Sunday, January 04, 2015

We Have Moved!

We are in the process of moving over to Wordpress and we are most of the way there! If you have not been directed there automatically you can go to http://winecaskblog.com/

Sorry for the inconvenience but the new site will allow us to serve you better including a valid "SEARCH" function so you can look through our data base and search specifically for a wine you would like to see our studied opinion about. Raise a glass! (PB)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our 10th Anniversary!

Today we are celebrating our 10th anniversary here at The Wine Cask Blog! Over the past 10 years, we've posted around 3,000 reviews that span varietals, vintages, continents, and styles. We hope these have been enjoyable and useful to you.

The world of wine continues to evolve and present new and exciting opportunities. We're excited to continue exploring and sharing our impressions with you. We are far from finished. In fact, we're working on a fresh new look and feel for our site, along with enhanced archive and search functionality. Stay tuned as we enter the next chapter, and the next 10 years. Raise a glass!

Monday, December 15, 2014

LeCole #41 Chenin Blanc wine review by (PB)

Pale gold with aromas of creamy tropical fruit and a light citrus beam; slight nuance of pear and golden apple.

Palate--Lively acidity, with tropical fruit flavors of ripe pineapple, lemon, mouth watering and a hint of vanilla. Finish leaves you with a hint of pear.

This is a Columbia Valley (Washington state) wine and LeCole is one of the top performers in this vibrant (relatively new) wine region.

I paid $13 for this, will pair it with my French Onion Soup for dinner. Raise a glass!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cambria Pinot Noir "Julia's Vineyard" 2012 Wine Review by (PB)

Lighter cherry hue with aromas of strawberry and cream.

Palate--silky with cocoa/strawberry, straight forward and uncomplicated;

This Santa Maria Valley AVA is pure pinot that is easy drinking and delicious. I paid $21 for this at the Spasso restaurant in Minnetonka, Mn. Raise a glass and be sure to read my entry on this unique restaurant; would that ALL restaurants were as consumer conscious as this restaurant when it comes to wine pricing! Raise a glass.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Waterbrook Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Black cherry, dark chocolate, and aromatic oak on the nose

Full bodied on the palate

Cedar, eucalyptus, and raspberry layers on the finish

Summary:

This Merlot from the Columbia Valley in Washington shows interesting layers on the nose and finish, bordering on exotic. There's density and richness along with good texture. Expect to pay around $15 or so, and raise a glass!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Badia Coltibuono RS Chianti Classico 2011 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Elegant beam of sweet cherry and red berry with fragrant herbs on the nose

Medium bodied on the palate

Silky texture on the finish, good length, with cherry, soft woody notes, and spice

Summary:

This is a nice wine. What really drives it is the perfumed nose of cherry and berry notes that are elegant and distinctive of well made Sangiovese. It's an excellent value at $15 for an expressive Chianti Classico that drinks well now but can probably also cellar for a few years. Make some home made Bolognese and raise a glass!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Petite Petit 2012 wine review by (PB)

Deeply pigmented blackberry hue with aromas of jammy earthy blackberry with a hint of blueberry with the slightest suggestion of mocha and nice spice.

Full fruit bomb presence with big plump berry flavor with a finish of clear milk chocolate. Lingering finish that reminds you of fresh blackberries bursting in your mouth.

This wine from the Michael David Winery with the unique name is not a typo; it is comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot (both spelled properly) with Lodi fruit.

My wife grabbed this because she was looking for a clown label and this was as close as she could come. At $15 it's a decent fruit bomb kind of wine which if in the right mood is just good drinking.
Raise a glass!