Sunday, October 23, 2016

Origen 43 - 2014; Casa Magoni; Baja California, Mexico

This lovely Italian style wine from Mexico is a treat to be had.  It's a blend of Montepulciano 30%, Aglianico 30%, Canaiolo 15%, Sangiovese 15%, and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%.  Holding your glass up to the light, you'll notice a nice garnet hue.  On the nose, this wine is quite fruity and floral with notes of cherries and raspberries. What your tongue will notice are spices, smokiness, some pepper, and soft tannins.  The mineral notes are quite pronounced, but the acidity is mild to moderate and it does have a refreshing aftertaste.  Overall, a nice medium bodied red blend to ease the long day.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chopo Monastrell - 2014; Finca Bacara; Murcia, Spain

This wine is a good example of not judging a wine by its price.  Let's start with the initial pour.  It will be quite hot at first, so wait a good ninety minutes before you enjoy this one.  Otherwise, your pre-judging will kick in. After that time, it really begins to open up.  You'll enjoy the fruit forward aroma.  The tannins are medium, yet the finish is somewhat light and smooth.  Pair this with neutral foods and you'll have an easy drinking wine for many occasions.  Oh....and the price point...under $10!  For this wine and this price, you're definitely getting a good bang for the buck!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hensell – 2015; Kuhlman Cellars; Stonewall, Texas

If you like Provencal-style Rosé, then you are going to fall madly in love with this one. Dry…..YES!  That makes this a wine worth enjoying daily. Made from Cinsault grapes, that initial pink salmon color pouring into your wine glass is just the first sensory step.  Take the time to breath in all those fresh ripe aromas and prepare yourself to enjoy the way a Rosé was meant to be enjoyed.  Strawberries, raspberries, and crème…oh my!  You want to enjoy what you’ve just sipped now!  That’s ok.  In this case, it would be a crime not to overindulge a little.  That second sip just reinforces those first flavors plus that satisfaction of pucker along the corners.  The acidity on the front and back is just icing on the cake, however,  the long lasting finish is the pièce de résistance!  Buy enough cases, and you just might want to bathe in it as well.  Santé ! Santé !

Sunday, September 25, 2016

City Scape Winery - Pelzer, South Carolina

If you want to take a drive off the beaten path and really get way out into the middle of nowhere in the country,  then this might be your winery destination. Stop, relax, and have fun while you get ready to sample a wealth of offerings at City Scape Winery.  The current owners, Josh and Deb Jones, bought the winery from Wayne and Anita Tamme last year.  The winery has been open for about eight years. Josh and Deb had been practicing wine making prior to buying the winery and were delighted to take over the business at City Scape when the opportunity arose. The location and setting is quite beautiful.  The tasting room is relaxing with a welcoming cozy feel. There are about two acres currently planted on the twelve-acre estate.  Carlos and Noble Muscadine vines can be found here in addition to some Black Spanish. They also source from other vineyards to help supplement their production.  All wines are made on site.   You'll get to  try a nice selection of wines from whites, to blushes, to reds, and yes....dessert!  The Pineapple Riesling is really special and will put smile on your face.  Their white Muscadines are a nice surprise. The Palmetto Gold white Muscadine has a little bit of a whisky taste to it!  You'll really like the Raspberry White Zin which has the expected raspberry notes.  Their red Muscadine wines are not harsh at all and pack lovely fruit flavors that make them quite pleasant.  The Carolina Nights is a mix of Blackberry, Merlot, and Noble.  Nothing is overpowering and it comes across as well balanced.  Their Dark Chocolate Red is a proprietary blend that pairs very well with dark chocolate.  They've also made a good light tasting Blackberry Merlot.  When you end off your tasting with the Coffee Delight (port style wines) you might want to be outside on the patio to relish the surrounding scenery.  These are some good quality wines to enjoy at a great price. The owners have plans for renovations and enhancements for the estate that include a bed and breakfast. It’s a super friendly place to sit, sip, and enjoy the pleasant county side of South Carolina. Stop by and sip a spell!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

V - 2015; Casa Madero; Valle de Parras, Mexico

Add this Rosé to your hot afternoon summertime treat list.  Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, this Rosé wine is quite aromatic.  On the nose, this wine greets with peach and melon aromas as you begin your tasting journey.  Next, your palate is met with a sweet and slight zing of subtle effervescence, which quickly dissipates to flavors of tart green apples and herbs. This is a semi-dry to crisp wine.  It is a fine testament to what Mexico has to offer in producing some great wines. Though you may not be very familiar with wines from Mexico, we welcome you to get acquainted with this one and this winery, which is one of the oldest in North America and in Mexico. Enjoy this one and relish what it means to be living well!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Aglianico – 2012; Duchman Family Winery; Driftwood, Texas

Oh man, yes this wine is that good!  Take that initial gaze into that vibrant ruby color.  Spiced berries, cigars, and floral notes will be there to great your first sip. After the first few sips, you’ll pick up flavors of cherry, strawberry, and elegant spices.  It has a light body at first, but really develops more moderate density after being opened.  It’s about medium acidity, so it should pair well with many fine foods.  With a nice structure and well-rounded feel, you’ll savor those lasting moments of a fantastic finish!  Yes, the pronunciation can be a challenge, but it shouldn’t deter you from trying this varietal or this wine. It is very aromatic and flavorful with sufficient body and soft tannins to satisfy those who love a good rich red wine. It is a worthy successor to the 2011 vintage. Enjoy well!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Six years and still going…

A month behind posting this, but there was a lot of good wine to drink and blog about. J  Somehow, our wine inventory has exploded over the last year.  But that just means more great wines to write about in the future!  As we look forward to another exciting year of sipping and blogging, we hope to feature some wonderful little known wineries from some unexpected locations.  It is always a treat to visit one of those small tucked away boutique places before others know about them, as well as, finding that hard to find bottle of wine at a small town store.  We’ll certainly have these plus many more surprise wines to feature for the next year to come.  Salute!