Thursday, August 27, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Argentina Red - 2012 Fabre Montmayou Malbec Phebus Gran Reserva

The term "Gran Reserva" on a wine bottle makes me think of the oldest and the best that a winery has to offer.  Even though the definition of the term varies between Spain (means 5 years of aging for a red wine) and Argentina (means 2 years of aging), the general concept of the longest aged wine, typically with the best grapes that will benefit from extended aging - is the same.  Today I'll be tasting an Argentinian Gran Reserva Malbec from Phebus winery in Mendoza.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2011 Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel

This week's wine is a Zinfandel from Oak Ridge - who bottle a "regular" Zin, as well as this Reserve-level wine. The promise of ancient vines makes me think of a big, delicious, jammy California wine... let's see if this wine delivers!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2013 Line Shack Winery Petite Sirah

San Antonio Valley is a relatively new "official" wine region (a.k.a. an AVA or American Viticultural Area) that has existed just since 2006 in Monterey County, California. A creation of a new AVA can denote a new area of grape growing or an area that has distinguished itself as being unique from a larger AVA that may have originally contained the area.  In this case, growers in the area believed that there were specific characteristics of the San Antonio Valley that set it apart (and perhaps even above) the larger Monterey County AVA.