dusi Ranch in Paso Robles.
After hand-harvesting the grapes are destemmed and crushed. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts. The wine was aged for 11 months in 100% American oak barrels, 25% new, 7% 2-years old, 34% 3-years old and 34% 4-years old.
The wine is a garnet red color. The inviting nose has brambly berries, crushed stone minerals, warm baking spices, dark chocolate, black cherries, dry earth and white pepper. This has a full body with moderate ripe tannins and nice acidity. Berries, minerals and spices coat the palate on the front end with black cherries, dry earth and white pepper coming in later. The finish has nice length with a white pepper note providing some depth. This is an easy drinking zinfandel that is rich and smooth enough to stand up to some spicy BBQ. This has 14.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (90 pts)
Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut – 36.99
This non-vintage Champagne is the house’s signature cuvee and is a blend of 50%-55% Pinot Noir, 20-25% Pinot Meunier, 15-20% Chardonnay and 15-20% reserve wines.
The wine is a bright yellow-straw color with tiny, pinpoint sized bubbles. The festive nose has apples, lemon zest, fresh baked bread, orange blossoms, roasted nuts and crushed stones. This has light to medium body with crisp acidity and excellent effervescence. Tart apples, minerals, roasted nuts and lemon zest quickly grab control on the palate with fresh baked bread and orange blossoms coming in on the back end. The finish has nice length with tart lemony acidity making you grab another sip. This has 12% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a standard Champagne cork. (90 pts)
2007 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve – $55.09
This wine is 100% Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard at the winery site in Conn Valley.
The wine is a deep ruby color. The voluptuous nose has cassis, eucalyptus, crushed stone minerals, tobacco, cedar, warm baking spices, dead wood embers, licorice and violets. This has medium body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate cassis, minerals, spices and a touch of eucalyptus jump out on the front end with cedar, wood embers and violets coming in later. The long, lingering finish adds cedar and licorice for extra depth. This is in a real nice drinking window and should drink very nicely for another decade. This is a top notch Cabernet! This has 14.9% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (95 pts)
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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 always check out the sale and close out items when in a store. 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.