1).Mulderbosch Sauv Blanc South Africa ,
2).Carlton Cellars Pinot Noir, Sonoma, California.
3). I Moni Chianti Classico Italy 2006.
4. Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico.
5).Chateau De Belves Cote Bordeaux 2009.
6). Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial Rioja 2001.
7). Vieux Maillet Pomerol. 2009.
8). Prazo de Roriz Douro, Portugal 2009.
9). Clos De Vougeot Grande Cru Burgundy 2004.
10). Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir Sonoma California 2012.
Shafer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley. This is a huge Cabernet. Very complex with lots of dark berries and flavors and aromas of cassis and licorice. I get lavender and bing cherries and lots of pepper and spice. Lots of body and a super smooth finish!
Shug Pinot Noir, Carneros, California, 2011. 2011 was a challenging year for wine makers and vinyards alike. Shug Vinyard was no exception. The Carneros viticultural area is near Sonoma and gets a mild tempture due to its proximity to The Pacific Ocean. 2011 had some nice wine production but the poor weather conditions that year pushed wine making to new limits. This 2011 Magnum of Shug Pinot Noir from Carneros is a good wine, however, 2012 was the Vintage of the Century. I would consume 2011’s. I wouldn’t add them to a catalogue or a collection.
3). Swanson Cabernet Sauvignon, is medium to full bodied withe complex flavors and aroma of casis, black berry, vanilla bean and coffee. The Vineyards are Maclatchy near Howell Mountain, Beckstoer’s Missouri-Hopper in Oakville, Sleepy Lady in Yountville and the Merlot is from The Mayacamas range in Oakville. The wine was produced for the celebration of the Swansons daughter Alexis’s wedding. Hence the name. The Swanson family made their fortune from Swanson Family T.V. Diners. They call Naples Florida home.
Shafer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley. This is a huge Cabernet. Very complex with lots of dark berries and flavors and aromas of cassis and licorice. I get lavender and bing cherries and lots of pepper and spice. Lots of body and a smooth finish! This is the least desirable vintage of all Shafer 1.5’s Bad Vintage.
Rock Block by Domaine Serene is a delicious Syrah from Oregon. Lots of dark fruit and big tanins. Pair this tight red with The Artesan Cheese Plate which consists of Goat Cheese, Smoked Gouda, Queso Manchego, French Brie, Sage Derby, Lingen Berry Jam, Balsomic Reduction, Fresh Berries, Candied Walnuts and Fresh Wine Loft seasoned Flatbread Crackers. The Small Plate of 3 lollipop Lamb Chops served with mint jelly and corn and grits cake
Wine by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples, Orin Swift, David Swift Phinney’ s Winery owner and creator of Abstract a Grenache, Syrah and Petite Syrah blend. Fruit bomb! Pair this with the Wild Mushroom, carmelized onions and truffle oil Flatbread.
7). The Hess Aliomi Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is fruit forward with flavors and aromas of bing vherries some light oak quality and moderate alcohol content. Definitely not a huge and complex red however it is balanced and a long smooth finish. This was 2012. The 2011 Vintage was adequate but not worth storage.
I love Spanish Red Wine especially from Ribera del Duero Region! This is an interesting D.O.C. (Denominacion Origen Controlada} which is known in the United States as A.V.A (American Vita-cultural Area). What is fascinating about this wine region of Spain is that it runs along the River Ribera. The Ribera River starts in Spain and runs South West crossing into Portugal where it is called Douro River Valley! So, if you love “Tinto de Pesquera” or “Condado de Haza” both famous red wines of Ribera del Duero, Spain then you will love Douro Region of Portugal. I just had the most delicious bottle of Prazo de Roriz, Douro D.O.C. Prats & Symington / Quita De Roriz, Douro, Portugal. It is 100% Tempranillo, full bodied balanced and brooding garnet colored. I loved this bottle! I could not have just one glass! #Wine #portugal #Glass #Naples #Florida
Cloudline Pinot Noir, 2012, Willamette Valley Oregon has flavors and aromas of bright red berries, some stone fruit like dark red plum and aromas of rose water crescendoing to black pepper spice on the finish! This 2012 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon Vintage is considered “The Vintage of The Century”. So buy the least expensive from this vintage, viticulture area and varietal. It is all good!
Wines by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples. The Ponzi Pinot Noir is a medium bodied Burgundian style red.
Wines by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples. The Picket Fence Pinot Noir 2012 from the Russian River Valley is a light style of Pinot Noir. Bright red fruit with a crescendo of spice finish. 2012 is a great vintage.
Wines by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples the “Il Fauno” Super Tuscan 2009 is amazing blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvgnon and Merlot. This is a full bodied red with complexity and brooding to be drank.
Wines by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples. The Vina Aberdi Rioja 2007 is 100 percent Tempranillo. Dark berries, leather and earth
Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragon Brunello di Montalcino, 2007, Reserva, Santa Caterina D.O.C.G. is barrel fermented aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months and bottle aged at the vinyard for 2-3 years before released for consumption to the public. It is 100% Sangiovese Grosso Clone. It is a larger berry and has softer and less concentrated charteristics to its cousin found in Chianti. However, with the additional barrel aging in superior casks and the proper handling of on premises bottle aging ensures a beautiful example of Brunello. Drink now
Wine by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples. “Hey Mambo Sultry Red” is a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, Cabernet Franc. Lots of flavors of berries plums, white pepper. Pair with grilled Chicken Skewers
Wine by the glass, Klinker Brick Red Zinfandel, Lodi, 2012 has flavors and aromas of berries and notes of spice. It is old vine zinfandel vines that produce less fruit with high concentrations of flavor. Goes well with roasts and hamburgers.
Wine by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples, The Amalaya Malbec from Salta, Argentina, The highest elevated vinyard in the World, owned by Donald Hess is a full bodied fruit forward with big tanins is great wine to pair with The Black and Bleu Flatbread.
Cristia Collection 2009, Rasteau, Rhone, France, Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. This is the “Holy Trinity” for the Rhone region. Grenache is light and gives strawberry notes, Syrah is Jammy and the Mouvedre lends depth and complexity like Earth and leather!
Wines by the glass, 2012 Oregon, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is concentrated fruit flavors due to small berry size caused by the growing conditions. Very smooth finish with some black pepper and bing cherries. Vintage of the century.
Michael David Petite Petite is really berry licious but full of body and overwhelming structuture. Put your big boy pants on cause you will need them cause the first taste will kick your butt butt the second and third it mellows and the character shines through.
Wine by the glass at The Wine Loft of Naples. The Beaulieu Vinyards Reserve Tapestry Red Wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvgnon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Fantastic full bodied California red. Beaulieu Vinyards is the oldest continually operating vineyard in The United States. They were spared from the 18th Amendment of Prohibition by being the sole provider of red wine to The Catholic Church in The U.S. The First Amendment, Fredom of Religion saved Beaulieu Vineyards from The Volstead Act, The 18th Amendment of Prohibition. Pair this wine with the Tenderloin Medalions which are served atop slices of Baguette topped with shallots, Asiago and roasted red bell peppers with a red wine and black pepper reduction drizzle on the side.
Wine by the glass, the Hahn Pinot Noir has flavors and aromas of red fruit with nuances of spice on the finish.
Stephen, great job yesterday! I really enjoyed your article on Block 028! Very informative. Thank you! I am attaching some photos of the V.No tasting. Oh, Jim showed me that we have ten cases of Marsannay, 2005, Pinot Noir, Cote D’Or, France. He T coded a bottle and some of us were able to sample it. Wow, it needed time to breathe, burnt plastic was my first aroma! It was kicking and screaming for about an hour before it tired it self out and began to behave. A very naughty little french boy indeed. Even after he began to behave he was very naughty with a mouths full of flint, minerals and lots of pepper on the finish. He really wanted to play with some Duck Con Fit, Roquefort Cheese and some Foie Gras and a Filet Mignon with Bordelaise drizzle. This wine is not for beginners or you will feel like your in Home Alone II with Macaulay Culkin.
Sincerely, Beau Boswell.