2007 Clesi Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

Blackberries, vanilla, raisins, and toasted oak… those are the aromas and flavors you may find in the 2007 Clesi Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles.  Tonight I found this wine to be acidic up front, with a medium tannic sensation.  The tannins ultimately faded, leaving a watery and woodsy feel lingering in my mouth.  For fans of California fruit-bomb cabernets, you…

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A Grape By Any Other Name—Syrah? Shiraz?

Yep…..I know a few of you have pondered this red wine conundrum (anyone catch the pun-comment if you did).   When the Australian invasion began you started hearing about this unknown varietal, but let's put it to rest right now…Shiraz and Syrah are viticulturally the same species of black grape.  Only true difference:  Australians like to call the…

Cab from the Santa Cruz Mts

My favorite contractor, Chris, brought us a bottle of 2007 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. He built our home a few years back, and Doug and I have been able to call on him ever since. He’s a great guy and a talented contractor. One of the fun things we discovered over the…

A Perfect Wine Moment

Have you ever just had a moment, a perfect wine-drinking moment?   I certainly have… and one of those times was a few weeks ago while wine tasting with our friends Ed and Katie.  Actually, when I think about it, it seems we are always “wine tasting” with Ed and Katie; well, I am anyway, Doug is usually…