Gems in My Glass . . . November 2011

9:43 am Gems in MY Glass . . ., Tasting Notes

Lucas Family C’T’Z’N Chardonnay, Lodi: Essence of lemon verbena jumps out of the glass with this zesty Chardonnay. On the palate it showcases purity and freshness with flavors of crisp pear, lemon zest and a touch of fresh chives alongside an ever so subtle hint of oak. Lifted with beautiful acidity, this lively Chardonnay finishes delightfully clean.

Rombauer 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: Pleasingly aromatic with blackberry and black currant notes and a hint of florality leading to a mouthful of dark berry fruit, a dash of spice and tea leaf notes surround a nice backbone of supple tannins. Lush and viscous with a long lasting finish.

Rivino 2009 Viognier, Mendocino: Enticing fresh white peaches flecked with citrus greet the nose and marry with lychee and exotic spice notes coating the mouth fully. Handsomely textured, bright and fresh with lively acidity; an elegant and impressive example of new world Viognier.

Gruet 2007 Chardonnay, New Mexico: Satisfying aromas of fresh pineapple and a touch of herbs rise from the glass and broaden nicely on the palate with tropical fruit, fresh buttered toast, and beautiful minerality adding complexity. Well balanced with plenty of acidity offsetting the rich fruit.

Terra Savia 2003 Hoplander, Mendocino: This well-crafted blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot opens with enticing black cherry and tobacco aromas beckoning you into the glass. Complex and layered with generous spice and sandalwood highlighting the cassis and black cherry fruit. Boasts a plush texture with firm tannins and a finish that sings.

Bourassa Vineyards 2006 Symphony3 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: Alluring aromas of black cassis and licorice set the stage for layers of olive, fresh mint, blackberry and cassis and a touch of cigar spice unfolding deliciously on the palate. Full bodied with firm tannins suggest its age worthiness – this is a complex, well-crafted Cab.

Pahlmeyer 2007 Chardonnay, Napa Valley: This powerfully elegant Chardonnay is intensely aromatic with tree ripened fruit and buttered toast notes seducing the senses. Tiers of sliced peaches and creamy pears sprinkled with fresh herbs, a splash of citrus, and beautifully integrated oak weave delectably across the palate. Rich, pure and elegant from first sip to memorably lingering finish.

Windy Oaks 2008 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains: Enticing aromas of earthy, dried cherry and berry notes on the nose are followed by a delightful burst of red cherry flavors upon entry. The forest floor notes hold firm alongside cherry, wild berry and baking spices that unravel lusciously on the palate. Gutsy and full flavoured with plenty of finesse.

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