Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review: **+ $$ Camila Nieto Senetiner Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013

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Original tasting and review : This is Camila Nieto Senetiner Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013, finished at a mere 13.5% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Deep, ruddy burgundy red, opaque in the very center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, twiggy, brambly red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fragrant, floral and fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated - a more feminine style malbec, fresh, clean and balanced.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Pleasant, but not memorable, experience.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines (Monastrell), Alicante, Spain, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines (Monastrell), Alicante, Spain, 2012, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.


In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright and deep violet flowers.  From the aroma, seems like this will be floral, for sure, but bold too.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact layered with bright purple fruits, plenty of acids that lighten the sip and tannins that ground it.  Both fun and contemplative.  Clean finish that drifts off crisply.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value.

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Review: ***+ $ Rock Garden Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Rock Garden Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley, California, 2013, finished at 14.8% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Deep magenta and opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows red raspberries and blackberry stew.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fruity and easy-going.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very much in the red raspberry style, with a layer of deeper, smoky black cherry bringing the sip along.  Finish lingers with a more full-bodied tone.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Great value at attractive price point.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review: **** $$ Apothic White, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Apothic White, California, 2012, an eclectic blend  of chardonnay, pinot grigio and riesling, finished at a mere 12% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.


In the glass: Clear, faintest hint of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a mix of steely grassiness and cream, suggesting the varietal mix.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and mouth-filling, perhaps punching about its modest alcohol leve.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact vastly layered and velvet-robed waves of soft fruit flavors.  Incredibly rich and yet incredibly aromatic in the same sip!  Soft, not cloying, hints of sweetness, but more about aromatic flavors.  Makes you hungry for the next sip.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Awesome best value at an attractive price point.


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Come enjoy the STARS of Napa Valley - March 26, 2015, The Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach, CA

 STARS of Napa Valley

March 26th, 2015


THE SHADE HOTEL

Manhattan Beach


Click here to read in the Wine Industry Advisor

And click HERE to order tickets while they last!
 
After nine years of hosting its annual Ultimate Wine Festival, Manhattan Beach’s only luxury boutique hotel, Shade, today announced plans to partner with wineLA to host the area’s first annual Stars of Napa Valley Wine Festival on Thursday, March 26. With 40 notable wineries set to participate in the festivities, Shade Hotel will expect to welcome hundreds of wine enthusiasts in celebration of Napa Valley’s most coveted wines.
 

2015 Participants:
Oberon
Kenzo Estate
Black Stallion Estate
Bouchaine Vineyards
Signorello Estate
Mario Bazan Cellars
Bougetz Cellars
Salvestrin Winery
Astrale e Terra
Saintsbury
Barnett Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards
Heitz Wine Cellars
Metaphora
Rocca Family Vineyards
Vineyard {511}
Priest Ranch
ZD Wines
Modus Operandi Cellars
Quintessa
Alpha Omega and JH Collection
Entre Nous Wines
Lail Vineyards
Swanson Vineyards
PEJU
Antica
Inglenook
Krupp
RD Winery
Fisher Vineyards
Alta
Prime Solum / Tetra
Silenus Winery
Merryvale
Phifer Pavitt
Frank Family
Buoncristiani
Ceja
Guarachi Family
Schramsberg
 

2015 VIP Tasting Experience & Winemaker Panel
 VIP Admission: 6:15 Admission (event ends at 9:30) - VIP benefits end at 7pm (please arrive on time)
6:15 early admission, special wines available to taste, enhanced tray passed appetizers for a small and limited audience;  Legendary winemakers will be hosting a Panel tasting from 6;30 to 7:00pm exclusively for the vip, showing rare wines from older vintages and discussing topical issues important to the Napa Valley wine lover. All VIPS will also benefit from a nice VIP gift bag.
This event is limited to 350 total guests and, similar to Shade’s past wine events, is expected to sell out immediately.
General Admission: 7pm Admission (event ends at 9:30)
In addition to unlimited wine tasting of The Stars of Napa Valley wine (hosted by winemakers, owners, winery executives); General Admission will include an elegant assortment of tray-passed hors d’oeuvres a and a chance to mingle with the who’s who of Manhattan Beach. Dress code is resort casual, DJ music will fill the air, a great celebration of Napa Valley Wine. A selection number of auction items will be available to bid on;  auction items will range from $250 to $2,000; One hundred percent of silent auction dollars will benefit Manhattan Beach Middle School. Click here if you are interested in donating an auction item.



About Shade Hotel
Shade Hotel, recently named one of the top 25 “trendiest hotels” in the United States by Trip Advisor, is Manhattan Beach’s premiere luxury boutique hotel that intertwines California beach culture and contemporary sophistication, just 15 minutes south of LAX. Merely two blocks from the beach, it is surrounded by thriving upscale dining and shopping destinations in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach. The hotel’s energized yet refined interior was designed by Christopher Lowell, and boasts stainless-steel and natural touches that include river rock, running water and exotic bamboo to encourage an environment of balance, harmony and spiritual well-being. Guests will enjoy accommodations that will allow them to host their dream beach wedding, host a business meeting or enjoy a refreshing California coastal living experience at the hotel’s spa, incredible indoor and outdoor dining at zinc@shade, and relaxation poolside at the rooftop Skydeck bar and pool. 

“Being the only luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan Beach, Shade owners Michael Zislis and Milo Bacic pride themselves on continuously building relationships with top-tier winemakers in the industry with the hope that our guests will be able to reap the benefits through our regular wine events,” said Shaunna McKelvey, General Manager of Shade Hotel. “With this being our first year working with wineLA, we’re thrilled to be bringing a number of different wineries to Shade for the enjoyment of our guests.”

For more information about Shade’s Stars of Napa Valley Wine Festival and to purchase tickets, call Ian at wineLA at 310-451-7600 or visit www.winela.com/stars-of-napa-valley. For room reservations contact Shade Hotel at 310-546-4995 or visit Shade Hotel at www.shadehotel.com.

Shade Hotel is located at 1221 N. Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.
 


About wineLA
wineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles. To do so, wine must be in rhythm with fashion, music, food and other beverages.  It must take advantage of the geography, the architecture and the centers of interest. Los Angeles is a giant playground with an amazing array of venues, spaces, wine bars, restaurants, beaches, roof tops, gardens, and magical views. We want to be a part of the LA lifestyle, the wine lifestyle, and celebrate the people, the place and the passion.

wineLA hosts significant events, occasional classes, and tastings of merit. This is phase two of what we started 20 years ago at LearnAboutWine.com - America’s first wine education website and first in wine event creation. 

Review: *** $$ Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California, 2012, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled 3  years from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Medium red with hints of orange.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, light cranberries and red currants.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, light and tangy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact Full of bright acids, with sparky red berry fruits. Finish is quick, but the red acids leave your mouth clean, with a small hint of tannic grip.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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