Basserman Jordan Riesling Trocken QbA 2012 – 19.97 – Floral on the nose, then white tree fruit on the palate with bright green apples and pear. Balanced acids, refreshing. 5.8 grams of sugar, balanced by 7.5 grams of acid / L. Pfalz river valley. Entry level QbA. Light on its feet, leading to a more full than expected mid-palate and elegant finish. Spectacular for an entry level wine…
Mrs. Wigley Rose’ 2012 – 15.57 – Named after a neighboring cat that took up residence in an open top fermenter at the winery, and was then raised on Myponga Cheddar cheese. Nose – Fresh strawberry cream and cherry, raspberry, Palate – raspberry fruit. Cranberry juice crisp acid, light spice (cinnamon & white pepper). Rose water, watermelon, sweet red berry fruit. From the Wirra Wirra Vineyards people. Grenache. McLaren Vale, Australia. 2.4 g/L sugar versus TA (titratable acid) 7 g / L
Gavone Barbera D’asti 2012 – 11.57 –Bright red berry fruit in this Barbera, with lively acids. This one is unoaked (see price) and lets the fruit come through all nice and pretty. Minimal tannins, a versatile food wine, will drink well by itself, can take a chill, and has the acid to handle tomato based pasta dishes. Also wants to play with Sausage & Arugula pizza.
Arroba- Merlot 2009 – 14.57 – North Coast, Mendocino County – Rich, with extended barrel age. Nice layers and lengthy finish. $20 elsewhere. Plum, baking chocolate nose, Nice acid and spice balance in the finish. Great quality to price ratio at under $15. Tasty goodness.
Sullivan Vineyards Red Ink 2011 – 40.97 – Pre-Sale – Also estate – Cabernet / Merlot / Syrah. More supple entry, tightens up. Syrah makes it quite a bit lighter. Like it. “The bright and inviting fruit-focused aromas and rich juicy flavors take center stage, while subtle vanilla-oak nuances from barrel aging linger in the background.”
Sullivan Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2009 – 68.97 – Pre-Sale – Herb, mineral, plum, dust. Good. Scrubby, Cabernet drinkers’ Merlot. Estate. Oak / Chocolate / Spice. “A classic big Merlot from Rutherford that is fat and well balanced with flavors of chocolate, mocha and stone fruits. The finish lingers with berry and coffee notes.”
Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – 79.97 – Pre-Sale – Silky initial fruit, gets serious quickly. Tannins, a lot of wine. Cherry, juicy, acid, some alcohol heat. This is the last of the 2010. The 2010 vintage presents with deep black and purple hues. Deeply concentrated with aromas of blueberries, cassis and plum combine with dark chocolate and classic Rutherford dust on the nose. Full and rich with flavors of blueberry, blackberries and tobacco are ever present and intertwine with integrated notes of oak maturation.