Original tasting and review : This is Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2012, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in October, 2015.
Inspired by this wine: We're doing paper cutout crafts at the dining room table, with plenty of gossip stories stirring.
In the glass: Pale brick and ruby.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows taut brambly fruit and twigs. From the aroma, seems like this will be terse yet perhaps vivid.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing a tightly disciplined structure, with some red currant fruit supporting a base of bold acids and sleek bramble. The relatively high alcohol is hidden fully within the structure. Modest but completely clean finish.
In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a big plus for power on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. This is a candidate for higher scores with age and/or decanting.
Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon.
Original tasting and review : This is Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in October, 2015.
Inspired by this wine: I knew we would be sitting and talking politics, but I was surprised when the old-timer in a leather jacket pulled out a cigar.
In the glass: Dark magenta, opaque from a half inch of the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fruity and dark fruit aspects, including mashed black cherry skins. From the aroma, seems like this will be aromatic and full-bodied.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact somewhat more restrained and contained than expected, with potent cherry fruit held in a leather tannin jacket, allowed to titrate out as the substantial tannins permit. The old school leather touches show up even more in the finish, which rests for a substantial period, before allowing the black fruit and subtle oak to fade away.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. While enjoyable now, it certainly is worthy of additional time in bottle or decanter.
(c) Copyright 2015 Spirit of Wine, all rights reserved. If you are a winery, distributor or marketing agent and you would like to see your (or your client's) wine featured at Spirit of Wine, here are two options: 1) Wait, pray and hope - we may find you someday; 2) Submit a wine for review. No charge. Particulars are here. If you are reading this full posting on any site other than Spirit of Wine, chances are it is a copyright violation.