25 Aug

Video Reviews from James The Wine Guy

James The Wine Guy just reviewed some new releases from our portfolio of wineries. Below are links.

Clos de la Tech SCM Pinot Noir ’09 – 9.3 (93) Episode #1707 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/1f8fm6CAmvo

Sostener Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – ’12 9.2 (92 Pts) – Episode #1702 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/Pwvwnmt-IW0

Force Majeure Col. Series III – 9.5 (95/100 Pts) – Episode #1698 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/nFqiK2jsxKk

McIntyre SLH Estate Chardonnay – ’12 – 9.3 (93/100 Pts) – Episode #1694 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/ReGjZxDpS94

22 Aug

Mike Lynch’s Hole In One

Terry DiCarlo (Treasury Wine Estates) and Mike Lynch’s backs were against the proverbial wall. For 12 holes they had been bruised and battered by ragtag team of sandbagging reprobates named Peter Heyworth (Independent Distillers USA) and Mark Merrion (Treasury Wine Estates). Though they were slowed and bloodied, they had had not been defeated.

Since skill had failed them on the front nine, the plucky duo made a strategic shift that would cement their names in the anus of local history. Rather than rely upon well-struck woods, laser-like irons and deft putting strokes to win their match, the ham-fisted linksters would pin their tail on a different donkey – a donkey named hope. If skill was a cold, distant memory never to be tasted again, then hope was the warm, unsterilized needle of optimism that would vault them to the promised land.

A warm, dry wind rolled through the Valley of Golf as Mike tossed a few blades of grass purposely in the air and glanced to the north. A distant white flag flapped ominously back and forth. While some might have interpreted it as a dark force bent on destroying humanity, Mike saw it to be a cosmic sign of surrender by the gods that ruled the links. He pulled a seven-iron from his bag knowing that an extra club would be needed to temper the force of the mighty wind. He took his stance like a punch-drunk pugilist preparing to deliver a final knockout blow against a younger and more virile opponent. He drew the club back slowly, making sure to implement the 27 adjustments needed to propel the scarred Pinnacle in the proper direction at the proper speed. As the club struck the ball, Mike, as did Siddhartha so many years before, reached full enlightenment. He was in a state of divine oneness with the universe.

No one saw the ball go in the hole, but like the yellow sun that rises in the east each morning, it was there. Mike reached down into the 4.25” cup and withdrew the magic orb. He held it modestly in the air and accepted the worship of his triumphant playing companion and his vanquished forlorn competitors.

22 Aug

Wine & Spirits Magazine Loves 2011 Longoria Tempranillo

Longoria 2011 Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo 93 Points
While tempranillo in California has a spotty track record, this captures the grape’s nobility in its dark, meaty fruit and its cool density of structure, mouthwatering acidity stitching the wine tight. The fruit comes mostly from the Clover Creek Vineyard, a cool alluvial site near the Santa Ynez River, where Richard Longoria has sourced tempranillo since 2003. This bottling includes some syrah and merlot and—like many Riojas—was raised in American oak (45 percent new). It lasts on thick-skinned fruit tannins rather than oak, carrying refreshing tones of blueberry and mint into a long, clean, vivid finish. Bring on the lamb chops, and stash a bottle or two away to see how this might age. (240 cases)

22 Aug

Great McIntyre Reviews from Restaurant Wine

McINTYRE VINEYARDS, 2012 CHARDONNAY, ESTATE BLOCK ✩✩✩✩+
K-1, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Fleshy and richly flavored, this is an impressive wine. It is very long and
balanced on the palate, with complex character (peach, pineapple, lemon
peel, grapefruit, roasted nut, oak) and a persistent finish. Fermented
and aged for 8 months in new French oak barrels. 100 cases.

McINTYRE VINEYARDS
• 2012 PINOT NOIR, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS ✩✩✩✩
McIntyre’s Pinots tend to be full bodied and generously flavored, as are
these two excellent 2012s. The SLH is a ripely flavored, supple wine with
intense red fruit and floral character (cherry, plum, cranberry, violet),
firm acidity, and overtones of nutmeg, toast, and tobacco. Long finish.
Excellent value. 604 cases.

• 2012 PINOT NOIR ESTATE, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS ✩✩✩✩
The Estate bottling is quite fleshyand full bodied; a fairly rich,
full flavored wine with evident complexity
(plum, blueberry jam, cherry, sage, toast, tobacco, spicy oak) and a
lightly tannic, long finish. 340 cases.

McINTYRE VINEYARDS, 2012 PINOT NOIR, ESTATE BLOCK 3 ✩✩✩✩+
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Rich and supple, this is full bodied, balance, moderately complex in
flavor, and very long on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of strawberry
jam, red currant, plum, sour cherry, toast, nutmeg, and cedar. Excellent.
50 cases.