2012 Domaine de la Presidente Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Grands Classiques
2012 FTP Vinhos Douro Duvalley
2009 Turley Zinfandel Cedarman
2012 Casey Flat Ranch Open Range
2015 LangeTwins Sangiovese Rosé
2013 Scriani Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore
2012 Domaine de la Presidente Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Grands Classiques – $25.49
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Roussanne and 10% Bourboulenc. 10% was fermented and aged in barriques for 5 months. The remainder was fermented and aged in stainless steel before blending.
The wine is a bright straw yellow color. The intriguing nose has tart apples, flinty minerals, white peach, orange blossoms, white pepper, lemon zest and a hint of leafy herb. This has medium body with very nice acidity. On the palate tart apples, minerals and white pepper quickly jump out on the front end with orange blossoms and leafy herbs coming in on the back end. The finish has very nice length with tart lemon zest providing some depth and nice zip. This would be a welcome addition to any dinner table with seafood. I liked this one. This has 14.0% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (91 pts)
2012 FTP Vinhos Douro Duvalley – $12.59
This white wine from the Duoro region in Portugal is a blend of 60% Viosinho and 40% Rabigato. I was able to taste this wine as well as several others with the importer several months ago. He specializes in small wineries mainly in Spain, Portugal and Chile.
The wine is a light yellow color. The exotic nose has pineapple, apples, crushed stone minerals, orange blossoms and lime zest. This has medium body and very nice acidity. On the palate tart apples, minerals and pineapple jump out on the front end with orange blossoms coming in later. The finish has nice length with lime zest and a touch of leafy herb providing good depth. This is a nice wine for a lighter meal on the deck or patio on a sunny day. For two unusual grape varieties, this tastes a touch familiar but is also a bit exotic. I like it! This has 13% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (90 pts)
2009 Turley Zinfandel Cedarman – $29.00
This wine is a blend of fruit from both Rattlesnake Ridge and Dragon Vineyards on Howell Mountain. This wine is primarily Zinfandel with a small amount of Petite Syrah from the Rattlesnake vineyard.
The wine is a deep maroon color. The open and outgoing nose is full of brambly berries, black pepper, licorice, Asian spice, minerals, dry earth and fresh ground espresso beans. This has a full body with moderate tannins and nice acidity. On the palate berries, black pepper, and minerals pop out on the front end with Asian spice and dry earth coming in later. The finish has great length with dark chocolate and espresso beans adding considerable depth and interest. This is drinking very nicely today and should hold through the end of the decade. This has 16.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (93 pts)
2012 Casey Flat Ranch Open Range – $9.74
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 $10 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.
This is a blend of 52% Syrah, 33% Petite Sirah, 8% Merlot, 5% Mourvedre and 2% Cabernet Franc.
This is a house favorite when we want “something different”. It was a sad day when the winery closed their doors for good. At least I was able to stock up on several of the wines when Last Bottle cleared them out.
The wine is a dark ruby to maroon color. The appealing nose has crushed berries, licorice, black peppercorns, dried wild flowers, dusty minerals, fresh ground espresso beans and dry earth. This has medium to full body with soft to moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate berries, black pepper and minerals pop out first with dry earth and a nice dried floral note coming in on the back end. The finish has nice length with espresso beans providing depth. This is a nice, easy drinking everyday wine, especially at the price. I’d enjoy this one over the next 4 or 5 years. This has 14.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off cap. (89 pts)
2015 LangeTwins Sangiovese Rosé – $12.00
This wine comes from the vineyard across Jahant Road from the winery.
The wine is a bright, saturated pink color. The invigorating nose has cherries, strawberries, crushed stone minerals, dusty earth and orange blossoms. This has light to medium body with very nice acidity. On the palate bright red fruit, minerals and a touch of earthiness dominate with a touch of orange blossoms coming in later. The finish has nice length with the bright red fruit and subtle minerality lingering nicely. This is an easy wine to enjoy on a warm, sunny day. This has 12% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure. (90 pts)
2013 Scriani Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore – $20.69
This is a blend of 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 7% Croatina and 3% Oseleta.
The wine is a deep maroon color. The very inviting nose has blackberries, dusty minerals, baking spices, dried flowers, underbrush and a touch of licorice. This has medium to full body with moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate crushed berries, spices and minerals jump out on the front end with underbrush coming in on the back end. The finish has very nice length with a dried floral note providing some depth. This is a classic, easy drinking Ripasso. Nicely done! This has 14.0% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (90 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.