Week of Wine (WoW) Dec 4, 2015

Posted by The Wine Whore |

If you're like me, especially after several glasses of wine, you have the worst memory.  And if you've ever read a wine review before, you'll be bored to find that a lot of people just post nonsense tasting notes consisting of a sloppy mashup of snooty adjectives.  LAME!

To help me recall what was in my glass and whether it was worthy of sipping, I've learned to use Vivino to help me track my daily wine exploits.  And instead of publishing lame, boring, and quite frankly, worthless tasting notes, I think it's more important to remember the circumstance around the bottle. 

After all, wine isn't about just how it tastes, it's about how you feel, who you share it with, and what adventures it brings. 

Waugh Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - This was a first time I've ever had a Waugh wine.  I really enjoyed its smooth and less oaky not so typical for a Napa Cab qualities.  However, you might be underwhelmed if you're one of those people who like to be decked in the mouth with a barrel full of oak in every sip. 
Because of this reason, it was not a favorite at the table.  That's okay though... more for me!

Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2009 - I hate to admit it, but I'm on a bit of a Sideways kick. I purposely picked this wine because I remembered how this is the first winery Miles and Jack visit on their trip. You know, the scene where Miles goes over the top explaining all of the nuances of tasting wine to Jack while Jack is caught chewing gum while tasting.  Yeah, love that scene! 

Anyways, I really enjoyed this Pinot... very typical for a good Sta Rita Hills wine.  Had a solid body and nice finish.  It was a great way to start the evening!

Williamson Sonama County Entice Cuvée 2013 - A friend introduced me to Williamson after a long day of tasting on a recent trip to Napa/Sonoma.  During our visit to their tasting room, I was surprised at how all of their wines seemed to be awesome and yet still reasonably priced.  To make things even better, we got to meet the owner and his wife who were also super cool.  From that point on, I've been a proud Williamson wine club member.
I look forward to every shipment knowing it's going to be packed full of awesome.  This bottle was no exception!

Fess Parker Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2013 - You may remember the scene from Sideways where Miles drinks the entire spit bucket after finding out that he was denied his book deal... Well, that all went down in the Fess Parker tasting room.  If you visit, you can even get your picture taken next to the spit bucket.

I actually tend to prefer the older barrel style of this Pinot.  This one really made for a nice evening!

Toad Hollow Amplexus Crémant Brut - My wife and I have really gotten into opening a sparkler to start off the evening.  It's our little way of starting off our small celebration of making it to the end of the day. 

This bottle was actually a throwback for me.  I've had this one stored in my closet for several years and on a whim, decided to see if it was still any good.  Let's just say that it did the trick.  I'm glad this one didn't age into vinegar because it was actually a very nice drink!

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