During the month of November I had the opportunity to taste with some of my favorite vendors. Below is a synopsis of some of the tastings. Also tasted in November were the wines of Beckman, Fog Crest and Palazzo.
Millwork Chardonnay Sonoma Coast ’09
A second label of Paul Hobs, bottled at Dunah Winery. 18 months in New French oak. Bright aromas of apples and peaches with honey notes. Rich and creamy in the mouth and flavors of pineapples and Bosc pears. A bit warm on the tongue with medium acidity. Good value.
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon ’10
The vineyards here were planted in 1986 with Dijon & Pommard clones. It has a cloudy red brick to magenta color. Aromas of flowers, mineral and fruity berry. I can really taste the clay soil mixed with a flavor of pomegranate. It finishes with good acidity.
Rusina Zinfandel Dry Creek ’09
I’ve tasted this several times and each time I’ve really enjoyed it. 93% is old vine Zinfandel & 7% Petite Sirah and is fermented in French oak, 30% new. An aromatic wine of black berries, raspberries, plums and violet bubble gum. In sits rich on the palate with a black pepper spice and flavors of vanilla and cocoa. It finishes with a hint of minerals and is absolutely delicious.
Tasting Notes from 11/1/11
Beckmen Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley ’10
Fruit is from Purisma Mountain. 95% stainless steel tank 5% neutral barrel. Biodynamic. Bright aromas of Melons, goose berries and grapefruit. Rich texture with high acidity. Flavors of lemon, mineral, wet stones, lime zest with a mouthwatering finish.
Costa de Oro Chardonnay “Gold Coast Vineyard” Santa Maria Valley ’09
Full Malo, oak fermented with 10 months sur lees. Aromas of banana, tropical fruits, oak and vanilla. Medium bodies with flavors of lemon custard, nuts and medium acidity. California style Chardonnay.
Moshin Vineyard “Cuvee” Pinot Noir Russian River ’09
Rick Moshin uses a 4 tier gravity flow system. Red brick in color. Aromas of Roses and brick. Fruit aromas of red cherry and mixed berries. Still a bit young, finishes with rich flavors of red fruit and more roses. Good acid structure. Can’t beat the price point.
Fog Crest Pinot Noir Russian River ’09Wines are made by David Ramey and Daniel Moore in a Burgundian style. Un-fined and unfiltered using Pommard and Dijon Clones. Aromas of violets and other field flowers. Pepper spice with flavors of mixed berries, strawberries and pomegranate. Long finish of minerals and mouthwatering acidity. Very Delicious!