Monthly Archives: September 2010

Grapelive Latest: September 12

Grapelive Wine of the Week

By Kerry Winslow

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whansel.jpg2008 Walter Hansel Pinot Noir “The South Slope” Russian River.
This is a rich and smoky Pinot that shows lots of fruit layers and complexity. The nose is sweet and earthy with violets, game and char before loads of plum and red berry fruit. The palate is silky with a huge black cherry core, plum, dried flowers, cola and truffle notes. Sort of Nuit-St.-Georges meets Rochioli, and very interesting, again this producer makes one of the best values in Russian River Pinot. ($36-45 Est.)

93 Points, grapelive

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Grapelive Latest: September 6

Grapelive Wine of the Week

By Kerry Winslow

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roarsyrah.jpg2008 Roar Syrah “Rosella’s Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands.
Most people only go for the Roar Pinot, but it is a shame that more people don’t get a chance to try their Syrah, because for the last two vintages the Syrah has impressed me almost as much as the Pinot, and the Pinot is great. This vintage of Rosella’s Syrah has more classic Northern Rhone notes with black olive, hints of game, truffle and acidity, all of which adds to the whole in this young wine. The nose has pretty violets, blueberry and raw earth essences, with a touch of herb and lavender. The palate has soft tannins and ripe flavors, with boysenberry, plum and black cherry all playing a part, while a round blueberry compote layer floats in the background along with some pepper spice. I think this wine needs some time to show all of its best qualities, but everything is there and the finish is very lengthy and dreamy all ready. Of all the Roar wines this one has the most subtle use of the high quality French oak, and though you get the pretty vanilla and creamy texture, it doesn’t come across as in your face and goes perfectly with the force of the wine, very well done. The rating most certainly will go up after I retry it with a bit more age, but don’t wait only tiny amounts were made! ($40 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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Grapelive Spotlight: Roar

Grapelive Spotlight New Releases from Roar

By Kerry Winslow

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roarpn08.jpg2008 Roar Pinot Noir “Pisoni Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands.
A major success, and maybe the best wine made by Roar to date, almost enough said! This is pure Pisoni, no question and scary as it sounds, it should only get better over the next 3 years! Robert Parker’s 96 Points make it a classic, but in all honesty it is better than that! I have had every vintage of this wine and even have a few bottles in my cellar, so I know what I speak when it comes to Pisoni and Roar, so don’t wait or think about it, if you can get this wine grab it! There is not much, as the crop was tiny, and regardless of Parker or myself it will sell out within hours. The 2008 Roar Pisoni is vivid, rich and wild with stunning depth and intensity. The nose is smoky sweet with wild flowers, violets, blue fruits and bramble berry with a touch of truffle. The mouth is lively, full and powerful, flowing with lush black/red fruits, briar, lavender, fennel and pencil lead. The core of wild plum and black cherry fruit holds on throughout and lingers for almost a minute, while vibrant acidity and fine tannins hold everything together perfectly. This wine is of Grand Cru class and drinks as well as anything in double its price grade! Fantastic effort from the Roar gang, I only wish there was more available! ($65 Est.) 97 Points, grapelive

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Grapelive Latest: September 1

Grapelive Wine of the Day

By Kerry Winslow

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masdelperie.jpg2008 Mas del Perie “Les Escures” Cahors, Malbec, France.
This new talented producer, Fabien Jouves, is a man to watch and this Cahors is a wine to adore! The 2008 Mas del Perie is lush and rich in fruit while being true to its terroir and is a super value. This is a wine that takes the fight to the Argentines! This Malbec had dark color, racy perfume and brambly fruit with a palate full of plum, cherry, briar and currants, with touches of smoke, licorice and earth. This wine easily bridges the gap between a fine Bordeaux and a fresh grapey country wine so don’t miss it! ($18 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

*at San Francisco Wine Trading Company $16.95

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