Hot on the heels of SJ came my old pal Brian with his cohort Meghan. Meghan is lucky to rep a handful of high quality California wineries so today we got to taste:
Kunde Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 2011
A fifth generation wine-making family who’s projects are certified Sustainable Farms. This wine sports a clear light golden hue. On the nose I get candy corn and wet cardboard with a little carmelized pineapple for good measure. Good clean attack of fresh fruit and bright, bright acidity that sticks to the teeth. Clean and balanced. Nice, juicy & friendly. +719820 the low side of $$
Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Los Carneros, Napa Chardonnay 2012
Absolutely clear golden colour. The nose throws pear, coconut oil, fresh raw corn, wet gravel and mandarin orange at you. Pretty, middle way attack that opens to clean giant fruit and acidity. Slight savoury celery notes appear that refreshes and clears the palate enticing you to sip again. This Chardonnay is humungous and magical. I think you should try it. +761363 $$
Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
This wine is on the bar at BiBO and is always a runaway favorite with Pinot drinkers. Always fun to taste again though! Clear mid ruby hue. Classic Pinot nose. Earthy, bright cherry notes. Sour cherry pie in a quiet, old farmhouse. Biggish, old school attack with lots of cherry and tobacco. It carries sweet notes of fruit and perfect balance with a silken mouth-feel. The finish is deep and long and changes to juniper. Romantic and pretty. +763368 $$
Kunde Zinfandel 2011
Shiny, mid-ruby colour. Spicy christmas cake nose with bone marrow, clove and nutmeg. Super clean and crisp. Lean, spicy mouth-feel layered with ongoing spice, dried fruit and mushroom. Just amazing. This one should be on the shelf at BiBO this week. +722895 $$ A real bargoon.
Clos Pegase Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Dark purple-burgundy hue. Surprisingly menthol nose with cardboard, black plum, saskatoon berry and wild carrot. Dense, plummy attack opeing to black licoroce that grips the tongue and wrestles it into blissful submission. Very dark. Very complex. Very sexy. +763364 $$$ Get it while you can… the 2011 is on its way.
Girard Artistry Bordeaux Blend 2011
51% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest filled out by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Aged in all french oak. The colour is red velvet draperies. Elegant nose of red currant, blackberry, black plum, anise and cranberry. Absolutely silken attack. The fruit, acidity and tannin are all woven like a silk kimono for the mouth, patterned with night blooming flowers and perfumed with a subtle warm spice. +748852 On the high side of $$, it’s still a bargain. Intoxicating but not in a drunken sense.
As I go through the notes I make and write them here for you, it occurs to me that there are certain words i use quite a bit. Words like: hue, attack, opening. finish… but also in the descriptive words. It seems that on some days, the nose and palate are prone to highlight certain aromas or flavors. I try not to worry too much about this as the discovery of wine is an on-going education. For me, the important thing is to give the wine my full attention and to write my impressions as they occur. I don’t edit for publication, so what you see is what I got. My hope is that you might use my example to begin to write your own notes and build your personal scent library so that you may ride the life-long roller-coaster that is wine education.