Grab Bag tasting with Favorite Brands

ElaEla Vinho Verde 2013 – 7.57 – Portugal. Juicy, clean, Atlantic influence Minho province Vinho Verde on the cheap from Claudia Rodrigues. So good we keep it in even though the label looks like a tampon commercial. Refreshing green fruit with white floral notes, lightly spritzy. Inexpensive, low alcohol, Texas summer pool pounder. Arinto, Azal, Loureiro, Trajadura? Alvarinho? A mix of the usual suspects, not sure what is in there, and don’t care too much… This is very good stuff to have around in the summer.

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Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 17.57 – New Zealand. More crisp, cooler vintage, intense. Tree fruit, lemon zest, tropical, classic Marlborough grapefruit. Medium body, nice and crisp, aromatics above with some varietal cut grass action happening. More ripe than the Loire for comparison, but cooler 2012 is bringing a little pyrazine-based jalapeno pepper on the nose and palate.

Poppy Chardonnay 2013 – 13.57 – Central Coast, CA. Youthful notes of lemon and honeysuckle are layered over ripe melon, nutmeg, and clove. The perception of sweetness is derived from fruit ripeness, aging on regularly stirred yeast lees in the presence of aged French Oak. The balance between barrel fermentation and stainless steel fermentation, partial malo, barrel aging and stainless steel aging. Some juicy acid, some softer, light creaminess, but not buttery, hint of oak, not clobbering. A crowd pleaser.

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Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2012 – 17.57 –  2012 has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months time it receives in, only, French oak barrels. – From the winery. From the very nice Bill Easton (and Jane O’Riordan) Blended from 25, 40, 60, and 80-year old vines, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Aged in new and aged French oak.

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