Daniel P. Drake
Wine enthusiast enjoying wine to its fullest. Territory Manager in the upper Midwest.
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Tonight I had the taste for a Pinot Noir and decided to open the 2013 Varner Spring Ridge Vineyards Three Blocks Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The nose is very fruit forward with notes of cranberry, red raspberry, cherry, clove, lush vanilla, and dusty soil.
At first sip the tart expressive notes of cranberry, cherry, red raspberry, dried herbs, clove, cola, and rocky soil
The wine is a full bodied wine with medium+ acidity and medium chewy tannins. The fruit and dusty soil continues on in a long pleasing finish. Have a great week and stay positive. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒 — a day ago
Welcome to Friday and I am starting the weekend off with this 2015 Cune Rioja Rosado. This wine is 100% Tempranillo and as you can tell by the picture is a beautiful red color that tells us that the skins were left on for an extended period of time to give it a more richer red than most roses.
On the nose there are notes of red fruit, cherry, strawberry, red raspberry, watermelon, nice Floral notes and a minerality.
The palate shows us there is tart cherry, under ripe strawberry, red currant, rhubarb, and some peach.
The wine has a juicy full-bodied mouthfeel with a medium + acidity that helps with the refreshing overall feeling that is very enjoyable.
Have a safe and fun weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 12 days ago
Thursday night and have opened the 2013 Domaine Philippe Charlopin Marsannay Les Echezots Pinot Noir.
The nose is beautifully expressive with red fruits - strawberry - cranberry - cherry - raspberry - herbaceous- cola - clove - a little mushroom and a nice minerality.
On the palate is a tangy cherry - cranberry - strawberry - cola - clove - herbaceous notes - vanilla - earthy and a bit of oak.
This is a beautiful ruby red with a smooth medium mouth feel, medium + acidity, and medium smooth tannins.
A very nice, easy, pleasurable wine. Looking forward to the weekend and this is a nice start. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — a month ago
Tonight is the 2015 Bandol Rose Domaine de La Bastide Blanche a blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache.
The nose is very floral and fruit forward with notes of strawberry, raspberry, peach, tangerine, blood orange, red currant, spice and minerality.
If this tastes as good as it smells it can be a fantastic find. On the palate the wine is crisp and dry there is creamy red berries, strawberry, raspberry, fleshy floral notes, spice and river rock.
The wine has a medium + acidity with a medium crisp finish. A very nice rose that would be great in the summer with some fresh fish over looking the Mediterranean.
Have a great hump day and enjoy the rest of the week. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — 2 months ago
This afternoon I had the pleasure of dinning with a 2009 Chateau Haut-Bailly. Made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and I can see why 09' is the vintage it is with great fineness.
There are beautiful aromas of dark fruit, black cherry, black plum, blackberry, black currant, mocha, wet soil, and minerals.
The first sip shows its elegance right away that is velvety smooth and great depth. Beautiful dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, fig, plums, black currant, graphite, and violets.
This is a full bodied wine with medium + acidity, medium+ gripping tannins with a long pleasing finish. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 2 days ago
Awaiting our winter storm in mid March I have opened the 2013 Mark Ryan Winery Long Haul Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend. 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot.
On the nose there are notes of Black Cherry, Blackberry, Black Plum, Graphite, Charcoal, Black Currant, A nice Floral notes and Minerality.
The palate sees Black Cherry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Roasted Green Pepper, All Spice, and a Smokey Oak.
The wine has a medium to full body mouth feel with medium + acidity and medium smooth tannin with just a bit of grip.
A nice wine to start the weekend off right. It just loses that little something I always look for in my Bordeaux Blends. Have a great week and be safe. It looks like mine has a bit of snow in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 17 days ago
Welcome to Friday and it looks like a beautiful weekend. The wine today is the 2013 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore. I have been waiting a long time to try an Ornellaia it has lived up to my expectations. This wine is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.
On the nose is dark fruit, black cherry, plum, blackberry, graphite, violets and spice.
On the palate is a fully integrated wine with black cherry, raspberry, cassis, cedar box, some tobacco, and spice.
There is medium + acidity, silky smooth full body mouth feel with firm intense tannins. The wine rounds out with a long beautiful finish.
I was definitely delighted and not disappointed with this wine.
Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — a month ago
It is Thursday night and spring has just sprung, thunder rolling in the background with a spring rain escorting in warmer weather for the weekend. Tonight I have chosen the 2014 Nicolas & Jay Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. This wine was the #96 wine on Wine Spectators list of Top 100 for 2016.
The wine has a beautiful deep garnet color. The aromas are red fruit driven with notes of cranberry, strawberry, and raspberries that transition into nice clove and cola notes.
On the palate I get tart bing cherries, cranberry, plum, raspberry, black tea with herbal notes at mid palate ending with toasty oak and wet forest soil.
The wine is a medium bodied wine with rich medium smooth tannins and gives us ample medium + acidity that brings it all together. A nice fresh long finish that can be enjoyed any time with any food.
Let's all have a great start to the weekend and be safe doing it. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🖒 — 6 days ago
Ahhhhh Friday! Tonight's wine is from Martinborough New Zealand the 2013 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir.
The nose has bright beautiful fruit very expressive. There is cranberry, cherry, raspberry, vanilla coke, spice, clove, floral notes and minerality.
The palate reveals a confirmation of the nose with cranberry, black cherry, black plum, herbs, spice, earthy mushroom, forest floor and some toasty oak.
A wonderfully balanced medium body wine with medium smooth fine tannins and medium + acidity that leads to a long enjoyable finish.
What a way to start the weekend. Love this wine. Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 🖒 — a month ago
Happy Friday Everyone. Another rose is on the ticket, the 2015 Domaine Jean Reverdy et Fils Sancerre Rose Les Villots. 100% Pinot Noir.
On the nose I get very ripe strawberry, peach fuzz, peach juice, cherry, and rose petals.
The palate has ripe red fruit, tart strawberry, tart cherry, peach, raspberry, minerality and limestone rock.
There is a smooth velvety mouth feel with medium + acidity and a medium finish.
A nice rose from the Loire. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷 — 2 months ago