Friday, February 23, 2018

WIYG? Vino-Sphere Tasting Team Answers The Question

If you frequent wine social media sites, you might see “WIYG?” What’s that, you may ask – it’s What’s In Your Glass. Our indispensable tasting team answers the question.

Tasty Napa Cabernet

Josh (aka Dr. J) Kessler, reports the following: Casey and I recently shared a bottle of 2008 Corley St. Helena, Yewell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. 

This is a New Year's Invino clearance score from two years ago.  (This year kind of stunk for deals.)  A big, full-bodied wine, the oak was apparent on the nose with additional hints of cherries and chocolate.  There was also a touch of eucalyptus that we so very much enjoy in a heavy Cabernet.  On the palate, the wine is velvety and lush with more red berries, coffee, and dark chocolate.  The tannins are firm and there was a good amount of life left in this one!

Publisher – We’ve seen this bottle listed for $60 to $90, so looks like a good score!

White From A Favorite FLX Winery

Stephanie Wise (Wine Chick), sent in the following bulletin: Lakewood Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay was in my glass this week. This is one of our favorite wineries in the Finger Lakes Region and the first one that Patrick (Sax Man) ever took me to.

As you know I love a good Chardonnay, and this one doesn't disappoint. Not only is it oaky and buttery the way I like it, I think it's also for those who don't typically care for the oakiness. The nose is slightly metallic and the first sip tends to be more stainless steel in nature with hints of vanilla and then a buttery finish. I opened it strictly for drinking, but think that it would go well with any chicken or white fish entree as well as a meat and cheese tray with some fruit.

Needless to say the bottle was all mine as Patrick goes more for the Rieslings.

Publisher – The Finger Lakes is one of our favorite regions and its crisp whites are sensational.

Pinot Noir From Australia’s Yarra Valley

Green Dragon and I uncorked – actually, unscrewed! -- a 2016 Mac Forbes Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia. As you might guess, we opened it on Mardi Gras night.

At first I wasn’t overwhelmed by this wine. One glass was enough. I opened it again the following night, and found I really enjoyed it. It has earthy notes with wafts of eucalyptus and flavors of tart cranberries. It is a light garnet in the glass with a lot more complexity than revealed at first sip.

This wine is $19.99 and is available at Lidl grocery stores (they provided this sample).

Publisher – Our jet-setting tasting team members Cabernetor and Glorious T will also provide a WIYG update, but it wasn’t ready by press time – so we’ll share it when it becomes available. Meanwhile, raise a glass!

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