Sunday, November 29, 2009
Well, it happens, reportedly, about 5% of the time. This wine is slightly corked, the musty aroma immediately detectable. Ridge would certainly take it back, but I don't have time to mess with it. I tried to get past that to see what a non-tainted bottle might offer. The grapes come from Carmichael Ranch on the North Coast. This medium-bodied wine has a pretty ruby color with nice gradation. There is plenty of fruit on the nose, mostly blackberries, and a slight amount of spice. In the mouth, there is a nice acid/fruit balance, but I can't get past the corkiness. The rest goes down the drain. Too bad, because I'm a big fan of the winery and of its winemaker, Paul Draper.
Update: I contacted Ridge through their website and within three days they had delivered a new bottle at no charge.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Serdonis is known for making big Cabs from Howell Mountain Grapes. After pulling the cork, on which tartrates had formed, there was a good amount of sediment on the neck which needed wiping before pouring the wine. The color of this wine is true to its vineyard name; completely opaque, dense purplish-black. On the nose there is abundant cassis, some oak, and a touch of bazooka (yes, the bubble gum). The wine has a velvety mouthfeel with plenty of acid and dense, intense cassis. Tannins are present, but they are surprisingly smooth, unlike other wines of this age I've had from Serdonis. While the wine is well-made and enjoyable, it's not exceedingly complex. This wine will hold up for another few years, but at this stage in its development I don't think it should celebrate its 10th birthday.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I've taken some time off from writing about wines I've had. Not intentionally, just got busy. The reason I'm doing the blog in the first place is to force myself to think about and name what I'm getting from the wine. It makes me more a more intentional consumer. This wine is 100% old vine, hillside Carignane from the Buchignani Ranch. These folks also grow a nice zinfandel on this property. This is not a heavy wine --the color is a translucent ruby. The nose is quite closed about 15 minutes after opening. There is some fruit, but so faint that it's hard to identify. Though the wine is 14.6% alcohol, even that isn't apparent in the nose. As I work more on this I'm getting some blackberry in the nose and in the mouth. The acid overpowers the fruit at this early stage and there's a slight sulpheric note in this light to medium bodied wine. The finish is of medium length and pleasant. Perhaps as this opens up it will develop into something more, but at this point it's a fairly simply, slightly funky quaff.