2013 Bogle Vineyards Phantom
2014 Jean Edwards Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dalla Gasperina Vineyard
2014 Two Hands Shiraz Angels Share
2010 Ruffino Modus Toscana IGT
2011 Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino
2004 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino
2013 Bogle Vineyards Phantom – $16.99
This is another “red blend” that is a palate-pleaser when you want to try “something different”.
This is a blend of 39% Zinfandel, 38% Petite Sirah and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Lodi, Clarksburg and Amador. The wine is a dark ruby color. The outgoing nose has crushed berries, mint, cherries, baking spices, white pepper, toasty oak and dried violets. This has a full body with moderate ripe tannins and decent acidity. Waves of fruit and spice immediately grabs your attention on the palate with white pepper and a touch of mint coming in later. The finish has nice length with the fruit and spice joined by toasty oak. This is a take no prisoner style of wine loaded with flavor. This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (89 pts)
2014 Jean Edwards Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dalla Gasperina Vineyard – $22.40
This is the first white wine produced by Jean Edwards Cellars. This is a blend of 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Semillon.
The wine is a pale straw yellow color. The enticing nose has apples, lemon zest, white pepper, leafy herbs, pineapple, dusty minerals, apricot, orange blossoms and anise. This has medium body with mouthwatering acidity. On the palate tart apples, white pepper, lemon zest and an herbal streak immediately take control on the front end with apricot and orange blossoms coming in later. The finish has very nice length with anise and dusty minerals joining the tropical fruit and white pepper. The crisp acidity will leave your mouthwatering for another sip. A great initial white wine effort from this formerly red wine only winery. This is very drinkable now but will last for at least two or three years, maybe longer. This wine has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (93 pts)
2014 Two Hands Shiraz Angels Share – $22.99
Two Hands wines are a “house favorite” around here. Unfortunately the prices have rapidly increased, almost to the point the “Garden Series” wines are now special occasion wines. This wine is still fairly reasonably priced as log as you shop around. The price I paid is several dollars below the usual price for this wine. Its a good value at this price, but for over $30 the value starts to get a bit iffy.
The wine is a deep garnet color. The hypnotic nose has blackberries, plums, white pepper, crushed stone minerals, charred wood, dark chocolate, baking spices, wild flowers and dried herbs. This has a full body with moderate ripe tannins and nice acidity. On the palate crushed berries, minerals, baking spices and white pepper quickly take control with wild flowers and charred wood coming in later. The finish has nice length with dark chocolate and a floral note providing depth. This is a big, rich Shiraz that doesn’t offer a lot of complexity but is loaded with fruit and spice. This has 14.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure. (90 pts)
2010 Ruffino Modus Toscana IGT – $19.99
This is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot.
Modus was first produced in 1997 from grapes selected in the vineyards of the Tuscan Estates of Ruffino. It was not, though, a new wine in the real sense of the term. Ruffino had, in fact, been experimenting with the cultivation of non-traditional grape varieties on Tuscan soil since the eighties. Some of the most encouraging results had been obtained with Cabernet and Merlot.
The wine is a medium to dark ruby color. The mesmerizing nose has black cherries, blackberries, dark bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, warm baking spices, tobacco, smoke, subtle earthiness and dried flowers. This has medium body with moderate tannins and very good acidity. The palate features up front fruit and spice with dark chocolate and toasty oak coming in on the back end. The finish has very nice length with the dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and some earthiness. This still tastes young but it will be hard to resist after just one sip. This has 13.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (92 pts)
2011 Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino – $18.99
This 100% Sangiovese comes from vineyards in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, at elevations of 150-350 metres on well-exposed hillslopes south-east of Montalcino. The wine was aged in a mix of Slavonian and French oak barrels for a minimum of 8 months followed by a minimum of 3 months of bottle aging before it is released.
The wine is a light ruby red color. The intriguing nose has cherries, dusty minerals, dried thyme, baking spices, raspberry, leather and a touch of underbrush. This is barely medium body with soft to moderate tannins and very good acidity. Cherries, minerals and spice initially take hold on the palate with dried thyme and leather coming in on the back end. The finish has good length with just a touch of earthiness entering the picture. This is drinking very nicely right now and should continue for a couple years, at least. This wine has 14.0% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (92 pts)
2004 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino – $25.34
The wine is a red to ruby color with a touch of brick at the edge. The appealing nose has raspberries, cherries, baking spice, earthy underbrush, dried flowers, roasted herbs, minerals, mushrooms and a touch of mint. This has medium body, slightly chalky tannins and good acidity. On the palate the baking spices, red fruit and earthiness kick in first with oak, minerals and more earthiness coming in on the back end. The finish has decent length with a touch of mint adding a nice closing element. This is drinking very nicely right now and should hold for a few more years. This wine has 13.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (92 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.