Klinker Brick Winery 2011 Brick & Mortar (SRP $30): This deeply colored red blended wine is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah, and 10% Old Vine Zinfandel. Rich aromas of plum, boysenberry, and blackberry preserve fill the nose with hints of allspice and cocoa nibs. The palate is full-bodied and round with layers of generous fruit, a velvety texture, and a spice-accented, delightful finish. Overall, this wine is large-framed and ripe, but it carries the weight and alcohol well. I paired it with spare ribs and enjoyed the remainder the following day with a good book by the fireplace. (Other info: ABV 15%, matured in American oak, Mokelumne River AVA, cork enclosure.)
A bright red male Northern Cardinal waiting his turn to take a seat at the feeder. #bird #birds #cardinal #StateBird #Virginia
Vinoterra 2011 Rkatsiteli (SRP $12): This amber colored, Qvevri (clay vessel) fermented, Rkatsiteli wine has pronounced floral aromas and flavors that are complemented by delicate dashes of beeswax and fennel seed with restrained pear and citrus blossom notes. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied and harmonious with a bright streak of food partnering acidity that sails through to the medium-length finish. Rkatsiteli is native to the country of Georgia and the region is where today’s “orange wine” trend is said to have originated many centuries ago. For $12, I recommend giving this wine a swirl. It’s interesting enough for the money; just don’t expect the fruit to come up and greet you. (Other info: ABV 13%, cork enclosure.)
Scorpions – Fly To The Rainbow (1974): Exit talented teenage axe-man Michael Schenker (who went on to enliven UFO), enter classically trained, Hendrix influenced Uli Jon Roth, and the Scorpions sophomore effort would fluently fuse the psychedelic and space rock edge heard on their 1972 debut “Lonesome Crow” with the hard rocking sound they would become known for. Roth’s influence is immediately felt; especially on the opening bars of the forward-marching, lead track “Speedy’s Coming.” Before picking up a much wider audience via MTV in the early-to-mid 1980s, the Scorpions were writing really good music for nearly a decade that’s well worth going back and checking out. This album, in its entirety, still holds up very well.
@stamantwine Marian’s Vineyard 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel (SRP $24): While the term “Old Vine” has no legal definition, the fruit for this wine comes from an 8.3-acre block that was planted on the Mohr-Fry Ranch in 1901. Difficult not to think of these century-old berries as anything but old vine, eh? Deep garnet in color, this wine shows aromas and flavors of smoked cherry, wild berry, ripe plum, and a toasty sage like component. It is slightly briary in character with understated acidity and well-concealed alcohol ending in a pleasant, medium-length, spice-accented finish. Winemaker Stuart Spencer recommends having a glass with grilled burgers, tri-tip, ribs, or his personal favorite, “chocolate salad.” I enjoyed a glass with the former and the pairing worked out nicely – especially with all the maple-and-pepper bacon I placed on top of the patty. The chocolate salad thingy sounds pretty interesting though! Approximately 403 cases of this wine were produced. (Other info: ABV 15.1%, Aged in barrel 10 months, 30% new, cork enclosure).