Monday, December 26, 2005

Wine Review: Zinfandel, Montevina 2003, Terra d'Oro, Amador County

Our Comments
This Montevina Winery [Link] wine came to us in a gift exchange at Peggy and Georges, 2005, Drank 12/24/2005. Very Good, spicy, held up very well with the other wines of the same or a better price point that we tasted and drank on Christmas Eve 2005. [My Rating [Link], 8.5] I like this a lot and would buy again, even if I had to pay for it.

Mystery wine reviewers notes:

This classic foothill zinfandel showcases jammy berry fruit aromas accented by red spice scents and hints of truffles and oak vanillin. Its rich, focused, brambly flavors are supported by firm but supple tannins and persist into a long, fruit-filled finish. This Zinfandel beautifully complements grilled and barbecued meats, rack of lamb, and pasta in red sauce.

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Wine Review: Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder Winery, Napa Valley, 2002

Our Comments
I bought this Mount Veeder Winery [Link] wine at Trader Joe's Dec 2005, Drank 12/25/2005. Well balanced and a treat. We had this at Christmas dinner 2005 and it was a hit. Not a big oak cab, this will not knock your socks off, but consistent from the first sip to the nice finish. If slow and steady wins the race this is a real winner. [My Rating [Link], 9] We like this a lot.

Mystery wine reviewers notes:

The 2002 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is solid and well-made, with a trim band of cedar, currant, herb and fresh earth flavors that are well-proportioned, if lacking extra flavor dimensions. Drink now through 2012..."

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Family matters

I hope you are having a great family holiday. I am taking a posting break from this blog, to spend time with my family. I will be posting some of these holiday activities and you are invited to follow along at the Sloan family blog [Link].

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Wine Review: Zinfadel, Cline, Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley 2002

Our Comments
Bought During Sonora Trip 2004, Drank 12/7/2005, Susie said "This one is a winner." A real pleasant Zin, This is all about balance! Not a monster zin, very mellow, well balanced and easy to drink, finishes nice. Well balanced. [My Rating [Link], 9] We like this a lot.

Wine makers notes: The 2002 Sonoma Dry Creek Zinfandel is derived from five separate Dry Creek appellation vineyards. Combining fruit from both hillside and valley floor has produced a wine of excellent depth and flavor with the characteristic Dry Creek spiciness.
Fermentation and Aging
Individual lots of fruit for this Zinfandel were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. The grapes underwent near total destemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must — contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel with select cultured yeasts. The grape juice, skins and seeds (called “Must”) was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. The wines were pressed off their skins at dryness and racked gently before being laid down to a complement of small French and American oak cooperage for 14 months — approximately 40% of the barrels are new American Oak.
Winemaker’s Comments
The 2002 Sonoma Dry Creek Zinfandel shows concentrated dark berry, firm tannin structure and great acid. Prolonged aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes. Enjoy this wine presently for its effusive black fruit, or cellar for 5 to 7 years. An excellent accompaniment to grilled Tri-tip or Porcini Risotto.

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