Category: Uncorked Tonight
(December 27, 2017) ... One more wine from my own cellar before I head off to Australia and New Zealand ...
Zinio 2015 Garnacha (Spain) ... Rioja has never been a favourite of mine, the old school versions are just dated to me and seem to lean on oxidized and dried fruit along with forest floor instead of fruit, but as the new school of winemakers take hold they are bridging the gap and making Rioja seem relevant again ... case in point, this Zino has lots of up front fruit, namely cherry and plum backed by elegant spices, it's a little lean but ultimately it's a tasty wine with a spiced-cherry finish and 14.5% alcohol ... it really bridges the gap between the old school Rioja and the contemporary winemaking of other regions in Spain.
Category: Uncorked Tonight
(December 23, 2017) ... Love going to Dave's for dinner, heck I'd be there every week if I lived in Michigan, but sadly we seem to only get together at this time of year ... but oh the fun we have and the wines we drink:
Copain 2013 Wendling Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley (California) ... Dave's a pinot-phile and he shows his great taste in them with this opener: the first thing you notice is the long finish (funny but true) then everything else starts to come into focus, the earthy, toasty plum-cranberry, burnt-raspberry, smoky-pomegranate, white pepper; it's lots of fun for the tongue.
Allegrini 2014 La Grola (Italy) ... This had all the markings of something we might enjoy, but the pine resin / needle and forest floor nose should have been a tip off to our mouths; palate was more herbal and spice, with plenty of perceptible alcohol plus pine with dark fruit nibbling around the edges.
Marietta 2014 Christo (California) ... I'm a fan of Marietta's non-vintage lot series, but Dave pulls out this 60% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 14% Grenache and 4% Viognier blend and I'm gobsmacked: mocha, black cherry, spicy black pepper, big, bold, and brash, but layered with subtle floral from the Viognier, plus some cigar box and dark plum; the 15.2% alcohol also came as a surprise.
Kilikanoon 2003 Slap Shot Shiraz (Australia) ... I brought this sucker along, Dave sold it to me some 10 or so years back, it was being cleared at $5.99 and nobody wanted it till Dave got his hands on it, then he couldn't keep it in stock. At 14 years of age, a celebrity branded wine, and with chees-o packaging this wine has no right to be this good and for $5.99. You could have knocked us both over with a feather: raspberry, chalky mineral, cherry, plum fruit and all so still alive and lively - soft, supple, smooth, and totally delicious - as it may open we kept coming back to it thinking it would soon die, but instead it got better and our last sips were of pure red fruit freshness, bright and lively with a subtle hint of white pepper.
Precedent 2015 Zinfandel, Evangelho Vineyard - Contra Costa County (California) ... Dave knows my penchant for Zin and he delivers a delight every year; this one hit all the Zinfandel highlights: cherry-cola, Dr. Pepper, and some pretty floral notes on the nose, plate proved to be rich in cherry, plum, and blueberry ... the fruit was soft and elegant and the wine was just superbly good - I expect nothing less from a Dave-Zin-pick.