Saturday, September 1, 2012

Monthly Picks: September 2012

It's the Last of the Summer Wine for September's picks. All are still available directly from the wineries as of this posting.

Intrigue Wines 2011 Focus Riesling - $20
The nose is subtle, but has depth with layers of pear, roasted lemon and lees. This is followed by an off-dry palate with measured acidity and a long, long, mouth-watering finish.
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La Frenz Winery 2011 Sémillon - $20
Enhanced with 10% barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc, its traditional blending partner, to add an extra layer of complexity and citrus kick, this Sémillon has a mouth-watering combination of vibrant acidity and rich texture from tropical and ripe melon fruit.
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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir - $20
This is the second vintage of the winery's new Pinot Noir program which sees the firm hold back the varietal tier wine 2 years prior to release. The patient approach has certainly elevated the quality and value of the wines which have become some of the best Pinots in the southern part of the valley.
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SpierHead Winery 2011 Riesling - $22
Acid level is not for the faint of heart, yet, serves its purpose - balancing the fruit and full-ish body - leaving the wine with a (mostly) dry finish.
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Cassini Cellars 2009 Reserve Chardonnay - $29
A delightful, fully oaked Chardonnay from a concentrated, hot vintage that manages to remain fairly bright and fruity - not burdened with the chunky nature of lesser, over-oaked Chards.
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