Martin Codax Albarino

Martin Codax



(Rias Baixas, Spain)

On Bottle/Website:

* Ripe lemon nuances

* Bright and slightly sparkling

* Intense & elegant

* Damp, dewy fresh herbs with green apple

* 12.5% alcohol

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, straw color, medium concentration, little rim variation, medium viscosity

Nose: clean, medium minus intensity, young, straw, light citrus (lemon, grapefruit), white flowers, crisp leaves, mushrooms

Palate: Off-dry, prevalent flower flavors, lemon, grapefruit, straw, medium alcohol, high acidity, medium plus finish, medium complexity

I enjoyed this Albarino wine.  It was light and refreshing.  This wine paired well with seared rare ahi tuna with a soy glaze, wasabi mayo and napa slaw.

Domaine Faiveley Burgundy

Domaine Faiveley



(Burgundy, France)


On Bottle/Website:

* Amazing quality in 2009

* Nose is a mix of light compost, raspberry, cedar, barnyard and red licorice aromas

* Meld into a dry, fresh, round, elegant palate

* Deep, denser sweet fruit character flecked with raspberry, strawberry jam, and pepper flavors with some compost on the finish

* Pinot Noir Grapes

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, medium low intensity, pale ruby, medium minus viscosity

Nose: sound/clear, medium minus intensity, aroma/youthful, red plum, red cherry, wet soil, floral, vanilla, nutmeg

Palate: dry, light bodied, red cherry, red plum, cranberry, raspberry, red fruit driven, medium alcohol, medium acidity, medium plus complexity, medium plus length

Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico

Castellare di Castellina

Chianti Classico


(Tuscany, Italy)


On Bottle/Website:

* 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canalolo and 5% Cillegiolo

* 13.5% ABV

* Great aging capability

* Brilliant garnet color

* Red cherries, earth, rose flowers and leather

* Firm, integrated tannins

* Full bodied

* Plenty of spice

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, medium intensity, ruby, medium plus viscosity

Nose: sound/clean, medium intensity, aroma/youthful, plum, red cherries, dried red fruits, hay, spices, cloves, basil

Palate: dry, medium bodied, cranberry, dried red fruits, soil, spices, herbs, medium tannins, medium plus alcohol, medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium plus complexity

Chateau du Pin Bordeaux

Chateau du Pin





On Bottle/Website:

* 80% merlot grapes, 14% cabernet sauvignon grapes

* Plum and dark berry fruit

* Savory flavors

* Young fruit

* Supple tannin

* Tame acidity

My Notes:

* Appearance: slight haze, bright, ruby, rim variation, medium minus viscosity

* Nose: sound/clean, medium intensity, aroma/youthful, cherry, raspberry, cassis, rose, leather

* Palate: dry, medium body, confirms fruit, medium high tannins, medium plus alcohol, medium acidity, medium minus complexity, medium length

Trimbach Gewurztraminer




(Alsace, France)


On Bottle/Website:

* On the dry side and focused

* Nectarine, spice and grapefruit peel

* Medium bodied profile

My Notes:

* Appearance: clear, day bright, yellow/copper, medium plus viscosity

* Nose: sound/clean, medium plus intensity, aroma/youthful, apricot, peach, pineapple, honey

* Palate: dry/off-dry, medium/full bodied, medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium plus complexity, medium length

d’Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz


The Love Grass Shiraz


(McLaren Vale, Australia)


On Bottle/Website:

* Sweet purple plums and rich dark licorice

* Musk and violets

* Indian spices and freshly turned earth

* Cooked rhubarb

* Cured meat and black olive

* Chalky tannins, long mineral finish

* Bright purple fruits, dark layer of black olive and black pepper

* Cinnamon, bay leaf and nutmeg

* 14.5% alcohol

My Notes:

* Appearance: clear, ruby, high viscosity

* Nose: blackberry, jammy fruits, eucalyptus, grill char, cinnamon, vanilla (wood spice)

* Palate: blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry, confirms medicinal, rose potpourri, confirms spices/tasting of barrels, high alcohol, medium acidity, medium plus tannins, medium finish

After researching the area in Australia that this wine was produced, I was excited to see that there is a beach named after me in the area of McLaren Vale!  I like this wine a bit more now.

Montoya Pinot Noir


Pinot Noir


(Monterey County)


On Bottle:

* Raspberry and black cherry notes

* Full flavored

My notes:

Nose: Spicy

After 3 hour decant: Cherry

After 6 hour decant: Cherry and raspberry

Taste: Tannin mouthfeel

After 3 hour decant: much smoother

After 6 hour decant: mellow and watery

I preferred the nose after a 6 hour decant and the taste after a 3 hour decant. I found it to have a mild flavor, not full flavored as the bottle states.  The 3 hour decant left the tannins smooth and the mild fruit flavor became more prevalent.  This is the type of the wine that allows the food to take center stage when paired with a meal. For me, this wine would pair well with chicken or a pork chop dish. I enjoy a nice light bodied red, so pinot noirs are often my go to wine with a weekday meal.  I will definitely purchase this one again.

Chateau St. Michelle Merlot

Chateau St. Michelle



(Columbia Valley)


On Bottle:

* Aged 15 months in oak barrels

* Rich aromas & soft flavors

* Black cherry & spice


My notes:

Nose: Vanilla and cherry

After 3 hour decant: Fruity

After 6 hour decant: Vanilla and fruit

Taste: Tannins, vanilla, fruit and oak

This merlot had a fabulous mix of vanilla, fruit and oaky notes.  The tannins were prevalent, but soft. I would definitely drink this wine from Washington state again.  It paired well with the chicken parmesan I was eating for dinner.