Big Fish 2007 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel


   Happy Monday to all and hope everyone had an outstanding Weekend!   What an awesome Summer so far and tasting this massive Zinfandel from Big Fish Wines last night just made things that much better.

Out of the gates this Zin was riveting lending a seductive bouquet of toasted vanilla, dill and concentrated gobs of hedonistic fruit that would have the power to seduce even the most stubborn of cynics. Rich, refined and with glorious depth and polished smooth tannin, this Zin by a landslide is one of the best Zins i have ever tasted with a consistency and finish that keeps rewarding the blessed sip after sip.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm  Comments (1)  
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B.R. Cohn 2008 North Coast Silver Label


2 years ago my Attorney and I were taking a tour through Sonoma and came across B.R Cohn’s tasting room where we were greeted with such snootiness and pretentious prestige that i immediately became nauseous and had to turn around and walk out to relieve myself upon their well manicured lawn; ( Now back to the Present.)

So years have past and i still have a chip on my shoulder towards the “People in question” but my work is my work and wine is my buisness, which brings us to my thoughts on B.R Cohn’s  2008 North Coast Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon I procured several nights back.

The bouquet on this multi faceted Cab has seductive aromas of vanilla extract, all spice, cassis, red currant, dark luscious cherries, musk, toasted oak with a faint lingering character of  Bordeaux earth.  Medium bodied and exceptionally refined for the price point, this wine offers fullfilling flavors of ripe red cherries, inviting amounts of juicy fruit, with pleasing leather and rustic notes and a smooth vanilla finish.

I yearned all the way deep down to my Soul to trash this wine, defame it from head to toe and then leave it to lick its wounds, but to no avail.  THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING and this California Cab is absolutely without a doubt one of the best wines in it’s price range !   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing. 

Published in: on August 5, 2011 at 10:59 am  Comments (5)  
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Dona Paula Estate 2009 Malbec


Wonderful Malbec with lime zest, blackberries, wheat, damp earth, menthol and toasty oak on the nose and a glorious deep purple hue. Not your typical Malbec with it’s sharpness and raw rustic flavors, but nonetheless, thumbs up except for the moderately rugged oak influence and underrefined finish.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on August 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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Joseph Carr


Caught a late dinner a couple nights ago and didn’t realize until after he had already left that i was sitting next to Winemaker Joseph Carr.  Would have enjoyed chatting with him.  🙂   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Rustenberg 2007 Meritage


Happy Wine Wednesday to all and the wine topic of the day is South African wine.  South African wine to me can be really inconsistent with it’s quality, but when you find a good one, they are absolutely mystical, contemplative and in their own rite.  So, last night my friend and I opened a bottle of 2007  Rustenberg by John X Merriman from Stellenbosch; and I was very pleased with what I fell into.  This balanced Meritage blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec had awesome deep flavors of blackberry, rustic earth, green pepper, graphite, with a tad of tobacco and vanilla extract. With smooth tannin and great feel throughout, this wine was an absolute joy to drink!  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on July 20, 2011 at 8:15 am  Comments (2)  
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Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2008


This one of those wines that if you can score it at $10 or $11 it is decent, but if it is priced between $17 and $20 not so worth it. This Cab has a beautiful dark hue and offers flavors of young easy sipping red fruit. Not much depth here, but if you decant this wine for about 45 minutes or so it would make for a good everyday sipping/dinner wine .  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on July 18, 2011 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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90 + Cellars Lot 28 Pinot Noir


Just stumbled across these guys this Weekend and their claim to fame is that they outsource ultra premium wines from Vineyards that only produce 90+ point wines and then they offer them to the consumer at discount price such as Cameron Hughes does with his Lot Series.  My Mom and I chose to give The Lot 28 a try which is a Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir that was on sale for $14.99 and WOW!

This wine from the first smell and taste has MASSIVE BARGAIN written all over it with a superbly refined bouquet of ripe red cherries, violets, perfume, sweet oak with a touch of juicy fruit.  Impeccable mouthfeel and nice pepperiness through the mid palate and finish; this wine at $14.99 is so underpriced it is ridiculous!!!   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Published in: on July 18, 2011 at 10:29 am  Comments (2)  
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Herederos Del Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva 2005


Had this Rioja Reserva on Friday night and was pleasantly surprised being that i am typically not a huge Tempranillo fan.  This medium body Spanish Red had a refined bouquet of musk, lavender, clay, wheat and sweet oak with a mild undertone of vanilla, black licorice.    With a gracious amount of balanced red and dark fruit and a mild toasty finish, this wine would be perfect with a massive grilled sirloin and portobello mushroom not overally seasoned.  Keep Believin and Keep Drinkin.

Published in: on July 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm  Comments (4)  
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Delas Cotes-Du-Ventoux 2009


Picked up this Southern Rhone blend at Trader Joe’s for $9 and thought it was a good buy offering light flavors of dark fruit with faint aromas of damp earth, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Nothing magical here but easy sipping and a good value.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

Published in: on July 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Margerum Wine Company


After starting out my day at The magnificent Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, I made my way to Ancapa Street finding the embracing Margerum Wine Company.

From the minute I entered The Margerum Wine Company’s tasting room, I had the feeling this was going to be the fantastic afternoon as the combination of Santa Barbara’s angelic vibe of solace and perfect weather intertwined with the thought of tasting some great wines, sounded like  a one way ticket to Heaven.

” How’s it going today?”    I was greeted inside Margerum Wine Company’s Tasting Room by a wonderfully pleasant, laid back Wine Guru who immediately made me feel welcome, attentive to my every need.

After a couple minute taking  in our pleasing surroundings,  I chose to have a glass of the  Margerum 2005 Syrah, being that I had heard that The Rhone Varieties were Santa Barbara’s forte.

       This by far has to be one of the best American Syrahs I have had with rounded concentrated offerings of Boysenberry and Blackberries, smooth mild tannin, and undertone of rich earth with a tinge of black licorce.  So refreshing to taste an American Syrah that doesn’t taste young and green;  The only thing I could have wished from this wine was it holding a little bit firmer in the mid palate and to have had a longer of finish, but nonetheless, a very pleasant wine with wonderful integrity.

Starting to feel the part and let all of my worries fall by the wayside, I made my way to my second selection; A Modern Day California Super Tuscan 2001 Vita Nova Reservatum consisting of 45% Sangiovese,  33% Cabernet Franc and 22% Merlot.

     For someone besides the Italians to attempt a blend like this seems like a suicide mission, but to my surprise, the wine comes off quite well with a pleasing rustic bouquet of dried earth, baked cranberries, red cherries and raspberries.   My only knock on this wine is how rugged the tannin was and unfortunately long term, i don’t feel it is the type of  tannin that will soften and smooth itself out entirely.

The third and final wine I tried on my visit to Margerum Wine Company was my favorite wine of the day, A 2002 Santa Marie Valley Au Bon Climat  “Knox Valley”  Estate Bottled Pinot Noir; (  Try and say that all in one breath.)

       This impressive Pinot Noir comes off very Burgundian and has a seductive aroma of sweet bark, ripe red cherries and raspberries with pristine acidity and a peaceful finish; (  If i were a richer man I would have been walking out of M.W.C with every single last bottle of this! )     🙂

Granted,  i wasn’t able to walk out of Margerum Wine Company with case upon case of all of their fine wines, but i did walk out of Margerum Wine Company feeling fullfilled, happy, enlightened and treated first class.  

Published in: on June 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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