Daniel P. Drake
Wine enthusiast enjoying wine to its fullest. Territory Manager in the upper Midwest.
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We welcome another Friday evening ushering in the weekend. I have opened the 2010 Rotie Cellars Southern Blend. 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from Washington State.
On the nose is nice dark fruit - Black Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Ripe Strawberry, Anise, Violet, Sweet Tobacco, and a bit of Cinnamon.
The fist sip gives a velvety smooth mouth feel and the palate has Black Cherry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Mint, Licorice, Black Olive, a Meat note, Clove and Smoke.
The medium + tannins have a soft chewy feel and there is medium acidity that leads to a long pleasing finish.
What a wonderful start to a beautiful weekend and please everyone be safe and enjoy your wine weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 6 days ago
Tonight's wine was a Christmas gift from a family member. This 2013 Big Head Chenin Blanc comes from the Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario region of Canada.
On the nose there is pear, honeydew melon, apricot, apple blossom, ginger, honey, saffron and minerality.
On the palate I am getting an overabundance of ripe fruit, apricot, mandarin orange, mango, pineapple, baked apple, lemon curd and wet rock minerality.
This wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity and there is a medium sweetness not overly sweet that lends to a well balanced, well rounded Chenin Blanc.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — 22 days ago
This afternoon enjoyed a holiday luncheon with a client and shared this bottle 2011 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille BdM.
A bit shy on the nose. It takes awhile to bring out the full aroma of this beauty. Once open the aromas of black cherry, raspberry, licorice, spices, cedar, menthol, floral and earthy notes come out.
This dark voluptuous wine has lots of depth and structure that pleases the palate. Black cherries, raspberry, red plum, pepper, sweet tobacco, some leather, menthol, spices, flint, smokey oak and beautiful rich earth.
This has a full rich mouth feel with Medium + acidity- High chewy tannins that leads to a rich long sustained finish.
A wonderful holiday lunch enjoyed by all and this wine did not disappoint. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒 — a month ago
This afternoon the wine I have decided to open was a Christmas gift from my parish priest. The 2011 Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz blend, 62% Cab. Sauv. and 38% Shiraz.
On the nose is dark jammy fruit, black raspberry, black cherry, blueberry, prune, black currant, licorice, violet, lavender and graphite.
On the palate the dark fruit comes through but not jammy, blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, cranberry, star anise and graphite.
A very silky smooth mouthfeel with medium acidity, medium granular tannins and a pleasingly medium finish.
Have a prosperous and healthy New Year. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — 12 days ago
Tonight's wine is the 2012 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere Apalta Vineyard. I am really getting into these Chilean Carmenere's. I like the richness, smoothness and especially the green notes that really give them character.
The aroma give off wonderful black fruit notes of black plum, black plum, black cherry, black raspberry and black currant.
On the palate we get lots of green bell pepper, and herbaceousness of green peppercorn and then the sour cherry hits with tart raspberries and a good earthiness.
The wine is medium in body with medium + acidity and nice smooth medium tannins. This wine continues on forever that gives you that continued pleasure that makes it all worthwhile.
I will continue to delve into the Chilean Carmenere and enjoy their pleasures.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 24 days ago
Sunday night having the Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne Maison Fondee 1812. No occasion just enjoying a Champagne Apertief.
The nose gives you lemon, green apple, creme brulee, creamy light vanilla, minerality and river rock.
On the palate I have lemon lime, citrus peel, green apples, toasty bread and an earthy minerality.
There is a high acidity with a crisp clean long finish. A very nice champagne for the price.
Have a wonderful work week. Mine will be a short one. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — a month ago
Tonight I have opened a Langlois Brut NV Cremant de Loire, 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Cabernet Franc sourced in Saumur from 6 vineyards. The majority ownership is Bollinger which gives Langlois credibility.
On the pour the color is one of champagne gold with fine bubbles and lots of them, very nice to observe.
The nose gives me citrus notes, lemon, lemon zest, pear, apple, strawberry, a toasty bread highlight and minerality.
On the palate there is strawberry, lemon, pear, apricot, tangerine, honey and a toasted bread.
You will enjoy a creamy mouth feel with medium + acidity, very easy to drink and a long pleasing finish.
Welcome to the weekend. Nostrovia! 🍾🍾🍾 — 13 days ago
Our Christmas Eve wine was the 2012 Barbero's Barbera D'Alba Granata. This was a big hit which was enjoyed by all.
On the nose there were nice red fruit, cherry, raspberry, plum, spice, smokey oak, and dry soil.
The palate gave notes of tart black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, licorice, spice, dried leaves, lavender, and graphite.
This wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity, and medium soft tannins with a long pleasing finish.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 25 days ago
Happy Wednesday. I have opened the 2011 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello de Montalcino.
The nose is very pronounced with nice fruit notes of cherry, plum, raspberry, licorice and earthy notes.
On the palate I have tart cherry, plum, red raspberry, ripe strawberry, spice, herb and dry soil.
This wine has a full body that has very good balance - medium+ acidity and smooth medium + tannins.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒 — a month ago
Tonight's wine is The Four Grace's 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
The nose has fresh red fruits that are very pronounced with notes of strawberry, red raspberry, cranberry, cherry, mint, clove and mushroom.
There are notes of red raspberry, strawberry, cherry, cranberry, white pepper, clove, and an earthy minerality.
This is a light bodied wine with medium + acidity, a fine medium + smooth tannin and a fresh long finish.
A very pleasing wine and an enjoyably quaffable burgundian fare from the Willamette Valley that I have come to love.
Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — a month ago