Sparrow Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

IMG_0894This bottle of Sparrow Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 was a Cosco purchase.  I reviewed a Sparrow Hawk Pinot Noir a couple of weeks ago and was very good.  The Sparrow Hawk people where at Cosco and we talked with them for a while.  They recommended a couple of their wines and others in the wine isle.  Sparrow Hawk sourced the grapes for this wine in the Napa valley.

To the wine:  The nose of the this Cabernet Sauvignon was very spicy with cherry and strawberry notes.  The tasting phase was semi sweet with spice and a slight chocolate notes.  The finish of the wine had a slight warming feeling.  The finish has a small spice notes and does not hang around for long.  The wine had a very deep mahogany color to it and it had ample intensity.

I liked the Pinot Noir from Sparrow Hawk better than the Cabernet Sauvignon, in my personal opinion.

Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

IMG_0885Sandra and I picked up this bottle of Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, at the Elyse winery.  This was an interesting time, as Elyse can only do tastings by appointment.  It appears the powers to be in the politics of Napa Valley, force smaller vintners to do tastings by appointment only, while the big producers, can have tastings by just driving up to the winery.  Needless to say, we made an appointment, once we knew we needed one.  Elyse produces some very good wine and is worth a trip (Make an appointment first!!!!) to the winery.

The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from the Morisoli Vineyard, in the Rutherford EVA.  This is off highway 29 in Napa and in the middle of the Napa valley.

The nose of this wine was very hard to get too.  I did get do some vigorous swirling and found a lite strawberry note.  The tasting phase really pulls off the middle of the tongue.  This was a very strong pull.  The tasting phase was pretty intense and full of fruit expressions.  The finish was strong and warm to the top of the mouth. This was not a harsh effect, but close.  This was a very enjoyable tasting experience.

This is not your typical Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Cab is on the lite side, but oh so good.

Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

IMG_0884Sandra and I picked up this bottle of Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 North Coast, as a splurge purchase.  We thought it was an interesting bottle of wine and came with the recommendation of some people in the wine isle.  The price for this bottle of wine was around $10.

The nose of the wine was full of spice and a slight berry note.  The tasting phase pulls from the middle of the tongue and continued to be full of spice notes.  The finish of this wine was warm that faded away very nicely and of course the continuation of the spice notes.

This wine is a good Tuesday night wine, on a small budget.  The wine is easy to drink and is not a statement wine.  This is just a good basic bottle of wine.

Alamos Red Blend 2012 Mendoza, Argentina

IMG_0883This bottle of Alamos Red Blend 2012 was an experimental purchase.  I have been experimenting with South American wines for a while and this bottle was purchased at the local super market, from the bargain bin.  We bought two bottles.  I think the bottle was around $7 and worth the risk.  Alamos is from Mendoza region of Argentina and is a very famous area for wines.

The nose of this wine was fresh and had a slight new rubber nose notes.  Now I do not usually state that a wine smells like lite rubber, but there were some new rubber notes and it was pleasant.  Yes rubber smell can be pleasant in wine (Reference the movie Somm, “fresh cut rubber hose.”  This is a new one for me.  The tasting phase  had berries, spice with rubber notes.  The finish phase pulls from the back of the tongue and was warm.  The berry notes continued for a while and stayed with you.

We have another bottle of this wine, we are going to lay the bottle down for a while.  I want to see how it changes over time.

Black Stallion Estate Pinot Noir 2012

IMG_0882Sandra and I took a trip down the Silverado Trail in Napa, around 7 months ago.  We stopped at Black Stallion Estate Winery as our last stop of the day.  The winery was pretty busy and had a very large tasting room.  There were a couple of bridal parties and there was plenty of people watching to do, while we were tasting what Black Stallion has to offer.  Black Stallion Estate Winery is in the Oak Knoll district of Napa valley and that is a really nice area.  To get there, we drove through some pretty scenic areas.  I like driving the Silverado trail over driving hyway 29.  Less cars, faster to get in and out of the napa valley.

The nose of the wine was spicy and full of berries.  The nose was nice and is one of the better wines produced by this vintner.  The tasting phase was berry notes was slightly sweet.  The wine has a sweet sense, but not too sweet.  I felt this Pinot Noir was very mellow and muted.  The finsh of the wine with a slight warming feel.  The finish does fall off nicely.

This is a pretty good bottle of wine.  It is hard to say if we will buy this wine again.  With so many good wines from this area, we are looking to experience more wines from the area.

Sparrow Hawk 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve

IMG_0880Sandra and I picked up this bottle of Sparrow Hawk 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve at Costco, a couple of weeks ago.  There were a couple of Sparrow Hawk’s representatives in the wine isle.  We were engaged with them and discussed their wines and took all suggestions.  We picked up this bottle of Pinot Nior and a Cabernet Sauvignon.  We have not had the Cab yet, but look forward to pulling the cork on that bottle.  This Pinot Nior has grapes from a couple of different wine growing areas.  The grapes were sourced from Santa Barbra County (63%) and Sonoma County (37%).

To the wine:  The nose of the wine was a strong and full of berries.  You did not need to swirl to get the nose of this wine.  The tasting was full of berries and a smokiness.  Yes, I got a hint of smoke and it worked well with the warming of the tasting.  The finish was very smooth and fades over time.  I consider the finish to be very unique.

Ok, this wine was suggested to us by Sparrow Hawk employees and we are glad we purchased it.  This wine will be bought again.