Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wine Fest: The rest of the world, including my FAVORITE wine of the festival!

And it's a very, very sad story, as I was unable to purchase any of my favorite was already sold out by the time I tasted it and went to buy some. Oh the humanity of it all.

Also got to taste, and buy, our first wine from Greece!


Culmina Family Estate Winery 2013 Dilemma - 91
Culmina Family Estate Winery 2012 Hypothesis - 92
Culmina Family Estate Winery 2013 Merlot - 89

Hester Creek 2013 Character White - 86

Osoyoos Larose 2012 Petales d'Osoyoos - 87

They also featured a three-year vertical of their flagship wine Le Grand Vin.

Osoyoos Larose 2010 Le Grand Vin - 89
Osoyoos Larose 2011 Le Grand Vin - 89
Osoyoos Larose 2012 Le Grand Vin - 92

SunRock Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - 89
SunRock Vineyard 2012 Meritage - 88
SunRock Vineyard 2012 Shiraz - 89


Baron Philippe de Rothschild 2014 Anderra Sauvignon Blanc - 86

Viña Errázuriz 2014 Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay - 86
Viña Errázuriz 2014 Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc - 85

Viña Leyda 2014 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc - 84

Viña Montes 2014 Alpha Chardonnay ($19.99)

Herbaceous notes mingle with aromas of pineapple, banana, asparagus and some orchard fruit. A touch of butterscotch and caramel on the palate, creamy but not overdone. A well-priced bargain. 89.

Viña Montes 2013 Purple Angel Carmenere ($65.99)

Red and black fruit with a touch of vanilla on the nose and the palate. Some dark chocolate comes to join the palate party. A hint of nutmeg on the finish. Really special. 93.

Viña Santa Ema 2013 Santa Ema Amplus One - 85
Viña Santa Ema 2015 Santa Ema Amplus Sauvignon Blanc - 84
Viña Santa Ema 2014 Santa Ema Reserve Merlot - 85

Viña Santa Rita 2011 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon - 84
Viña Santa Rita 2015 Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cardonnay - 84
Viña Santa Rita 2015 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc - 86
Viña Santa Rita 2013 Santa Rita Triple C - 88

Viña Ventisquero 2009 Vertice Carmenere/Syrah ($40.00)

Red and black berries with a hint of spice. The berries really follow through on the palate, which also picks up a touch of vanilla and chocolate with some black pepper on the finish. We enjoyed this one earlier this week. 90.

Viña Ventisquero 2012 Grey Carmenere - 85
Viña Ventisquero 2014: Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon - 85
Viña Ventisquero 2014: Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc - 86


Coronica 2014 Corinica Malvazija Istarska - 85
Coronica 2013 Coronica Gran Malvazija - 84


Gerard Bertrand 2014 Domaine de l'Aigle Chardonnay Limoux - 87

Vins et Vignobles Dourthe 2014 La Grande Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc - 85


Tsantali 2013 Kanenas Tsantali Red ($15.99)

An intriguing blend of Syrah and a grape I was not familiar with, Mavroudi.

Berries and black cherry on the nose and the palate with a touch of spice at the end. Quite an intense aftertaste. A nice little bargain red that paired well with red meat. 87.

Tsantali 2011 Rapsani Reserve - 86


Marques de Riscal 2014 1860 Tempranillo - 84
Marques de Riscal 2011 Rioja Reserva - 86

Marques de Riscal 2006 Rioja Gran Reserva ($50)

This was the incredible surprise of the Festival. These grapes come from vines over 30 years old, and this is only produced in superior years. Aged for 30+ months in American oak and aged for 3 more years in the bottle before release. Special aromas of red berries, leather, tobacco, earth and cigar box. Flavors of vanilla, black fruit and a touch of spice. Smooth and gentle, well-rounded tannins, and a finish that goes on forever. Spectacular. 96.

Miguel Torres - 2011 Mas La Plana ($56.99)

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon features aromas of plum, toasty oak, forest floor and red fruit. A touch of spice joins the berries featured on the palate. Finishes beautifully. A real treat now and who knows how good it will be once it peaks? 92

Miguel Torres 2012 Celeste - 91
Miguel Torres 2013 Coronas - 87

United States

Fuse 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 88
Edge 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 88
Trim 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 87

Grgich Hills Estate 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 88
Grgich Hills Estate 2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay - 89
Grgich Hills Estate 2013 Napa Valley Fume Blanc - 87
Grgich Hills Estate 2011 Napa Valley Merlot - 86

Madrone Vineyards Estate 2013 Lake Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc - 86
Madrone Vineyards Estate 2013 Russian River Chardonnay - 86

Rodney Strong 2013 David Bynum Russian River West Chardonnay - 88
Rodney Strong 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 88

Seghesio Family Vineyards 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel - 86
Seghesio Family Vineyards 2011 Sangiovese - 86

Signorello Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - 88
Signorello Estate 2013 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes - 90

Wagner Family of Wine 2013 Conundrum Red - 87
Wagner Family of Wine 2014 Conundrum White - 86
Wagner Family of Wine 2013 Emmolo Merlot - 91
Wagner Family of Wine 2014 Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay - 87

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for some awesome updates coming up. On Thursday we leave for Florida; one week on a brand new cruise ship as we tour the Eastern Caribbean and then two weeks in Orlando. Going to be a great trip which will definitely feature some outstanding wine.

And, yes, we are again having dinner at Victoria & Albert's. If you need a refresher of that incredible meal, go here to check it out.

Not sure if I'll be able to actually update the blog during the trip or if I will have to catch up when we get back, but we'll see what kind of internet access we have.


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