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Red Wines – Speed-dating for Bloggers & Wineries!

We sat at a table for an hour while 12 wineries brought us 12 wines and shpieled us for 5 minutes each. Here’s the rundown… lots of goodies for red-wine lovers! (Updates coming later)

  • 2008 Ortman Sangiovese, $20
    What the winemaker says: East-side Paso Robles, 2nd-gen tier $20 and under
    What Jess says: Not what I expect from an Ortman wine, but I’m excited about them producing
    What Arianna says: Where’s Arianna???
    Other notes: Cuvee Eddy & Chardonnay (Bien Nacido and Cat Canyon) coming soon!
  • 2006 Louis M Martini Lot No 1 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $120
    What the winemaker says: Nice velvety tannins but will lay down for 25+ years
    What Jess says: Deep purple flavors. A little rough on the acid/tannins. Chalky at the back of the mouth. I imagine this will be beautiful in a few years, but I’m not interested in spending this kind of money. My eyes popped out of my head when she said the retail price. I’m SO not a Napa girl :(
  • 2007 Isenhower Bachelor’s Button Cabernet Sauvignon, $28
    What the winemaker says: 4% Petite Verdot
    What Jess says: Lacks a little body, not very fruity (if you’re looking for a fruit bomb you’d be disappointed), but there’s a likeable quality to it. The fruit’s character shows through the hands-off winemaking style. A nice wine.
  • 2008 The Crusher Petite Sirah (Sebastiani), $12
    What the winemaker says: Clarksburg (North of Rio Vista river delta near Sacto!!)
    What Jess says: Big red fruit nose, no alcohol. Medium body, big blackberry, no tannins no acid. Not refined, but interesting.
  • 2008 Desert Wind Ruah, $20
    What the winemaker says: Intensely aromatic, with bing cherry, cinnamon, and toasted walnut in the forefront. On the palate, flavors of cherry, raspberry and clove mingle harmoniously with supple tannins ending in a long finish.
    What Jess says: Nice wine! Similar flavor profiles to the Louis Martini and definitely more than 1/6th as good. I’d like to buy myself a bottle!
  • 2008 Duck Pond Red Blend, $15
    What the winemaker says: Dundee, Oregon. 52% Merlot, 29% Syrah, 19% Cabernet Sauvingon. Value-focused.
    What Jess says: Nice round, fruit-forward red. Nothing hits me on the head and it’s balance and lack of tannin make me happy. Would rather have this as my weeknight red than The Crusher (sorry guys!)
  • 2009 Velvet Glove (Molly Dooker), $180
    What the winemaker says: A great everyday wine… or a special occasion if you prefer. Much ripeness fiddling in order to achieve its full vinological ripeness. Set the glass aside, try it again later. Can age very well.
    What Jess says: A velvet label! Super complex. Cherries, black fruit, spice, tobacco?
  • 2008 TrioVintners Riot, $18
    What the winemaker says: 52% Sangiovese, 36% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre
    What Jess says: Loved the Mourvedre we tasted at their tasting room earlier today (bought two!)… very nice. I like this almost as much as the Mourvedre. This is a GREAT wine for $18… get yourself some!
  • 2008 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, $35
    What the winemaker says: Sustainable, and certified. Take note! 2008 was a winemaker’s dream in Willamette Valley.
    What Jess says: Nice Pinot Noir. I’m not a Pinot fan but I’m always happy to take one from Willamette Valley and this is no exception. It’s not knock-your-socks-off, but it’s very nice. A little earthy and tannic/acidic (hard to tell with palate-fatigue).
  • 2007 Stoller Pinot Noir, $25
    What the winemaker says: Dundee Oregon. Guest houses on property, come stay and hang out! 1st Gold LEED-certified winery in the US (first LEED-certified winery of any level)
    What Jess says: Earthy earthy earthy nose. On the palate: Very cherry, no tannin, light body. I like it. It needs certain foods that’ll go well with VERY cherry. But good!
  • 2008 Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc from Cornerstone, $30
    What the winemaker says: Carneros because I like acidity in my wines. Acid is what makes the wine live. Acidity is the taste and tannin is the texture. Trying to build longer molecule chains to preserve the taste in the mouth longer.
    What Jess says: Chewy. Nice flavors in the background. Nice expression of Cab Franc (despite the 4% Cabernet Sauvignon). I like it. But I like Cab Franc. Opening up in my glass in just these few minutes. Worth the price, let it breathe 30 minutes before you drink and you’ll have a nice new special occasion red.
  • 2007 Sequel Syrah (Longshadows Vintners project), $55
    What the winemaker says: John Duval (Barossa Valley), 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
    What Jess says: Yummy yummy! Worth every penny if you love Syrah. This is what I would hope to get from Washington Syrah!
Posted on by Arianna Armstrong in Jess' Wine Tasting Notes

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