Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2003

photo © Linda Blakely 2007

Displays round, attractive aromas of concentrated black fruit and hefty oak. The palate is bold, chewy and rich, while fine tannins and lively acidity keep any potential holes well plugged. Tastes sweet, dark, fruity and ripe, with vanilla and coffee on the finish. Tremendously satisfying!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thorn-Clarke Pinot Gris Terra Barossa 2006

photo © Linda Blakely 2007

This Australian Pinot Gris is delicious! It has aromas of perfumed pear drops, orange blossoms and dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied with nice rich nectarine fruit and freshly cut apples. The wine is very creamy and mouth filling, providing a perfect match to any food type, especially Asian foods. The rich sweet pear and nectarine flavors integrate with the clean acid to give the wine great length. Tom and I both enjoyed it very much, and we are extremely partial to red wines. Tom said "this is a red drinker's white", and I agree :-D

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Carpineto Dogajolo 2005

photo © Linda Blakely 2007

A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany. The color is deep garnet with violet reflections. On the nose you get very fruity and intense aromas, with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice. The palate is full, soft, complex and well balanced. A delicious Italian wine!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Elyse Zinfanel Morisoli Vineyard 2003

photo © Linda Blakely 2007

Tom and I drank this luscious Zinfandel last night with our dinner and it was awesome! Aromatically teasing and lush all the way across the palate. Aromas of sweet briary fruit lead to flavors of kirsch, cherries, raspberries and hints of white chocolate and toffee with an underlying mineral component. The wine was seamless on the palate with a lovely creamy texture and long pleasing finish. And I do mean long! It lingered for a good 30 - 45 seconds.

Elyse also makes a fantastic Petite Sirah. I'll post that after we drink it :-)


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Shirvington Shiraz 2004

photo © Linda Blakely 2007

Tom and I shared this wine with some friends on Valentine's Day and let me tell was SENSATIONAL! It was an inky/purple color, followed by aromas of graphite, blueberries and creme de cassis. It offered wonderful purity, plenty of stuffing, toasty espresso notes from new oak barrels, admirable intensity and a tremendous finish. Normally a wine this young would be quite tannic, but this exquisite Shiraz was as smooth as silk! After tasting it, I almost didn't want to share it with our friends ;-)

Unfortunately, the 2004 vintage is no longer available. The 2005 is in stores now. I can't wait to try that one!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

K Cimicky Piping Shrike Shiraz 2005

photo © Linda Blakely 2007

Anyone who knows me well knows that I loves me some Barossa Shiraz, and this one is nothing less than spectacular! Dense, concentrated and full of jammy fruit. Lots of body and a lengthy finish. Deeeeeee-licious!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Wine, wonderful wine!

Just a photo I wanted to share...

photo © Linda Blakely 2007