Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2005 Señor de Lesmos Rioja Reserva

Wine aging is not always just about the oak barrels for Spanish reds. Take this wine, which is aged a total of 27 months in those good ole' oak barrels, but then is moved into concrete vats for more than a year. Some winemakers believe that cement provides cleaner flavors with less risk of imparting unwanted flavors compared to oak barrels.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red Blend - 2012 ONX Reckoning

The folks at ONX (pronounced onyx) make some of my favorite Paso Robles wines, and actually some of my favorite wines period.  I very much appreciate their approach to focusing on creating the best blends they can, and don't pay much attention to varieties that are typically blended together (or wines that typically aren't used much in blends at all).  Take their wine Reckoning for example - which includes Rhone varietals Syrah and Grenache, Tempranillo which is typically the lead grape in Spanish wines such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero, Zinfandel which also normally plays the lead role, Petite Sirah which is sometimes added to a Zinfandel to provide additional acid and tannins, and Malbec which plays the starring role in South America, but is a minor blending partner in Bordeaux wines.  Forget the rules! Just make great wine... I love it!!!  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red Blend - 2013 Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno

While shopping at Costco for 1,000 roll packs of toilet paper and 50 pound bags of Brussels Sprouts, I happened by the wine aisle (no accident there) and saw this wine - Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno (say it out loud if you don't get it immediately).  Oh yeah, no matter what I'm getting this wine.  Hmmm.... from Paso Robles - that's pretty cool.   A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre... that's also pretty cool. Let's drink!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red Blend - 2009 ONX Brainchild

I typically try and select wines that are available through retail. But ONX wines from Paso Robles are just so damn good that you need to find a way to try them!  Today I'm trying a new one for me - Brainchild, a blend of all sorts of grapes you don't usually  see together - Tempranillo, Cabernet, Grenache, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. There was only 108 cases of this wine produced, so I hope I don't like it too much!