Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: Tin Roof Cellars red and white wines = lots of Best Values!

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for all Tin Roof Cellars wines.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Tin Roof Cellars of Parlier, California, produces and bottles wines from a wide variety of California vineyards.  Today we will sample a full line of varietals from this value-priced provider.  Review samples were provided by Balzac Communications & Marketing.


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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Tin Roof Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.

Original tasting and review : This is Tin Roof Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County and Sacramento Delta, California, 2011, finished at 12.7% alcohol.

In the glass: Clear with glints of yellow and green grass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bright, steely and sweet sauvignon blanc notes.  From the aroma, seems like this will be accessible, tangy and slightly sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, curly, sweet, with enough aromatics and acids to stay clean and interesting.  Fresh, full and lively.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for bright poignancy.  Best value.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Tin Roof Cellars Chardonnay.

Original tasting and review : This is Tin Roof Cellars Chardonnay, Central Coast, California,2011, finished at 13.4% alcohol.

In the glass: Clean with a light hint of yellow.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, shy fruit with tiny hints of funk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be gentle, but perhaps non-distinctive.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much rounder and more aromatic than anticipated, bringing soft vanilla peach compote to mind.  Gentle wisps of sweet cream come to the fore, initiating a soft, mouth-filling close.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its surprising depth and resiliency, creating a stunning best value at its attractive price point.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Tin Roof Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

Original tasting and review : This is Tin Roof Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast and Lodi, California, 2011, finished at 13.3% alcohol.

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

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows tangy, fruit deep black berries with a hint of funk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be new school fruit with a touch of old school aromatics.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite new school and friendly indeed.  Black plum and fresh blackberries come as part of a soft, yielding mid-palate.  The black plums hold the mid-palate for awhile, bringing a tickle of acids into your cheeks for the clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for overall balance and pleasantness.  Nice everyday table choice to accompany a sturdy red meat or cheese-based dish.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Tin Roof Cellars Merlot.

Original tasting and review : This is Tin Roof Cellars Merlot, North Coast and Central Coast, California, 2009, finished at 13.4% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium brick red. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows shy and soft red berries with a hint of earth.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light and delicate.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact far richer, bolder, robust and aromatic than ever imagined; they bring a big, burly, fresh, velvet-based style that feels slightly sweet and plenty rich on the palate, showing figs and red berries.  Nice slow fade to a clean, creamy finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for surprising palate-depth on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Big best value.

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Original tasting and review : This is Tin Roof Cellars Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2011, finished at 13.2% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque from an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold, lusty deep plum fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and tangy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean, black plum with hints of fresh laundry.  Perhaps a touch lighter overall than anticipated, but with juicy, creamy red fruit. Clean finish, wrapping up quite quickly.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Best value because of the attractive price point.

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Original tasting and review : This is Tin Roof Cellars Red Blend, Lodi, California, 2011, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Teeth-staining burgundy, opaque from a half-inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows funky and deep black fruit, complete with helium and inside-of-car-tire rubber elements.   From the aroma, seems like this will be husky, bold and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, with strong savory and sweet spices melded in.  Soft, sweet, spiced and structured.  Finishes aromatic and clean.

In summary: Overall, rates a strong four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, creating an awesome best value.

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Overall summary:  Tin Roof Cellars represents a great line-up for the price.  Most of the six wines sampled proved to be best values; the one that wasn't, Tin Roof Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, was right on the cusp.  The Tin Roof Cellars Merlot, Tin Roof Cellars Chardonnay and Tin Roof Cellars Red Blend were runaway best values, with the Red Blend garnering a very impressive four stars from Spirit of Wine.

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