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Wine Review – The Riddler Napa Valley Red – Lot One

24 Aug

This was a fun wine for me to drink because I enjoy a good riddle.  The wine producer, Stratton Lummis, challenges its audience to guess what grape varietals make up this blend.  The only hint they provide is that the wine contains “all the varietals you would expect in a Napa red”.  Here’s are my impressions – the wine is dark and opaque like purple ink.  The smell has lots of violets, spice, and red fruit (not to mention alcohol).  When I taste it I get raspberries, black cherries, and some plums.  The wine’s tannins are medium, so not too strong or overwhelming and the wine’s acid (think lemon sensation) makes the wine feel refreshing.  If I had to venture a guess, I would say the grape varietals are (1) Merlot; (2) Cabernet; and (3) Syrah. – Brandon

Wine Review – Sagelands Vineyard

25 Mar

Sagelands Vineyard
Sagelands is located in the “Four Corners” of Washington’s Columbia Valley-Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills and Walla Walla Valley. The area has become known as one of the better growing regions for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Washington State.

Sagelands winemaker’s notes:

Our 2007 Sagelands Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of another excellent harvest in the Four Corners of Washington’s Columbia Valley. Vineyards here give our Cabernet Sauvignon its beautiful, deep garnet color and sweet scents of ripe dark cherry and huckleberry jam, with hints of cocoa, pie spices and sweet, freshly cut pipe tobacco. The flavors mirror the fruit-filled aromas, with nicely integrated tannins providing supple structure. These long, richly textured flavors culminate in a peppery spice finish.

Your Palate feeling a little Insecure?

23 Nov

Insecure - adjective, (1) subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured; (2) not confident or certain; uneasy; anxious; (3) not secure;; exposed or liable to risk, loss, or danger; (4) not firmly or reliably placed or fastened.

This accurately described me when I first got into wine and the wine writers and critics didn’t make it any better.  What I have learned over the years is that most of the information, while helpful in some instances, can be too restrictive and claustrophobic.   (more…)