Entries in california (2)

Thursday
Jun272013

New Signorello Vintages

Signorello Estate makes limited quantities of premium varietals that blend classic French wine making characteristics with California fruit. Their style of winemaking is directly tied to the vineyards. They strive for lush, concentrated fruit flavors, and good acid balance in all of the wines. The goal is to have wines with early accessibility, as well as the potential to develop additional complexity as they mature.


 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate emerges from the glass with layers of smoke, mocha, spices, licorice and leather. It shows gorgeous inner perfume allied to dark tonalities of fruit in a deep, richly expressive style. The explosive finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. This is a highly promising wine. It is also more interesting than the Padrone at this stage. The 2010 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. $89.99.

 

 

 

The 2010 Chardonnay Hope's Cuvee is rich, explosive and beautifully layered. Honey, almonds, orange blossoms and butterscotch all burst onto the palate in a voluptuous creamy style of Chardonnay long on balance and harmony. Anticipated Maturity: 2012-2018. $69.99.

 

Saturday
Feb232013

Folie a Deux et Vous!

At Folie à Deux, they think it’s ok to be a little crazy about wine. After all, their name means “a passion shared by two.” These flagship wines are crafted with a single-minded focus from some of Sonoma County’s finest appellations.
Russian River Chardonnay is Seductive, with complex aromas of honey, green apple, tropical fruits, vanilla and baking bread. Juicy apple, pineapple and tropical fruit flavors with light butter notes from partial malolactic fermentation and crisp balancing acidity finish this lush wine.
The Sonoma Merlot is crafted primarily from vineyards in the cooler portions of Alexander Valley. This deliciously approachable Merlot offers ripe, juicy, black cherry flavors complemented by enticing notes of vanilla, tea and cocoa.
The Sonoma Pinot Noir is deeply concentrated with intense aromas of ripe plum, dark cherry and raspberry followed by subtle hints of earthy truffle and spice. Precise and textured, this wine has dark, briary fruit, chocolate and notes of tobacco leaf on the palate. The finish is long and smooth, supporting a structured and lush body.