Monthly Archives: October 2008

Grapelive: Wine of the Week

rochpn06.jpg2006 Rochioli Pinot Noir Estate, Russian River Valley

One of my personal favorites, this wine does not disappoint and is a classic style Pinot Noir from this region with flavors and characters that remind me why I fell in love with this wine back in the early to mid nineties. This vintage has fresh grapey fruit and mid weight, it really did take me back in time like an old friend remembering the good old days. This Pinot shows crisp focus, lovely flowery perfume and a warm emotional exciting palate of raspberry, cherry and plum fruit. The acidity is zesty and really keeps this wine lively and balanced with a subtle pure velvet texture. There is a beautiful subtle French oak note that gives a certain vanilla and cream essence, but doesn’t take away any of the pretty fruit, rose petal, spice and light mineral element. I seem to smile and think of wild flowers and strawberries while sipping this Pinot and for that I’m happy and content. (Est. $55-65)

94 Points, grapelive

Grapelive Lastest *Value Pick

delas.jpg2006 Delas Cotes du Ventoux (Rhone Red) A.C. Cotes-du-Ventoux

This country style Cotes-du-Rhone blend is like a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape with racy red fruit, earth and spices. This red has mid to full body with smooth tannins and good depth, making it an unbelievable value. Plumy on the palate with cherry, truffle, pepper, with hints of kirsch, crushed rock and lavender oil. (Est.  $12) *Value Pick!

87-89 Points, grapelive


Grapelive Latest: Wine of the Week

sangio06.jpg2006 Casanova Della Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy (By La Spinetta)

This is a great wine and at a super price, with beautiful dark color and bursting with lively fruit. This little Sangiovese has enough stuffing to impress Brunello drinkers and will blow away Chianti fans completely! La Spinetta has long been one of my favorite wineries and as much as I like their big Barbarescos and their Sezzana also from Tuscan, this wine is one that I buy by the case and am never let down. This red has blackberry, cherry and tangy plum fruits with hints of smoke, spice, kirsch, strawberry and mountain herbs, a full palate and good depth and length. The fruit is very impressive and the wine is vivid and mouth filling leaving deep purple stains on the rim of the glass and maybe your teeth!  (Est. $22-26) 90-91 Points, grapelive

Imported by the Henry Wine Group

*Can be ordered from RANCHO CELLARS