Tasting Notes

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Jim's Blog | No Comments

ALL SAINTS MARSANNE 2010
“The bouquet of this wine is textbook straw, honeycomb and anise; the palate is vibrant, fresh and focused, with tangy acidity providing line and length; the textural component raises interesting opportunities for food and wine matching.” 91 points James Halliday. $18.97

GINA GALLO SIGNATURE PINOT NOIR 2012
“Complex aromas and flavors include cherry, pomegranate, boysenberry and lavender. Well-integrated notes of oak and vanilla from barrel aging complement a soft, silky mouthfeel to create a rich expression of Pinot Noir from the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands. 90 points Jim Tobin. $25.97

LAS ROCAS GARNACHA 2009
“The 2009 Las Rocas is 100% Garnacha sourced from 80-year-old vines from the DO of Calatayud with 25% of the wine aged in wood. It is a forward, savory, ripe, succulent offering that should prove to be a crowd-pleaser. It is an outstanding value that will deliver enjoyment over the next 5 years.” 90 points Wine Advocate. $10.97

ALPHA ESTATE XINOMAVRO 2009
“This adds a few octaves to the usually delicate character of Xinomavro grown in Amyndeon’s sandy soils, the flavors ranging from deeply fruity and darkly truffled into higher registers of roses and herbs. The acidity keeps it lively and fresh, making this a wine you could open tonight with lamb chops, or age for another few years.” 92 points Wine & Spirits. $19.97

SEGHESIO ZINFANDEL 2011
“An excellent wine from a challenging vintage, with aromas of black cherry and spice opening to rich wild berry, mineral and toasty sage flavors that wrap around a concentrated core of acidity and tannins. Best from 2015 through 2021.” 92 points Wine Spectator. $19.97

L’AVENTURE OPTIMUS 2012
“The 2012 Optimus should certainly match or exceed the incredible 2011. Full-bodied, seamless and downright sexy, with classy berry fruit, licorice, violets, and spring flowers, it should be approachable on release and have a decade of longevity. Drink 2014-2022.” 93-95 points Robert Parker. $44.97