Daniel P. Drake
Wine enthusiast enjoying wine to its fullest. Territory Manager in the upper Midwest.
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Welcome to Friday and I have picked up a Right Bank Bordeaux Blend from the state Washington the 2013 DeLille Cellar D2. 57% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Upon opening, there is beautifully expressive dark fruit wafting over the rim of the glass with a lasting impression of blackberries, black currant, black cherry, plum, sweet ripe strawberry, cassis, cherry licorice, and sweet tobacco.
With the first taste on the palate there is lovely blackberry, black cherry, kirsch, strawberry, black currant, green bell pepper, and bit of leather, and a smokey note.
This wine is well balanced with medium + acidity and a smooth mouth feel with fine sandy tannins.
For a second lable wine this is a hell of a deal. For a young wine this is drinking well right now. I would recommend this wine all day long.
Have a great weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 4 hours ago
Tonight I have another Champagne to help finish off the week in style. This champagne has a nice creamy mouth feel that is very well balanced.
On the nose there is a fine butter, fresh kneaded bread dough, toast, candied apricot, cherry, apple and pie crust.
The palate upon first taste gives way to lemon, citrus, lemon zest, green apple, herbs, honeysuckle, white peach and a nice minerality.
I get a medium + acidity with a clean fresh crisp long finish. A very nice wine for the price.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 15 days ago
Tonight I felt like an Oregon Pinot and I had just recently picked this bottle up.
On the nose there is cherry, raspberry, cranberry, cola, mushroom, vanilla, forest floor and oak.
On the palate the nose I confirmed with tart cherry, cranberry, raspberry, clove, morning dew soil and oak.
There is medium + acidity, medium smooth tannin, medium bodied mouth feel and a nice lengthy finish. Not terrible for an under $20 bottle of wine.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — a month ago
What a treat, tonight I have been given the pleasure of opening this 2002 Staglin family 20th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. This was sent to me by a very good friend to try and I don't know how I got so lucky to be afforded this opportunity. I am keeping an open mind and going to rate this as honestly as I possibly can.
Upon opening there was a bit of an alcohol aroma, so I figured I better let it set for a bit to open up and see if the alcohol blows off. After about an hour it did just that and the aromas became very pronounced.
On the nose I am getting wonderful black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, black plum, cassis, molasses and licorice.
My anticipation of the first taste was palpable. Upon the first sip the dark fruit washes over the palate with black cherry, blueberry, ripe plum, cassis, there are notes of black pepper, licorice and a nice supple finish of black tea.
This wine has medium + acidity and silky medium + tannins. I can say the balance of this wine is totally in unison with a long savory finish.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have tried such an excellent wine. I can't say thanks enough. What a way to end the weekend. I can now look forward to the week ahead with great expectations.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷💚 — a month ago
The second wine this afternoon enjoyed by a close friend and myself was the 2010 Chateau LaConfession St.Emillion Grand Cru.
The nose has savory notes of bing cherries, blackberry, stone, vanilla and smoke.
On the first sip gave notes of black cherry, blackberry, spice, mocha, coffee and a herbaceous note that I really like.
This wine has medium + acidity with medium + fine tannins that fill out the mouth nicely. This offering is 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Franc a typical right bank blend.
A very nice continuation of a wonderful afternoon with a close dear friend.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
Welcome to the weekend. On this Friday I have opened the 2012 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc from the Niagara Peninsula Ontario Canada.
On the nose is ripe strawberry, sweet plum, raspberry, green bell pepper, sweet oak and light smoke.
The palate has sweet strawberries, cherry, sweet raspberry, green bell pepper, vegetal notes and cassis.
I have a medium + acidity, medium + tannins with a full mouth feel and a nice long pleasing finish.
A very nice wine from the Niagara Peninsula that is very enjoyable.
Have a nice weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 7 days ago
Without looking at the lable I thought I was opening a Pinot Noir. I pulled the cork expecting a Pinot Noir again without looking at the cork. I started pouring and to my surprise this golden nectar started flowing from the bottle. I could tell right away my mistake and by the aroma knew it was a Chardonnay. I immediately spun the bottle to look at the lable and started laughing. Oops!
The nose reveals lemon meringue, lemon custard, ripe peach, pineapple, honeysuckle, caramelized sugar, almonds, coconut and wet flint rock.
Upon first sip there was a very nice smooth round silky texture, ripe lemon, tropical fruit, lemon zest, citrus notes, beeswax, toast, butter, creme brulee, praline and a nice minerality. A very balanced wine with nothing over powering the other.
There is a medium + acidity and a nice long smooth finish that pleases the senses.
A very nice Chardonnay that can be enjoyed alone or with a nice dinner. I recommend anytime.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — 22 days ago
This afternoon a close friend and I enjoyed reminiscing and enjoying wine together. It was a wonderful afternoon and wonderful wine.
Our first wine was the 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco which we throughly enjoyed.
On the nose were notes of cherry, red raspberry, anise, cranberry, herbaceous notes and a bit of leather.
On the palate was very pronounced tart black cherries, red raspberry, clove, licorice and clay soil.
There is medium + acidity and gripping + tannins that leads to a pleasingly long finish.
This was a enjoyable wine that is drinking well now but can be cellared for another 5-10 years easily.
Continue to enjoy the weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
It is Thursday night and had a taste for a Riesling and from Mosel area of Germany. I picked this offering just the other day to have tonight.
The aromas a very vibrant with notes of nectarine, pineapple, apple, tangerine, white peach, rubber and minerality.
The palate sweet but not overly sweet and shows nice Meyer lemon, lime, nectarine, pineapple, lanolin and minerality.
There is a nice medium + acidity with a crisp long finish. A very nice riesling.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — 8 days ago
I couldn't take listening to these two so called candidates for another minute in their first national debate. So I have turned on "Pitch Perfect " and cracked open one of my favorite varietals Cabernet Franc the 2013 Lange & Reed North Coast Cabernet Franc. I have got to get that bad taste in my mouth from this National Debate and nothing better then a Cabernet Franc.
The nose brings out notes of sweet strawberries, ripe plum, raspberry puree, and wet gravel.
The first sip shows medium body with strawberry, wild raspberries, ripe cherry, green bell pepper, dried herbs and dry crushed gravel.
There is a silky smooth mouth feel with medium acidity, medium smooth tannins and a medium pleasing finish. A very easy pleasurable drinker.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — 25 days ago