Wine of the Week: Dover Canyon Bella Zinfandel 2008, Paso Robles, CA

Now is the time to uncork a 2008 Zinfandel, especially if a summer barbeque lurks on the horizon. The tannins are at the right structural level after four years, the spices have mellow gracefully, and fruit notes now bolder and more pronounced. That’s the case with this stellar offering from Dover Canyon Winery, a masterfulContinue reading “Wine of the Week: Dover Canyon Bella Zinfandel 2008, Paso Robles, CA”

Wine of the Week: 2006 Baron de Ley Reserva Tempranillo, Rioja

Tempranillo is an often misunderstood grape. Usually banished like Pinot noir to being a lighter, meager varietal, a genuine Tempranillo can hold its own with a variety of meats from game to poultry to beef. A perfect example would be this bottle from Baron de Ley, one of the larger winemaking houses of Rioja. StartedContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2006 Baron de Ley Reserva Tempranillo, Rioja”

Wine of the Week: 2008 Kunde Reserve Century Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley

From the nutrient rich soil creating some of the world’s most earthy, smooth Zinfandels comes this excellent offering from Kunde Family Estates, a fourth and fifth generation winemaking family in Kenwood, California. Luscious boysenberry and a touch of pepper spice, or even cumin adds tremendous depth to this perfect pairing with a rack of lamb,Continue reading “Wine of the Week: 2008 Kunde Reserve Century Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley”

Wine of the Week: 2009 Sfuso Verdicchio from Scarpetta Wine

Scarpetta is the combined winemaking project in Fruili, the terrific wine growing region of Northeast Italy near Venice that is the domain of Pinot grigio, of master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, the co-owners of the sensation Boulder, Colorado gastronomic restaurant Frasca Food and Wine, and its sibling pizzeria offshoot Pizzeria Locale. TheContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2009 Sfuso Verdicchio from Scarpetta Wine”

Wine of the Week: Utopia 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

It’s hard to pick among the world class Pinot noir at winery after winery when visiting the Willamette Valley. Then you stumble upon a royal, rich Pinot noir that also boasts the youthful excitement of a recent graduate. 2009 can be young for Pinot noir, but this Utopia Estate version is bursting with a vibrantContinue reading “Wine of the Week: Utopia 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon”

Wine of the Week: Penner-Ash 2009 Pas de Nom Pinot Noir

Some wines just don’t need a name. They’re so good you just sit back and savor the delights of berry notes leading to a cinnamon-spice finish, all perfectly rounded and smooth, without the slightest nod to the weak, watery structure boasting too much fruit that constitutes most Pinot noir. Penner-Ash, a young winery by LynnContinue reading “Wine of the Week: Penner-Ash 2009 Pas de Nom Pinot Noir”

Wine of the Week: 2011Chiarello Family Chiara Bianco Ribolla Gialla

As a prelude to tomorrow’s review of Michael Chiarello’s three year old Yountville, CA restaurant Bottega, this week’s highlight vintage is this 2011 white wine that packs a wallop of flavor, while being easily drinkable and complimentary to all sorts of foods. At first, a beautiful nose of fresh spring time and slightly dew coveredContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2011Chiarello Family Chiara Bianco Ribolla Gialla”

Wine of the Week: 2009 Tres Sabores Por qué No? Zinfandel Blend, Napa Valley

Sometimes when you pour all of the ingredients in your pantry into one pot, the result is a college student cook level mess. Other times, it’s utter brilliance. Randomness with a little bit of educated guessing can lead to unexpected delights. That is the case with Julie Johnson’s creation of the Por qué No? redContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2009 Tres Sabores Por qué No? Zinfandel Blend, Napa Valley”

Wine of the Week: 2011 Chateau de Pampelonne Rosé, Côtes de Provence

It’s rosé time folks. Spring is in the air, baseball season in full swing (or for Europe sports it’s the semi finals of the Champions League for soccer), and hefty winter stews are making way for lovely salade niçoises. This is the time we drink rosé. This new offering from the largest appellation in ProvenceContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2011 Chateau de Pampelonne Rosé, Côtes de Provence”

Wine of the Week: 2010 St. Supéry, Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc has a very bad reputation, often overly crisp, too thin, the white that serves as the opposite to chardonnay’s overly thick, buttery, oaky notes. St. Supéry, the Napa Valley winery of the Skalli winemaking family of France, produces some of the rare Napa Valley sauvignon blancs that possess life and hold up toContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2010 St. Supéry, Sauvignon Blanc”