Friday, October 31, 2014

2012 Seven Hills McClellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

HAPPY HALLOWINE!!!  Ok, so I left work and got right home to carve a pumpkin and get ready for all the ghosts and goblins to come asking for candy from 6-8 pm, and the pumpkin is carved, seeds are in the oven and now it's time for a glass of wine before the chaos begins!  And tonight I've opened a bottle of my most recent wine club selection from Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla (one of my favorites!), the 2012 McClellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon!

The wine is a lovely deep violet in the glass with great clarity.  The nose is quite nice, with aromas of leather over some ripe boysenberry and cherry notes and just a hint of dried herbs.  The taste is just wonderful, with a rather subdued bit of fruit up front, berries and cherry that quickly gives way to some lovely mineral notes midpalate, dusty limestone and basalt and a bit of peppercorn.  The tannins are young but very well integrated, lending a bit of spice and velvelty mouthfeel for the long, smooth dry finish.

Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, with plenty of room to improve with some time in the cellar.  It was also a lot less expensive than I expected, with a list price of $45 and with my wine club discount it was only $38!  Maybe not an everyday wine, but for a special occasion like Hallowine, it's ideal!  Tonight I'm just having a glass with handing-out-candy duty, but it would be ideal with a nice steak or a hearty Italian meal, but for tonight, considering the kids are coming soon and it just started snowing (SNOWING?!?!?) it's just fine by itself.  Cheers!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2012 Herringbone Napa Valley Red Wine

Well, it's midweek, no time to relax, no time to cook, but there's always time for wine!  And tonight midst the mid-week boredom I've decided to open a bottle of Napa Valley red wine that I recently bought from Wines Till Sold Out, this one from the rumored to be fantastic 2012 vintage, the 2012 Herringbone Napa Valley Red Wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which should be enough to get me through the evening!

The wine has a nice deep purple color in the glass, with a nice ring of bright ruby along the edges.  The nose is a pleasant combination of leather, blackberry and plum accented with a hint of vanilla bean.  The taste is actually quite nice, a good amount of ripe fruit up front, blackberry, plum and cherry cola that transitions nicely to some mineral notes of dusty limestone and basalt midpalate, quite characteristic of a Bordeaux style blend of these two varietals.  The tannins are young but firm, providing some structure to the long, smooth and very dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it's a very easy drinking and food friendly red that was also a terrific value at only $12!  Tonight I am pairing this wine with everyone's favorite midweek dinner, leftovers!  A bit of marinaded London Broil, some roasted purple potatoes and an Asian kale and cabbage salad, and of course the wine is perfect for pairing with some big red meat, cheers!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2012 Woodward Canyon Barbera

About a decade or so ago, I stopped at Woodward Canyon in Walla Walla and tried some of their wonderful Barbera, and I must admit I've been a fan ever since.  So tonight I am going to treat myself and open a bottle of the most recent vintage, the 2012 Woodward Canyon Estate Barbera from Walla Walla!

The wine is a deep inky purple in the glass with some brighter ruby along the edges.  The nose is an adventure in decadent aromas, raspberry, blackberry and cassis along with a good bit of leather, graphite and forest floor.  The taste is just a treat, with a blast of ripe fruit at the outset, ripe berries, plum and raisin that reminds you a bit of a nice Amarone.  The fruit transitions flawlessly to some wonderfully spicy notes of white pepper, vanilla and dark chocolate midpalate.  The finish, is smooth, dry and voluptuous, as the smooth tannins are integrated seamlessly, creating a wine that's a pleasure to drink from the first sip to the last glass.

Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a great example of the varietal and one of my personal favorites.  At a price of $29 from the winery, it's worth every penny in my opinion.  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a rather unusual dinner for a northern Italian varietal, medium rare grilled London broil, with some cheesy potatoes and steamed asparagus, as the fruit and acidity are perfect with what can be a tougher cut of beef.  Cheers!