Archive | November, 2012

Brief Wine Note – 2009 Kelley Fox Pinot Noir – Maresh Vineyard

18 Nov

Light ruby color – a bit of cloudiness to the wine, but nothing off-putting.

Aromas of red fruit – cherry, raspberry, cranberry, Oregon strawberry (the little ones you get by the roadstand and nowhere else because they don’t travel well), with sweet spicebox.  Flavors of red cherry and raspberry with just a hint of oak barrel (cola and caramel).

Exceptional balance; soft, velvety tannins, and an extremely long finish.

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Brief Wine Note – 2003 Domane Wachau Terrasen Federspeil Gruner Veltliner

18 Nov

Before we get into the note – it was not my intention to age the wine as long as I did. I had actually placed it in a converted refrigerator in my garage where I stage my early drinking white wines and Champagne. The fridge is set to it the warmest level I can get it to without using a converter, so it runs between 45 and 50 F. One thing led to another, and the wine was forgotten until this past Friday.

The was pale straw in color and star bright. The nose was relatively muted, but hinted at Granny Smith apple and an almost herbal peppery note.

On the palate, there was a mix of stone fruit (peach and apricot) with honeyed citrus. There is a slight minerality on the finish.

Despite the age, the wine shows a vibrant acidity. Wish I had some more of these “happy accident” wines!

Brief Wine Note – 2008 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Zinfandel

18 Nov

Not your typical Zin, and certainly does not remind me of anything I have had from Howell Mountain in quite a while. Ruby in color (almost Pinot-esque), with floral, spice, and red cherry and plum fruit aromas. Red fruit dominates on the palate, with spicebox and some white pepper on the finish. The wine is well balanced and, despite a label-specified 14.8% alcohol, does not come across as hot. Nor does it show the glycerol typically associated with such levels of alcohol.

Long and elegant finish. Quite a nice Zinfandel in a definite Burgundian style