These are a quick few notes on some incredible wines;
2008 Pio Cesare, Barbera d’Alba, Italy – This wine was chosen to expand the horizons of my friends and their taste buds. Full body rustic explosion with a hint of tobacco did the trick. They were hooked with eyes wide open and waiting for more. A bit young but showing a strong potential. 100% Barbera grape.
Map for one of the vineyard lot region for Barbera d’Alba
N.V. Roederer Brut, sparkling wine, Anderson Valley, CA- This is a blended sparkling wine consisting of approximately 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. We had this for our Sunday Brunch and added orange juice for mimosa. The blend of these two items were almost perfection. Well balance and perhaps one of the smoothest mimosa I ever had. No need for triple sec or Grand Marnier.
Map for Roederer Estate
2007 Ridge, Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA- I had hand written notes but of course in the last few days it has been moved around and misplaced. So this recap is being done by memory. I recall such unique fruit notes such as pear and banana (yes banana-but very mild), minor oak, and very smooth with a crisp long finish. I really enjoyed this white wine.
Map for Ridge Vineyards
2006 Betts and Scholl, Cali Syrah- Sometimes when you are travelling there are a lot of things going on in your surroundings. Well, this was one of those moments. It’s Vegas, crazy things are happening, hard to pay attention… I don’t have any hand written notes or recall any mental notes. I will say I enjoyed the wine because it was finished without any concerns from our group. So I will need to discover this wine once more.
2007 Schrader, Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard, Napa, CA-Yum, need I say more? This is 100% cabernet sauvignon aged in 100% French Oak. Averages for their aged wine is about 20 months. Nice rich, powerful wine that would benefit from longer aging. A wonderful treat!
2000 Ferreira Vintage Porto-The port list was limited but this was the best option even though it should be a bit older prior to opening. But guess what? It’s Vegas, so anything goes! Dark rich tones, deep intense currant flavor and a mild floral aspect. This whole bottle did not go to waste.
2005 Silver Oak, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, CA- This label is just one of those classic California cabs. Always seems to be true and consistent with a quality product. Full body yet smooth and not over powering. The Alexander Valley label is 100% cabernet sauvignon. Their Napa Valley label is a blended wine consisting of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot.
Map for the tasting room of Silver Oak
Heidi Schröck, Ruster Ausbruch, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland, Austria- Now I only had a few sips since I was drinking the port. Very delicate, not overly sweet, plenty of orange and other citrus flavors. Quite smooth and enjoyable. I thought is was the furmint grape but I could be wrong here. Sorry but I had to go back to my port.
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Grey Goose Vodka- Sometimes you may not have a choice for some great wine. But Grey Goose vodka was fine!
Cheers~Your Local Oenophile