April’s Featured Wines – First 15 Days

Hi everyone.  Well, you’d think that two girls that drank as much wine as we do wouldn’t miss three months of wine reviews.  And you’d be wrong.  See, when you drink this much wine, you tend to pass out before the typing happens.  Seriously though, we’re terribly remiss in not sharing what we’ve been pouring down our gullets with you.  So, let’s right this ship and get the party going again, shall we?

Williams Selyem 2009 Pinot Noir – Westside Road Neighbors

A Pinot Noir with a cult following - Williams Selyem 2009 Pinot Noir

What They Say:  This wine is still one of my favorite blends to assemble and definitely a favorite to consume on a regular basis. It’s always exciting to select barrels from vineyards like Rochioli, Bucher and our Estate to assemble bouquets of ripe blackberry jam, violets, plums, licorice, black truffle and toasty vanilla beans from our oak barrels. The palate flavors of blackberry/raspberry cobbler, cherry cola, cassis, smoked mushrooms and cinnamon coat your mouth with every sip and are very true to the individual lots that aid in the completeness of this assemblage. Ripe abundant tannins cut through the nicely balanced acidity that will make this vintage enjoyable for the next 8 – 10 years.  When we say that Williams Selyem wines are handcrafted, we mean it. Our commitment to handcrafted wines is one of the things that makes Williams Selyem wines unique.

What We Say:  I was staying with friends in Los Angeles who were kind enough to share this bottle with me.  They said it had a bit of a cult following and people just love it.  The husband of the couple said he wasn’t as in love with it as he had hoped he’d be, but I was immediately a fan.  I like the fruit-forwardness of this wine and could taste the jammy notes without them being overpowering.  I can see why people love it.

Blend Information:  100% Pinot Noir

Price Point: $69.00 priced on their website – Pricier than what we feature, but worth a splurge if you’re looking for one.  Seems there is a waiting list for these wines so if you’re interested, you can sign-up on their website.  Total Wine’s website says the wine will be available in August.  Cult, indeed.

Website:   http://www.williamsselyem.com

Lambert Bridge 2007 Cabernet Franc

Sonoma's Lambert Bridget Cabernet Franc

What They Say:  Our winemakers carefully hand selected specific vineyard blocks and individual barrels to assemble a blend of all of the core Bordeaux varietals for our Cabernet Franc. Multi-layered, bright and supple, the 2007 vintage abounds with fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry and cranberries and aromas of sweet spice and cherry cola. Prominent in the mouth is the complex, layered, structure, with elegant hints of sweet straw and a long, juicy lingering finish. While tasting great now, it has an abundance of aging potential.

What We Say:  Oh yes, and the spoiling continued in Los Angeles.  The next bottle opened was this Lambert Bridge Cabernet Franc.  Another great choice that was a crowd pleaser.  The tannins in this wine are soft and give way to the delicious cherry & raspberry flavors.  This California wine could definitely hold its own against the might French Cab Francs.

Blend Information:  78% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot

Food Suggestions:  “We recommend serving a wine with this much personality and verve with osso bucco, pan seared beef filet with green peppercorn sauce or a piece of aged Gouda.” – Lambert Bridge Website

Price Point: $65.00 on the vineyard’s website

Website: http://www.lambertbridge.com


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