Second Wine Tasting Blog Post 1-9-19
Le Contesse Prosecco, Veneto, NV. Brut Bianco Prosecco. Color= Light Gold, clear. Aromas: Candy aromas on the nose. Palate: Ripe stone fruit at first, quickly fading to a very dry, mineral finish. Overall impression: a very dry, mineral-laden prosecco, exhibiting a burst of bubbles on the front, then quickly dissipating. A good prosecco for those who like their sparklers on the dry side. Would be particularly good with food.
Materra Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2017. Pale green-gold in color, clear. Aromas of wet straw and grass with citrus. On the palate, grapefruit, tart with plenty of minerality. Light body and light on its’ “feet.”
Pazo de Gallegas Albarino, Galicia, 2017. Pale, clear gold color. On the nose, citrusy with a pineapple and pine aroma. Medium body and alcohol. Citrusy with grapefruit, grapefruit rind and minerality. Medium body. This is a wine made for food accompaniment.
Moshin Chardonnay “Westside Crossing” Russian River 2015. Light gold color with clarity. On the nose, light oak (2nd or 3rd use oak, I’m guessing) without vanilla notes. Buttery texture, light lemon fruit. Acidity is very controlled. Not your typical California Chardonnay nor is it Burgundian in style. This wine is a suitable compromise for those who prefer Burgundian Chardonnays and those who like their Chardonnay more stereotypically “California” in style.
La Cartuja Priorat, Catalonia, 2016 Red Blend. A Priorat blend of 70% Garnaxta and 30% Carinena (Carignane). Medium garnet color, dark in tone. Juicy/spicy nose. Notes of cranberry and under-ripe red tart cherry. Light in body and color for a Priorat Garnaxta. Perhaps a bit of petrol on the nose (would be expected from soils that contain large amounts of slate). Based on past tastings of Garnaxta and Garnaxta/Carinena from this region this wine seems light in color and with less extraction of fruit, less concentration of fruit and lighter color and body than seems the norm for the DOC and the varietals.
Darms Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, “Fortune 1621” Napa Valley, 2016. Dark garnet color. Oaky vanilla on the nose. Red and Black fruit aromas in the wine. On the palate, black, tart fruit, giving way to a very tannic and structured wine seemingly more French than American in style. Aged in mostly French oak, the wine exhibits a fruit forward attack, then recedes quickly giving way to mouth-coating tannins. Medium+ body, 14.5% ABV.
“Two Sauared” 2016 Bordeaux Blend. This wine is the second label of Alpha Omega in Napa, California. The wine has a spicy blackberry nose, blackberry fruit and vanilla spice on the palate. Body is light and color, medium. My rep tells me this wine had more impact shortly after it was opened but seems to have diminished since opening, we will revisit this wine later to see if the wine simply had faded or not!