Month: May 2020
What a refreshing treat last evening of Rosa Fierro Cellars (Livermore) Zinfandel. This wine won Best in Class at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. On the eyes a dark lush purple with medium to medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, cocoa, nutmeg and cinnamon were the alluring fragrances beckoning one to sip. Once on the palate, a collection of red raspberry and boysenberry danced in your mouth. No big Amador “fruit boom” Zinfandel, a straight fruit forward with a slight tartness. The finish incorporated a spicy pepper and a little nutmeg for an enjoyable duration. This wine is extremely versatile and could go with a variety of foods. We had this on its own last night on the warm patio with another couple (social distancing). He is an avid Zinfandel critic and is a judge at the California Wines & Wineries Cabernet Franc Wine Competition. All of us gave this wine a two thumbs up! Only 125 cases were produced by Rosie. She used 50% one year old French oak barrels and 50% neutral American oak barrels in this 100% Zinfandel wine. Note: Rosa Fierro Cellars is located near the Livermore Airport, but will be setting up shop at 2245 “A” South Vasco Road on July 1st in Livermore. The wine retails for $32 bottle.
Pulled a 2017 Crocker & Starr Sauvignon Blanc to pair with dinner. Dinner was fresh halibut grilled on the BBQ in a homemade Thai sauce (chili pepper flakes, lemon, Himalayan sea salt, brown sugar, honey, ginger, olive oil, etc.). Grilled for 7-8 minutes a side in a aluminum foil “pan” and turned once. Served over brown & long grain rice and with an artichoke. The wine on the eyes was pale yellow straw color with a medium viscosity. On the nose tropical floral aromas. On the palate, lime , mango and trace amounts of minerality. This was an exquisite wine and food pairing. #crockerandstarr #crockerandstarrwines #sauvignonblanc #sauvignon_blanc #napavalleywines https://californiawinesandwineries.com
Last night pulled a 2016 Rapp Ranch Carneros Chardonnay while enjoying the warm evening. Rapp Ranch Wines are part of the Shadybrook Estate Winery in Coombsville (Napa Valley). Winemaker Rudy Zuidema has consistently made this one of the perennial top 10 Chardonnay’s in California on my Best Wines of The Year. On the eye is a golden straw color and medium viscosity. On the nose and palate you are embraced with pear, kiwifruit and butterscotch. This wine is creamy with hints of vanilla. The finish has a slight minerality to make this a long lasting episode of enjoyment. The winery lists the price at $40 for the current release, 2017.
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Pulled this out from the cellar last night and was ecstatic. A couple of weeks back pulled a 2013 Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet and was under whelmed with a “flat finish”. This 2017 came through like a champion. As you probably know, Duckhorn Vineyards has historically made exceptional wines, specifically Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlots (Three Palms). This had those great qualities. On the eyes, deep dark crimson coloring and medium heavy viscosity in the glass. On the nose, the aromas of dark fruit, especially blackberries, with a sweet vanilla wafted into the senses. On the mouth licorice, leather and black tea filled the palate. All producing a medium and extremely smooth silky finish. This 2017 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon finished aligned with my expectations of structure and tannins providing a more typical Duckhorn vintage with a strong finish. Aged 16 months in 100% French oak (50% new, 50% used). It is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, .5% Cabernet Franc and .5% Petit Verdot.
A wonderful pairing with a BBQ’ed seared ribeye steak, Yukon potato and garden salad. A perfect late spring, early summer treat here in California. Retails at $78 and for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon a real joy to savor.