Monday, May 21, 2012

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

The 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of Sonoma County’s most prestigious appellations and blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each vineyard, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Made to accentuate the high-toned, delightful fruits of Sonoma County's vineyards, this wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with an underlying dry creek dustiness. The round, full mouth feel has just enough structure to lead it into a fruit focused finish.

Indaba Chenin Blanc 2010

Although this is not my favorite style of South African Chenin Blanc, I have to give them credit for making a relatively complex, terribly interesting bottle of wine. Typically, with South African Chenin Blanc, I can catch some of that Loire Valley earthy, mineral mustiness. This one does not have that to the extent I like. What it does have, that I am not all that happy about, is too much Granny Smith Apple malic acid. It dominates the palate and masks most of the other flavors. Possibly I tasted this too cold, because as it warmed, I started to make notes of mineral, and shale. It has a deep golden color. The mouth feel is medium plus bodied, with a very nice, oily, lanolin viscosity. The nose has a honeysuckle and dried hay. The honey continues on through the palate with some citrus, and even a little pineapple. The finish is mineral and citrus, with some honey.

Torresella 2008 Nero d'Avola

Nero d’Avola (Calabrese) is the most important and widely planted red-wine grape variety in Sicily. Vast volumes of Nero d’Avola are produced on the island every year, and have been for centuries. The dark-skinned grape is of great historical importance to Sicily and takes its present-day name from the town of Avola on the island’s south-east coast. The area was a hotbed of trade and population movement during the Middle Ages and Nero d’Avola was frequently used to add color and body to lesser wines on the Italian mainland.

Nero d'Avola is the signature variety of Sicily, the land of sea, sun, art and good food. At Torresella, meticulous selection has created a wine that reflects the authentic Sicilian spirit in Nero d'Avola's aromatic abundance of red fruits, spices, and Mediterranean herbs. Torresella's sustainable practices, symbolized on the label, ensure an ongoing commitment to preserving the environment.

I found this to be very grape like and less wine, the sour taste and fruity texture didn't meet my tasting standards.