Steller NY Gewurztraminer, CA Carignan, and one more
Lou and I squeezed in a tasting this past week based around New York Gewurztraminer and California Carignan. Lou purchased his bottle of 2007 Red Newt Cellars, Gewurztraminer, Sawmill Creek Vineyards, Finger Lakes when he visited the winery last year. Lou enjoyed it at the winery and I certainly enjoyed it at his house. This is a top-notch, special wine. It is mature in aroma and flavor but the wine is still very fresh with a seductive mouthfeel. It is an eye-opening wine from the Finger Lakes but more importantly, it is a great glass of wine!
For the reds we started with 2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard, Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles. There was a time when Jenn and I drank the Cotes de Tablas as our daily table wine. Prices eventually crept up so we now drink Tablas Creek wines with less frequency. The 2012 vintage of the Patelin de Tablas is a fruity, forward wine which you may drink or gulp from the very first glass. There is even good complexity to hold up to scrutiny and a friendly price. The 2012 Sandlands Vineyards, Carignane, Sonoma County was certainly my favorite red wine of the night. With a meaty nose, this floral flavored wine combined both power and elegance. All of the Sandlands wines are fascinating! From the same vintage, the 2012 Lioco, Indica, Mendocino County offers tart, citric, red fruit but also has a rounded body. This bottle is completely different expression of Carignan, that being of pure fruit flavors.
2007 Red Newt Cellars, Gewurztraminer, Sawmill Creek Vineyards, Finger Lakes
Alcohol 13.8%. The nose was immediately aromatic with honeysuckle. The acidity is present from the very start as nut accented, tropical flavors develop. The wine is very fresh with a seductive, glycerin mouthfeel. Drinking very well right now. **** Now – 2021.
2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard, Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles
This wine is a blend of 53% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre, and 2% Counoise. Alcohol 13.8%. The dusty red fruit aromas took on some cherry and plum notes. In the mouth this gentle, ripe flavored wine is an all-round good drinker for the next few years. It is a touch soft with only a moderate amount of tannins. Why hold back? **(*) Now – 2017.
2012 Sandlands Vineyards, Carignane, Sonoma County
This wine is 100% Carignane. Alcohol 14.2%. The meaty aromatic nose makes way to somewhat firm, red fruited start in the mouth. There is more intensity with fuzzy, fruitier flavors matched by good acidity and structure. The mouthfeel is attractive. The wine develops a polished wood note, showing more fruit, a strong floral component, and certainly more power. ***(*) Now – 2021.
2012 Lioco, Indica, Mendocino County
This wine is 100% old-vine Carignan that was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 11 months on the lees in neutral oak. Alcohol %. Aromatic. In the mouth there is a somewhat tart fruited start. The citrus and floral flavors mix with more acidity as it continues into the tart middle. The wine becomes a touch rounded with a tangy middle, fuzzy citrus pith, and red fruit. The fruit is actually quite good and pure. The wine does take on a lipsticky finish with rather fine, drying tannins. *** Now – 2019.