A Trio of January Wines

2013 Hope Family Wines Treana Red, Paso Robles
2013 Hope Family Wines Treana Red, Paso Robles

It seems like yesterday that it was 2015 and now it is mid-January already. Where have these few weeks gone? Only two weeks until February (and my birthday, yay)!

NV Faire La Fête Crémant de Limoux
NV Faire La Fête Crémant de Limoux (source: snooth.com)

Earlier this month, I published a review of four wines from Trump Winery, a review of Domaine Carneros for American Winery Guide, and a review of the NV Faire La Fête Crémant de Limoux for Snooth, so I am still actively writing. I hope that you will read these reviews if you have not already! However, the beginning-of-the year craziness and workplace intensity have not allowed me to focus as much on other wine samples I received late last year and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. That being said, here are three that I have tasted and recommend for your enjoyment.

2013 Hope Family Wines Treana Red, Paso Robles
2013 Hope Family Wines Treana Red, Paso Robles

2013 Hope Family Wines Treana Red, Paso Robles (sample, $45 SRP)
The Treana Red is comprised of 75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% syrah aged 15 months in 65% new and 35% once-used French oak. It is young and voluptuous, with an apparent clinginess and deep purple color in the glass that is unrivaled. On the palate, the mouthfeel is sumptuous and the tannins firm, with aromas and flavors of blackberries, blackcurrant, vanilla, and spices. I sipped this wine over the course of three days with and without food and it was still quite powerful on day three. My favorite food pairing with the Treana was a hearty steak. Decant this and drink now or hold this one for 10-20 years. 15% ABV, 7000 cases produced.

2013 Banfi Wines Centine Rosé, Toscana IGT
2013 Banfi Wines Centine Rosé, Toscana IGT

2013 Banfi Wines Centine Rosé, Toscana IGT (sample, $11 SRP)
This wine finishes the trifecta of Banfi Wines that I received as samples and it might very well be I saved the best for last. The 2013 Centine Rosé (or Rosato, as I suggested it be called), produced in stainless steel,  is simply lovely for a wine that comes in at around $11. It’s a blend of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, so it’s more of a medium-bodied rose, with nice aromatics and flavors of strawberries and wild raspberries. The finish is longer than I would expect from a wine at this price point and the acid shines. I paired this pretty, salmon-pink wine with tail-off, pink shrimp prepared with butter and a touch of this rosé. For those inquiring minds, yes, I cooked. Enjoy this rosé, er, rosato, with a variety of foods.  ABV 12.5%.

2011 Bodega Garnacha Alto Alberche 7 Navas Roble, Castilla y León
2011 Bodega Garnacha Alto Alberche 7 Navas Roble, Castilla y León

2011 Bodega Garnacha Alto Alberche 7 Navas Roble, Castilla y León (sample, $18 SRP)
This is the third sample of garnacha sent to me by Magnum Wines International, LLC and New Spain Wines. Similarly to the other samples, the grapes for the 7 Navas Roble come from the Alto Alberche Valley in Castilla y León, where the vines are 60-70 years old, resulting in lower yields, but very intense, high-quality berries. Unlike the previous two, the 2012 Bodega Don Juan del Águila Gaznata Joven and 2013 Bodega Garnacha Alto Alberche 7 Navas Garnacha Joven, this wine sees four months of aging in twice-used French oak barrels and was not bottled until March 2014. It still retains the characteristics of old-vine, high-altitude garnacha, such as floral aromatics, bright cherry fruit, and spice. However, it has more noticeable tannin structure and body from the oak aging. This is a great value at under $20. 14.5% ABV, 3200 bottles (266.67 cases) produced.

2013 Banfi Wines Centine Rosé, Toscana IGT
2013 Banfi Wines Centine Rosé, Toscana IGT

At this moment in time, I have one more post planned for January. In the works are more reviews for American Winery Guide and Snooth in the coming months. I hope that I can count on you for your continued support and readership.

Cheers!
Beth

Wine Bloggers’ Conference: Live Wine Blogging of Whites and Rosés

This is my third conference (2011, 2013, and 2014) and my third time participating in live wine blogging (10+ wines tasted in a hour) and I’ve never actually blogged during it. I am one of those who believes that the wines deserve a little more attention for a more thorough blog post. That being said, I do enjoy the camaraderie of the blogger participants and producers, and I also believe that what I do, which is tweet about the wine, including a photo, brief tasting notes, and some some key hashtags, at least gets the wines out there in front of a live, virtual audience.

With that explanation, below are my tweets for the 2014 live wine blogging of whites and rosés, including links to the Twitter accounts for the producers who participated. Thank you to them for allowing us to taste their wines. Next time, we will spend more than five or six minutes together, promise.

Danza del Sol Vermentino
Danza del Sol Vermentino

Speed tasting! Vermentino from @DanzaDelSolWine, $28: mouthwatering citrus, great acidity! #wbc14 #temecula #wine pic.twitter.com/0msschpgJB

Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc
Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc

One of my faves: @FerrariCarano 2013 Fumé Blanc: citrusy with a creamy mouthfeel, long finish. #sonoma #wine #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/O0EHTF1Q3h

Grassini Sauvignon Blanc
Grassini Sauvignon Blanc

From @GrassiniWines: 2013 #SauvBlanc, nice balance of citrus and tropical fruits, racy acidity. #SBCWine #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/8ye4pkkvz5

J Pinot Gris
J Pinot Gris

Another fave from @JWinery: 2013 Pinot Gris, $12-16. Bright tropical fruits, citrus, and melon. #sonoma #wine #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/XtCmBIWLhA

Wente Chardonnay
Wente Chardonnay

A goody from @Wente, 1st family of #chardonnay, 2013 Arroyo Seco, #monterey. Juicy apple, vanilla, butter. #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/WUi8lMN8uC

J. Lohr Pinot Blanc
J. Lohr Pinot Blanc

Next @JLohrWines 40th Anniversary Pinot Blanc, Arroyo Seco, #monterey : floral, juicy, nice acidity. #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/dcO7cz8KmD

Treana White Blend
Treana White Blend

Treana Marsanne-Viognier @hopefamilywines: big mouthfeel of citrus, tropical fruits, melon. #centralcoastwine #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/65JpW4Q6PK

Main and Geary Chardonnay
Main and Geary Chardonnay

Fr @BevMo: Exclusive Main & Geary #sonoma #chardonnay. Sur lie, oak fermented. Cream, butter, vanilla, apple. #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/QF5Ob6RLUE

Cornerstone Sauvignon Blanc
Cornerstone Sauvignon Blanc

Oh yay! @CornerstoneNapa #SauvBlanc: Very bright, juicy, good acidity, ample mouthfeel. #organic #napa #wbc14 pic.twitter.com/YIHCwrnF3G

Aridus Viognier
Aridus Viognier

#azwine in the house: @ariduswineco #Viognier: melon, tropical and citrus fruits. Lush mouthfeel. #wine #wbc14  pic.twitter.com/z1UMgFGXmt

Soon to follow, the live wine blogging of red wines.

Cheers!
Beth