Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wagner Family sampling and reviews: Caymus, Mer Soleil, Emmolo, Conundrum and Belle Glos

By way of background:  Today we're sampling six assorted wines from the Wagner Family of Wine... wines that were presented by the Wagner family through a Total Wine & More tasting event.  The tasting involved simultaneous in-person tastings at a plethora of Total Wine stores along with a simultaneous video cast from the Wagner family: Chuck Wagner, Charlie Wagner, Jenny Wagner and Joseph Wagner.  Nice concept, and marred by a smaller proportion of technical glitches than you might imagine.  The venue provided a good pairing of wine sampling and winemaker personalities.



Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc.

Original tasting and review : This is Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California, 2013, first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.

In the glass: clean, with hint of vanilla.

On the nose: Poured cold and swirled vigorously, shows fresh and grapefruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and classic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright, sleek, with a sleek mineral nature, hidden fruit and a gentle finish.

In summary: Overall, classic sip rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay.

Original tasting and review : This is Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, 2013, first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.

In the glass: Light golden.

On the nose: Poured cold and swirled vigorously, shows subtle hints of pear and gooseberry, deep in nature.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full and somewhat funky.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing full, layered, fresh creamy butterscotch.  There are enough acids to support the sip without totally defining it.  Shows a lengthy finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its old school, balanced nature.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Conundrum White.

Original tasting and review : This is Conundrum White, California, 2013, first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.  It is a blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, viognier, semillon and muscat.

In the glass: Clear, light yellow with olive tones.

On the nose: Poured cold and swirled vigorously, shows light and sweet with bright grasses.  From the aroma, seems like this will be a light, sweet sip.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fresh, grassy and sweet with a somewhat reisling-like grassiness.  Shows a bright and clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir.

Original tasting and review : This is Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, 2013, first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.

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

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, husky deep fruit.   From the aroma, seems like this will be fragrant and deep, a unique pinot experience.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright on the tongue, showing solid acids and tannins that give a solid grip.  Nice gritty and bright finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Emmolo Merlot.

Original tasting and review : This is Emmolo Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2012, first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.

In the glass: Black burgundy, opaque from a quarter inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy, deeper fruit with a hint of pleasant funk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and reticent.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fragrant, deep and succulent.  The sip holds fast with bold, sweet tannins that grip your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for its power on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Ready to age.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Caymus Cabernet.

Original tasting and review : This is Caymus Cabernet, Napa Valley, California, 2013, first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.  This is the classic high-volume vineyard bottling, little brother to the Caymus Special Select.

In the glass: Inky black mahogany, purple at the rim and opaque from a quarter inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, flush, classic aromas.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full and bold.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, dry and balanced with distinct cocoa elements.  Grippy tannins hold for a lengthy finish, slowly spitting blackberry fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Also would be happy to lie down for a few years.
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