one is silver and the other gold

like the old song goes, i have recently had some new great wines and rediscovered some old favorites. They vary in price and style but have all got my attention in some way.

1.  2004 Charles Wetmore Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Wente, Livermore Valley

$17- 24

2004 Charles Wetmore Reserve

2004 Charles Wetmore Reserve

This wine was shared with friends during my first experience in Tahoe and was thanks to the Wisecarvers.  It consists of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, and 4% Syrah.  It was a deep purple in color with an almost black tea aroma that transformed into a subtle black cherry smell with time.  Vanilla oak was present on the aroma and the taste but was also very subtle.  The mouthfeel began with powerful tannins followed by a minerality and fruit.  It was well balanced and flowed over the tongue.

2. 2004 Isosceles Bordeaux Blend, Justin Vineyards, Paso Robles

$70-100

2004 Isosceles

2004 Isosceles

Owner Justin Baldwin left the banking industry in San Fransisco to make Bordeaux blends in the Central Coast.  His crown jewel is the Isosceles; 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot.  It is a robust 15.5% alcohol that exubes strength yet is well balanced and beautiful color.  Like most unfiltered wines this definately needed time to open up.  First the overpowering black cherry and black current aromas overtake the nose which is followed by a more subtle scent of coffee, blueberries and french vanilla.  It has a lengthy mouthfeel of young tannins which makes me believe this wine will be good for another 10 years.  If given the chance do not pass up tasting this one.  Special thanks to John John for this one being in my repertoire.

3.  Non Vintage “Black Bubbles”, Spakling Shiraz, Shingleback, McLaren Vale Australia

$21 (if not found locally can be ordered online for approximately $42 due to shipping)

Black Bubbles

Black Bubbles

While most Americans crinkle their noses and think of Cold Duck when a red sparkling wine is mentioned Australia has taken the Rhone varietal Syrah and has made some amazingly crafted sparkling wines.  While some that are imported to the US follow along the same lines of Cold Duck there are the exceptions and Shinglebacks Black Bubbles is definitely one.  This was tried as an aperitif to wine tasting while in Australia (thanks to the recommendation of our driver, Uncle Paul) and I have been searching for it ever since.  I have yet to see it in stores but when asked BevMo said they could order it and it can also be found online.  Also look for Shinglebacks Cabernet Sauvignon.

4.  2007 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, Stephen Ross, San Luis Obispo

$35

2007 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

2007 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

This wine is fabulous.  Winemaker Stephen Ross Dooley definitely knows how to make Pinot Noir and consequently he devots nearly half of his winemaking production to it.  He sources grapes from 5 local vineyards, including two of my favorites Bien Nacido and Stone Corral.  The wine itself exubes dark berries and a certain undefinable pepper spice.  As the wine opened up the dark berries became more of a ripe raspberry.  It is silky down the tounge but also has good tannins, which provides a backbone to a delicate grape like Pinot.

5. 2005 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, Kynsi, Edna Valley

$36

2005 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir Kynsi

2005 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir Kynsi

I had a hard time choosing which of the two Pinots I should write about and decided since they are different and both great one shouldn’t be left out.  The Kynsi Pinot is a dark red in color, it has a taste of blackberry, oak and plain toast.  It is a nice balance however of the dark fruits, especially blackberry, and toast with undertones of oak tying it together.  Like other Pinots from Bien Nacido vineyard it has a peppery taste and a great smooth finish.  The winery itself is tucked in the Edna Valley and occupies an old dairy from the 40’s.  The Pinot grows spectacular in the Bien Nacido vineyard because of its proximity to the ocean and the cool climate year long.

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~ by tymaripaige on September 1, 2009.

2 Responses to “one is silver and the other gold”

  1. Indeed, and as I had not realized

  2. Love looking at your sight, well done!! Your enthusiasm is both enjoyable and enlighten. Im taking notes and plan on having a good variety of wines for us all to enjoy in tahoe. See you soon:)

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