Author: Stub

This Wine Is SO Last Century!

The Rib and I bought this bottle back in February on the recommendation of one of the helpful lads at our favorite local wine shop.  We originally intended to open this bottle while celebrating our anniversary on Valentine’s Day (I’ll pause a second or two for the “awes” from the ladies and sensitive men).  For whatever reason, we didn’t end… Read more →

Linden to the Second Power Equals Twice the Enjoyment

In looking through my backlog of tasting notes, I realized I had two Clarets from Linden Vineyards in the pipeline.  The Rib and I love Linden wines and while Jim Law’s Clarets (which are Bordeaux-style red blends) represent Linden’s more pedestrian or entry-level offerings, these two bottles lived up to the label’s reputation.  Here are my impressions of consecutive vintages:… Read more →

Yoda Says: “A Bunch Of Funny Words A Good Wine Makes, My Friend”

  2009 Domaine Bonfils Vin de Pays d’Oc Mas De Cha Bert, Languedoc-Roussillon, France The Rib and I popped and poured this Roussanne (pronounced “roo-sahn”) from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.  Roussanne is a winemaking grape native to the Rhône region.  Wines made from the Roussanne grape are often characterized by herbal (tea) notes, pear, and solid acid structure.  Roussanne… Read more →

I’m Not Gonna Stop Drinking “Meritage” Just ‘Cuz You Say “Meri-tahj…”

2007 Lyeth Meritage Reserve, Sonoma County, CA The Lyeth is a Bordeaux-style (“Meritage,” rhymes with “heritage”) blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. On the nose, I got raisin, a little cranberry, and some spicy notes (mostly licorice).  There was a bit of stemminess (early on) in there, too. On the palate, the Lyeth brought the raisin… Read more →

Texas v. Virginia, Part 1

So quite by accident, The Rib and I opened two bottles of Sangiovese of the same vintage from Texas and Virginia within a day or two.  I made some nice meat sauce earlier in the week and, as always, it fed us a couple dinners.  So we opened a bottle with each sitting before I realized I had created an… Read more →

You Have A “Loose Herb;” Wait, That Doesn’t Sound Right…

2009 Orsolani Erbaluce di Caluso Al Bacio, Piedmont, Italy The Erbaluce (pronounce “ehr-bah-LOO-chay”) grape is indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy.  It is primarily grown in and around Caluso.  Wines made from the Erbaluce grape have notes somewhat reminiscent of un-oaked (or “unplugged” for you Gen-X’ers) Chardonnay or a Viognier (lemon, apple, maybe some pear, along with honey and/or… Read more →

Chardonnay the Italian Way!

2008 Tenuta Mazzolino Blanc Provincia di Pavia IGT, Lombardia, Italy Tenuta Mazzolino is located in Lombardia in the far north of Italy (the region borders Switzerland).  The Blanc is a 100% estate-grown Chardonnay (yup, they make those in Italy).  It is made with a soft press and aged in French Oak (which generally produces less “oakiness” and keeps the fruit… Read more →