Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This wine is good. Much better than the Pillar Box Red my parents had open (basically a cheap, highly rated Aussie fruit bomb...not bad, but pretty one dimensional). I digress though--plums, lots of spice, tobacco, and maybe some cherries. Balanced and definitively old world in style. Cheap too--12$ at Costco apparently. A-
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
work with. Fred, the owner, always has interesting stuff. This wine is imported by Jorge Ordonez--basically the Kermit Lynch of Spanish wine. This wine rules. Sour cherries, pepper, and earth lead into an orange sour cherry finish. Garnache from the Campo de Borja. This wine was much more balanced and to my liking than Alto Moncayo. A-
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Italy. My first experience with Ermacora was in Rome at Il Tajut.
Their schiopettino is great... Anyways, turns out K&L is their sole US
This wine is got 2 glasses from Gambero Rosso, Italy's biggest wine
critic. A lush wine with ripe pears, honey, vanilla and
a hint of baking spices. Balanced and creamy with a good finish.I liked this one quite a bit. I guess that Steven Tanzer did too. A-
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Okay--I love Washington wine. Most of the time its a great balance between fruit bombs of California and the old world balance of France. Kind of the best of both worlds. Seriously--who is naive enough to look for value in Napa or Bordeaux? I'm sure they exist but you can get killer wine for way less. From places like Washington, Spain, the Loire; basically anywhere where there aren't tons of rich pompous guys bidding up the price. When Cramer tells you to buy wine as an investment, maybe its time to run because the wine sucks...Oh and did I mention that I'm a Seattelite? Anyways-- this wine has nice cherry fruit, earth and a hint if mint. A little tarter in the mouth, and with a spicy "taco seasoning"; or maybe cinnamon character and lots of chocolate. The wine is well made but its kind of boring. Not bad, but sadly, for 12$ I've had way better and more interesting. C+ Wine Spectator gave it an 88.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
like...). This is a great Scotch though... Matured in a combo of sherry wood and normal whiskey cask. Pears, apples, caramel and vanilla on the nose, smooth, spicy, oaky and fruity in the mouth. Lingering spicy cinnamon pear finish. B+(but only because i like the peaty smokey intense Islay thing...) and definitely a better Scotch than Glenlivet 12, or Macallan 12. 33$ at Trader Joes, which I think is the cheapest that I've seen.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Cab Franc. Another good wine from K&L. Washington & Napa Cab Francs that I have had are definitely in a different frame of mind. This wine is a nice mix of the typically more earthy, savory flavors that you would find in Chinon and the fruit bombs that are California. Deep, expressive nose of olives, earth, slightly vegetal, with nice cherry and blackberry fruit. After about an hour most of the earthiness went away leaving behind silky smooth blackberry fruit and acids. Great balance of earth, fruit and acidity. This wine is refreshing, well-made, and intellectually stimulating (and even takes a bit of a chill)! A