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Parejas Cellars

2012 Albariño

ALC: 13.1%  Price: $15

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Bottle Notes:

“This WA grown Spanish/Portuguese varietal is adopting well to our terrior. Scents of apricots, peaches, pears, and spice coincide on the palate. A refreshing mouth-feel with flavors similar to the aromatics all carry through to the clean, bright, long-lasting refreshing Dry finish.”

Our Tasting Notes:

 Although gaining popularity in the United States, Albariño is still not a common name to most consumers. The grape itself originated in Portugal but is most widely planted in Spain. It is also known under different names such as Albarina, Alvarin Blanco, Alvarinha, Alvarinho, Azal Blanco and more.

This bottle of 2012 Albariño from Parejas Cellars had inviting aromas of peach and apricot which also translated over to the palate. Light in style, this wine had a crisp quality that was very satisfying and made it extremely easy-drinking. Although this Albariño was mostly dry, it was kept in balance with the bright fruit flavors of peach and apricot. This was a lovely wine well worth its modest price point of $15.

 

For more info check out: Parejas Cellars

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Wind Rose Cellars

2012 Dolcetto

Price: $17.99

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Bottle Notes:

“Our new Dolcetto has already been a big success. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this medium body dry red wine has aromas of licorice , fresh herbs and raspberry tea. On the palate, the wine has fruit flavors of mulberry and sweet plum. Raspberry chocolate finish. Pairs with BBQ, grilled chicken, pork and pizza.”

Our Tasting Notes:

 Dolcetto is an Italian grape varietal that produces wine made for early consumption. Typically, Dolcetto is enjoyed within 2-3 years of its release. This 2012 Dolcetto from Wind Rose Cellars holds true to that style. Cranberry, raspberry, and cinnamon flavors were kept in balance by the dry tannins and bit of cinnamon spice. The youthfulness of this wine made it fun, fresh, and vibrant. This wine begs for a pasta dish or a tasty slice of pizza.

 

For more info check out: Wind Rose Cellars

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Stanza

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $13

Purchased at BevMo

Bottle Notes:

“Stanza Cabernet Sauvignon is well-balanced with aromas of black cherries, raspberries and toffee with exploding flavors of blackberries, plums, currant and a hint of spice to accent the finish. Enjoy with Prime Rib, Tri-Tip roast, lamb, hearty soups and dark chocolate desserts.”

Our Tasting Notes:

This delicious Cabernet exuded aromas of milk chocolate and cinnamon spice that made you want to keep on smelling! Juicy flavors of dark cherry, licorice and was as smooth as silk. It had wonderful acidity to balance out the fruit. Yummy! Loved this wine and happy to discover that it’s such a great value.


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Wind Rose Cellars

2011 Primitivo

ALC: 13.9%  Price: $24.99

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Bottle Notes:

“Primitivo, a rare Italian varietal grown in Washington State, shows intense complexity of dark fruit flavors – black berry, dark cherry and espresso – even in its youth. This dark red garnet wine, barrel-aged for 14  months, is perfect with hearty dishes and always welcome with friends and family. This wine is unfiltered.”

Our Tasting Notes:

This bottle of well-crafted wine comes to us from the great state of Washington. Award winning Wine Rose Cellars is located in Sequim, WA and is focused on crafting great Italian varietals. With production at just 900 cases a year we were honored to have the opportunity to taste their wines.

The 2011 Primitivo lured us in with fragrance of violets, cherry, and earth. There was such depth to this wine because of the layers of flavor including fresh raspberries, plum, and a touch of cocoa.  So  fresh, clean, and complex while also being  light on its feet. The peppery finish was enjoyable and lingered for quite some time.

This was a delicious find from a wonderful producer. We are looking forward to trying their Sangiovese and Dolcetto in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

 

For more info check out: Wind Rose Cellars

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Prix Fixe

2011 Bordeaux Blend

ALC: 12.6%  Price: $22

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Bottle Notes:

“Fresh raspberry, black cherry, and cinnamon spice aromas with soft, warm flavors of black cherry on the palate, balanced by good acidity. Those flavors, along with some earth tones, linger for a while; and the wine will age for another three to four years. This wine will go perfectly with roast duck with a fruit sauce or glazed pork tenderloin. It’s a wonderful example of a French wine from a small but ever-more important region.”

Our Tasting Notes:

A French product crafted in California, this wine was meant to be enjoyable and approachable. For under $25 you can have a well crafted bottle of French Bordeaux that is bursting with flavors of juicy pomegranate and ripe cherries. The nice acidity and spice would make this wine a nice companion with beef stew on a chilly evening. It was light, fresh, and with alcohol at just 12.6%, an extra glass or two was not out of the question. Cheers!

For more info check out: Spelletich Family Wine Company

Freixenet Cordon Rosado

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Freixenet

Cordon Rosado

ALC: 12%  Price: $12

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Bottle Notes:

“Cordon Rosado sparkling wine is bright, fruity and lively. You are immediately welcomed with aromas of fruit cocktail and fresh, ripe raspberries followed by subtle hints of toast. On the palate, you will find strawberry jam, tart red currants and a hint of sweetness on the finish.”

Our Tasting Notes:

 A blend of Trepat and Garnacha, this sparkling Rosè was light and refreshing. The flavor didn’t linger very long but stayed just enough to be enjoyable. Flavors of tart strawberry and light watermelon. Not too fruity, in fact there was no real sweetness to it. Almost all dry. Would be a great pallet cleanser or great way to start off a holiday meal. Great with appetizers. Loved it!

For more info check out: Freixenet Wines USA

2011 Valdubón Cosecha

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Valdubón Cosecha

2011 Tempranillo

ALC: 14%  Price: $15

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Bottle Notes:

“Intense cherry red in color with bright flashes of garnet. Its power and structure are evident on the nose with fresh red fruit aromas of strawberries, plums and raspberries. The palate shows low tannins, is bright initially from acidity and flows into a powerful fruit structure. Balanced in length, finishing with crisp red fruit flavors. Ready for early drinking, although its structure indicates it will keep for some time without losing character.”

Our Tasting Notes:

This was 1 of 3 wines that we tasted for International Tempranillo Day on November 14th, 2013. It is, I’ll admit, my favorite of the 3 Tempranillos that were tasted. The 2011 Valdubón Cosecha was definitely the “tall, dark, and handsome” out of the 3 wines.

This full-bodied Tempranillo was brooding with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, plum, and some good old fashion dirt. At just $15, this was a well-crafted wine with wonderful depth and balance. Although it would pair nicely with grilled meats or stew, this wine stands just fine all on its own.

For more info check out: Freixenet Wines USA

2012 VAZA Cosecha

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VAZA Cosecha

2012 Tempranillo

ALC: 13.5%  Price: $12

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Bottle Notes:

“Originating from the word “Baza” which in Spanish means “trump card” or “new beginning” Vaza represents a fusion of Spain’s winemaking vanguard and the country’s rich wine history. The wines are produced at Solar Viejo, a winery situated on the shoulder of the medieval village of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa.

Cosecha is bright and fruit-driven with aromas of strawberry cream and ripe, red plums open up to a palate that is velvet soft, with well integrated soft tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, flavors of ripe cherries and summer raspberries finish with a touch of dark licorice, a notable characteristic we appreciate in all our wines.”

Our Tasting Notes:

 This was 1 of 3 wines that we tasted for International Tempranillo Day on November 14th, 2013. This wine was a big hit with other bloggers who tasted it and I can see why. It’s fruity, lively, and extremely easy-drinking. Flavors of cherry jolly rancher, red licorice and cinnamon spice. This wine was medium-bodied with minimal tannins. Definitely a good showing for a bottle with an SRP of  just $12.

For more info check out: Freixenet Wines USA

2012 Tapeña Tempranillo

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Tapeña

2012 Tempranillo

ALC: 13%  Price: $10

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Bottle Notes:

“Tempranillo (temp-rah-NEE-yo) is Spain’s indelible stamp on the world of wine. The heart of Tapeña Tempranillo can be found at night in the winding, noisy, old streets of Madrid. Bars and peñas (clubs), filled to standing room only, serve local wines and tapas, and everyone has a fork.
Tapeña Tempranillo is like Spain’s famous guitarists, bold yet graceful. This deep purple wine has flavors and aromas of juicy red berries, black cherries, and a hint of chocolate that rise from the glass. The smooth finish is rounded with silky tannins. Tapeña Tempranillo plays best with grilled lamb skewers, garlic prawns, and broiled salmon. ¡Salud!”
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Our Tasting Notes:

 This was 1 of 3 wines that we tasted for International Tempranillo Day on November 14th, 2013. This $10 Tempranillo was loaded with fresh flavors of cherry, plum, and cranberry with soft, enjoyable tannins. It had a bit of an earthy nose to it which I enjoyed. This wine was pretty delicious straight from the bottle which is perfect for those last-minute get-togethers with family and friends. It’s easy-going nature makes this Tapeña Tempranillo approachable to even non-wine drinkers or first-time wine drinkers. It definitely is worth seeking out at only $10!

For more info check out:  www.TapenaWines.com

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Prix Fixe

by Spelletich Family Wine Company

2011 Diable Rouge

ALC: 13.1%  Price: $18

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Winery Notes:

“Fresh raspberry, black cherry, and cinnamon spice aromas with soft, warm flavors of black cherry on the palate, balanced by good acidity. Those flavors, along with some earth tones, linger for a while; and the wine will age for another three to four years. This wine will go perfectly with roast duck with a fruit sauce or glazed pork tenderloin. It’s a wonderful example of a French wine from a small but ever-more important region.”

Our Tasting Notes:

 I was excited to get the opportunity to taste a new label from Spelletich Family Wine Company. If you’re unfamiliar, this Napa Valley winery was created in 1994 by winemaker Barb Spelletich and produces 4 different labels. The labels include Spelletich Cellars, 3 Spells, Prix Fixe, and SPELLwine. All four labels were created to target a different audience, meaning that there really is something for every palate and price-range at Spelletich Family Wine Company.

This bottle of 2011 Prix Fixe Diable Rouge is made from the Marselan grape, which was the first time I’ve tried this varietal. Marselan is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. This medium-bodied wine was fresh and fun with flavors of raspberry tart, pomegranate, cranberry, and cinnamon spice.

I’m glad I saved some wine for the next day because it proved to show itself even better after some time to settle and open up. The 2011 Diable Rouge is a well crafted wine with nice balance that shows the beautiful harmony of a French wine with a little touch of California love.

For more info check out: Spelletich Family Wine Company

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