Friday, July 25, 2014

Wine of the Week: Stottle 2011 Tempranillo Sugarloaf Vineyard @StottleWinery

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A blissful bottle of Washington Tempranillo.

It is a privilege to taste, sample, experience and review wine. Over the years I have built a mental image of what wine means to me. The more wine I experience, the more I want to experience. There is a world of wine waiting to be discovered.

If you have followed along with the #winemuse podcast show I am co-hosting, then you know that each month we taste and review a wine from a different country. So far we have visited Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany and next month Austria. As the show has evolved, we have added conversations with the winemakers. We are expanding our knowledge and awareness of wine from around the world and hope that some of you are joining us. It is a lot of fun and worthwhile. My mental image of wine continues to evolve.

How does this translate and how is it relevant to the 2011 Stottle Tempranillo? Recognition of exceptional wine. I knew instantly this would be my "Wine of the Week." Expect more reviews of Stottle wines soon. Big thank you and Kudos to Winemaker Josh Stottlemyer.

Tasting Notes Stottle Tempranillo Sugarloaf Vineyard 2011

Color: Garnet Birthstone.
Nose: Blissful cherry, softest glove leather, nutmeg.
Palate: Delightful, medium-light body, satisfying mouth feel, wonderful texture, happiness. Cherry, with blackberry notes, dry, black tea, spice, with perfect tannin+acid, slightly brambly into the medium finish. Big like. Forced to exercise restraint to stop myself from drinking it all at once. Well done.
20 minutes, richer, fuller in the mouth, satisfying, front palate focused, fine tannin, longer finish. Groovin'!
30 minutes, loved the aroma, focused dark hedonistic fruit, caress of spice. Pow! Pow! Pow! in the mouth. Medley of deliciousness, tongue and gums feeling the tannin love, so supple, pure deliciousness. Oh my!
2.5 hours, spicy coffee, tart blueberry, blackberry juice, a little orange pith, silky mouth, heady dark fruit and tobacco mid-palate, enjoyable dry finish.

Thoughts: Paired with Korean BBQ steak and rice. Wine and Korean BBQ steak had complimentary flavors, dinner was spectacular! This wine was very good at opening and fantastic after 30 minutes. An exceptional wine for dinner and sheer enjoyment. If I had a restaurant this wine would be at the top of my wine list. Strongly Recommended.


Blend: 100% Tempranillo
AVA: Yakima Valley
Vineyard: Sugarloaf Vineyard
Hand Harvested 26 October 2011
ABV: 13.8%
Closure: Natural Cork
Production: 115 Cases
SRP: $29
Winemaker Josh Stottlemyer
Sample provided by the winery

Stottle Winery & Tasting Room
2641 Willamette Dr NE,  Suite C
Lacey, WA 98516
360-515-0356
www.stottlewinery.com

Spring/Summer Hours:  Wed – Sun : 12pm – 6pm
Fall/Winter Hours:  Wed - Sun : 12pm - 5pm
Open most Monday Holidays - Closed Easter Sunday

Stottle Winery was founded by Amy and Josh Stottlemyer. Winemaker Josh Stottlemyer is the force behind the wines of Stottle Winery. After selling his web development and internet marketing firm he took his passion for wine to the Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle. Where he completed their 2 year winemaking program. Josh also holds a bachelors of science from the University of Minnesota where he studied chemical engineering and geology

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Wine Review: Stottle Winery 2012 Viognier Eldering Vineyard

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wine Review: 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva - Argentina

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A rewarding collaboration creates an uplifting Malbec dominant wine.

Amancaya is produced in Argentina’s Mendoza region, by Nicolas Catena of Bodega Catena, in partnership with Barons de Rothchild (Lafite). Catena is one of South America’s largest wineries.

The Amancaya is a flower of the Andes, worn by native Indian women of Mendoza.

Tasting Notes 2011 Amancaya Gran Reserva:

Color: Dark garnet.
Nose: Earthy, leather jacket, cherry, candied,
Palate: Medium body, dry, spicy cherry, light mid-palate, medium finish with heat.
30 Minutes: Nose candied cherry, dusty leather jacket, tar, cedar liner from a cigar tube. Fuller, tobacco, spice, dried cherry, sip of espresso, dry medium finish. More my speed.
45 minutes: Delivering at this point. Cherry, currant, hint of sage, integrated and enjoyable across the palate.
One hour: Creamy with apple tannin, dry cherry, dry on the cheeks, swirled across the tongue, tobacco, cherry-coffee finish with nice kiss of acid. Not heavy, uplifting and tasty. Masculine wine.

Day two: Gorgeous deep purple color. Dark fruit, violets, candied cherry and tobacco. Rich, fine tannin, dark fruit, slightly smoky and spicy, tobacco, plum on dry grippy finish. Pretty nose and satisfying finish.

Thoughts: A young wine which is still developing. Decant if you drink now. Best served slightly chilled 50-55F. Recommended.


Blend: 70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: Mendoza Argentina
Closure: Natural Cork
ABV: 15%
Sample provided by Pasternak Wine Imports

Produced and bottled by Bodegas Caro in partnership with S.A. Les Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite)/Nicolas Catena

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wine Review: Mackey Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Great things develop with time. 

The Mackey brothers, Philip and Roger launched Mackey Vineyards in 2010. Expect great things from this winery.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Garnet
Nose: Opened with a caress of cherry, rose petal, pencil shavings, and vanilla, joined by chocolate wrapper, caramel taffy, crushed conifer needles and tobacco leaf.
Palate: Medium bright, currant, tart edges, cherry tart, vanilla. Bright at opening.
After 30 minutes bakers chocolate with orange notes on the finish - fresh.
At 60 minutes the wine began to open up, drier and fuller on the palate.
At two hours held steady. Magic window was three hours. Smooth, integrated, earthy read fruit, violets, cigar box, cumin, cherry, anise, very tasty accompaniment to dinner.

Thoughts: At opening a subtle tart wine. Suitable for food, especially Beef Carpaccio, Beef Tartar or an extremely rare bloody steak. For more enjoyment I would decant for at least an hour; interesting aromatics developed while the palate broadened, becoming drier and less tart. Suitable for Filet Mignon, rib roast, leg of lamb and especially Osso Bucco. After three hours dinner and wine were ready - sautéed mushrooms, red wine reduction sauce and tender steaks. The Mackey 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon was a beautiful match. My suggestion is to open and decant for three hours and then enjoy. Plenty of life in this bottle of wine to cellar for at least 5 years. Recommended.


Blend: 80.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.7% Merlot, 4.9% Petit Verdot.
Vineyards: Mackey, Heather Hills, Gamache.
Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 14.2%
SRP: $32
Review sample

Mackey Vineyards
4122 Powerline Road
Walla Walla, WA  99362
Phone:  509.526.5160
www.mackeyvineyards.com

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Wine Review: Holman Ranch 2012 Estate Grown Pinot Gris @holmanranch

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Electric wine, think summer downpour, ozone and lightning in a bottle!

You want this wine. I want more of this wine. Order the Holman Ranch 2012 Estate Grown Pinot Gris when you see it on the menu or buy it direct from the winery. Highly Recommended + Great Value.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Pale gold with green highlights.
Nose: Essence of stone fruit, mineral, ginger skin, a spicy floral note with a hint of pineapple.
Palate: Fresh, mineral, unripe peach pith, dry slate mid-palate, almost tart, with lemon peel on the clean uber dry finish. Yowza! Screams for raw oysters. Would suit soft creamy cheese, bread dipped in olive oil, and fried chicken. Grabbed my attention.

Day Two: Still crisp, good acidity, tingle on teeth, vibrant on the tongue, focused with a long satisfying tart lemon/tangerine with slate finish. So my speed, craving BLT and Mac and Cheese.
A satisfying crisp, dry wine. Highly Recommended + Great Value.


ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Real cork
SRP: $16
Sample provided by the winery

Holman Ranch
P.O. Box 149
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Tel (831) 659-2640
Fax (831) 659-6055
www.holmanranch.com

*Since Holman Ranch is a private residence, all visits are by appointment only. Please call in advance.

Tasting Room
19 E. Carmel Valley Road
Suite C
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Tel (831) 659-2640
Fax (831) 659-6055
wines@holmanranch.com
Tasting Room Hours
Mon–Sun - 11am–6pm
Private Tasting - Call for information

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Review: Holman Ranch 2010 Hunters' Cuvee Pinot Noir @holmanranch

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When you visit Yelp to read the reviews of Holman Ranch and their wines, you will learn that they are rated 5 STARS. Customer feedback is strong and positive. The facility and property are unanimously rated as “gorgeous” and “peaceful” and “out of the way.” Service was also unanimously reported as “exceptional” and “professional.”

The 400 acre property at Holman Ranch has become a venue for weddings, special events and corporate retreats. And they have 19 acres of estate vineyards. Varietals grown on property include: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting Notes Holman Ranch 2010 Hunters' Cuvee Pinot Noir:

Color: Dusky garnet
Nose: Expansive, earthy strawberry, deep raspberry, pepper mill, lilac, bacon fat, lovely aromatics.
Palate: Juicy, medium body, strawberry, blackberry, bright mid-palate, rich red fruit finish. This wine pleased at opening and continued to delight the senses until the bottle was empty.

At two hours it was gorgeous. Chills on that taste.

Thoughts: a superior Pinot Noir that will delight with meals and with cherished company. A true pleasure with spinach salad with bacon crumbs and honey mustard dressing, side of olive oil toasted bread and fried pork chops. I encourage you to seek out Holman Ranch wines. If you are anywhere near Carmel Valley a visit to their property is mandatory. They are on my must visit list.
Strongly Recommended.

ABV: 14.4%
Closure: Natural cork
SRP: $40
Sample provided by winery

Holman Ranch
P.O. Box 149
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Tel (831) 659-2640
Fax (831) 659-6055
www.holmanranch.com

*Since Holman Ranch is a private residence, all visits are by appointment only. Please call in advance.

Tasting Room
19 E. Carmel Valley Road
Suite C
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Tel (831) 659-2640
Fax (831) 659-6055
wines@holmanranch.com
Tasting Room Hours
Mon–Sun - 11am–6pm
Private Tasting - Call for information

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About Holman Ranch

Holman Ranch is located in the Carmel Valley, California. It was originally part of Mexico and the land was bestowed to the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo during the Spanish era. One of the first ranches was the Los Laureles Rancho that included property which today is Holman Ranch. In the 1920's the Ranch served as a retreat for Hollywood celebrities; including Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bara. By the 1940's Holman Ranch became one of the first resorts in the Carmel Valley and host to another generation of Hollywood celebrities. Some of the famous actors you would have seen included: Clark Gable, Vincent Price, Joan Crawford and Marlon Brando.

In 1989 estate vineyards were planted on the property. In 2006 the property was purchased by Thomas and Jarman Lowder. They refurbished and updated the Ranch, fulfilling their dream of making estate grown and bottled wines and olive oil.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wine Review: Salanques 2009 Mas Doix - Priorat


I enjoyed this bottle of wine earlier in the year. At the time I was transitioning to RAW image format on my digital camera. I was shooting RAW without .JPG. Finding photos, I have many, without .JPG thumbnails is almost impossible. Now I shoot RAW with .JPG and that makes it much easier to find photos. Today I made an effort to hunt the "orphaned" RAW files for images of the Salanques Mas Doix. Success! My review may be several months late, but this is a wine worthy of finding.

Note: I like the look of the label. Very cool and presents well. This is my first exposure to Priorat wines. Priorat is a Catalan Denominació d'Origen Qualificada (DOQ) in Catalan for wines produced in the Priorat county to the south-west of Catalonia. There are 50 + wineries in the region which is near Barcelona, Spain. I want to visit.

Tasting notes Salanques 2009 Mas Doix - Priorat:

Color: Clear ruby.
Nose: Dark chocolate, cranberry, wood cutting board, Jasmine perfume, incense, empty cup of coffee.
Palate: Smooth, friendly tannin front of palate with pleasing texture, almost tart on the finish. Cherry and cranberry most obvious at opening. Enjoyable medium bodied wine and perfect for lunch or dinner featuring red meat dishes. I would not have guessed 15% alcohol.

After 30 minutes: The Salanques was more fluid and satisfying mid-palate with fine tannin. It seemed slightly more sophisticated, cherry flesh stood out, some blackberry and hint of dark chocolate and black tea. This wine stimulated my appetite as I began to crave lamb chops. A grilled rib-eye would have made me happy too.

Next day: This wine has some age potential. A modest nose, but quite lovely on the finish, supple with an almost viscous quality I found endearing. Flavor spot on too, sage, mint stem, dark fruit with spiced plum and blueberry compote down the middle. Modest tannin, appropriate acid kept it together. Medium long finish.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this wine. Suitable for the table at opening and only improved with time. Not in your face, very food friendly. I had a suitable snack of white cheddar with truffle, whole grain crackers and Marcona almonds. The wine matched wonderfully with the fat of the cheese and almonds. I'd keep the menu simple with fatty meats. Avoid spicy, tomato based dishes. Recommended.



Region: Priorat D.O. Qualificada
Country: Catalan/Spain
Blend: 65% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 10 % Syrah
ABV: 15%
Closure: Natural Cork
Gift from my sister-in-law
Online prices: $30 - $36
www.masdoix.com

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Wine Review: Heinz Eifel 2011 Spätlese, Mosel, Germany

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Friday wine. 

This wine was featured on our Wine Muse World Tour #WineMuse podcast show.

Heinz Eifel takes personal control over the whole wine making process: from grapevine to bottling. His daughter, Anne Eifel-Spohr has taken over the position of winemaker for the HEINZ EIFEL label. She has been active in the company since 2001 and continues the long family tradition started in 1640. I enjoyed speaking with winemaker Anne-Eifel Spohr on our #winemuse podcast. You can listen to the recorded podcast here.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Pale Gold
Nose: Mineral hit, steely, intense, pear, honey, cinnamon from sagebrush. Big like.
Palate: Honeyed pear, apricot, not heavy sweet, touch of sweet backed by great acidity, medium-heavy, nice weight and lovely flavors, spicy cinnamon, nice brace of acid back of cheeks. Luxurious fruit finish.

Day two: Lovely, still fresh, bright steely nose with cinnamon. Nice acid tingle under the tongue. Balanced. Flavors of gently ripe honeyed nectarine went down easy. Appealing light finish. If you are looking for a revitalizing white wine, this is it. Even with some bluesy jazz playing, I was uplifted by this wine. Wonderful Friday wine.


Thoughts: Good match with Beechers Cheese herbal curds, nice savory/sweet mix. A low alcohol, semi-sweet Riesling, perfect for summer meals. Day two it was a relaxed, delicious, refreshing wine. Pair with best friends, favorite kick-back music and good books. I also appreciate the label design. Bring a taste of Germany home. Recommended + Good Value.

Closure: Screw Cap
ABV: 8%
SRP: $14
Sample provided by Winesellers Ltd.

Spätlese (literal meaning: "late harvest"; plural form is Spätlesen) is a German wine term for a wine from fully ripe grapes, the lightest of the late harvest wines. Spätlese is a riper category than Kabinett in the Prädikatswein category of the German wine classification. Spätlese is below Auslese in terms of ripeness. The grapes are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, so they are riper and have a higher must weight.

Spätlese works well with spicy fare, fruit dishes, lobster, scallops and fish, pork, BLT sandwiches and smoked meat.

Mosel is the most famous of Germany's 13 official wine regions – is also the third largest in terms of production. It follows the path of the Mosel river from its confluence with the Rhine river near Koblenz, upstream and south-west to Germany's border with Luxembourg and France. This region also includes the Saar and Ruwer tributaries, and was formerly known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer until August 2007, when the name was officially shortened to Mosel.

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