NOVEMBER TASTE OFF



Twenty members of the Society rated the following wines from excellent to good.  Two of the wines received a Value Star designation.  In between sips we did our own post mortem on the Election.  Most everyone was still in shock from the unexpected results.  The consensus seemed to be that there is plenty of alienation among white folks in the middle of the country, especially males.  And Hilary did not produce enough enthusiasm among Dems.


SEMPRE VIVE 2013 MERITAGE BLEND NAPA VALLEY  $19.99

Intense, very balanced Bordeaux blend.  Layers of dark Napa fruit and subtle barrel spice, nice full body finish and best with a few hours of air and great company. Excellent value for the price  Our highest rating in our November case tasting. A wine that delivers with its pleasant ripe fruit -- a hallmark of the Napa appellation -- and soft roundness thanks to a small amount of Merlot. Expect this wine to age nicely with a cellaring period of 5-8 years.  But you can easily open and enjoy this bottle now.
DELICIOUS ~ EXCELLENT  - A complex, concentrated wine that balances lush fruit flavors with refinement
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KNOTTED HEAD VINEYARDS 2014 ZINFANDEL LODI $5.99

Softer, rounder more claret style Zinfandel with greater balance and restraint than the full throttle jammy Zins we associate with Lodi. Chocolate overtones. Very approachable, pairing well with more delicate foods as well as barbecue.
DELICIOUS ~ EXCELLENT  - A complex, concentrated wine that balances lush fruit flavors with refinement 
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HAYES RANCH 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON CALIFORNIA $6.99

The Wente Family Estates winemaking team carries on the Hayes family tradition sourcing premier California vineyards. The wine receives similar treatment of the more expensive Wente label wines. A lighter style Bordeaux blend yet with plushness and backbone (tannins) Flavors of red cherry, anise, and a hint of vanilla abound This wine is well balanced with medium tannins, a smooth mid-palate and a spicy, coffee finish.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ~ VERY GOOD A complex, concentrated wine that balances lush fruit flavors with refinement  $6.99
 

GIORMANI 2014 PINOT GRIGIO VENEZIA  $6.99

A crisp, clean classic Old World Italian vino from the northeast region close to the Alps and Austria.  It delivers a rich intensity in the mouth with a creamy texture, fruitiness (apples, pears) and a refreshing spiciness on the close
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ~ VERY GOOD A complex, concentrated wine that balances lush fruit flavors with refinement   
 

COLAVITA 2013 PINOT GRIGIO TRENTINO  $3.99  

Light, crisp and dry. These characteristics are complemented by aroma notes of lemon, green apple and blossoms.  Bright flavors of honey, blossom and tangerine. A wonderful picnic wine.
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD - A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness
 

SODINI 2015 CHARDONNAY CALIFORNIA  $4.99

Great value for the price. A rich, acidic, balanced Chardonnay. Nice body and finish. Crisp Apple and slight grassy tones giving it a semblance of Sauvignon Blanc.
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD  A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness   
 

GENESIS 2013 RIESLING COLUMBIA VALLEY  $5.99

It shows off aromas of jasmine, peach, apple and clove, followed by rich, bright flavors of ripe pear, sweet herbs and a hint of cantaloupe.  Fragrant wine.  Vivid acidity. The 1.4% residual sugar is barely noticeable thanks to the racy acidity; the finish lingers gracefully and refreshes the palate. This vintage won a double gold medal at the Great Northwest Wine Competition.
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness   
 

PROJECTION 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON CALIFORNIA  $5.99

Vibrant bouquet  A ton of ripe strawberries. raspberries, red licorice on the nose. Candied cherries and strawberries follow into the palate.  Lots of jammy fruit punch flavors. Medium body, medium plus acidity. Long tannins. Smooth finish.  The grapes are grown in the Clarksburg area which is now considered a decent growing region with the right canopy management to prevent the grapes from drying up.
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness
 

TURN KEY 2013 PINOT NOIR CENTRAL COAST  $6.99

Large grower corporation in Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and other parts of CA which also owns custom crush facilities used mainly by negociants and others wanting a private label. Hints of telltale cherry with a bit of tartness.  Nice light fruity Pinot with soft tannins that stays smooth  throughout
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness   
 

FORTY-SEVEN FRIENDS 2010 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COUNTY  $5.99

A 2010 Pinot would normally be over the hill, but this one has kept its lush fruit and complexity. Hearty tart cherry with nice tobacco and earthy foundation. Super well balanced   While it starts out a bit tight, after some time in the glass it opens up to reveal black raspberry, mushroom, cola and exotic spice notes. A bigger Pinot that’s dry, yet silky, in the mouth.  A brand of Ancient Oak Vineyards.
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness  
 

BENISON 2013 ZINFANDEL LODI  $5.99

Soft tannins. Strawberry fruit     Clear garnet colored wine with a blueberry nose, very nice finish Medium Dry, medium bodied  A tight, youthful character at first sip, but air brings out wonderful fruit purity, cranberry acidity, and cardamom spice on the back end. Good length.
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness  
 

R& 2013 RED BLEND CENTRAL COAST  $4.99

Deep purplish to ruby in color. Its nose will turn up blackberry that then reveal cassis, espresso and black olives. The powerful palate continues with the blackberry fruits followed by raspberry, underbrush tones and dried herbs The finish is both long and complex with generous fruit. Enjoy now or age over the upcoming years. You won't find this level of texture and depth at this price. Juicy and fresh flavors of pine-smoked blackberries give a peat-like character to the palate.
RECOMMENDED~ GOOD A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness  
 

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