Mogul Mike from DTK rolled in for an order, line up an appointment for later this month, and finally dropped off some samples for me and the staff to try. A veritable hodgepodge of wines from South Africa, Germany and California were included:
Arabella Sauvignon Blanc South Africa 2012. Grade=Very Good. Clean, crisp, tart SB with nice hints of citrus and tropical fruit notes.
Journey’s End Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2011. Grade=Outstanding. Rich and creamy Chardonnay, with vanillin oak, butterscotch and peach cobbler notes running through its full-bodied presence across the palate.
Peirano Estates The Other White Lodi 2009. Grade=Very Good. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier done semi-sweetly to give you a racy, fruit-driven white blend, perfect for spicier fare.
St. Christopher Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Goldtropfchen 2011. Grade=Very Good. A solid Riesling, semi-dry, with notes of Rainier cherries, limeade and white peaches. Undertones of spice and mineral give it depth.
Peirano Estates The Other Red Lodi 2009. Grade=Very Good. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah join forces in this “Orin Swift-styled” wine, jammy and juicy with medium-to-full-bodied dark fruits and spices, without the huge price tag.
Peirano Estates The Immortal Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi 2011. Grade=Outstanding. For the sexy red lovers, this decadent Zinfandel possesses superripe notes of blueberry and boysenberry fruit, graham cracker crust, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. A real bad boy red.