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Sunday, July 5, 2015

2014 Decopas Medoza -Argentina Sauv Blanc and Malbec Quick Sip


*Samples Received*

Decopas means "by the glass" and is a favorite saying in Argentina especially around happy hour. Today's wines are just that conversation starters and an inexpensive house wine priced below $13 per bottle. The natives will tell you it also signals the start of Happy Hour.....my favorite part of the day

First up the 2014 Savignon Blanc with it's big grapefruit, lemon/lime and grassy aromas. The mouth is grapefruit dominant with lemon citrus and mineral notes. Both crisp and very dry.


Wine 2 the 2014 Malbec with really nice red berry aroma's of cherry and plum followed by black pepper. The mouth is soft for a malbec with the red fruit and pepper spice combination. Nice medium bodied wine easy on the wallet.

Cheers
Dan

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2014 Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Artist Series


*Sample Received

This ladies and gentlemen is what Craig Camp calls "Real Rose, no afterthought or leftovers but a rose with a purpose." The grapes are grown in the Oak Knoll AVA Crane Vineyard and 100% designated to become Corallina Syrah Rose. Once the cool fruit is pressed the juice heads to stainless steel tanks where it ferments to it's dry state. Upon completion the wine is racked into French oak barrels for the next 5 months and then bottled for all of us to enjoy. Branding is also important and I just love the color and detail on this Artist Series label. The wine is damn tasty too :)

The nose is lively with red berries of cherry and strawberry. A hint of floral with fresh cut roses followed by a nice peppery spice. As I let the wine warm there are some earth tones that splash into the picture. Definitely a grown up rose. Beautiful salmon color.

The mouth is full of flavor with tart cherry and ripe strawberry. The finish is this little kicker of white pepper which is a perfect touch to each sip. While the flavor is huge it's not overpowering and really softens as the wine opens up allowing you to "drift into rest and relaxation." Paired with Asian Cuisine was just amazing. Rose with a purpose.....I couldn't agree more Craig and my glass kept screaming "fill me up please."

This weekend is the release of this beautiful Rose` so stop by the Cornerstone Cellars tasting room in beautiful Yountville for a bottle or 12. The 2014 Cornerstone Corallina Napa Valley Syrah Rosé, Artist Series won't last long!

Cheers
Dan


Sunday, June 21, 2015

2014 Isa Grenache Rose Sonoma Coast Campesino Cellars


Campesino Cellars the creation of Macario and Griselda Montoya produces premium boutique wines which reflect the earth and the vineyard. Lucky for us wine lovers they both were introduced to wine at an early age and caught the bug to make wine.They are quick to give credit to those who have helped them along the way especially the "campesino's", the fieldworkers who like many coming to this country, have dreams of a better life and work many long hours to prove themselves. They are as much a part of each bottle of wine as the winemaker and his family.

Named after their oldest daughter Isa, tonight's wine is a beautiful expression of  rose` wine. The red fruit from this Grenache Rose`gently exits the glass pleasing your sense of smell with raspberry, strawberry and cherry clusters with an allspice kick at then end. While you pick up very quickly this is a dry wine there is this crisp refreshing sensation with each sniff.

The mouth is spectacular with the red berry clusters and dash of minerality throughout the taste. Nice level of acidity makes this wine both food friendly and a wonderful stand alone wine. I found with each sip my mouth begged for more. Thankfully I have 2 more of these in my cellar and folks this wine is an absolute steal at $16. Love this wine.

Sign up for their Mailing List to get the word first on new releases and your chance to purchase. Would you like to hear more about Macario then check out the interview with him by clicking the Cellar Cast Interview With Macario
link. Well done my friend and Happy Fathers Day!

Cheers
Dan

Friday, May 29, 2015

2013 Stepping Stone By Cornerstone North Coast White Rocks



*Sample received*

Several vintages tasted and I can tell you that White Rocks really does rock Cornerstone Cellars! I love this crisp little blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat Canelli. Easy on the palate and the pocketbook. You may just think you have been swept to the tropics with each sip.

The nose is fruit filled with ripe cantaloupe and juicy honeydew melon. Sliced peaches and sweet pears complimented by lemon/lime zest. Layers of aromas are outstanding.

The mouth says you are in the tropics...relax and enjoy. White peach with just a hint of tartness followed by green apple, cantaloupe, apricot and honeydew melon. The finish is a kiss of sweet pear which begs your palate to "pour me more." Balanced, crisp, clean with nice acidity. Well done my Yountville friends!

Wine country visitors make sure you swing by the tasting room for this awesome tasting blend and sip for yourself. I think you will agree this wine is a must in your cellar.

Cheers
Dan



Friday, May 22, 2015

2012 Ceja Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros #ChardonnayDay 2015


A special Chardonnay for #ChardonnayDay from my cellar a 2012 Ceja Vineyards originating in beautiful Carneros. A Latino Family owned winery producing wines which showcase the vineyards and their dedication to sustainable agriculture. Each bottle is handcrafted with "Ceja Love" and you become part of their family with each sip.

The nose is lush showcasing crisp apple and juicy pear with a splash of lemon/honey citrus. Beautiful flow of aromas and so elegant.

The mouth is rich with fruit and citrus. Pear, lemon and green apple with a hint of baking spice and vanilla. Nice balance and love the creamy character giving this wine a delicate feel yet still flavor packed. Delicious! Well done my Carneros Family.

Cheers
Dan