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Cliffs Wine Picks – September 2017 Vol 6

 

2015 Northwest Wine Company Pinot Noir Kudos Reserve

2015 Macchia Barbera Delicious Lodi

2009 World’s End Wavelength Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

2016 Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Michael-David Vineyards Zinfandel Lust Lodi

 

 

 

2015 Northwest Wine Company Pinot Noir Kudos Reserve – $16.14

The grapes for this wine come from select vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.  After a long, cold fermentation in small lots, the wine was aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.

 

The wine is a bright ruby red color.  The energetic nose has tart cherries, white pepper, earthy underbrush, crushed stone minerals, roasted herbs, baking spices, cola bean and dry wildflowers.  This has medium body with soft to moderate tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate tart cherries, white pepper, minerals and earthy underbrush come through on the front end with cola bean, roasted herbs and baking spices coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a dried floral note and more white pepper providing nice depth.  This isn’t the most complex Pinot out there but the savory notes keep it interesting.  For well under $20, this is a keeper.  I’m sure some cellar time will be rewarded and may allow more complexity to enter the picture.  I’d advise to hold for another year.  This has 14.1% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (90 pts)

2015 Northwest Wine Company Pinot Noir Kudos Reserve

2015 Northwest Wine Company Pinot Noir Kudos Reserve

 

 

 

2015 Macchia Barbera Delicious Lodi – $19.54

Barbera is another grape that is used to produce some real gems in Lodi.  In Lodi, the grape gets a bit riper and more luxurious then their Italian counterparts.  These are nice, easy drinking, fruit driven wines that will surprise you when you try one.  Last year I participated in a big Lodi Barbera tasting at Macchia Wines and across the board, these were outstanding wines.  Do these wines age?  After trying his 2014 and 2015 vintages, Tim Holdener, Macchia owner/winemaker, pulled a 2003 vintage from his personal stash for us to taste.  The wine held up marvelously and proved Lodi wines can age, even those produced from the Barbera grape which is usually consumed within a couple years of being produced.  As for the Barbera tasting, we sampled about a dozen different wines.  The photo a little further down this post shows some of the winemakers and bottles from the event.

 

The wine is a deep ruby red color.  The exotic nose has cherries, blackberries, white pepper, dusty minerals, roasted herbs, scorched earth and dried violets.  This has a full body with soft to moderate tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate cherries, blackberries, white pepper and minerals come through on the front end with roasted herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has very nice length with scorched earth and a dried floral note providing good depth.  The wine finishes with a lingering sweet note.  This won’t be confused with an Italian Barbera but who cares, it’s very tasty.  This has 15.3% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2015 Macchia Barbera Delicious Lodi

2015 Macchia Barbera Delicious Lodi

 

 

Lodi Barbera Tasting

Lodi Barbera Tasting

 

 

 

2009 World’s End Wavelength Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard – $28.69

This bottle was purchased 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.

 

This wine is an unusual blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet Franc.

 

The wine is a deep ruby red color.  The enticing nose has plums, blackberries, cherries, cedar, dark chocolate, scorched earth, crushed stone minerals, warm baking spices, dried leafy herbs and violets.  This has a full body with moderate to full tannins and very good acidity.  Nice fruit, spice, cedar and minerals take control on the front end of the palate with dark chocolate and dried herbs coming in later.  The lingering finish adds dry earth and a nice floral note.  This is drinking very nicely right now with some air but there is no rush on this one, it will last in the cellar for several years.  A great bottle of wine.  This has 14.7% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (93 pts)

2009 World's End Wavelength Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

2009 World’s End Wavelength Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

 

 

 

2016 Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses – $11.99

This is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.

 

The three grape varietals are harvested separately when they reach the desired level of ripeness, not all at the same time.  The grapes are machine harvested and contains a built-in sorting system.

 

The wine is a bright pink salmon color.  The tantalizing nose has raspberry, white peach, white pepper, cherries, minerals, orange zest and a hint of leafy herbs.  This has medium body with a creamy texture and nice acidity.  On the palate bright fruit and minerals take control on the front end with white pepper and leafy herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with a bit of orange zest providing some depth.  Not a lot of complexity but tasty.  This would be perfect for a light lunch on the deck or patio on a sunny day.  This has 12.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a glass stopper.  (88 pts)

2016 Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses

2016 Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses

 

 

 

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon – $25

This vintage is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.  The grapes are sourced from a short list of vineyards the winery considers to be among the best in the state including Ciel du Cheval, Red Heaven, Red Mountain, Weinbau and Shaw vineyards.

 

The wine is a deep ruby red color.  The very appealing nose has cassis, dried herbs, minerals, cedar, baking spices, cherries and a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate.  This has a medium body with moderate tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate rich fruit and spice lead off with minerals and dried herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with cherries, spice and a touch of dark chocolate lingering nicely.  This is drinking very nicely today and should continue doing so for at least a few more years.  This was a steal for $25.  This has 14.4% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

2012 Michael-David Vineyards Zinfandel Lust – $46.79

Lust Zinfandel is produced by the winery by selecting only their best small lots.  In this vintage, only three lots were selected.  The three lots were blended and aged in American oak (70% for 18 months) and French oak (30% for 10 months).  After the aging, a bit of Petite Sirah was added to the blend before the wine was bottled.

 

The wine is a deep, dark ruby red color.  The flamboyant nose has warm blackberry pie, dusty minerals, black peppercorns, vanilla bean, licorice and black cherries.  This has a full body with soft to moderate ripe tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate blackberries, baking spices, black peppercorns and minerals grab hold quickly on the front end with vanilla bean and black cherries coming in later.  The robust finish has great length with blackberries, spice and black pepper seeing to hold on forever.  This is a big, bold and rich wine that demands an equally big piece of meat.  This doesn’t offer a lot of subtlety or nuance, but the trade-off is a ton of fruit and spice.  This paired wonderfully with some pulled pork.  This has 15.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2012 Michael-David Vineyards Zinfandel Lust

2012 Michael-David Vineyards Zinfandel Lust

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Cliffs Wine Picks – Apr 7, 2014 to Apr 13, 2014

 

 

2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana IGT

2006 Alma Rosa Pinot Blanc Sta. Rita Hills

2006 The Colonial Estate Emigré

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana IGT – $19.94

This wine has been a favorite Italian wine in my house for several years.  This is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine was #36 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list for 2011.

 

This wine has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle us sealed with a natural cork.

 

Winery history

In the medieval times Podere Terrabianca found itself in the ambiguous situation of being situated in the part of the countryside under the rule of Florence and, at the same time, also in the diocese of the Bishop of Siena.  The very first documents mentioning its presence, dated 1085, describe it as being a country estate as, in fact, its name clearly implies.

 

Today the winery Terrabianca is located at the heart of the Chianti Classico region, in the middle of Tuscany, 12 km from Siena and 50 km from Florence.

 

The soil which consists of layers of chalk, sand and clay from the palaeozoic and mesozoic ages has the ideal composition to grow grapes of highest quality.  On the 124 ha, 307 acres, there are vineyards surrounded by olive groves and woods.

 

They are in the best position, south and southeast exposure, at 250 to 500 mt. above sea level.  The grape variety are Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Canaiolo, Chardonnay, Malvasia and Trebbiano Toscano are grown to produce a total of 350.000 bottles a year.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a fairly dark ruby color.  The deep and exotic nose has blackberries, cherries, cocoa powder, licorice, underbrush, dried herbs, minerals, and some well worn leather.  This has a medium body with fairly solid tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate the wine has loads of spicy, earthy fruit with dried herbs, and cocoa powder adding considerable depth.  The finish has nice length, but a bit of oak pops out.  This tastes very nice now but should be even better in another year.  Hopefully by then the excess oak on the finish will smoothen out or integrate.  (92 pts)

2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana IGT

2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana IGT

 

 

 

2006 Alma Rosa Pinot Blanc Sta. Rita Hills – $4.75

I bought a large stash of this wine when it was on a blow out sale at the local wine store about a year ago.  Unfortunately after this bottle I’ll only have one left in the cellar.  I don’t know why this wine was still available in a distributor’s warehouse a few years after it was released, but I’m glad the local store took all they had and blew it out at a give away price.

 

The bottle is sealed with a twist off cap and the alcohol is 13.8%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright yellow to straw color. The light and refreshing nose has lemon curd, apples, stony/flinty minerals, orange blossoms, a touch of spice and a bit of pineapple. This has light to medium body, is dry and has crisp, citrusy acidity. This is very bright and lively on the palate with crisp apples, lemon zest, and flinty minerals, on the backend a touch of spice and orange zest add some depth. The finish has nice length with the citrus, apples, and minerals holding on nicely. This was an absolute steal on closeout for under $5.  (90 pts)

2006 Alma Rosa Pinot Blanc Sta Rita Hills

2006 Alma Rosa Pinot Blanc Sta Rita Hills

 

 

 

2006 The Colonial Estate Emigré – $29.88

Emigré is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Muscadelle harvested from four vineyards, two in cool climates, Greenock and Eden Valley, and the other two from the northern Barossa Valley.  Wines from The Colonial Estate don’t come cheap.  Their lower end wines start at $30.  This is one of their higher end wines and has a release price around $90.  I’ve been lucky in the past (and this time too) to find their wines either on a clearance sale or via Garagiste for under $30.  If you ever have the chance to get a bottle of this wine or either the Exile Cabernet or Shiraz at a great price, grab a bottle, it will bring a smile to your face.

 

This wine has 14.5% alcohol and is closed with a natural cork.

 

Winery history

The Colonial Estate is a range of limited-production Australian wines with an old world approach.  The fruit is hand picked and carefully selected; the reds receive cold pre-maceration, fermentation, pressing and maceration on skins prior to ageing in French oak; whilst the whites get whole-bunch pressing, lees stirring and are fermented with naturally occurring yeasts.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep maroon color.  The fully open and inviting nose has cherries, blackberries, minerals, Asian spices, fresh ground dark roast coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, charred meat, dried herbs, wild flowers, and scorched earth.  This has medium to full body, fairly solid ripe tannins, and good acidity.  On the palate the big fruit component is matched stride for stride by dusty minerals, dark chocolate, dried herbs, and dark roast coffee, with a meaty element coming in on the back end.  The finish is long with minerals, charred meat, and dried herbs adding a great dimension to the mixed fruits.  This seems to be entering its prime time drinking window.  This is big and bold but not an overly ripe, syrupy style of wine.  (94 pts)

2006 The Colonial Estate Emigré

2006 The Colonial Estate Emigré

 

 

 

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon – $25.00

I enjoyed a bottle of the 2008 vintage of this wine at a friend’s house in October over dinner.  A few days later, Invino had this at a great price, so we split a case.

 

This vintage is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.  The grapes are sourced from a short list of vineyards the winery considers to be among the best in the state including Ciel du Cheval, Red Heaven, Red Mountain, Weinbau and Shaw vineyards.

 

This has 14.4% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a nice ruby red color.  The very appealing nose has cassis, dried herbs, minerals, cedar, baking spices, cherries and a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate.  This has a medium body with moderate tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate rich fruit and spice leads off with minerals and dried herbs coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with cherries, spice and a touch of dark chocolate lingering nicely.  This is on the young side but that doesn’t stop it from still being delicious.  This was a steal for $25.  (91 pts)

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

2008 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – $48.00

This is a mailing list I jumped on based on the top flight labels Mike Smith had worked with in his brief career.  I have never been let down by any wine Mike has been involved with including his Cabernets, Syrah and even an outstanding Sémillon.

 

This wine has 15.1% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

Winery history

“Sometimes success is as simple as hearing your inner voice.”

 

Mike started his winemaking career under the direction of Thomas Brown in 2001.   Traveling from Portland Oregon, Mike worked each crush “free of charge” to learn his craft.  Following his 3rd harvest, Mike accepted a full-time assistant position from Thomas and moved his family to St. Helena.  Today, Mike continues to work with Thomas on several labels (i.e. Schrader, Rivers-Marie, Maybach & Tamber Bey).  The Myriad wines are custom crushed along side these greats…  showcasing Mike’s talents and stylistic “purist” approach to winemaking.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep, dark ruby to purple color.   The very open and expressive nose has cassis, plum, fresh ground espresso, Rutherford dust, cedar, licorice, dark chocolate, dried herbs and baking spices.  This has a fairly full body with solid, ripe tannins and very good acidity.  This has a long finish with spicy fruit and dried herbs dominating.  This is still on the young side but stunning with an hour or two of air.  (94 pts)

2008 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

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OUR FAVORITE REDS FOR SPRING – The Wine Cognoscenti Recommend

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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.

 

 

 

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Cliffs Wine Picks – Dinner Party Wines

 

 

2011 Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

2009 Château Haut-Surget

2004 Ojai Syrah Thompson Vineyard

2008 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Jacob Franklin Mon Chou #50 NapaValley

 

 

These are the wines we had at a dinner party at the home of a couple of friends.  Since the wines were not the focus of the evening, my tasting notes will be more of a brief impression of the wines.

 

I wish I would have taken a picture of the food for the evening, it was wonderful.  The main course was bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloins, grilled potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts.

 

Dinner Party Line up

 

 

 

2011 Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

I’ve had the red version of this wine but this was my first opportunity to try the white.  This is a blend of 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Roussanne, and 10% Bourboulenc.  The Clairette was aged in barrel, the rest were aged in stainless steel.

 

The wine was a vibrant light yellow color that was full of lemon zest, minerals and white peaches with some spice and green tea.  This had medium body with good acidity.  On the palate this had a nice balance between the richness and tart elements.  I’d have liked to spend a bit more time with this one.  This was on the young side but was delicious.  (Rated A-)

2011 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

2011 Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

 

 

2009 Château Haut-Surget

This wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.  As is usually the case at a party, I’d have enjoyed another glass of this one.  Unfortunately our wives also loved this one and we encountered an empty bottle after spending some time tending to the meat on the smoker.  In other words we were enjoying the crisp fall weather outside while talking and sipping the wine.

 

This dark ruby to maroon colored wine was a touch shy on the nose initially but opened nicely as it warmed and took on a bit of air.  The nose had black cherry, crushed berries, tobacco, and minerals with traces of dried herbs and dark chocolate.  This had medium body. soft to moderate tannins and good acidity.  This was nicely balanced and was not out of place sipping on its own.  (Rated B+)

2009 Château Haut-Surget

2009 Château Haut-Surget

 

 

2004 Ojai Syrah Thompson Vineyard

This Syrah was blended with a substantial amount of both grenache and mourvedre by the winery in an effort to make a more interesting and complex wine.  In my opinion, the goal was achieved.  This was still pretty tight upon pouring but it woke up and stretched its wings after about 30 minutes in the glass.

 

This maroon colored gem had blackberry, black cherry and some earthy underbrush on the nose with dried herbs and meaty notes in the back ground.  This had a fairly full body, moderate tannins and nice acidity.  This was rich and powerful on the palate and showed nice balance and a long layered finish.  (Rated A)

2004 Ojai Syrah Thompson Vineyard

2004 Ojai Syrah Thompson Vineyard

 

 

2008 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec from the Champoux, Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval, RedMountain and Weinbau vineyards.

 

This was another wine that opened up nicely and improved the longer it was in the glass.  This was very nice but will be even better down the road.  That said, the longer this was in my glass the more I liked it.

 

This dark ruby wine has nice black currant, cherries, baking spices and cedar on the nose with dried herbs, minerals, and vanilla adding depth.  This had medium body, dusty tannins and good acidity.  The cherries and spice initially dominated the palate but with some air more complexity began to break through.  (Rated A-)

2008 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

2007 Jacob Franklin Mon Chou #50 Napa Valley

This is a personal favorite that I have written about and reviewed multiple times.  This is a “second label” from Elyse Winery.  The Jacob Franklin wines are smaller production, much more limited wines compared to their mainstream Elyse wines.  If you ever visit Napa, I highly encourage stopping in and trying these wines.

 

This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, and 6% Petit Verdot.

 

The wine was a deep ruby to maroon color with crushed berries, dried herbs, warm baking spices and minerals on the nose with supporting notes of licorice and dark chocolate.  This had medium body, moderate ripe tannins and good acidity.  The wine had nice richness on the palate but did not show any overly ripe notes.  The finish was long and nicely layered.  Another very nice showing.  (Rated A)

2007 Jacob Franklin Mon Chou #50 Napa Valley

2007 Jacob Franklin Mon Chou #50 Napa Valley

 

 

Napa Valley Film Festival

Are you interested in attending the Napa Valley Film Festival?  The festival runs from November 13 through 17.

 

Oh, almost forgot, how does attending the event for free sound?  To celebrate being a sponsor of the event, Benchmark Wine Group is giving away a very nice package to one lucky person.  Enter by October 31st for your chance to win.

 

The Napa-based company is offering one lucky winner two Festival Passes to the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), worth a $500 value; two private invitations to the Benchmark Opening Night VIP kick-off party; and exclusive access to the sneak preview screening of ‘August: Osage County’, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

 

Benchmark Wine Group will be hosting an exclusive Opening Night VIP kick-off party on Wednesday, November 13 and a winemaker tasting with Todd Alexander of Bryant and Bettina on Friday, November 15.  NVFF Patrons and special guests will be invited to join Benchmark Wine Group at the Michael Holmes Gallery at Riverfront, 606 Main Street, from 8 pm to 10 pm Wednesday to launch the week’s festivities.  Every guest Wednesday will be entered into a raffle for a chance to buy a bottle of 2001 Château Haut-Brion for $1; taste magnums of 1983 Pétrus, 1966 Château Margaux, and 2003 Diamond Creek; and enjoy food catered by Morimoto Napa.

 

For more information, click here.

 

To view the official rules and to enter, click here.

 

A video about the event from my bud, Amy Payne, is available by clicking here.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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