Sunday, November 19, 2017

Exploring the Wine Trees line: Central Coast, California, red blend and two dry sparklers from Italy

I'm pleased today to have the opportunity to sample three wines from Wine Trees, a modern collection of wines highlighting some intriguing global regions, providing value-based offerings.  Founded in 2008, the Wine Trees name was inspired by the founders’ daughter; while exploring the vineyards near their home, looking up, she creatively termed the vines “Wine Trees".


With this perspective, Wine Trees embraces the ever-changing world of wine with an open mind and a passion for discovery.

Today I'll be trying three very different styles of wines from their selection, two hailing from Italy and one from just up the road in the Central Coast of California.  Review samples were provided by Wine Trees' representative. 

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Bervini 1955 Prosecco DOC Millesimato Extra Dry.

Original tasting and review : This is $$ Bervine 1955 Prosecco DOC Millesimato Extra Dry, Veneto-Friuli Venzia Giulia, Italy, 2016, finished at 11% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in November, 2017.  Stainless steel tanks and a secondary Charmat-style fermentation define the winemaking treatment.

Inspired by this wine: Such a pleasant chat with a friend, tucked at a cozy table in the bright dining area.

In the glass: Clear with hints of yellow and green.

On the nose: Poured at crisp, cool temperature, shows waves of gentle depth from clean white fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this may be bright but layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing bright lemons and grapefruit upfront, quickly cleansed by a wash of light, cleansing bubbles.  The notable acidity is just lightly offset by the very light off-dry elements, leaving a clean, acid-wash finish that percolates up into your cheeks.  Deeper layers emerge as your sip warms just a touch.

In summary: Overall, rates three full stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and touches a plus for its late-blooming nuances.  The strong rating and attractive price combination make this a good value.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Bervini 1955 Spumante Rosé Extra Dry.

Original tasting and review : This is $$ Bervini 1955 Spumante Rose Extra Dry, Frinezia Giulia, Italy, non-vintage, finished at 11% alcohol and first sampled in November, 2017.  Like the prosecco, the rose is finished in stainless steel tanks with a secondary Charmat-style fermentation.  The grapes used are a combination of glera (which is the commonly used white grape of prosecco) and a red grape called raboso.

Inspired by this wine: We're sitting on the sunny back porch, kids and dogs running on the lawn.

In the glass: Clear with hints of light pink peach.

On the nose: Poured at very cool temperature, shows a light funky depth above the gentle fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this may be fun with some sincere overtones.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bringing forward dry red raspberries and strawberries, surrounded with a bold acidic cloak.  The finish is long and clean, drawn slowly forward by the clean fruity acids that draw the sip into the upper chambers of your cheeks.  A just-ripened peach element emerges as the temperature rises in the glass.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and will add a plus when its potent acids are offset with an appropriately tangy food or appetizer.  Good value.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Barrel Road Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend.

Original tasting and review : This is $$ Barrel Road Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend, Central Coast, CA, 2015, finished at 13.2% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in November, 2017.  The blend of red grapes was aged in part for three months in used bourbon barrels which began life making Backbone Bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and which traveled west to help with the aging of this blend.

Inspired by this wine: We've set up camp in the deep woods; starting a fire to make dinner. 

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

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows some dark oak with gentle fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this may be somewhat modest and restrained for a central California red blend.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact consistent with the aromatic impressions.  First blush of red fruit is accompanied by the aged-oak overlay.   But the impression is not deep, bold and black - but more like medium-bodied, aromatic and bright.  Spices and red berries predominate, and lead to a modest and clean finish.  The barrels remain more as a memory rather than as an overpowering conclusion.  That's just about what you'd want barrels to do!

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

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