In Store Tasting 9/24: 2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana Red Wine

Today we are trying the 2007 Terrabianca Campaccio Toscana Red Wine that just received 93 points from Wine Spectator and 92 points from Wine Advocate. It has a very nice nose of leather, cedar and cherry. Takes a little while for the wine to open up but once it does it has a very nice mouth feel, medium tannin and long finish that ends with some cherry and earthy notes.  Very nice for the money.

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Notes on 96 Wines from a Fall Retail Tasting!!

Although it is not technically Fall yet, the Fall Distributor Trade Show Season kicked off today. This is my favorite time of the year because we get to sample hundreds of wines that will influence our purchasing decisions for the holiday season. I got to try so many wines today so I didn’t have time to really write detailed tasting notes on each wine. It’s more of just a quick snapshot of what I am tasting at that moment. Hopefully, this might give our readers some incite into some of these wines and also let them know that they are available if they would like to order them.

2009 Kapscandy Rose – decent Rose although a little pricey for the quality. Around $24. 87 points

2007 Kapscandy Endre Proprietary Red – Certainly a nice wine but would be much more appealing in the $30-35 range. 90 points

2008 Kapcsandy Estate Cuvee Red – Now this is what I am talking about. Made in more of an old world style. Very balanced and silky. Excellent! 96 Points

2005 Blankiet Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills – From 375ml, this was a beautiful fruit forward Cab. Long finish! 96 points

2005 Blankiet Cabernet Sauvignon Prince of Hearts – Their declassified grapes. Decent wines but for $40 I expected a little more for the money. 89 points

2007 Blankiet Estate Red – This had some beautiful upfront fruit that had silky tannins and super long finish. My favorite wine of the day! 98 points

2004 Blankiet Merlot Paradise Hills – I believe this had a little Cab Franc in it and it was excellent. Awesome nose. Worth the money. 94 points

2005 Blankiet Rive Driote Red 2005 – More Cab Franc in this wine, needs time to develop. 92 points

2006 Blankiet Rive Driote Red 2006 – A tad more accessible than the 05 with some brighter fruit flavors. 93 points

2007 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon – Very nice with silky tannins and a lot of red fruit. 92 points

2007 Cakebread Dancing Bear Cabernet Sauvignon – A blend of Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc. Needs more time in the bottle but some great fruit flavors. Needs 10 years. 93 points

2008 Cakebread Dancing Bear Cabernet Sauvignon – Surprisingly more open than the 07, Can’t remember if they omitted the Merlot or Cab Franc from this one but the Cab Franc would make sense. 94 points

2009 Benziger Sangiacomo Chardonnay – A lot of oak but some good fruit from a great Chardonnay vineyard in Sonoma. Good value. 90 points

2009 John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon Jam – The name says it all. Super jammy, super sweet fruit, will appeal to some people at that price point. 87 points

2007 John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon –  Classic style Napa Cab with some soft tannins and nice fruit. 92 points

2008 Coho Stanley Ranch Pinot Noir – Impressive Pinot with some good fruit and not overblown. 91 points

2008 Coho Headwaters – Decent wine, especially for the money but not as good as the 06 or 07. 88 points

2008 Coho Summit Vine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon – More structure to this one than the Headwaters with some nice fruit. 91 points

2007 Corino Barolo – Nice but needs 10 years to really come into it’s own, at least. 89 points

2005 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino – Again, needs more time but it had some decent fruit. 92 points

2009 Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino – This had a lot of big fruit. Actually liked this just as much as the Brunello for half the price! 92 points

2001 Rolly Gassmann Auxerrois Moenchrebende Rorschwihr – Sweet like a Riesling. Not bad but not terribly complex. 88 points

2004 Rolly Gassmann Pinot Gris – I like the Pinot Gris’s from Alsace because they typically have that touch of sweetness. 89 points

2004 Rolly Gassmann Riesling Kapppleweg de Rorschwihr – Was expecting something dry but this was really nice. Decent complexity. 90 points

2006 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s Vineyard – Young and tannic but displayed some nice fruit. Enjoyed this! 94 points

2004 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s Vineyard – Not quite as tight and fruit flavors more prominent. 94 points

2002 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s Vineyard – My favorite of the three. Starting to develop secondary nuances. Long finish! Old World Style and 30 year potential. 95 points

2009 Four Vines Zinfandel The Biker – Decent wine but not nearly as good as the 07 or 08. Very tannic for a Zin 88 points

2008 Four Vines Zinfandel Maverick – Nice fruit, smooth tannins and nice finish. 90 points (In Stock)

2008 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Decent Cab but pricey for the quality. The 07 was better. 89 points

2007 Turnbull Merlot Oakville – Not a bad Merlot but you can find better ones from Napa for less money. 88 points

2009 Turnbull Old Bull Red Napa Valley – I liked this better than the regular Cab. A lot of up front fruit. Made for early consumption. 90 points

2007 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label – By far the best wine from Turnball today. Nice fruit but more complexity than the other 3. 93 points

2009 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc – Excellent. Mouthwatering and tons of citrus fruit flavors. Best in Cali? 92 points

2006 Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir – Average. Did not meet expectations. 87 points

2007 Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir – Better but expected more considering the vintage and the price $55. 90 points

2008 Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Nice fruit. Very balanced. Not over the top. 90 points

2008 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Same issue. Little fruit. Tasted disjointed. 89 points

2009 Hall Sauvignon Blanc – Nice citrus fruit. Refreshing and clean. 88 points

2007 Hall Merlot Napa – Nothing special. Again, better choices for the price. 87 points

2008 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa – Different wine than the 06. More old world. Tons of structure. Nice fruit. Needs time. Best QPR of the tasting. 95 points

2007 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon – More up front fruit than the 08 but also very nice. 94 points

2004 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile – Super dry but great minerality. Really liked this! 93 points

2004 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre – Beautiful wine with some classic Gewurstraminer flavors. Spicy! 91 points

2005 Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon – Very impressive wine with a lot of good structure and fruit. Impressive from Chile! 94 points

2005 Santa Rita Triple C – Not nearly as impressive as the Casa Real, with less fruit. 88 points

2009 S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling – Great range of flavors with a lovely finish. Excellent for the money. 92 points!

2008 Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon – I had the 07 last year and I thought that was much better than the 08. Not worth the tariff this year! 89 points

2006 Massolino Barolo – This was nice but very tannic. Needs some time to mellow but the structure is there. 90 points

2007 Massolino Barolo Margheria – Strangely, the 07 was more open for business. Rep said it was the difference in vintages. Smooth tannins and nice fruit! 92 points

2007 Mirafiore Barolo – The rep suggested I try this and for $26 this is a great Barolo for the money. Nice fruit! 91 points

2010 Honig Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Year in and year out this is very consistent. 88 points

2009 Honig Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford – This had a tad more structure than the regular bottling and I would say that it is worth the extra few bucks. 89 points

2008 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Loved this for the money! Nice fruit and silky tannins. Perhaps just as good as the 2007. 92 points

2006 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci Vineyard – This was decent but maybe a little pricey for the money. 06 seems like an off year for Honig Cabs. 90 points

2007 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci Vineyard – This was much better than the 06. Lots of nice red fruits with a tad more structure than the regular bottling. 93 points

2008 Honig Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc – The most underrated wine they make! Just a super desert wine with tons of structure and range of flavors. 94 points

2008 Grgich Hills Chardonnay – I must say I have tried there Chardonnays a few times and have always been underwhelmed for the money and reputation. 88 points

2007 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon –  The Cab was better than the Chardonnay. Some nice fruit and structure, made in more of an old world style. 90 points

2009 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay – A very nice Chard with some tropical flavors. Decent for the money. 89 points

2008 Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay – I liked this better than the Crossbarn, with a better range of flavor and structure. 91 points

2009 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard – I almost had to sit down after tasting this. Just an incredible Chard that needs to be tasted to be believed! 95 points

2007 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Valdez – Tough act to follow the Richie but this was also nice. Great fruit flavors and long finish. 93 points

2009 Paul Hobbs Crossbard Pinot Noir – Like the Chard, a nice introduction to the Paul Hobbs style but leaving something to be desired considering the price $30. 89 points

2009 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard – Much better than the Crossbarn. Still tight though and may need a few years in bottle to evolve. 91 points

2009 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Ulises – The best of the three Pinots. 93 points.

2008 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon – Finally a Crossbarn I felt justified the price. 90 points

2008 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Impressive fruit and finish on this wine. Pretty reasonable for the money. 92 points

2007 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard – Quite impressive, with some nice fruit and a long finish. 94 points

2007 Napanook – Much better than the last time I had this. More Bordeaux than Napa, impressive structure and finish. 92 points

2009 Evening Land Chardonnay La Source – Bummed out they only had one Chardonnay. Very different from Cali wines. Almost Burgundy but different. 92 points

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir Occidental Vineyard – There Cali Pinot were distinctly California. I loved this. Nice Pinot flavors. 94 points

2009 Evening Land Pinot Noir Seven Springs Estate – Again, another impressive Pinot. A little more fruit forward to go with the vintage.

2007 Evening Land Pinot Noir La Source – This wine, again, could have passed for a Burgundy tasted Blind. All of the Evening Land wines were uniquely different though. 92 points

2009 Evening Land Pinot Noir La Source – Impressive structure and fruit flavors. Really impressed with these wines. 92 points

2008 Evening Land Pinot Noir Seven Springs Estate – Super Pinot, has some good Oregon and Burgundian characteristics. 93 points

2009 Evening Land Pinot Noir Seven Spring Summum – Another fantastic Pinot! Good depth and range of flavors. Something for everyone at Evening Land. 94 points

2009 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch – Young and vibant with nice tropical fruit flavors and a touch of oak. 92 points

2008 Shafer Merlot Napa Valley – Have always been kind of down on there Merlots but this was nice. Good fruit! 90 points

2008 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five – Another great vintage of One Point Five. More accessible than the Hillside and nice introduction to there style. 92 points

2007 Shafer Relentless – Needed to open up but a super Syrah! Brimming with fruit and complexity. 94 points

2008 Shafer Relentless – Could have been the exact same wine. I seriously could not taste a difference and that is a good thing. 94 points

2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select – Still very tight but a very nice structure and long, long finish. Tasted 05 and 06 here previously and the 05 was much better a year latter. 96 points

2009 Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc – Typically one of the best in the valley and has some nice oak but the 09 wasn’t as good as prior years although still a nice wine. 89 points

2008 Fog Dog Chardonnay – For the money this was very nice. 90 points

2008 Freestone Chardonnay – Better than the Fog Dog but also more money. Phelps Freestone has been improving over the years. 91 points

2008 Fog Dog Pinot Noir – Again, for the money a nice wine. Some nice typical Cali Pinot flavors. 90 points

2007 Freestone Pinot Noir – Had this last year and liked this slightly more this year with the additional bottle age. 90 points

2008 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvingon Napa Valley – There regular Cab bottling is really underrated. It has the fruit to provide immediate pleasure but structure to last 15 years. 91 points

2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia – Almost as good as the 07 and more open than that was last year at this point. Some nice fruit and super finish. 97 points

2008 Archery Summitt Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir – Archery Summitt wines I find very up and down but this was way up. Nice structure and fruit. Could last a while. 92 points

Dr. Loosen Dr. L Sparkling Wine – This tasted exactly like the regular Dr. L except it had bubbles. Was kind of shocked. 89 points

2009 Dr. Loosen Estate Kabinett Blue Slate – A Dry Riesling from Germany? I was surprised by this and it was tasty. 90 points

2006 Dr. Loosen Urzinger Wurzgarten Auslese Riesling -Unbelievable value and complexity for only $26! A steal for sure. 94 points

2006 Dr. Loosen Urzinger Wurzgarten Goldkap Auslese Riesling – Wow! Unbelievable range of flavors. Fantastic finish! Would love to lay one of these down for 30 years. 96 points

2006 Dr. Loosen Beerenanuslese – Again, very impressive wine although I liked the Goldkap a tad better but I’m probably splitting hairs here. 95 points

7 Wines from a Labor Day Picnic

Labor Day is typically the last farewell to Summer even though it lasts for another few weeks.  Kids go back to school, traffic gets worse, and football starts, all sure signs that Fall is around the corner. At least most people get the Labor Day holiday off to get together with friends and family to say one last goodbye to the warm weather! This Labor Day weekend, my father-in-law had a party and I was able to sample quite a few wines, all of which we have in stock at the store.  It was about 85 degrees and very humid so I started off with some nice whites to get things started.

2010 Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling $10.99

This is a very consistent wine year in and year out. 2010 is no different. Had some great apple, cream and pear flavors to go with a nice acidity. This went well with several hot dips that were at the picnic, balancing the spicy flavors against the sweetness in the wine. I gave this 89 points.

2009 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling QbA Mosel $9.99

Tried another Riesling and I actually liked this better than the Dr. L! Nik Weis makes the great St. Urbans-Hof wines. This had some great flavors of apple, honey and peach before the minerality kicks in. Quite a bargain for only $9.99! I gave this 90 points.

2009 Fox Run Chardonnay Finger Lakes 1.5L $16.99

We now carry this in the 1.5L and it is a steal for the money. This unoaked Chardonnay is crisp and flinty, with some apply and citrus flavors.  A great party wine and gives people a sample of what the wineries in the Finger Lakes are capable of . I gave this 85 points.

2010 Muga Rioja Rose $11.99

At this point I switched and started to make my way over to reds but first I stopped on the rose side. This was actually perfect for the hot day with some great strawberry and watermelon aromas to go with flavors of watermelon, strawberry and cream. This, like the Dr. L, is very consistent from year to year and goes great with grilled foods. I gave this 88 points.

2009 The Pinot Project Pinot Noir $12.99

The Pinot project was quite pleasant and is a steal for $12.99. It has some nice depth for the money and has a lot of pure red fruit pinot flavors. It’s tough to find anything that resembles Pinot Noir at this price point but The Pinot Project does a great job at representing this grape. I gave this 88 points as well.

2009 Dona Paula Estate Malbec $14.99

I truly believe that at the end of the year this is going to appear on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2011 and it got 90 points from them. This is not something you can lay down and age but it is literally just bursting with flavor! No harsh tannins and so juicy it is mouthwatering, it has some great flavors of raspberry, plum and licorice. If you see a bottle of this grab it while you still can! I too gave this 90 points.

2007 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Merlot $27.99

This was my wine of the night and several people told me how much they enjoyed it. This is the only wine that I decanted at the party and it really paid off. It has some deep dark fruit with that classic Napa Valley dusty berry flavor. Drinks like a wine twice the price! Anyone looking for some superb values should seek out Napa Valley Merlots. Not priced like the Cabs but the top bottlings delivery top quality. I gave this 92 points.

Turned out to be quite the night!