Juan Gill Montestrall 2006

Friday, November 13, 2009

I had this over dinner with friends, so there was no tasting notes. However, it was capitol "D" Delicious. Get your bones down to Pete's and buy some on the cheap (well kinds cheap - its about $15 a bottle). Do it.

Schloss Gobelsburg 2005 Güner Veltliner

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I feel that I am like many people out there who drink "wine" and by wine I mean "red wine." Whites, in general (not to mention rosés) don't make it to the table very often. Despite the fact that I am trying to change that fact, there it is. I don't drink a lot of whites.


In fact, when I drink wine in general I am usually hit with one of two strong memories. One, being at any of my families notoriously boring weddings (or "get-togethers") and eventually, desperate for entertainment, try some repulsive Chardonnay. Not to say my family has bad taste, they just have bad taste in wine -- from the perspective of an 11 year-old. Two, sneaking little juice glasses of Columbia Valley Merlot from my parents pantry and wondering why it was so hard to build and acquired taste for this horrid juice.


While this particular wine doesn't make either of the aforementioned categories I couldn't help a tiny shiver of nostalgia upon uncorking the bottle of Grüner.


The Nose:

Very interesting light nose with scents of white flowers, lemon rind, unripe mellon, and dust. You can just tell by smelling this that its going to be dry, but the anticipation draws the glass to the mouth.


The Palate:

Rather delicious, I drank this at room temperature and later chilled the last bit to compare and I feel that it performed better at room temp. Right on the attack this wine brought flavors of lemon and satsuma rind the mid-palate was minerally with continued lemon and hints of mellon. The acidity was great, not overbearing like its going to rip off your tongue, but a kind of "standing acidity" that makes this wine formidable for a meal and more than drinkable alone.


I found this half-bottle a McCarthey and Shiering's in Seattle for $12 (I believe) which (God-bless half bottles) makes it a painless introduction to the glorious Austrian grape, Günter Veltliner.

Visiting Full Pull Wines

Friday, October 9, 2009
Wow. So, today I went to check out Full Pull Wines down in the SoDo district of Seattle.

A little about Full Pull: they are a fledgling wine store that caters mostly to an online audience but has TPU (Thursday Pick-Up) policy where you can go to the warehouse and pickup your wine (at a discount), talk to Paul and taste a little vino. Now when I say this place is fledgling I mean a baby, I didn't realize this upon entering their innocuous building but I believe this is their maiden tasting and their first few weeks in operation.

If you are a young wine enthusiast but don't necessarily have the palate for the high-faluten' elitism, or the traditional price that comes with it -- this place is for you. Full Pull delivers, I mean really delivers, as far a QPR (quality to price ratio) goes. As Wine Peeps candidly put it in their review of Full Pull:

" If you ... love the personal attention and customer service of Nordstrom but prefers the prices of Target, Full Pull Wines could be the perfect wine retailer for you."

Paul Zitarelli, founder of Full Pull Wines, is providing a unique opportunity buy specializing in somewhat obscure and under-the-radar Washington wines. I truly believe that Washington, and especially Walla Walla are huge dynamic up-and-coming regions in the wine world and this is an opportunity to get to know the region and the wines without physically visiting all of the wineries.

Good job Paul and I wish good business for you and to see you in the future.

Cheese and Wine

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The classic pairing of cheese and wine hearkens to a time of pantaloons, 3-piece wool suits, monocles, and portly mustachioed men. This blog does not include any of the above except for, of course, cheese.

It's funny and sexy, so let's all enjoy one of the better foods that doctors promise will kills us by our 50's.

The Thunder!

Sunday, October 4, 2009



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Chateau Dona Baissas, Cuvee Prestige 2005

Nose: Tough nose, but definitely some plumb and cherry, nice fruit, and a little chocolate around the edges. Defiantly a little alcohol coming through, but enjoyable. This wine was from a restaurant I work at and has been open for quite a while, not too long, but it should be showing well.

Palate: On the front end of the palate some brine-ey flavors mixed with a little plumb, think turning a bunch of plumbs into olives, but still tasting like plumbs. The mid-palate is a little awkward, kinda bitter tannins but BUT, some really really interesting apple sauce flavors mixed in with the bitter. The back-end is decent a little weak but with some strawberry flavors bleeding into cocoa flavor.

Trader Joe's, Pasco Robles 2007 Cabernet Franc

Color: weird, a really "purple" color, like almost a caricature of what wine "looks" like.

Nose: This has a stellar nose, really interesting. Lots of dark and purple fruit and the hook is this great spice aspect. Defiantly Cinnamon and some curry spices, it is super exciting and awesome to pick apart.

Palate: The beginning of the palate tastes kinda like toothpaste and strawberries (but not quite like strawberry toothpaste) crazy though. The midpalate 'aint that good serving up loads of bitter menthol and "cough medicine" flavors - not very good. Likewise the back-end it begins to rock the plumb and cocoa flavor but then just fades leaving one with a weak mouth-feel.

Overall the palate is a big let-down from the nose, which was super interesting - the mouth-feel is a bit fake and astringent. But its almost worth it for the nose.

2008 Savanha Pinotage

Friday, September 25, 2009

This is what I am really excited about.

To me, this wine represents more than just a great value, but also an opportunity. At just 8.99 it brings a mouthful of flavors that you just can't find in your grocery store, or usually for twice the money. This wine really expanded my palate and blew me out of the water, I have had two bottles of this already and have another sitting in my cellar to try again in a year.

Tasting notes:

Color: pretty darn light, would have thought it to be a Pinot Noir by the color, can defiantly see my fingers through the glass. Pretty though.

Nose: very interesting bouquet, bringing cinnamon right off the bat followed up with red fruit and cherries. Quite nice, layered too.

Palate: Here's why I love this, unmistakable smoked fish right on the front and mid-palate. Pinotage and Shiraz both tend to bring smoky characteristics, but this is definitively like being in a smoke-house surrounded by curing fish. Also, some blue and black berry on the front and a nice finish of mocha. Overall, smooth - though at times a little off balance and peaking the alcohol, but (and a big but) this is a stellar and very affordable experience of a totally different and enjoyable flavor that would really bring the thunder to a potluck or dinner party.

P.S. I bought it a Trader Joe's.

Enjoy!

Juan Gill Montestrall 2006

Friday, November 13, 2009
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