Folie a Deux Zinfandel

Folie a Deux



(Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California)

On Bottle/Website:

* Intense, juicy and jammy

* Bright raspberry and blackberry fruit with black pepper spice

* Lightly blended with of Petite Sirah to enhance color and mid-palate flavors

* 14.3% alcohol

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, ruby/garnet, high concentration, rim variation, ruby on the edges, medium plus viscosity

Nose: clean, medium, medium minus intensity, younger dried fruit, black cherry, blackberries, cinnamon

Palate: dry, medium bodied, spicy, fruit confirms nose, medium alcohol, low acidity, medium tannins, short finish, low complexity

Alamos Red Blend


Red Blend (Malbec, Bonarda and Tempranillo)


(Mendoza, Argentina)

On Bottle/Website:

* Displays deep, ripe flavors of blackberry and plum with layers of brown spice

* Vineyards lie in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, with intense sunlight and pure snowmelt water

* Embody the richness of this rugged, remote region

* 13.5% ABV

My Notes:

* Appearance:  clear, day bright, medium intensity, ruby/garnet, purple rim, medium plus viscosity

* Nose: sound, clean, medium intensity, aroma/youthful, dark berries, blackberry, brown baking spice

* Palate:  dry, medium bodied, confirms nose, medium plus alcohol, medium intensity, medium complexity, medium length

When I purchased this wine I was on my way to a friend’s house to enjoy a rigatoni dish filled with fresh garden vegetables.  I wanted to pick up a Malbec from Argentina to pair with this meal.  I recognized the Alamos bottle from a review I had recently read and struggled with the choice of the red blend or full Malbec.  Although I do not put a large amount of stock in wine ratings, as everyone’s tastes are subjective, the sign about this particular red blend getting a high rating from Wine Enthusiast did sway my decision.  It was a slightly older vintage than the Malbec, while also having Malbec as the primary grape varietal, so I thought I would take a risk.

I am glad that I purchased this bottle because we were both very pleased with the smooth, slightly spicy taste.  We had a difficult time pinpointing the actual spices, even after clearing out her spice cabinet and comparing the aroma in the wine with the smells of the different spices.  It was a great refresher in one of the tasting exercises I have completed about olfactory acuity.  Ringing in at just above ten dollars, I will certainly purchase this wine again in the near future.  It paired very well with the tomato, basil and other vegetables in our dish.

Varichon et Clerc Dry Rosé

Varichon et Clerc

Dry Rosé




On Bottle/Website:

* Unoaked, Medium Bodied, Dry

* Located in the alpine region of Savoie, between Lyon and Geneva

* 12% alcohol

* Suggested to use as an aperitif

* Grape Varieties Used (20% of each):  Altesse, Cinsault, Gamay, Molette, Sciacarellu

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, pink, low concentration

Nose: clean, weak, strawberry

Palate: dry, medium bodied, strawberry, medium alcohol, medium low acidity, medium plus finish, medium complexity

In an effort to challenge myself to write more frequently, I am attempting to participate in more writing opportunities in the blogging community, specifically in relation to wines, beer or spirits.  I recently wrote a post based around the concept of trouble for a writing challenge.

When Talk-a-Vino posted a link to the Wine Blogging Wednesday 80, Dry Rosé, I was intrigued but I wasn’t actually confident that I would have an opportunity to pick up a dry rosé before the deadline.  This week I had lunch with a close friend and we ended up stopping at a wine studio afterward.  Upon perusing the wine menu, I noticed a dry rosé.  It didn’t even click in my mind at the time that it fit the WBW criteria. I chose this particular wine because I am newly intrigued by rosés, mostly because I have not tasted many of them and I am trying to broaden my horizons and build my memory bank of wines.  As I read through Talk-a-Vino’s recent post tonight, I was reminded of the challenge and excited that I had fulfilled the requirement of tasting a dry rosé.  It was my first, but it will not be my last.  I loved it! And I am thankful to have read more than a few suggestions that they are not to be relegated to the summer months.


Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Cabernet Sauvignon

Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull

Cabernet Sauvignon


(Modesto, California)

On Bottle/Website:

* Intense flavors of black currant, dark spices, milk chocolate and vanilla

* Bold notes of dark fruit, cloves, brown sugar and herbs

* Pair it with anything you can throw on a grill

* Ready to be enjoyed right away

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, ruby/garnet, high concentration, rim variation, medium viscosity

Nose:  clean, medium minus intensity, youthful, jammy fruits, plum, raisin, red raspberry, cinnamon, honey

Palate: dry, medium plus to full bodied, blackberry, earthiness, dirt, raisin, medium plus alcohol, medium acidity, medium/medium plus tannin, medium minus finish, medium minus complexity

The nose of this wine smelled like a port to me, with the deep jam flavored dark fruits and hint of sweetness.  The palate was surprisingly dry after the nose (although I clearly expected that because it was a cabernet sauvignon). Although it notes that it will pair well with anything you throw on the grill, I did not think it was a solid pairing with the mini-burger I had as an appetizer.

Christian Moreau Chablis

Christian Moreau



(Chablis, France)


On Bottle/Website:

* Ripe, yet bone dry

* Chardonnay grapes

* Crisp green apple, mineral and a touch of saline

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, day bright, low intensity, watery/straw, medium viscosity

Nose: sound/clean, low intensity, aroma/youthful, peaches, melon, apple, pear, mushroom, asparagus, sea shell, white flowers

Palate: dry, medium bodied, citrus, apple, hay, mushroom, medium alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium complexity, medium plus length

Lagar de Cervera Albarino

Lagar de Cervera



(Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain)


On Bottle/Website:

* 13% alcohol

* Full of color, ripe

* Peach, green apple, white flowers

* Gentle spice, balancing acidity

* Drink with a plate of almonds or fruits de mer

My Notes:

* Appearance: clear, star bright, straw color, medium plus viscosity

* Nose: sound/clean, low intensity, aroma/youthful, lemon, grapefruit, pear, wet stone, white flowers

* Palate: dry, medium bodied, confirms fruit, apple, medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium complexity, medium plus length

Talbott Logan Chardonnay

Talbott Logan



(Central Coast, California)


On Bottle/Website:

* Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

* Santa Lucia Highlands

* Estate Grown

* Combination of barrel and tank fermentation

* Balance fruit and oak

* Melon, pear and pineapple enhanced by rich, toasty oak

* Long finish

* 14.9% alcohol

My Notes:

* Appearance: clear, bright, yellow color, medium plus viscosity

* Nose: sound/clean, medium/medium plus intensity, bouquet/aged, grapefruit, yellow apple, asparagus, mushroom, vanilla, butter

* Palate: dry, medium to full body, yellow apple, vanilla, medium plus alcohol, medium acidity, medium complexity, medium plus length

Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly

Chateau Thivin

Cote de Brouilly


(Beaujalais, France)


On Bottle/Website:

* Cru Beaujalais

* Gamay grapes

* 12.5% ABV

My Notes:

* Appearance:  clear, day bright, purple/ruby, rim variation, medium concentration, medium minus viscosity

* Nose: sound/clean, aroma/youthful, raspberry, cherry, banana oil, rose

* Palate: bone dry, light/medium body, confirmed fruits, sour cherry, medium/medium high tannins, medium alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium minus complexity, short length

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon

Louis M. Martini

Cabernet Sauvignon


(Sonoma County)


On bottle:

* Website:

* Fresh, ripe flavors of black cherry, currant and spice

* Pairs well with beef, lamb, pasta marinara and rich cheeses

My notes:

Nose: spice, currant, blackberries

After 3 hour decant: spice, mellow

After 6 hour decant: currant, cherry

The nose changed considerable after being decanted. The difference in tannin was perceptible even in the nose.  I enjoyed the nose of the 6 hour decant the most.

Taste: heavy tannins, extremely astringent

After 3 hour decant: smoother, but still bitter mouthfeel

After 6 hour decant: smoothes, still a level of astringence

I was not a fan of this particular cabernet sauvignon.  I always thought that I enjoyed cabernet sauvignon, but I do not drink it often because I can rarely find someone who wants to split a bottle with me.  I did this taste test without food, so even though I wrote down in my notes not to purchase this particular wine again, maybe I will give it a shot with a meal.

I have seen this particular vintage and brand in many lists of solid cabernets, so either my tastes are very different than a lot of reputable sources or maybe I don’t like cabernet sauvignons as much as I thought.  More taste testing is needed to determine my final assessment.