Catching up with Nebbiolo

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

Red red winnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeee.  I’ve been rooting around in the cellar lately for some off the beaten path grapes.  The box from Bonny Doon called my name (what, your wines don’t speak to you? I know Thea’s do.) and I came up with the 2007 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Nebbiolo.  The Nebbiolo retails for $40, has a screw cap closure, and clocks in at 13.7% alcohol by volume.

Four takeways from this wine:

1.) Bonny Doon is doing some interesting things with lots of grapes that other CA wineries don’t even touch. I appreciate unique.

2.) Randall Graham (Owner, Winemaker, Chief Bottlewasher, etc., at Bonny Doon) is a pretty fabulous speaker. I got to see him at the Blogger Conference in OR this summer.

3.) I thought the wine stood up really well on its own. If I were going to drink it with food I’d probably go with beef stroganoff.

4.) This wine has a lot of time left to age on it.

On the nose I got spice, pepper, cherry, currant, plum, baking spice, cinnamon, and flowers.  In the mouth I found black cherry, plum, very dark fruit, and spice.  It had great acidity, a long finish, and good structure. The wine really needed time to open up, so I’d give it some more time in the bottle or definitely decant it for a couple of hours before serving.


In the Clouds

*Brad gave this wine to me. He makes this wine. So I guess I need to disclose that. Does anyone really care?

At the Wine Blogger Conference in Portland this year, I ran into Brad. Who was running around with a case of his wine, the 2009 Black Cloud Altostratus Pinot Noir.  I of course accepted his offer of a bottle and off it went into our case of wine that got packed to come home to VA with us. Which is awesome because it’s from Canada and I’m super excited to try some Canadian wines in anticipation of the 2013 Wine Blogger Conference. Also, I tried Brad’s 2006 vintage and he is way more super duper excited about this one, so that’s always fun. The 2009 clocks in at 13.2% alcohol by volume and has a real cork closure.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) British Columbia. Drink wine from there.

2.) Especially drink Pinot Noir from there.

3.) And particularly if it is from Black Cloud.

4.) The Black Cloud is an amazing violet-y, floral, caramel-y, black cherry glass of deliciousness.

On the nose I got violets, spice, sweet spun sugar, dusty notes, florals, perfume, caramel, roses, blackberry, and black cherries.  In the mouth I found black cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, spice, slight coffee, and earth.  I found the wine to be juicy with great acidity, nice structure, and fine tannins. My overall notes say “lovely.”


Bring on the Riesling

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Germany.

The weather has turned in my neck of the woods.  Today felt as if we’d jumped to early winter and completely skipped fall.  When the weather cools down and I want white wine, I tend to pull wines with a bit more body and complexity off the shelves versus the summer fare of Sauvignon Blancs.  Tonight I chose the 2009 Knebel Von Den Terrassen Riesling to fit the bill. The wine has a screw cap closure, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $23.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) A beautiful riesling that had a lot going on for the price point.

2.) I’m thinking ahead to turkey, this would be a definite good choice for the white wine drinkers in T-day crowd.

3.) The 2009 rieslings have overall been lovely in my experience.

4.) I was surprised by how delicate and racy I found this riesling to be.

On the nose I found honey, lemon, pear, white flowers, peach, honeysuckle, and wet stones. In the mouth I got lime, pear, white peach, and a mineral streak.  The wine had excellent acidity with fresh tart, clean fruit flavors. The mineral streak/wet stone added nice complexity to the wine.