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.

 

 

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