As I noted in the previous Speed Blogging post, this was done on my iPad, and I was unable to upload it at the time. I’m pretty sure that it had something to do with the connection since I have uploaded posts before. Oh well.
Anyway, enjoy. This is “as is” with no corrections, and once again, I apologize for any typos and any gibberish.
Diamond Mountain 2010 100% Cabernet. OMG this delicious! An amzing example of a quintessential Napa Cab. Aged in 100% French oak, it has the cassis, the cigar box, hint of pepper, black fruit, and balanced acidity and tannins. Retail is $125 and so worth it, even if it’s not in my budget.
Wine4.Me App – only available on iOS right now, it is an app that “learns” what you like. Will try it out later. Meanwhile, we’re drinking Symmetry 2011 Meritage. $60.00.
2011 Carmenere, Rios de Chile. One hundred percent, aged in French and American oak. 20% American, rest French. Tons of smoke. Unique for the varietal; I haven’t had one like this before. This one is not as fruity as others. $12.99 suggested retail.
2006 Jordan Cabernet Magnum. The most French oak and the most PV they’ve ever put into a Cab. Fruit has gone into the background, and the earthy characters have expanded. Lots of leather, cigar box, dark fruit. Forgot to find out the retail price; that is, if it’s even still available!
2010 Adelaida Touriga Nacional. $28.00 Very fruity nose roses, lavender, red fruit, 12.9%, fennel, medium acidity, gently drying tannins, medium finish. Interesting wine, and not a bad way. Still fitting my head around it since it’s so different from the Portuguese.
Danza Del Sol 100% Cab Franc from Temecula 2011. Nose reminds me of Chinon. $32, and they do not distribute. Wine available in the winery itself.
2012 Ferrari Carano Siena, Sangiovese blend. Hungarian Puncheon, 80% used French oak. $23.00. This is really good! All kinds of red fruit, gentle tannins medium acidity. I would buy this all day long.
2011 Carr Cab Franc – Santa Ynez. $30 retail. 20% whole cluster, 80% destemmed. Roasted bell pepper on the nose, smoke, red fruit, touch jalapeno. The pepper does not indicate that it’s bad; on the contrary, it’s quite good, but has a definite peppery quality to it.
2010 Grassini Family Vineyards Cabernet.90% Cab, 10% PV. Red fruit, cassis, thyme, touch of sage (?), medium acidity, medium tannins, medium plus finish. $95.00. Like the wine, but not sure if it matches the price which seems pretty high for the quality.
2011 Maryhill Syrah. SF Competition winery of the year. Smoke, meat, dark fruit, cigar box, sage on the nose, grippy tannins, medium acidity. Pepper, dark fruit, blackberries, blueberries on the palate. Medium finish. $22.00. Okay! 14.2% abv.