We had a big opening day in the Studio yesterday, as Very Barry dropped in to go over the goings-on at Toast of Kentucky. Some very cool new wines have been added to the lineup.
Seven Hills Riesling Columbia Valley 2010. Grade=Outstanding. A wonderfully lush and evocative white wine, full of white peach, lime and apricot aromas and flavors. Round and fleshy throughout.
Fair Trade Wine Co. Chardonnay Robertson 2011. Grade=Above Average. A lean, very unChardonnay-like Chardonnay, with hints of lime, verbena and straw amidst touches of guava, quince, green apple and chalk. I quite like this.
Pico Maccario Dolcevita Moscato d’Asti 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Beautifully made Moscato, fizzy with white flowers in the nose and peach, apricot and melon on the palate. Finishes with well-balanced acidity.
Rietvallei John B Cabernet Sauvignon/Tinta Barroca Robertson 2009. Grade=Above Average. The Tinta Barroca seems to lend a major chocolate-bacon element to this red. It’s beefy and meaty, with dark fruits, tobacco, earth and game. A bold wine for a value price.
Fair Trade Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Robertson 2011. Grade=Above Average. I feel really premature here, given the age (or underage) of this wine; this youngster is just full of underdeveloped fruit. Bright cherries, blueberries and even a touch of pomegranate in here, it’s good, but I think if you give it some time, it will get even better.
Fair Trade Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson 2011. Grade=Above Average. Again, premature. This toddler has a touch of spritziness it is so young. Zesty, red-fruited tweener that has yet to show its true potential.
Rietvallei Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Impressive with its black cherry, blackberry and charcoal nuances, showing solid grip with smooth, fleshy tannins. Robust and very full-bodied, this voluptuous Cab is a helluva value.
Rietvallei Shiraz Special Select Robertson 2006. Grade=Outstanding+. Sexy in its provocative delivery of blueberry pie, brown spice, rhubarb and sassafrass notes. Lusty with an-almost fortified element on the palate. It’s jammy, juicy and generous in its fruit bombast.
Stella Grey Red Wine Napa Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding+. A 7-grape jam session that resonates with blackberry pie, baking spices, cedar, graphite, sage and toasted oak. Sweetly displaying its dark fruit character, this is a crowdpleaser, through and through.
Seven Hills Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2009. Grade=Amazing. The Sofia Vergara of Washington State Merlot – it is sultry, exotic, and screaming bad ass sex appeal. This gorgeous slice of Black Forest cake, served up with a creamy mochachino, is a Merlot done so right. After a glass of this, it’ll be nap time.
Logan Cabernet/Merlot Orange 2007. Grade=Outstanding. Quite unique with all its cinnamon, nutmeg and blood orange aromas. Would have thought the flavor profile would be quite vegetal, but instead, it’s a fleshy, fresh-fruited display of cherries, pomegranates, blueberries and dark plums, peppered with baking spices and slightly toasted oak. Very nice.