Posted on 17 March 2017 by lorwynd
With this 2014 cabernet sauvignon, Stave & Steel, out of Paso Robles, CA, has managed to accomplish what many wineries and breweries are attempting to do lately: strike a perfect balance of their product (wine, in there case) with the scent and taste of bourbon. Too often, these beers and wines over-age their products and the result is a beer or wine that tastes too strongly of bourbon. Now, I like bourbon, but beer and wine should taste like beer and wine, not like a shot of bourbon.
Stave & Steel’s 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon was timed perfectly. It’s a solid, tasty cab sauv with a hint of bourbon on the nose and on the tongue.
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Posted on 4 December 2016 by lorwynd
I’m actually not kidding about the covert part in the title. Black Ops is not part of the tasting list at Pearmund Cellars. They sell it as one of their reserves, which was great for us on Black Friday when all their reserves were on sale. So what’s covert about it? A couple things: it’s a red blend, but they won’t tell what is blended in, percentages of grapes/wines or even which grapes/wines are used…even to their employees pouring wine for the tasting masses. They also won’t reveal the alcohol percentage of the vintages.
Aside from the mystery of it all, the important part is the taste. Not being one of those folks who can taste every separate ingredient and grape in the wine, I can only tell you that it is good…for me, anyway. I think I caught a hint of tobacco giving it a slight smokiness that I really like (would have liked more of it in this one), and it was nice and full, like the cabs and merlots that I really like. That’s about as good as I can do in describing its taste and body.
Had we been able to taste it first, I probably would not have bough it. Not that it isn’t good, but I really loved Pearmund Cellars Merlot**…and it was less expensive that Black Ops.
**look for my review of Pearmund Cellars Merlot soon
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Posted on 2 December 2016 by lorwynd
I know there are a lot of people who like zinfandels, red and the dreaded ‘white zin’. I have not been one of them. My in-laws enjoy them and I’ve tried many, but they aren’t to my liking. The week before Thanksgiving, my wife and I were shopping in our local Trader Joes and our favorite wine expert Wall-E recommended this Zindandel based on my description of what I like in a wine. I was a bit apprehensive since I don’t like zins and it sells for $15ish, which is more than our usual price point for retail store wines, but we took his advice and bought a bottle. Wall-E has led me to the only zinfandel I like. I guess the bourbon barrel aging is the key. I’m very happy with this wine and will be sure to let Wall-E know next time I see him.
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Posted on 24 November 2016 by lorwynd
The third and fourth bottles at Thanksgiving this year are Keswicks’s Cabernet Franc and StoneGate’s Cabernet Sauvignon. I like them both. Prefer the StoneGate, I think. The Keswick’s temperature coming out of the wine fridge may have been too cool to get the full effect, though.
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Posted on 24 November 2016 by lorwynd
Made from grapes used for port, Touriga has a smoky full taste that gives me a happy, warm feeling. It’s the first bottle of Thanksgiving 2016…with many more to follow. Cheers!
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Posted on 10 October 2016 by lorwynd
Between Tawnies and Rubies, I find myself drawn more to Tawny. No, I don’t think it’s because the name takes me back to the 80s and that sexy Whitesnake video.
This porto, much like Miss Tawny, is very yummy. It’s not too syruppy with just the right amount of sweet.
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Posted on 27 July 2016 by lorwynd
We had a new Total Wine & More open near us so we headed up there on Saturday to check it out. We had a tasting of Williamsburg Winery wines (two whites and a red), a tasting of Spanish wines (three reds and two whites) and I tasted a few beers from St. George’s and some brewery from North Carolina.
As we’d just about dinished perusing the store, looking and selecting a number of bottles, the store began setting up another tasting. There was a white, the McManis pictured above, and The Prisoner, which doesn’t normally get tastes as it goes for about $40 a bottle. I’m glad we waited for the guy to finish setting up. Wow! The McManis is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon. It has replaced my previous favorite, Annefield Vineyards (and a good thing since they went out of business), and will likely be my new go to wine since it’s regular price is less than $10.
The Prisoner, btw, on hit my “it’s okay” meter, which certainly isn’t high enough for me to spend almost $40 on it.
I highly recommend McManis. I know wine is highly subjective, but it’s certainly worth you givng it a taste.
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