Gems in My Glass . . . May 2010

Gems in MY Glass . . ., Tasting Notes

Cos d’Estournel 1982, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France:  Drinking beautifully and still has plenty of life ahead.  Rich, dark black plum fruit, a delicate floral note and a touch of tobacco greet the nose and flow onto the palate with subtle oak, graphite, minerality, cigar box and orange peel essence.   Complex with refined tannins and a long-lasting aftertaste.  A classic St Estephe.

Mazzocco Winery 2007 Maple Reserve Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, CA:  Blackberry jam and spice rise from the glass and lead to delightful flavors of candy apple and dense concentrated berries with a generous dash of white pepper on the palate; instant gratification!  Juicy and well put together with a dazzling finish. 

Lumos 2006 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, OR:  Expressive aromas of dark cherry and black currant captivate the nose and the dense, bold fruit remains firmly focused on the palate.  Round, lush and well balanced with baking spices, fresh peppercorns and vanilla adding complexity.   A gutsy, full bodied, delicious Pinot Noir.

Pudding River Wine Cellars 2007  Willamette Valley Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, OR:   Aromas of buttered toast and poached apples really draw you into the glass.  Flirtatious and appealing with a soft entry that opens up exquisitely to luscious sun ripened tree fruit and crunchy, caramelized creme brulee topping that is offset perfectly by lively acidity.

Hartford 2007 Arrendell Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA    Think aromas of freshly baked cherry pie right out of the oven.  From 35-year-old vines, this richly layered, alluring Pinot Noir boasts concentrated ripe Ranier cherries and wild raspberries accented by fragrant herbs and homemade pie spices.  Lush with tremendous depth and silky tannins; simply exquisite from first sip through the memorable, lingering finish.

Sequum Winery 2006 Four Soil Melange Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA:  This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon may be a find that hasn’t yet crossed your lips, but seek it out; one taste and you’ll be hooked!   Rich and balanced with layers and layers of cassis, tobacco, earthy nuances, spice and well placed oak notes, this Cab is polished and beautifully structured with Napa terroir shining through;  pure artistry in a glass.

Tomero 2008 Torrontes, Valle de Cafayete, Salta, Argentina:  Gorgeous example of Torrontes; a fresh bunch of jasmine and spring flowers captures the nose, blossoming on the palate with spiced green apple, lychee, a dash of fresh herbs and grapefruit.  Brisk acidity and mineral notes complete the refreshing package.