Rotary Wine Tasting March 15 benefits WOW
CUMBERLAND – “Working on Walking” – or WOW – the nonprofit formed by Cumberland's Alyssa Silva dedicated to supporting efforts related to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), will be the beneficiary, along with local Rotary charities, of an upcoming wine ...
Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.
This week included a wonderfully pretty and fresh white from one of my favorite Italian producers, Feudi di San Gregorio. This Falanghina, a grape indigenous to the region, is everything you want in a food friendly white wine.
Closer to home I've got two (unmistakably) California Chardonnays that both lean towards the rich oaky side of the style, but manage to avoid falling off the edge of the cliff.
Moving on to reds, the Williams Selyem Hirsch Vineyard bottling of Pinot Noir stays quite true to form for that vineyard, with its dried flower scents and fantastic acidity.
CUNE is always a reliable producer of Rioja wines, and if you can't get the older stuff, their cheaper bottlings can also be quite good, including the Reserva noted below, which offers great flavor for the money.
If you were looking for some expensive Napa reds to splurge on, the "basic" estate Cabernet from Signorello is worth buying, and they could use the support, as they lost their winery in the fires this year. Their Padrone bottling in all its super-heavy-bottle glory is, in my opinion, a bit overdone compared to the plain-old Cab.
Finally there's the Silverado Cabernet, and a couple of the single vineyard Cabernets from Nickel & Nickel, which are reliably polished and tasty.
All these and more below. Enjoy.
2016 Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina del Sannio, Campania, Italy
Pale blonde in the glass, this wine smells of ripe pears, peach and a touch of wet stone. In the mouth, wonderfully crisp flavors of Asian pear, peach, and tropical fruits have a zingy acidity and a nice wet chalkboard backbone. Delicious and refreshing with nice citrus pith notes on the finish. 13% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $15. click to buy.
2015 Williams Selyem "Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard" Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
Pale gold in color, this wine smells of buttered popcorn and pineapple. In the mouth, flavors of pineapple, buttered popcorn, and lemon curd have a bright richness that will appeal to California Chardonnay lovers who don't mind a heavy dose of oak flavor in their wine. Good acidity. Easy to drink. 14.7% alcohol. Score: around 8.5. Cost: $100. click to buy.
2015 Pfendler Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
Light yellow gold in color, this wine smells of pineapple, dried mango and buttered popcorn. In the mouth, aggressive acidity and the salinity that comes from oak barrels gets the salivary glands in overdrive while flavors of lemon curd, dried mango and pineapple are shot through with flavors of oak. A little more heavy-handed than I'd like. 14.3% alcohol. Score: around 8.5. Cost: $38. click to buy.
2015 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of dried flowers, raspberry pastilles, and fresh green herbs. In the mouth, fine grained skein of tannins wraps around a core of black raspberry and raspberry leaf flavors scented with dried flowers. Excellent acidity, with a lovely wet stone backbone and touch of oak. 13.2% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $130. click to buy.
2013 CUNE "Reserva" Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain
Medium to dark ruby in color, this wine smells of sweet cherries and a touch of chocolate. In the mouth, cherry and sour cherry fruit has a wonderful bright juiciness thanks to excellent acidity. Faint powdery tannins linger in the finish with notes of leather. Aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak. 13.5% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $25. click to buy.
2014 Silverado Vineyards "Mt. George Vineyard" Merlot, Coombsville, Napa, California
Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of plum and black cherry fruit. In the mouth, plum and cherry fruit is wrapped in a gauzy haze of tannins. Notes of toasty oak linger in the finish. Good acidity and length. 14.9% alcohol. 4,900 cases produced. Score: around 8.5. Cost: $40 . click to buy.
2014 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Napa, California
Very dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherry and cocoa powder. In the mouth, black cherry and cola flavors have a nice bright juiciness thanks to excellent acidity, and the oak, while present, is very well integrated. Cola notes linger in the finish with muscular, fine grained tannins. 14.4% alcohol. 27,000 cases produced. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $50. click to buy.
2014 Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Napa, California
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry and tobacco leaf. In the mouth, bright cherry, cola, and tobacco leaf flavors have a juicy bounce to them thanks to excellent acidity. Fine grained tannins wrap the core of fruit like a fleecy blanket and hints of vanilla and oak waft breezily above the lush fruit in a way that doesn't distract from the cherry symphony that is the main course here. Contains 7% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot. Fermented with native yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered. 14.7% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $100. click to buy.
2014 Signorello Estate "Padrone" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Napa, California
Very dark garnet in color, this wine smells of struck match, cassis and black cherry. In the mouth, silky cherry and black cherry flavors are heavily oak inflected and have a slightly sulfurous note to them. Good acidity and length with muscular tannins. Made from the oldest Cabernet on the property, planted in 1990. 14.5% alcohol Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $160. click to buy.
2015 Nickel & Nickel "C.C. Ranch" Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa, California
Inky garnet in the glass, this wine smells of rich cherry and black cherry fruit. In the mouth, rich cherry and black cherry fruit is lively with excellent acidity and shot through with faint notes of vanilla and oak that add a spice to the wine rather than overpower the fruit. The oak really makes an appearance in the tannins of the wine, however, which are somewhat drying, leaving the mouth feeling a bit parched. Excellent acidity. 14.9% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $95. click to buy.
2015 Nickel & Nickel "Hayne Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa, California
Inky garnet in color, this wine smells of cherry and cassis. In the mouth, cassis and cherry flavors are draped in fleecy tannins even as they gush with juicy acidity. The tannins gain strength as the wine finishes with floral notes, leaving the palate in a tight chalky grip. This one needs some time. Good balance and well integrated oak. 14.6% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $95. click to buy.
Summit Daily News
Wine Ink: On taste and tastings: A community practice
Summit Daily News
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Adams County Winery starts countdown to reintroduction of Spring CATawaba
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North Bay Business Journal
Napa winery expands sales in California
North Bay Business Journal
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Alaska Airlines expands its 'Wine Flies Free' program
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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Albany Times Union
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Albany Times Union
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Our soil studies at Troon Vineyard started today with Nick Madden here for the day to do a complete electromagnetic soil scan of our vineyard blocks. We've retained Dr. Paul Anamosa and company to do a complete analysis of our vineyard blocks. Armed with this scan data we will be selecting locations for about eighty 5 feet deep pits to fully map our soil types. This data will help us select the proper varieties as we add new vineyard blocks and replant old ones. The scanner is on the sled behind the ATV. Here is some information on exactly what Nick is doing https://d.pr/dtaYMK
”Electromagnetic induction (EMI) has been used to characterize the spatial variability of soil properties since the late 1970s. Initially used to assess soil salinity, the use of EMI in soil studies has expanded to include: mapping soil types; characterizing soil water content and flow patterns; assessing variations in soil texture, compaction, or- ganic matter content, and pH; and determining the depth to subsurface horizons, stratigraphic layers or bedrock, among other uses. In all cases the soil property being investigated must influence soil apparent electrical conduc- tivity (ECa) either directly or indirectly for EMI techniques to be effective. An increasing number and diversity of EMI sensors have been developed in response to users' needs and the availability of allied technologies, which have greatly improved the functionality of these tools. EMI investigations provide several benefits for soil studies. The large amount of georeferenced data that can be rapidly and inexpensively collected with EMI provides more complete characterization of the spatial variations in soil properties than traditional sampling techniques. In addition, compared to traditional soil survey methods, EMI can more effectively characterize diffuse soil bound- aries and identify areas of dissimilar soils within mapped soil units, giving soil scientists greater confidence when collecting spatial soil information. EMI techniques do have limitations; results are site-specific and can vary depending on the complex interactions among multiple and variable soil properties. Despite this, EMI techniques are increasingly being used to investigate the spatial variability of soil properties at field and landscape scales.”
Napa Valley Register
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Napa Valley Register
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