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Cliffs Wine Picks – July 2017 Vol 4

 

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R

2012 Robert Hunter Vin Rouge of Field Four

2014 Angeline Winery Pinot Noir Reserve

2013 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer

2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard

1992 Theo Schmitz-Schwaab Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Fuder #8

 

 

 

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R – $11.39

Riesling is my favorite white wine, by a wide margin.  This versatile grape can produce wines that range from crisp dry wines with steely acidity to rich and luscious sweet wines.  The natural acidity and sweetness mean these wine will age elegantly in your cellar for decades.

 

The wine is a light yellow to straw color.  The fresh smelling nose has apples, juicy peaches, minerals, orange blossoms, lemon zest and a touch of petrol.  This has light to medium body, crisp acidity and just a bit of residual sweetness.  On the palate the apples and peaches jump out first with minerals coming into the picture followed by some nice tart citrus zest.  The finish is very tasty but a touch short.  This does not offer a lot of complexity but is still very tasty.  A nice German Riesling for just a bit over $10.  This has 10.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off cap.  (88 pts)

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R

 

 

 

2012 Robert Hunter Vin Rouge of Field Four – $15

This was another “steal” from Last Bottle wines, my favorite “flash” wine site.  If you use the provided link and sign up, you get an immediate credit and I get a credit if/when you make a purchase.  Check them out, they have awesome deals and their Marathons are always something special.

In this case, this was a Last Bottle $15 mystery bottle from one of their Marathons.

 

This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot that was 18 months in French oak barrels.

 

The wine is a deep purple color.  The deep and dark nose has blackberries, black cherries, crushed stone minerals, baking spices, roasted herbs and dark bittersweet chocolate.  This has a full body with soft tannins and low acidity.  On the palate dark fruit, baking spices and minerals grab you on the front end with dark chocolate and roasted herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has decent length but gets soft.  This really could use a serious jolt of acidity to help hold the big flavors in check.  This would be a hit at a party to sip over conversation with friends that don’t like big tannins or acidity.  This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (85 pts)

2012 Robert Hunter Vin Rouge of Field Four

2012 Robert Hunter Vin Rouge of Field Four

 

 

 

2014 Angeline Winery Pinot Noir Reserve – $12.85

Angeline is owned by Courtney Benham and is a “sister” winery to Martin Ray and Courtney Benham.  The winery was founded in 1990.  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir with 40% of the grapes from Mendocino County, 35% from Sonoma County and 25% from Monterey County.

 

This wine is a medium to deep ruby red color.  The inviting nose has black cherries, white pepper, blackberries, dry underbrush, crushed stones and dried violets.  This has medium body with soft to moderate tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate black cherries and dry earthy underbrush jump out on the front end with white pepper and cranberries coming in later.  The finish has decent length with crushed stones and a floral note providing some depth.  This doesn’t offer a lot in the complexity department but for the money this will work nicely with a weeknight meal. This has 13.9% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.  (86 pts)

2014 Angeline Winery Pinot Noir Reserve

2014 Angeline Winery Pinot Noir Reserve

 

 

 

2013 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer – SRP $27.99

Zind-Humbrecht is one of the major produces in the region.  The family has been growing grapes since the 17th century.  This wine comes from a gravelly vineyard on the valley floor.  The vines average 44 years old.

 

The wine is a bright yellow color with a slight green tint.  The stunning nose has peaches, lychee, honey, leafy green herbs, pink grapefruit, orange blossoms, lemon zest and crushed stone minerals.  This has medium body with a bit of residual sweetness and nice acidity.  Lychee, peach, pink grapefruit and orange blossoms greet the palate on the front end with honey, minerals and leafy herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has very nice length with zippy lemon zest balancing out the lingering sweetness.  This is a rich and luxurious wine that is drinking very nicely today but will last in the cellar until at least the end of the decade, probably longer.  This has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2013 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer

2013 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer

 

 

 

2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard – $28.71

The vineyard where the grapes are grown are comprised of a blend of old vines and new that are farmed organically & biodynamically in rocky, shallow soil.  The grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, de-stemmed and began to ferment naturally after a 4-5 day cold soak in our open top oak and concrete fermenters. There were twice-daily gentle punch-downs throughout the fermentation to help the soft extraction of the tannins.  After fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 16 months.   This wine was then bottled unfined on April 15, 2013.

 

The wine is a bright ruby red color.  The enticing nose has cherries, baking spices, earthy underbrush, white pepper, wild flowers, wet stone minerals, black raspberries and roasted leafy herbs.  This is barely medium body with soft to moderate silky tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate tart cherries, baking spices and wet stones quickly take hold on the front end with white pepper and earthy underbrush coming in later.  The finish has very good length with roasted herbs and black raspberries entering the picture.  This tastes great now with some air but will be better in a year or two.  This has outstanding balance and is built to age.  The wine has 12.9% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (93 pts)

2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard

2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard

 

 

 

1992 Theo Schmitz-Schwaab Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Fuder #8 – $38.61

As is usual for a lot of the smaller, European wineries, not a lot of information seems to be available on the internet.  It’s not everyday you can sip a 25 year old white wine, especially one as pristine as this bottle.

 

The wine is a medium golden yellow color.  The fresh smelling nose has apples, pears, honey, petrol, minerals, Spring flowers, pineapple, lemon zest and a touch of spice.  This has light to medium body with very nice acidity and a ton of richness.  The sugar and acidity have melded into a very nice, rich, silky wine.  On the palate the rich, honey dipped apples and pineapple are joined with minerals and a touch of spice with a bit of citrusy acidity coming in on the back end. The finish has nice length and ends with a touch of flinty minerality and citrus zest.  Very nice and at a peak drinking window.  (94 pts)

1992 Theo Schmitz-Schwaab Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Fuder #8

1992 Theo Schmitz-Schwaab Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Fuder #8

 

 

 

I am a big fan of the “Flash Wine Sale” site Last Bottle.  You probably noticed some of the wines in this post were purchased from the site.  All of these wines were purchased at a big discount.  I highly recommend getting on their e-mail list.  Like most of the flash sale sites, they offer one wine per day until it sells out.  They also have a couple two-day marathons during the year.  Last Bottle is a great site to buy special wines at prices low enough to open any day of the week.

 

If you sign up using this link you will get a $10 credit that can be used on your first purchase.  I will also get a credit if you make a purchase.

 

Other than getting a credit as explained above, I have no financial interest in the site.  After you are on the list, you can also get the same credit by introducing friends to Last Bottle.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Cliffs Wine Picks – Feb 24, 2014 to Mar 2, 2014

 

 

2006 Copain Syrah Thompson Vineyard

2008 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo’s Heirloom

2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Stile Blocks

2007 Scherrer Winery Chardonnay Helfer Vineyard

 

 

 

2006 Copain Syrah Thompson Vineyard – $40.00

It would be hard for me to pick a favorite vineyard source for Copain Syrahs, but Thompson would be in my top three.

 

This has 14.7% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep dark purple color.  The very open and giving nose has blackberries, dying wood embers, smoked meat, vanilla, dried herbs, black olives and earthy underbrush.  This has medium to full body, moderate to solid tannins and good acidity.  On the palate the wine is a bit brighter than the nose lead me to expect with cherries and dark chocolate joining the blackberries, meat and vanilla.  The finish has good length with some dried herbs and earthiness coming into the picture.  This still has years of life ahead of it.  (92 pts)

2006 Copain Syrah Thompson Vineyard

2006 Copain Syrah Thompson Vineyard

 

 

2008 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard – $15.04

Like a lot of people, Rosenblum was my favorite Zinfandel producer for several years.  After the sale of the winery, the wines have suffered.  I don’t know if this was due to loss of the main people in the operation, bad luck, or more likely the desire of the purchases to cash in on the name quickly and recoup the cost of their investment.

 

I’ve really enjoyed wines produced from the Rockpile area for a few years and actively hunted them down.  The local wine store brought this wine in and offered it at a great price via their weekly e-mail offers.  I grabbed a case.  Unfortunately, the wine has been a disappointment the few times I’ve tried it.  One last chance to see if another years in the cellar has helped.

 

This has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep maroon color.  The fairly straight forward nose has brambly berries, vanilla, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, camphor, and spicy oak.  This has medium to full body, moderate tannins, and good acidity.  On the palate the wine seems a touch thin and driven by the oak related elements with sweet berries coming in from the sides providing needed sweetness.  The finish is a touch short and again highlights the spicy oak and sweet berries.  For a Rosenblum wine, especially one from Rockpile, this could use a bit more extraction and depth.  A decent week night Zin to be consumed over the next couple of years.  (87 pts)

2008 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard

2008 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard

 

 

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R – $11.39

Riesling is our favorite white wine, by a wide margin.  When the local wine store brought this one in and had it on the shelf for a touch over $11, I had to grab a few bottles.  This is a Kabinett from the Rheingau region in Germany.

 

This has 10.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off cap.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a light yellow to straw color.  The fresh smelling nose has apples, juicy peaches, minerals, orange blossoms, lemon zest and a touch of petrol.  This has light to medium body, crisp acidity and just a bit of residual sweetness.  On the palate the apples and peaches jump out first with minerals coming into the picture followed by some nice tart citrus zest.  The finish is very tasty but a touch short.  This does not offer a lot of complexity but is still very tasty.  A nice German Riesling for just a touch over $10.  (88 pts)

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R

2009 August Kesseler Riesling R

 

 

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo’s Heirloom – $35.00

Bedrock is becoming best known for their “field blends” from some of the oldest vineyards in California.  This wine is a blend of 50% Zinfandel 25% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, and 5% Alicante Bouschet, Cinsault, and Valdigue.  This Dry Creek vineyard is over 100 years old.

 

This wine has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep, dark purple color.  The deep and powerful nose has brambly berries, cherries, black pepper, earthy underbrush, minerals, warm baking spices, dried herbs and violets.  This has medium body, fairly solid tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate berries, spice and minerals jump out first with cherries and earthy elements coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with dried herbs and black pepper coming into the picture.  This seems to still be on the young side.  I’d let this one sleep for a couple more years so we can see what is hidden behind the cloak of tannins and acidity.  (92 pts)

2009 Bedrock Wine Co Lorenzo’s Heirloom

2009 Bedrock Wine Co Lorenzo’s Heirloom

 

 

2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Stile Blocks – $39.99

I bought a few bottles of this wine hoping it was going to be a nice Cabernet for weekend dinners.  My first bottle was a bit disappointing since the wine lacked everything that makes a Howell Mountain Cab distinctive and interesting.  I’m hoping the first bottle was a bit off but based on a couple other notes, I’m afraid my initial opinion was right.  I guess I’ll see this evening.

 

This has 13.6% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a fairly deep maroon color.  The big and fully open nose is full of cassis, licorice, warm baking spices, black pepper, leather, dried herbs, and a touch of cedar.  This has medium to full body with soft, ripe tannins, and decent acidity.  On the palate this is soft and jammy for a Howell Mountain wine.  Big, ripe, juicy, berries and spice hit the front end of the palate coating it in flavor with dried herbs and spicy oak coming in on the backend.  The finish has good length and shows jammy fruit and spice with an oaky overlay but could use some additional complexity.  This is an easier drinking wine than I expected, this isn’t one to stash in the cellar for an extended time.  (89 pts)

2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Stile Blocks

2010 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Stile Blocks

 

 

2007 Scherrer Winery Chardonnay Helfer Vineyard – $17.10

This is a 375ml half bottle.

 

I needed a cup of wine for a recipe and decided to use my last half bottle of this wine.  This will leave me a bit for the cook to sample.

 

This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a golden straw color.  The very inviting nose has apples, pears, flinty minerality, baking spices, citrus zest, and buttered popcorn.  This has medium body and crisp acidity.  On the palate the apples, spice, and lemon zest grab the thunder with nice minerality slowly building on the back end.  The fairly long finish leans more on the spice and minerals with just a touch of oak coming into the picture.  This is a very nice Chardonnay in its prime.  This was from a 375ml bottle.  (92 pts)

2007 Scherrer Winery Chardonnay Helfer Vineyard

2007 Scherrer Winery Chardonnay Helfer Vineyard

 

 

Connect with me

You can follow me on Twitter for more wine info, potential food pairings, and an occasional recipe or two.  Be warned, I’m also a sports fan and there are occasional Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates tweets.  I attended the University of South Carolina, so during football season, there will also be some Gamecock posts.

 

If you like this post, consider joining Cliffs Wine Picks Wine Blog on Facebook and giving me a Like.

 

Cheers!

 

 

This is original to CliffsWinePicks.com.  Copyright 2013 Cliff’s Wine Picks.

All rights reserved.

 

 

 

***** Shameless Self Promotion *****

 

Here is a link to a YouTube video of me getting “coal” from Santa for being named the “Nicest Person in Social Media” in 2012.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOvQTeGR3-c

 

 

 

Breaking news from Klout:

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Remember to support your local wine store!

 

 

 

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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!

 

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