Frog’s Leap 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley


Name of wine: 
Frog’s Leap 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley

(100% Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford AVA, Napa County, California) Alcohol 12.8%

Price paid:  $10 (375 ml) Buy Now

Where purchased:  D and M Wine and Liquor Co., San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  A lighter wine in both body and alcohol levels.  I detected a mushroom aroma in the glass.  Tasted August 23rd, 2012.

Color:  Light gold.

Nose:  Honeydew melon and lemongrass with moderate intensity.

Palate:  Very light and dry.  Slightly oily.  Medium complexity.  Medium finish.

Food:  Serve with mushroom cheese, veggie appetizers, and white meats (fish, chicken, or pork).

Winemaker notes:

Frog’s Leap grows all of their grapes organically and uses organic fertilizers.  After harvest they plant cover crops in compost to help care for their soil.  They are also studying biodynamic farming too.

From the Frog’s Leap website:

The wine became 100 percent stainless-steel fermented and aged in the late ’90s. It began to carry the Rutherford appellation in 2001. And in 2002 it began to be made exclusively from dry-farmed, organically grown vineyards. From all of this we have learned a simple lesson: the less we interfere in the cellar with the perfectly grown clusters, the more beautiful the wine becomes.

Grown in the heart of the Rutherford appellation the 2010 Frog’s Leap
Sauvignon Blanc alludes to its storied region with aromas of wet stone, peach
blossom and Meyer lemon zest. Across the palate the varietal’s fruit character
moves forward with more citrus and a touch of stone fruit all supported by the
wine’s minerality and crisp, bracing acid. This refreshing wine has a lingering
finish that is sure to satisfy on a warm summer’s day, or with an array of dishes
from pan roasted Petrale Sole to a few simple slices of Chèvre.

The Rutherford AVA is located in Napa County, California.  The AVA is centered around the town of Rutherford, CA, home of my favorite lunch spot in Napa Valley, Rutherford Grill.  Famous for its terroir, the well drained soil of this area is composed of sand, loam, gravel, and volcanic deposits and marine sediments.

Do you prefer Sauvignon Blanc over Chardonnay?  If so, which one??

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Ramey 2010 Chardonnay Russian River Valley


Name of wine:
 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2010

(100% Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California) Alcohol 14.5%

Price paid:  $20 (375 ml)

Where purchased:  D and M Wine and Liquor Co., San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  A nice, smooth chardonnay.  This red wine lover would choose this chard as a white wine option.  The oak character does become more pronounced as you sip this one.  A little bit of fizziness dances on the tip of the tongue.  Ramey’s got legs too!  Tasted August 19th, 2012.

Color:  Pale gold straw.

Nose:  Floral.  No butter and some oak detected.

Palate:  Soft with some acidity.  Creamy mouth feel and a long finish.  Low minerality.  Medium alcol.  Some citrus notes.

Food:  Enjoy with parchment salmon, sharp cheeses, and artichokes.

Winemaker notes:

David Ramey is known as a pioneer in California winemaking. He brings old world traditions to the West coast.

From the Ramey website:

“David Ramey is widely acknowledged to be among the wine pioneers whose efforts helped raise the bar for all American winemakers and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world. David’s groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation yielded a new California style that was richer, more lush and silky smooth than previously known. As a result, he created a benchmark style now emulated by many.

“Ramey Wine Cellars, which David owns with his wife, Carla, was founded in 1996. Currently, David continues to “swing for the fences,” as he likes to say. To make great wines, he takes chances, harvesting his grapes at the last possible moment and using methods in the cellar that his former college professors consider risky at best. The resulting wines are praised among colleagues, consumers and the media alike.”

 

The Russian River Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, California.  This cool climate growing region gets morning fog from the Pacific Ocean as well.  Some of the West Coast’s best Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s come from here.

When you drink white wine do you choose a chardonnay?  If so, which one??

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyards 2010


Name of wine:
 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyards 2010

(Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California) Alcohol 14.3%

Price paid:  $40

Where purchased:  K and L Wines, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I am loving these Santa Barbara wines!  This one is a spicy fruit bomb and we just can’t get enough of it.  there is good pinot noir and then there is great stuff that really stands out from the rest like Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone.  This one is a winner.  Buy all you can, while you can.  This Belle Glos pinot is right on the edge of what I call wine candy.  Tasted August 5th, 2012.

Color:  Luscious red hue.  Lighter around the edges like a young pinot should look.

Nose:  Fruit forward nose.  Cherries and blackberry jam.

Palate:  Firm tannins and light acidity.  Big mouthfuls of fruit.  Medium finish.

Food:  I can easily drink this one by itself by the glass.  It would be great with BBQ chicken or any smoky dish too.

Winemakers notes:

Joseph Wagner, son of Caymus great Chuck Wagner, is behind this one.  You can really taste The big, Napa Cab background that Joseph was raised in here.

From the Belle Glos website:

“Clark & Telephone Vineyard, located near the corner of Clark Avenue and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley, is cooled by wind and fog that snakes in from the Pacific Ocean along a channel of the Santa Maria River.

Established in 1972, the Clark & Telephone Vineyard was planted “own root” to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir, one of the first to grace the California coastlands, has become something of a lost treasure.”

Also reviewed on Luscious Lushes blog – Belle Glos is a Pinot Noir made for a Cab lover.”

What is your favorite new world or old world red burgundy?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com