Friday, March 23, 2012

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Founded in 1880, Geyser Peak Winery owns 120 acres of estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, a region supremely suited to producing world class Cabernet For this wine we source fruit from the central to southern regions of the valley where the cooling influence of the fog and coastal breezes have a dramatic effect on the climate
Vintage: 2006
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Acid: 6.0 g/L
PH: 3.65
Alcohol %: 13.5
Tasting Notes:
Known for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery’s intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and black pepper. In typical Geyser Peak style, the bright fruit is nicely supported by a restrained oak character. The palate is rich, round and lush, seamlessly pairing the cherry and berry fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The fine-grained tannins meld into a persistent, lingering finish.
Winemaker Notes:
Within its narrow confines, Alexander Valley provides a surprisingly diverse array of terroirs for Cabernet Sauvignon. The best lots for this wine came from well-drained hillside and benchland vineyards located above the valley floor. In 2006, we further refined our Cabernet program with particular attention to our estate Cabernet vineyards, as well as to minute variations in ripeness levels within a given vineyard. By picking only specific rows, or blocks, of vines at a particular time, and then fermenting these block separately, we were able to ensure optimal ripeness and quality.—Mick Schroeter

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tin Roof 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tin Roof wines originate in choice vineyards located in California’s acclaimed North Coast and Central Coast wine-growing regions. These ideally situated, cool-climate vineyards foster slow, even ripening of the grapes, enabling us to produce outstanding super-premium wines with an ideal balance of rich, ripe fruit flavors and crisp acidity.

Blending state-of-the-art technology with old-world, artisan winemaking techniques, we craft bright, fruit-forward Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, a delicate, refreshing Rosé, and rich, complex Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon.

Boasting distinctive varietal characteristics, these delicious, handcrafted wines are richly flavored, yet refined; fruit-forward, yet complex. They display the seamlessly integrated oak character and textural elegance that are the hallmarks of super-premium wine quality.

The Tin Roof Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, sophisticated red with lush cherry and dark berry flavors, smooth tannins, and a judicious dash of toasty oak. It’s a perfect match for grilled steak, roast beef, rack of lamb, veal medallions, venison stew, red-sauce pastas, and soft ripening cheeses.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

An Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely Dead Brilliant

LONDON February 2012

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, launched a lawsuit and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Punto Final Reserva Malbec 2006

Definitely one of my all time favorite Malbec. 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Punto Final Reserva contains 99% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc aged for 10 months in French oak. It, too, was sourced from vineyards over 50 years of age but with lower yields. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of cedar, scorched earth, lavender, and black cherry. Layered, dense, and concentrated, it has tons of savory black fruit, spice notes, and excellent balance. This lengthy effort can be enjoyed now but will evolve in the bottle for 2-3 years." (08/09) This is a big wine, but not a monster. Boldly structured, the Reserva is a much more serious effort than the Clasico. Showing an opaque, purple-black color, this reserve bottling shows deeply pitched dark fruit and cocoa aromas, with a hint of braised meat adding more complexity. It is extracted on the palate, chock full of blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors. A modern style to be sure, but still showing good balance, this wine is an incredible bargain.