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Cliffs Wine Picks – Jan 19, 2015 to Jan 25, 2015

 

2009 Turley Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard

2006 Copain Syrah Les Voisins McDowell Valley

2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir

2011 Shingleback Shiraz Wine Maker’s Series

2012 Sobon Estate Zinfandel Old Vines

2006 Novy Family Wines Syrah Russian River Valley

 

 

 

2009 Turley Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard – $42.00

The wine has 15.9% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep maroon color.  The inviting nose has brambly berries, warm baking spices, cracked black peppercorns, tart cherries, wood embers, dried herbs and underbrush.  This has a full body with moderate to solid tannins and good acidity.  On the palate brambly berries and spice jump out first with cherries and a blast of black pepper coming in later.  The finish has very nice length with the berries and black pepper carrying the load.  For a high ABV wine, this is actually lithe and well balanced, not heavy and overbearing.  A very nice job by a top notch winery.  (93 pts)

2009 Turley Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard

2009 Turley Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard

 

 

2006 Copain Syrah Les Voisins McDowell Valley – $35.00

This wine has 13.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep ruby color.  The open and expressive nose has blackberries, stony minerals, olive tapenade, smoky embers, black cherries, baking spices, dried wild flowers, licorice and some subtle earthiness.  This has medium body with integrated tannins and good acidity.  This has nice spicy fruit and minerals on the front end with olives and a smoky element coming in on the back end.  The finish has good length with some dark chocolate entering the picture.  This is drinking very nicely right now and it should hold for another year or two.   (91 pts)

2006 Copain Syrah Les Voisins McDowell Valley

2006 Copain Syrah Les Voisins McDowell Valley

 

 

 

2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir – $18.99

This twist off cap sealed with has 13.8% alcohol.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep ruby red color.  The enticing nose has black cherries, warm baking spices, violets, vanilla bean, dead wood embers and some earthiness.  This has medium body with soft, ripe tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate ripe, juicy cherries and spice lead the way with smoky wood and a nice floral note coming in late.  The finish has nice length with bright cherries and subtle earthiness carrying the load.  This is a nice, easy drinking Pinot for a week night dinner or to share with friends over conversation.  (89 pts)

2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir

2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir

 

 

 

2011 Shingleback Shiraz Wine Maker’s Series – $19.79

This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep, dark purple color.  The mysterious nose has blackberries, roasted herbs, spice, olives, flinty minerals, road tar, tobacco and wild flowers.  This has a medium body with moderate tannins and bright acidity.  On the palate the berries, spice and olives jump out first with minerals and a touch of earthiness coming in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with the fruit taking on a redder character to join the roasted herbs.  Not a lot of complexity but tasty none the less.  Don’t expect a big, ripe, syrupy Aussie Shiraz.  (88 pts)

2011 Shingleback Shiraz Wine Maker's Series

2011 Shingleback Shiraz Wine Maker’s Series

 

 

 

2012 Sobon Estate Zinfandel Old Vines – $13.99

This wine has 14.5% alcohol and has a twist off closure.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright ruby red color.  The inviting nose has brambly berries, crushed stones, white pepper, cherries, tobacco, iron shavings, licorice and a floral based potpourri.  This has a medium to full body with moderate  to solid tannins and very nice acidity.  Brambly berries, minerals and white pepper coat the palate, slowly allowing a floral note to creep in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with tobacco and a hint of iron adding depth.  Not very complex but a winner for under $15.  (89 pts)

2012 Sobon Estate Zinfandel Old Vines

2012 Sobon Estate Zinfandel Old Vines

 

 

 

2006 Novy Family Wines Syrah Russian River Valley – $22.99

The wine has 14.1% alcohol and a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep purple color, lighter at the edge.  The spellbinding nose has blackberries, crushed stones, plums, cherries, baking spices, smoked meat, freshly cracked black peppercorns, vanilla bean and a touch of earthy underbrush.  This has medium body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity.  Tart berries, stones and spice initially coat the palate slowly allowing plums, black pepper and smoked meat to slip in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with tart cherries and some subtle earthiness coming into the picture adding nice depth.  This wine is in a marvelous drinking window.  (92 pts)

2006 Novy Family Wines Syrah Russian River Valley

2006 Novy Family Wines Syrah Russian River Valley

 

 

 

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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 – Mar 17, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014

 

 

2010 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes

2011 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris

2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir Meiomi

2010 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Mas Donís Barrica (Old Vines)

2010 Loring Wine Company Convergence Russell Family Vineyard

 

 

 

2010 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes – $23.74

The Two Hands wines have been favorites in my house for several years.  The Garden series wines are usually excellent, but have escalated in price.  To me, the second level of the Two Hands wines are the real sweet spot in their lineup.  These level offer high quality wines at relatively bargain prices.

 

This wine has 14.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a dark, inky, purple color. The burly nose has blackberries, smoke, dark chocolate, plums, meat juices, black pepper, Asian spices, minerals, melted licorice, charcoal, and fresh wild flowers. The wine is medium to full body with solid, ripe tannins, and good acidity. On the palate there are loads of spicy, smoky, meaty berries with plums and dark chocolate coming in on the back end to add even more depth. The finish is long, juicy, and flavorful. A seamless, balanced, full flavored Shiraz with no rough edges. Enjoyable now and for the next five years.  (94 pts)

2010 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes

2010 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes

 

 

2011 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris – $29.99

This wine has 14.1% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep maroon color.  The awesome nose has blackberries, kirsch, dark chocolate, minerals, dark roast coffee, candied violets and a touch of underbrush.  This has medium body, moderate to solid tannins and good acidity.  This wine is loaded on the palate with up front fruit, minerals and dark chocolate with coffee and some earthiness coming in on the back end.  The finish is very long and again shows a nice blend of fruit and savory elements.  This wine has exceptional balance and is built to last in the cellar for several years.  This is very enjoyable today but will be even better in a few years.  (93 pts)

2011 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris

2011 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris

 

 

2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir Meiomi – $21.99

The grapes for this wine are from Monterey County (35%), Santa Barbara County (34%) and Sonoma County (31%).

 

This has 13.8% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep ruby to maroon color.  The ripe and giving nose has black cherries, warm baking spices, blueberries, mint, wild flowers and a slight earthiness.  This has medium body, silky smooth tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate this is full of rich fruit and spice with a touch of mint coming in on the back end.  The finish is fairly long with rich fruit carrying the load.  This has a touch of residual sweetness that makes the wine a nice stand alone glass of wine with friends.  (88 pts)

2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir Meiomi

2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir Meiomi

 

 

2010 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Mas Donís Barrica (Old Vines) – $12.82

This is a blend of 85% Garnacha from 70-year-old vines and 15% Syrah from Spain’s Montsant region.

 

This wine has 14.0% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a synthetic plastic stopper.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep purple color.  The enticing nose has black berries, cherries, baking spices, candied violets, white pepper, crushed stone minerality and some subtle earthiness.  This has medium body with moderate tannins and very good acidity.  On the palate spicy berries grab your attention initially, slowly allowing minerals and white pepper to sneak in around the edges.  The finish has nice length with a nice candied floral note entering the picture.  This is a stunning bottle of wine for a touch over $10.  (92 pts)

2010 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Mas Donís Barrica (Old Vines)

2010 Celler de Capçanes Montsant Mas Donís Barrica (Old Vines)

 

 

2010 Loring Wine Company Convergence Russell Family Vineyard – $66.33

This is one of the non Pinot Noir wines Brian Loring has produced.  Thus far, every one I have tried has been outstanding.  This wine is 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre from Paso Robles.

 

This wine has 15.7% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a twist off closure.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep ruby red, much lighter at the edge.  The very pleasing nose has blackberries, cherries, earthy underbrush, minerals, plums, baking spices, mint and some dried herbs.  The wine has a full body, fairly solid, ripe tannins, and good acidity.  The palate is loaded with spicy, juicy berries, but it’s not all about the fruit, there is also nice minerality, dried herbs, and earthiness coming in on the back end adding depth and complexity.  The fairly long finish is a nice continuation of the palate with some additional baking spices, mint, licorice and dried herbs kicking into high gear.  This is on the young side, but absolutely delicious today.  (93 pts)

2010 Loring Wine Company Convergence Russell Family Vineyard

2010 Loring Wine Company Convergence Russell Family 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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Cliff’s Wine Picks mentions or other posts

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Snooth

SPRING TIME IS FOR PAIRING – Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

http://www.snooth.com/articles/spring-time-is-for-pairing/

 

Balzac

Balzac Communications & Marketing – News & Views

http://balzaccommunications.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/y/948F113D27729D90/DF475947E7F379DE2A1BF84ACBDD178B

 

Snooth

WHAT WE’VE BEEN DRINKING – News and Reviews from Around the Blogosphere

http://www.snooth.com/articles/what-we-yve-been-drinking/?viewall=1#ixzz2vy4idw7a

 

Snooth

WINES THAT RANG OUR BELL IN FEBRUARY 2014 – Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

http://www.snooth.com/articles/wines-that-rang-our-bell-in-february-2014/?viewall=1#ixzz2vy4DCh5L

 

Crave Local

California Wine Reviews: Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyard

http://www.cravelocal.com/all-favorites/california-wine-reviews-cline-cellars-and-jacuzzi-family-vineyard/

 

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Sample Boutique Wines at Affordable Prices with Tastingroom.com

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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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