Wine

Wines tasted # 5

Nardone Aglianico 2012
Baked plum, mushroom
Very clean minerals, bright to cloudy rim variation.

Traban(?) Chile 2009
Syrah, funk of earth and full of cream with oak

Tariquet 2012
Clean and crisp with some acid, fresh and very nice with some fruit, good gooseberry flavor

Chateau de Tracy Pouilly Fume
Super

Boulder Bank Pinot Noir
Marlbo(?) 2010

Mary Hill Serendipity 2007
Beautiful

Joseph Merlot, San Perie 2012
Tons of stone fruit, peach, melon
Lime zest, candied lime
La Chatelnie

Antonin Rodet Chablis 2012
Clean, ripe melon, stainless steel
Acid is medium, fades to stone fruit, apricot, peach, and lemon zest.

Chateau Du Pavillon 2009 Bordeaux
Wool, cherry, soft tannins, baking spice, pepper, cherry on the finish.

Ch. Cantenac 2009, 1/3 Nevou(?)
Bolunt(?), plum, cherry, blanc hordes(?), currants, tobacco, leather, soft berry forward finish.

Domaine Berthet-rayne, Cote du Rhone
75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah
Full body, great soft acid, soft tannins

Chateau Des Karantes 2011
Very soft, supple flesh fruit, Grenache 60, Syrah 30, Mov. 10,

La Bal Ope. Cote Du Gascogne,
Herbacious, melon

Villa Floriano Pinot Grigio
Passionfruit, honeysuckle, fleshy

Seis Circles Vinera Chardonnay
Soft honey, baking spice

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Wines tasted # 4

Berfield Wine – Anistoda 2009
Full body, wow.  Tons of tannins, balanced and nice finish.

Tenuta Polvaro
Li son classic, 100% Tosca

Tenuta Polvaro, ORO
Chard, pinot grigio, very  220 Traminer
Soft peach, stone fruit, melon

Tenuta Polvaro Cab. 2010
Soft cherry, great tannins

Tenuta Polvaro Nero
Cab. Merlot, syrah, refosco, good round structure, soft fruit

Tenuta Palvaro Ducis
Soft stone fruit, good

 

Tantas – Temp Garnacha RD Duera
Fuller body, shock after, violets, dried fruit

Tola, Nero D’Avola
Wet forest floor, leather, earth, truffle, cherry, good structure, soft but great acid

Gens Merlot 2010 Clarksburg, CA
Nice

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Wines tasted # 3

Owen Roe Share Croppers Cab 2007
Ruby color, good cherry nose, light tobacco, strawberry, easy finish.

Dynamite Lake County
Plum color, ripe fruit good.  Tartness, nice smooth tannins, good easy finish.

Broadside Peso Robles
Purple color, not a lot of structure, lacking good fruit on the nose, vanilla oaky and not bad but currant on the end.

Ridge Santa Cruz Bordeaux blend
Dark purple, deep color, easy nose, good tannins, soft finish.

Edge Napa.
No nose, lacking structure, great color, plum, dark fruit, jammy fruit, 14.4%

Trefethen Oak Knoll
Dark rich, plum color, soft tannins, opened good tannins, jammy nose, tons on cherry and chocolate

Clava sauvignon blanc, Chile 2008
Crisp, clear, steel color.

Trullo Primitivio
Good dry, tannic, Rhone type, soil on the nose

Casa silva petite verdet
tannic, great berry forward and awesome color from a grape, normally used in blending.

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The Best Omelette I have ever ate!

The Best Omelette I have ever ate!

At the end of a long trip  for me begins a mew journey usually home.

On this particular, Sunday I was joined in a rusty old Diner nestled in between two antique stores in downtown Santa Rosa California by Austin Beeman and Jennifer Nelson. The three of us had just completed a whirlwind tour of Northern California wine regions and two conferences. We were gearing up for one final day of wine touring, tasting and mocking people endlessly.

This is part one of a several part post about a two week period filled with wine. So much  wine! The trip began in Amador County, in the shadow of the Sierra Foothills.

If you have not been; go!

We begin with the end!

We decided to stop and have a solid breakfast for the first time in a week so that we had a base for all of the wines we were sure to taste throughout the day. Individually we had heard that The Omelette Express was a great place for breakfast and we were greeted at the door by a man who looked like he belonged in Donnie Brasco instead of at a diner. It isn’t often you’re greeted by a bouncer at a diner first thing Sunday morning but we waited outside and watched patiently as other people walked past us to try and get inside and were stopped by Don.

It’s the type of place that you would completely expect Guy Fieri to go to and make the many ridiculous and annoying sounds and dudes that he spews on his popular television show.

When I Googled whether he had ever been there or not I was very happy to know that the customers that were there were True Believers instead of triple D’ers.

Surprisingly I am not a huge breakfast person, rarely up early enough to experience breakfast with the rest of the world and even when I am my body is not prepared to eat such a big meal so early. Yet just after 9:30 we were seated and ordered Jennifer got the number 16 , Austin got the number one and I got the number 4 and added ham and bacon.

The # 1 Bacon, Avocado, Tomato and Cheese

The # 4 Ground Sirloin, Spinach, Scallions and Cheese

The # 16 Mushrooms, Herbs, Spinach and Cheese (Come on Jenn)!

 

Holy shit were we impressed to get three bloggers who bloviate constantly about everything just shut up for almost 10 minutes while we devoured the best cheese meat and vegetable filled omelets that exist on this planet and possibly others. It was a monumental feat!

Decadent doesn’t begin to describe the ground sirloin spinach scallions pepper jack cheese and ham filled cloud that I consumed along with Homestyle potatoes and the thick buttery piece of toast. Huge big as your face breakfast which normally bugs me that portions are so large. but this time it was awesome!

For me it was that moment that we realized that our journey was only beginning even though we already spent 6 days nestled in Sonoma County imbibing and tasting through hundreds of wines from all over California and the rest of the world. It was well into the trip and the last before I returned home to my fiancé who joined Jenn and I for the first leg. Now we began our journey from Sonoma back east!

 

The bill is paid and we left stunned only leaving crumbs on our plate and half of Jennifer’s omelet in a  to-go container that filled my car already doused in whiskey and cigar soot with the aroma of breakfast.

We hit the road for our first appointment satisfied and ready for the day but also wishing for a nap and a snort of something tasty to awaken our pallets for the day to come…First Stop….

Ridge!

 

You can check Austin and Jenn out below!

http://www.austinbeeman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=wine%20antics

Cheers,

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Mercer Estate Part 2

Mercer Estate Part 2

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“The terroir of the Horse Heaven Hills creates wines that are balanced and elegant with graceful power and structure.  These are the reasons that winemakers all over Washington state seek out fruit from the Horse Heavens, and why I count myself as one of the lucky few who get to work with it exclusively.” – Jessica Munnell

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